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Let’s talk about movies: American Sniper (2014) shot me and…I liked it!

By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 8.4/10

Directed by: Clint Eastwood.

Written by: Jason Hall, based on the book Chris Kyle written by Chriss Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.

Genre: War, biography and drama.

MPAA Rating: R (Contain some adult material. Parents are urged to know more about the film before taking their young children with them).

Starring: Bradley Cooper (Chris Kyle) and Sienna Miller (Taya).

Running Time: 134 minutes.

Clint Eastwood is like a good bottle of cabernet sauvignon that keeps the fresh, bright fruit flavors of the grape intact. With American Sniper (2014), he only needed one minute to make me hold my breath, catch my attention and intensify my senses. Yes, only one minute, the first minute when Bradley Cooper (Chris Kyle), the most accomplished and lethal sniper in U.S. military history, is aiming his weapon at an Iraqi young boy holding a grenade near his platoon. A quick decision should be taken: To kill him or wait and see if the boy only wanted to hand the grenade over to the American soldiers.

     I cannot tell you what Kyle did.

     But I can tell you what Eastwood did: A clever and incredible match-cut that will make a comparison (and somehow a parallelism) between this nerve-racking scene and the moment when he was learning how to shoot in his childhood. Observe that moment carefully. And during the movie, observe how some marksmen took their job in Iraq as another day in another war while Chris Kyle looked almost to be obsessed with protecting the soldiers’ lives. Observe the sandstorm and the uncertainty about Kyle: He could make it or not. Then you will be able to understand why I rated this absorbing and tense movie higher than other film critics.

     American Sniper (2014) is based on a true story, on a book written by Chris Kyle and other authors. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was (is) considered an American hero. Since the plot is well known, to make the movie look original is very difficult indeed. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Flags of our Fathers (2006) speak themselves about Eastwood’s ability to direct war films. With American Sniper (2014) we should add another great film to his brilliant career.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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March 26, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Culture, Journalism, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Laugh: Snow?

By Eddy Montilla.

DENTURE

“Where does snow come from?” A five-year-old girl asked his father.

“As all white and pure things, snow comes from heaven, sweetie pie.” The father replied tenderly.

“And this thing too?”

“No!!” The father said angrily this time. “This is not white any more and when your granny is sleeping, don’t remove her denture!!”

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March 24, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, Fun, humor, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Growth

By Eddy Montilla.
ENVY

Whenever you get up and see that you are about to burst with things to do, instead of getting angry or depressed, you shoud be happy and sing a song because to be very busy is a visible and irrefutable evidence that you are moving forward and are growing.

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March 24, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Inspiration, Life, Opinion, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EUROPE: Where free speech is mistaken for satire

By Eddy Montilla.

If you ask someone about the meaning of free speech, you will probably hear that…”It is the right to speak freely”. And this might be an acceptable answer coming from a person in the street, but it is absolutely inexcusable coming from the lips of a journalist. If you think about what happened in France where an excessive satire, as a result of a wrong concept about what free speech really means, caused the death of 12 people at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, then the conclusion is only one: These days the media and numerous journalists’ s perception of free speech is as ingenous as people’s in the street, with the great difference that they can cause more and serious problems.

     Free speech does not mean to say whatever you want, whenever you want at the moment you want. In Europe (in France, England, Spain, etc.) since far-off times there is a bad practice of making an extensive and poor use of satire and sarcasm to express ideas. This is neither journalism nor free speech, but inability to show, hold and refute arguments, in short, a concealed way to insult, that is, cheap journalism.

     Since there are people whose job seems to be to understand the opposite of what it means, let me repeat what we have written many times: Any form of terrorism is brutal, unacceptable and abominable, but people have focused their attention on the terrorist attack only and that prevented them from viewing this situation with a critical eye. We all know how sensitive all people around the world might become when it comes to religion, then why such extremes of satire?

     Each of us might define the concept of free speech in a very different way, but in journalism, you only need nine simple words: To(1) be(2) able(3) to(4) say (5) and (6) defend(7) the(8) truth(9). Let us not confuse free speech with bad journalistic practices because water and gas-oil might look similar at first sight. However, if you drink the first one you have life, but if you drink the second one, you know exactly where you will go.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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February 16, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Countries, Education, Journal, Journalism, News, Opinion, Social, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosities: What is the color of the Sun?

By Eddy Montilla.

SUN

At first sight, this question looks like something very silly (which makes me giggle and makes the question itself more interesting too!). After all, who has not painted a yellow sun in his or her life? Who has not seen an orange sunset?

     The Sun is not yellow, orange or red. What you see with your naked eye or what is captured by your camera is not always or necessarily right and true. If beauty, as the old saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder, colors too!! The Sun looks yellow because, compared to other colors, yellow is the brightest wavelength from the Sun that can be seen directly with your eyes or through the lens of your camera. So the Earth’s atmosphere and pollution lead to the common misconception of a yellow sun and orange or red sunsets, etc. In essence, the Sun is not white either. It looks like that when viewed from the space because it emits light in all colors and when all these colors come together, we see what scientists call “white light”, which is the name given to what the human eye sees when all the colors that make up the visible light spectrum are combined. So the Sun is not white and this color is the result of all colors emitted by it.

     When the Sun’s light is passed through a device like a prism, for example, it emits all C O L O R S (or almost all of them because this part seems to be a little bit unclear yet.). So, if the Sun emits all colors, we can say that the color of the Sun is in fact a mixture of all of them.

     Now you know the answer, but give me a favor a take a look at this picture of a sunrise that I took a couple of days ago in the Caribbean Sea.

SUNRISE

     If you have the opportunity to see what I saw on that day with your family, with someone you love or alone if you want, forget everything you read in this blog and keep thinking that…The Sun is yellow!!!!!!

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January 24, 2015 Posted by | Astronomy, Blogging, Culture, Curiosities, Education, Journalism, science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your question; my answer: What are the two things that ruin your life?

By Eddy Montilla.

INDECISION

Haste and indecision.

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January 20, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Family, Inspiration, Life, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ebola in Africa: Perfect example of people’s indifference

By Eddy Montilla.

EBOLA

Ebola virus had to kill first more than seven thousand people before we could see real intention to help on the part of the international community.

     And do you know why? Because this virus is not spreading in Europe, USA or Canada, but in Africa. Ebola Hemorrhagic fever does not affect tourism in France or Spain; Ebola virus will not reduce the sales of iPad or iPhone in the United States, will not affect the production of cars in Japan or cutting-edge technology in Germany. In few words, Ebola is in Africa.

     Ebola virus can easily be a perfect example to understand how far we have gone in terms of indifference to other’s pain. For those who tested positive for Ebola and were not from Africa, the answer was quickly: Planes to take them to their respective countries, as it happened to patients from Spain and the United States. They also got better anti-viral drugs and care. And how about these 16,000 people with Ebola in West Africa? What have these people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone gotten? A handful of promises that have not been fulfilled, words of hope that die in the same way that these infected people do.

     The devastation caused by Ebola virus in West Africa highlights what we have told almost ad nauseam: Africa is the forgotten continent only after being exploited. The World Health Organization (WHO) informed that case incidence is stable in the region, a glimpse of good news inside a string of tragedies. And we should thank for that not the international community, but all those anonymous heroes and other people in organizations that risk their own life to save the other’s. Let’s awake from the deep sleep of clear conscience. Let’s help Africa in its fight against the Ebola virus.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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December 3, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Countries, Journal, Journalism, News, Opinion, Social, Think piece, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Laugh: The poor alligator

Eddy Montilla.

ALLIGATOR

An alligator and his son are running as hard as they can.

“Dad, why are we so poor?”

“Don’t worry. If these guys over there can catch us, we will be full of money.”

“Are they going to give us money?”

“No, son. We will be wallets!!

October 18, 2014 Posted by | Blogging, humor, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your question; my answer: How fast does this society go?

By Eddy Montilla.

FAST SOCIETY

In the past, when someone died, his or her parents, friends and even neighbours mourned him or her from weeks to years. Today, a person dies in the morning, he or she is buried in the afternoon and in the evening people are connected to the Internet.

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October 8, 2014 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Education, Family, Life, Opinion, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The cross that all of us have to carry

By Eddy Montilla.

CROSS

The other day, I heard someone saying this: “I wish I could go back to my student years, so that I did not have to deal with this job every single day!” According to this person, there are sectors in our society that do not have problems or at least have less than others. And it is right. But if you take a close look at all people around you, you will notice that we all have to struggle with something every day, have problems and have to wear or drag a cross.

     Lebron James, an American professional basketball player, is an NBA superstar and one of the most celebrated players in the history of the sport. He is one of the most renowned and successful athletes that this era has seen. His ability is unparalleled and he is moving firmly to become a billionaire. But this James that people applaud when comes onto the court grew up and became a father without a father at his side. It is highly likely that the ghost that a father’s absence creates is still haunting him. Add to this problem, the fact of having a mother battling her alcohol abuse and his own problems since whenever he has the ball in his hands, he has to come up to people’s expectations. This man also has a cross on his back.

     Actors, singers, presidents, writers, all these people that you see smiling on TV, when they are behind cameras where nobody can see them and when they can go back to their own and “real reality”, fight against stress, depression, family matters and many other things. Despite their fame, they cannot escape from their light or heavy cross nor can the student who has difficulties to pass an exam, the man who wanted to be a doctor, your neighbor nor yourself. Now that it’s clear everybody has a cross on his or her back, the question is… what should I do with it?

     To compare crosses will add crosses and, at the end, we all look like a cemetery. So do not spend your time trying to find consolation in expressions like “Others have crosses bigger than yours”, “your problems are nothing compared to other people’s problems”, etc. It would be a selfish and illusory solution with no effective results. I do not agree with the idea of “accepting your cross” as many people, especially those connected with religious groups usually say because it tastes of resignation; it is like saying: “There is nothing we can do.”

     What we really have to accept is our reality. This is the key to deal with this situation. And our reality says that we all have a cross to carry while we are alive. Do not accept your cross, but the fact that this cross will be present at your side, on your back or wherever, but always forever. Then, you can work every day to make your cross and the other’s easier and lighter to carry. You will see that a day will come when you will not even notice that it is there.

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September 14, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Education, Family, Inspiration, inspiring stories, Journalism, Opinion, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, religion, Spirituality, stories for your heart | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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