Gillespie Life

Wed
13
Apr

'Hardcore Henry' puts viewers into the action

 “Hardcore Henry” plays like a video game with violence and not much of a plot to go on.

Director Ilya Naishuller and his team of filmmakers take viewers on an insane, gore-filled ride for 90 minutes.

The hook is viewers see everything from the perspective of Henry, a once-dead human brought back to life through futuristic cyborg technology.

Henry’s mission is to save the woman he loves from a psychopathic villain and his army.

Filmmakers used GoPro cameras (a wearable camera used for extreme action videography) to develop the intense first-person shooter cinematography style in “Hardcore Henry.” It is simply astounding.

The film was shot by three different cameramen, each taking turns playing the role of Henry while outfitted with a specialized helmet camera rig.

Wed
06
Apr

Going the distance


Runners, from left, Albie Masland, Nick Biase and Matt Peace stopped for lunch downtown on Sunday. The trio’s goal is to cover 60 miles per day and reach San Diego, all to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. - Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

“If not me, who?”

That’s the message that drives three runners, out to finish a mission and raise funds for a good cause.

Albie Masland, Matt Peace and Nick Biase are on their way from Cypress, Texas to San Diego, California to raise money for a foundation named after a fallen Marine and spread a message of stepping up to serve others.

The trio is each running 20 miles per day (a total of 60 miles covered) and recovering with nightly ice baths. They also are hoping to inspire others.

“We want to spread the message and use this effort to show how we all can use it,” Masland said. “We hope to engage people to serve others. And it can be things like this run or simple things like opening a door for someone.”

Wed
06
Apr

Religion stands on trial

Fans of the 2014 surprise box-office hit “God’s Not Dead” will be thrilled with its sequel, the aptly-named “God’s Not Dead 2” which hit theaters on Friday.

In the original film, the question of God’s existence was debated in college philosophy class, while the sequel moves out of the classroom and into the courtroom, where Christianity can more be put on trial.

Melissa Joan Hart stars as Grace Wesley, a young history teacher in Arkansas who comforts one of her students following the death of her brother.

When the same student later asks Grace to compare the beliefs of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the teacher comes under fire from the school board (and later the ACLU) for answering the student’s question in class. From this, Grace’s belief in God is put on trial in a civil lawsuit.

Wed
30
Mar

Sleepwalking through cinema

By Matt Ward

 

There is no better film to snooze through this year than “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.”

Even the film’s cast and crew, sleepwalk their way through the third in the teen dystopian film franchise based on the books by Veronica Roth.

The latest movie finds rebellious teen Tris leading a small band of friends outside the walled compound of what used to be Chicago.

Their escape and journey beyond the walls should be compelling cinema, but nothing ever comes together in director Robert Schwentke’s lackluster film, based on the first half of the final book in the trilogy.

Shailene Woodley does a passable job as Tris. Her character is relegated to the background for much of the film leaving Woodley with almost nothing to do.

Much of the focus is given to Theo James, who plays Tris’ love interest Four, which proves to be the movie’s biggest mistake. James gives a mechanical performance.

Wed
30
Mar

Just keep swimming


FHS swimmers (bottom row, from left) Emma Dearinger, Katie Habecker, Elianna Ivers, Michelle Millhouse, Allison Young, Katya Walker, Lauren Smith and Payton Carroll. Top row swimmers are Jordan Santa, Cabel Crocker, Gra-ham Hammond (manager), Xinbo Tan, Will Shepard, Trent Bullion and Tait Herbig. (Not pictured: Clay Salazar) — Submitted photo

By Scott Allen

 

Getting in the pool can be done in two ways: you can either dip your toes into the water or you can jump right in. The Billies decided to jump in.

Wrapping up its second season of competitive swimming, the Fredericksburg High School swim team has controlled all channels of the pool since its inception in late 2014.

Head coach Lisa Bullion, who helped start the team with volunteer swim coach Robert Walker and USA swim coach Jeff Hammond, had wanted to start a team ever since she began teaching here eight years ago. She said the right combination of support and timing helped form the team.

“It was a long process to convince people the time was right and there was enough support and interest from the community,” Bullion said.

Wed
23
Mar

'Miracles from Heaven'...

By Matt Ward —

Jennifer Garner’s performance as a desperate mother searching for a way to save her dying daughter paces the uneven faith-based film “Miracles From Heaven,” now in theaters.

Based on the true story of a family from Burleson, “Miracles From Heaven” finds Garner as Christy Beam. Beam is a mother of three and devoted Christian whose faith is tested by the struggles her middle daughter, Anna, faces. Anna has a life-threatening and seemingly incurable stomach disease.

Despite the film’s many technical flaws, “Miracles From Heaven” offers a pure, sincere story with a redemptive third act.

Wed
23
Mar

Lost & Found


Relatives and friends of Fredericksburg resident Jean Krohn, right, helped her find long lost brother, Glen McRoberts, after being separated during the Depression era. — Photo by Rilda Woodward

By Sandra Lane —

In the depths of the Great Depression in 1937, four children were put in an orphanage in Urbana, Illinois, because their parents did not have the money needed to care for them. Of the one boy and three girls, the youngest was just two years old.

Eventually, the mother returned in 1941 to reclaim two of the girls and their brother. However, the youngest daughter had been adopted and never had any future contact with her siblings for more than 70 years, until last week. 

Fredericksburg resident Jean Krohn, 80, was reunited with her long-lost brother, Glen McRoberts, 85, thanks to the technology available through the Internet.

She said although she occasionally thought about her birth family, she had never wanted to track down or contact any of them because she thought they didn’t want her.

Wed
16
Mar

Panic Room(s)

By Matt Ward

 

New release “10 Cloverfield Lane” — dubbed a blood relative to the 2008 monster movie “Cloverfield” by producer J.J. Abrams — couldn’t be farther from its spiritual sibling.

The film falters in its final moments, when it abandons the visual and narrative structure that director Dan Trachtenberg has created. This results in a poorly sequenced, generic ending more befitting a second-rate horror movie. His insistence on tying this spiritual sequel back to its predecessor changes the entire tenor of the film — not for the better.

At its high points, the film evokes the best elements of a “Twilight Zone” episode and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” Confined to small, terror-inducing spaces deep underground, “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a cinematic master course in paranoia.

Wed
16
Mar

Kites soar high at LBJ State Park

Wed
16
Mar

Kammlah ranks 10th in nation

Fredericksburg resident Sadie Kammlah, 13, recently competed in the U.S. Archery Junior Olympic Archery Development (J.O.A.D) Indoor Nationals being held across the nation this month.

 Kammlah shot Saturday, March 5, at Texas A&M University and placed first in the female cub division in compound bows. With that win, she is now currently ranked 10th in the U.S. rankings for her age division.

She also placed first at the Texas State Archery Association or TSAA State Championships. 

 

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