Shazam!- Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Apr 21, 2019 - 10:29:08 AM
A teenage foster child is given the ability to become a
superpowered adult by a dying wizard. As he revels in learning the
limits of his new powers with the help of his foster brother, he must
also learn what it takes to be a responsible superhero. If he is not
able to live up to his heroic potential, he may lose his power to an
evil that wants it for nefarious intentions.
‘Billy’ Batson is an orphaned boy looking for his birth mother and is
given the gift to become a grown up superhero being by saying the magic
word, ‘Shazam!’ Frederick ‘Freddy’ Freeman is Billy’s new foster brother...
Melissa Martin: Celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- Apr 21, 2019 - 10:16:13 AM
Start planning a party for the 2019 National Caribbean-American
Heritage Month. Listen to the sounds of reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba
and zouk music during the merrymaking. And dance. Sip a tropical
concoction and feast on seafood.
Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in
2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their
descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The
resolution passed the Senate in 2006 and President George H.W. Bush
issued the proclamation in 2006...
Melissa Martin: The lives we live
- Apr 1, 2019 - 7:15:35 AM
“Someday, you will be a lot older and you will look back and reflect
upon the days of your life.” If somebody had said those words to me as
an adolescent or young adult, I would have raised my eyebrows and pursed
my lips. “What in this world are you talking about?” That’s what I
would have replied while chasing my goals and dreams.
smell the roses along the way. The days pass by much too quickly.” If
somebody had said those words to me as an adolescent or young adult, I
would have scrunched my face up. “What the heck does that mean?” That’s
what I would have answered while pursuing the pleasure train...
Melissa Martin: Reading is a human right
- Mar 30, 2019 - 8:00:28 AM
Reading is a human right
Give your brain a workout—read a book.
Pump up the muscle mass between your two ears. Reading is that
important. And people in all countries around the globe deserve the
right to learn to read.
Literacy for All
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
estimates that 175 million young people lack basic literacy skills. To
address the issues, UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa (ROSA) is
Us - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Mar 29, 2019 - 5:45:15 PM
An unresolved trauma is brought back to the mind of a woman by a string
of coincidences while on a trip to where the unexplained occurrence
originated. As her paranoia grows, she becomes increasing certain some
thing sinister will happen to her family. After a tense outing with
friends she returns with her family to their vacation home and when the
day turns to night, they find themselves confronted by four shadowy
figures in their driveway who eerily resemble them...
Melissa Martin: Remembering Bob Marley
- Mar 10, 2019 - 11:00:00 AM
The footprints of Bob Marley appear on the sand in Jamaica and across
the earth wherever freedom is held hostage. Likened to Martin Luther
King, Jr., Marley desired peace for his people. And for all humanity.
Music was the vehicle for his message. His passionate personality was
his vehicle for harmony in a chaotic world of violence.
remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are
missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.
Robert Marley was born in 1945. Being biracial, Marley was bullied as a
child, but declared, “I’m not on the white man’s side, or the black
man’s side. I’m on God’s side.”...
Pamela Burnside: Passport Woes Part 1
- Mar 3, 2019 - 1:30:05 PM
I am writing this
letter on behalf of us, the Bahamian people, in the spirit of
constructive criticism and with suggestions for improving the woeful
passport office experience. I am certainly thankful that this is but a
‘once-every-10 years’ occurrence because my recent experience was a two
day/7 hour debacle.
Preparation – I made my way to the passport
office late one afternoon last month, but was told to come back the
following day because the quota had already been met for the day...
Death Makes A Killer Comeback - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Mar 1, 2019 - 11:18:04 AM
When a formerly self absorbed student survives reliving her days she
finds out that she must help someone else reliving their days. When a
formerly self absorbed student survives reliving her birthday over and
over again, she finds the students responsible for the freak occurrence
but must help one of them to help herself live. When a formerly self
absorbed student finds herself reliving the same day after replacing
herself in an alternate timeline she must find a way to close her loop
with the help of her slightly different friends and decide if she wishes
to stay in that reality...
Split - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jan 29, 2019 - 10:20:24 PM
When three high school students are abducted by a man suffering from
dissociative identity disorder, it soon becomes a matter of survival
when they realize their kidnapping is part of a sacrificial ritual. The
kidnapper’s psychologist is alerted to his other personalities nefarious
intent, but she must piece together clues using her own deductive
reasoning from years of studying her patient to find out what his
identities are capable of.
Kevin Wendell Crumb is man afflicted
with DID (dissociative identity disorder) who has 23 personalities
fighting for control of his body with some of them believing in the
birth of a 24th personality which will protect them from the hurt and
ridicule of the world beyond them...
Glass - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jan 28, 2019 - 8:05:52 PM
After being captured by authorities a calculating domestic terrorist, a
cannibalistic serial killer and a cautious vigilante are placed under
the care of a psychiatrist at a mental institution who specializes in
what she believes they all suffer from. She has 3 days to cure them of
this delusion she believes they all possess before plans of more
permanent methods are put into effect to ensure that they are no longer a
threat to themselves and the world at large.
Elijah Price aka
Mr. Glass is a highly resourceful mass murderer who was
institutionalized after his crimes were discovered by David Dunn and is
now only visited by his mother Mrs. Price who tries to keep him engaged...
Unbreakable - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jan 28, 2019 - 11:39:01 AM
The sole survivor of a devastating train accident is contacted by a
mysterious stranger who offers him a bizarre explanation as to why he
emerged unscathed. As the survivor valiantly attempts to return to his
unfettered life of normalcy, he slowly begins to understand the truth
behind the explanation as it threatens to change his perception of
reality and the life of his family.
David Dunn is a security
guard & a former college football player who quit after a car
accident and is now the only survivor of the Eastraill 177 disaster
which leads to him meeting Elijah Price who has an unexpected answer...
Pamela Burnside: Congratulations are in order
- Jan 25, 2019 - 11:37:50 AM
It is with immense pleasure that I pen this letter to the Editor in
order to send congratulations to the Department of Inland Revenue in the
Ministry of Finance for ‘getting it right’ when it comes to the ease of
doing business for Business Licenses this year.
two Business License renewals, each in approximately 7 hours’
turnaround, I did not want the month to end without sending all of the
government personnel involved in the exercise the congratulations they
so readily deserve...
Replicas - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jan 20, 2019 - 10:31:34 AM
A daring scientist working for a government-controlled laboratory
on a tropical island decides to use the facility's experimental
equipment to recreate his family members killed in a car accident. As he
goes against the existing laws of ethical science to achieve his goal,
he finds that he must face both moral and physical obstacles that he was
unprepared to deal with prior to the ordeal.
Foster is a research neuroscientist who is trying to transfer
consciousness from a biological being to a robotic one when his life
crashes around him...
Equality Bahamas on Minister's refusal to address increase in rape
- Jan 16, 2019 - 12:54:48 PM
"On Tuesday, Minister of Social Services and Community Development
refused to answer questions about the increase in rape from 2017 to 2018
because, according to him, that is not his lane. It is unfortunate and
unacceptable that the minister chose to put distance between his
portfolio and the pervasive issue of rape. Rape disproportionately
affects women and girls who should be prioritized by the Department of
Gender and Family Affairs which is under the Ministry of Social Services
and Community Development.
The Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development exists to address the needs of vulnerable
populations. These are not limited to people living in poverty or the
provision of food subsidies. The Ministry is not just for 'poor people
who need food...' "
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jan 5, 2019 - 6:15:16 PM
One of the taglines for this movie: Enter a universe where more than one
wears the mask. A young teenager is thrust into the life of a superhero
after being bitten by a spider from another dimension. As he tries to
learn how to properly become the hero he wants to be so he can protect
those he loves from a world ending cataclysmic event, he finds himself
under the tutelage of other beings with similar powers temporarily
trapped in his dimension.
Miles Morales aka Spider-Man is a
teenager adapting to the fact that he has to go to a new school where
more is expected from him and deal with new powers he must learn to
master in a short period of time...
Traveling advice for old ladies
- Dec 28, 2018 - 2:10:30 PM
“As an older woman, retirement should be a wonderful time to do exciting
things with your new-found freedom. A considerable part of your life
may have involved taking care of your kids and spouse and focusing on
your career, leaving very little ‘you’ time. Finally, that time is here.
This is the next exciting chapter of your life.” That’s what the
National Council on Aging Care says.
Really? I didn’t find any information about aging body bathroom parts.
Hmmm. The following are my ideas for experiencing happy hygiene while
traveling on vacation...
Bumblebee - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Dec 24, 2018 - 3:10:25 PM
A lone warrior from a distant planet suffering from amnesia and left
mute from battle befriends a young woman dealing with the loss of a
parent. When enemies of the warrior find out where he has fled to, they
agree to cooperate with a covert military organization on the new planet
they have landed on with the goal of using the primitive technology of
the inhabitants to pinpoint the warrior’s exact location. The warrior
forms a bond with his human companion as they find strength in each
other to overcome the obstacles in their lives that they may not be able
to face alone...
Transformers: Age of Extinction - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Dec 23, 2018 - 4:18:04 PM
Years after the an epic battle left a city in ruins humanity has picked
up the pieces and a shadowy group has taken it upon themselves to rid
the Earth of all alien robotic life. An ancient menace now has Earth in
its cross-hairs as it manipulates the human contingent to further its
ultimate goal of reclaiming a lost object of power. The leader of the
remaining extraterrestrial robot combatants must decide if humanity is
worth saving after such a betrayal...
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Dec 23, 2018 - 12:08:17 PM
One of the taglines for this movie: Mankind's Finest Achievement. Our
Nation's Proudest Moment. A Secret Hidden For Forty Years. When a
mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it
threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the good alien robot army
alone will not be able to save us. As they learn of a spacecraft from
their home planet hidden on the Moon, it begins a race against the evil
robot army to reach it and learn its secrets...
Transformers - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Dec 23, 2018 - 12:08:14 PM
The battle between two warring factions of a robotic race continues on
an alien planet. A young inhabitant of the planet is thrust into the war
when it is discovered that he hold information to the location of a
power source hidden on his planet generations before he was born.
is a powerful thing. It is proof that sometimes the memory of something
makes that thing better than it really was. With that said I have to to
admit I had my doubts about Transformers. There was the poster of
Megatron with the word Destroy on it and the one of Optimus Prime with
the word Protect...