If you watched the Golden Globes recently, you probably saw countless trailers for the new movie, 12 Strong. I know many of us (me included) first thought, “Oooo, LOOK! A Chris Hemsworth movie that isn’t Thor,” but there are several, much better reasons to see 12 Strong. It’s based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers, which tells the true story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. There, they worked with an Afghan warlord, and against unspeakable odds, to take down the Taliban. 12 Strong stars Michael Shannon, Rob Riggle, and Michael Peña along with Chris Hemsworth, as well as Elsa Pataky, who is married to Hemsworth in real life. Rob Riggle plays Colonel Max Bowers, the former battalion commander of the 5th Special Forces Group. Riggle is a Marine and actually served under the real Colonel Bowers. Pretty cool, right? Almost as cool as the passes I have to see 12 Strong EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
I took a walk yesterday and noticed the American flags that lined my street. It was 9/11 and an important day of remembrance so I wasn’t surprised to see them. I was, however, surprised when an unexpected feeling washed over me:
It took me a minute to put a name on it but as I stood and looked at those flags, I felt an unmistakable sense of guilt and a question popped into my mind:
Am I a bad American?
It wasn’t something that had ever occurred to me before. I’ve always been proud of my country and felt that I knew my place in it but I’m not so sure anymore. The things I feel strongly about, like freedom of speech and the belief that all men and women are created equal, are actually topics of debate now. Concepts that have always been pillars of truth to me are now disputed and sometimes even considered unpatriotic. In fact, about 50% of my country disagrees with my core and most basic beliefs.
So who is right? What does patriotism mean when an entire country is split on what is patriotic? Continue reading →
My daughter had a special assignment from her History teacher this weekend, in honor of 9/11. The students were asked to interview their parents and get their accounts of September 11th, 2001. Neither one of my girls had been born by that day, so the only things they know about it are what we’ve told them. The story below is what Emma wrote during our interview, and she was sweet enough to let me share it here.
Everyone remembers what they were doing when they received word that the World Trade Center was under attack. While most people stopped what they were doing and huddled around a TV set, my mother reported the whole thing live as it was happening. She was part of the Jagger & Julie Morning Show on 102.1 the Edge, and her main job was to report the news. She had an Associated Press feed on her computer that she watched throughout the morning to collect breaking news. They were live on the air when a news headline came up that said, “Plane Crashes into World Trade Center.” Mom clicked on the link to get more information, but the story only said that the price of stamps was going up. She was confused and announced live that she had received word that a plane had crashed in the World Trade Center but the story was about stamps. Her co-host, Chris Jagger, went to the phones to see if anyone knew what was going on. That’s when they saw that all of the phone lines were lit up with callers trying to tell them what was really happening. Continue reading →
I absolutely LOVE IT when I look at the calendar and see nothing but great movies on the horizon. That’s exactly what I was talking about on Good Morning Texas today. I joined Jane McGarry (who apparently cranks up rap music when she isn’t on TV) and Alanna Sarabia (who’s so young, she wasn’t sure who John McEnroe was…but we love her anyway!) to talk about Patti Cake$, Mother!, Battle of the Sexes, Home Again, 9/11, American Made and the movie I simply can’t stop talking about, It. I even had some juicy gossip to share about Jennifer Lawrence’s latest fling and our newest Pennywise the Clown, who scared some child actors on the set so badly, he left them crying. Click HERE to watch the segment, then visit the Free Movie Passes page to see what I’m giving away next. In fact, I should have tickets to see It very soon so check that page DAILY. Continue reading →
I’ve come close to walking out of a few movies in my life, because they were simply too intense to handle. Jaws, Jurassic Park and The Edge had me so freaked out that I wanted to run for the door. The Walk is the first movie to do so WITHOUT a man-eating creature. Instead, it was a serene stroll between the Twin Towers that had me crawling out of my seat and skin. Continue reading →
I’m not going to bore you with my 9/11 story today. Oh, I had totally planned to and even wrote half of it yesterday. I think I called it Reporting 9/11, or something equally as stupid. I was all ready to go until I drove the girls to school this morning.
They saw all the flags stuck in yards around the neighborhood and asked what was going on. I told them it was 9/11 and my youngest said, “Does that mean we get free Slurpees today?”
No baby, that’s 7-Eleven Day. Don’t judge my kid because it’s not her fault. She simply didn’t know what happened or the gravity of the whole situation. I realized at that moment that I had to explain it to her, just so she wouldn’t make that kind of mistake again.
So I told she and her sister the whole terrible story, from the first plane to the clouds of ash. They sat quietly in the back seat and listened in absolute horror. My older girl knew the story but she heard details this time that had never been shared with her before.
By the time they got out of the car, their faces were white and sad and I felt like the World’s Biggest A-Hole for telling them. Did I do the right thing? It was important to me that they understood the importance of September 11th and never confused it with getting a free Slurpee again. That said, now they KNOW everything that happened on that day. It is bound to affect them, the way it has affected us all.
So I won’t be sharing my 9/11 story here today. Once was enough. Instead, I’m going to spend 9/11 enjoying the life I have been blessed with. I’m going to eat and play and go roll around on the floor with my cats. I’m going to pick my kids up from school, take them to the pool and laugh while they jump cannonballs. I’m going to drink booze, make-out with my husband and crawl into a big, soft bed at the end of the day, but make no mistake.
I too, will never forget.