American Sniper Movie Review

American Sniper Movie Review by Kephra Rubin

American Sniper Movie Review by Kephra Rubin

American Sniper

Rating: Pretty Damn Good

Honestly, if you look at this movie without knowing that it’s based on a real American’s life, the movie isn’t actually that amazing. That’s why it got a Pretty Damn Good rating, instead of a Rocked rating. The story lacks focus, and its message isn’t delivered clearly.

It’s almost as if it couldn’t decide if it was trying to be Black Hawk Down or Jacknife (somewhat lesser known movie that deals specifically with soldiers struggling to integrate back into everyday life) and kept flip flopping between the two so much that at the end the revelations made by the main character seem anticlimactic.

The reason I’m pointing all this out now is I think that if you go into this movie not expecting the greatest telling of a soldier’s struggle to have ever been filmed, you won’t be disappointed. In the end, it is a very good movie, but hype can sometimes lead to disappointment, so my hope is beating it up a little will help everyone to give the movie a fair chance not anticipating perfection.

Do not expect another “Lone Survivor” with this one. American Sniper is almost entirely a drama with bits of war sprinkled in, as opposed to a war movie with dramatic moments in it. It’s almost as if the war time scenes are there simply to add tension and make the scenes of home life seem almost alien and help you to understand why a soldier can feel a bit uncomfortable in a casual “civilian” setting.

American Sniper Movie Review by Kephra Rubin

American Sniper Movie Review by Kephra Rubin

What you may not like:

-Unfocused storytelling that prevents the movie from making a rock solid message
-The film feels rushed, there’s so much to discuss that key moments in Chris Kyle’s life are sort of leafed through to save time, the movie was entertaining enough it could have been longer if it would help flesh things out.

American Sniper Movie Review by Kephra Rubin. Some parts make a point, but drag while doing it. Other parts were thought provoking but rushed.

American Sniper Movie Review, by Kephra Rubin. Some parts make a point, but drag while doing it. Other parts were thought provoking but rushed.

-Dragging points, in spite of it feeling rushed there was a lot of time spent on things that didn’t really pull you in to what ultimately became the overall message of the movie and didn’t help illustrate it, time could have been saved from those scenes and used to flesh out more of Chris Kyle’s struggle with his inner demons and his eventual triumph (if one can ever truly triumph) over them.

-Anticlimactic key moments, things that should have made you erupt in applause, burst into tears etc. weren’t given much of a crescendo at all.

American Sniper Movie Review, by Kephra Rubin. Bradley Cooper does an amazing job.

American Sniper Movie Review, by Kephra Rubin. Bradley Cooper does an amazing job.

What you’ll love:

-Amazing acting from Bradley Cooper he plays it perfectly. Not just because he kind of looks like him, but because he plays that “teetering on the brink” character so well, and this let him add a new dimension to that with the introverted body language and tension of someone poised and ready to fire without an enemy to unleash on.

American Sniper Movie Review, by Kephra Rubin. There are serious messages in this film that can help everyday people understand a soldier's struggle better.

American Sniper Movie Review, by Kephra Rubin. There are serious messages in this film that can help everyday people understand a soldier’s struggle better.

-Great messages. In spite of the movie feeling unfocused, the movie says a lot in a short amount of time. I would think it’s a great movie to help understand what a loved one is going through when they come back from combat. Even if they never fire a shot, it’s such a different environment, different practices and behaviors, it makes it clear why people can feel so out of place at home.

American Sniper Movie Review, by Kephra Rubin. Chris Kyle and wife Taya Kyle. Their eyes say it all, but in many ways Chris Kyle found his way home again, and ultimately the movie shows this in a vindicating, albeit it bittersweet way.

American Sniper Movie Review, by Kephra Rubin. Chris Kyle and wife Taya Kyle. Their eyes say it all, but in many ways Chris Kyle found his way home again, and ultimately the movie shows this in a vindicating, albeit it bittersweet way.

-A good ending, things are wrapped up and finally the messages all come together in one clear point, that we can find our way back to ourselves if we fight for it, that we are all warriors struggling in battles and we need to push forward and keep going, because in some ways you can always come home, you just have to be ready to.

Again, I’m only giving the movie a hard time because I don’t want you getting that disappointment that follows any over-hyped movie. It’s a great movie, you’re going to enjoy it, just don’t expect the world. At the end of the day, it’s still a movie, things won’t be perfect, but that’s never the point. The point is to tell a story that teaches a moral lesson that one can take home, and to do it in an entertaining and engaging way. This movie definitely does that.

I would also say that it’s worth seeing in theaters and not waiting for Netflix or watching it bootlegged because there’s certain scenes that are meaningless without the big sound and big screen.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you thought in the comments.
-Kephra

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Merry Christmas, and how a supernatural thriller with zombies plays into your holiday

Merry Christmas From Kephra Rubin

Merry Christmas From Kephra Rubin

Merry Christmas!

The holidays can be tough, so always remember what “Walk Through the Valley” actually means. We’re all born on the top of one mountain, but meant for another. To realize our truest potential, we must descend, sometimes painfully into the dark and unknown valley below, and when faced with that type of terror, we must choose to walk through, not fully knowing where we will go or if we will make it, we must work through our pain and fear, anger and more to get to the base of who we are meant to be, and then… only then… can we begin to climb. Whatever your holiday brings you, face it full on and rise!

And don’t forget to pig out! Woohoo!

-Kephra

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Walk Through the Valley: The Hill Tribe, is a supernatural thriller set during the Vietnam War, it is available for ebook now, and very soon paperback.

http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Through-Valley-Hill-Tribe-ebook/dp/B00EZFION6

Feeling Bahumbugish? I made this when I was a kid and if you listen closely to the lyrics it really sums it all up in terms of what christmas really is.

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Saying What We Say, a Poem by Kephra Rubin

Saying What We Say, a Poem by Kephra Rubin

Saying What We Say, by Kephra Rubin

Saying what we say

We don’t say what we say
We say and do things meant to mean
What we wanted to say
But were too afraid

So we said things
We never really meant
Bent on beating one another
To the upper hand

King of the hill
Not life, just a stupid little hill
Yet it means so much
We were willing to kill

Saying what we say

I’ll show you who’s boss!
But at what cost?
You win…
Now you’re lost

Saying what we say

Are we really just kids reaching up
To someone who doesn’t want a hug?
Are we really so fragile, are we really so small?
That we build nothing up but better walls?

Saying what we say

Trying to hurt you better than you hurt me
What purpose does it serve, what good does it bring?
An obsession with protection that does more harm than good
Then we wonder why our feelings are always misunderstood…

Saying what we say

We touched for a moment, our souls
But our life time has been full of… just letting go
I can’t do this anymore
But how do I stop?

How do I stop?

Saying what I say

By Kephra Rubin

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Next Poem: The Turmoil Between

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The Turmoil Between, a Haiku by Kephra Rubin

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The Turmoil Between

Lust for each as is
But love what each could become
And so we argue

Haiku By Kephra Rubin
Copyright 2014

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Next Poem: That Girl is a Glass Statue

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That Girl is a Glass Statue, Poem by Kephra Rubin

That Girl is a Glass Statue, by Kephra Rubin

That Girl is a Glass Statue, by Kephra Rubin

That Girl is a Glass Statue

Some say she’s a whore
Desperate to love for sure
Love her, leave her and nothing more
Pity her because she’s so impure

But I say that girl is a glass statue
Slim and smooth
If she gets bumped or brushed by you,
She’s sure to tip and crack right through

The glass comes crashing down

Now she’s broken right there on the floor
Where everyone says to leave her for sure
But no, I know what that pain is like
So, I try… foolishly, I try

Picking up her pieces
Edges once smooth
She brakes just like razors
Cut into you

Hard, but brittle

My blood in the shards
Too hard to heal pain
Too far to be changed
Too scared to be faced

So she runs away

Not a whore
Just a glass statue
And cold glass can’t bend
So she tries again, and again, and again

She’s not a whore

That girl is a glass statue

Hell… maybe I am, too.

By Kephra Rubin

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Next Poem: Loving Like Movies

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Loving Like Movies, a Poem by Kephra Rubin

Loving Like Movies, By Kephra Rubin

Loving Like Movies, By Kephra Rubin

Loving Like Movies

She pushes me out
Tears our souls apart
To test her doubts
Hopes I’ll chase her heart

That’s her dream
For me to come grab her arms
“Dirty Dancing”
Was the name of that one I think

Comes to me, plays to get close
Then runs away
She wants some control
So she runs, waiting to be chased

I die each time
She suffers me
She loves her fear
More than our dreams

Holding a soul,
That isn’t really there
So I let go
Think that one was called “Ghost”

Still I know
That she dreams of me
Wants me to prove
That it’s for her I breathe

But now I’m dreaming of a girl
Who won’t give up
Who doesn’t run away
Just to mess me up

“Adjustment Bureau”
I think it’s called
Where they never let go
Fought for their hearts

Loving like movies
If we have to press play
I just need to make sure
Our movies are the same

By Kephra Rubin

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Next Poem: The Phoenix and the Scarab

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The Phoenix and the Scarab, a Poem by Kephra Rubin

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The Phoenix and the Scarab

She waits
Standing in gasoline
Holding a match
You listen to her as she screams

If it’s love
Then you’ll come
Put out the flame
So you reach
To extinguish
And fix everything

Until she lights another match
And starts to scream

Then you see, retreat
Because you believe
If it’s love then she’ll come
Without any match

But when she does comes back
She’s brought all the gas

How many times can you try
How many lies can you mind
Before you let go
Let it burn all night?
So you say goodbye
Inside your mind

Watch her match light
Hide the tears inside

That’s when you hear it
A splash
Look around and see gas
Look in your own hand
That’s when you see your own match
Yeah, you’re just as bad

The phoenix and the scarab, destined to burn
What will you choose to become after your rebirth?

By Kephra Rubin

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