“The Judge” …. Hank and Joseph’s story!!

~~October 11, 2014~~ 

Movie day today …. this is one I wanted to see since the previews were shown. 

This movie shows the convoluted, complicated and intense relationship between the members of a dysfunctional family in a small town in Indiana. There are old wounds that haven’t healed, there’s court-room drama, dreams that went unfulfilled, the loss of pillar of the family, ways of dealing with a family member with special needs, the pride of a job/career well done … and so much more!

In my humble opinion, it’s a good movie … touches on many topics of daily reality. Worth my while. 



The Judge,” an unabashedly adult drama and a steadfastly old-fashioned one. Robert Downey Jr. is jaded big-city defense attorney Hank Palmer, a specialist in getting unsavory white-collar clients off the hook. As he puts it, “Innocent people can’t afford me.”

He is pitted against Robert Duvall as Hank’s estranged dad, Joseph, an upstanding small-town magistrate who suddenly finds himself facing a possible murder rap and reluctantly ends up relying on his hotshot son as his attorney.


Hank Palmer (Downey) is a cocky attorney who has little respect for the law as he helps wealthy clients evade justice.  When he learns that his mother has died, he reluctantly returns home to his small, Midwestern town, which he tried so hard to escape because he despises his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Duvall).

When Joseph is accused of murdering an ex-convict, Hank decides to defend his father even though he’s constantly being pushed away.  While in town, Hank also tries to mend fences with his brothers Glen (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Dale (Jeremy Strong) as well high-school girlfriend Samantha (Vera Farmiga).

The world revolves around Hank as everyone needs to pitch in and make him a better person. It’s not enough to repair the bond with his estranged father. He also needs to make amends for how he ignored the rest of his family, ran out on Sam, ruined his marriage, and neglected his daughter, Lauren (Emma Tremblay). Also, the prosecutor (Billy Bob Thornton) has a grudge against Hank. Joseph might be having trouble with his mental faculties.  And just for good measure, there’s also the possibility Hank fathered an illegitimate child with Sam.


The heart of the story is Hank and Joseph. 

Give Downey and Duvall the space to play off each other, and you’ll get great drama from it.  When Downey and Duvall are having a screaming match, they have to do it in the middle of the tornado because IT’S A WHIRLWIND OF EMOTION.


Dale carries around an 8mm camera solely for the purpose of showing us old home videos because REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES.

There is that intimate moment that will be recognizable to anyone who has ever had to take care of a sick parent.

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~~The Judge Official Trailer~~


~~Published on Jun 20, 2014~~

The Judge Official Trailer starring Robert Downey Jr, Billy Bob Thorton and directed by David Dobkin.

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.


We ALL are ONE!! 


To start the day …. we all need an oasis!!


~~July 18, 2014~~ 

In geography, an oasis (plural: oases) or cienega (Southwestern United States) is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source. Oases also provide habitat for animals and even humans if the area is big enough. The location of oases has been of critical importance for trade and transportation routes in desert areas; caravans must travel via oases so that supplies of water and food can be replenished.

An oasis in the Negev Desert

Oases are formed from underground rivers or aquifers such as an artesian aquifer, where water can reach the surface naturally by pressure or by man-made wells. Occasional brief thunderstorms provide subterranean water to sustain natural oases, such as the Tuat. Substrata of impermeable rock and stone can trap water and retain it in pockets, or on long faulting subsurface ridges or volcanic dikes water can collect and percolate to the surface. Any incidence of water is then used by migrating birds, which also pass seeds with their droppings which will grow at the water’s edge forming an oasis.




In figurative terms, we also use the word “oasis” as a place of rest, recharging and regrouping. It’s a peaceful, serene place where we can let our guards down and relax. 

The trials and tribulations of life do not let up!

Our world has turned into this dangerous, complicated, duplicitous, stressed place. There’s no peace … meaning outside of us (war and conflicts) or inside of us (stress of daily living). Either we are exposed to outside dangers: environmental, governmental, political – or we are exposed to internal strife (familiar, financial, job-related). You name it, fill in your blanks. 

 You can refer to a pleasant place or situation as an oasis when it is surrounded by unpleasant ones.  

Let’s go away.

Let’s find our own personal oasis. We are hurting, we are tired, we are spent. We feel we can’t go on anymore. The forces are too strong to keep going. We need to recharge, we need to rest. There’s too much static. There’s the sound of war drums everywhere. 

Wherever that may be, let’s go there today!! 




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Enjoy the peace, see the beauty, feel the heart beat and the breathing slow down. Take it all in. Soothes the soul, calms the spirit, rejuvenates you, recharges you. Let the running water purify your soul. We need to be replenished. 

Gather the supplies, fill the reservoirs because the journey continues until you find the next oasis. 


We ALL are ONE!!