Matt Fitzgibbons has won multiple awards for songwriting including two ASCAPlus Awards and has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. He’s done many interviews about his passion for individual liberty both nationally and internationally on TV, radio, newspapers, and podcasts including WVIT, WPKN, KPMX, WRKI, WTNH, NPR, the Hartford Courant, Waterbury Republican, etc. He has also hosted a popular online radio show called “Constitution Corner” and currently co-hosts “Common Sense for the 21st Century” with Tim Howard on the USA Emergency Broadcasting Network. Music, press, awards, interviews, and contact information can found on his website at PatriotMusic.com.
Thank you to all who have served and sacrificed. God bless you and God bless America!
Last night, I saw the epic 2016 version of Ben-Hur in 3-D. While the film has mostly been disparaged by critics, I thought it was excellent — and not just for its outstanding cinematography and special effects.
Based on the bestselling novel, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the film tells the story of a Jewish prince whose family is betrayed by his adopted Roman brother, after he is falsely accused of sedition. These events unfold in parallel with the ministry and ultimate crucifixion of Jesus Christ, played by Rodrigo Santoro.
While most critics have paid homage to the spectacular climax of the film, if nothing else, I was just as moved by its themes of love, betrayal, redemption, hope, and faith. It was also striking to witness the utter brutality of the Romans (just as in The Passion of the Christ), borne of a lust for power and a thirst for blood. Morgan Freeman, the only actor I recognized, turned in another compelling performance as Sheik Ilderim. I especially loved the scene in which he advises the former galley slave, Ben-Hur, to beat the Romans the only way he can.
Intertwining history, human fallibility, and spirituality with beautiful scenery, breathtaking special effects, and excellent acting, Ben-Hur is a must-see film…preferably in 3-D.
I had the chance to watch this incredible film the other night, based on my mom’s recommendation. With all of the ugliness in the world, it was a refreshing reminder that miracles are all around us and a Higher Power is in charge.
Jennifer Garner turned in an outstanding performance, as did the entire cast, especially young actress Kylie Rogers, who plays Annabel.
And here’s an interview with the real life Christie and Annabel.
In today’s crazy political and social climate, I’ll take many more films like this, please.