Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LOCAL GOLF - Dewsweepers Golf Course Review - Cossett Creek

Course: Cossett Creek (Formerly Brunswick Hills)

Location: On Rt. 303, just west of Rt. 42 -  Brunswick -  Medina County

Directions:  Easy access from I-71, about 4 miles west - 20 minutes from Akron/Cleveland

Dewsweeper Tee Time Was: 618 AM

Cossett Creek Website

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It has been a while since we played this golf course. So long, we didn't realize that it had a new full owner and a new name till we called for a tee time.  Brunswick Hills, is now called Cossett Creek.  This is a great example of a golf course that is the story of two amazingly different 9's.   They could not be more different, and that is the draw for Cossett Creek.  They are as different as the 9's are at Brandywine in Peninsula.

CC is in the state of transition, and you can tell that from the first hole.  This is not a long course, and the front is not overly difficult. But the back is very tough and you better make your scoring hay on the front.  This is a course that is making a ton of changes and you can see that the new full owner has a nice vision of this course elevating itself to the next level.  There is some work going on there, but it is not in play at all.  They have taken the first step that you should in reclaiming a golf course, they have their greens in great shape.  The greens looked great, rolled well and held shots very well, and golfers appreciate all of the above.

Some of the old sand traps are being phased out, and many of the tee boxes are being worked on which is the next step to take.  I would imagine some tree removal and thinning is on  the way. The fairways were nice overall and well kept.  The rough is still a work in progress, but you can tell better things are on the way.  This has always been a modest facility, with a serviceable clubhouse, good food and good service.  Plus, they understand the course is in transition, and the rate for Sunday morning with cart, mid-summer, was very fair.

Joe Red was off this week on vacation, so his son Bryan filled in.  Bryan's game has really elevated over the past couple of years, and he's playing to a nice handicap these days.  Bryan shot an 86 today, with 43/43.  The back 43 is far more impressive.  You have to score on the front to post a nice number here. It is more open, flat, and overall just easier.  But a nice birdie on 18 is the one that brings you back, and he hung in there all morning long.

Tex is hitting the ball better these days, but that darn Cossett Creek got in his way a few times, and Tex uncharacteristically had a tough day with his short game and putting, usually his staple. Tex fired 46/48 for 94 on the day, but should have been better if not for short game woes.

Beef's 84 sounds that he played fairly well, but it wasn't the story of his round.  Beef had 7, 1 putts and hit the ball very well. But a 9 on number 15, par 5 derailed his scoring.  That hole can do that, as it is extremely difficult.  Beef went 40 on the front and 44 on the back with that huge 9.  He played better than the 84.  Next time he will. 

I got off to a nice start, and did what I wanted to, by posting a nice 39 on the front with a birdie on 9.  Then a 42 on the back as tight driving holes gave me fits a few times, and a 3 putt on the brutal #12 hurt too. But I 1 putted 7 times, including the final four holes to shoot 81 on the day. I was happy with that.

Course highlights?  On the front, # 3, a 330 yard par 4, to a heavily sloped green.  Number 7, a nice par 4, with a great elevated approach shot up the hill over water.  The back #12, BRUTAL par 4 that has no easy shot on it at all - 380 yard par 4, blind tee shot, down hill approach over Cossett Creek, to a sloped sausage shaped green with bunkers!  # 14, tough driving par 4 uphill, over the creek. # 15, long, tight par 5, creek all the way right, forest to the left.  Very hard. #16, tough, long par 4 sloped fairway, tough driving hole.  The 5 holes in the middle of the back nine are all very tough and can destroy your round. So play patiently and smart.   12 through 16.  What a stretch!

This is a course that you can feel is a couple years away from being very nice and refurbished.   Reinventing a golf course is long process, but you can tell a plan is in order, and really nice days are on the way at Cossett Creek.  Other courses have done it, Brookledge, Springvale, and Copper Top At Cherokee Hills have all made great comebacks.  In the meantime, enjoy the nice greens, and the nice rates, at a course that winds you through the trees  and creeks, and is enjoyable to play.  New players play the front. Experienced, play all 18.

Scores

Wynn  -  81
Beef  -  84
Bryan  -  86
Tex  -  94

Next week, The Dewsweepers tee it up at the wonderful Maplecrest in Kent.

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DVD - What's New on Streaming and DVD - July 23

This week there are finally some movies that you may remember from a few months ago available for you to rent, buy or stream.   There are movies for the adults, and the family alike.

Keep in mind, we only feature new releases that were major motion pictures that had a theater run.  Where applicable, I will link you back to my original review to help you make an informed decision before you hit buy, on your remote.

This Weeks Releases

The Single Moms Club -

Big cast and tons of characters in this comedy of sorts, that is also rooted in truth.  This was another Tyler Perry movie that brought in a bunch of money.

Transcendence -

Johnny Depp stars in this computer movie, about how we can maybe keep a persons spirit alive in a hard drive, after the body has died.  Yawn...

Heaven Is For Real -

This movie, based on a big bestselling book of the same name. Story of a little boy who supposedly went to heaven after a near death experience.  Good for virtually everyone, and was a big hit.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW - The Purge:Anarchy

A year or two ago the original, The Purge kind of came out of nowhere and had some good success.  This is the second installment of this series.   But this is more like a movement, than an installment.

The Purge was a movie set in near the future in the United States, where a new regime has come into power called the New Founding Fathers of America.  They have instituted a new policy called , the purge.  For one 12 hour period a year, all crime in the U.S. is legal, including murder. The whole idea is that people will weed out the poor, and let the rich or non-poor to flourish.  Crime is down, and so is the unemployment rate.  The original takes place on purge night, and showcases a family trying to survive the night of terror. And has an interesting story line.

The original was a nice mix of violence, parody, satire, and a look at a new original idea that was based in unabashed fiction. It made some social commentary of the anger that possibly can rage within, and made you question possibly, would you participate in the purge?  It was clearly fiction, and clearly a small movie, that found a big audience.  This installment, is none of those things. Now it's just violent, ugly, and divisive.

This movie chooses to showcase only violence, and forgets any real semblance of a story. Oh, they try, but it's stupid, and predictable.  This is making far more social statements and some of them are quite disturbing.   Here, the Feds are now killing people, because we are not killing enough.  Also, this is immensely stereotypical in who is bad, and who is good.  This really takes on the rich, and clearly spends more time being cruel than creative.

It's offensive to virtually everyone if you watch anywhere near carefully, and is intelligence insulting to almost anyone.  Gone is the creativity, and the irony of the original. Clearly test groups wanted less story and dialogue and more killing and violence, and you get it. Much of this feels like a video game and is mind melting.  Except, most video games are far, far more compelling.

The Purge:Anarchy.   Terrible, and a far cry from the surprising and creative original.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW - Sex Tape

Regardless of the box office take, here come THE comedy of the summer Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal.

This is highly adult, racy, raunchy at times, and very topical. And although there are some bad decisions here and there, this is really pretty funny.  This is the best comedy that either one of these actors have made in a very long time.  I laughed out loud many times.

It's the story of a nice married couple Jay (Segal) and Annie (Diaz).  They are married, and are still in love with two young kids.  They have seemed to lost the keys to each other and their sex life is suffering badly.  So, they decide to make a sex tape at home with an I-pad to spice things up.  After the 3-hour taped sex session, Annie asks Jay to erase the tape.  But he does not, and it is automatically send to the cloud, and now it's out there for other like devices to see it way beyond just themselves. 

So they spend a day to try to collect all like devices from their friends and family and try to keep this off the Internet.  Will they succeed? Who know? That in a nutshell is Sex Tape.

I have seen the national critics have panned this piece, and I frankly don't know why.  OK, this is not the best comedy ever made, but the theater laughed out loud repeatedly, including me.  It has a basically smutty premise, and that's fine.  But for the most part, they do not allow this to fall completely into the gutter and that is to be commended.  Yes, it talks incessantly about sex, taping sex, and the married life realities of sex but that's what this movie is about.  It also has some tolerable raunchy language, some recreational drug use that was actually funny. Then it blends in our world of technology that is inescapable.  But the whole time, regardless of the current comedic line on screen, they for the most part keep this from being a gross-fest.

Both of our stars are pretty darn funny in this movie and are well cast together.  They have a nice chemistry on screen, and both are good.   The best thing in the writing of this, is that BOTH of our mains are fallible, and that makes this really funny.  It is not simply that Jay is a knucklehead and Annie is just trying to hold it together.  There are a few cameo's too that make this funny too.

Sex Tape. No, it's not perfect, but it racy, adult and young adult fun.  I laughed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

LOCAL GOLF - Dewsweepers Gof Course Review - Ironwood

Course: Ironwood Golf Course

Location:  Rt. 94 in Medina County, (Hinckley) just north of Rt. 303

Directions:  Easy access from Rt. 303, I-71 and State Road. 20 minutes from Akron and Cleveland

Dewsweepers Tee Time Was: 620

Ironwood Website

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This week we made our annual trek to Ironwood, a very nice golf course that to some flies under the radar.  But this is a nice place, and a challenging course at that.  This is set in the deep, and rolling hills of Medina County, back in the trees.  Only a few holes where the terrain doesn't come into play.

I wouldn't call Ironwood a long course in actual yardage, but it plays longer than the card says. You have to make many shots here that have to carry all the way to the pin.  Much of this plays uphill, either steadily or drastically.  So you need to disregard the yardage and choose clubs wisely.  We really like playing this course.  The whole complex is a simple one. A basic clubhouse, with basic services, but really nice service from the staff, and there's always a nice feeling surrounding this course.

The story here is the terrain.  For example, all 4 par 3's play either way uphill, or down.  And that makes them really challenging.  Plus the par 5's all play uphill steadily making them longer.  And there are a few approach shots here, that are just flat out tough.  And this course has one of the toughest first swing drives you will play.  Right in front of everyone, to a long par 4, downhill with trees lining both sides of the fairway.  The greens here were really nice, and as the morning dew dried out, they got a whole lot faster as the day got older.

Beef was out of town, so it was just me, Joe Red and Tex.  There was some battling out there today, as Ironwood makes you think. We all had our moments of good and not so good golf.  Red had tough first hole but rebounded nicely. His front didn't match his back 9, as he shot an 86 on the day, with a real nice 40 on the back. That's a nice nine here, as the back is tougher, and not by a little.

Tex shot 47 on the front, and took advantage of the course the best he could. But Tex found some difficulty on the back, and that's not hard to do here.  He ran into trouble on #14 and #15, and that's not uncommon. Both are very tough and can ruin a round.  Tex has to settle for 96 on the day.  I almost budget those two holes to kill me every time.

I got off to a great start with a nice 39 on the front, that could have been even better without 2 - 3 putts.  But on the back I too ran into trouble on 14, with a terrible triple that really hurt. Plus, I had two more 3 putts, that sank me to a 45 on the back for 84 on the day. Not bad, but I was in position to to shoot much lower.  That's why I am a amateur.

Course highlights?  #2,  210 yard par 3 way down hill to a slanted green. #5, 426 yard par 4 #1 handicap, tough.  #6 straight uphill par 3, 150 yards, you better hit the green. #11, way downhill par 3, slanted green over water.  #14 tough par 4 tight, elevated green.  #15 brutal par 4 uphill, thin and blind approach only 325 but can be a round killer.  #16, 331 par 4, to a really fun, but tough approach shot to an elevated green in the trees.  And #17, par 3, 160, uphill all the way, steep! You can see that stretch on the back can be really challenging.

Ironwood is a really nice place to play, but bring your thinking cap, and use all your clubs.  This requires a golfers attention.

Scores

Wynn  -  84
Joe Red  -  86
Tex  -   96

Next week, Beef and I are solo, and we will play and review the very nice, Pine Hills in Hinckley for a rare afternoon round on Saturday.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

DVD - New on Streaming and DVD July 15

With the theater movies so popular in the middle of summer, the new releases for home use can be a bit slow in July.   There have been a ton of TV shows out on DVD the past few weeks, but not a lot of major motion pictures. 

We don't feature those, or straight to DVD movies, but only major movies.  These are what are not new this week, and last.

New This Week

Rio 2 -  

Animated of course. This franchise has been incredibly lucrative, and is fun for the entire family.  This was a big success, and that mean more than likely more to come

Bad Words -

Jason Bateman in this off beat adult comedy, where a grown man somehow finds himself in a middle school spelling bee, and more.


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Intangibles

Before I type a single word let's all agree on this. The way Lebron James left this city 4 years ago was terrible, horrible humiliating, tasteless, classless, unprofessional and undeserved by Northeast Ohio. If I missed your favorite, I am sorry but I think we all can agree on that. 

And can we please get past all the big money talk?  Yes, Lebron is stinking rich. And yes, so is Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, The Beatles, Michael Jordan, and trillions of other big stars and athletes who are the best in the world at what they do in a mass appeal industry. The point is mute.

But now, Lebron is back where he probably belongs, and where he will do the most good for the NBA, the Cav's and to the people of Northeast Ohio.  This has spawned the huge debate again, do yo love him or hate him?  I never begrudged him for leaving 4 years ago, because I, and more than likely a ton of people you know, have done the exact same thing.  No, we are not Lebron, and the impact of our move somewhere else didn't spur a national debate. But it's still exactly the same.

Lebron left 4 years ago because of intangibles. Officially defined: "not made of physical substance : not able to be touched"  Lebron was a young man, who wanted at that time what this area could not offer him.  He wanted South Beach, glitz, glamor, warmth, and to play basketball with his best buddies who wouldn't move to Cleveland.  Let's not forget the Cav's won 60 plus games his last year or two.  The best team in the NBA with an owner that had deep pockets.  It wasn't that the Cav's couldn't win it. Lebron wanted different things at the time, many that were outside of basketball.  And Miami had them all. 

The whole thing reminded me of  - me.  (No, I am not saying I was Lebron) but I moved away from my home here where I grew up, for over 18 years as a young man. Why? I wanted to see different places. I too had Florida on my radar, and eventually got there and worked there for 10 years.  Nothing could have stopped me then, and nothing could have stopped Lebron 4 years ago.  You may have done the same thing as a young person, or are thinking of doing so now.  And you may, or may not have come back home.  When the nomadic bug hits a young person, it's tough to stop.

Only Lebron did it differently than we did. Most of us hoped for money from home to help pay the bills when starting out. We also asked family members and friends to spend their money and vacation time on visiting us, because we were lonely and still getting a foothold in our new place.  And when we moved, we didn't send home thousands of dollars to help kids and people that we never met, because we missed home.  From my chair, all that anger 4 years ago was misplaced.  Although, the area deserved better than The Decision by far on TV.  Lebron's intangibles were just too strong then, and like his drive to the hoop, could not be stopped.

And today, the exact same, more mature, and better thought out intangibles have brought him back to the Cav's and to our area.  He could literally play for any team in the NBA, but he wants to be here.  And if you are still angry, maybe it's time to reconsider. Or if you say, "who cares?"  Maybe the same.

Whether the naysayers like it or not, Lebron is a windfall for this area.  He is a one man economy.  He brings with him 30,000 every night in attendance to The Q, and to bars, eateries, parking lots, RTA, The Casino's, Cabbies, vendors, security, T-shirt makers and sellers, countless other businesses, all who employ people and pay taxes.  He also puts the area on National TV 3 nights a week, and you can't buy that kind of publicity.  He makes people discover downtown, and reignites the fire in Cav's fans.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of people out there who will find a job in one way or another with him a Cavalier.  You may not like that fact,... but that is the fact. And that must be acknowledged as such, even by the most jaded or hardened of heart.   

If you like Lebron or not, be glad for an area, our area, that needs good news about as much as any area in recent memory.  The spotlight is back on Northeast Ohio again, and even if basketball isn't your thing, be glad that it is for some. Because the powerful energy that has been slowly building just got a huge surge with the return of Lebron.  

Be happy for those who will benefit directly as fans and as beneficiaries.  And, be happy for those who will benefit indirectly - all of us.