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Ain't Them Bodies Saints

By Bob on October 30, 2014 4:16 AM

The problem with the blockbuster movie business is that there are a lot of terrific films that don't have the marketing budget of say, Iron Man 7 so they go unnoticed. That's why it's a delight to run across an independent film as beautiful and haunting as Ain't Them Bodies Saints.

Aint-Them-Bodies-Saints-460.jpgAin't Them Bodies Saints is a 2013 crime noir drama set in the Texas Hill Country (the characters actually mention Glen Rose and Meridian) in the early 1970s. The premise is simple. Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) goes to prison for a violent crime and promises his pregnant wife, Ruth (Rooney Mara) that he'll get out and return. 

Of course, what he doesn't say is that he has to break out of a Texas prison to see her and the daughter he's never met. The prison escape sets in motion everything from contract killers to lawmen and a sheriff's deputy who's taken a liking to his wife. It's a taut, edge-of-your-seat story that'll keep you guessing until the final frame.

Much of the credit goes to writer-director David Lowery for his superb storytelling ability. He's never afraid to let the camera linger when emotion moves the story along.

The ethereal cinematography (think Days of Heaven) complements the onscreen action and heightens the drama. The supporting cast includes the always wonderful Keith Carradine and Ben Foster in pitch-perfect performances.   

If you liked Matthew McConaughey in Mud or True Detectives then put this one on your watch list. A great little film like Ain't Them Bodies Saints is truly heaven sent.



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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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