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September 11, 2019

In memory

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An important story of this day.

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War films

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Here is a list of war films the writer considers “great”.  Frankly, with the exception of Apocalypse Now, I agree. (Apocalypse Now has some great scenes, but I’d argue it isn’t a great movie.)  I’d move Das Boot up from an honorable mention.

August 26, 2019

Maybe all is not lost

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This is a good sign.  Maybe the current generation isn’t as hopeless as we think.

Movie review: The Dawn Patrol (1938)

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Starring Basil Rathbone, Errol Flynn and David Niven.  How can this not be good?  I hadn’t realized when watching this film that it was a remake and that the first version was in 1930.  The story covers an RAF squadron on the western front in 1916 and the horrendous losses the RAF was suffering at the time.  The theme of the strain on command of having to send men into combat knowing they are unprepared and will likely not survive even one mission and the resentment of those doing the flying and knowing what will happen to the green replacements plays out as the main tension of the film.  Frankly, it reminded me in some ways of 12 o’clock High, the WWII-set B-17 drama. (The movie, not the TV show)

Of interest to modelers, the film used actual Neiuport 28s, as well as some 1920s and 30s aircraft done up as WWI aircraft.  The distant view aerial combat sequences come from the earlier 1930 film and you can see the difference in the film quality even though there was only an 8 year time difference.

Four of Five stars.  Well worth watching.

August 21, 2019

A funny story

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I had never heard of this one.  ESPN does some incredibly good reporting sometimes.

August 20, 2019

Comedy

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Comedy is very individual.  These are some funny comedians.

August 19, 2019

I have questions

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So many questions.

Movie review: It Came from Outer Space (1953)

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Have I mentioned that one of my favorite channels is Turner Classic Movies (TCM)?  I am sure I have.  On Saturday nights they run classic noir films and 50s and 60s sci-fi films.  I recorded this one on the DVR for later viewing.  The main reason I recorded it is that the screen play is based on a Ray Bradbury short story.  Unlike a lot of 50s sci-fi, the aliens aren’t a stand in for the commies.  Rather, the are portrayed as physically hideous creatures that are peaceful and arrived by accident and just want to repair their ship and leave.  Like many of these aliens crash to earth films, the action takes place in the rural southwest. (Sand Rock, AZ)  I wonder if many of these films were set in the southwest due to the Roswell incident.

This is one of the first films staring the lovely Barbara Rush, and if you pay attention, you”ll see one of the survivors of a later boat accident that led to a stranded passengers and crew.  While not high art, and not even the best of its era, it is an enjoyable film. Two and a half out of five stars.

August 8, 2019

Amazing

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Welcome home. Rest easy.

August 5, 2019

A great story

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Things like this give me hope that our country hasn’t completely lost our minds.  I follow his Twitter account and it is nothing but great.

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