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May 23, 2019

Movie review: Harper (1966)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:13 am
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This is why I don’t get more modeling done.  Last night, exhausted after work, kids care, etc. I should have modeled.  Instead I turned on the TV and on TCM found Cool Hand Luke running.  It was a third of the way in, but it is a compelling film and I sat and watched it, though I had seen it many times before.  After it ended, it turns out that it is Paul Newman month on TCM.

The next film they were showing was this one, Harper.  It was shot in 1966, but was based on a late 1940s noir novel called The Moving Target.  It is a typical PI story, with a down and out PI getting hired for a case with a bunch of twists and turns.  I won’t spoil the plot, because it is worth watching.  It isn’t the best film ever, or the best Newman film, but it is good.  There are a number of good performances, starting with Newman.  Also, since it is set in LA/Southern California in the mid-60s, you get some great shots that make you realize how wonderful California was in the 60s, before the sprawl, the crime, the corruption, etc.  If you had to pick a time and place in the past to live, a top contender would be LA from 1940 to 1965.

Like many films in the 60s, this one has an ambiguous ending.  I suspect you could get 5 people to watch it, and no two would agree on what the ending meant.  It is a good film, well worth watching.  A solid 3 out of 5 stars.

 

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May 14, 2019

Movie review: Doom (2005)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 1:14 pm
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Why?  Why do you find yourself sitting in front of the TV watching a movie that you’d never in a million years pick out to watch.  If I knew the answer to that I wouldn’t have found myself watching Doom.  Two things of note. 1. I never played the video game, so I am sure that some inside stuff was lost on me. 2. I have never seen a movie adapted from a video game that was any good. This was no exception.

I like Karl Urban and who can resist The Rock, but this was a terrible movie, with not much of a script or plot and only barely qualified as entertaining.  I’d never choose to sit down and watch it again.  Heck, I am still not sure why I watched it the first time other than I was too tired from work to reach over and change the channel. The film was a box office disaster, and I can see why.  2 out of 5 stars, and that is being generous.

 

May 10, 2019

USMC

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:50 am
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Man, we are in trouble if discipline is fading in the Marine units.

May 8, 2019

The return of “Pinks and Greens”

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:02 am
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I, for one, am happy to see this change.

May 7, 2019

Libyan F.1

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:52 am
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Reports are that a Portuguese pilot flying as a mercenary for rebel forces in Libya has been shot down by Libyan National Army forces.  More as the story develops.

May 1, 2019

Fundraiser to help preserve the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.

Filed under: General — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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Story here.  Give a little.

April 24, 2019

N9M crash

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 4:30 pm
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The only remaining example in the world of an Northrop N9M crashed recently destroying the aircraft.  This brings up a position that I have held for some time, namely that if an aircraft is the only example of its type existing in the world, then it shouldn’t be flown, even if it is in flyable condition.  I’ve had debates with other aviation enthusiasts who feel differently, but to me the risk of losing such unique items outweighs the joy of seeing them in flight.  Thoughts?

April 20, 2019

Happy Easter

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 9:14 pm
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I hope you all have a blessed Easter.

April 7, 2019

The new polio

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:38 am
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This disease has made news in the last year or two.  Here is an in depth article on the disease, its strange two-year cycle, and its possible causes.  This is something that the government or private industry, or both, need to throw some money and time at.

April 1, 2019

Is it wrong….

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:38 am
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of me to love this story?  I don’t think so.

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