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May 25, 2021

Belarus

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:53 am
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The country of Belarus has apparently seen the movie White Knights.   For those of you who haven’t seen it, Mikhail Baryshnikov plays a Russian dancer who defected and while flying to Tokyo, his plan is forced down in the Soviet Union.  It is an OK movie.

Apparently a leading Belarussian dissident was on a Ryanair flight flying over Belarus.  The government reported a bomb threat to the plane and sent a fight to escort it to land in Belarus.  Once on the ground there, the dissident was pulled from the flight and appears to have been imprisoned.

As you can imagine, this isn’t going over well with other countries.  Airlines are avoiding Belarus airspace and airlines are cancelling flights in and out of the country.  Some are pointing out that if they get away with doing this, other countries will do it too.

March 24, 2021

Michael Lewis

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:32 pm
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I previously reviewed The Big Short, based on a book by Michael Lewis. I only recently learned that he wrote the books, The Blind Side, Moneyball and Liars Poker. Here is a very interesting interview with him.

March 23, 2021

Movie review: The Big Short (2015)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:08 am
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I have been meaning to watch this movie ever since it came out. It did not disappoint. I was so good I watched it twice over the weekend. It is an amazing movie, Well acted and well directed, Making a movie a bout massive financial fraud, with a ton of numbers is really hard, and they did it well. My real impression from the movie is to increase my doubt about everything we are being told today. I am not a Steve Carell fan, but his performance in this movie is nothing short of amazing. Big props to the writers who made this numbers story understandable. My biggest take away from the movie is a massive doubt about everything we think we currently know about what is going on in 2021. Watch this movie.

February 28, 2021

Movie review: Air America (1990)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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Thanks to Jim Bates, I ended up viewing this movie again on DVD.  I have to admit, I enjoyed the movie when I originally saw it. It actually improves on a second viewing.  On the surface, the movie is a story of an LA traffic chopper pilot, who, due to his behavior, loses his license and is recruited into flying for “Air America”, the CIA airline operating in Laos.  While fictionalized, this is a good movie.  The flying scenes are first rate and Robert Downey, Jr. and Mel Gibson have real chemistry.   The movie also stars Nancy Travis, who is the sitcom mom on numerous sitcoms.

This movie is not only worth watching, it is worth owning on DVD.

February 15, 2021

If you like the Deadpool movies….

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:27 am
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this is awesome.

November 5, 2020

German Midget Subs of WWII

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:25 pm
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A really interesting short YouTube documentary on German WWII Midget subs.

August 30, 2020

Enola Holmes

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:54 am
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I’ve previously written on the fact that I am a fan of the Sherlock Holmes character.  Netflix has a new movie based on a character set in the Sherlock Holmes universe, Enola Holmes.  While clearly not canon, it looks interesting. When the Jude Law-Robert Downey, Jr. movie trailer first appeared, I was a bit worried as it looked to be a buddy cop movie rather than something truer to the spirit of the canon.  I was pleasantly surprised in that case.  I hope I will be here as well.

August 22, 2020

Movie review:The Big Sleep (1946)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:01 am
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The film adaption of the Raymond Chandler detective novel starring Bogart and Bacall.  I happened to catch this on TCM late night’s “Noir Alley”.  This is probably my favorite feature on TCM and I love watching the old noir films.  This is one of the best.  Also, watching Bogart and Bacall act together makes you realize how crappy the actors and actresses of today’s Hollywood are.  With the possible exception of Tom Hanks or Denzel Washington, there isn’t an actor today that comes close to the talent Bogart had. His acting is so effortless.  He never seems to be acting.   This film, along with The Maltese Falcon is one of those films that I could watch again and again.  Five stars.  If you have never seen it, go watch it, right away.

July 31, 2020

Sonny Bunch spits hot fire

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 11:17 am
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Sonny Bunch @SonnyBunch is one of the best movie reviewers out there.  If you  don’t read his stuff, you should.  His review of Mr. Jones should be required reading.

July 11, 2020

Now that is funny

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:36 am
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