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Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
For those under the wooden crosses there is nothing we can do .except pause and murmur Thanks pal thanks.
The Story of G.I. Joe is a historic film. It's the first truthful look at the infantry men during WWII. there is rain and mud and snow and ice and horror beyond all horror. Loneliness and love. And Men who break during Combat and men who die. Ernie Pyle lived that life marching the same mud filled roads as the Joes and watching the smiling youthful faces full of hope turn old and full of bitterness and regret. Pyle knew what he was talking about he lived it alongside the soldiers that helped win a war. He suffered as they suffered and told their story as honestly as he could and in the end this made Pyle the most beloved War correspondent of his time . And maybe for all time. Pyle had a hand in the making of this film. I've noticed there are people who say this film is dated. Of course its dated Time marches on. and everything changes War changes. This is a look at the War as it was during the years 1939 -1945. Of course its set in the year 1944. And that's why it feels dated to those who were not there. For kids raised on WWII films like saving private Ryan and Band of Brothers with those films you get a good Technicolour look at WWII and a modern feel. But what people forget is back in 1945 there were severe limits placed on what you could see in a movie. This film captures the feel and the essence of what it was like to be a G.I .Joe. Robert Mitchum was made a superstar in his star making role here. The scene that made him a star in which Captain Walker talks about the New ones is perfect and heartfelt. And Ernie Pyle's spirit comes thru as much as his love and affection for the fighting man. with that perfect last line. "For those beneath the wooden crosses there is nothing we can do except pause..and murmur thanks pal thanks ." that sums it up perfectly. Incredible film and a eye opener of what it was like to be a G.I. Joe.
War and Remembrance (1988)
The end of war lies in its remembrance of it.
War and Remembrance picks up after where the Winds of War left off. It's late dec.1941 and captain Victor "Pug " Henry fights to get the command of a battleship. and he receives the U.S.S. Northhampton. The beginning of War and Remembrance shows the Allies getting involved in the war and the early losses. It also depicts two major story lines which are both powerful. One is the effect the war has on a military family and the battles they fought. And the other is the Final solution as it effects the Jews . It pulls no punches. It tells no fairy tales it hits you where you live. The Story is powerful and the acting is superb. If you liked The Winds of War you'll like War and Remembrance. But in my mind the Winds of War is the superior of the two. War and Remebrance has the same power. It seeks to tell simply the main story of World War II using the two main families the Henry's and the Jastrow"s and thru them we see the horrors of war. The loss of a son. The persecution of the Jews and the hate that drove men to commit horrors in the names of their country. My one simple complaint is that there simply is not enough of Robert Mitchum in this one. If Winds was Pug's Story then War is Pug's sons story. Byron steps out of the supporting cast and takes center stage. Hart Bochner takes over the role the Jan Michael Vincent did in Winds and makes it his own. Compelling TV at its best.
The Winds of War (1983)
Lives and love tossed around by the Winds of War..
When the mini series came out in 1983 I was 13 years old. and not interested in Such things. My father on the other hand loved World War II history and he idolized Robert Mitchum. So this series was picture perfect for him. About a week ago I found The Winds of War on Youtube and watched it from beginning to end. After it was over the only thing I could utter was Wow. The Story read like a text book. and the acting on all parts was solid and perfect. Robert Mitchum was the heart and soul of this series. His Captain Victor "Pug " Henry was the man who seen every thing risked everything at his president's say and had a window to history. as a result Pug not only witness history put plays a important role in history. the Sub plots were not as strong as the main story. The Story of Rhoda Henry's affair with a family friend is weak. But still well done. The Subplot of Byron henry and Natalie Jastrow and their problems and romance takes up almost half of the main plot and while it is a a much needed part of the story. sometimes it spins it's wheels. Ali Macgraw while a gifted actress comes across at times as wooden, While Jan Michael Vincent delivers a steady job as Byron Henry And John Houseman as Arron Jastrow seems at times to be a intelligent man who is brilliant on paper but dumb in life. These sub plots drive the main story forward from the beginning of the War in 1939 to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Well done and a major accomplishment in story telling on TV. The Winds of War is a classic story. That has the emotional impact it deserves. And it makes you feel like you were there. A Well done job of writing and acting and a fantastic job done by Dan Curtis who holds it all together.
A Mission Impossible for the 21st century.
There really is a Walter O'Brian . And he really does have a IQ of 197. And he does have a company called Scorpion that helps people. But there the facts and fiction take a different path. Like the Stuntman who called himself the Human Fly and dressed up like a superhero. His real life and his reel life had to take a different path. The human fly dressed up like a superhero does not mean he fought supervillans like MArvel comics had you believe.
The Real Story of Walter O'Brian may or may not have made for a good TV show. But the fact that he might've done a few interesting things along the path to heading up his own company is Not what's important. The Very words used at the beginning are this is BASED on the life of Walter O'Brian . It does not state that it's a accurate portrayal of Walter O Brian's life. The people who don't get that should just give up watching TV.
Like the Show Based on Colonal Greg Pappy Boyington's black Sheep Squadron that was fiction.
Anyways the premise is that Walter O'Brian is a genius with a IQ of 197 . He uses his genius to help the department of homeland security to solve crimes and take down bad guys when conventional means do not apply. The premise to me actually plays out like a Mission Impossible for the 21st century. Walter has his crew of Misfits/ genius who work for the company he started called Scorpion. Along the way we meet them. There is Happy a woman who is brilliant at machines and cars and tools not so good with people. There is Toby a psychological genius who can read people amongst other gifts. But he is a addictive personality. Slyvester a man who is simply a master of numbers and has a photographic memory. but is scared of life. Alongside their handler Cabe they are the ones you call on when things are too baffling and homeland security is on the line.
Now I enjoy the show for what it is. a hour of escapism and adventure nothing more. The chemistry amongst the cast is the strongest I've seen all year. That alone makes the show compelling TV because you get to care about them. When a single mother Kate brings her genius son Ralph to Scorpion to help her understand him. Kate's job is to provide a link to Walter and the rest to reality. while they help her understand her son better. KAte and Ralph provide a good strong grounding point here which is to say it gives this show it's humanity. I like this show a lot simply because it's not a cookie cardboard cutout. It's a show that's trying to use a brain with its heart. A rarity these days. Worth seeing. worth following just to see how it develops over the next year.
John Constantine Hellblazer supreme .
I've read the comics. And I have a soft spot for John Constantine. The Keanu Reeves movie was in my opinion well done. But Reeves missed the subtle characteristics of John. The Hellblazer comic was supposed to be a intelligent look at a warlock named John Constantine who is a complete lying and con man. He has a really nasty habit of having his friends die around him. The Show reminds me of the comic a lot. now it won't be the comic. Anything that is adapted to another medium such as TV or the movies is bound to have changes. It won't be 100% Constatine Comic book. But here they nailed down the essence of what that comic is about. John Constatine is a haunted man. the mistakes of his past are starting to come back and haunt him. Hell wants him in the worst possible way. Heaven doesn't want him . and so John must try to redeem himself somewhat by saving others. Of course John is a cheeky lying con man who is only in it for his own goals. But sometimes. Sometimes the Hero in John rises to the occasion and he fights evil just to save lives. Because he knows what is right and what is wrong. And John Constantine is a regular person who needs to be prodded into taking the right course of action. If you like Supernatural. Give Constantine a chance it's a walk down that same dark road Dean and Sam Winchester take every week. And I'd like to think the Winchester's and John would get along nicely. If it's not your cup of tea well change the channel. but if it is. Watch it you will be surprised and rewarded for your patience. And Loyality.
Outstanding on all counts.
I've read the book by Stuart Woods and always wanted to see the mini series. It came out in 1983 and at that age of 14 I had no interest at the time for that kind of mini series or story. Now pushing 50 I found tastes change . I searched and found the movie on Youtube and watched it. And I was greatly rewarded for it. Chiefs is a thriller on a major level here. One they can't seem to do today. It begins with a murder. And As the small town of Delano grows the need for a police department is needed. And the first police chief is a modest humble farmer named Will Henry Lee. Will is a gentle man who does his best to live up to the responsibilities of the job. Soon after he begins a murdered boy is found on the outskirts of town. And Will Henry is given a murder case. He becomes obsessed with solving it as more boys are reported to have disparates near his town. Will Henry soon discovers Who the murderer is but he is killed before he can arrest him. Flash forward to 1946. Sonny Butts is a war hero. And a racist bully a drunkard and a man with a nasty streak a mile long. Sonny Butts becomes Police Chief and soon falls under the spell of Will Henry's old case. While he makes mistakes and breaks the law to enforce his racist sense of justice. He knows a murderer is on the loose. And while Sonny Butts is far from a good man he knows he cannot let this murderer go. While the Sins of Sonny's life are closing in around him. he figures the only way out of his trap is to bring the murderer in. Sonny Butts tries and is murdered by the killer. Flash Forward to 1962. And Delano is on the cusp of history the first southern town to hire a black Police Chief. Tyler Watts is a no nonsense former army major.He knows police procedure. And as Tyler not only fights for his life and his job he fights to bring in a murderer thanks to clues left by Will Henry and Sonny Butts. Three Generations of Police Chiefs chasing the same man . With one goal to bring a serial killer to justice.
That's the Story more or less. The Subplots are just as engrossing as the main story. Great acting by all involved .
Heston is the very heart of the story providing a moral voice . Wayne Rogers portrayal of a gentle man thrust into a hard and cruel job is a wonderful performance. Brad Davis portrays Sonny Butts a misguided man with a Heart of Darkness. And While his Sonny Butts isn't evil he really isn't a good man either. he is conflicted. And Brad Davis does it beautifully. But the Showcase performance here must go to Billy Dee Wiliams. Williams portrays Chief Tyler Watts as a man with a sense of justice. And a outrage for the injustices done by those who hide behind a badge or a white hood.
It's a complex story. a long movie but the payoff is worth watching. A classic story. That is well written . and it stays in the mind long after you see it.
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Big Hero 6 = big action and great family fun !
Big Hero 5 is simply a great time at the movies. The Message is clear. We can all be heroes. The story is somewhat cliché when Hiro's Brother Toshida is killed in a lab explosion. and Hiro's tech is stolen. he discovers his brother was left to die by the villain. Hiro uses his brother's invention a medical inflatable robot Beymax Who provides some of the movie's greatest moments. and with the help of his brother's friends and lab partner's they go after the villain. Along the way Hiro learns to never confuse Justice with Revenge and learns with the help of his friends into learning how to become a real Hero My kids loved it. The movie was full of comedic moments and some sad moments that truly wrench at the heart. But the more important aspect here is the life lessons you learn along the way. You don't need a inflatable robot or powers to be a hero. You can find that power inside you. The movie was wonderfully done the animation was perfect and flawless. The Story was a good strong one and solid. Will there be a Big Hero 6 II I hope so if they can make it as good as they made this one.
The Flash (2014)
The mystery of the human Thunderbolt
Back in 1940 Gardner F .Fox created a unique superhero who was the fastest man alive after breathing in the fumes of Hard water for over a 12 hour period Jay Garrick discovered that he was the fastest man alive and decided to use these powers to help those in need. He called himself the Flash. With a WWI soldiers helmet on his head a red shirt with a lightening bolt on it he looked like Mercury. The Flash lasted in popularity until roughly 1952 when He and the rest of his team mates in the Justice Society of America made their last appearances. Afterwards the comics industry hit a massive slump
Flash Forward to 1956. The comics industry is in a slump. Nothing is selling well except for Superman Batman wonder woman Aquaman and Green Arrow. Aquaman and Green Arrow only survive because they are the back ups to superman and Batman. but still something needs to be done. Enter Julie Schwartz. Schwartz is a young editor at DC Comics and he is toying with a idea. To bring back the superheroes. He wants to revive the Flash but not Jay Garrick. He likes the idea of a fastest man alive doing impossible things . So he turns to Writer Robert Kanigher and Artist Carmine infantino. together in a weekend the three of them plot the origin story of the New Flash to be seen in DC Comics SHOWCASE PRESENTS. Showcase issue four hits the stands featuring the Flash and a new age begins the silver age of comics. The New Flash is police scientist Barry Allen who was struck by lightening while standing in front of a rack featuring every known chemical known to man. The lightening bolt strikes the chemicals and creates a reaction in Barry Allen it rewrites his DNA to give him incredible speed. The Flash was a Hit Barry Allen was a scientist and science featured a lot in the Flash stories. Now Flash forward to 1985 Barry Allen was killed during the Crisis on infinite Earths. And became DC's patron saint of noble heroes. During the early 90's a TV Show THE FLASH starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen as the Flash and it did well. but it missed the boat in terms of characterization turning Barry Allen into a hip guy who worked hand in glove with Star LAbs and fought crime while sharing a love triangle with Two women. While the Shipp series was fun it wasn't the Flash ,
Now DC is trying it again and pouring he Flash into the same mold as Green Arrow. While ARROW isn't Green Arrow from the comics it's a good solid show with great chracterizations. And a knack for telling a story. They borrowed the formula and poured the Flash into it making it almost a carbon copy of the Arrow. Grant Gustin's Barry Allen is young. Younger then Barry Allen originally was supposed to be. But he brings a freshness to it. And the fact is the show gives him a reason for being the Flash. Despite his being uncertain or his team in being uncertain. The first four episodes were highly enjoyable. And I look forward to seeing more of them. If they can keep up this pace they may truly have a winner here. Where Gotham and Arrow are gloomy and dark. The Flash is light and fun. And it's a good adventure show. Like I said if they keep the pace. And the invent full way of creating the Flash's famed rogues gallery. This will be a show to watch.
What if James Elllroy wrote Batman ?
I just watched the first three episodes of Gotham. And while I understand what some of the complaints are. Most of the people complaining about the show are missing the point. To understand Gotham you need to go back to the basics. And since this is a TV show they can't cram in 76 years of Batman history in one season. So they have to be creative. When bOb Kane and Bill Finger created Batman back in 1939 they envisioned a New York City except bigger. And nastier and more corrupt. Over the years Gotham city itself has become just as much of a character as Batman is. Frank Miller once wrote that to him Gotham city is darkness here there is no hope. Crime rules Crime is king. While Metropolis is light and there is hope in Gotham there is none. The Show is a perfect set up for The origin of Batman. While some of-the elements are missing from the comics such as IN Denny O'Neil's Origin story there is no hope in crime alley which shows us what happens after the shooting where Bruce meets Leslie Thompkins who helps raise Bruce alongside Alfred. here there is no Leslie. but there is now a relationship with Bruce and Jim Gordon and Alfred that is building into something special. the show has a L.A. Confidential feel to it . you can almost expect to see Bud White and Ed Exeley pop up. The only things that do distract. THe Actor portraying Harvey Bullock is turning into a walking cliché the dirty street cop with a heart of gold who will beat a perp to get a confession. Bullock is a engaging enough character who should be written better. The Montoya and Allen team are just not needed. plus the characterizations of Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen are so far from what they are in the comics. They do not add anything as of yet of value to the show. Other then that the show is well written . Well acted . and almost brilliant in its Origin Story of Batman. I will watch this show with interest to see where it goes .
The Expendables 3 (2014)
For these men they are not Expendable they are family.
In the dedication to Fredrick Forsythe's excellent book about Mercs, The Dogs of War. He wrote To black Johnny and all the others in the unmarked graves at least we tried. Forsythe Wrote about the mercs as being a family unit. Cat Shannon lived with these men and trusted them and when they were free from the battlefield they went their separate ways until boredom or inaction drove them back to the battlefield for money or death. That dedication tells you volumes about how these men feel about each other for they are a band of brothers . The popular myth is that mercs will work with anyone as long as the price is right . While that is true to a certain extent. Most Mercs already have a group that is established and they trust no one but their own. That is what the Expendables III reminded me of. These men are a family they have no one else but them. Members come members die. But you are no matter what you will always be a member of that Merc army. The beginning to this film is a brilliant working of action of stunt work and special effects as the Expendables free Doc a original member of the Expenadables from a south American prison. The Reason is they need Doc's expertise in fulfilling their latest mission to take down a arms dealer. They have no idea who their target is until they see him. And Barney Ross knows who he is . Conrad Stonebanks the man he was once the closest to and the man with whom he formed the Expendables. Stonebanks played by Mel Gibson steals the show. In fact Gibson IS The show. When Stonebanks becomes a arms dealer and starts to sell arms to the wrong people Barney was hired to terminate Stonebanks and Barney did or so he thought. Now it's 30 years later and Barney's sins come back to haunt him. After a failed attempted to kill Stonebanks puts a Expendable in the hospital. Barney disbands the Expenadbles and forms a new group. When that group fails the Expendables reform to get stonebanks. The main part of this story is family. Arnie even has a few great moments here where he tells his friend Barney he is getting out and that Barney should too. He is getting too old for this. But Arnie's Trench doesn't take his own advice and helps out at the end. Harrison Ford's Drummer is a delight. And Antonio bandaras Well this man and this character deserve their own franchise. I enjoyed this film a lot . Like every other film in this series It gets better and better. And I can safely say this . The Expenadbles is for fans only. This is our series these men were our heroes back in the day. If you didn't know them . Take your time watch the films in which they were in their prime. Then watch this series of films. You won't regret it.