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No Man Is an Island (1962)
Great "story" but plays loose with many facts
I gave this film a 7 because it is still a great story about WWII on Guam. Having lived on Guam for 21 years I have known several of the people in the film and their families. Several have gone on to influential positions on Guam. The families are still there and are still prominent such as the Artero's, Nakumura's, Tanaka's, Perez' and more. There is a high school named for Father Duenas. George Tweed, who I had an opportunity to interview over the phone, remains a controversial character to this day. (Mr. Tweed was killed in a auto accident in 1989) Many feel that he cost the lives of many Chamorro's who helped him and that he was somewhat cavalier in his behavior while hiding out on Guam. It is a shame that the film was not shot on Guam and had Filipino's portraying Chamorro's but Guam's lack of film studios to run dailies and rushes along with it's military status in the early '60's is the reason, I'm sure. Tweed had no love interest on Guam as far as we know. There are no scorpions on Guam. The language being spoken by the Chamorro's is Tagolog (a Filipino dialect)and not the native Chamorro language. However, all this being said, it is still an enjoyable film that pays great respect to Mr. Tweed and the many, many loyal Chamorro's who helped him and eagerly awaited the liberation of their homeland by the Americans.
The Man from Earth (2007)
Not all atheists are bad people
Although I hate the word "athiest" because of it's erroneous negative connotations, I must admit that I do NOT believe in God. I do however consider myself to be a good person, husband of 40 years (to the same wonderful woman), good father, etc. I think this film presents religion for what it really is... the continuation of ancient myths and stories handed down from time immemorial. As we are taught as children to believe in, as George Carlin said, "an invisible man who lives in the sky" it becomes so deeply embedded in our psyche that we cannot shake the belief. Even now, in my 60's, I get that little "twinge" when I say I don't believe in God. This film presents religion and history in a rational alternative to what we have all been taught. Why can't IT be true and the "truth" be wrong?
The Day After (1983)
Who was the General?
I spent 12 years in the Air Force, most of it in SAC. The General in the Airborne Command Post looks very familiar. Can anyone identify him? All of the scenes in the aircraft used real Air Force personnel going through the real motions. From being stationed at Minot AFB, North Dakota that used to have approximately 150 missile sites, I can tell you that all of those sequences were very realistic from the maintenance crews taking a chopper to the silos to the procedures for exchanging 2-man crews in the Missile Launch Facility. Even the launch procedures they went through were realistic and demonstrated the "fail-safe" measures including decoding the launch order and the 2-man key system required for launch.