Wednesday, June 2, 2010
As our wonderful host Boxer is up to her ear lobes in work, I've been asked to host MCW for the month of June. I got the idea for best war movie from my sister. I called her up this weekend to ask a question about Indy Cars. They have break lights on them. I didn't know that. What a bunch of wusses. Anyway, she was watching The Battle of the Bulge. I think I may have mentioned a time or two that my sister is older than me. I asked her if she remembered when the battle was actually fought. "Did you listen about it on the radio? Sorry, I mean the "wireless"? This was followed by her with sarcastic laughter and an expletive or two.Then she asked me a baseball question about the Washington Senators and I again made fun of how old she is. The Senators? You give me softballs like that and I'm going to hit them out of the park. Good times.
Anywhoo, she was watching a war movie so I thought that a good choice. Tough for me to pick one. I'm not even going to use the word "best". I'm going to go with favorite. All Quiet on the Western Front is awesome but I can't find the clip I want to use and it's about WWI. Don't get me wrong. It was a big deal but we watched from the sidelines for 75% of it. No, I had to choose a movie about WWII. You know, where the USA saved the world. It was still a tough choice for me. Bridge on the River Kwai is a great movie set in the Pacific Theater but is more a movie about the human spirit than the war itself. No. I had to choose Midway. It's my favorite war movie because its kind of a documentary. Hollywood likes to use the phrase "base on a true story" then totally fill you with bullshit that never happened and pass it off as fact. It's how our kids learn history today. Don't believe me? Just click here and read about Remember the Titans. It's more than just taking a couple of liberties.
Back to Midway. It's not really a documentary but the way the subtitle the names, times, ships etc. always letting you know exactly where you are and who the guy is speaking kind of informs you like a documentary does. The battle was a huge turning point in the Pacific. We (I mean us dear readers) don't know how close the U.S. came to actually being invaded. The Japanese were turned back and the battle for the Pacific would slowly swing back into the Allies' favor.
Couldn't find a great clip but the trailer lists the all-star cast. Charleton Heston baby! "From my cold, dead hands!" I'm a lifetime member of the NRA, which I'm sure surprises no one. Happy MCW! Keep your nose to the grindstone Boxer. Like my buddy Schmalor says "If you want to get something done, put the control freaks in charge and get the hell out of their way!" Amen to that.
Next week's them is "best sequel." Get 'er done!