Last December, I was writing about a very limited showing of a fascinating movie on World War 1 that director Peter Jackson made. It was fascinating for the digital restoration he made of the old film, now over 100 years old.
Now Director Erik Nelson has breathed a similar new life into a film about World War 2 and the Mighty 8th AAF.
As far as video streaming goes for my home entertainment, I have been late to the party. However, once there, I have realized how much of the video world I have missed.
Some of the bigger streaming companies are taking the place of Hollywood, and making their own movies and series.
So much so that for Netflix, Hollywood is starting to take them seriously and view them as a tough competitor.
When I was stationed in Germany, I took every bit of spare time – and leave – that I could, to see both neighboring sights and other countries. While on the trains, I liked to talk to the Germans, ask them about World War II.
There were 2 such conversations I remember distinctly to this day after 46 years. One was a (then) middle aged woman. We had a pleasant enough conversation until I got to the War.
What did you do?
First off, for those who don’t know me, I am not, nor have ever been, a screenwriter. What I have learned from Robert Avrech, who has won an Emmy (meaning he’s a pretty good screenwriter), is that it is hard work, and opposite to what many may think, nothing like writing a book.
When I see a TV series or movie that is historically dead-on, I really appreciate the efforts of both the screenwriters and those doing the research for the screenwriters. I am rather disdainful towards those movies that are “inspired” by true events. What exactly does that mean? Their bending the truth a little? Or a lot? We’ve all seen them and to tell you the truth I can’t think of any off hand to link because they are….forgettable.
I have an appreciation of history, despite a number of teachers who did their best to quell it. Most teachers want the student to memorize names and dates. History becomes sterile. Those history teachers are legion.
We are where we are because of the past – some very small but consequential events, some cataclysmic.
And, one would think, that the subject of diplomatic history – the study of treaties – would be the most boring of all.
“Anybody can conceivably die on any given day. And we’re all going to die eventually. Soloing just makes it far more immediate. You accept the fact that if anything goes wrong, you’re going to die. And that’s that.”
These days, when I see a small child with a modicum of good manners, I have to complement the parents. I like to let them know that their efforts are noticed.
With the coarsening of society, and the use of 4 letter words considered “acceptable” in normal conversation, someone with good manners really stands out these days.
Even if you are a bank robber.