While Hollywood studios would have us watch Hangover Part II or Kung Fu Panda 2 this Memorial Day weekend, and others like TCM take a nostalgic look at the holiday with a four day Marathon encompassing "a host of combat films produced in six different decades, set in various eras and offering a variety of perspectives on the subject of war. The movies range from D.W. Griffith's silent drama Hearts of the World (1918), starring Lillian Gish as a young Frenchwoman whose betrothed becomes a soldier in World War I, to Hornets' Nest (1970), a World War II adventure with Rock Hudson as an American paratrooper who plots with Italian children to blow up a Nazi-controlled dam."
Packed with gems like the Gary Cooper duo The Real Glory (1939, TCM premiere), in which Cooper stars as an American Marine set on blowing up a dam (what is it with blowing dams in these films?!), against the backdrop of the turn-of-the-century Moro uprising in the Philippines, and Cooper's Oscar®-winning performance as the title character in Sergeant York (1941), a pacifist who nonetheless became the most-decorated soldier of WW I, the TCM line-up looks to the past for model soldiers to honor and remember.
Portraits of war created by the myth-making Hollywood machine.
The problem with treating Memorial Day as something nostalgic is that it deprives a current generation of veterans their due.
On Memorial Day 2011, there is no act more apposite than to take 90 minutes to watch the film Restrepo. Now available on Netflix instant streaming, this documentary film by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington embeds the viewer into the day to day lives of an infantry regiment the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.
A trailer for David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has mysteriously appeared on the Internet. Rumor has it that the trailer was illegally camcorded (I love that verb) in a European movie theater and uploaded to Youtube on Saturday. The Hollywood Reporter, however, has an intriguing theory:
Could this all actually be a clever viral campaign on Sony’s part? For starters, the trailer is preceded by an MPAA red-band, advising that the preview has been approved by the MPAA for mature audiences. But why would theaters in Europe be showing an MPAA advisory which is aimed at U.S. moviegers?
Also, while the trailer gives the appearance of being filmed in a theater with some sort of handheld device — the trailer is off-center and appears to shake as it begins — it’s actually a pretty good copy. There’s no audience noise, and once the trailer kicks in the framing settles down and the sound is good.
Mephisto laughs! Via the Marietta Daily Journal, which has been clinically tested to reduce socialism by nearly 95 percent:
THREE OF COBB'S CITIES are heading for the polls this fall to vote on whether to allow Sunday sales of alcohol. So what about unincorporated Cobb? Will its residents get a chance to have their say?
Probably so, Commission Chairman Tim Lee told Around Town this week - but not until next year. But his decision may hinge on the results of the voting in Smyrna, Acworth and Kennesaw, all of which have scheduled alcohol referendums in conjunction with already-planned municipal elections.
"It all depends on what happens in November and how the cities vote," Lee said. "If all three or four do it and it passes swiftly, I'll probably recommend it for the presidential preference election (primary), if I can do that."
It's a wonderful weekend. A Little Five Points redneck-o-rama. A championship soccer game. No more Coca-Cola lightshows for at least another 125 years. Before we venture outside, let's review the past week's most popular posts on Fresh Loaf, which recently filmed a farewell video telling school teachers that, "ya know what, bad #$@!'s 'bout to go down."
1. Bishop Eddie Long, your legal woes are over.
2. Atlanta better hope that roving band of Molly Ringwald fanatics doesn't swing through Atlanta when Sixteen Candles is presented at Screen on the Green. Chaos, folks. Chaos unlike any this city has ever seen.
3. Metro Atlanta is a way behind when it comes to accommodating pedestrians. And it shows.
5. Puh-leez. An African-American president? But the country's not "there" yet!
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