bradygirl_12: (superman--wonder woman (uncle sam & lady)
A Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans! Despite the circus in Washington, we're still here, and that counts for something!

Did the cook-out thing over the weekend (hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, the whole nine yards). I'm going to be spending the day quietly catching up on my reading, writing a little, and maybe working on my Due South records project. I may tune in the James Cagney classic, Yankee Doodle Dandy tonight, in between checking out the show on the Esplanade in Boston.

I'm very happy to watch the fireworks from the comfort of my own couch. Somehow sitting for hours in the blazing sun with thousands of other people awaiting the fireworks show at night doesn't appeal to me. :)

Enjoy your day! Today, we are all New England Patriots! ;)
bradygirl_12: (captain america sunburst)
Something a little different. To give you the lowdown on The Steel Helmet, Ben Mankiewicz and TCM introduces the movie. A gritty movie with startling starkness, as the film was released only six months after the start of the war.

As the film opens, veteran Sergeant Zack is seen crawling away as the only survivor of his squad (executed by the North Koreans). The hole in his helmet is proof of his luck, though this World War II vet is suffering from PTSD (known then as battle fatigue). Trying to get back to his lines, Zack meets up with a Korean boy he dubs Short Round (the inspiration for the boy of the same name in Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom) and a patrol also trying to get back to American territory.

The film includes scenes of an unarmed North Korean prisoner being shot (which infuriated the U.S. military), and frank discussion of race relations back home (black and Japanese). While the modern civil rights movement wouldn't get its catalyst until Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that Montgomery bus for another four years, the Army was struggling with integration as ordered by President Harry Truman. Neither scene is the focus of the film, but they are startling considering that the war was currently raging and race relations were just not addressed very often by Hollywood.

The Korean War produced its share of flag-waving films, but more often the movies were grim, gritty depictions of war. World War II films were often intended as recruitment films. It was only after the war that war's futility and waste were addressed. Gene Evans is stellar as Sergeant Zack.

This film is considered one of the best war films of all time.

bradygirl_12: (captain america sunburst)
Good morning!

Today is the 67th anniversary of the start of the Korean War ("Isn't this where we came in?" "It's even Sunday morning!"). And it was a Sunday that it began, as the film's dialogue attests. .

One Minute To Zero stars Robert Mitchum and Ann Blyth in a film released in 1952, with a year to go in the Korean War. A mix of flag-waving and gritty realism, the movie is most noteworthy for actual combat scenes and a controversial scene involving Korean refugees. Howard Hughes, the owner of the studio (RKO), refused to delete the scene when requested by the U.S. Army.



Cross=posts: http://bradygirl-12.livejournal.com/1265163.html
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Title: Gift Of The Gods (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana, Brief Mentions of Sam, Charlie and the Chief, Aphrodite
Continuity: Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fix-It
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: For Wonder Woman (2017)
Summary: Diana’s great deed brings her a great reward.
Date Of Completion: June 6, 2017
Date Of Posting: June 10, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 494
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: My first story inspired by the Wonder Woman movie! I had it written in my head by the time I left the theater. :) Also written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ).

Diana could smell the acrid odors of fire and smoke, ashes falling from the sky and singeing her skin. )
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (my goddess 1))
I highly recommend this movie. I initially gave it an A- because of some flaws, but I gave The Avengers an A+ because it was nearly perfect, and this movie came close for me. I guess you could split the difference and give it an A, but in any case, it’s A-level! ;)

Okay, here’s my review, filled with spoilers, of course:

Hola! )

So, yeah, I LOVED THIS MOVIE! It was everything I’d hoped for: a good story, great Steve/Diana moments, Diana being kick-ass and compassionate, and saving the DCEU’s bacon critically and at the box office. Leave it to a woman. Great Hera! :)
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (love))
I just got back from the Wonder Woman Movie.

Quick hit:

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

(A more detailed review once I can get my thoughts into coherent order through the squee)
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (batb--bullets 'n' bracelet)
Well, the Movie opened today. I have to wait 'til Tuesday to see it *groans* but I'll be rooting for our Amazing Amazon!

The BradyGirl_12 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Diamond Anniversary Challenge has been posted here on DW and here on LJ. All fanworks welcome.If you've got a Diana-centric fanwork, these are the places to post.

This is my last BradyGirl_12 Challenge. Send me off in style! :)
bradygirl_12: (captain america sunburst)
When I hosted Korean War Day over on Vintage_Ads, I embedded two movies in my journal over on LJ but embeds don't duplicate well, so here they area:



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