bradygirl_12: (jfk (sun))
Today is JFK's 100th birthday. A good time to reflect on far we've come...and fallen.

The Kennedy Library is honoring the Centennial all year:



Warner Brothers' film PT 109 was unique in that its tale of a President's wartime heroics was released while the President was occupying the Oval Office. Released in 1963, JFK was still with us and had a say in casting Cliff Robertson as himself. He was wary of some teen idol getting the part! ;) A solid cast (Ty Hardin, James Gregory, and Robert Culp) back up Robertson in an inspiring tale of a man's leadership and refusal to give up in what appeared to be hopeless circumstances.

One telling scene late in the film shows a crewman apologizing for 'blowing his top' while things were looking grim and Lieutenant Kennedy assuring him that he wanted men around him who would speak their minds, which carried over into the White House. His brother Bobby was usually on the same page but spoke his mind when he thought JFK needed to hear it, and other close friends/staffers did the same. Imagine a President welcoming opposing views!



This movie will make your hair stand on end. We came close, very close. JFK had to fight his own generals throughout his Administration but never more than during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They wanted to strike at the missiles in Cuba or just go straight for Moscow. JFK did consider knocking out the missiles in Cuba but knew things would escalate, so did his best to find another way. He stared down into the nuclear abyss and got us out to the other side unscathed.



After this crisis, JFK worked to move toward a detente with Khrushchev, believing that the alternative of continued Cold War confrontations was far too dangerous to continue.

P.S. General Curtis LeMay (USAF) ("Those damned Kennedys!") was satirized in Dr. Strangelove (1964).
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (batb--bullets 'n' bracelet)
Ready for our Amazing Amazon? :)

I'll be hosting my final BradyGirl_12 Challenge on [community profile] wonderwomanlove and Wonderwomanlove (LJ), my comms dedicated to the Amazing Amazon. Check 'em out and join up! Truly, history will be made with the release of this film, and hopefully we've got a lot of fannish inspiration coming our way. :) Details on the Challenge soon, and [personal profile] ctbn60 has already created a fantastic banner, ready for all participants. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, some WW links for you:

http://deadline.com/2017/05/wonder-woman-fandango-box-office-opening-moviegoers-interest-female-superhero-1202091776/

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/04/wonder-woman-marketing

http://www.audienceseverywhere.net/wonder-women-advertising/

http://www.allure.com/story/people-arent-happy-wonder-woman-is-promoting-think-thin-bars (One wonders who greenlights these things. The Clueless Train chugs along!)

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/22/last-amazon (I knew Wonder Woman's creator lived for years as part of a menage a trois and his bondage tastes, but this really goes in-depth into his connection to the 1910s Women's Movement. Might be why the movie has been set during WWI because of the vitality of the Movement.)

http://artofwonderwoman.com/#/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-sets-wonder-woman-day-celebration-june-3-1003939
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (golden warrior))
Argh, word is that the Wonder Woman movie is as bad as BvS (http://movieweb.com/wonder-woman-movie-insider-review-disaster-mess/), but I'm still willing to wait to see for myself. Would I be surprised if the movie stunk? Hell, no, considering the DCEU's movie track record, but I'm still a bit wary of 'insider' leaks. Could be someone eager to declare another DC disaster? Even with all the red flags on BvS, I still went to see for myself first before judging. And, yes, it was a slogfest, but Diana has beaten long odds before!

Hola, my friends! If anyone can break the DCEU's lousy track record, it'll probably be the Amazing Amazon! :)
bradygirl_12: (robin (eyes shining bright))
Omigosh! I just saw The LEGO: Batman Movie yesterday and it is adorable! The cute factor is to the max! :) There were some laugh-at-loud moments, quite a few chuckles, and lots of smiles. I LOVE it!

And Robin’s yellow cape sparkles!!! )

I highly recommend this movie to any comics fan, Bat-fan, and especially, to any Dick Grayson fans! :) I give it an A, maybe even an A+ because of how happy I felt leaving the theater, and still smiling when I think about certain scenes and lines.

So rev up the Batmobile and get yourself to a movie theater quick! You won’t regret it! :)

And Robin’s yellow cape sparkles!!! ;)
bradygirl_12: (chocolate heart)
Happy Valentine's Day, my friends! May your day be a joyous one. :)

Whoops, gotta go get some breakfast. I'll be going to the early showing of Lego Batman with some friends, and then we'll be visiting my sister as she recovers from surgery at home. Enjoy your day! Review to come. ;)
bradygirl_12: (jfk (flag))
Today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Equated with JFK's assassination and 9/11, December 7th was a psychic shock for the country. Despite knowing in the backs of their minds that they would be dragged into the war, Americans had hoped against hope to be spared getting involved. After taking part in the War To End All Wars a generation before, they wanted nothing to do with Europe's latest conflagration. Yet this new war was not just in Europe but in the South Pacific, too. Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy were all teamed up to conquer the world.

Winston Churchill knew that it was the turning point of the war. FDR had invented Lend-Lease to help Great Britain survive and to aid the U.S.S.R. Yet even Roosevelt could not lead a people that wanted to stay out of the war until Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese were supposed to meet with Secretary of State Cordell Hull on December 7th and deliver their Government's ultimatum, but delays in transcribing meant that they met with Hull after the attack. The image enraged America: the ambassadors from Japan supposedly meeting to talk peace while the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor on a quiet Sunday morning.

Hitler did FDR a favor. He declared war on the U.S. soon after FDR's declaration of war on Japan. Americans would have resisted a Europe First strategy without that German declaration.

The rallying cry throughout the war would be, "Remember Pearl Harbor!" A pity more people don't remember the anniversary.

American Movie Classics are showing World War II movies all day long and the 1970 film, Tora! Tora! Tora! about the attack on Pearl Harbor at 8:00 EST tonight.

Finally, here's a video of JFK visiting the Arizona Memorial in 1963. The Memorial was completed in 1962 and he was the first U.S. President to visit it. All Presidents have followed his lead.


bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (kiss))
This 1954 movie encapsulates the Korean War: William Holden's fighter pilot character is unhappy about being called up for Korea after serving in World War II. He'd been making headway in his civilian life like a lot of returned G.I.s and now was yanked back to fight in a war that wasn't exactly popular. What if his good luck was all used up in the last war? The prime real-life example was the Boston Red Sox' Ted Williams, who was called up for Korea after three years' service in World War II. Five prime years of his baseball career was lost to war.

Excellent jet fighter sequences and color photography with top-notch acting by Holden, Grace Kelly and Mickey Rooney.

bradygirl_12: (steve--bucky (world war ii sepia))
I'm guest-hosting over on [livejournal.com profile] vintage_ads for the one day event, the Korean War. There are some good ads over there if you want to take a look. :)

Today is the 66th anniversary of the start of the war on June 25, 1950.

Veterans of the Korean War in general and of this battle in particular said this movie was very accurate in its depiction of fighting in Korea. My father said that to me when we watched this film years ago. He served in Company B, 32nd Infantry.

bradygirl_12: (trinity (fire))
I just got back from viewing Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Spoilers behind the cut.

Let me sharpen my skewer to shish-kebab this steroid-infused side of beef )

Here is my spoiler-free recommendation. I recommend seeing this film in a first-run theater if you:

Don’t want to be spoiled.

Enjoy the historic importance of Superman and Batman meeting for the very first time in a big-screen live-action film.

Enjoy the historic importance of seeing Wonder Woman in a big-screen live-action film for the first time evah!

Enjoy the historic importance of seeing DC’s Trinity all on screen together in a big-screen live-action film for the first time.

Enjoy seeing Batman and Superman beat each other to a pulp like two idiots on the local playground.

If none of the above applies to you, then wait to see this on Netflix, or if your first-run theater has a Bargain Day (I did that today), or the movie ends up at a bargain movie theater in a couple of months.

Letter grade: C+. The ‘+’ is all for Wonder Woman, otherwise this would be C-.

Stars: 3 out of 5. 1 star is all for Wonder Woman, otherwise it would be 2 out of 5.

I guess it’s the squandered potential that gets me, but what can you expect from a man (Zack Snyder) who is inspired by Frank Miller? Miller, the guy who made Batman a psychotic who kidnapped Dick Grayson after his parents' deaths and forced him to sleep in the Cave and eat rats, and later Miller character-assassinated poor Dick in a way that I can’t even wrap my head around.

Miller, who made Superman a spineless Government stooge, Diana a vicious man-hater who called men sperm receptacles, made the rest of the JLA idiots and buffoons, and made Black Canary immediately have sex with the Bat-God upon their first meeting. So I guess we were spared most of that, except for the Bat-God beating up Superman. Boy, I wanted Clark to give Bruce a good shot!

I don’t know how many fanworks will come out of this movie. I’ll bet money that it won’t be on par with the first Avengers movie or Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.

*puts away skewer for now*
bradygirl_12: (superman--batman (blood) 1)
Okay, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is finally here! I plan on going next week on Bargain Day to see this foundation of the DCCU. I chose a profile icon to celebrate Clark and Bruce, even though they probably won't say a civil word to each other in the entire movie. I'll probably replace it with a Wonder Woman icon soon, as she is emerging as the best thing in this film. Wouldn't it be a kick if a Wondy movie actually saved DC's bacon after they took 76 years to present her on the big screen in a live-action flick?

I won't be reading any reviews until Tuesday, but go ahead and write them! I plan on checking back after I've written my own. Hopefully this movie will be better than we think. Huzzah for the World's Finest! :)

In honor of our boys, take a walk down Memory Lane or enjoy the fun for the first time with World's Finest #289. It's canon, folks! ;)

Yikes!

Mar. 24th, 2016 07:27 pm
bradygirl_12: (trinity (fire))
Early reviews for Batman vs. Superman are mostly negative: dark, violent and ultimately boring, with Wonder Woman the best part of the film, according to the critics.

I'll let you know my opinion after I see it next Tuesday. Maybe the critics are wrong, but I'll give you a complete rundown when I get back. It doesn't even disturb me about the reviews since I half-expected it. A movie due out in July of 2015 pushed back to May of 2016, then changed to March because the studio doesn't want to go head-to-head with Captain America 3: Civil War kinda gives you a hint, along with the trailers looking like they were filmed during an eclipse, everything's so dark. *squints*
bradygirl_12: (christian (oscar winner))
It is supreme irony that an industry that exists to entertain can't make their showcase awards show diverting. I guess it's the nature of the beast. Awful riffing by actors who can't improvise without a script to save their lives (once in awhile you get an exception), tedious 'comedy' sketches, song-and-dance numbers thrown in...you get the picture. And speeches thanking everyone in the universe isn't too exciting, though this year they tried to speed it up by a crawl screen giving us the particulars for each speech so that the recipient could be quicker. Even with all that, the darned thing ended at 12:05 A.M. EST. Yeesh!

Here's a thought: give us the categories we want (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Actress). Throw in Best Director and Original/Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design. The rest? Have them join that separate Oscar night. I really don't care about Sound Mixing and whatever. And cut the songs and the painfully unfunny bits. I know, dreaming, right? An awards show that's under two hours? Blasphemy!

I was pleased to catch glimpses of Christian Bale since he was up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, though I didn't think he'd win. The heavy favorite was Sly Stallone for Creed, so it was a pleasant surprise when Mark Rylance won for his role in Bridge Of Spies. I wanted BoS to get recognition, and they snagged a major prize. Rylance was exceptional as Rudolf Abel, captured Soviet spy. He and Tom Hanks had great chemistry together. :)

Weird that Mad Max was even nominated for Best Picture. SF movies generally are not. They cleaned up in the technical categories, though. A shame that Cinderella didn't win for Best Costume Design or Bridge Of Spies for Best Set Design. Cinderella's ball gown alone was worth the price of admission! :) And that Berlin Wall set was pretty fantastic in BoS.

I think Chris Rock would have been better served to confine his #OscarsSoWhite comments to his opening monologue. Sometimes less is more.

Spotlight won for Best Picture. Even though it happened in my backyard, I haven't seen it yet. I'll probably catch it when it gets to TV.

Cute to see the kid actor trying to get a better look at the Star Wars droids on-stage. Sometimes even a kid actor is just a kid! :)

Christian isn't doing too badly for himself: three Oscar nominations and one win. Some Hollywood greats got neither!

Some great gowns, Christian looked great, and a few surprises. I drifted in and out of sleep for the latter two hours but saw the highlights. Another Oscars in the books. *yawn*
bradygirl_12: (jfk (flag))
I recently went with a friend of mine to see the Oscar-nominated Tom Hanks movie, Bridge Of Spies. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Spoilers are behind the cut and a spoiler-free recommendation below.

The Cold War was coldest in Berlin. )

I highly recommend this movie. If you like period pieces, go see it. If you are a Tom Hanks fan, go see it. If you like classy and stylish films, go see it.

I did see some people on the IMDB message board claiming this was an ‘old people’ movie because of it being set in the past. I guess that anything older than a week is passé with people like that, right? So the past is only for old people? History should never be appreciated in film form? Who ARE these people? Probably the same people who refuse to ever watch black-and-white movies and TV shows. Yeesh!
bradygirl_12: (han--luke (sickbay))
I went with my sister to see Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens yesterday, and here’s my review. If you don’t want a review with spoilers, skip reading behind the cut.

I had no expectations of this film. Did it live up to the hype? Of course not! No film could, but it wasn’t a bomb, either.

I give this film a solid B, and would be tempted to bump it up to a B+ because of the shining presence of Harrison Ford as Han Solo. :)

Was I entertained? Yes.

Was I disappointed? Yes.

MAJOR spoilers )

For those wanting my recommendation without spoilers, if you’re a Star Wars fan, go see this film. If you’re a Han Solo fan, definitely go see this film. There is new stuff mixed with old (a little too much repeating of Episode IV, IMO) but this movie is a darned sight better than the prequel trilogy.
bradygirl_12: (han--luke (sickbay))
Yes, my friends, the Force is with us today! :)

I plan on going to see the movie next week. Too crowded this weekend and showings are all sold out, anyway. I think if it's really good, I may get a creative jump-start to go back to writing Han/Luke fic again. Why when they probably won't be in the new movie very much? The universe of Star Wars will be the inspiration. And who knows? I might find some inspiration in this new film just for itself! But I have a Han/Luke idea I'd like to tackle. It was a story submitted to a zine years ago but the zine never happened. I don't have my original manuscript anymore but the basic essence of the plot is in my head. It could probably do with a rewrite, anyway. :)

Any Han/Luke fans out there?

I thought The Big Bang Theory was hilarious last night. Oh, well, Amy, at least Sheldon isn't saying once every seven years like his idol, Mr. Spock! ;)

Enjoy the day, my friends, and SPOILERS BEHIND A CUT! ;)
bradygirl_12: (Batwings)
Just came back from seeing Jurassic World and so here’s a review! :)

Is it me or is it the height of dumbassery to trek out to a park where if the animals get loose, you’re their snacks?

Spoilers aplenty for all four films )

Hi!

May. 7th, 2015 07:08 pm
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (a bat & his little bird))
Hi, luvs!

Just a quick reminder that the 2015 Dick Grayson Fic/Art Diamond Anniversary Challenge is in Month 2 of its 3-month official submission period. :)

I signed up for the [livejournal.com profile] dcu_bang. Sign-ups are open for it and the [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang. Maybe Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron will get you inspired! ;)
bradygirl_12: (steve--tony (profiles--close))
I just saw Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron, and am squeeing a little. :) Was it as good as the original Avengers movie? No, but the only sequel I’ve ever seen that surpassed the original was The Empire Strikes Back, so that’s a tough act to follow.

I can say that the movie was enjoyable and had some squee-worthy scenes. The original film was near-perfection in how it all came together, but even near-perfection has to be organic. You can assemble the pieces but it’s in the stars whether or not they form that level of quality. The first Woodstock Festival is a perfect example. The subsequent festivals were duds because you can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice.

So, if you’d like to find out my impressions, read on!

Here be spoilers!!! )
bradygirl_12: (steve--tony (profiles--close))
Can someone please explain to me why practically the entire freakin' world gets to see Avengers 2: The Age Of Ultron before we here in the U.S. do?

USA 13 April 2015 (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
Belgium 22 April 2015
Switzerland 22 April 2015 (French speaking region)
Switzerland 22 April 2015 (Italian speaking region)
Finland 22 April 2015
France 22 April 2015
Indonesia 22 April 2015
Italy 22 April 2015
Netherlands 22 April 2015
Norway 22 April 2015
Philippines 22 April 2015
Sweden 22 April 2015
Taiwan 22 April 2015
Albania 23 April 2015
Argentina 23 April 2015
Austria 23 April 2015
Australia 23 April 2015
Azerbaijan 23 April 2015
Brazil 23 April 2015
Belarus 23 April 2015
Switzerland 23 April 2015 (German speaking region)
Chile 23 April 2015
Germany 23 April 2015
Denmark 23 April 2015
UK 23 April 2015
Georgia 23 April 2015
Hong
Kong 23 April 2015
Ireland 23 April 2015
Israel 23 April 2015
Iceland 23 April 2015
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Kazakhstan 23 April 2015
New
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Russia 23 April 2015
Singapore 23 April 2015
Ukraine 23 April 2015
Bulgaria 24 April 2015
India 24 April 2015
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Egypt 29 April 2015
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Chile 30 April 2015
Czech
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