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  1. #4061
    Evil Dead - Well worth watching. The acting was far superior to the original and the storyline was better developed.
    May the force be with you.

  2. #4062
    Whoops! I need to bump this post to the next page because in it is messages directed to 3 forum members I "bolded" below.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho View Post
    BigB: thanks for the World War Z update.

    I actually liked 2012 and still need to see Day After Tomorrow.

    OC47151: as usual, (and it should not be surprising by now,) you and I have nearly identical tastes.

    From Russia With Love is an excellent choice out of the James Bond movies! Excellent! Yes.

    Sith_Killer: I am hopefully now making money off illegal drugs Similar to Miami Vice and Traffic, a major element in my 2nd (modern-day) novel is the drug cartel wars. Maybe when I finish I should advertise 30,000 people died in the making of this story? (Don't worry. My book continues my strong tradition of being as tasteless with my writing just like in my forums posts.)

    I watched Behind Enemy Lines with Owen Wilson in a serious action-movie (true story) role with Gene Hackman. Excellent story. BigB, I believe you are a veteran of the Bosnian War? You may (or may not) appreciate this movie. I'd recorded it off AMC and they had supplemented it with interviews and historical facts. The director said he made a deliberate choice to be different by casting Wilson (normally a comedy actor) in this role. Wilson is actually great once he gets dirtied up when he ejects from being the navigator on a 2-seat F-18 on patrol during a broken cease-fire during Clinton's presidency. This actually happened. I'm not sure why they changed Wilson's character's name to Crockett but it actually was Brady in real life. Perhaps Mr. Brady did not give consent to tell his story? Not sure. The Admiral played by Hackman was actually stripped of his command for disobeying NATO orders and launching a rescue mission for this downed navigator. (In real life, Brady was the actual pilot and they didn't explain it why they made his friend the pilot, but that man's execution by the Bosnian Serbs does make the story more passionate, if in real life the F-18 was only a one-seater carrying Brady). However, this way Owen Wilson does NOT come off playing Tom Cruise's "Top Gun" character, since he's not the pilot.

    The actual ship deployed on this mission was the USS Carl Vinson, and from permission from the DOD, the movie was actually filmed on the real Carl Vinson, at the actual locations the story takes place (on the ship). Top that off - the movie was actually filmed at the location the real life events occurred in Bosnia.

    Finally, the reason it all went down was because in the flight recorder of the lost F-18, was the video evidence that the Bosnia-Serbs (Christians) were executing the Muslim (Bosniaks) and breaking the treaty in a conspiracy with the Croats (Catholics). [This is why I hate religion - in this world it would almost make sense if an army of Hindus suddenly showed up with RPGs trying to "save the cows." - That doesn't actually happen, btw.]

    Anyway, the bad guy from Clear And Present Danger (the Cuban assassin that Harrison Ford battles) [is actually a Portugese actor] and plays the French NATO commander that Gene Hackman (the US Fleet Admiral) disobeys to recover Crockett (Brady in real life, portrayed by Wilson, if you're following me along still).

    But this really happened and exactly as it went down. The SkyNews reporter (it might have actually been CNN) who covered this event in 1995 actually portrays himself and covers the event for this movie (made in 2002 I think).

    The mass pile of unburied dead Muslem Bosniaks that Wilson's character falls into will remind you of everything from modern set dressing for The Walking Dead to what Adolf Hitler actually did to the Jews in WWII (as how it's depicted in Daniel Craig / Live Schreiber's "Defiance," a great movie and also a true story about a Jewish insurgency strike force that really existed and still has some members alive today).

    In any case, in a world where the Muslems are often portrayed as invading immigrants bringing cultural clashes and terrorism to their new western countries of current residence (US, France, England, Germany, Russia) this is a terrible chapter in modern history (in which we all were alive) and saw the Islamists face their own "mini-holocaust." The hate between religious sects continuous and the Boston Marathon bomber had ties to the inheritors of hate for this tragedy.

    Once the evidence of ethic cleansing, genocide, mass murders was recovered, President Clinton went full on in until this was (presumably) brought to a stable cease-fire. [It's not and might never be 'resolved' until we "destroy religion" world-wide - and no, I didn't say "destroy God," but that would be an over-dramatic way of putting it - and they already used that phrase in Jurassic Park, btw.

    But religion is just one "quicker and easier" way to lure followers for warlords to make land and property grabs to expand their power (or Osama Bin Laden missed his flight on September 11th and wasn't a hypocrite - ha!)

    But there are not a lot of movies that really explain what this is about, and I thank BigB for his service over there and highly recommend this (yeah - really) Owen Wilson movie.

    Owen Wilson does not fart or pull any kind of "3-Stooges stunt at his own expense" in this movie. And like I said, he stops looking like a member of Nickelback as soon as his F-18 goes down and he has to fight to survive.

    Yes, because of how you're used to seeing Wilson, a troop of Girl Scouts marching around him with balloon animals on the USS Carl Vinson seems to be missing from the start of the film, as does "Maverick and Goose," but Hackman's performance grounds those scenes just fine anyway.
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  3. #4063
    I watched Behind Enemy Lines several years ago and I love that movie. It did a great job of portraying the hopelessness of a war like that. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Yugoslavia erupted into a nasty civil war between Serbians, Croatians and Muslims. But it was never a clean war with clear good guys and bad guys, they were all bad guys. The atrocities and crimes against humanity were committed on all three sides of that war.

    I went over there as part of an engineer unit and our original goal was to start tearing down all the American base camps because we were supposed to be pulling out. However, after we got there, Clinton decided to extend our presence there indefinitely, so we spent the next 7 months just doing odd jobs to help the Bosnians get stabilized. Croatia had already broken off into its own country by then, so we didn't have much to do there. Although I did spend almost 4 months with a float-bridge engineer unit babysitting one of the two bridges that still connected Bosnia to Croatia. We stayed on the Croatian side of the Sava River in Slovanski Brod.

    And destroying religion will have no effect on crushing evil in this world, because evil is inherent in human nature. There were over 100 million people slaughtered by atheistic governments in the 20th century alone, so the lack of religion or the presence of religion have no effect whatsoever on the evil that every human being on this planet is capable of committing.

    Anyways, Behind Enemy Lines... great movie and one of my all-time favorite war movies.
    "To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence… When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis

  4. #4064
    T, is your first novel out now? Let me know, I've been wanting to check it out ever since you first mentioned it. Also, I believe the number of people dead from the drug war is up to 50,000 now. That's just the numbers from Mexico.
    May the force be with you.

  5. #4065
    BigBarada and Sith_Killer....

    Sith_Killer, simplest answers first: - my novels will both come out this fall, with a sequel to the modern story next spring or summer. I'm getting artwork and final editing done now, plus the final legal arrangements.

    The "industry" actually told me the public would not support another Civil War project, and IF (major if) they are actually correct, I will release the first part of my modern story at the same time to show I'm diverse and create double book sales.

    The idea is that if people reading that "50 S&M shades of drug-dealing and Mafia politics with porn-star-girls (whoo-wee!)" than they will want to know "how it all got started" back in the Civil War with "cowboys and more cowboys" in the military from back in the day.

    Of course I'm being fecicious and the ideas are much more sophisticated than that.

    But the situation made me resent "New York" and I want to demonstrate I can write for the modern action-thriller audience who likes the current political intrigue (and James Bond girls) as well as the historical aficionado who will appreciate my research and reverence for American history, and the good Kurt Russel / Val Kilmer style of the modern western (as I don't think I epitomize any such honor as displayed in John Wayne's work - but that's intentional, not that I don't love John Wayne's work - I just don't write that way).

    But yes, sadly the drug war in Mexico is horrible with its death toll. My modern story is set only 2 years in the future from now when their war spills into Louisiana (and Texas presumably, though I have no scenes set there since Louisiana works perfectly for my needs in spite of there being no land border - my characters use the Miami Vice style fast boats and fight the U.S. Coast Guard, uh if they haven't used sex, money, and drugs to bribe their sectional commanders already - part of a plot give-away. As noted above, my story actually is not only not about honorable characters like John Wayne would play, there ARE NO honorable characters - which is the point. My work is dark!).

    BigBarada, do you think President Clinton decided to stay in Bosnia because of the genocide being brought to light? Possibly by soldiers like Brady?

    I remember that at first, people dismissed that as trying to create a distraction to the Monica Lewinski sex scandal before they realized how serious the Bosnian genocide problem was. Then I think it became a fight against evil like that of Hitler. I think it was also "PR" to show Muslims that we're not against good justice for them in light of this atrocity (not that Islamic Terrorists have given us ANY credit for trying to help their creed).

    I agree with you that "evil is inherent in human nature." That's what Buried Values is about. Sure, there's buried Civil War treasure from the first book, but as I write more for the series, that will be less and less important, if even mentioned in some later novels set historically between my bookend stories.

    But Atheism is not the absence of religion. Atheism is a religion. And sure it has killed (Stalin) just like theistic religions. You know, Agnosticism has probably killed too. People's Buried Values (shameless plug). But reducing the reliance on dogma (the Bible, the Koran) will be kind of like partial nuclear disarmament. It takes away the ammunition of some demagogues if people are questioning that even holy texts don't have definitive proof, let alone interpretations of them as such Scott Roeder (proclaimed Christian who killed abortion provider) or Osama Bin Laden (you all know who he was) make, claiming they know what the holy texts mean.

    Anyway, I agree with you BigBarada about Behind Enemy Lines! Yes it was a great war movie and thank you for serving.

    I think that Bosnia is one such conflict American soldiers should be honored for that is too often overlooked and forgotten. It was war over there and just as horrible as any war our vets fought in. There just are more vets today from Vietnam, Iraq, and returning from Afghanistan.

    Lot of people forget about Korea as well - but maybe less so with N.K. mouthing off every other day.
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  6. #4066
    Starter For 10. An English movie where a kid goes to college, falls for the hot girl, gets on a team that competes on a Jeperady! type game show. My lady Alice Eve was the hot girl.

    Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode III, I like the 'emphasis' on the Emperor. I like how he can't stand Vader.

    The Raven, its Baltimore 1849 and somebody is going around killing people in a way that mimics Edgar Allen Poe's writing. Poe's ladyfriend is kidnapped and he is working with the police to find her. Alice Eve is Mr. Poe's lady friend.

    The Decoy Bride. Blahh blahh blahh, Mrs. Enoch Thompsan from Boardwalk Empire and Alice Eve are in it. Sensing a trend in the movies I've been watching???

  7. #4067
    I am old. I picked up the Queen from the library (free DVD rental), thinking it was from just a few (maybe three or four) years ago... it was in 2006. But the film was pretty good, and I can see why/how Helen Mirren won the Oscar for it. I couldn't quite remember 1997 and Diana's death all that clearly (also a sign of oldness), or at least the royals' reactions to it.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  8. #4068
    I watched "Pitch Black" the other day and my wife and I were taking about it. Our 11 year old daughter asked me "What's Pitch Black".

    So I told her, it's an old movie from before you were born.

    She didn't think anything of it, but my wife was kind of thrown back by the realization.
    May the force be with you.

  9. #4069
    I enjoy Behind Enemy Lines. I've bought used copies of the two sequels, related by name only. The third one is okay. Both are straight to video.

    How the West Was Won (1962). One of those epic movies that follows a family from the early 1800s to post-Civil War era settling of the Old West. An all-star cast but Debbie Reynolds and George Peppard had two of the biggest and instrumental roles in the movie.

    Amos and Andrew. The wife and I watched this little 90s gem with Nic Cage and Samuel L. Jackson. Pretty funny. It was refreshing to see Brad Dourif in a normal role for once, not some weird-o character that he's associated with these days. And where's Dabney Coleman when you need him the most?

    Kapo (1960). A French-Italian venture that follows a French girl in a concentration camp. The girl's (Susan Strasberg) journey from victim to kapo, concentration camp quasi-guard, was interesting.

    Dead Snow. I've been wanting to see this zombie movie for several years. Didn't want to do a blind purchase, but I found it on a four-pack of movies at Target. Norweigian kids on a weekend trip to the country run into Nazi-era zombies. And the zombies are ruthless! Had some real funny moments.

  10. #4070
    License to kill. This was a great James Bond movie!

    The production really stepped up to a level of the more modern movies here
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