October, 2008

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”

I really have been enjoying researching Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick is a film genius and Dr. Strangelove is definitely one of his best films. It has everything: comedy, political satire, war, nuclear weapons, and the great Peter Sellers playing 3 very different roles. Since this is my first blog I’m not going to delve too much into the movie but I would like to point out that is one of my favorite scenes from the film. I think it perfectly captures the massiveness as well as the severity of the situation at hand.

P.S I also love the irony of the quote that I put in the title spot, but more on that in a later post.

Clementine: Beautiful Scenery, Inaccurate Storyline

I found My Darling Clementine to be very entertaining although highly historically inaccurate. The scenery, especially in the beginning in the movie while the brothers are herding cattle in the prairie, is exceptionally breathtaking. It is portrayed exactly how I picture the Old West to look. One of the first inaccuracies that jumped out at me was the fact that we learned in class that James was married and lived with his wife, he wasn’t continuously traveling with his brothers (although I could be wrong); I also wasn’t under the impression that he was only 18 years old. Despite it’s flaws, the movie is a great representation of the great Old West full of opportunities and excitement for new settlers, gun-slinging included.

I would like to add that I would have loved to have watched Tombstone. It was one of my favorite movies growing up; I loved Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. I haven’t seen it in ages, although I imagine it is probably just as inaccurate as My Darling Clementine, but entertaining nonetheless.

Glory, an Exceptional Story

Glory is my favorite movie by far. I found it’s portrayal of history to be the most accurate. However, I found the group of black soldiers that the movie concentrates on to be somewhat stereotypical. There is the sage, wise one, the intellectual, the badass and the stuttering, naive one. Aside from this downfall, the movie was very captivating and held my interest. I was somewhat confused during the scene when the 54th regiment arrives in Beaufort, SC because the house in the scene displays a Union flag, or what I thought was a Union flag, although it is a Southern city, so I assumed a Confederate flag would be displayed. Also, the eagerness of the black soldiers to enlist in the Army was accurate because they were fighting for their freedom and for a moral way of life. This was their opportunity to fight for their country and to pledge their allegiance to a free and democratic nation.