Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Pacific Miniseries-Reflection and Comment

As a member of a family which had several members fighting in WW2, I had always been brought up to appreciate the efforts of the Allied forces in fighting and winning this epic world conflict. My father, age 17 when the war ended, lived in occupied France and actually was put to work for the German Army during his breaks from school. My fathers older brother was a pilot for the free French and flew the Halifax bomber out of England(killed in action April 1945). Another Uncle(on my mothers side) flew Spitfires towards the end of the war. Both my father and my surviving uncle went on to be successful pilots in their careers, but my father never let me forget the grand struggle in both Europe and the Pacific.

Today I have a great admiration and respect for all veterans and especially the soon to disappear WW2 Vets.

In 2001, I watched the Tom Hanks miniseries 'Band of Brothers' with my father. We watched every episode as it aired, and my father was quick to provide follow-ups on what Europe was really like during the occupation.

This year, The new miniseries 'The Pacific' started airing March 14th, and wouldn't you know, I was standing right by to watch and record it.

This year was also a sad one for me as my father passed away in October,2009 at age 81, so I'm left watching the second installment of the WW2 saga without him and with deep regret. But I'm not alone, as my 9 year old son will be watching the series with me.

What will I teach him about honor and how our predecessors happily joined the military to push back the tyranny of Japan and the Third Reich? Will I instill in him a sense of duty to his country as his family members had?And will I teach him that he will be able to be and do whatever he wants to here with hard work.
The answer...yes.

I live in the United States of America...The greatest country on earth and am proud to watch these stories of courage and valor. American soldiers are buried all over the globe as they fought on foreign soil to preserve Democracy.

War is certainly not desired, but if its necessary, you will not find a better opponent than the United States of America.

As Admiral Yamamoto commented to his adjutants when they told him of the massive damage that was inflicted on battleship row by his 1st and 2nd waves of aerial attack on December 7th, 1941..he stoicly responded..." I fear we have awoken a sleeping Giant"..
This couldn't have been more true then as it could be today.

Over the next few weeks I'll try and summarize my views of 'The Pacific' as the episodes roll on, so stay tuned for more commentary and reflection.

Monday, March 29, 2010

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Twilight Movie Review

Twilight movie is one of the latest movies which have its theme based on the book that was written by Stephanie Meyer who is also featured in the same movie. It was actually released in the Philippines way back in November of 2009 and it stars such movie stars as Robert Pattison as Edward and Kristen steward who is featured as Bella. Since its production it has been doing quite well as its casting is cool enough that one can easily derive the theme and meaning of the movie.

Different from the Edward(main vampire character) presented in the book who appears to be confident, perfect and cool at all the times, Edward in the movie is quite anxious and appears uncomfortable at all times. But as the movie continues, he seems to be moved closer to Bella simply because of her behavior through the film. Based on the fact that Edward is handsome, this gives him the advantage of moving even closer to meeting the woman he has always been dreaming of.

Despite the point that Edward is a vampire, this did not actually stop Bella from falling in love with him, something that most people will be intrigued with when watching the movie. In a normal situation, you will realize that once an individual come to learn about the evil deeds practiced by the person you love, their relationship will come to an abrupt end, but the producer of this film/ tackles this differently. Bella still dreams of Edward every night despite having learned about his impureness and so many other evil deeds.

The producer of the twilight movie also uses the music throughout the movie very well. The provision of lullaby songs for Bella is absolutely amazing as it adds to the uniqueness in the film production from other common movie making. The producer of this great movie uses two very important aspect of styles; suspense and romance which eventually bring out the quality production which makes one great movie that you will never want to miss. Therefore in case you really want to enhance all that you have been reading in the twilight book, then you should actually watch this great movie produced by a renowned producer from the Philippine movie style. Watching the Twilight movie will always make you want to watch more from this great producer as it pushes you to the edge of your seat. New Moon(Twilight 2) has also released and promises to continue where this original film leaves off.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

In Memorium - Peter Graves

Peter Graves, best known for his roles in the 1960s series Mission Impossible as well as the movie Airplane, died of a heart attack at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calififornia today.

Although he played it cool in Mission: Impossible, it was that unerring smooth nature that he made fun of in movies like Airplane! and even in a Geico car commercial.

Peter was born Peter Aurness in Minneapolis, and served in the Army Air Forces from 1944-45 before studying drama at the University of Minnesota. He then followed his older brother to Hollywood. His first movie was Rogue River in 1950.

He then changed his last name so he wouldn’t be confused with his brother, and transitioned into to films like Stalag 17, Night of the Hunter, Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell and Long Gray Line, among others. He also starred in TV show Fury from 1955-59.

One of his most memorable roles as Jim Phelps on the Mission: Impossible series on TV lasted from 1967-73, and then again from 1988-90.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Graves, and three daughters, Amanda Lee Graves, Claudia King Graves and Kelly Jean Graves. Peter will be dearly missed.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Movie Review-2012

The year 2009 saw some great movies being released – Avatar, 2012, The Hangover and alike. Of these, two movies have created a large amount of commotion and furor among audiences – Avatar and 2012. 2012 is a Sci-Fi and future oriented movie which is based on the doomsday prediction according to the Mayan Calendar and fortune tellers.

The Columbia Pictures release, 2012 directed by Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day fame created a lot of craze before its release after its previews and trailers. This film is based on the predictions made by the Mayan Calendar stating the world will face a changing landscape due to a geomagnetic transformation which happens as a result of a synchronizing activity from the sun. The film stars are John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt. Though the director himself has stated that he is skeptical about such happenings, he made the movie out of passion and to make people realize what it would be like if doomsday really happened.

The movie has high special effects that keeps your spine chilling as you watch the land creating craters due to heavy earthquake activity, high tides throwing objects and chaos all around.

The movie deals with the popular subject on how a geomagnetic reversal on earth would cause an abrupt catastrophe which would lead the earth’s tectonic plates shifting more than usual would bring an end to the world as we know it. There are, however, some flaws in the plot where the luck of the protagonist is shown so well that the widening earth just misses them by seconds when they are driving. These special effects which are generated create a bit of a comic feeling rather than creating terror in the audiences minds. But in addition to the main character and his families escapades in the movie, the horrific devastating scenes across the world create some real terror to viewers and you are compelled to think what will happen if something like this really happens on earth.
Earthquakes devastating cities, tsunamis wiping out coastal cities, and volcanic activities really playing havoc on all manmade creations and nature’s beauty are terribly visualized by Emmerich. He has always been a master when it comes to showing apocalyptic effects.

If you have not watched the movie just have a look at the trailer and find out how earth-shattering it actually is. It is overall a good movie to watch at home with family and friends.Check out the DVD release or Blu-Ray release to enjoy the real effects.

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