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Fun Movies: Battleship

This came up in my memories on FB today, and I can admit when I’m in the wrong.

I received a free code from my company for the movie, so I didn’t pay for it. But I would have.

The wife loves this movie, quite possibly because one of the heroes is a PTA, and she is a PTA. I catch her rewatching the movie several times a year.

The board game is barely even referenced in the film. The writer could have left that out and made a great sci-fi adventure just the same.

There are several actors that I’ve enjoyed in a lot of other films and shows. Taylor Kitsch, Alexander SkarsgΓ₯rd, Liam Neeson just to name a few.


More importantly, featured in the film, is Col. Gregory D. Gadson. A real American hero.

Image from IMDB

From his IMDB profile:

Col. Gregory D. Gadson assumed command June 25, 2012, of Fort Belvoir, Va., a 47,000-strong garrison in its 100th year of service. Gadson graduated from West Point in 1989 and holds Masters Degrees in Information Systems and Policy Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Field Artillery Officers Course and in 2010, he became an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

Gadson, was returning from a memorial service in Baghdad for two Soldiers from his brigade on May 7, 2007, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a severe injury to his right arm.

He became one of the first Soldiers fitted with a next-generation powered prosthetic knee. It allows amputees to walk with a more natural gait. Rather than taking a medical retirement, Gadson requested to stay on active duty. Gadson returned to active duty to serve almost two years as director of the Army Wounded Warrior program before being selected to command Fort Belvoir.


And then there’s my favorite scene:

From the trivia on the IMDB Battleship entry:

The veterans of the U.S.S. Missouri that Stone Hopper mentions are real life vets of the U.S.S. Missouri.

Alex Hopper’s calling upon the retired veterans to help crew the Missouri is inspired by actual historical events.

When the Iowa class battleships were reactivated in the 1980’s, the Navy had to recall veterans who had served on the ships during World War II and Korea, so they could teach the new crews how to operate the guns, fire control systems and other 1940’s era technology.


It’s a fun movie and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Wholly unbelievable, big explosions, and the American military kicking ass. Just a good time.

Oh, and the good guys save the world. Again.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Bad Movies: Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

It’s better to be dead and cool than alive and uncool.

I love bad movies! Well, movies others think are bad anyway. I’ve watched Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man several times. I don’t own it but it’s available for streaming here and there (on VUDU free with ads at the moment) and I enjoy the action and back and forth between the two leads.

Mickey Rourke has been a favorite actor of mine since 9 1/2 Weeks, a completely different kind of movie, which was 50 Shades long before that movie came about.

Don Johnson is still a good actor nowadays and I still have a place for Sonny from Miami Vice in my head.

From the wiki:

The film was a critical and financial failure, earning only $7 million at the domestic box office (the budget was estimated at $23 million). It has since become aΒ cult classicΒ following its release to video.

Two guys who know each other so well that they don’t see each other for two years and fall right back in step. Men showing up and having each other’s backs because that’s just the way it is. This is part of why I love the movie.

The action and the violence gives it a decidedly 80s tone even though this film was made in 1991.

Reportedly Rourke says he felt like a sellout making this movie and that it started his decline into self loathing. It a quote but something I picked up from IMDB. Who knows?

I was glad to see him show up in The Expendables, another testosterone driven “your my friend, no your my brother” type film.

I’ll keep watching all these movies others deem as unworthy.

I came to be entertained not to experience an emotional change or some other fluff.

I ain’t here for a long time, I’m just here for a good time.

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