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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.

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Friday Night

Introducing my son and wife to the cinematic masterpiece that is…

This movie is closer to anything that might happen during a zombie apocalypse than anything else you’ve ever watched.

If you haven’t seen it, put it in your queue.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Watching

The wife and I are watching Infinite tonight on Paramount+.

First off, Mark Wahlberg, I’m a fan. I have enjoyed him in everything I’ve ever seen him in except for Pain and Gain (just a bad movie all around) and the M. Night Shyamalan movie The Happening, which I couldn’t finish. Not a comment on Wahlberg; it’s just probably Shyamalan’s worst movie.


A sci-fi, action adaption that examines the concept of reincarnation through remarkable visuals and well-established characters who need to use their memories and past learnt skills to ensure the future is protected from Infinites that seek to end all life on the planet.

imran (from IMDB)

I’m about thirty minutes in, and I’m getting a heavy Matrix/Wanted feel with a dash of Highlander.

Wahlberg plays Evan McCauley (IMDB has the last name as Michaels), and he’s immortal-ish. This is more immortal by way of reincarnation, retaining all former knowledge and skills. But it seems he needs a jumpstart.

He’s in a war, caught between two factions of immortals, and he’s apparently on the losing side.

One side The Believers want to protect humanity. The other side wants to end the world.

A tale as old as, well, a lot of sci-fi movie plots.


This all takes me back to Highlander. Not just the movie (or movies, I’ll suffer through the bad ones), but the series.

I loved the first movie, but the series with Adrian Paul was an absolute favorite of mine.

The first season was slow for me, but then came Joe Dawson.

The addition of Dawson and The Watchers added so much to the mythos of Highlander. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and I believe they ended Highlander: The Series on a good note.

I would love to see it rebooted, but I’m going to need Jim Byrnes back; to keep an eye on things.


Infinite was good. I’ll probably watch it again. I would rather see the storyline fleshed out in a series rather than one film. All in all, 7 out of 10 stars.

It was a bit rushed but still a good time for action fans, I think.

No spoilers.

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Panem Et Circenses

We are watching The Hunger Games movies as a family because Sam has never watched them, he was too young when they first came out.

It’s an interesting story if you like dystopian type stuff.

It kind of reminds me a lot of something I can’t quite put my finger on.

But…

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Tonight we continued the children’s cinematic education with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The movies of my day (yea, this is very much within the timeline) rated as PG-13 prove one thing, we were not sheltered from language and innuendo like kids are today.

PG-13 from 1986 would probably be a hard R today if you threw in a bare breast.


Personally, I think that the John Hughes movies of the 80s are masterpieces. Gen X can quote them line for line. It might even be a better proof of age for most anything in place of ID.

Cashier: Can I see your ID?

Customer: Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.

They don’t and won’t make movies like this anymore. Their day has come and gone. Often replicated, never duplicated comes to mind.

At least we have the historical archives.

Which reminds me, grab those hard copies while you can.

The sheriff is near.

Wink wink, nudge nudge.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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They Live

I watched They Live again this morning.

If you don’t know what that is…

They Live (titled onscreen as John Carpenter’s They Live) is a 1988 American science-fictionactionhorror film written and directed by John Carpenter. Starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster, the film follows an unnamed drifter[nb 1] who discovers through special sunglasses that the ruling class are aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to consume, breed, and conform to the status quo via subliminal messages in mass media. Wikipedia

I didn’t know there was a short story that it was based on until this morning. The short story is Eight O’Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson.

I liked the short story [spend] nearly as much as I like the movie.

Both the movie and the story have [consume] certain parallels to what is going on right now. How much of your thought is controlled by the talking heads on TV and what the media pushes through your phone?

Things to think about.

That’s it. [obey] That’s the post.

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Favorite Movie Scenes: Junkyard Fight

Christopher Reeve as Superman and Clark Kent facing off in Superman 3, the junkyard fight.

You can tell what a great actor Reeve is when the only difference is the clothes and a pair of glasses. Same guy, two completely different people.

Also, a nod to that fourth wall break Reeve did at the end of the Superman movies. That flight into orbit and that grin at the audience.

He was my favorite Superman.

Bigger budgets may have made β€œbetter” movies. And no disrespect to the people who’ve taken the role after him. But, he was Superman.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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The End

I didn’t realize it, but the final two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired back to back and I finished them tonight on Hulu.

I’m a huge Marvel fan and have been since I was a child (some people might say I still am).

It’s kind of hard to say goodbye to the show although I’m sure many of the characters will show up somewhere in the MCU somehow, some way.

Coulson’s my boy. Probably my favorite fictional hero. The heart and soul of a team of heroes. He keeps coming back and keeps on keeping on.

Even death can’t stop him. And he’s always willing to put everything on the line. Because that’s what hero’s do.

Hey, Coulson!

And so I say goodbye to one of my favorite, if not absolute favorite shows, and I enjoyed and loved every single minute of it.

Goodbye Coulson, May, Mack, FitzSimmons, and Skye (I still can’t get used to Daisy).

You’ve made my little bit of time with you fun and inspiring, as heroes should do.

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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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