What we watching? – Mudspike at the movies


#162

Oh. Oops. I admit I didn’t read the link due to time constraints. Sorry!


#163

LOL; no probs man- I was afraid of that too… :slight_smile:


#164

It is funny how I instantly jumped at the mere thought that they could remake the movie. :smiley:

The thing with remakes/reboots is: occasionally they are good, but often they aren’t.
True Grit (2010) was a good movie, it is possible to like both that one and the 1969 John Wayne version.
They have to be different but not too different. A very tough balance.

For every good remake there is at least one that is like the Total Recall from 2012…


#165

I soooo totally agree with you here.


#166

That would be an interesting film. I read his autobiography, Baa, Baa Black Sheep. Its fairly brutally honest. The highlight of his life was with the Flying Tigers and his squadron time in the Pacific. His time in a POW camp was, as one wold expect, challenging. Other than that, it is the story of an alcoholic who’s life spirals down after his fame in WW II.

Yes, I think it should be made into a movie, but if they do it right, it will be more of a cautionary tale than a feel good story of triumph.

I put Boyington up there with Grant. Both true heroes, both magnificent in war, but not in peace. They were both men with “demons” who rose above those demons when their country need them.


#167

That’s what it would make a good movie.


#168

Oh man imagine that, just the old dude telling war stories in the bar, and as he slides further into alcoholism, the stories become weirder and stronger. At first it you get just some cool and very realistic air-to-air action with the hero supporting his wing and perhaps even getting a kill. In the end you see him sitting astride a flaming hellcat blazing from 16 gun port blasting a yamato class battleship to pieces while singing the national anthem.


#169

Not a movie but Atypical on Netflix. This description will NOT make you want to watch but here goes: It’s a coming of age story about a teenager with autism. It is funny and endearing and feels real.


#170

If I recall the book correctly, he hit rock bottom and recovered somewhat. However, yes, taking it from near the end of his life and highlighting his accomplishments through a series of prolonged flashbacks, while a bit cliche (1970’s Little Big Man being a film where it worked) might be a good approach.:slightly_smiling_face:


#171

I read Boyington’s book “Baa Baa Blacksheep” several times in the 70’s and 80’s so when Zamperini’s story “Unbroken” came out a few years back his Japanese prison camp internment story seemed quite familiar. When the pieces finally connected and I found out both of them spent time at the Omori prison camp the familiarity between both stories made sense.

While he claims to have become sober in his book by the time the TV series was being filmed he had taken a few steps off the wagon if Robert Conrad is to be believed. Boyington was also a consultant on the TV series and even had two or three cameos as a General during its run.

Wheels


#172

I hadn’t realized that when I read Unbroken…good catch.:slightly_smiling_face:


#173

The story about the tame duck that would bow to the Emperor when the prisoners did every morning is what started me looking since both men had recounted the story in their books. The other incident that was recounted in both books was the sundial “matchee” joke.

Wheels


#174

We saw The Predator and it was good. Has the obligatory gore and skull-spine ripping out and gushing green blood. It is a sequel to the Predators. The Alamo theater was nice, we enjoyed the bar before the movie and food during - it was a nice date for us. It’s a 45 minute drive to Denver so good news to hear a local theater is opening next month with beer & wine.


#175

Lady Chipwich and I took in an exceptional flick last night, A Simple Favor, which I would describe it as a smartly written and well played dark comedic who-done-it.


#176

Anna Kendrick can ask me anything, anytime, anywhere. Like, literally.


#177

“Gee Mr. Komeniute, you are so cute. I’d love to get to know you better. But first would you mind letting this nice doctor remove your private parts. The surgery is my treat. And you won’t need those old things to do what I have in mind. That will be ok, won’t it? You big rascal you!”


#178

Yeah… ok. I accept.


#179

I liked the trailer for this one, and I’m a fan of both the main actors and the director (LOVED Freaks and Geeks). This may be one for a date night.


#180

Agreed. Anna Kendrick is a perfect storm of actor/singer, whom seemingly has full cognizance of her talent and direction.

Most assuredly. The film checks off a lot of boxes for both him and her. :slight_smile:

Funny thing that happened in the theater during the film

When Anna and Blake kiss on the sofa, some dude down in the front of the theater blurted out, “Lord have mercy!” The whole place erupted in laughter.


#181

Well I know what we’re doing this weekend.