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12 Strong Trailer #2 (2018) *The First Victory of the War on Terror*

*Text from Coming Soon
WB has debuted the second trailer for 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, starring Chris Hemsworth (ThorThe Avengers films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary RoadNocturnal Animals). The new war drama, from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, is based on Doug Stanton’s best-selling book Horse Soldiers and is the story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11. 
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12 Strong Trailer #1 (2018) *The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers*

*Text from Coming Soon
WB has debuted the first trailer for 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, starring Chris Hemsworth (ThorThe Avengers films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary RoadNocturnal Animals). The new war drama, from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, is based on Doug Stanton’s best-selling book Horse Soldiers and is the story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11. 
Continue reading 12 Strong Trailer #1 (2018) *The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers*

My Favorite Scene: Zero Dark Thirty (2012) “Bring Me People To Kill!”

After Kathryn Bigelow gets Detroit out this week, following The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, the woman really needs to mellow out and make a movie about animated ducks or something.  She is possibly the most INTENSE director about unflinchingly taking on controversial, contemporary issues working today, and my first sentence was flippant, because we need someone doing that.  Hollywood doesn’t really finance many message pictures anymore, any issue pictures, and that’s what Bigelow brings to the table.

Zero Dark Thirty is a controversial movie for a lot of reasons, not the least of which the graphic torture depicted (which happened), but also because it was made so soon after the killing of Osama bin Laden.  The “War of Terror” is so frustrating because it isn’t traditional warfare.  Our enemies don’t wear uniforms, adhere to a country, or even a single doctrine.  It’s more a war against a sick madness and how do you fight that?  The hunt for bin Laden was so important to Americans because he was the face.  He was the uniform, the symbol, the figurehead.  There are a lot of powerful scenes in the film but I like this meeting at the beginning with Mark Strong (tremendously underrated actor) painting the picture of frustration of the American people that this man had eluded the largest manhunt in history for a decade and sets the stage for everything to come.

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

Sully, Tom Hanks

There aren’t many feel-good stories in the world in which we live.  It’s a sad fact of modern life that most of the news we hear is bad, and even events that can be considered triumphs by some have a downside for another group.  In January 2009, America got an honest-to-God miracle, and an authentic hero.  No qualifications, no asterisk, nothing but one of the most amazing stories in aviation history put the right man in the right cockpit to save 155 lives in a spectacularly-executed water landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River.  Over seven years later, the event dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson” is a feature film helmed by director Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks portraying the man in the pilot’s seat for the incredible hair-raising flight: Captain Sully Sullenberger. Continue reading Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

Movie Review: The Walk (2015) *Zemeckis Takes Us to Dizzying Heights!*

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walk, Philippe Petit9/11. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the World Trade Center’s twin towers. It’s impossible for people to look at those buildings and to see anything other than the horror that occurred nearly 15 years ago. There is; however, another story, a true story, regarding the towers that took place in 1974. A French wire walker, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), mesmerized New Yorkers one August morning as they looked to the skies and saw Petit perform an extended walk between the North and South Towers of the WTC. It’s a story that’s the antithesis of 9/11. It’s a dream, Petit’s coup. It’s a story of hope, ambition, bravery and wonder and Robert Zemeckis brings it to glorious fruition in The Walk. Continue reading Movie Review: The Walk (2015) *Zemeckis Takes Us to Dizzying Heights!*