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An Anti-Facist Film’s Message We Need To Hear… Today! (Video)

“When that first minority lost out… everybody lost out.”

At the risk of piling on… Michael Moore said it so right in our post on here: If you are not going to say that what went down in Charlottesville was wrong (not on both sides, Mr. President; the NEO-NAZI side), you are pretty much on the wrong side! Turn it around. Don’t support racists, Neo-whatevers… none of that. Do the right thing: Stand with the right. The right side of the aisle, if you like; but at least be on the right side of HISTORY!

And speaking of history, watch the above clip. And by all means… DON’T BE A SUCKER!


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Ken Burns Covers ‘The War’ In This PBS Documentary (Mini-Series Trailer)

We posted a World War I era documentary days ago, got several recent Ken Burns documentary posts – one about the Civil War. But how about Burns taking us to and through World War II? Yep, got that for you. Well, Netflix does. But we have the trailer embedded above.

THE WAR, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history – a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America – and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.


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Allied (Trailer)

“Inglourious Basterds,” “Fury,” and now “Allied.” To say Brad Pitt has a thing for doing World War II era films would be an understatement. This one looks to be a bit more on the drama-intrigue side of his storytelling spectrum. Good bet for a good movie though. Pitt usually does not put out trash.

“Allied” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
– Movieclips Trailers

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Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox Seek Justice in Post-World War II Japan In “Emperor” (Movie Trailer)

War being an ultimate evil, carried out by loyalists who kill and destroy on a massive scale, how can we hope to bring ‘war criminals’ to justice – to bring closure to the war and ensure justice and peace for both sides? Can we call an enemy combatant a criminal who was doing the same thing our warriors and officers were doing just because we won? Big dilemma.

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, General Douglas MacArthur (played by Tommy Lee Jones) charges General Bonner Fellers (played by Matthew Fox) with the task of deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing Fellers’ ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

“Emperor” tells a portion of the story of post-war justice in Japan (with a love story sort of mixed in, of course). Bold (and secret) moves that won the peace in that time are shared and explored. But more pressing than the measures taken, consider a couple of the issues/questions faced at the time:

  1. Emperor Hirohito was considered a god to many in Japan. How do you bring a god to man’s ‘justice’?
  2. Emperor Hirohito being a spiritual leader, not a figure wielding much political or war-making power, may have been no more than a figurehead for government and military officials to use to rally troops. Can we find justice in sentencing a figurehead to death?

A spiritual figure of a people put to death for ‘crimes’ per the judgement of those who had the power to do so. Why does that sound familiar? Argh! I know this one… hair like wool… feet like bronze… Jesus why can’t I remember?

Well, I’ll leave it there. Interesting story. Looks like this could be a good movie. Tommy Lee Jones movies often are.


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George Lucas “Red Tails” Film (Trailer)

George Lucas is widely known for his Star Wars series of films over the years, but one of the many projects he’s had in the works over the last 23 years has been the upcoming film “Red Tails” based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. I’m really looking forward to this film when it’s released in January of next year not only because of its historical significance, but also in how the Lucasfilm magic is employed in the special effects. The action in this trailer sequence is an indication of that at work. The movie stars Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard, Method Man, Ne-Yo, & Nate Parker and is directed by “Treme’s” Anthony Hemingway.