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May 29, 2005
Memorial Day Movie Classics

The two major cable channels that show "classics", American Movie Classics (AMC) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are showing military-themed movies this weekend. Apart from that general topic, the film selections couldn't be more different.

I don't have a list of all the films the two channels have already shown this weekend, but the guide on the digital cable can tell me what's coming up for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Looking at the list of movies below, I get a distinct impression about the attitudes of the two stations as to what constitutes an appropriate film for a Memorial Day marathon.

Coming up on AMC:
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning — awful.
Braddock: Missing in Action III — if the second was awful, how good could the third one be?
G.I. Jane (two showings total) — this is not now, nor will it ever be, a "classic."
MASH (four, count 'em, four showings total, including twice in a row tonight) — the most vastly overrated "war" movie ever made. As a pure comedy, it's so-so.
Battle at Bloody Beach — never heard of it, but it stars Audie Murphy. Maybe I'll DVR it.
Strategic Air Command — OK, this is a classic.
The Green Berets — this, too.
Hamburger Hill (two showings total) — a film memorable only for the quote "Please pass the %$#@&! potatoes."
Apocalypse Now (Redux) (two showings total) — I haven't seen the director's cut. No opinion.

Upcoming on TCM:
Dive Bomber
Hell is for Heroes
They Were Expendable
Blood on the Sun
Run Silent, Run Deep
Tell it to the Marines
Destination Tokyo
Take the High Ground!
A Guy Named Joe
So Proudly We Hail!
The Story of G.I. Joe
Kelly's Heroes
Is Paris Burning?
A Bridge Too Far
God Is My Co-Pilot
Behind The Rising Sun

I own half of this second group of movies on DVD or VHS. Though some are better and some worse, all are genuine classics.

Which roster of movies would you rather own?

Posted by Russ at 02:48 PM, May 29, 2005 in Movies & Soldiers/Vets

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The wife and I watched 30 Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) written by Ted Lawson while recovering from a leg amputation, due to injuries during the actual raid. Spencer Tracy as Jimmy Dolittle and Van Johnson as Lawson. Good wartime production with some great B-25 footage.

Posted by: Billy Budd at May 30, 2005 01:48 PM

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* The Second World War is being fought for the defense of the fundamentals of Judaism -- The Chicago Jewish Sentinel.
* The Jews are the spiritual fathers of Democracy -- Dr. Oscar Levy.
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(NATO is a communist invention.)
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Posted by: Claude at June 2, 2005 06:43 PM

Can one be considered an anti-Semite if he quotes Jews?

Sure. One can also be considered an asshole.

We are supposed to be living in a REPUBLIC!

Indeed, as evidenced by the fact that cretins such as you are allowed to continue stealing oxygen from the rest of us.

Posted by: Russ at September 27, 2005 05:58 PM