Archive for September, 2012

Thoughts on Amistad

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Just nitpicking, but Cinque certainly did seem to know an awful lot about celestial navigation. Enough to attack the Spaniards and turn the ship east in the middle of the night… That was one snazzy dome on the Capitol there in 1839… and to think all those Civil War era photos had me thinking it […]

Sources for Patton

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Lev, Peter. American Films of the ’70s: Conflicting Visions. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000. Monaco, Paul. A History of American Movies: a Film-by-Film Look at the Art, Craft, and Business of Cinema. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2010. Rollins, Peter C., and John E. O’Connor, eds. Why We Fought: America’s Wars in Film and History. Lexington: […]

Snarking through “Last of the Mohicans”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

So while I don’t actually use Twitter, I couldn’t help from fake tweeting during the movie -“The French have no stomach to fight”… Except for those half dozen odd wars you’ve been fighting for the past 60 years or so… -At least this time jumping through waterfalls got somebody’s gunpowder wet! -Convenient Plot Device Canoes! […]

Movie Thoughts

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

So, this really had nothing to do with anything important in the movie, but I facepalmed when John Smith jumped through the waterfall with his gun ready to shoot Pocahontas. He’s using a matchlock gun (which at least was accurate to the time), but those work by dropping a piece of burning slow match into […]