Slim’s 550-page epic details his experiences leading British and Indian troops in Burma from 1942-1945. Whereas many memoirs by generals focus on themselves, Slim details the campaign overall in minute detail, rarely compliments himself, and lavishes praise on his troops. It is an incredible look into a complete military campaign. […]Continue reading →
Holy Schnikes On The Barbie
This movie was one wild ride. Years have gone by and Max is still the lone Road Warrior. As the movie begins, he’s captured by the denizens of The Citadel – a weird, cultish enclave built around a water pumping station. And from there there it’s pretty much a constant flood of flames, car chases, and violence.
Tom Hardy is the new Max. He does a good job recapturing the fast, edgy movements that Gibson had in the original movies. […]Continue reading →
I’m finally getting around to reading Gen. Jimmy Doolittle’s biography (of the “Doolittle’s Raiders” raid on Tokyo in 1942 fame). One of many books from World War II leaders on my “to read” list.
It’s a little slow at times because a lot of the book is post-Tokyo raid when he wasn’t flying much. But it’s really interesting to see how the US Air Force grew from “what are these here flying things?” to flying 2000-plane daylight bombing raids in under 30 years. […]Continue reading →
The first good movie of 2015. It’s a familiar premise: a secret society of undercover operatives, working for King and Country, taking on the worlds problems, with class and style. And then there’s the familiar “rough and tumble young recruit” angle. Yes, it’s been done before. But it’s been a long while since it’s been done with the level of class and style of “Kingsman.”
Let’s start with the cast. Colin Firth is impeccable as the lead agent who is training the new recruits. […]Continue reading →
So I spent New Years Eve drinking and watching movies. Here’s some quick-reviews of what I watched. Or at least what I can remember of what I watched. Or what I think I remember of what I watched.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
This is a visually impressive movie. It really looks great. Billy Connolly is in it as a leader of one of the armies and, for me, he steals the whole show. Christopher Lee also makes an appearance – the only member of the cast to actually have met Tolkein. […]Continue reading →