So true, Wang, so true.
So true, Wang, so true.
I defended a 5 day harassment/gender discrimination trial with a well know iowa atty who closed his closing statement to the jury by describing the end of that movie where hanks tells damon to "earn this" and telling the jury that the paintiff had earned their verdict. It was like he he handed each of them a turd and told them to eat it. It went over especially poorly with the 2 older ladies who I would guess had family or husbands in ww2. It was a very thin case to begin with. Company bungled some documentation during perf reviews and a downsizing but nothing worth comparing to people dying in war. Defense verdict in 45 minutes.
Of course it was on while we were eating yesterday.
"So, how was..." [bang, bang,][explosion] "your day?"
Now Band of Brothers...that was IMO the best WWII film to date. It just seemed like Spielberg and Hanks took what they learned from SPR and perfected it with BoB. More realistic, based on history, and with interviews from the actual soldiers prior to each episode. Just carries SO much more weight than SPR. To me, the actual history was dramatic enough. No need to add any additional fiction.
As graphic as this movie was, I still shutter to think of what it might have been like to actually be in any of these situations. My grandfather was in the navy during WWII. I didn't even know it until his funeral. I mean I always assumed that he was in the war, he was the perfect age for it, but he never talked about it. I asked my mom, about it on the drive home. She said he just refused to talk about it. All she knows is the ship he was on went down. That's it. He wouldn't even talk to his own family about what he saw and had to deal with.
I really have to commend any person willing to take up arms in defense of their country and personally, would like to take this time to thank them now.
Band of Brothers was fantastic. I remember my roommate and I catching the first episode, purely by chance, when it first aired. When it was over, I was like "Well, I know what I'm doing every Sunday night for the next 13 weeks."
Highlight of the series has to be the Bastogne episode. Incredibly visceral.
The beauty of that series was how they made you care for every single character. And then when they showed interviews with the actual soldiers, it was like, "Wow. That's him. That's Bill Guarnere. He was actually there. He did those things." Very moving.
Should have won best picture instead of that Shakespear in Love hooey
If you watch the special documentary that comes with the box set, they show Guarnere and Heffron at Bastogne and overlooking the town of Foy. The woods where they endured the battle and where Guarnere lost his leg. Very powerful.
The other overwhelming moment of that series was maybe the 3rd episode, as the unit returned to England. When Malarkey went to pick up his laundry and the lady asked for his help in taking care of the laundry of several, maybe even dozens, of his friends - not realizing they all were dead. Equally powerful.
The group of actors assembled for Band of Brothers was perfect, in my opinion. A great mini series.
Band of Brothers set the bar quite high for Hanks/Spielberg/HBO's next offering The Pacific.
The greatest travesty in the history of the Academy Awards. I get hot just thinking about it!
Also, glad to see there are so many Band of Brothers fans out there! It is the greatest mini-series ever. Second place goes to From the Earth to the Moon, which also involved Tom Hanks as producer/director/narrator.
Historically speaking the movie does NO justice to the sacrifice. The movie shows men moving 20 to 30 yards with heavy fire in about 10 to 15 minutes...
Reality is the 20 to 30 yards was more like 200 to 300 yards (in some cases half a mile) under fire on the beach. 10 to 15 minutes was 5 to 6 hours for most, under the heavy fire the entire time.
D-Day was the most massive military expedition... EVER!