Donald R. McClarey

American History: Memorial Day Weekend Movies

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. A few films to help remember that there is much greater

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Requiescat In Pace: Martin Landau

Actor Martin Landau is dead at age 89.  I became familiar with his work as a child sitting through endless Mission: Impossible episodes.  A very good character actor, he had the talent of drawing attention to the role he was

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Remember: Movies For a Memorial Day Weekend

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is

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October 6, 1889: Roll ’em

How rare it is in history for a scientific genius to also possess considerable business acumen and the ability to direct a large body of men working under him.  Thomas Edison possessed all of those gifts.  With one of the

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Top Movie Battle Speeches

An interesting list hampered by a narrator who obviously had no depth of knowledge of the films.  (The 54th “Army” instead of the 54th Massachusetts.)   Here are some other picks:    

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Top Charges on Film

Some interesting choices in the above video, but I can’t believe they didn’t include these charges (feel free to add other film charges in the comboxes):

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Cover Me! I’m Going In!

I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life. Chistian Bale, star of Exodus:  Gods and Kings, in reference to Moses, who he is portraying in

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Top Ten Patriotic Movies For the Fourth

For those of you who want some patriotic movies to watch over the long Fourth of July weekend here are some suggestions for viewing.  Longtime readers of this blog will see that this differs somewhat from earlier lists of top

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Top Ten Civil War Movies for the Fourth

Any understanding of this nation has to be based, and I mean really based, on an understanding of the Civil War. I believe that firmly. It defined us. The Revolution did what it did. Our involvement in European wars, beginning

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Top Ten Movie Battle Speeches

Not a bad list, although I would have had Patton at number one and I would not have included The Great Dictator.  Shakespeare of course has set the standard for all pre-battle speeches: WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here

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Peter O’Toole: Requiescat In Pace

    Perhaps the foremost actor of his time, Peter O’Toole died yesterday.  As indicated by the video clip above from For Greater Glory, O’Toole never lost his skill before the camera.  He catapulted to fame in Lawrence of Arabia

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Sharknado a Ratings Flop

Apparently it is possible to underestimate the taste of the American people: The SyFy movie about flying sharks and bad weather was seen by just over 1 million people. It had a 0.4  rating in the 18-49 demographic in early

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More Movies For a Memorial Day Weekend

  Last year I gave my top ten picks for movies for Memorial Day weekend.  Go here to read that post.  Here are more films, in no particular order as to merit, to help remember those who went into harm’s way

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Coriolanus

Though the great houses love us not, we own, to do them right, That the great houses, all save one, have borne them well in fight. Still Caius of Corioli, his triumphs and his wrongs, His vengeance and his mercy,

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Top Ten Civil War Movies For The Fourth of July

Any understanding of this nation has to be based, and I mean really based, on an understanding of the Civil War. I believe that firmly. It defined us. The Revolution did what it did. Our involvement in European wars, beginning

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Captain America

A trailer for the Captain America movie coming out in July.  Two superheroes have managed to become symbols of the nation:  Superman and Captain America.  One of the first of the comic book heroes, Superman first appeared in 1938  and helped

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Top Ten Films For Memorial Day Weekend

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is

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Rango

Johnny Depp has always been high on my list of very irritating actors, so it was against my better instincts that I truly enjoyed the above trailer.  It looks like the film Rango will be a grand spoof of some of

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