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“JTF: Not looking forward to the new “Midway” movie because all of the CGI I see in promo commercials for this so-called ‘blockbuster’ film make it look like a video game- do it right or don’t do it at all!” by Chef Lilah Paulikovich
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Enough with CGI, let’s get back to making movies the ‘right way’
Kula, HI 96790, 11-07-2019 Thursday: BIG MOVIE coming out, “Midway.” For the United States in the Pacific Theater during World War II, this was the turning point that gave us the upper hand. It was a brutal fight and it required some amazing deception on our part. The United States had no clue as to where the next strike by Imperial Japanese naval forces would occur, would it continue in the Aleutian Islands, would there be a strike on the Panama Canal, or would it be Midway Island, part of the physical Hawaiian Island Chain but far to the west at the archipelago’s extreme tip.
Seeing as how American cryptographers had broken the Japanese Navy’s signals codes the United States decided to try a ruse with which to gauge Tokyo’s true intentions. They decided to float a false message saying that Midway Island was having a problem with the water purification system and required help from Pearl Harbor. Right on cue, signals intelligence picked up Japanese chatter on the topic and so we were able to scramble U.S. Naval assets to intercept them and hopefully destroy them.
That was precisely what happened. Although we lost ships and planes in the fray, the Japanese lost more, mostly because of luck on our part and numerous tactical missteps on theirs. Admiral Nagumo, the man in charge of Japanese forces made some errors in the arming of his strike aircraft and were on the decks of several aircraft carriers full of fuel and bombs when our aircraft appeared overhead and began the attack.
The resulting destruction put the Japanese on defense through the remainder of the war. However, they were not going to give up without a fight and so the war went on for another two-plus years before two nuclear bombs devastated Hiroshima and then Nagasaki which forced the leaders of the beleaguered country to finally sue for peace.
We have had some great movies on the conflict between the United States and the Empire of Japan such as “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970) which was amazing, absolutely amazing, as its producers put much effort into recreating the event as well as they could. Actual aircraft (or close proximities) and ships and thousands of cast members recreated a horrible time in a fabulous way. The realism was stupendous and the film was a historical masterpiece. If in doubt, rent or buy it and watch it.
Nowadays, CGI, aka ‘computer generated imagery,’ seems to be the rage. I am watching the previews for the new Midway film and I feel like I am watching one of my grandkid’s video games. Video games. Wow. Can it not get any worse to create a film in which it all appears ‘phony?’ Is this where moviemaking has taken us? If so, I don’t want any part of this mess.
I realize in many circumstances that GCI is cost effective as movie producers no longer have to arrange costly, dangerous stunts, because they can replicate military equipment, explosions, destruction, and all manner of other special effects by using computers to do the work. What’s important is, how ‘realistic’ those effects look.
I cannot tell you the last time I have witnessed an actual explosion on film, either in a Hollywood blockbuster movie or in a TV show. Everything from The Hobbit movies to television dramas all rely on CGI to speed things up, lower costs, and to make a saleable product that millennials might enjoy.
An excellent place to see the difference between realistic movie effects and computer-generated imagery is by watching the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and then the subsequent “Hobbit” movies. The first three are visual masterpieces whereas the latter three, although fine, definitely stand apart from the first three.
In the “Lord of the Rings” movies, the producers labored long and hard to create armies of orcs, played by human actors, supplemented by CGI and each of them were excellent representations. In the second grouping, “The Hobbit” movies, one definitely could tell that the orcs (and the elves) were all computer-generated and it was easily evident to the casual viewer. Only individual actors portraying most of the characters were in costume but the bulk of them were all phony.
Now, I will say this to the readership: “The Hobbit” movies, although using loads of CGI, were works of art when compared to the commercials I am seeing for “Midway.” I get it, to recreate the aircraft as they did in “Tora! Tora! Tora!” would cost loads of money to do, I suspect that IF the producers did it, the film would be a visual masterpiece as the 1970 film depicting the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor was.
Nowadays, everything is on the cheap, on the low-down, which is crazy seeing as how the People’s Republic of China seems to have a hand in the making of every Hollywood movie nowadays so what is it about doing things on the cheap?
What’s more, the Chinese have loads of money so how about working hard to replicate reality and making films that stand the test of time as “Tora! Tora! Tora!” has? That movie will be with us for generations to come whereas later recreations such as “Pearl Harbor” (2001), although a box office success, were bashed by reviewers and movie buffs alike. (Ben Affleck, really?)
Watching TV is the same thing. Every crime drama recreates explosions, fires, and automobile wrecks. The trick is in determining which special effects are realistic enough to pass first inspection such as on a show like “Chicago Fire” or “Chicago PD” or are ludicrous and laughable such as much of what certain cable channels regularly peddle as top-notch dramas (not going to mention any names).
Well, thanks for allowing me to vent today, if I go to see a historical movie, I want it to be as close to reality as possible. A movie from 1988, “The Beast”, about Russian troops in Afghanistan is a prime example as what a war movie should be unlike much of the crap moviemakers try to slip in under the wire. Perhaps when old folks like me are gone, it won’t matter anymore but as long as we exist, better make ‘em right.
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11-07-2019 Thursday—Political Topics and Essays, Part MCMLXXXI: “Not looking forward to the new “Midway” movie because all of the CGI I see in promo commercials for this so-called ‘blockbuster’ film make it look like a video game- do it right or don’t do it at all!” by Chef Lilah Paulikovich.
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TODAY IN HISTORY—NOVEMBER 07, 2019:
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- 1637: The Massachusetts Bay Colony banishes Anne Hutchinson as a ‘heretic.’
- 1775: Lord Dunmore promises black male slaves who join the British army to fight the rebels their ‘freedom.’
- 1811: U.S. forces led by Indiana Territory Governor William Henry Harrison defeated warriors from Tecumseh’s Confederacy in the Battle of Tippecanoe.
- 1820: James Monroe wins election to be the fifth president of the United States.
- 1837: In Alton, Illinois, an outraged pro-slavery mob shot abolitionist printer, Elijah P. Lovejoy, to death as he attempted to stop a third attempt to destroy his printing shop.
- 1848: General Zachary Taylor wins election as president of the United States.
- 1861: Former U.S. President John Tyler won election to the Confederate House of Representatives; however, Tyler died before he could take his seat.
- 1862: During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln replaced Major General George B. McClellan with Major General Ambrose Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
- 1874: Thomas Nast first symbolized the Republican Party as an ‘elephant,’ in a cartoon that appeared in Harper’s Weekly.
- 1876: Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes wins the election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden; however, Tilden won the popular vote whereas Hayes won the Electoral College so the “Compromise of 1876” would soon come to be. Elsewhere, Albert H. Hook received a patent for his cigarette-manufacturing machine.
- 1893: The state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.
- 1895: In the mountains of British Columbia, Canada completed its first transcontinental railroad with the symbolic hammering in of the final spike.
- 1908: At San Vincente, Bolivia, the military reportedly kills both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in a raging gun battle.
- 1912: Black boxing champion Jack Johnson underwent indictment in Chicago, Illinois, for allegedly violating the Mann Act with a white woman, Belle Schreiber. A jury convicted, and the judge sentenced him to a year in prison; however, he fled the U.S. only to return later to serve his term.
- 1914: The “New Republic” magazine appeared in print for its debut issue.
- 1915: During World War I, an Austrian submarine torpedoes an Italian passenger liner killing 272 people aboard her.
- 1916: Montana Republican Jeanette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress.
- 1917: Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky. Elsewhere, the Third Battle of Gaza during World War I result in the British capturing it after defeating Ottoman Turkish forces.
- 1918: During World War I, a false report through the United Press announced that an armistice had undergone signing.
- 1936: During the Spanish Civil War, the Battle of Madrid gets underway between Nationalist and Fascist forces.
- 1940: Washington State’s original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed “Galloping Gertie,” collapsed into Puget Sound during a windstorm.
- 1942: Future rock-and-roll star Johnny Rivers is born on this date.
- 1943: The last scoreless tie in NFL history occurs on this date between the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants.
- 1944: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt won election to an unprecedented fourth term by beating Thomas E. Dewey; however, he would die the following year.
- 1960: Future lead guitarist/vocalist with the rock band, Kiss (2002-present)—Tommy Thayer—is born in the USA on this date.
- 1962: Richard M. Nixon- having lost California’s gubernatorial race- held what he called “his last press conference,” telling reporters, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”
- 1967: Carl B. Stokes is the first black American elected mayor of a large U.S. city, Cleveland, Ohio. Elsewhere, the 32nd vice president of the United States—John N. Garner, Democrat, who served from 1933-1941, died on this date.
- 1970: Race riots break out in Daytona Beach, Florida.
- 1971: Future member of Guns ‘n’ Roses- Robin Finck (guitars 1997-99 / 2000-08)- is born in Park Ridge, NJ, on this date.
- 1972: President Richard M. Nixon wins reelection by beating Democrat George McGovern.
- 1973: New Jersey became the first state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.
- 1982: Actress Elizabeth Taylor wins her seventh divorce by dumping husband John Warner.
- 1983: A bomb explodes inside the U.S. Capitol Building injuring only causing an estimated $250,000 in damages.
- 1989: Democrat Douglas Wilder becomes the first black American to win the governorship of a U.S. state—Virginia.
- 1991: Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers announces that he has the HIV virus and retires from the team.
- 1999: Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments.
- 2000: Hillary Clinton becomes the first former First Lady of the United States to win election to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, Vice President Al Gore wins the popular vote whereas Governor George W. Bush wins the Electoral College; this would create a major issue that troubles the nation to this day.
- 2002: Iran bans advertising U.S. products within its borders.
- 2011: Physician Conrad Murray—the personal physician of Michael Jackson—is convicted of manslaughter in the death of the entertainer. Elsewhere, heavyweight boxing champion “Smokin’” Joe Frazier died.
- 2012: Voters in Massachusetts approve a referendum that legalizes the use of medical marijuana while voters in Colorado and Washington approve the use of recreational usage. Meanwhile, voters in three states legalize Gay marriage—Maine, Maryland, and Washington.
- 2013: Disney and Netflix announce a deal in which ABC Television Studios and Marvel TV will produce four serialized programs run over multiple years; the programs will feature popular Marvel characters Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Johns.
- 2014: Barack Obama nominates Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for Eastern New York, U.S. Attorney General to replace Eric Holder; she must win confirmation before she can take over the position.
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FEATURED ALBUM OF THE DAY:
With the British invasion band, the Zombies, already at their end, their record company put out the next of what would be many compilation albums, “The Beginning,” which came out on April 19, 1973. This album featured ten tracks, some of which appeared on singles and on their first two albums. While you might only find it on CD if you search the web, you sure as heck can find it on wax so visit your favorite record store and consider adding it to your collection- you will be you did.
SPECIAL ALBUMS OF THE DAY:
Posted @ the Thursday, February 14, 2013 Blog Post:
Today’s album is Frank Zappa’s eleventh solo album, “Sleep Dirt,” also came out in 1979 and once more demonstrated the man’s uncanny brilliance in making creative music with twisted lyrics. Great music and a definite must for all serious collectors of the band and of the musical times, you can buy this CD now simply picking it up at your favorite site for the best in rock music.
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Free released their next live album on October 09, 2006, “Free Live at the BBC.” This album featured 46 selections on two big discs featuring the wild blues rockers performing at the BBC. If you have yet to buy the music of this short-lived but highly influential British band, this is a fabulous way in which to do it so please, seek it out and consider adding it to your collection- you will be glad you did as this is the definitive if not most pricey, collection. Great music by a unbelievable band.
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