Hello all. Sorry for the delay in posting. I have, yet again, had a lot of stuff going on. However, this time the primary reason for not posting yesterday was because what I am reviewing today, I saw yesterday. Wings, by William Wellman, was the first movie to ever win an Academy Award. I believe it was also the first fighter pilot movie. Made in 1927, it was of course, a silent movie. However, it was accompanied by a theatre pipe organ. The experience was amazing. At certain points you actually forgot the movie was silent. Just to plug the movie theatre, it played at the Landmark Loew’s in Jersey City. They are a very old movie theatre that are able to get their hands on old movie. Some of the couples there dressed up, and the theatre itself had two children dressed as people would be in the 20’s handing out programs, it was adorable.
The movie itself was extremely well done. Certain scenes I wondered to myself, “Did they capture that accidentally or was that shot purposely picked?”. And the film was very well taken care of because the movie was crisp and clean through out the showing. It was a bit long for what it was but the message was clearly sent at the end. There were no complaints to be had about the acting. It should be noted that the actors actually had flying lessons. So when you see them there are no tricks, they are really flying. Several other important notations for this movie need to be made. The first being that the US gave planes, tanks, and troops to this movie. I forget the exact amount, but it was quite a bit. We found this out because the director’s son was there and gave a short talk before and after the movie. Another note is this was one of the first movies to show two men kissing. Funny how people made such a big deal about it for so long after. It is definitely worth the time to seek this movie out. Though without a theatre organ I am sure the experience is not the same. For my viewing, with the live theatre pipe organ, I give the movie a B+.
Just as a side note. If you can, be sure to patronage your local movie theatres. I know that AMC is amazing and has new technology. Nonetheless older theatres, especially landmark ones, are completely worth the time. You will never find a better atmosphere then a big dome overhead, actual artistic molding, and the sense of real community. Plus it is beyond surreal watching a movie decades old inside a theatre just as old.
Unfortunately, I have not finished A Brief History of Time. Not a huge fault of the book, though the fact that I have read previous physics books does hinder it slightly. I would say it is a phenomenal introduction but if you have some previous knowledge the impact is not as great. I am a little anxious to finish so I can either start Cosmos or Chamber of Secrets.
Take care all and be sure to have an outstanding and safe Thanksgiving Day. Just remember no matter how bad things are you are loved by someone. And if you can, please give to the less fortunate. Everyone deserves a happy holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.