The Thing ’82

Havent watched this many movies in a row in a long time.
Its a treat and nice distraction.
Still usually binge movies or docs about current events.
This one more: ‘Kurt Russel’ and Cinnemassacre suggestions. Thankful for that too cause it takes the choice out of the equation, and seen some awesome movies all month.
Mostly for my entertainment and fodder to write about.
Ok more Kurt Russell, this is gonna be awesome.
Gotta have memories of “The Thing” on Tv.
The ‘thing’ with TV movies, is sometimes you end up missing huge parts and/or halfway through the movie, then the interest sometimes just isnt there.

All I remember walking into this is an arctic facility, sub machine guns, probably a flamethrower and some screaming and the thing its like a stringy monster, maybe an swollen fx eyeball but maybe thats total recall. Highlight of the day so far after other homework. Ok and this time I wont typo Jack instead of Steve.
Opening shot is awesome, that title shot is sick. Imagine Kurt Russell in the ship. Alien gifs in ’82.

This movie is awesome, I think the dog probably has something. Like a parasite about to eat the whole crew up.
Recognize a couple young actors, and looking pretty epic so far.
The choppers and explosions and mystery.
The goggles and the wide brim hat are quite the getup, Kurt seems his usual movie self.
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Its May 1 2020 5/12 Math break, stuffin food down the gullet. Theres a players league mlb playoff watching tonight. My picks are Snell, Lux, or Smith Jr.
Back to the dog. Creepy movie. Suspenseful, superstitious. There Norwegian not Sweedes very isolated scenes.
Gonna have to check out more John Carpenter, Its like the dog knows so creepy.
Eew they brought that thing back, that seems like a rookie mistake! But the prop is awesome. Im just amazed with that. Eyeball.
Mutt was uttered, hes gonna get it. Cant wait to get a good look at the thing. A well trained creepy dog. Maybe some of that was censored on tv i certainly dont remember that, but the thing is pretty sick! Just so wet slimy and disgusting. The best part is it got away. Some kind of parasitic extra terrestrial thing that attaches to host and its all stringy. It has several eyes. Its the original Blair witch in this home video scene. This movie is great at suspense. Antarctic would be a crazy place to visit. Imagine getting a job on the US Antartica research program.
The spaceship looks pretty painted but thats crazy. Maybe infected the original crew of the craft. Hence the crash. Coors banquet thats neat, be re-released not too recently. I knew it.
Mutt gets him, that negative connotation, im sure thing just wants a friend. Nasty little slug creature they’re all infected. Im trying to think of what the new theme could be for the May Cinemassacre and I cant guess, maybe microbes.I thought (d)ogs, Monsters maybe..

I recognize the beard guy, hes infected forsure. Hes got such a calm demeanor. Maybe its the end of the movie I remember. (scalpel)
I like how, the director doesn’t strand them right away its really gradual and that leads to some scarier moments. I counted atleast 3 injection scenes. The long johns. RJ Mcree. Mcreedee
The monologue. I like the angles dooorways shadows. There isnt too many other pop culture references,hard to tell its 82. Way more tech than the barber pole from planet of apes more dialogue. Expressions. The crew all looks genuinely scared. Grim . I mean fiction is a thing i struggle with but here I find Mcreedee looks pretty serious compared to Jack, Steve. Here RJ employs buddy system to try to track down the thing, its a good strategy but I think still something unplanned gonna happen. Mmmm box of milk duds. The table scene thing is awesome. The tubes.The elimination process. That dynamite and I didnt expect the chill guy, that was crazy. Some scenes seem new to me. I wonder if its because of the tv movie had content cut. Setting the dynamite. Forgot about that dude. That was a good one. Cute. Nice Flip.
That ending.
That movie was awesome to watch, and stringy and tooby tubes are good adjectives for that thing. Maybe the tv movie part ruined it for me the first several times but watching whole thing in a couple sittings recently was good. Not chintzy on the the monster scenes neither, once it gets going pretty sick.

Planet of the Apes ’68

All right late sixties cant wait.
Ive seen this years ago.
Fifty two year old movie now.
Four astronauts on the most retro spaceship ever intro cryogenic freeze.
One of em is smoking gross cigar, and just leaves the butt on the spaceship counter, thats my style. Then he puts it in the spacesuit pocket for later.
Outside the spaceship stars are nearly bouncing off the windshield thats awesome.
According to the alarm clock displays, time dilation theyre never coming back to Earth.
The sleeping area is some meant to be futuristic sliding glass panel, the mattress is formed to the body the most claustrophobic sleeping arrangement ever.
Not sure what happens to the space ship but the team ends up crash landing through a psychedelic scene at the grand canyon.
Sinking, going, gone. That scene is pretty sweet, then they seem well prepared.
How bout that sinister laugh when the crewman puts up a little USA flag.
The moment they are out of space its pretty scenic and the water looks like a good swim, if it wasnt so much of a survival situation. The rocks are nice red color.
Grand canyon amazing I gotta check that out.
The film locations are above average for what ive been watching lately.
So many light years from the precious planet, and Heston is cool with that he says so in the begging, like a captains log.
The other crewmates and the previous casualty. Not so much.
Love those aluminum backpacks.
Love these wide shots in the dersert with so much depth and can see for miles.
Oh man that would suck being a caveman.
. The scenes and sets are elaborate and the ape city and zoo facilities are great.
Mouth looks kinda weird but theres so many apes in costumee they outnumber the humans.
Its convenient hes shot in the neck so he cant speak, makes for some good suspense.
– Alright its the next day.
Lots has happened I especially like the monkey court.
This movie is awesome its just like looking in a mirror on some of the silliest aspects of society.
Like Dr Zaius is intelligent but hes deceitfull and misleads the other apes.
Plus hes got that face you just wanna grab his hair and throw him in a wrestling corner turn-buckle.
Yea cant say im a fan of the leather outfits or whatever, but the costumes and props are awesome in this film. I kept wondering how they made those cages.
Some interesting conversations between Heston and Dr. Zaius.
I love that ; Hes a Man! He has no Ape law rights.
Get your hands off me you damned dirty ape!

The cave scene and artifacts, I wonder what Carl Sagan would think of this movie. I bet you he had a laugh maybe.
Well im not sure what else to write about this film but it leads to so many sequels its kindof crazy.
Its just such a funny concept with the humans and apes role reversed. I mean its not funny for the animals of this planet, but as a concept its good and makes me sympathetic.
Other scenes im like bash that ape!

Simpsons, the troy maclure monkey songs are stuck in my head. Its almost equally as culturaly significant to me.

“Oh youll never make a monkey outta meeeee!”

The rifles are cool, theyre like covered with a shrink wrap or something.
Just a small detail that makes it look like theyre on a alien planet.
“they ate all their food supply in the forest and now trhey have to come eat from our farms” its just a awesome statement that highlights the stupidity when a human says it.
If the chimps could talk theyd tell it to your face and still probably wouldnt listen.
You can see Hestons reaction after they lobotomize his friend, is probably a common experience for the apes of science.
I really cant stop thinking also about how smart chimps are and what a crazy alternate universe that mirrors alot of silly things still seen today.
I was conflicted with whether a human can learn something from chimp but I completely agree now, you have to be egoist and ignorant to think not.

Ok I guess thats pretty much wrapping up. The statue of liberty scene is pretty cool.
Thats an allusion when you see the torch maybe not recognize right away, but the crown 100%
To tour some of the locations of this film would be iconic.
Huge budget im sure, and the special effects seemed seamless compared to Kong. Kong was more fun though.
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“That is of course, if anyone’s listening.”
puts out cigar on space ship

The Wars – Timothy Findley 1-21

Ok this is my homework.
Gotta read up to section 21.
Never read or heard of Timothy Findley nor this book.
Well I know who the Governor General is currently but not at the time of publishing.
That makes Jules Léger , or Roland Michener. Both of em with a bunch of awards.
Michener being the governor General that invoked the War Measures act during FLQ crisis.

“Never that which is shall die.”
EURIPIDES

Did that marble statue, that hates kids, really utter these words?
What does it mean ?
Who cares.
When is the last time I took a playwrights advice on life?
What does that mean, all things that live must die, nothing lasts forever?
All things that exist never die.
Nonsense.

Next page.
“In such dangerous things as war the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst.”

– von Clausewitz .
Some German sounding officer type. Its ironic the statement cause hes probably doing the sending to dying, not the fighting from, my first impression of quote.
Yet I could be wrong lets let the research speak for itself.
This one makes more sense, lets see someone trying to spare lives ends up killing more.
Well and what else, this is then sense I get: When its time for war and killing its not time for benevolent action.
If I was a troop on the ground, gotta have that mindset kill or be killed. There is no time for kind-human hesitations lest you be the next dead.
Its gonna be a bloodbath.
von Clausewitz
Ok hes a failed Prussian cavalry officer called it. Just cause hes 189 years older than me doesnt mean I gotta like nor respect him.
I can think of a few generals that I would rather work/die for.
Hes a strategist philosopher nerd that mislead a bunch of people to their deaths. Seems like a warmonger to me.
So I dont think von whatever knows the definition of benevolence, nor errors.
Does he mean benevolence as in the 763000 German civilians estimated killed by the allied blockade, and the 2037000 German soldiers killed.
Does he mean errors in which over self confident idealistic officers make errors in judgement and write abomination literature leading to death and maiming of subordinates?
Empty words from a man that couldn’t finish his life project writings of spreading death and destruction.

Lets read on.
Ok thrown into some memory by Magdalene woods
Ok well they’re at some scene, there is a train crash or whatever and i guess some animals in the train cars.
Theres no one around except this Robert Ross guy. He jumps on the majestic beast that woke him up. they ride off into the sunset after rescuing the other animals.

1
Ok switch scene completely now were in some hospital for the mental. Some incoherent vegetables must be the veterans and the narrator must be like a child trying to find out what his ancestor did in the war. Yea reading the news on the generic public statements from the past nothing in between the lines. I mean its ww1, notorious for empty graves, because the body vaporized or buried by insane amounts of dirt. Here the author acknowledged my mocking of Euripides and the dog. Its all hearsay, not that I care so much its a point hes making maybe. I recall some similar feelings as young troop myself after seeing the news report of a battle I was in, Ive never respected cheese reporters since.

2
So it is some retrospective, the guy at some archives ? Sure. Sign out a box of your loved ones effects seems a bit fantasy to me but go on..
Yellow dust is that foreshadowing. Theres a boat and the woods mentioned again.

3- Begin some fantasy dialogue of what its like 1915. Ok anthropomorphizing old photos and giving them personality. Ok its some kind of opening credit scene people are going about their business of 1915 etc. Then battle of Ypres in April wasnt good battle for the allied expeditionary force. Calgary unit I belonged to has Ypres as battle honor. First gas attack where men had to soak rags in piss to try to survive, lets read on.
Ok were in Toronto (via written description photos) Yonge street.
48th highlanders was still is renamed,reserve unit, 3rd infantry brigade 1st Canadian Division ww1 , also Ypres in Battle honors. Kings crown is displaced on all unit cap badges and insignia.
Author has mental, problems because without warning hes having so psychosis about Robert Ross riding a horse. I guess it might mean to say that the picture is leaping top life and there is a man person that lived these events however created in the authors mind. Ok learning more about the imagined Robert,hes old enough to volunteer, he doubts the war will go on too long and anxious to get to the front. Thats maybe a common experience, generalized like in other fictions ive read.
Who is Rowena, and this Robert fellow he transcends time space and memories then. Did they just try to put him from photos to a disabled veteran getting pushed around the park or does he have a disabled friend ? Who knows who cares.
Ok thers a for truck now, and another name. Thomas Ross and family. so raymond ross farm equipment.
Ok war always a chance to make a buck and photo op. These people typically make farm equipment now make ambulance or something. Gotta get credit for your field ambulance. Im sorry i see this as a scummy advertisers move. Whoever Rowena is is bound to a wheelchair. Seems about right everyone trying to get in front of cameras as usual.
Ok disability too much water in the brain, wheelchair. Well theres a moral historic reason to fight. Ok too many characters introduced, Rob Rowena brothers sisters probably. Robs mom gives flowers at the station, rob doesnt like that. Merghh old person. ok losing interest this supposed to be family intro ? IK dont know. Heatrher lawson his gf ? Wtf is going on.Ok he has british family and spends holiday there where he must hear about the upcoming war and all these british and german politician and rich people industrialism problems. Yawn. Miss turner no context but it wil be important later. Ok fine keeping a open mind. Ok so the Turner is a real person nurse that had some tape that talked about Rob. Ok the nurse statement, hes just a generic soldier with no face but equal heroics as anyone else. I guess it was a big thing the test under fire to see hjow one would react and if you were noble to fight or cowardly and flee. This was a big status thing im sure with young men of the time. She also comments on the differences and similatrities between the so called leaders and the ordinary heroics they labelled extra ordinary. So she spoke of Robert Ross. i dunno im barely curious. Lets read on.

Finally 4. 3 was ugh.
Who is taking these photos of Rob, and why dont we all have personal photographers. Yeh slouching looks unprofessional. Don’t wanna be leaning onto some booby trap stand up straight.
Ok so seems hes on the train with other volunteers taking a look around. Well Heather sure was a profound character turns out theyre not in love and he dislikes her. Ok well hes at some recruiting thing and joining artillery. Couple things artillery, Vimy where Canadians invented the creeping barrage and counter artillery methods using trigonometry and sound to pin point enemy cannon locations. Artillery absolutely nessecary in modern warfare. Certainly isnt the tip of the spear like infantry or cavalry. Ok so Rob lost in his thoughts I guess his sister died.

5. Some more details on the sister whoever Stuart was supposed to be watching her but was masturbating or something, and well Rob might have some guilt on her death now.

6. Not much details the dates are moving for no rhyme or reason, well thats sad, I was lead to believe they had a special bond and now shes dead. Probably more sad for Rob than Rowena.
Using that rabbit imagery as a innocence maybe. Maybe a connection to the von whatever quote. In Rob trying to do something righteous he lost his sister. Ok some Rowena – Stuart talking,
who is speaking ? Rowena as a ghost now will stay with Rob, and the white rabbit too.

7. No clue what the hell is going on. Rob has to kill the rabbits now, only for the authors pleasure in making this reader sad. No ones gonna take care of the rabbits so he has to kill them. Why no one knows. Rob’s mom is a dis likable monster. I guess hes got a good motivation to run.

8. More nonsense, Robs mom is mourning ? I dont know i guess I can see its a tough situation for family. Im not emotionally connected to this story nor family. Im sorry sounds like a cruel thing to say. I can sympathize with Rob losing part of himself when his disabled sister he loves dies. In regards to the fictional family I dont really care. The mom is obviously takes the role of victim. But what do i know i never lost a child. Youd think that if that parent loved the disabled child could keep the rabbits around. So what does Rob have left at the house I guess it creates conflict so he doesnt stay at home the whole war.

9. Ok some aftermath of whatever the audience just had to endure.
Ok so new logic if you love something it must die. Logic from the drunk mom. So she must have hired someone to kill the rabbits, Rob gets really upsets and decides justifiable homicide.
But he doesnt get his way. As he gets dragged away. Anyways now got a reason for Rob to leave home as a prodigal son in a sense. Theres nothing left for him at the family home.
He gets some significant blunt force trauma for trying to protect the bunnies.
I wish he woulda bashed that guys head in with a rock or something. Some revenge for the bunnies which I appreciated more than most of the characters in this book so far.\

10.
omg finally almost halfway done.
Robs taking a bath , his disgraced drunk white trash mom comes in while hes bathing. Shes a character like Willy Loman. I love to hate this type of character.
I say shes a character like Willy because just like Rob says she uses things that someone cannot control like being a infant.
Mom/willy loman type : “when you were a infant you were so weak I baby sat you and now as adult I expect some compensation and for you to be humiliated while we speak!”
Its like some ego power trip and trying to hold advantage over someone. Everyones childhood as a weapon. Reminiscing some embarrassing memory of Rob, and pretty much mocking him at this point. Yeah but he made the hockey team after getting back up so many times, shes really just self dialogue and yep some people fall and die. Then some sinistger witch comes out and cackles at rob, something about cant keep someone alive. So the evil drunkness couldnt help but creeping out and dropping some horrible words on Rob. Hopefully this is the end of the morbid family.
Then in the morning rob leaves well good riddance, I hope this is where the book becomes good after he stoop up for himself.
Thankfully my mom wasnt a drunk buffoon. I wish Rob was a little more assertive and used his words more but im sure he has much heroics left in him.
So Robs love for animals has a connection to the horses from earlier, or is it from the future. Anyways set the house on fire for all I care.

11.
Well right away I guess that ends Rob’s youth as he joins up. Lethbridge air defence unit now. Ok is he an officer or a NCO? ugh. Cadet officer isnt a commission anyone is going to respect during training. Well he runs. The author making him sound like a individual soldier, he doesnt associate with the other troops bit of a loner, dressing and running on his own.
Are you sure this is the Canadian army ?
Might raise some red flags as not being a team player.

12. Running with coyotes at night, ok..
Ok well more animals. Keeping pace with animals being one with nature. This is cheesy. Hes having a flashback again. Yea they stop for a drink then the coyote howls to the moon.
Then he gets confined to barracks like he wasnt already confined to barracks during training. Very minor penalty for being AWOL he must be higher rank than the base commander .
So right away you got a troop disregarding orders timings, and AWOL not even done training. Yeesh. Thats desertion on paper. Death by firing squad.
Ok in fantasy land he has metaphorical moment with the coyote and the valley. The coyote whisperer.
Sat on a roof. I can think of about 100 NCO’s that would freak out at the idea of private no-name day dreaming on the roof.

13. Its another day Rob breaking in some horses. Then some horses go missing so he and Clifford get to go try to find them.
Ok so again theyre just wandering on their own and here is captain Taffler just chilling in the grass. Cause he doesn’t have superiors right.
Ok so hes out of uniform drinking by himself, good behavior for a Captain.
But then I guess this scene serves to rob as talking to someone having been overseas, and how you could simply throw a rock between trenches.
Ok it was encounter, so they leave Rob chases a fox while clifford is distracted.
Rob notes that a person (Taffler) at that distance is a dot, a dot is anonymous, meaning you wont see their face when the round strikes. One body is the same as the rest.
Distance is safety, well a cannon can only shoot so far. Alright well they got the 2 horses back, successful quiet mission. Probably soon the last of those.

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New day. Its April 29th 2020. Lets see after some reflection decided to not be so harsh to ole fictional Rob and this whole book/story.
Im not gonna lie, the book is ok but I dont really like it.
But im not gonna focus on what I dont like try to be true neutral which is challenging mighrt nopt even be attainable.
I think i8m being pretty honest and maybe a touch of current event making me sour. So im trying to de-sour and sweeten (gc)
How do you tell a unknown persons story. I have a bit of an issue with World War 1 fiction I find might trivialize the common man experience.
Not even sure how I really feel about the tomb of the unknown soldier in Ottawa.
And whose authority does he have to respresent every unknown soldier, or even a fabricated one. Who needs permission.
Maybe its cause i dont have a distant great war relative or do I? When I was at Vimy I didnt see my surname. I suppose I could inquire. Maybe Im afraid of what ill find.
Whats the purpose of this book? Entertainment ? Drama? (makes me sad) Historical? Experience? Retorical Question? Philosophical in nature.

Lets revisit the Quotes both of them first Euripides.
“Never that which is shall die”
Someone wrote me this and it helped me understand more:
“Without the ‘never’ it means we all die sometime. With the never it means the human race will never die.”

Ok well thats similar to my impressions but thats a clearer way of looking at it.
I was playing with removing/adding the ‘shall die’ part.
When i should have been adding removing the never.

Ok Euripides.
Nothing lasts forever?
Lemme introduce you to extinction and dinosaurs, world war, pandemic, climate change.. The observable universe, rocket-ships and planned colonization of Mars!
As long as we dont destroy ourselves first.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

The von clausewitz quote. Its a sympathetic quote from an world domination intent.
Isnt that a oxymoron, benevolent action, in war?
Im not afraid to challenge that type of thinking that brought on some much death.
Thats between the lines though. Consider booby traps in recent wars including France World War one. The most heinous thing you could think of would be a effective booby trap.

First thing you get taught never pick anything up. There could be food or medicine and have a intent to help people, pick up the box and boom error.
I wonder now if Rob or any of his companions will be victim to exactly what i wrote. On that note moving on.

Ok the characters Clifford and Rob just had encounter with Captain Taffer? Theres some type of analogy made about life and Taffer just throwing rocks at bottles simple and well thats pretty much it.

14. Ok commentary on the weather, and how summer is nice and then in autumn it get wet.Snow. Ok learning more about Rib and communications with his parents. I guess hes getting spoiled with things so his family in Toronto somewhat wealthy and he gets a bunch of useless scarves and mittens useful things like compass and boots. I mean on personal experience try getting a side arm in Afghanistan with our ww2 era jiggling pistols probably easier to buy an AK-47 black market than get issued from the army.. 105 years later still same problems I digress.
To me makes total sense to get a reliable firearm to go to war. World war one is unique as in its in the peak of industrial machine revolution.
Leopold Bloom not sure the reference gotta peep it.Anyways so the researcher is obviously reading these telegrams and the only physical things left from Robs day.
Kinda alludes to the news in the prologue it happened as news once and also for the rest of the world like facts public information..
Ok and here is is like Platoon volunteering to go to war meanwhile he has somewhat of a life of privilege in the real world. Lastly introduces some another place near Lethbridge, Lousetown, maybe hes gonna get in trouble again before deploying.

15. Lousetown could be a bunch of different places but near lethbridge anyways. Anyways just giving a brief account of the town and Dreyfus, a funny anecdote about mr and mrs drygoods. Ok so basically if Rob doesnt go to whore house hes gonna be called homo sexual by his companions and somehow trhe researcher knows all this and describes the scene as they are on a night off.
Kinda reminding me of this on rainy river, its like talking about everything but army. Alright having some drinks reminds him of his mom cause shes a drunk.
Im guessing hes gonna have a bad experience here that turns him off liquor probably. Ok well i guess wrong but here the author describes the scene by the saloon horse tied up and in the rain passed out drunk is taffert and his dog. So rob is now collecting bottles and taking them back to that fence. Ok the gist is that captain Taffert is a drunk from the war passed out outside.

16. Enter the bar. The Swede mute greets you.odalisque not sure what that is. Its describing the madam , Maria drygoods dreyfus is the madam from next door i guess.German jewish. Probably tell the non army folk now by mannerisms and dress and deportment. Now hes gotta awkward dance with some redhead and Heather the ol gf was red-haired so he doenst trust her.Alright well what is that clove in the mouth as a breath mint.

17 Anyways so some graphic content , Rob gets drunk from whisky first time and women too, in couple awkard chapters. Ok some premature ejaculation jeez going up the stairs so hes nervous and shy etc. Anyways Ella is her name and they discuss ‘being happy’ and maria and I guess they have a kinda intimate moment, but anyways i geuss Ella has a peephole and they observe some people having sex. You can tell hes afraid and uncomfortable. So previous discussion Ella wont get paid unless they’ve been laid and Maria has away of knowing.. Is maybe why he threw the boots to make some sound to pretend he did the deed, or he was genuinely pissed off seeing that character through the peephole.

18. ok wow almost lost my content there.
Ok 18. Robs military carreer advances. Some report on taffler seen in the news wirth some royalty.
Marquis is a title or whatever. There is a funny story about the Marquis I read and Sir geoge simpson aroiund montreal 1800’s Someone was like nah, we dont do Marquis here. you’re just mister from now on. I dont know where i read gotyta get the details that but i think its funny. The guy introduced himself as Marquis other guys like nope we dont do that here you are mister from now on. Lol typical Canadian response to a Marquis I love it. Not that I dont respect commission or salute thats just a epic funny response. I tried to find it and couldn’t. Ill try again later.
Ok anyways Robs military career advances. He finds himself on a train near Regina. The indian scene is kindof cool, make me think of during the moon landing days, the most remote tribes people on earth, they might not know politics but despite being the most isolate communities on earth knew they had put man on the moon. So perhaps its like the Indians they see the train going by off to war its a good scene I can visualize. Well its a retrospective coming back home then and some memories. Observations that he recognizes these places in the dark. Wondering where the train will lead.
Its a interesting note about the cities back in 1915 era were silent and maybe only hear a dog bark or a train go by and no one would wake up. And in the upcoming carnage of the war, the cities/civilization at night will be forever changed. Yeah changed for the worse von clausewitz. Atleast he wore a uniform I guess declaring himself a combatant.

19 Roberts is an officer I can see his capbadge on the cover but not his rank. Theres 2 types of officers bad officers and good officers. Atleast at vimy we were able to command ourselves.
As opposed to British officers in command of Canadian men. In current events book time Gallapoli had just happened. It was a allied attack on turkey strategic waterways that didnt work out for the allies. Anzac day its like a Australian remembrance day. The ottomans with machine guns there was evacuation alrthough im not very familiar with this battle. Ok hes a 2 Lt junior officer.
Anyways it goes on about the historical accuracies of the days and allioed having to change their commanders and some ego personal problems, also world war. So maybe Rob is areal person could be the any-person represent probable common experience for young men of the time. Me personally after vieweing some battlefield sites and graves in France its very to crazy to think of our countrymen going through that experience.
Kaiser Wilhem gives a speech to outgoing troops thatthe war would be over before the leaves fell and now they were in their second winter and getting worse. Ggotta love the politicians leading people to kill and to their deaths by manner of speech. Theres always at the end of any world war documentary all the rotting corpses and skeletons of the combatants, you wish you could show some of these scenes to the Kaiser.

20. Some memories of what Robert liked , Longboat indianmaybe its a story or something. Or a book.
Stories about him running marathon aft er dinner when he was young barefoot.
Tell about how he connected with his dad after the marathon collapse and had Jaundince liver disease i think.
But anyways it helped him grow. Seems like alot of responsibility being young officer at 19.
And here is a written description of the photo on the cover i think.
Well its like a commentary about death and looking at photos of the dead.
Its serious i mean mortality but unknown and to go off to war is facing your own death.

21. Boating records now ghosting overseas on a particular vessel.
Its a side story about how horses were being loaded on a boat something never thought of i suppose. Sound like quite the operation with the harness.
Well I guess his background and family is in the ross ambulance ford business . How annoying his dad is though full and raises is spirits but gets him the wrong gun. That annoys me.
The its like a glimpse of Robs last letter from the boat and like a journal entry of the sights and sounds of what someone on board might have seen.

Well that completes what i gotta read for today.
You can tell something grim gonna happen to Rob. Or a mystery. Probably some acts of benevolence.

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Its April 30 2020.
Just some remainder of my homework.

Tom Longboat, is a real person from history.
Boston, New York and Hamilton, are all the marathons he won, before turning professional.
Longboat achieved popularity, but was also the victim of discrimination.
During the Great War, Tom served as dispatch runner in France.
According to the internet, he was twice wounded, and twice declared dead in Belgium.
Tom was also victim of identity theft, and discrimination from the media, nevertheless he continued to win. 
Sadly, the Brooklyn media sided with the impostor.
Thankfully, the truth is known.
Alfred Shrubb, Tom’s main rival, declared after his death: “he was one of the greatest, if not the greatest marathoner of all time.”
June 4th, officially, Is “Tom Longboat day.”
Cameron Gayleard and Lyric Atchison, are the names of the winners of the 2019 Tom Longboat award, members of sports teams at CMU, and UBC respectively.


Tom Longboat Lane, Toronto.

Tom Longboat & Longboat Hall

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May 4, did the online portion asking about animals, Robs qualities and traits,traits of his mom, non linear plot and the shifting point of view. How were my general impressions and so on.

King Kong ’33

First start off with a memory.
Old shiny VHS tape box set collectors edition, there was a button you could push to hear King Kong roar.
Anyways that VHS box set with the red button you could push has made a mark on my memory.
It belongs to Dennis. For whatever reason never sat down and watched the whole movie till last night.

Ok what can I say about King Kong that hasn’t been said already, looking at a 87 year old movie.
Even though its only my first time seeing it last night I know the story.
If someone were to say the original ape movie it would probably be a allusion to this film.
Watching this in 2020 was an entertaining experience.
The setting from the beginning is dark. Its grainy and black and white but there is depth.
Carl Denham makes movies. He’s never had a female star. That’s how the movie starts in search of a star.
So the instances of New York in 1933 were pretty fascinating. The lights and advertisements. Again its slightly darker than one would expect.
I’m not from NY but I found it peculiar to see. Along with the hairstyles and fashion of the time.
So Carl finds his star, it humorous to watch him try to convince her to come along for some unknown journey to unknown destination for unknown amount of time.
I wouldn’t be writing this if she didn’t end up agreeing.
On the boat aswell as through out the movies theres some discussions about women’s roles in society. One the one hand, she stands up for herself among the sailors shes around.
On the other hand she seems the object of desire for man and beast. Fay Wray the Canadian born actress that plays Ann Darrow, shes very beautiful, and she goes under heavy duress.
Her wardrobe gets torn to shreds and its like you can almost see her nipples through the dress often.
Theres alot of screaming and men coming to her rescue, and she screams great.
Its a recognizable re-occurring sound in the film.

The cast and crew arrive on skull island and action and hilarity ensues.
From start to finish I love this movie and when they get on skull island is where you get to see Kong the first time and he doesn’t disappoint.
There’s a stop motion clay animated Kong, and a close up Kong face. By no means am I mocking the setup, Its amazing, but its also hilarious and awesome.
Id like to say something about the movie effects and trick in the film are really amazing. For example when they blur out and use a clay type animation Kong body in the border of the frame and also Ann and Kong hand in a center of frame practical effect. That would be the equivalent of some special effects, film used a mix of both.
The painted frames to extend the scene beyond reality are outstanding. They make the island seem larger than life. Definitely making the island more menacing.
There’s some big doors that separate the islands usual residents and Kong, honestly look a lot like Jurassic Park gates.
Kong isnt the only monster or dinosaur on the island, and they battle it out all seemingly for Ann. They really indulge alot of these scenes which is great.
Other times when Kong crushes someone its only show it for a brief half-second. One of my favorites scenes was the tribesman getting chewed on by the Kong face close up its great.
Kong causes alot of casualties but eventually Carl Denham captures him.

Last part of the movie seems to end too quickly. Carl Denham has a plan to get rich of showing Kong the self proclaimed eighth wonder of the world to the upper class New York.
Flash photos from the press make Kong lose it and he escapes and has a rampage on the city.
One of my favorite scenes in the when Kong is climbing the building and he looks through the window and sees Ann!
He looks so betrayed when he sees Ann with a human man. Kong just reaches in plucks her out of the window no problem.
What can I say, if this was real in my city right that would be an emergency. Since its a movie kinda want Kong to smash more, and sympathize with the giant gorilla.
Movie is better than most things ive seen this year.
Love that Kong face closeup probably has a life of its own, how many collective nightmares has it caused.

The Barefoot Executive ’71

Overall I can say I liked this movie right away. It fits what I would consider crap disney with no animation and cringe retro.
49 year old movie I cant believe it. As a ambassador from nearly fifty years I think it stands up well.
Last Disney movie I saw at xmas was the Rise of the Skywalker. If this movie came on when I was 12 in ’97 Id be disappointed 100%. Right now as adult I found it charming and good humored.
It was funny. I didn’t even know this movie existed.. This movie 14 years prior my existence.
A young Kurt Russell, hes only a character in the movie (1/3) and he plays a funny character. Right away (Jack Post) he’s arguing with the monkey.. Classic.
They’re bickering about the TV channels. From there comes the a really unique premise for a film. If you know you know.
TV is a big deal back then. Jacks girlfriend. Shes the Chimpanzees caretaker. That scene where they’re having dinner at (her) apartment.
So funny. Jack is like a rock em sock em character and he has to share the room with the cranky monkey.
Right away they disagree and Jack just tosses him off the couch onto the couch onto this chair.
The monkey, well that pisses him right off and the gentle natured (Jacks girlfriend) has to check in on them because she hears the screaming.
The scene is super funny because Jack and the chimp are so similar and so funny in their behavior.
They keep arguing and again, Jacks gf has to come in the room. Jack is adamant” “well were not watching farm chicken hour for dinner.”
Then he has to compromise for the monkey.
Anyways the gf gets the last work and the monkey gets the last laugh.
Its all done comedy and I know the chimps are trained and smart some pretty monkey scenes in this one.
The girlfriend is very sound of music-ish. Seems very tame and proper and fitting its a disney family movie.
Maybe reminds me of a younger proper mary poppins , american.
Turns out the chimpanzee is a TV expert and can pick Americas favorite shows. With only 3 networks that makes money.
The gf would never agree so he conceives a plan to “switch the monkeys”. If that wasn’t enough Jack needs to keep his plan secret from the real executives in the screening room.
Kurt Russell is pretty much the main character. However there’s a lot of scenes with the actual exaggerated executives.
They catch on to the plot and must have the monkey for themselves! There’s the loud speaking executive from New York that’s always in front of the “sponsors” funny character.
Hes always like : “WHAT !?” *Gasp face ” Get me that monkey!”
Then the other driver and (LA) executive. They’re bumbling fools surrounded by “yes” men. Cause anyone who disagrees gets fired. The executives are funny to me.
That one building scene he must have almost fallen off 10 times. Seems like that scene went on 20 mins too long. Was kinda funny to see em trapped out on the ledge with the silly dialogue. They all get greedy, up to suggesting destroying the monkey. Monkey steals the show. Doing some funny scenes and dressed up like a janitor.
Near the end its like the gf hates Jack because he became a millionaire using the monkey’s trick. Then cashes in selling the monkey to the real execs.
Going after what Jack thought she wanted, actually pushed her away. Jack argues in vain : “Its the discovery that important.”
IT like the goose that lays golden eggs and Jack had to keep it under lock and key.
Mostly she is pissed he sold her monkey for a million bucks. For their wedding duh.
There’s actually a scene when the chimp is seemingly more friends with the film projectionist, after Kurt dumps him off like a sack of potatoes.
He really mastered that role young.
I think the purpose to show Jacks been blinded by money and ego and lost touch with the things that were important to him.
His apartment suite gets upgraded is also interesting to see, what someone migth consider “fancy” at the time.

Movie was short and had some good laughs If i had to watch it again it wouldn’t be a problem.
Cool to see that Honda motorcycle and some other styles of the times. No cell phones that’s for sure. Only high-tech rotary contraptions.
Guess I didn’t realize Kurt had acted so long.Starting as the network mail delivery, turned Snake Pliskin, turned Pilot.
I doubt in 2020+ to see motorcycle acting without helmet anymore not in a disney movie thats forsure.
Maybe some other actor I remember from disney fame but cant be sure. Probably take a look online.
Yeh finally just into the entertainment aspect of it, and what stuck with me most moments after watching.
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Jack is from ‘Big Trouble’,Steve Post is from ‘Executive’.

Shlock

wow this movie.

The 70’s looks so retro.

That was fun to watch, not as good as Monkey Shines.

Bell bottom cringe its like National Lampoon movie.

The ice cream scene was funny.

The theater scene was hilarious, all these odd folks in the theater.

Its really bad.