My friend, Spike O'Dell just shared a pic of his grandson ready for his 1st snipe hunt. Spike is a cruel genius! Thanks to Brother Shawn for providing this gem.
I love this idea so much. Oh to have procreated so that one day I could send my offspring on the hunt for the whiley SNIPE. Remember, if you choose to hunt the SNIPE you must be prepared for anything in the dark. It's not the job for a coward who wets his jumper at the first sign of trouble. And when it comes down to it...always swing for the nut sack. Most every land mammal that can hurt you has a nut sack.
For me it was looking for a bucket of 'prop wash' which of course is the air that comes from behind the propellers of prop driven aircraft. It's like capturing fog. But it entertains the pilots in the hanger while the cadets are waiting around when a newbie goes around asking for it while carrying a stupid bucket around.
The next person who tries to tell me that Brad Pitt is not one of the finest actors of his generation will get a sour look from me and then I will turn them onto FURY, his latest great role as a tank commander in the last days of WW II.
I have long loved me some Bradley since he was Tristan in Legends of the Fall, so seeing him hit another great part out of the park was no surprise to me. I was more surprised to see him to another war picture on the heels of Inglorious Bastards. And what a great war picture Fury is. The vision of tanks doing their work during WW II is thrilling and heartbreaking. Like Das Boot, it's the claustrophobia that makes this story work in a fresh and new way. We have seen war movies before but nothing from quite this perspective or approach.
The film also doesn't shy away from the less glorious aspects of being a soldier and the terrible effect it has on the human soul. That, for me, is the only reason to make or see a war picture. The line between good man and good soldier should never be a static one. What man does to other men in war is an abomination, but so is what a man does to HIMSELF.
There are many scenes that will surprise you, like the encounter between two German sisters and Pitt's character. To the victor goes the spoils has never been more true. Humanity is the message here and I was often overwhelmed by the dichotomy on display in this picture.
This is Oscar worthy material and if some nominations get more people to see this picture then I am happy. Big fan.
Michael Pena, (wearing at top hat no less ?!) gives one of the great speeches in movie history. On par with what Robert Shaw did in JAWS. Pena was fantastic in Last Watch which was the great police drama the director of Fury, David Ayerdid before this picture. These two seem to bring out the best in one another and I have always thought Pena was criminally overlooked in the Hollywood.
I will admit to watching this one with a little vodka and Old Toby so I may be biased but damn this movie was good. I rarely am shaken out of my jaded nature but this movie performed that feat on me. It restored my faith in humanity, something that unfortunately gets harder and harder to do these days.
I love a last stand movie more than any other, especially when the creators have put in the time to make the characters real to me. I wanted to suffer as they suffered. I wanted to be one of them. Only the best movies evoke those kind of emotions. And as sure as God made little green apples, Fury did that for me.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.