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“THE OUTPOST” Cringing and Heroic

July 3rd, 2020 No comments

 

Review by John Delia

“In 2006, the US Army established a series of outposts in Northern Afghanistan to promote counterinsurgency. The intent was to connect with the locals and to stop the flow of weapons and Taliban fighters from Pakistan. One of these was PRT Kamdesh. It was built in a remote valley completely surrounded by The Hindu Kush Mountains. One analyst said it may as well be called “Camp Custer”. His reasoning was simple and official.” – Filmmaker

Just making a statement that a film is based on a true story is one thing, but when it’s verified, you see a movie a bit differently. The screenplay’s shocking battle and the helplessness of the US Army fighters depicted in the movie The Outpost, is absolutely cringing. But, that word isn’t even a strong enough word for it. This film shows the ability and tactfulness of our military under fire, but more so, the heroism. Read more…

“ROBERT THE BRUCE” Dividing Kingdoms, now on Blu-ray

May 29th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

The map of Great Britain can be a bit confusing as it has minor separations between countries much like Europe. To the north of England is the land mass of Scotland that attaches with a regular border and is easily accessible by roadways. The country of Scotland, much like Ireland is currently under the rule the Queen of the United Kingdom. Scotland became independent from the United Kingdom for a time following civil war with Robert the Bruce who declared Scotland’s sovereignty. Nearly 200 years ago, at that point in history, this historic change of power took place with the rise of Robert the Bruce. This is the story of how the only separation of powers between nations in the kingdom actually happened. Read more…

“ROBERT THE BRUCE” Historical Tale

April 24th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

The map of Great Brittan can be a bit confusing as it has minor separations much like Europe. To the north the land mass of England borders Scotland now a country of its own but still under the rule the Queen of Great Britain. It is separated by a border much like a state in America. Scotland became independent from England for a time following civil war with Robert the Bruce who declared Scotland’s sovereignty. Nearly 200 years ago, that point of history is the subject of Robert the Bruce’s rise from near death to lead his people to independence. Read more…

“RESISTANCE” Gallantry Under Oppression

March 26th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

There have been many historical stories on how the Jews in the WWII era had avoided death and incarceration by the Nazis. But, it’s never enough as the movie Resistance reminds audiences that the atrocities that befell the Jews can be brought to bear again and again with other ethnic groups. In the film we see the plight of Jewish children as they escape from France to Switzerland with the help of the famous mime Marcel Marceau. It’s a heartfelt true story that shows the determination of a few who saved many. Read more…

“Midway” Unforgettable Patriotism

November 6th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Actually a lot better than Pearl Harbor and the first time the movie Midway was produced, this version by Roland Emmerich is sharp, compelling and an edge of your seat thriller. Even if you are not a fan of war movies, the film does have a lot of patriotic courage, determination and historical significance that honor’s our fallen heroes. The film pulls no punches as it plays out showing the choices that were made both good and bad, both in the heat of battle on the ships at sea and by aircraft pilots. Read more…

“The Current War: Director’s Cut ” Lighting America

October 24th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The Current War: Director’s Cut is not an ordinary war with ammunition, but one that pits three of the most notable inventors at odds with each other to develop current that will light up the world. A well told story based on historical facts, the movie has the cast, crew and director to back it. If you like a good drama that will not only entertain, but astonish you, then this cool film will light up your life. Read more…

Zellweger Shines as “Judy”

September 26th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

There have been several films and TV movies about Judy Garland and her sometimes troubled life, but in Judy a snippet of the final months of her life gives one last look at the “Over the Rainbow” wonder. Nicely directed and starring Renee Zellweger as the singer and actor, the movie Judy adds a nice farewell. I hear Oscar in the wind. Read more…

“All Is True” To Be or Not To Be

May 23rd, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The year is only one quarter gone and we have had several biography movies come to theaters. The film All Is True features a drama on the last three years of William Shakespeare and it’s good. The film follows the Bard as he closes family doors tackling the project of bringing his family together after a long absence. It’s as true as could be told with information available and stretched as if one of Shakespeare’s plays. Read more…

“Hotel Mumbai” Terror in India

March 27th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A heart pounding experience, the film Hotel Mumbai stays with you well after you leave the theater. From the very beginning the feeling of dread and helplessness sets in as you watch the terrorist horror start to unfold. Before you know it you will be enveloped in the lives of people as they try to flee and hide from the gunmen. It’s a frightening experience, but one that’s a must see as the reality of it all can have easily been anywhere in the world. Read more…

“They Shall Not Grow Old” A Gripping Documentary

January 31st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

I’m sure many of you reading this review have seen documentaries about war that have run on cable TV. The most prevalent is World at War that covers World War II and other American conflicts. Digging through archives of war museums could be a very difficult task and one that would have to be approved by the powers that be. Most of you also know Peter Jackson for his films The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. Read more…