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I shout for history!

Well I’m glad that whole swine flu thing sorted itself out. Although I think part of me was disappointed it didn’t end up like this:

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But when the world, in all it’s supreme idiocy decided that we can’t call it swine flu any more because it was hurting pork sales, they should’ve come to me, me Jerry to think up a new name. I saw a bit of news that was showing how ground zero was an industrial pig farm down in old Mexico—reminded me of the chaco chicken episode of The X Files. And so, it should’ve been renamed, “You Greedy Pig! flu” after the greedy capos who are responsible for it. I’ll bet it was a result of them making pigs eat pigs.

As part of my grungy researchen I’m reading the book, Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. Real good. Definite pattern of -band rises—band peaks – band declines. Of course I’d always known of sonic youth and a few of the others, but the best chapter I’ve read so far has been on The Minutemen. They seemed really cool. Been listening to ‘Double Nickels on the Dime” – very different in some ways.

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The last WW2 submarine movie I watched was a gooden – ‘We dive at dawn’ – this was in part the reason why I have been trawling through this odd little subgenre. I had this faint fragment of a memory of watching some old b&w film one night in Geelong where there was a sub at dock that was being refuelled. This was that movie. It’s English. The English are so quaint.

The next era is cold war. Watched two already – The Bedford Incident, which sounds English, but is actually american, or maybe—it has some american actors and an english guy pretending to be german. It was filmed in england.  There was a touch of Dr.Strangelove style humour in there, but mostly it was pretty serious, and it was about how accidentally nuking the planet is a serious issue.

The other was right out the other end. It was cold war/UFO fusionfood. As much as I like UFOs I had to turn it off halfway through because I was tired and there was no real submarines in it. It was just people in a studio. Plus it was pretending that spaceage gigantic submarines existed, which they don’t.

, , , , — YS @ 3:19 pm, May 4, 2009

tl;dr

Hello friends,

Just taking a few minutes out of my busy schedule to tell you about a few things I’ve observed lately.

On the internet, it’s all about getting things done quickly. No one has time to write full words anymore. And so, we get this netspeak. For example, there’s the abbreviation, “tl;dr” I guess I first saw this five or six years ago on one of the more advanced (that is to say, nerdy) internet discussion forums. It means, “too long; didn’t read”. That is to say, “What you wrote was very long, and I, the other person, for whatever reason, laziness, being in a hurry—did in fact not read it. And while I did, as I say, not in fact have time to read it, I did have the time to let you know that I didn’t”.

This is all well and good. However, what I have observed recently is a rather disturbing trend among either the younger teens, or the very stupid (I can’t tell because it’s on the internet and I can’t see these people) whereby these people are actually misusing ‘tl;dr’. It’s being used in places where a more literate or diligent person would use a phrase like, “to cut a long story short”, or “suffice to say”. All I can say is idiots get a brain.

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I continue to watch submarine movies. If any of them that I had watched was truly good, I would have mentioned it.

I’m usually against the mixing of comedy and the submarine genre, but last night I watched, Operation Petticoat starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. Run of the mill for the most part except for the fact that the story included a plot point where their sub was painted pink. What I could say about a pink submarine plumbing the watery depths is best left out of a family accessible publication like Sunny Breaks.

the pink submarine in Operation Petticoat

the pink submarine in Operation Petticoat

the pink submarine in Operation Petticoat

, , — YS @ 9:52 pm, April 24, 2009

The Enemy Below (this heading)

(1957)

It’s easy to start to think that all submarine films will be about the same with the odd one cropping up that is truly terrible. Like the other night, watching Crash Dive (1997), not to be confused with Crash Dive (1943) which was an absolute shocker.

It’s been interesting going through this list of submarine films without checking out info on them beforehand. Last night I watched The Enemy Below. Great film. 4 cement mixers out of five. Goes into the category of great war movies, not just submarine movies. I know you’re probably thinking ‘war movies..???’ but hey – this one actually had a kind of a pacifism thing going in it.

I could see elements had been borrowed in later years – in Star Wars – the helmets looked like something off the Death Star, and even the scoring sounded a little John Williamsish. Similarly, the whole storyline was basically borrowed about ten years later and made into a Star Trek Original series episode, Balance of Terror.

The enemy Below was also notable in that it didn’t have any of the usual sailor sexism—pictures of Betty Davis tacked up on the walls kind of thing. In fact I think if you were a homo-sex-ual you’d probably like this movie because there was barely a mention of women and there was also plenty of glistening-muscled aryan boys on the german sub.

The natural enemy of any sub is depth charges dropped from boats about. In every other movie I’ve seen, what this amounted to was the visual of 44-gallon drum falling into the water, as seen from below. In The Enemy… half of the action was taking place on board the yankee patrol ship—they were the ones doing the depth charges, and so showed how they actually launch them. Interesting.

I don’t why, but if a good film is going to lose it, 8 times out of 10, it’ll happen in the ending, and unfortunately this was the case here. It was otherwise a really well measured portrayal of the germans, but as mentioned, there was this vibe from both sides that ‘hey we don’t really want to fight this war but we’ve been ordered to’. As the cat and mouse continued the two captains gained respect for eachother, and then—at the end the american saves the german captain, and the german accepted help.

In reality, that guy would have gone down with his uboat or faced terrible humiliation on returning to the Fatherland, not to mention a firing squad.

, , — YS @ 9:24 pm, April 3, 2009

for decades

I’ve been watching submarine movies again.  Compare/contrast Hellcats of the Navy (1957) with Destination Tokyo (1943).

I guess the difference is the 14 years. Eventhough Hellcats starred Ron n Nancy, and Destination starred Cary Grant, Hellcats was still the better of the two. I think the overall conclusion is that it’s better to make war-propaganda film after the war’s over.

Destination Tokyo could only use a freakin swimming pool for their underwater shots. Extremely, extremely disappointing. Also there was large swaths of dialog among the crew that went absolutely nowhere. It was a really long film. There was almost no suspense.

The Ron & Nancy film had Ron & Nancy talking together.

— YS @ 11:56 am, March 25, 2009

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