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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Darkest Hour: A Review

There is some controversy about Darkest Hour. Some hated it. 

I concur with Steven Hayward's take, this is a far better movie than it may initially appear. It while it took liberties with the facts (making up events that may have never happened), it also captures how easy it would have been for Britain's leadership, given how dire things were, to capitulate to Hitler. 

I recently re-read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and Hilter was willing to cut a generous deal in exchange of Britain sitting out the war. Hitler's terms were very attractive (although his record in honoring treaties was something else entirely). What a disaster it would have been had Britain given in.  

Definitely worth watching. Gary Oldman gives a great performance. Lily James is excellent as his bullied but loyal secretary and so is Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill's wife. You may hate parts of it, but it pairs well with Dunkirk.

Mark Steyn (spoilers) in his review nails a critical scene in the Darkest Hour movie:
So, when Gary Oldman steps out of his chauffeured car en route to Number Ten and descends to the Tube, I don't mind the screenwriter's fancy per se. Nor do I object to the fairly obvious bit of affirmative action in his encountering among the passengers down there a young West Indian, "Marcus Peters": There were certainly black British subjects present in the mother country in 1940, as attested by beloved post-war celebrities of biracial parentage (Cleo Laine, Geoff Love, Shirley Bassey). No, what's disturbing is not the concoction but its purpose: It suggests that the new Prime Minister, wracked by doubts as to whether Halifax is right to pursue "peace" talks, is set straight by the doughty determination of the British people. This is the precise inversion of reality: In May 1940 Chamberlain remained the most popular politician in the country, and the citizenry, having watched the Nazi hordes consume a continent, was by no means eager to serve as the last line of resistance to what seemed an inevitable fate. The vox populi did not stiffen Churchill's resolve; he stiffened theirs.

John Podhoretz: The Oldman Churchill

Legal Insurrection: Darkest Hour

Rotten Tomatoes: Darkest Hour

Rule 5 and FMJRA

Goodstuffs: Dial "B"

Hogewash: I'm so old...

Woodsterman: Windows

EBL: Churchill Quote of the Day

The Feral Irishman: 70's Crushes and Stary Night

90 Miles From Tyranny: NYT and Clinton collusion

Mark Steyn: New Years at the Movies and Ave atque vale 2017

Lem's Place: Hop Sing explains allHop Sing on CultureSJW, NYT, Chop Sticks

Animal Magnetism: GingermageddonRule 5Hump Day NewsMerry Christmas, and Gingermageddon

Diogenes' Middle Finger: You get right on that Bobby10 people I wish would go awayHillary New Years Resolutions for 2018

Pirate's Cove: Sorta blogless pinup and If all you see is this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, and what Christmas is about

A View From The Beach: Frosty FridayPutin Foe Acute Viagra Poisoning?Morning Shoe AdFBI and Prosecutor Misconduct

Political Clown Parade: CNN: Covering up for Ben RhodesAnother CNN meltdownPresident Flake, now that's funny2018 Most Vulnerable Dems2018 midtermsFlowing Curves of Beauty

Proof Positive: Best of the WebFriday Night Babe Zoe McLellanCNN hissy hitVintage Babes of the Week New YearsMedal of Honor John P. BacaHoliday Sex in AdvertisingBest of the WebFriday Night BabeVintage Babes of the Week Christmas

EBL: Sabo strikes in advance of Academy AwardsLoving VincentGet Out: A ReviewDunkirk: A ReviewIs H.R. McMaster going to get fired?Jennifer Lawrence goes to whore schoolI, TonyaMargot RobbieShape of Water Rule 5Harvey Weinstein expelled from the AcademyBlack Panther: A ReviewAltered Carbonand Who did they cast as Dr. Smith in the Lost In Space Reboot?

A collection of sites known for appreciation of Rule 5 and historical movies:

Dust bury
Theo Spark
Daily Gator
Pirate's Cove
Proof Positive
The Right Way
MissK's World...
American Power
Guns and Bikinis
Raconteur Report
Angrymikes hood
The Last Tradition
Adrienne's Corner
The Feral Irishman
Camp of the Saints
Animal Magnatism
Maggie's Notebook
The Classic Liberal
The Rio Norte Line
Randy's Roundtable
A Nod To The Gods
Political Clown Parade
24 Femmes Per Second
The Vulgar Curmudgeon
A View From The Beach
Diogenes' Middle Finger
Your Crazy Uncle Bubba
Old Retired Petty Officer
Ninety Miles From Tyranny
Knuckledraggin My Life Away
In a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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