December 26, 2018

A Reminder That Tomorrow is the 27th (UPDATED)

...and will see the last of the two showings of They Shall not Grow Old in the U.S.



If you're in Hampton Roads, the only showings are at McArthur Center and Greenbriar 13. Both are at 1PM.

UPDATE: It was all that and a bowl of grits.

I'm very glad that I bought my tickets online as it had completely sold out, despite being shown in three theaters in the local multiplex.

Peter Jackson is an exceptional fimmaker, but the idea that he could take a bunch of frequently unrelated 100 year old film clips taken by the British military and make it work in a narrative form is far fetched.

It's also exactly what he did. 

This film is incredibly powerful. It is gut wrenching and horrifying at times, but it is a masterpiece.  It is not a technical or historic  analysis of any particular battle, but it is a deeply compelling, and often disturbing overview of what it was like to serve in the B.E.F. on the Western Front in the Great War. 

The restored and colorized footage (taken from hand cranked cameras over a century ago) translates quite well to the big screen.

I cannot recommend this film highly enough. When this comes up for sale on DVD or Blue Ray, buy it.

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1 I got to see it on the 17th in West Monroe, La.  I was disappointed, but not in the film -- the theater was the most poorly run I'd ever seen.  There was no ticket-taker- I could have just walked in and taken a seat.  Nobody was handing out 3d glasses. I ended up watching a very fuzzy, double-imaged movie.  Quite annoying.  FYI, the theater was about half to 2/3 full.

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