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I have a book I simply must recommend: Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson.

It is the (non-fiction) account of a small group of young, anti-appeasement members of Parliament who went against their own party and defied Neville Chamberlain, putting Churchill into power.

It's an incredible book: vivid, well-written, about a really (I hate to use this word but so it is) important topic. Perhaps, most miraculously of all, it actually made me admire politicians for a change. Why can't we have politicians like that now?

I also think I have developed a historical 'crush' on Harold Macmillan (who was one of the 'troublesome young men'). Before reading this book, I knew he was a Prime Minister in the 1950s, but that's all I knew.

But I think I fell head over heels after reading this passage in the book about him in WWI:

"On September 15, at the height of the 'wanton, pointless carnage' known as the Battle of the Somme, Macmillan's batallion was ordered to attack a German machine-gun stronghold near the town of Ginchy. Advancing through heavy smoke, Macmillan and his platoon were rushing a German trench when he was hit in his left thigh and pelvis by schrapnel and machine-gun fire. He shouted to his sergeant to leave him and continue the attack. Throughout his life Macmillan carried a book with him wherever he went, even on the battlefield. This day was no different. While the battle raged around him, he lay in a muddy shell hole and read Aeschylus's Promethius off and on to distract himself from the pain. Whenever German soldiers came near, he pretended to be dead."

Wow.

Anyway, go read this book, it's amazing.

In other, very fictional news, I dare you not to want to watch Jumong after checking out the following three clips.

Clips behind cut )
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I have a book I simply must recommend: Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson.

It is the (non-fiction) account of a small group of young, anti-appeasement members of Parliament who went against their own party and defied Neville Chamberlain, putting Churchill into power.

It's an incredible book: vivid, well-written, about a really (I hate to use this word but so it is) important topic. Perhaps, most miraculously of all, it actually made me admire politicians for a change. Why can't we have politicians like that now?

I also think I have developed a historical 'crush' on Harold Macmillan (who was one of the 'troublesome young men'). Before reading this book, I knew he was a Prime Minister in the 1950s, but that's all I knew.

But I think I fell head over heels after reading this passage in the book about him in WWI:

"On September 15, at the height of the 'wanton, pointless carnage' known as the Battle of the Somme, Macmillan's batallion was ordered to attack a German machine-gun stronghold near the town of Ginchy. Advancing through heavy smoke, Macmillan and his platoon were rushing a German trench when he was hit in his left thigh and pelvis by schrapnel and machine-gun fire. He shouted to his sergeant to leave him and continue the attack. Throughout his life Macmillan carried a book with him wherever he went, even on the battlefield. This day was no different. While the battle raged around him, he lay in a muddy shell hole and read Aeschylus's Promethius off and on to distract himself from the pain. Whenever German soldiers came near, he pretended to be dead."

Wow.

Anyway, go read this book, it's amazing.

In other, very fictional news, I dare you not to want to watch Jumong after checking out the following three clips.

Clips behind cut )
dangermousie: (Default)
I have a book I simply must recommend: Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson.

It is the (non-fiction) account of a small group of young, anti-appeasement members of Parliament who went against their own party and defied Neville Chamberlain, putting Churchill into power.

It's an incredible book: vivid, well-written, about a really (I hate to use this word but so it is) important topic. Perhaps, most miraculously of all, it actually made me admire politicians for a change. Why can't we have politicians like that now?

I also think I have developed a historical 'crush' on Harold Macmillan (who was one of the 'troublesome young men'). Before reading this book, I knew he was a Prime Minister in the 1950s, but that's all I knew.

But I think I fell head over heels after reading this passage in the book about him in WWI:

"On September 15, at the height of the 'wanton, pointless carnage' known as the Battle of the Somme, Macmillan's batallion was ordered to attack a German machine-gun stronghold near the town of Ginchy. Advancing through heavy smoke, Macmillan and his platoon were rushing a German trench when he was hit in his left thigh and pelvis by schrapnel and machine-gun fire. He shouted to his sergeant to leave him and continue the attack. Throughout his life Macmillan carried a book with him wherever he went, even on the battlefield. This day was no different. While the battle raged around him, he lay in a muddy shell hole and read Aeschylus's Promethius off and on to distract himself from the pain. Whenever German soldiers came near, he pretended to be dead."

Wow.

Anyway, go read this book, it's amazing.

In other, very fictional news, I dare you not to want to watch Jumong after checking out the following three clips.

Clips behind cut )
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Does anyone have any good recommendations for books (fiction or non) or movies about WWI pilots? Or the R.A.F. in WWII?

Saw Flyboys.

And it is love.

I can see why the critics didn't care for it. It's an old-fashioned movie. If you took it back to the 30s, 40s, 50s, it would do very well. And it has heroes and nobility and all that stuff. For someone like me? It's catnip.

I am generally a sucker for movies about World War I pilots, but this one was a worthy entry into that pretty small subgenre.

It got everything I love about movies like this:

Angsty, hot, heroic pilots? Check. (James Franco as Rawlings and Mark Henderson as Cassidy? So having-their-babies worthy).

Cool dogfights, fights against larger planes, zeppelin and similar? Check.

Manly friendship? Check. ([livejournal.com profile] aliterati, you have ruined me. Much as I loved the OTP of Rawlings and Lucienne, I was totally imagining Rawlings and Cassidy getting it on).

A PTSD, cynical gorgeous Ace (Henderson) and a younger talented flyer feeling the horrors of war for the first time (Franco) and a nemesis of a German pilot and loss and revenge? Check.

A totally swoony love story between American flyer and French girl, with rescuing from the Germans and kissing of hands and touching in the rain? Check.

This movie was a mix of Wings (the father of them all, and dealing with the same topic), Big Parade (when Rawlings was trying to communicate with Lucienne despite his lack of French or her lack of English, I was thrown back to the scenes in the BP between John Gilbert and Renee Adoree. BP s better and bleaker, and has one of the most romantic scenes ever filmed, but the comparison made me happy), Lilac Time (foreign pilot with Lafayette escadrille falling for a French girl), Dawn Patrol (PtsD WWI pilots, including an older, tired Ace), Hell's Angels (duh), and The eagle and the hawk (the interplay between exhausted pilots, especially the doomed, messed up war hero and a younger pilot). And a bit of the Yank in the R.A.F. thrown in. And I love all of those. Actually, I think I want to rewatch Lilac Time now (a silent movie with Gary Cooper as a pilot falling in love with a French girl and at the end he crashes his plane and she thinks he is dead and there is angst and tearful reunions and the whole thing is to die for).

No, this movie does not have the very powerful ending of Wings (I don't care for the little tag, but the ending itself, with Buddy Rogers getting heroic welcome home as this Ace, while Richard Arlen's parents sit all by themselves in this gigantic house, and then BR coming in and sobbing at their feet and you can't look at his eyes and his hair is grey is just a killer) or the very gorgeous ending of Big Parade (Renee Adoree and John Gilbert make me sob), but it's still very good.

There was only one thing that bugged me. I know it's based on a true story, but spoilers for the ending )

All in all,really worth a watch, and I finally see what girls see in James Franco. And I want to fic the film.
dangermousie: (FMP by ushitora_icons)
Does anyone have any good recommendations for books (fiction or non) or movies about WWI pilots? Or the R.A.F. in WWII?

Saw Flyboys.

And it is love.

I can see why the critics didn't care for it. It's an old-fashioned movie. If you took it back to the 30s, 40s, 50s, it would do very well. And it has heroes and nobility and all that stuff. For someone like me? It's catnip.

I am generally a sucker for movies about World War I pilots, but this one was a worthy entry into that pretty small subgenre.

It got everything I love about movies like this:

Angsty, hot, heroic pilots? Check. (James Franco as Rawlings and Mark Henderson as Cassidy? So having-their-babies worthy).

Cool dogfights, fights against larger planes, zeppelin and similar? Check.

Manly friendship? Check. ([livejournal.com profile] aliterati, you have ruined me. Much as I loved the OTP of Rawlings and Lucienne, I was totally imagining Rawlings and Cassidy getting it on).

A PTSD, cynical gorgeous Ace (Henderson) and a younger talented flyer feeling the horrors of war for the first time (Franco) and a nemesis of a German pilot and loss and revenge? Check.

A totally swoony love story between American flyer and French girl, with rescuing from the Germans and kissing of hands and touching in the rain? Check.

This movie was a mix of Wings (the father of them all, and dealing with the same topic), Big Parade (when Rawlings was trying to communicate with Lucienne despite his lack of French or her lack of English, I was thrown back to the scenes in the BP between John Gilbert and Renee Adoree. BP s better and bleaker, and has one of the most romantic scenes ever filmed, but the comparison made me happy), Lilac Time (foreign pilot with Lafayette escadrille falling for a French girl), Dawn Patrol (PtsD WWI pilots, including an older, tired Ace), Hell's Angels (duh), and The eagle and the hawk (the interplay between exhausted pilots, especially the doomed, messed up war hero and a younger pilot). And a bit of the Yank in the R.A.F. thrown in. And I love all of those. Actually, I think I want to rewatch Lilac Time now (a silent movie with Gary Cooper as a pilot falling in love with a French girl and at the end he crashes his plane and she thinks he is dead and there is angst and tearful reunions and the whole thing is to die for).

No, this movie does not have the very powerful ending of Wings (I don't care for the little tag, but the ending itself, with Buddy Rogers getting heroic welcome home as this Ace, while Richard Arlen's parents sit all by themselves in this gigantic house, and then BR coming in and sobbing at their feet and you can't look at his eyes and his hair is grey is just a killer) or the very gorgeous ending of Big Parade (Renee Adoree and John Gilbert make me sob), but it's still very good.

There was only one thing that bugged me. I know it's based on a true story, but spoilers for the ending )

All in all,really worth a watch, and I finally see what girls see in James Franco. And I want to fic the film.
dangermousie: (FMP by ushitora_icons)
Does anyone have any good recommendations for books (fiction or non) or movies about WWI pilots? Or the R.A.F. in WWII?

Saw Flyboys.

And it is love.

I can see why the critics didn't care for it. It's an old-fashioned movie. If you took it back to the 30s, 40s, 50s, it would do very well. And it has heroes and nobility and all that stuff. For someone like me? It's catnip.

I am generally a sucker for movies about World War I pilots, but this one was a worthy entry into that pretty small subgenre.

It got everything I love about movies like this:

Angsty, hot, heroic pilots? Check. (James Franco as Rawlings and Mark Henderson as Cassidy? So having-their-babies worthy).

Cool dogfights, fights against larger planes, zeppelin and similar? Check.

Manly friendship? Check. ([livejournal.com profile] aliterati, you have ruined me. Much as I loved the OTP of Rawlings and Lucienne, I was totally imagining Rawlings and Cassidy getting it on).

A PTSD, cynical gorgeous Ace (Henderson) and a younger talented flyer feeling the horrors of war for the first time (Franco) and a nemesis of a German pilot and loss and revenge? Check.

A totally swoony love story between American flyer and French girl, with rescuing from the Germans and kissing of hands and touching in the rain? Check.

This movie was a mix of Wings (the father of them all, and dealing with the same topic), Big Parade (when Rawlings was trying to communicate with Lucienne despite his lack of French or her lack of English, I was thrown back to the scenes in the BP between John Gilbert and Renee Adoree. BP s better and bleaker, and has one of the most romantic scenes ever filmed, but the comparison made me happy), Lilac Time (foreign pilot with Lafayette escadrille falling for a French girl), Dawn Patrol (PtsD WWI pilots, including an older, tired Ace), Hell's Angels (duh), and The eagle and the hawk (the interplay between exhausted pilots, especially the doomed, messed up war hero and a younger pilot). And a bit of the Yank in the R.A.F. thrown in. And I love all of those. Actually, I think I want to rewatch Lilac Time now (a silent movie with Gary Cooper as a pilot falling in love with a French girl and at the end he crashes his plane and she thinks he is dead and there is angst and tearful reunions and the whole thing is to die for).

No, this movie does not have the very powerful ending of Wings (I don't care for the little tag, but the ending itself, with Buddy Rogers getting heroic welcome home as this Ace, while Richard Arlen's parents sit all by themselves in this gigantic house, and then BR coming in and sobbing at their feet and you can't look at his eyes and his hair is grey is just a killer) or the very gorgeous ending of Big Parade (Renee Adoree and John Gilbert make me sob), but it's still very good.

There was only one thing that bugged me. I know it's based on a true story, but spoilers for the ending )

All in all,really worth a watch, and I finally see what girls see in James Franco. And I want to fic the film.

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