“Love Is Like A War…”

“…Easy To Begin, But Very Hard To Stop.”

H. L. MENCKEN

{{HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN}}

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Quickly, What’s On Now?!? –SEAN CONNERY As JAMES BOND -007- In “YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE” (1967)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

I Consider…

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

(1967)

…To Be The Most Underrated Of The…

SEAN CONNERY As JAMES BOND

…Adventure Epics…

…And It’s A Damn Fine Adventure At That, My Peeps!

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YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

…Was Directed By…

LEWIS GILBERT

…Whom Would Later Helm The JAMES BOND Adventures…

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME

(1977)

…And…

MOONRAKER

(1979)

…Both Of Which Are Personal FAVES Of FAVES!

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Alright, The Gist Of The Flick Is This:

The World Sits On The Brink Of WORLD WAR III.

An American Spacecraft Has Disappeared, Following An Encounter With An Unknown Spacecraft.

The Americans Are Blaming The Russians For Entire Incident.

(((Of Course They Are!)))

They (The Americans) Make It Known They’re Going To Launch Another Spacecraft In Just A Few Weeks.

If ANYTHING Happens To It, They Will Consider It An Act Of War!

The British Government, On The Other Hand, Does NOT Believe The Russians Are Responsible.

This, However, Must Be Proven Before Something Does Happen That Could Ignite The World Into Full-Scale Nuclear Armageddon!

Sooo…

…The British Government Fakes JAMES BOND‘s Death, Freeing Him To Go On The Hunt For The Truth.

They’re Sending BOND To Japan, Where They Believe The Before Mentioned “Unknown Spacecraft” Originated.

And Now, You Know The Basic Plot For This Epic Romp!

So, What’s Gonna Happen?

Did The Enemy Originate From Japan?

If So, Will BOND Be Able To Locate And Destroy Them In Time?

Or, Will The World Be Pushed Beyond Said Brink And Eventually Become A Giant Fireball In Space?

Hmm?

HMM?!?

Well…

…Wouldn’t Y’all Rather Watch It And Find-Out For Yourselves?!?

SURE YOU WOULD!!!

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I Will Tell You It’s A Helluva Ride, My Peeps, And A Helluva Lot Of Fun!!!

Some Of My Favorite Parts?!?

“LITTLE NELLY”

(((Trust Me, You'll Get It When You See It!)))

KEN ADAM‘s Eye-Popping Production Design.

NANCY SINATRA Beautifully Singing The Film’s Theme Song.

The Wonderfully Amazing VOLCANO LAYER.

But, Most Of All, My Favorite Part Is The Big Reveal Of JAMES BOND‘s Arch Enemy/Nemesis, “ERNST STAVRO BLOFELD“, Played To Creepy, Evil Perfection By An ALL-TIME FAVE Of FAVES Actor…

DONALD PLEASENCE

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As I Said, I Consider This Flick…

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

…To Be The Most Underrated Of All Of The BOND Flicks To Star…

SEAN CONNERY

…And I Think You’ll Totally Understand Why Once You’ve Checked-It-Out.

Since We Only Live But Once, My Peeps, You Should Sincerely Check-Out…

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

…Before You Finally Just, Ya Know, Check-Out.

Period.

Happy Movie Watching, My Peeps!!!

ENJOY YOURSELVES!!!

You Already KNOW I’m Doing So, Fo SHO Fo SHO!!!

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A Belated Xmas Quickie That Needs To Be Shared.

My Grandparents…

((aka Maw and Paw))

…Got Me This Book For Xmas:

The Untold Civil War

THE UNTOLD CIVIL WAR: EXPLORING THE HUMAN SIDE OF WAR

by JAMES ROBERTSON

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Honestly, I Was Left Kinda Speechless.

It’s An Expensive Ought-Damned Book.

But, I Did Want It.

She (Maw) Was Worried I’d Be Disappointed With It.

But, I Love It AND Her.

You See, My Peeps, She Took Me To See The Flick…

GETTYSBURG

Gettysburg (1993)

…Back During The Winter Of 1993.

Neither She, Nor I, Knew What We Were Getting Into With It.

When The 2-Hour Point Of The Flick Came And Went, She Kept Looking To Me Hoping It Was Going To Be Over Soon.

Little Did We Know We Weren’t Even Half-Way Through The Flick.

The Lights Came-Up, And She Assumed It Was Time To Head Home.

However, The Lights Only Came-Up To Signal The Intermission.

After The Intermission…

…Oh Yeah…

…Another 2+Hours Of The Flick Remained.

But, She Sat Through It.

She Sat Through All 4+Hours And Didn’t Complain About It One Bit.

Maw Knows I Love History.

She Knows I Love Documentaries.

She Knows I Love Historically Relevant Films.

She Knows I Love REAL Books.

She Knows One Of My Favorite Subjects Is The American Civil War.

So, Maw And Paw Totally Got Me The Royal Hook-Up With This Book.

I’m Already Loving It.

And, Honestly, I Likely Always Will Love It.

‘Tis An AWESOME Gift, Fo SHO, My Peeps.

And Sooooo…

…I Really Just Wanted To Say Thank You, Again, To Maw And Paw.

I Totally Appreciate How Well They Know Me…

…My Tastes…

…And Where My Personal Joy Lies In Wait.

THANK YOU!!!

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“We Have Met The Enemy And They Are Ours…”

“…Two ShipsTwo BrigsOne SchoonerAnd A Sloop!

OLIVER HAZARD PERRY

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(100% Not) Random Movie Mention: “DOWNFALL” (2004)

Previously, I Talked To Y’all About The Flick…

DAS BOOT

(http://youjivinmeturkey.com/2012/09/10/totally-not-random-blu-ray-movie-mention-das-boot-1981/)

…And How It’s One Of My All-Time Faves…

…And That It’s My Favorite Foreign Language Flick.

Period.

BUT…

…In Close Company Is…

DOWNFALL

…Starring…

BRUNO GANZ

…As…

“ADOLF HITLER”

…Showing Us The Final Days Of “The Third Reich” During World War II.

Honestly, My Peeps…

…This Flick Is A-MAZ-ING.

BRUNO GANZ

…Is Simply Mesmerizing.

He Takes On The Roll Few Folks Would Ever Want To Play…

…And He Plays It To Sick, Twisted Perfection.

Directed By…

OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL

…The Film Was Nominated For The ACADEMY AWARD For BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM.

It Really Is That Amazing Of A Flick, My Peeps.

It’s A 155-Minute Glimpse Into Berlin, Germany…

…And The Bunker Complex Of Hitler And His Closest Advisers, Associates, Etc Etc, During Those Final Days.

BRUNO GANZ

…Does Such A Bang-Up Job, We’re Able To See The Madness And The Horror That Was Hitler…

…And Just How Sick And Insane He Was.

I Don’t Know Many People Who Have Seen This Flick…

…But Those Who Have Were Very Much In Agreement That…

DOWNFALL

…Is A Flick Everyone Should Watch A Some Point.

It’s A History Lesson…

…And Everyone Should Take Note Of It.

I Actually Found The Flick Pretty Wild AND Disturbing.

In Fact, I Found Myself Uncomfortable In A Few Places.

It Really Is That Powerful Of A Flick.

It’s Not Something You Watch Over And Over Again, That’s Fo SHO.

Watch It.

Understand It.

Enjoy The Film-Makers Boldness In Telling The Story Of One Of The Darkest Chapters In Human History.

Then Decide If You Liked It Or Not.

I Shall Leave It At That, My Peeps…

…But I Sincerely Do Suggest You Check-It-Out If You Ever Get The Chance.

It’s Worth The Time Investment, Fo SHO.

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(Totally Not) Random (Blu-ray) Movie Mention: “DAS BOOT” (1981)

So, My Peeps…

…Just What Is My All-Time-Favorite FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM??

Well…

…That’s Actually A Rather Easy Choice.

While I’ve Seen Dozens And Dozens Of Foreign Language Flicks In My Day…

…Not One Has Had An Impact On My Life/World More Than…

DAS BOOT

(1981)

…Directed By…

WOLFGANG PETERSEN

…And Starring…

JÜRGEN PROCHNOW

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Thus Far…

DAS BOOT

…Is (in my opinion) The Crown Jewel Of My Blu-ray Collection.

This DIRECTOR’S CUT Is Simply…

…Honestly…

…BREATHTAKING.

.Period.

The Visuals Are So Amazingly Clear.

The Sound Quality Is Second To None.

You Sincerely FEEL Like You’re A Member Of The Crew.

The Blu-ray Transfer Is So Crisp.

You See Everything…

…From The Trickles Of Water Seeping In…

…To The Bolts In Walls.

You See Everything…

…And That’s Just The Power Of The Blu-ray.

The Film Itself Is The Very BEST Of Its Type.

You’ve Seen Other Submarine Flicks.

THE ENEMY BELOW

(1957)

…Or…

THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

(1990)

…Or…

CRIMSON TIDE

(1995)

…Etc Etc…

…All Of Which Are Truly Wonderful Flicks And Personal Favorites, Yes Yes…

…But They’re NOT…

DAS BOOT

…Which I Believe To Be The Very BEST Submarine/Naval Flick In The History Of World Cinema.

.Period Period.

Saying That Usually Pisses Some Folks Off.

How Could I Take That German Flick Over All The Others?!?

It’s Simple, My Peeps.

DAS BOOT

…Is The Most HONEST…

…The Most EXHILARATING…

…The Most FINELY-CRAFTED Film Of Its Genera.

I Know Some Peeps Simply CANNOT Stand To Read Their Flicks As They Attempt To Watch Them…

…But This Is No Issue With Me.

You Almost Know What They’re Saying Anyway, Without Having To Do The Reading.

Being Ex-Navy, Myself, I Was Totally On-Board With This One.

(Pun Totally Intended, By The Way.)

 You Can Tell Director WOLFGANG PETERSEN Did Everything He Could To Make This One As Real As Possible.

He Wanted To Make You Feel Like You Really Were On-Board A German U-Boat During The Height Of WORLD WAR II.

The Characters Are Honest And True…

…As Are The Actors Portraying Said Characters.

TRUST ME, My Peeps…

…If History…

…If War…

…If The Military…

…If The Navy…

…If Submarines…

…If Amazing Film-Making…

…If Brilliant Acting…

…If Realism…

…Are Any Or All Things You’re Interested In, Or What You Seek-Out In Your Flicks…

…Yeah…

…You’d Be Hard-Pressed To Find One Better Than…

DAS BOOT

.Period Period Period.

It’s A Flick I Sincerely LOVE…

…And The DIRECTOR’S CUT On The Blu-ray Is Wonderfully Wonderful.

It’s EPIC, To Say The Very Least…

…But EPIC Is The Proper Word To Use In This Instance.

Fo SHO Fo SHO, Kiddies!!!

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