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Week of May 27th to June 2nd 2013 - Volume One, Issue Sixteen
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Dear Movie Lover,
Happy Memorial Day. It's more than an excuse for a long weekend.


Although the holiday gives us a great starting-point for Summer fun, let's not forget that Memorial Day---originally known as Decoration Day---is a time of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in our nation's service.


In honor of our soldiers who died fighting wars declared and undeclared, presents five films that reflect what Memorial Day represents: heroism, bravery, patriotism and American ingenuity.


So crowd around Main Street to cheer as the parade goes by and share a backyard feast with family and friends. Then slip away and curl up with your desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone to enjoy great films celebrating the soldiers who've protected our freedoms.


MovieWatch will tell you when to view our Memorial Day Marathon of action-packed combat films.


The Big Lift (1950)
Share the experiences of two Air Force sergeants, Montgomery Clift and Paul Douglas, during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.


The Bridge (1959)
In 1945, Germany is being overrun by the Allied armies and nobody is left to fight for the Fatherland but teenagers. Portrayed by Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper and Michael Hinz, the film was nominated for an Oscar in 1960 as Best Foreign Language Film and won the 1960 Golden Globe in that category.


Go For Broke (1951)
Van Johnson leads the cast in this story of second-generation Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II. The film is a tribute to the US 442nd Regimental Combat Team formed in 1943 with Presidential permission. Against the common prejudices of the time, the battalion distinguishes themselves in skirmishes and battles as they serve in Italy and France.


Gung Ho! (1943)
Randolph Scott and Robert Mitchem lead the cast in this true story of Carlson's Raiders and their World War ll attack on Japanese-held Maken Island  seven weeks after Pearl Harbor.


Hannibal Brooks (1969) 
In this British comedy/drama Oliver Reed plays a prisoner of war working at a zoo who gets a chance to escape from the Germans. So he does, taking with him Lucy, the elephant that he's been caring for. Like his ancient Carthaginian namesake whose army included war elephants, together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.


The Memorial Day Marathon is a tribute you're certain to enjoy!
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Movie Watch

Monday, May 27, 2013

12:00 am At War With The Army (Comedy)
01:30 am Big Lift (Drama)
03:29 am Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
05:11 am Bridge
06:52 am Go For Broke (Drama)
08:23 am At War With The Army (Comedy)
09:54 am Big Lift (Drama)
11:53 am Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
01:35 pmBridge
03:16 pm Go For Broke (Drama)
04:46 pm Santa Fe Trail (Drama)
06:40 pm At War With The Army (Comedy)
08:11 pm Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
09:52 pm Go For Broke (Drama)

Click here for the complete schedule
Star Turn: Critic's Choice: 
Ten Best War Movies Ever Made 
While the burgers are grilling, why not "grill" your guests on critics' choices of the ten top war movies of all time? Not all of these films involve military men who get killed and not all of them depict Americans as the main characters. But they are all powerful stories with great actors reflecting the sacrifices made by those who defend our country.


1.   The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
World War ll veterans come home and find they have changes and so has their friendly little town.
Simultaneously heart-breaking and life-affirming. Frederic March and Dana Andrews star.


2.  Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon star in an amazing journey from D-Day to a military cemetery.


3.  Coming Home (1978)
John Voigt and Bruce Dern reflect on Vietnam differently. But both are damaged by their


4.  Platoon (1986)
An idealistic young man tries to save himself on the ground in Vietnam in this Oliver Stone film starring Tom Beringer, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen.


5.  All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Young soldiers learn the truth about battle in World War l in this film based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque.


6.  Paths of Glory (1957)
Kirk Douglas in one of the great depictions of the madness of war.


7.  Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Clint Eastwood's intensely moving film uses Iwo Jima as the starting point.


8.  Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Powerful film based on the memoir of a paralyzed Vietnam vet directed by Oliver Stone.


9.  Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Gregory Peck, Rip Torn and George Peppard in a grim story about what happens when a piece of land is worth more than human life.


10. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Legendary epic about the clash of wills between two determined military leaders stars Alec Guiness
and William Holden.
Did You Know?
WWII Restrictions Gave Birth to
US Fashion Dominance
Doing Men's Work...Fabric Rationing...War Affected Everything.
And Made the USA the World's Fashion Leader


Paris lost its leadership in the world of fashion due to the German occupation of World War II. That's when American  fashion designers stepped into the breach and their ingenuity brought about new fashion innovations that are part of today's contemporary fashion lexicon.


It was a natural progression since women were leaving the familiar confines of home and replacing soldiers overseas to join the war effort in factories, offices and farms. So sumptuous fabrics and superfluous trimming faded in favor of a woman's working wardrobe. And so the fun began!


Films of the wartime era depict the stylish debut of women wearing trousers, in everything from silk to denim jeans. The jumpsuit was born. This new-at-the-time innovation was warm, stylish and comfortable with pockets for papers and valuables. As are jeans, it's a fashion staple.


America emerged as a fashion leader as"war-wise" dressing became a necessity. Since wool was used for soldiers' needs, fabric designers revolutionized the fashion industry with blends made of recycled wool and rayon. Yet more fashion staples and a widely popular category of fabric manufacturing.


Britain and the US put restrictions on the use of materials in the production of garments. So less fabrics meant lean styles. Hemlines went up and sexy pencil skirts became the rage and remain classic. Oddly enough, sequins, unnecessary for the war effort, popped up on sweaters to add a note of glitz.


Hollywood still depicted glamor. But female stars portrayed a new kind of elegance. In the 1945 movie Mildred Pierce, Joan Crawford appears as a struggling single mother who dresses for success in  attractive yet severe styles. The beautiful Lauren Bacall in the Big Sleep (1946) appears sexy and glamorous in slacks, sequins and draped rayon couture creations. All "made in the USA." 


Shorter skirts focused on legs, legs, legs. Legs were "in" as exemplified by  the famous pinup of Betty Grable looking over her shoulder in a swim suit. Sexier still, bare legs were seen with street and evening clothes since nylon rationing was in force.


In 1947, when restrictions reduced the amount of fabric used in the manufacture of swim suits, a bombshell fashion trend called the bikini exploded on beaches all over the world.


World War ll officially put women in the workforce where they have become a potent force in the US economy. And, rocketed the US to world prominence for fashion design and manufacturing. Proving once again how American ingenuity triumphs.
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Mike and Monika