Posts Tagged ‘history’

April 23rd, 2022 - 1:42 am § in Misc.

Feature film: Fortress (2012)

This low budget, made-for-DVD, but well done film pays tribute to the B-17 bomber crews of the European theater in World War 2. Like any movie, it has a plot and script, so the storyline feels a bit contrived. Even so, it conveys a sense — better, I think, than the big-budget films — of [...]

March 29th, 2022 - 10:31 am § in America

50th Anniversary of end of Vietnam War.


November 22nd, 2021 - 12:25 am § in Misc.

Full-length feature film: Thirteen Days (2000)

This film depicts the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, focusing on a tug-of-war between Kennedy administrative doves and Pentagon hawks, interspersed with action scenes. As for historical accuracy, several top Kennedy officials said the film exaggerates the role of Kenneth O’Donnell (played by Kevin[...]

July 4th, 2021 - 11:18 am § in America, Politics, Racism

What the Founding Fathers screwed up

Ever since the colonists declared independence on Sunday, July 2, 1775, we’ve celebrated the following Tuesday as the birth of our nation, and venerated the Founding Fathers as the greatest political geniuses of all time. Of course, it’s well known they were a cabal of slaveowners, and a[...]

April 24th, 2021 - 6:18 pm § in Misc., Science

What if you were stuck in a cave with 14 other people for 40 days?

Would more than one of you still be alive? By the time the HMS Bounty mutineers were found on Pitcairn Island, only one of them was; and their Polynesian predecessors on that island apparently didn’t fare any better (read about that here). During World War 2, Jewish partisans holed up in close[...]

February 2nd, 2021 - 9:42 am § in America, Misc., Racism

A brief history of African-American heroes

From Revolutionary War days to the present, many African-Americans have given their all for a country that often was reluctant to acknowledge them. While the Tuskegee Airmen are widely known, thanks in part to Hollywood, how many people know the story of the Buffalo soldiers? Or the Harlem Hellfight[...]

December 18th, 2020 - 12:43 am § in Misc.

Movie: Battle of Nagashino (1992)

What happened to sumurai who brought katani (swords) to a gunfight. This depiction of an actual event that took place in A.D. 1575 (info here) is an excerpt from a Japanese TV series (“Nobunaga, King of Zipangu,” Episode 38, info here). Running time: 11:49 min. Return to The-Ave.US Home [...]

December 1st, 2020 - 1:44 am § in Misc.

Full-length feature film: Matewan (1987)

Critically-acclaimed film about labor organizing in the West Virginia coalfields, culminating with a depiction of the “Matewan massacre,” an historical event of May 9, 1920, which is reenacted in the present day as a tourist attraction (second video below). Running time: 2 hrs. 13 mins. [...]

November 12th, 2020 - 9:55 pm § in Misc.

Movie: “Vidovdan’s Bells 1914”

Serbian movie with English subtitles depicting the Battle of Cer between Austria-Hungarian invaders and Serb defenders, the first engagement of World War 1. This is an excerpt from a 2018 feature film titled “King Petar the First.” Violence, profanity, battle scenes, and depictions of at[...]

September 27th, 2020 - 4:33 am § in Environment, Misc.