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Friday, February 20, 2009

Please Watch "Taking Chance" On HBO

"Taking Chance stars Kevin Bacon as LtCol Michael Strobl, USMC, in the story of a fallen Marine's final journey home. The 2009 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection premieres Saturday, February 21 at 8pm - only on HBO."

(Via WakeUpAmerica)

I always had thought Kevin Bacon looked good in an uniform since his part in A Few Good Men. But this poster is just brilliant.

When the airline agent rasped out emotionally, "Thank you for your service", I started to choke up. That's some powerful trailer.

INFO: That haunting song is by Greg Laswell, called "Comes and Goes (In Waves)". I just purchased it on iTunes.

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  • Wow, brought tears to my eyes!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Fri Feb 20, 04:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Meanwhile Obama is reviewing the policy regarding limited media access to Dover Airforce Base. Hopefully "Taking Chance" will side with the wishes of the majority those familes.

    Remember that truly odious Sie hätte Soldaten geschickt poster from the SPD folks in Germany?

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Fri Feb 20, 08:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Last week it was the Pelosi-granddaughter documentary on conservatism; it's made me think hard about cancelling HBO.

    By Blogger blake, at Fri Feb 20, 09:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Blake, I cancelled HBO a few months ago because I don't like boxing or Bill Maher - After seeing the trailer, I was all set to call and order it started back up until I read your comment. Obviously it (HBO) has a liberal bent (as does nearly all of mainstream media - fairness doctrine indeed!) So do you know something about how this movie portrays this story that would make me regret giving HBO another shot?

    By Blogger Laurie, at Fri Feb 20, 11:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • CL, how can we forget? ;(

    Curiously! And to show you how much you and I are in synch, that's the first thing I remembered when I saw the still.

    The second, for some reason, is TAPS, a very good made for TV movie back in the day.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 20, 11:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • So do you know something about how this movie portrays this story that would make me regret giving HBO another shot?

    Last December, I decided not to renew my PBS membership. I have had it for 7 years. But I just can't give Bill Moyers and Co. more of my money, I decided.

    (I had largely done it for Lehrer Report and the so-called Britcoms)

    You know, I don't watch much of HBO. I much prefer Sundance, so make of that what you will. :P

    Laurie, don't worry. There are "ways" of watching Taking Chance online, if you get my meaning. I leave the choice up to you, but I am fairly sure I can hook you or anyone else up.

    Just email in case of interest. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 21, 12:01:00 am GMT-5  

  • IMBD has this movie at 7.0 out of 10, and I fear the anti-war crowd is jimmying with the votes.

    When you see it, please take the time to rate it -- HERE.

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    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 21, 12:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • Imagine what a different world it would be if this movie were typical instead of an exception to the rule. Sad.

    I remember reading the Entertainment Weekly review of The Kingdom. The bias was not just blatant, it was over-the-top.

    By Blogger knox, at Sat Feb 21, 09:03:00 am GMT-5  

  • Unlike many critics, Knox, I thought The Kingdom was a great war movie. Perhaps one of the best ones I've seen in the past decade.

    I saw it almost 6 weeks after its debut. I usually catch movies on opening weekend, but for some reason, I waited. When the movie was over, the entire audience (it was almost half full!) started clapping, and HELD it.

    That's really remarkable for a movie 6 weeks after its opening.

    It shows you what a hunger Americans have, not to honour the Iraq war, as leftists would have it, but to see their sons and daughters represented not being drunks, wife-beaters, violent criminals, suicidal meth-addicts and all the rest of how Iraq war characters are presented by Hollywood.

    Just Americans who go out there, do their job very well, and come home.

    It's such a simple formula but the fact it is not followed despite being highly profitable if it were, is very telling.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 21, 12:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh, I forgot to mention I saw the Kingdom on a Thursday at 7:30. They had given us a semi-big auditorium, not a tiny art-house one. That suggests the other showings at 7:30 were just as big.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 21, 01:00:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey guys, anyone else watching right now?

    It's a little too much like the trailer. That worries me, because often trailers tell the whole story.

    It's a little rushed so far, but I like it. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 21, 08:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Curiously, the exact moment with the airline agent also made me emotional as in the trailer. The middle part of this film is definitely one long three-hanky moment.

    Kevin Bacon was amazingly dignified in his role. The airport wanding scene was outstanding. So little was said -- but the audience understood exactly.

    Worth catching guys. Hope you "enjoyed" it.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 21, 09:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "Taking Chance" just released on Netflix and I watched it last night. I'm still thinking about it. I also thought about this thread, and had to come back and tell you how awesome you were for posting that then.
    Take care!

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Mon May 18, 01:48:00 pm GMT-4  

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