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Here’s Bill Whittle: “Han Shot First!” by The Elephant's Child

Whitney Houston, National Treasure, Dead at 48. by American Elephant
February 11, 2012, 5:58 pm
Filed under: Movies, Music, News, The United States | Tags: , ,

Superstar Whitney Houston, with a voice so clear, so rich, so big, that it was truly a National Treasure,  has died at the age of 48.

The causes at the time of this writing are unknown, but the star had succumbed to drug addiction years ago that ruined her life, her marriage, her career and her glorious voice.

This blogger suggests you remember her by making a contribution to a worthy drug rehab program, and by doing whatever it takes to get those you know off drugs. Whatever it takes.

God bless & rest her soul. She will be missed.



“The Great Escape” Revisited. by The Elephant's Child
January 20, 2012, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, Military, Movies | Tags: , ,

One of the great movies of all time is The Great Escape. Here is the original trailer. If you have never seen it, (is there anyone who has never seen it?) order it up from Netflix, or order it up again, it’s well worth seeing more than once.

The classic Steve McQueen movie immortalized three tunnels at Stalag Luft III POW camp,  named Tom, Dick and Harry. But now archaeologists have located a fourth tunnel called George. The camp was located 100 miles east of Berlin in western Poland.

The notorious camp once held ten thousand prisoners under German guns, on a 60 acre site ringed with a double barbed-wire fence and watchtowers. Tunnel Tom was discovered by the Germans. Dick was used for storage, and Harry became the stuff of folklore when it was used on the night of March 24, 1944, and immortalized in the movie.

Here is the story of the archaeological dig, the memories of the still living former POWs and pictures of what they found, and the story of tunnel George, which the Germans never discovered. And don’t miss the destination of George and its intended purpose. Enjoy.



The Good Life in North Korea by The Elephant's Child
April 16, 2011, 5:01 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, Movies | Tags: , ,

Liberty, as it is practiced in North Korea. This is a glimpse into the lives of favored North Korean students studying film and acting. They lead privileged lives learning how to act in State propaganda films. They are the ones who get food, along with the Army.

(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)



Leave Charlie ALONE! by American Elephant

Leave Charlie Alone

You knew somebody was going to do it — might as well be me. Besides, hysterics notwithstanding, the guy had a point — it’s not nice to kick people when they’re down.



X-Men First Class Trailer by American Elephant
February 24, 2011, 10:06 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Movies, Politics | Tags:

 

‘Cus it’s hard to go wrong with Mutants. Best watched in full screen HD.



For the “Photoshops I wish I’d done” file: by American Elephant
December 30, 2010, 9:54 am
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Humor, Movies | Tags: , ,

Things in New York are worse than we’ve been told.

(via HotAir)



Snow! by American Elephant
December 19, 2010, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Movies, Music | Tags: , , ,

I have snow on the brain as I watch other parts of the country, and world, being covered in blankets of beautiful white just in time for Christmas. We still don’t have any here, and so far the weather report suggests we won’t get any until two days after Christmas.

So some carols and songs that have more to do with snow than Christmas are buzzing around my brain. The first is Snow from the movie musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The second is also titled Snow, but a very different song by the French songstress Claudine Longet.

What about you? Are you going to have a white Christmas?



RIP Leslie Nielsen by American Elephant
November 29, 2010, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Humor, Movies, News, Television | Tags:

The great comedic actor is dead at the age of 84. Best known for his roles in Airplane!, Police Squad! and The Naked Gun, Leslie Nielsen has been acting since 1956, appearing in more than 100 films, and 1,500 TV shows. But it wasn’t until his deadpan performance of Dr. Rumack  in Airplane! (1980) that Canadian-born Nielsen became known as one of Hollywood’s funniest funnymen. His career would never look the same.

Surely, he will be remembered as one of the best comedic actors of our time — and don’t call him Shirley.



Smashing Pumpkins… by American Elephant

…and other fun ways to dispose of your carved creations apres Halloween.

If you’ve been reading our blog long, or have caught our annual list of the 20 Best Halloween Movies Ever! you know I’m a big fan of Halloween. One of my favorite parts is the annual carving of the squash. Conversely,  one of the biggest let-downs of the holiday is going to all that time and effort to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece, only to throw them away, or unceremoniously toss them in the compost just a few days later before they start to rot and grow a thick coat of gray fur inside. There’s got to be a better way!

Problem solved:

The five coolest ways to get rid pumpkins after HalloweenContinue reading



Woot! New Harry Potter Trailer! by American Elephant
September 26, 2010, 11:07 pm
Filed under: Movies, News, Pop Culture | Tags:

It’s been out for a week, but it’s new to me! The final book in JK Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is split in two parts. The first part hits theaters in less than two months, November 19, with the final film following six months later in July.  Being an enormous fan of the books, I’m more than a wee bit excited.Even though the books are infinitely better, and they always screw up the films, I love them just the same. But I often wonder how anyone who hasn’t read the books could enjoy them much. Do they stand up well on their own?



Asian Man Driving Front Loading Washing Machine Is Attacked by Ninjas On Roller Skates. by The Elephant's Child
September 18, 2010, 7:20 am
Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Terrorism

Headline and video from the demented Borderline Sociopathic Blog for Boys.




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