Thursday, July 12, 2007

History Flicks

Amadeus Beautiful portrayal of Mozart's life in Salzburg, particularly his relationship with fellow composer Salieri. Kudos if you can tune out the annoying giggle.
Band of Brothers This amazing miniseries is beautifully acted, shockingly graphic, and necessary to watch.
Braveheart Scottish patriot William Wallace defies the English. Glad this came out before I decided to boycott Mel Gibson projects.
Cold Mountain Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, both pulling out the Southern accents to play star-crossed lovers during the Civil War.
The Crucible Based on the play by Arthur Miller, a commentary on the McCarthy hearings, set during the Salem witch trials. Watched during G. W. Bush's presidency, an entirely new set of comparisons can be made.
Flags of Our Fathers The actual events of raising the flag on Iwo Jima, as well as the effects it had on the lives of the men who were there.
Gangs of New York The Nativist movement and turf wars in New York, complete with Tammany Hall and old-timey moustaches!
The Last of the Mohicans Loosely follows Cooper's novel of the French and Indian War.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Coen brothers' take on Homer's Odyssey, set in Depression-era America.
Sommersby Civil War remake of the French film, Le Retour de Martin Guerre, in which a long-missing soldier returns home, only to have his identity questioned by those he left behind.

2 comments:

Erica said...

Hi! I found your blog via the Knitters Review forum. I saw your question about the weird chart for the Tyrolean Mittens from Folk Mittens. It's stumping me too! Did you ever manage to figure the chart out? :)

Kate said...

Never, and I eventually gave up on the whole book. I'm waiting to wake up one day with an unexplained reserve of patience and give it another shot. I actually ended up using all of that yarn to make socks, which was almost as satisfying.