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Old 06-08-20, 10:35 PM
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Re: 11th Annual Historical Challenge Discussion Thread, 22 May 2020-5 July 2020

" When Johnny comes marching home again hurrah! hurrah! When Johnny comes marching home again hurrah! HURRAH!
Stalag 17- excellent! Just finished watching it. Very Satisfying.
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I was going through DVDs looking for something to watch yesterday and came across my set of the Arthur C. Clarke shows. It had been since last year that I watched any of them, so I decided to start with the first series, and I just finished the first two episodes. The first episode was an introduction to the series, with the second episode talking about sea serpents. Iíve always enjoyed the show.
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Re: 11th Annual Historical Challenge Discussion Thread, 22 May 2020-5 July 2020

So... I've been *finally* watching the copy of In Search Of... Complete Series I purchased several years back. It's an old favorite that really doesn't answer any questions but mostly tells about curiosities or people attempting to find any conclusion to attach. It ran for 6 seasons. But I noticed something I'd not seen before - there are *7* seasons in the box.

OK... just what is S7? I discover it's a very lame 2002 attempt to reboot the series. It plays like a standard Discovery/History "mystery/unknown things" type series (I found it originally aired on the SciFi channel - it shows). Over melodramatic readings of the scripts and subjects that have been done far better in the past, often in an episode of the earlier incarnation of the show with 3 or more, often non-related, subjects per show.

There are 8 "hour" long episodes to slog through before I get to the superior "bonus disc" items - "Ancient Astronauts" and "Ancient Mysteries" hosted by Rod Serling. These were the original specials that prompted creation of the series. Looking them up I found that Serling was intended to be the host but he died before production started so they got Leonard Nimoy, a more than acceptable replacement.

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Enjoyed Great Balls of Fire tonight. Good 1950's soundtrack. Excellent film.
Alec Baldwin was hilarious as Jimmy Swaggart.
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I was right about the 2 In Search Of... episodes, "Ancient Astronauts" and "Ancient Mysteries" hosted by Rod Serling, which preceded the regular series. They were much better than that relaunched series and very entertaining.

I'm about to start The History of Rock 'n' Roll. I saw this series on a cable channel when it first aired in 1995 and thought it was well done for what it is and the limitations it has to deal with (licensing and time). I passed on purchasing a copy several years back when it was quite inexpensive and waited patiently for it to drop in price again. I was finally able to snag a used copy for under $20! When it arrived - surprise! It's a new copy!
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Dropped off a lot these past few days- work is kicking in.
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Re: 11th Annual Historical Challenge Discussion Thread, 22 May 2020-5 July 2020

Fortunate timing that this coincided with the various free rentals for racial awareness. I thought Just Mercy and Selma were very good.

i wanted to see some people fighting Nazis so I watched Where Eagles Dare and the UFC edition of D-Day, which was actually a decent watch. Also the new Midway, which was a good action flick with good effects. I didn’t know much about that battle.

I’ve also seen some good Broadway documentaries and dipped into some D+ series like The Imagineering Story.
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Re: 11th Annual Historical Challenge Discussion Thread, 22 May 2020-5 July 2020

Just a reminder that this challenge runs to include the 4 of July as well, so any sci fi documentaries or things like Hercules or Xena, or time travel can all be double counted.
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I've had a *very* good run on this one this year, thanks to the pandemic and working from home (could watch movies all day while I worked). Because of that I'm stopping this afternoon and will hit the SF/Fantasy challenge hard - but I also return to the office full time next week so it won't benefit from extra time.

I ended the challenge with 5 John Wayne movies, most of which I've seen before. One of them, Hellfighters, is one I don't particularly like and watched only because it's in a set I just opened and I watch everything at least once. It always comes off to me like a slightly better made-for-TV movie. The "new" on to me was The Spoilers and it was quite good. I'm currently watching Rooster Cogburn, a movie I pretty much dismissed when it was released (but that was true of most John Wayne movies back then - I mostly ignored them). I've found, in recent years, that I like him, and his movies, far better than I did when I was a kid. Don't know why... just do. Part of it may be that John Wayne pretty much plays John Wayne in all of his movies. I think you could randomly edit bits and pieces of his movies together and most people would never notice just as long as the plot made sense. Anyway... I generally like his movies these days and have been slowly "discovering" them (although I saw far more of them as a kid than I ever thought).
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Re: 11th Annual Historical Challenge Discussion Thread, 22 May 2020-5 July 2020

I was hoping to sneak in Band of Brothers, but I have so many sci-fi series to watch, I’m starting to shift there. But currently watching Gangster Squad, and rewatched HBO’s Mildred Pierce this week.

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Just a reminder that this challenge runs to include the 4 of July as well, so any sci fi documentaries or things like Hercules or Xena, or time travel can all be double counted.
And can include Hamilton on D+!
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Re: 11th Annual Historical Challenge Discussion Thread, 22 May 2020-5 July 2020

I’ve decided that the HBO series Watchmen can count for both challenges, and after a couple episodes was sure that it was going to be my favorite thing for both. But then I watched Hamilton tonight. Wow. Absolutely fantastic.
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I thought Hamilton was going to be my closer, then on Saturday watched the Netflix doc 13th about systemic racism related to incarceration. Sobering.

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