“News of the World”

Comment: We watched this film last night. Excellent. No, superb! I did not think films of this quality were made anymore.

Another really great production is Ken Burns’ series “Country Music.” If you want to understand a certain kind of Americans, you should watch this series as well as the Hanks film. pl



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10 Responses to “News of the World”

  1. Babeltuap says:

    I always wondered how the military gets away with naming war machines after Native Americans like the Kiowa attack helicopter yet everyone else gets cancelled like the Redskins.

  2. Quartered Safe Out Here says:

    You’re right. They don’t make them like that anymore. Wikipedia explains why: Budget for the film: $38 million. Box Office receipts: $12.8 million. I suspect the producers had this in mind and decided to do it anyway. For art’s sake.

  3. walrus says:

    Col. Lang,

    I agree with you about “”News Of The World”. Tom Hanks portrayal reminded me of some of the old Boeing Managers I dealt with in Seattle in the 1970’s – a certain humility that is rare these days.

    I will look for Burns “Country Music”.

  4. EEngineer says:

    Tom Hanks has a knack for picking good scripts. They’re the real scarce commodity in the movie world. Greyhound was good too.

  5. Deap says:

    Hat tip to KANOPY – a free streaming service available through many public libraries –

    They offer a nicely curated collection of good movies, documentaries and even all the Ken Burns series, including County Music – which was terrific -something to watch over and over again – pure Americana.

    We access it through ROKU – sign up for KANOPY online using your library card if your local library supports this, and you get a limited numbers of every good choices per month.

    Thanks for the Tom Hanks movie tip. Finding really good movies gets harder and harder these days, which is why reviewing the ones that have earned more timelessness on KANOPY has been a great choice.

  6. Leith says:

    Great flics both. Though SWMBO says she never understood why Hanks didn’t go back to Dallas to hang up his saddle and take up permanently with the innkeeper lady.

    • Pat Lang says:

      A restless soul. in re the boardinghouse landlord lady, how is it that she speaks Kiowa?

    • Deap says:

      Heh, heh. Just watched John Wayne in the old flick “Stagecoach” last night and he did in fact ……go back to Dallas. And took her to his ranch across the border.

  7. j.+casey says:

    Outstanding book, too. Very different in style from, say, “Dog of the South,: but with a similarly concise yet extremely moving story.

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