Thursday, March 15, 2007

F16 Fighting Falcon

Polish army has bought 48 F-16 jet fighter aircrafts from US. All shouold be ready in 2012. Before we had 30 years old migs-21.
F-16 Faighting Falcon is one o the best light jet fighter. They were never shoot down by other plane only from the ground. They are fast and responsive. In Gulf War one pilot managed to escape from 6 rockets (ground-air) shoot one by one. Some say that we should have Gripens but did they ever fought in the real war?

Look at one in action. This flight was during roll-out ceremony.

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Letters from Iwo Jima (movie)

Title: Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Year, production: 2006, USA

Cast: Ken Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryo Kase, Hiroshi Watanabe, ...

Runtime: 140 min

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima told from Japanese soldiers perspective. The same background as in the movie Flags of Our Father but the movie different. More calm, shows how different was Japan culture but on the other hand as the Japanese soldier says, the letter written by mother of the American soldier doesn’t differ much from the letter written by mother of Japanese soldier.

Japanese left for certain death without support from the air and the sea, fought till the end with honor.

I saw it 2 days ago. The same as with Flags of Our Fathers release of this movie in Poland was late, 9th of March. It is hard to say which one is better. Probably it should not be consider like that. It is just a different movie that completes story started in Flags of Our Fathers.

The movie was nominated for Annual awards (Oscars) in several different categories like Best Motion Pictures of the Year, Original Screenplay, Achievement in Directing, Achievement in Sound Editing. Won in category Sound Editing. Client Eastwood got 2 oscars in the year 2005 for Million Dollar Baby for Achievement in directing and for Best motion picture of the year so it was almost impossible to get the oscar this year.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Flags of Our Fathers (movie)

Title: Flags of Our Fathers

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Year, production: 2006, USA

Cast: Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Barry Pepper, Neal McDonough, ...

Runtime: 132 min

Second World War February of 1945 and battle of island Iwo Jima. One of the most bloodiest battle in pacific war. The island was a holy place for Japanese and they didn’t wanted to lose it easily. On the island there is a Mount Suribachi on which marines put a flag after they captured the mountain. This moment (actually the second one) was pictured and used later as a cover for all newspapers in US. Three marines that survived the battle were later used as a tool in US propaganda to lift American so they would be after the war not against. US at that time started to have financial problems to continue war so government needs consent and help from American people.

I waited a long time for that movie. Premier in Poland was on 23 February. I saw it some day later and I’m not disappointed.
Battle scenes are very good. The part in the US interesting maybe sometimes boring but still interesting.

I liked that Client Eastwood tried to show every aspect of the story and that there are not just black and white colors but also grey.