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Red Tail Airplane

Can you imagine yourself sitting in the cockpit of a P-47, a refurbished hand-me-down plane?  Better yet, imagine you’re piloting this plane as it soars, dips, twists and dodges strafing bullets.  Well if you can’t imagine it, then head to your local movie theater and watch RED TAILS.  In the first 10 minutes of the film, you WILL feel like you’ve been flying, swooping down to attack a German munitions train.

The special effects  are worthy of a blog post of their own, however, this writer doesn’t have the technical knowledge or background to speak intelligently on the subject.  All I can tell you is that they are phenomenal and the movie credits  list no less than 100 digital artists.

It took George Lucas, that Hollywood icon, twenty years to produce this film about a story begging to be told.  And it was about time!  Thank you George!

HOWEVER….

The dialogue is lame and wooden BUT the battle scenes are spectacular, thanks to those 100+ digital artists.  The main story line is between two pilots, the squadron leader and the reckless hotshot.  Much like Maverick and Ice Man in Top Gun. The script is highly predictable with way too obvious foreshadowing.

There are a lot of good actors in this film, however unfortunately their characters are as complex as cardboard game pieces stating the obvious. Their lives are never fleshed out and we never learn any of their back stories.  Even the make up of the squadron is formulaic: There is the alcohol abuser son trying desperately to please Daddy, , a testosterone – charged ladies man and daredevil,  a devoutly religious good boy, and the eager fresh meat new recruit.  Almost as typical as a reality TV show cast.

For those of you too young to “get” the title of this blog,…There was a very popular song in the 1950’s entitled, Red Sails in the Sunset  and the 332nd fighter group aka the Red Tails always took off at sunrise.

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Flag of the United Kingdom, Union Flag.

The Union Jack

2011 is looking like a year rife with movie mistakes.  It’s only May, not even a half year and already there are many mistakes from which to make a Thursday’s Top Ten list.

  1. The Green Hornet – Reid and Kato are fighting by the pool and when they land in the water, the beach ball falls off the chair and lands beside the pool.  In the next shot, it’s back in the chair.
  2. Scream 4 – At the end of the movie, when Jill is supposed to be dead, her head moves slightly.
  3. The Dilemma – Passaflora incarnata does not cause the symptoms described in the movie.   There was one symptom, nausea which occurred but that can only happen if it is ingested and that’s not what happened in the film.
  4. Rango – When Rango is in the mayor’s office, the mayor grabs a jug of water and opens it.  In the next shot, the jug is sealed again.
  5. Rio – When Blu and Jewel are playing dead, Blu is on the right and Jewel on the left, but when the sheet is removed, their positions have switched.
  6. Pirates of the Carribean– On Stranger Tides – Captain Barbossa‘s ship is flying a modern Union Jack.  The Cross of St. Patrick is included in the flag’s field.  However, the film is set between 1727-1760 and Ireland did not become part of the United Kingdom until 1801.
  7. Water For ElephantsThe invitation from August to Jacob uses the name Rosenbluth and not Rosenblum.
  8. Source CodeColter is looking at Derek Foster‘s license and it reads his hometown as Northfield, ILL.  The three letter state abbreviation is out-dated.  Later when Goodwin and Rutledge are showing the passenger’s ID’s on the computer screen, Frost’s license appears as Chicago, IL.   Different city, different abbreviation.
  9. Bridesmaids – Anne goes up a second time to toast Lillian and in the close-up shot, you see her holding the microphone in her left hand and the champagne flute in her right.  The camera shows the audience and then returns to Anne who is now holding the glass in her left hand and the microphone in her right.
  10. Midnight in ParisWhen  Gil is walking along the river bank, watch the left side of the bridge  ahead and you will see a crowd watching the filming.

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