Monday, July 17, 2017

Dunkirk - WWII Drama - 1958

Dunkirk WWII Drama 1958

Before you head out to the theaters this weekend, and see the 2017 Dunkirk English War thriller written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, that features Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, and Harry Styles, treat yourself to a real-deal, made the way they're supposed to be classic, Dunkirk from 1958.

This film's story is meshed together from two novels. This Dunkirk from 1958 is a British war film directed by Leslie Norman. It stars John Mills, Richard Attenborough, along with Bernard Lee.

This Classic WWII Drama tells us the story of Operation Dynamo, an operation that lasted nine days. From the beaches of Dunkirk, many British and French troops were successfully evacuated in May and June of 1940.

At Dunkirk the Allies are surrounded and they fear being totally annihilated from the Nazi's. This World War II story is told primarily from the two points of views from the novels, this script is based on, a newspaper reporter and a soldier.

After being surrounded and trapped Allies began ferrying soldiers off of the beaches to safety. Eventually, soldiers were being picked up by any and every type of boat or ship that could get there, including civilian vessels as well. This takes place all while soldiers on the beaches are subjected to regular aerial bombing and strafing.

On May 23rd - 24th the German advance had come to a surprising halt, it was to be only temporary and then resume again. It ended up taking longer than anticipated, somewhere around 48 hours had passed in fact. They had simply outrun their supply columns, and had orders to wait for reinforcement before resuming full attack. This led to the eventual success of Operation Dynamo and how the Allies survived what many thought would be a total defeat.

In the aftermath some 330,000 troops were saved. The Germans on the other hand had scored a major victory and recovered all of the abandoned Allied supplies, some of which were 880 field guns, 310 large caliber guns, about 500 anti-aircraft guns, along with 850 anti-tank guns, 11,000 machine guns, approximately 700 tanks, 20,000 motorcycles, and 45,000 motor cars and lorries.

The German Army had won an important battle in France, but the dysfunction at the heart of the German high command could be seen here, it would ultimately lead to their own defeat and downfall.

The story here begins with some disparaging of a perceived 'phony war' and a writer's amazement at his countryman's complacency, their unwillingness to acknowledge the imminent danger ahead.

The story's viewpoint is observed through the eyes of Charles Foreman and that of Cpl. 'Tubby' Binns. Tubby is our reluctant leader along with a small group who have been disconnected from their larger unit and left behind. It is for them now, to find their way forward. Their trek eventually leads them to the beaches of Dunkirk, where Tubby eventually meets up with Foreman. These character's only briefly connect, as Foreman laments the why of what's going on. Finally, one of the reluctant participants, Holden, eventually gets to be of help, after civilian watercraft was conscripted. This led to civilian volunteers to aid in the evacuation. It's a very British film in language and dialect that is interesting to observe.

The shortcomings of the film would be that the film poorly illustrates the 48 hour period of the German halt. In the film, we have it's barely noticeable, and after being noticed, air bombings ensued. The film also didn't do as well as they could have in illustrating visually the civilian effort. All of the boats that were in use made up an impressive impromptu armada that we never fully see. The sense of timing is lost here, you're just left to wonder about them instead.

Nevertheless, this period piece is well worth seeing. In the darkest of hours there will always be some optimists among pessimism. The contrasts of the two main characters are what make the blending of the two stories told here so interesting. In what became known as The Miracle of Dunkirk, the film shows us how everyone pulled together in the effort to save their boys.


The film from 1958 is as Director Leslie Norman states: “I was the council school boy who became a major in the war, and that had a lot to do with the way I felt about Dunkirk. I didn't think that Dunkirk was a defeat; I always thought it was a very gallant effort but not a victory.”


Stream the film at this link
https://ok.ru/video/28463925775

2017 Top 15 NFL Unsigned Free-agent's - So who's still available?

So who's still available?

The Free-agent signing frenzy from this past spring has cooled for the time being. Teams are now prepping for training camp, and probably want to get a better look at some of the up and coming younger players, before making trades or foraging through the scrap heaps of available free agents.

You can expect a lull in transitions until teams start making roster cuts, and we start to see what shakes loose from the trees.

With that in mind, there are still a few players who are still too good to be unsigned.

Here are the top names still on the open market, that surprisingly includes Anquan Boldin, DeAngelo Williams, and Chris Johnson.

Top 15 NFL Unsigned Free-agent's

1. DeAngelo Williams, RB
2. Anquan Boldin, WR
3. Nick Mangold, C
4. Jairus Byrd, S
5. Gary Barnidge, TE
6. Zach Orr, ILB
7. Elvis Dumervil, OLB
8. Gerald Hodges, ILB
9. Jared Odrick, DE
10. Dwight Freeney, DE
11. Chris Johnson, RB
12. Rey Maualuga, ILB
13. Marcus Gilchrist, S
14. Kendrick Lewis, S
15. Vance Walker, DE

My list does include a lot of old-timers here, but these are guys who are proven commodities and can be relied on to fill in and be excellent situational players. Let's be real, No one is going to strike gold from a scrap heap, and I'd rather go with old reliable instead of young incompetence. The risks are not the same.

Anyways Football season is fast approaching and let's hope it's a good one for all the teams we like to support.

*Please add additional info in the comments below.

Source: http://nfltraderumors.co/2017-nfl-free-agents-list/


NFL - Training Camp Starting Dates 2017

This week and coming weekend is the beginning of 2017's NFL training camps for some teams, and others follow soon thereafter. It's had to believe but it's finally here and pre-season games are what we'll be looking for next.

Rosters are still being shuffled about, as teams sign and release players prior to camp. After camps open, expect a slow down in transition activity until injuries start occurring. Team will want to get a real good look at the young drafted players and the undrafted signed players as well.


All 32 Teams Training camp dates and places are listed below.

Arizona Cardinals


  • Rookie reporting date: July 21
  • Veteran reporting date: July 21
  • First practice: July 22
  • Site: University of Phoenix Stadium
  • Location: Glendale, Arizona

Atlanta Falcons


  • Rookie reporting date: July 26
  • Veteran reporting date: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility
  • Location: Flowery Branch, Georgia

Baltimore Ravens


  • Rookies: July 19
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: Under Armour Performance Center
  • Location: Owings Mill, Maryland

Buffalo Bills


  • Rookie reporting date: July 26
  • Veteran reporting date: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: St. John Fisher College
  • Location: Pittsford, New York

Carolina Panthers


  • Rookie reporting date: July 25
  • Veteran reporting date: July 25
  • First practice: July 26
  • Site: Wofford College
  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Chicago Bears


  • Rookies: July 26
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 28
  • Site: Olivet Nazarene University
  • Location: Bourbonnais, Illinois

Cincinnati Bengals


  • Rookies: July 25
  • Veterans: July 27
  • First practice: July 28
  • SitePaul Brown Stadium
  • LocationCincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland Browns


  • Rookies: July 23
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • SiteCleveland Browns Training Complex
  • Location: Berea, Ohio

Dallas Cowboys


  • Rookies: July 17 at The Star
  • Veterans: July 22
  • First practice: July 24
  • Site: River Ridge Residence Inn
  • Location: Oxnard, California

Denver Broncos


  • Rookies: July 23
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: UCHealth Training Center
  • Location: Englewood, Colorado

Detroit Lions


  • Rookies: July 24
  • Veterans: July 29
  • First practice: July 30
  • SiteDetroit Lions Training Facility
  • LocationAllen Park, Michigan

Green Bay Packers


  • Rookies: July 26
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: Ray Nitschke Field (practice)/St. Norbert College (dorms/meetings)
  • Location: Green Bay, Wis./De Pere, Wis.

Houston Texans


  • Rookie reporting date: July 25
  • Veteran reporting date: July 25
  • First practice: July 26
  • Site: The Greenbrier
  • Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Indianapolis Colts


  • Rookie reporting date: July 24
  • Veteran reporting date: July 29
  • First practice: July 30
  • SiteIndiana Farm Bureau Football Center
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Jacksonville Jaguars


  • Rookies: July 19
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: Practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field
  • Location: Jacksonville, Fla.

Kansas City Chiefs


  • Rookies: July 24
  • Veterans: July 27
  • First practice: July 28
  • Site: Missouri Western State University
  • Location: St. Joseph, Missouri

Los Angeles Chargers


  • Rookies: July 29
  • Veterans: July 29
  • First practice: July 30
  • SiteJack Hammett Sports Complex
  • LocationCosta Mesa, California

Los Angeles Rams


  • Rookies: July 26
  • Veterans: July 28
  • First practice: July 29
  • Site: UC Irvine
  • Location: Irvine, California

Miami Dolphins


  • Rookies: July 20
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • SiteBaptist Health Training Facility
  • LocationDavie, Florida

Minnesota Vikings


  • Rookies: July 23
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 24 for rookies and QBs; July 27 for full team
  • Site: Minnesota State University
  • Location: Mankato, Minnesota

New England Patriots


  • Rookies: July 24
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • SiteGillette Stadium
  • Location: Foxboro, Massachusetts

New Orleans Saints


  • Rookies: July 19
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: TBD
  • SiteNew Orleans Saints Training Facility
  • LocationMetairie, Louisiana

New York Giants


  • Rookies: July 27
  • Veterans: July 27
  • First practice: July 28
  • SiteQuest Diagnostics Training Center
  • LocationEast Rutherford, New Jersey

New York Jets


  • Rookies: July 28
  • Veterans: July 28
  • First practice: July 29
  • Site: Atlantic Health Training Center
  • Location: Florham Park, New Jersey

Oakland Raiders


  • Rookies: July 24
  • Veterans: July 28
  • First practice: July 29
  • SiteNapa Valley Marriott
  • Location: Napa, California

Pittsburgh Steelers


  • Rookies: July 27
  • Veterans: July 27
  • First practice: July 28
  • Site: Chuck Noll Field, St. Vincent College
  • Location: Latrobe, Pa.

Philadelphia Eagles


  • Rookies: July 24
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: NovaCare Complex
  • Location: Philadelphia

San Francisco 49ers


  • Rookies: July 26
  • Veterans: July 27
  • First practice: July 28
  • Site: Levi’s Stadium/SAP training facility
  • Location: Santa Clara, Calif.

Seattle Seahawks


  • Rookies: July 29
  • Veterans: July 29
  • First practice: July 30
  • Site: Virginia Mason Athletic Center
  • Location: Renton, Washington

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  • Rookies: July 25
  • Veterans: July 27
  • First practice: July 28
  • Site: One Buccaneer Place
  • Location: Tampa, Florida

Tennessee Titans


  • Rookies: July 28
  • Veterans: July 28
  • First practice: July 29
  • SiteSaint Thomas Sports Park
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Washington Redskins


  • Rookies: July 26
  • Veterans: July 26
  • First practice: July 27
  • Site: Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center
  • Location: Richmond, Va.


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