Monday, December 11, 2017

Heather, The Totality - Review

Heather, The Totality

This short Novella centers around three characters with a fourth lurking around. None of the characters have any appeal, not even Heather.

It's just a short weird little story of parental obsession over their daughter and each pathetically vying for the little Princess' attention.

I would never have reviewed the book if it were not for so many bad reviews. This Novella has certainly touched a nerve with many, so I had to see for myself if it was really that awful. In short, it's not. It's simply a little story of 134 pages clocking in at just over 22,000 words, and nothing more.

  1. My criticisms of this little story would be that the author fails to develop any character in Heather...she's a mystery.
  2. The story skips years of time in a blink of an eye.
  3. There's really no dialog with the characters.
  4. Reminiscent of old B/W movies where the story goes along and tension builds, then suddenly in the last three minutes, everything comes to an abrupt conclusion.
  5. For a Novella, the book is overpriced.

If this Novella were written by an unknown author, I don't believe it would ever have been published. So, some of the negativity surrounding Max Weiner's first book is probably due to fans of Mad Max expecting more and feeling cheated in story length and price, seeing this effort as what some might call an outline or fleshed out storyboard of what might become a made for TV movie...yawn!

I would not say it's bad, and I differ in opinion with all of the harsh criticisms, but I would not recommend gifting it for someone, it's simply too short and not really all that memorable.

Instead, you might want to reserve yourself a copy through Overdrive or your local library.


Top Albums of 2017

Looking back over this past year of 2017 there have been many new albums released that were over hyped and when we got them we were disappointed.

Then, there were many others that never got the hype, and some of these were actually better than anyone might have expected.

While there's still some time left before we ring in 2018 you may want to check out some of the best albums from this past year that maybe you were unaware of.

  • Blondie – Pollinator featuring the #1single “Fun”
  • Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic
  • Lindsey Buckingham – Christine McVie
  • Alice Cooper – Paranormal
  • Tori Amos – Native Invader
  • Chuck Berry – Chuck
  • Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Lay It On Down
  • Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn
  • Zola Jesus – Okovi

Adding any of these to either your own collection or giving them as gifts you will surely NAIL IT as some would like to say.

Of course there were many more great albums released, but the above mentioned are the ones that flew under the radar, didn't chart well, and yet are among the best that have been released this year.

See for yourself, check 'em out and...

Rock On!

Stream The Crater Lake Monster Online or Download for FREE

The storyline revolves around a giant plesiosaur that emerges from Crater Lake. As people are attacked by the monster, the Sheriff investigates along with a group of scientists in order to stop the creature.

The story really begins when a meteor crashes into Northern California's Crater Lake, and unearths a dinosaur egg. The heat from the meteor causes the egg to hatch, and the Crater Lake Monster starts terrorizing everyone around the Lake.

With that said, let's just get real here. This movie is bad in every sense. It may well be one of the worst movies ever made. Everything about this is bad and yet I still recommend this as a good movie to watch.

It's not too realistic as it uses stop motion effects to show the monster and the characters are witless, dumb and silly. In other words this is a great flick for young kids to watch. It lacks the realistic gore of what is produced today.

The score is canned, and is often just ridiculously placed, the acting is bad, and this is what makes this Monster flick funny. It has an assortment of characters that are funny in what is supposed to be a scary flick.

The main character and co-writer Richard Cardella recounts: Crown International was part of the financing and they just screwed up everything. They pulled their support for some key scenes (that would have explained a lot and plugged some of the obvious holes), added a canned score that really sucked, and turned it over to some hack to edit. The asshole didn't even use a fade or dissolve in the whole freakin' picture!

No matter what anyone says this is a good movie to let your kids complain, get your popcorn and hot chocolate and feast on this turkey. If you don't fall asleep during this film, maybe you'll be laughing and critiquing it along with your kids. They'll probably laugh at you and say where did you find this horrible movie? If you're laughing and having a fun evening, regardless of the movies quality then it's well worth the time.

* Side note - We also like to watch old Godzilla movies where the words spoken don't match the lip movements, we just laugh and think it's funny.

Don't get wrapped up in things that seem too real, you'll find yourself more engrossed and having less fun.

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Initial release: 1977
Director: William R. Stromberg
Box office: 3 million USD
Budget: 100,000 USD
Written by: William R. Stromberg and Richard Cardella

  • Sheriff Steve Hanson - Richard Cardella
  • Arnie Chabot - Glenn Roberts
  • Mitch Kowalski - Mark Siegel
  • Richard Calkins - Bob Hyman
  • Dan Turner - Richard Garrison
  • Susan Patterson - Kacey Cobb
  • Ross Conway - Michael Hoover
  • Paula Conway - Suzanne Lewis
  • Senator Jack Fuller - Marv Eliot
  • Blackmailer - Garry Johnston
  • Waitress - Susy Claycomb
  • Villager - Jim Goeppinger

Despite being a critical flop, the film was a commercial success having made $3 million with a $100,000 budget. Since its release the film, has been re-released on VHS, and then later again on DVD has also been released on Blu-ray disc. You'll likely find it in bargain bins or maybe a resell shop.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Hot Rock 1972 - Reviewed

The Hot Rock of this 1972 comedy-caper is a priceless diamond that is known as the Sahara Stone and is  temporarily on display in a Brooklyn Museum. It is owned by one African Nation while the Representative Dr. Amusa of another African Nation believes it belongs to his Nation and sets about to recruit master thieves to steal it back and return it to its original home, apparently the jewel has been stolen back and forth for generations.

The heist goes off, and then it becomes a matter of stealing this diamond again and again, in a comedy of errors the crime becomes a perpetual crime until Dortmunder conceives his most daring scheme to either get that damn diamond or as he says, it gets me!

The story takes place in New York City and the most interesting aspect of this film that never gets talked about is the fact that the Twin Towers, the original World Trade Center is seen in this film while still under construction, just before its completion and from a helicopter view you get to see ground level from the top of those towers. That alone makes this movie one worth watching.

The film is not without errors, in a few scenes there may be issues with authenticity, and continuity, if you really want to nit pick, but this is light hearted comedy, fluff 'n stuff. Not to be taken too seriously, and with that said, this film is an excellent feature film for family entertainment. Don't fret the small stuff, go with the flow Joe...ya know what I mean.

  • Robert Redford - Dortmunder
  • George Segal - Kelp
  • Topo Swope - Sis
  • Ron Leibman - Murch
  • Paul Sand - Greenberg
  • Moses Gunn - Dr. Amusa
  • Zero Mostel - Abe Greenberg
  • Christopher Guest - Policeman
  • Graham Jarvis - Warden
  • Lynne Gordon - Miasmo
  • Charlotte Rae - Ma Murch
  • Harry Bellaver - Rollo the Bartender
  • Seth Allen – Stoner thief
  • Graham Jarvis - Warden

Release Date: January 26, 1972

Running Time: 105 min.

You'll find it on Netflix and Amazon, so check it out.

Tori Amos - Native Invader Review

Tori Amos' Native Invader is a lyrically relevant magical experience, so...
Here we go again, another Tori Amos record. Well, maybe there isn't much fanfare for new Tori Amos records these days, but after listening to her latest effort Native Invader I have to say that this one is different.

Native Invader has what her previous efforts lacked, and that is clear conceptual inspired direction. These songs are great, they shine with brilliant arrangements and production that fits the material. The songs on this new album are better and seem more inspired than those from her previous 3 or 4 albums. This is an album worth playing over and again. 

Fans of Tori Amos will love this new album, it's her best in many years! For the younger generations that may not be on the Tori bandwagon this new album is a great place to start.

The following quote comes from her official website...

“The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?
In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager -- both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?”

Best songs are... Reindeer King - Broken Arrow – Cloud Riders – Up The Creek – Wildwood.

It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since her debut masterpiece Little Earthquakes album came out, and even more impressive is how after all these years her voice is still so Tori and doesn't seem to have aged a bit.

Tori's music is more of an intimate experience, so to really get it, you need to listen to this without distraction and if you don't connect with it right away, just play it again. I heard it differently on the third time's just one of those things.

Do yourself a favor and get this new album, you'll love it!

Native Invader is Tori Amos' 15th album and was released on September 8th and a new tour will follow. A 27 date US Native Invader Tour will begin on October 24th in St. Paul, Minnesota and will conclude with a 3 night gig in LA December 1-3.

Tori Amos Tour Dates

October 24 - Saint Paul, MN @ O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
October 26 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
October 27 - Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theater
October 29 - Cleveland, OH @ State Theater at Playhouse Square
October 30 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
October 31 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
November 2 - Boston, MA @ The Orpheum Theater
November 3 - Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
November 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Tower Theater
November 7 & 8 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
November 10 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
November 11 - Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
November 12 - Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium
November 14 - New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theater
November 16 - Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
November 17 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
November 19 - Denver, CO @ The Paramount Theater
November 22 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Hall
November 24 - Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theater
November 25 - Eugene, OR @ The Hult Center for Performing Arts
November 26 - Oakland, CA @ The Paramount Theater
November 28 - San Diego, CA @ The Balboa Theater
November 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Mesa Arts Center (MAC)
December 1-3 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theater at Ace Hotel

How To Stream NFL 4 Free

The best way to watch everything NFL related is of course to subscribe to NFL Game>Pass and enjoy everything there for a full year. It has a $99.99 one time payment option or you can pay $29.99 in four installments. Either way it's costly, but it's still the best way to enjoy full NFL access and coverage. Another great feature about NFL Game>Pass is that you will have access across all platforms and devices, from your phone, tablets, computers, and even your television via the available app.

Another option is NFL Sunday Ticket for out of market games on all your devices for 69.99 for 4 months. This option seems like a real waste of time and money. Check the details in this carefully if you are considering this as an alternative.

There are many other ways to live stream the NFL. If you've searched online then you've found that there are countless websites with NFL content. If you don't already know, most all of those sites are very bad and extremely dangerous, loaded with ads, pop-ups and malware and other tricky tracking that'll lead to more trouble and headaches than you ever imagined.

Most of the sites out there really are genuinely bad and should be avoided.

There a few that can be used that have proven to be reliable and they are listed below. There may still be an occasional pop-up that needs clicked off, but in general the sites listed are the best that you can use to get all of your NFL streaming for FREE.

First Row Sports


Sports Stream TV

Here's to watching the games live online for free. Bookmark all three and see which one works best for you. The best thing about the links I have suggested is that they also cover College Football, so you'll be able to watch all the Football you want.

Now, be a good Pal and spread the good news to everyone ya know and be their Hero!

Monday, September 11, 2017

What is BookBub - is there an App?

What is BookBub - is there an App?

What is BookBub? I keep hearing about it, but I can't find the app on my phone. What is it all about? These are a few things I keep hearing from others as of late, and so I am going to answer this with just the basic straightforward bare-knuckle facts!

BookBub is not an app, it's just a mailing list, pure, plain, and simple. That's it. No more information is necessary!

Not enough, can't seem to quench that curiosity? Read onward for more, if you must. BookBub is a FREE daily email that gives you basic notifications of discounted ebooks. These can be new or old titles. They only give you a notification of an ebook bargain, a promotion or a title marked down where they think it may be of interest to you for you to buy.

BookBub does not sell ebooks. They do provide links for you to make ebook purchases from the major outlets that do. All you do is sign up for their newsletter and select genre's that you're interested in or follow some authors. The staff at BookBub are very picky about what they list. It's for that reason they have come to be well regarded as a site that can alert you to some fantastic deals, ones that are usually limited-time offers, for promotional purposes.

Their listings range from top-tier publishers to independent authors. You choose the types of ebooks that you're interested in, and they'll send you great deals to choose from, straight to your inbox.

The low-down for authors who want to get featured on their mailing list, is you'll have to have a great book, a very well established social media presence and some cash!!! Yep, you'll have to pony-up a good chunk of change for them to even consider listing your work. The good thing about getting listed with them even on a 3 day promotional run is that if your book is priced low enough, you'll probably make your money back twice over. At least that's what I've heard from a few author friends I know who have been listed.

If you really want to add the BookBub to your screen like an app, just load the site's web page, and from the options in the upper right corner (three dots) select add to homescreen. You can actually do this with many other sites and publications. Your essentially creating a shortcut to something you choose. Try it with some blogs and free newspapers, you may like it better than adding the BookBub shortcut.

Searches related to is there a bookbub app

Chipotle Now Has Queso

Chipotle Now Has Queso
The Chipotle restaurant chain, will be adding Queso to their menus, rolling out at every location nationwide beginning on Sept. 12th.
For years, Queso has been the No. 1 requested item everyone wanted added to their menu.

Chipotle has until now always resisted having Queso on their menus, because of the additives used in most Quesos.
Steve Ells who is Chipotle's founder and CEO has said that the Queso's may taste different from day to day based on the aged cheddar cheese that gets used at establishments, and the taste may also vary from one restaurant to another.
I'm sure none of that will really matter, it's a long overdue addition to their menu, that I for one will be sampling tomorrow.
Prices may vary from city to city, but all will range from $1.25 to $5.25 for a large side order.

The Top 10 Movies of August 2017

The Top 10 Movies of August 2017

 1 Annabelle: Creation
 2 The Hitman's Bodyguard
 3 The Dark Tower
 4 Kidnap (2017)
 5 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
 6 Logan Lucky
 7 Wind River
 8 The Glass Castle
 9 Leap!
10 Birth of the Dragon

Here's your top ten films from the month of August. A longer list of feature films that are still in live release can be found with the provided link below. The link below also gives you more detailed information about theater showings, percent change, studio budgets and more. This brief post only highlights the top ten films from the past month.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Alice Cooper - Paranormal Album Review

Alice Cooper is back! The Master of Shock Rock...the villain, the victim, the everything macabre that has thrilled, and revolted us for years delivers his best new album in years!

There's just no substitute for quality production. Bob Ezrin has always been among the best in the business and his work on these new tracks are evident. They come alive under his vision and Alice flourishes.

The album is Paranormal and as Cooper explains, “I love that title, 'Paranormal', but it's not really a scary record. There's a couple of scary songs on it, but it's 'paranormal,' in the sense that it is other than normal.”

He and Ezrin set out to do an album without a theme in mind, just for the fun of it, and the theme emerged on its own. The songs do reflect those things that make Alice Cooper music what it is. You only need to listen once to bear witness to the twisted mental states delightfully being sung about here.

For a change Bob Ezrin brought in Larry Mullen Jr. on drums and from there added some guest work from Roger Glover and Billy Gibbons.

There's ten songs, and all are lyrically fantastic. One of the best things about this album is how deliciously interesting the songs are, and how relevant they are even now.

Most veteran rockers usually fade, they lose their way, and become nostalgia acts that still rock out live, but no longer make new music. That's never been the case with Alice Cooper. He gives us a well crafted album that can be played over and over.

His secret to ongoing success is that he does not try to be popular by today's standards, he stays true to himself, because that has always been more than enough!

"I have a world of fans out there, all over the world, and it took forty-five years to build that fan-base. So when I make records now, I make 'em for those people. I'm not trying to break a new audience. I am playing an album for an audience that's already there." - Alice Cooper

That's how ya do it!

The best new songs are Paranormal - Paranoiac Personality – Fireball - Private Public Breakdown

Paranormal Track Listing:

 1. Paranormal
 2. Dead Flies
 3. Fireball
 4. Paranoiac Personality
 5. Fallen In Love
 6. Dynamite Road
 7. Private Public Breakdown
 8. Holy Water
 9. Rats
10. The Sound of A

Bonus Disc Track Listing:

New studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band Neal Smith (drums), Michael Bruce (guitar) and Dennis Dunaway (bass):

11. Genuine American Girl
12. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6th, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:

13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
14. Under My Wheels
15. Billion Dollar Babies
16. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Only Women Bleed
18. School's Out

Alice Cooper is currently on tour in the US and here are some of his upcoming shows.

Sep 01 KeyBank Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 02 Budweiser Stage Toronto, Canada
Sep 03 DTE Energy Music Theater Clarkston, MI
Sep 06 Tinley Park Chicago, IL
Sep 08 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Saint Louis, MO
Sep 09 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep 10 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH

For a complete list of all tour dates refer to his site for more information.

Top 5 Best Free Movie &TV Sites in 2017 Streaming Without Sign-Up

Top 5 Best Free Movie &TV Sites in 2017 Streaming Without Sign-Up

The Best Free Movie Sites To Bookmark

In this new and updated post you'll find the best new completely Free movie streaming sites on-line in 2017 to date! Sorting through the lists of sites that all claim everything is beyond daunting. It's enough to make you wanna give up and just sign with Netflix anyway.

Not to worry...I've got your back! Read on...

Internet censors and certain providers are always attempting to shut down these sorts of web-sites and as soon as they do another one appears. It's an endless game of whack a mole... if you can.

In evaluating whether a site is worthy of being bookmarked I strictly stick with those sites that do not prompt me to sign-up, or ask for any information of any kind. Sites with too many ads also get ignored here.

The average person can spend all the time in the world searching for FREE streaming web-sites that offer everything they want, but as you've probably already realized by now, there isn't just one. To enjoy a wider variety of shows, it's necessary to use multiple web-sites. With that in mind, you don't need to bookmark a long list of sites, instead I am recommending that you make a shorter list and stick with the best.

Since there are far too many sites that offer similar or the same content, I've compiled a shorter list of what is also tried and tested to be safe and quick to use without having to sign-up or register to use.

These are the Top 5 Websites to Stream New and Old Movies

Now you may be wondering, what ever happened to 123movies?

I've wondered this myself for a long time. It was the best site out there. I do not know what really happened to that domain or why. Not to worry though, the site is still live and current, it's just been re-branded and has a new name GoMovies. It's the same site with a new name and link.

Do I have to sign up or pay to watch on-line?

NO, the sites I have offered you do not require your personal information.

Should you stumble upon a site that does want you to sign up, immediately click that tab off. If you want to subscribe to something, that is entirely your prerogative, if you do, at least stick with the big name providers like Netflix, YouTube, or Amazon( hulu is a joke). If you are going to pay premium rates, it's better to stick with the premium providers.

Please keep in mind, there are numerous alternatives which do not require any personal details, but some are very dangerous they can infect your system with malware and while others have too many ads and some even lock up your whole computer. In other words, it's a jungle out there...viewer beware!

Lastly, for anyone looking to stream video content you can not ignore the fact that YouTube has the most to offer free and paid. There are a few others worth checking out, because they are quick, safe and reliable. These sites are listed below.

*The information provided here is for using websites to stream video on a computer. I would not recommend watching video on a phone.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

NFL News - How Many QB's Have Won & Lost Multiple Super Bowls?

How many quarterbacks have won multiple Super Bowls?
Here Are The Winningest QBs in Super Bowl history

One and only one QB has the distinction of winning the most Super Bowls, and that of course is the New England Patriot's Tom Brady who this past February broke the 3-way tie he was a part of to become the winningest QB to date. Only time will tell if another will tie or surpass his mark or if he'll win again and extend his record.

With 51 Super Bowls having been played, and the new season upon us, many have wondered about how many QB's have won multiple Super Bowls.

To date only 12 QB's have won more than one Super Bowl and they are as I have listed below.

Bart Star – 2
Bob Griese, 2
Roger Staubach, 2
Jim Plunkett, 2
John Elway, 2
Ben Roethlisberger, 2
Eli Manning, 2
Peyton Manning, 2
Troy Aikman, 3
Terry Bradshaw, 4
Joe Montana, 4
Tom Brady, 5

How many quarterbacks have lost multiple Super Bowls?

On the other hand, you may be wondering how many QB's have lost more than one Super Bowl? To date there have been 8 QB's with the dubious distinction of having lost more than one Super Bowl. They are, as I have listed below.

Craig Morton - 2
Roger Staubach - 2
Kurt Warner - 2

Tom Brady - 2
Peyton Manning - 2
Fran Tarkenton - 3
John Elway - 3
Jim Kelly - 4

Hope this helps keep you strong in your all things NFL trivia knowledge. After all NFL news is the only news during the football season.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Top 10 Movies of July 2017

The Top 10 Movies of July 2017

 1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
 2. War for the Planet of the Apes
 3. Dunkirk
 4. Girls Trip
 5. Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets
 6. The Emoji Movie
 7. Atomic Blonde
 8. Wish Upon
 9. A Ghost Story
10. Jagga Jasoos

Here's your top ten films from the month of July. A longer list of feature films that are still in live release can be found with the provided link below. The link below also gives you more detailed information about theater showings, percent change, studio budgets and more. This brief post only highlights the top ten films from the past month.


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