SDB Evening News Reads for 053011 Memorial Day Edition

Well, for Memorial Day we are going to make this an Open Thread.  The news is so depressing…so just for today check out these fun links. Since we have a music thread going on here, I thought we would have a movie thread this evening.

So be sure to post some of you favorite War and Summer movies!

I am going to post some funny ones, cause I just don’t feel like bringing the post down…

My first choice,  No Time for Sergeants (1958) – IMDb

Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he’s driving everyone around him crazy — no one more than Sgt. King.

This next one is my son’s favorite movie…he is 13 so go figure.

Stalag 17 (1953) – IMDb

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer

Billy Wilder directed this great movie…and what a cast.  William Holden, Otto Preminger, Peter Graves and Robert Strauss.

And this next one…Kelly’s Heroes (1970) – IMDb

It is full of anti-war sentiment and a whole lot of hippie references.

For my Summer choices…one of the best movies that kick off summer:  Jaws (1975) – IMDb

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

Anyway, lets have your favorite War and Summer flicks…

And if you want to get caught up on the news…Google News

I’ll be sure to go back to our regular format tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day!

35 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 053011 Memorial Day Edition”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Jaws is a movie I never get tired of. I’ve probably watched it 15 times.

    A couple of my guilty pleasures:

    Legally Blonde and Miss Congeniality

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Another movie I love and summer is a little part of it: It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) – IMDb

    Here is a clip with a very summer like song:

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s a real sappy one from when I was a kid. A Summer Place.

  4. Beata says:

    Two WWII classics are on TCM tonight: “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) and “Since You Went Away” (1944). Get out the Kleenex.

  5. Delphyne says:

    This movie is one of my favorites – the war is of a different kind!

  6. Delphyne says:

    I don’t watch war movies, however, when I saw Apocalypse Now, I “got” that this was was Viet Nam was all about. Although it made me sick at heart and stomach to watch it, I never forgot it. It was a horrible time in 20th century history, one of many.

  7. HT says:

    No intro, the trailer speaks for itself.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Oooo, good one HT!

      • HT says:

        And one that cut me to the quick. Normally I do not watch war porn, but I had company and they all wanted to watch this. I’m not sorry because it truly was an incredible film – Sakamoto was so powerful, as were Bowie and Conti. I was left in tears at the end, and I’ve never forgotten it. An Anti war film for sure.
        Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

    • Fannie says:

      Alrighty, here is some anti war songs, add your favorite:

      COuntry Joe & Fish, I feel like I’m fixin to die.

      • Sima says:

        Love that song! I find it hilarious to sing around campfires because all the super rah-rah military types join in and after we are done, I ask them if they’ve every really listened to the lyrics…

  8. Outis says:

    My goodness, HT, I think you are the only other person in the world I know that has seen Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (with one of the best soundtracks ever written). I’m so impressed. It’s such a strange homage to Bridge on the River Kwai.

    I’ll have to put in my vote that the first half of Full Metal Jacket would be the greatest war film ever if Apocalypse Now didn’t exist.

    • HT says:

      Outis, I didn’t just see it once, I tracked down the DVD and bought it so my kids could watch it, and you’re right about the soundtrack – amazing. And BTW, it wasn’t easy finding a tape of it. It appeared and got swallowed in the ether.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    A good anti-war movie (the book is better).

    Catch 22

    • HT says:

      Have to admit, that movie depressed the heck out of me, to the extent that I drank too much and woke up with one helluva hangover the next day. I did enjoy Bob Newhart as Major Major however, hangover nonetheless. Another movie that I did laugh at – What did you do in the war Daddy, with Dick Shawn and in like Flint James Coburn. No youtube of course, cause it’s an oldie.

    • Fannie says:

      Univesal Solider – Donovan

      • HT says:

        Universal Soldier by the WOMAN who wrote it. I like Donovan’s rendition, she wrote it.

      • Fannie says:

        HT – forgot all about Buffy………you are right, she’s done some fine work.

  10. boogieman7167 says:

    • boogieman7167 says:

      I know what you’re thinking, punk. You’re thinking “did he fire six shots or only five?” Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk? ”
      inspector harry callahan”

  11. boogieman7167 says:


    eyes wide shut

  12. boogieman7167 says:

    so how is every one doing tonight

  13. boogieman7167 says:

  14. Seriously says:

    Just cuz my future brother-in-law spent much of the day taunting elderly people with health problems and freaking them out, gotta be The Stepford Wives. A Cautionary Tale For All Seasons.

  15. paper doll says:

    Obama administration seeks to block legal challenges to Medicaid cuts

    The Obama administration is seeking to block lawsuits challenging state budget cuts to Medicaid, the joint state- and federal-funded health care program for the poor and disabled. Many states are slashing already inadequate reimbursement rates for medical providers serving Medicaid recipients, even as the economic crisis has caused enrollment in the program to soar….

    • Seriously says:

      This is what grassroots politics looks like! Woo hoo!

      Asshats. 🙂

    • Seriously says:

      The consequences are a violation of the Medicaid program’s mandates, a number of lawsuits argue. Federal law stipulates that reimbursements must be “sufficient to enlist enough providers” to ensure enrollees have the same level of health care access as the general population. The Obama administration insists the law is “broad and nonspecific” and lawsuits against state officials “would not be compatible” with its federal enforcement.

  16. Sima says:

    You know what my overall emphasis is in Anthropology, what I got my PhD in? The anthropology of warfare. My speciality is the Roman army and archaeology, but I’ve also studied warfare and its depiction in modern film and so on. Anyway, I used to love me some war movies and Kelly’s Heroes is one of my favorites!

    Another good one, not funny is Pork Chop Hill, with dreamy Gregory Peck. And.. well there’s tons. Check out Talvisota some time, a Finnish movie about Finland’s war with Russia right before WWII started.