Browsing: June 8

A Brief History On June 8, 2018, another great dystopian future film premiers across the United States when Hotel Artemis opens. We had the opportunity to review the film and found it to be entertaining, though not exactly uplifting. Starring Jodie Foster as “The Nurse,” the “hotel” is actually a secret hospital for well heeled outlaws to receive emergency medical treatment. Jeff Goldblum adds star power as the main bad guy, known colorfully as the much feared “Wolf King.” Writer/Director Drew Pearce lends the film noir his own brand of cynical view of society (he also wrote the screen plays…

A Brief History On June 8, 2017, we sit on the eve of the premier of the 2017 blockbuster monster movie, The Mummy.  Lucky for us, we got to see an early screening of the movie on June 6, 2017, and in RealD 3D no less! Digging Deeper The screening audience filled the theater, and the film elicited an enthusiastic vocal reaction from the crowd throughout.  Gasps, oohs, ahhs, peals of laughter and exclaimed comments were sprinkled liberally throughout the presentation, the type of experience that makes seeing a movie in a crowded theater so much more exciting than watching…

A Brief History On June 8, 1972, Nick Ut of the Associated press took his famous photograph of a 9 year old Vietnamese girl running naked from a US napalm attack.  For this poignant photo Ut won a Pulitzer Prize.  Sometimes a photographer is just in the right place at the right time and takes the photo of a lifetime.  Here we list 10 great examples of the photographers’ art.  Please nominate photos you think should be on this list.  (Note: By its nature, this list is subjective!  That is why we do not presume to call them the “greatest.”  Also,…

A Brief History On June 8, 2001, and then again on June 8, 2008, Japan was terrorized by a mass stabbing.  The first occurred at an Osaka elementary school, and 7 years later the next rampage took place in Tokyo. Digging Deeper The first perpetrator was a mentally unbalanced man who had been a juvenile delinquent.  Mamoru Takuma was known to roll cats in flammable material and light them on fire or throw them in a furnace.  As a sophomore in  high school he assaulted a teacher and was a drop out.  His father tried to get him psychiatric help,…

A Brief History On June 8, 1966, while test flying the monstrously expensive XB-70 Valkyrie, the U.S. Air Force managed to knock the Mach 3 bomber from the sky when an F-104 “chase” plane got a little too close and bumped into it, resulting in the crash of both aircraft and the death of 2 pilots and severe injury to another.  The XB-70 had cost about $750 million to develop and build, quite a fortune in those days.  Military history is rife with such blunders, miscalculations and general screw ups.  Here we list 10 such incidents in no particular order.  Note: The…