World War II

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

'Wind' Not A Worthy Finale For Miyazaki

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The current word is that Hayao Miyazaki, the greatest and perhaps the last of the movies' hand-drawn-feature animators, is going to retire after his latest releast, The Wind Rises. And while I am always skeptical about show business retirements, I would like to report that the maker of Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and so many other animated masterworks, was going out in a blaze of glory.

But The Wind Rises isn't nearly up to his top standard.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'Stalingrad' Full Of Intimate Realism

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The first thing to realize about Stalingrad is that it is not the story of the World War II battle that many cite as the beginning of the end for Hitler's Germany. It is the story of a little group of Russians who are defending the city and a little group of Germans who are about to attack it, both of which groups include a woman-- one who is trapped with the Russians and one who is captured by the Germans. And Stalingrad is as much the story of the women as the story of the men.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Book Review: Picking Up The Pieces In 'The Aftermath'

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The title of Rhidian Brook's new novel, The Aftermath, refers to the years immediately following World War II.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Richard Crowson: What Matters In Life

My friend Dusty Rhodes knew what was important in life.

I guess you don’t spend days clinging to a flotation net in 4,000 fathoms of shark infested waters, watching your friends slowly lose their minds, without gaining some degree of insight into what matters and what doesn’t.

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