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Friday, May 22, 2015

Direct TV pay per view


   I finally got to see American Sniper courtesy of Direct TV pay per view. I think it cost me $5.00, something in that neighborhood.

   They've had some good movies lately. I wanted to see this when it came out in theaters, but my wife will only go to "happy ending" movies and she knew this wasn't one. So I had to wait a bit.

    Things have changed so much that other than the AK-47 and the RPG the bad guys used, I didn't recognize much of anything. The uniforms, 782 gear, personal weapons, vehicles, etc are so far removed from my time they might have been something out of a science fiction movie.

    I did understand the relationship between the fighters that the movie portrayed. That hasn't changed, so far as I could tell.

    I felt kind of sorry for the protagonist. He lived by old values, mentally he lived in a different time, and it made things harder on him than they would otherwise have been.  He believed in things people curl their lips up at now.

It's sad that he made it all the way through four combat tours in Iraq and then got killed by some psychopath who "just wanted to be famous."

I haven't read the book but I guess I will order a copy.

16 comments:

  1. Probably not my type of movie but I am glad you liked it. I checked Still Alice out of the library and watched it last night. I read the book a while back. Pretty haunting.

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    1. Lisa, I think probably not many women would enjoy this movie. I am not sure I actually enjoyed it myself but I am glad I saw it.

      The title Still Alice seems familiar to me but I can't quite place it.

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  2. I just went to see AS a few weeks ago, at a dollar theater, yes I'm cheap.
    I agree with your assessment, Harry, that the man lived by a code that many see as outdated, sad.
    I didn't care for the movie. Not sure why, I like the subject matter. May have been the editing or maybe trying to get too much info into the movie. I expected to like it.
    As far as the events of his death, I read that both guys were found prone on the line. I myself don't trust anyone I do not know behind me with a weapon, much less someone that's been described as disturbed.
    My company has a firing range, P, R and skeet. Once a year we host a cop shoot. When I work the skeet range its a lot of fun with all the challenges and ribbing that goes on. But its also nerve racking in the extreme. These cops have ZERO regard for gun safety. I have to get pretty rough with them and stay on guard for the sounds of them loading up behind me.
    I would've figured a SEAL would've been more cautious.

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    1. Maybe he was just burnt out. Or, maybe this was that one time you let your guard down. I don't know if he realized the fellow he was taking to the range was that crazy. I guess we'll never know.

      I used to shoot in NRA high power matches at a range down near Atlanta. I think it is buried under MacMansions now. The range control officer was a retired Army warrant officer, and he ran it like a military range. The shooters were always very professional when I was there.

      The great sniper of my day was Carlos Hathcock. I knew a good bit about him because he was revered in the USMC then. I didn't much about this SEAL until he was killed and his story was on the news. I have ordered the book as he seems like my kind of people, being from the South and having the beliefs he did.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    The movie that really brought a few memories home to me was "The Hurt Locker"

    I know some people bash on that movie for one thing or another but in my opinion the mindset of the main character was something that many of us veterans can relate too.
    The scene I can relate too was the one where the main character was 'confused' at the serial isle of the grocery store.

    The Hurt Locker showed some of the small things veterans (and active duty) go through that are overlooked in most movies/stories.


    I got in the good cable for the radio. RG8X mini cable. I believe at some point in the future internet will be too expensive or so heavely regulated and slow that I can just cancel my internet and run off the radio and use internet on the phone or something.

    The secret trade bill that past the senate is bad news for this country and will leave to further problems and more economic instability and reduction of the standard of living in this country.

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    1. I thought The Hurt Locker was pretty realistic. The one scene that I felt like really resonated was when he comes back from the tour, and you see him cleaning out the gutters on his house, or standing in the grocery aisle looking at all the boxes of cereal. You can just see the guy feeling that"there" is real and this place is not.

      I hope the internet doesn't go away because it's my main means of communication with my friends. I also buy many things I could never get here, over the net.

      I concur about the so called"trade bill." NAFTA utterly destroyed the textile industry in the south, lock, stock and barrel. This will have a similar impact on a lot of people across the country.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    That show on the Alamo comes on the AMC, Sunday or Monday.

    just thought I would pass that along.

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    1. I've been seeing the advertisements. I'm going to watch it, as that's a part of history I am much interested in. I went to the Alamo when I was a newly minted Lieutenant. I remember there was a sign that said "Gentlemen, remove your hats. This is a shrine."

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  5. Hey Harry,

    This movie was great! Chris and Chad did a lot for this country, it really ticks me off that this psychopath murdered both men in cold blood.
    If you have a facebook account, and an opportunity check out The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation great foundation it helps out soldiers and their families.
    God Bless Our Soldiers And Veteran's

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    1. Sandy, I was very impressed with the people portrayed in the movie. It does a person good to know there are still folks like that. I do have a Facebook account so I can get to the Facebook pages of companies I buy from. I don't know how to use it for much more than that but I will find the page you referenced.

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  6. I watched it last night. The wife liked it and she was surprised he didn't win an oscar with that performance. The book is a worth read.

    Deo Vindice

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    1. Randy, I have plenty of time for reading these days and I am always on the lookout for a good book. I ordered this one through Amazon and am looking forward to it's arrival. I ordered hard copy instead of digital so I can send it on to my brother when I finish it.

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  7. Saw it in the theater. Could have heard a pin drop when it was over and folks walking out. I enjoyed it, but didn't care for the way his wife yelled at him. Wished she were more understanding of the situation. But I imagine a lot of military marriages are like that. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I think probably it's hard on the wives to see everybody else going around doing business like there isn't any war, and their husbands are at risk. Pretty soon, the wives probably start wondering , if nobody gives a rat's a**, what they are risking their husbands for. He might have gotten along with her better if he had tried to talk to her about it, but I also understand that he felt it would be pointless because there was no frame of reference for her.

      Military marriages have a lower success rate than civilian marriages, and today that's outright abysmal.

      When the movie was over I sat in my chair awhile and thought about it. I expect the people leaving the theater were that way. There was a lot about it that was hard to puzzle out.

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  8. We have not seen it yet, because I haven't enough kleenex. I was such a big Chris Kyle fan when I would see him on FOX that it deeply saddend me when he died, and to see his funeral from texas stadium on TV..through me over the top with the emotions.
    But I too want to get the book. His wife Taya, just released her book, and that looks good as well.

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    1. It really is a sad movie. I felt like it was about a man who really had strong beliefs, and tried to live by them, in a time when strong beliefs just don't exist for the most part anymore. He was a Roman in the days of Obama America.

      I didn't know the wife had written a book. I wasn't really sure of what I thought of her in the movie. She wasn't very supportive of him, but then, four tours...... I can see why she felt like he had done his share and should pay attention to the family instead of going back. I guess I am more comfortable with the old John Wayne movies, like Sands of Iwo Jima, because things are black and white in those.

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