TailSlate looks at D-Day movies

June 6, 1944. What is now commonly referred to as “D-Day.” The WWII Allies launch Operation Overlord. Over 150,000 Allied troops were involved in “Operation Overlord.” As is the case with most major historical events, we’ve seen D-Day as the … Read more

Extra, Extra, see ‘The Post’

“When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered” – Christopher Dodd “What I’m thinking about more and … Read more

A look at the sniper in movies

We’ve been watching snipers in movies going back to 1941 when actor Gary Cooper portrayed Medal of Honor recipient Alvin York in the film Sergeant York.  Alvin York was actually a Corporal when he earned his Medal of Honor in … Read more

A walk across the ‘Bridge of Spies’ is well worth the trip

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies tells the story of how a Russian spy named Vilyam “Willie” Genrikhovich Fisher and an American U-2 pilot named Gary Francis Powers wound up being exchanged for each other during the Cold War. While the movie is labeled as “Inspired by True Events” it is worth noting that the few alterations of what really happened in no way detract from this telling.

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Save time for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks'
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Saving Mr. Banks is a movie that tells two tales to its audience.  The expected story of how the fictional character created by writer P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) finally becomes a major motion picture thanks to Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), and the childhood of the author.  Known as Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley) in those days, this story tells the audience just how Ms Travers became the stubborn, difficult woman she was.

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‘Cloud Atlas’ could have used a better guide

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 'Cloud Atlas'
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in ‘Cloud Atlas’

[rating=2]Starring: Doona Bae, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, James D’Arcy, Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess
Director(s): Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Writer(s): Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Are some books simply impossible to adapt? It’s one thing to make a disappointing film version of a beloved novel such as The Fountainhead or The Great Gatsby, where the story can be reproduced but the magic of the imagery or the interiority of ideas cannot. But can a book whose very essence depends on its literary structuring successfully morph into a two-dimensional, all-visual medium? Time can only tell with the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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