The Steel Helmet

Jun. 25th, 2017 06:42 pm
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Something a little different. To give you the lowdown on The Steel Helmet, Ben Mankiewicz and TCM introduces the movie. A gritty movie with startling starkness, as the film was released only six months after the start of the war.

As the film opens, veteran Sergeant Zack is seen crawling away as the only survivor of his squad (executed by the North Koreans). The hole in his helmet is proof of his luck, though this World War II vet is suffering from PTSD (known then as battle fatigue). Trying to get back to his lines, Zack meets up with a Korean boy he dubs Short Round (the inspiration for the boy of the same name in Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom) and a patrol also trying to get back to American territory.

The film includes scenes of an unarmed North Korean prisoner being shot (which infuriated the U.S. military), and frank discussion of race relations back home (black and Japanese). While the modern civil rights movement wouldn't get its catalyst until Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that Montgomery bus for another four years, the Army was struggling with integration as ordered by President Harry Truman. Neither scene is the focus of the film, but they are startling considering that the war was currently raging and race relations were just not addressed very often by Hollywood.

The Korean War produced its share of flag-waving films, but more often the movies were grim, gritty depictions of war. World War II films were often intended as recruitment films. It was only after the war that war's futility and waste were addressed. Gene Evans is stellar as Sergeant Zack.

This film is considered one of the best war films of all time.

June 25, 1950 (One Minute To Zero)

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:35 am
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Good morning!

Today is the 67th anniversary of the start of the Korean War ("Isn't this where we came in?" "It's even Sunday morning!"). And it was a Sunday that it began, as the film's dialogue attests. .

One Minute To Zero stars Robert Mitchum and Ann Blyth in a film released in 1952, with a year to go in the Korean War. A mix of flag-waving and gritty realism, the movie is most noteworthy for actual combat scenes and a controversial scene involving Korean refugees. Howard Hughes, the owner of the studio (RKO), refused to delete the scene when requested by the U.S. Army.

Fic: Renaissance Men (1/5)

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:25 am
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Title: Renaissance Men (1/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Jason, Timotheus (Tim)
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): NC-17
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: Brando welcomes his favorite model to his studio.
Date Of Completion: April 16, 2017
Date Of Posting: June 21, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1897
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: All chapters can be found here.
Merry Summer Solstice! :)

Brando Venucci was a handsome man. Well-muscled and usually dressed in shabby tunics and breeches, his coal-black hair was wild and he wore a full beard. Blue eyes the color of the sky at dusk saw everything and missed nothing. )

Fics from Soulexchange

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:10 pm
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Looks like [community profile] soulexchange authors got revealed. I wrote:

Flying Free (1189 words) by shopfront
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Get Down (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling/Thor, background Mylene Cruz/Ezekiel "Zeke" Figuero
Additional Tags: Romantic Soulmates, Missing Scenes, Soul Bond
Summary: Like many teenagers, the Get Down Brothers are surprised to discover that having a soulmate isn't a recipe for instant romantic success. A soulbond needs to be acknowledged to fully form, and nurtured with passion and creativity.

Hair of the Bond (5327 words) by shopfront
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood
Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley
Additional Tags: Accidental Bonding, True Love's Kiss, Post Hogwarts, Soul Bond
Summary: Nobody except for Hermione is at all surprised to find out she's capable of performing a complicated soulbonding spell while blind drunk. Unfortunately, finding out who she did the spell with is going to prove a little more difficult.

I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting to do a trope specific exchange because everyone was digging deep on the creativity, and it was also fun to get 'these kinds of the trope' not just 'I like trope' prompts to play with. I am absolutely an exchange participant who thrives on more detail, and it's certainly kept the trope fresh for me.

I've also been really thrilled with the response to Hair of the Bond, and super enjoyed revisiting Harry Potter land after my big annual re-read. Kiinda tempted to keep writing in my super old fandom now, haha.

Fic: The First Snow (1/1)

Jun. 14th, 2017 05:29 pm
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First Snow (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana
Continuity: Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Fluff, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: For Wonder Woman (2017)
Summary: Diana’s great delight in her first snowfall makes Steve happy.
Date Of Completion: June 11, 2017
Date Of Posting: June 14, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 360
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: The inspiration is coming fast! :) Also written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ). BTW, Happy Flag Day! :)

Steve smiled as Diana threw her head back in delight as the delicate snowflakes fluttered down. They glittered in her dark hair, a veil of stars framing her beautiful face. )

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