World War 2 History Exaggeration in Hollywood War Films

Have you ever watched a war movie based on only true events? I don’t think so! Is it necessary for the movie directors or screenplay writers to exaggerate history so as to manipulate it? Do historical inaccuracies not account for serious criticism or doesn’t it hurt a nation’s sentiments? I realized that usually controversial films get the most attention at the Box office, film critics and especially make their way to Oscars and Academy Awards. So the question is, is it impossible for a film director to make a war film that doesn’t contradict the history and also respects a nation’s sentiments? I really look forward to get the answer :)

The movie I will talk about here is the “Enemy at the Gates” a 2001 war film set during a fictionalized version of the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II. It was poorly received in both countries Russia and Germany due to falsifying the true events, re-engineering and fictionalization of the Battle of Stalingrad historical events.

Now let’s take a look at the historical inaccuracies or fictionalization of the Battle of Stalingrad in the movie Enemy at the Gates.

Historical Inaccuracies:

The Soviet sniper duel with his German counterpart was dramatized:

The whole story of the film revolves around the sniper duel between Red Army sniper Vasily Zaytsev the film’s protagonist and the German Major Erwin König whose proof as a real person is doubtful as no German records were found as the story of the film was loosely based on personal account of Vasily Zaytsev. The sequence of sniper duel was fictionalized and the Red Army sniper Zaytsev’s claim to kill Berlin Sniper School Head König is still doubtful till today.

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The sniper rifle Mosin used in the film differed from the actual rifle

In the film, Jude Law uses a 7.62x54r Mosin Model 1891/30 sniper rifle with a PU 3.5 power sniper scope (i.e. the image is magnified 3 and a half times). Vasily Zaitsev used a Model 1891/30 sniper rifle with an earlier and larger sniper telescope (his rifle is preserved in a museum in Russia). Also, the poster for the film reverses the Mosin 91/30 rifle photograph so that the bolt handle appears on the left side of the rifle, instead of the right side where it should be.

Source Wikipedia: Enemy at the Gates

Mosin Zaytsev

The fictional love story between Zaytsev and Tania

The movie also depicted a love story between Vasily and Tania. However Vasily claimed never to have any relationship with anyone during the war. It is obvious that romance or love affairs during times of war is totally unimaginable one cannot believe in such kind of romance as it is highly unlikely in real life and especially during war times. I think that the fictitious affair between Zaytsev and Tania was added to perfect the story of a war hero and to make the story interesting and emotional as well but film critics do not agree:

“It is about two men placed in a situation where they have to try to use their intelligence and skills to kill each other. When Annaud focuses on that, the movie works with rare concentration. The additional plot stuff and the romance are kind of a shame”.

Source: Wikipedia: Enemy at the Gates

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Were Nazis the only villain in the Inglorious Basterds?

Inglorious Basterds

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I have been thinking a question, after watching Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, that is why Nazis are the villain in almost every Hollywood feature film that is about World War 2. I found out that it’s not just the only movie that sympathizes with world war 2 victims especially and exclusively the ‘Jews’. I could not understand that why Hollywood empathize with only Jews as a victims ignoring other classes of the victims. I guess that it may be part of propaganda films that started since the start of the WW2. I am not an advocate of Nazism nor an appreciator of Hitler’s philosophy but I think that movies on WW2 should be based on true events and present the both sides of the picture.

I will talk about the movie that showed Nazis as an inevitable villain under any circumstances whether based on the fact or fiction.

Basterds’ actions were equal as of the Nazis

This film doesn’t need any introduction as it was the best film ever made on Nazis. The film has won multiple Oscar awards due to extraordinary screenplay that deals with more fictitious events and fantasized the events that took place supposedly in German occupied France. The film beautifully deals with conflicts and showed amazing encounters in the movie plot. It focused mainly on the evils and heinous crimes of Nazis in France. The movie beautifully showed foreign militant army in France The Basterds – so what did that movie tried to fantasized is the evil side of the Nazis with the equal monstrous side of the Basterds. The positive side is that there had to be someone who must had to rise against the heinous crimes of the Nazism in all over Europe.

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Fantasy of killing Hitler

The movie showed the most violent acts of the Basterds that is scalping of the dead Nazi Soldiers among various other atrocities of the Basterds towards the Nazis. What I did not understand is that if only this movie was supposed to picture Nazis as the monsters then why did that movie showed the equal monstrous side of the Basterds? What is left of the Basterds to justify them as the helpers of the innocent French Jews?

The other extraordinary fantasy the movie dealt was the killing of the Fuehrer of the Nazis The Hitler by the hands of the Basterds which looked so interesting to watch as they did not plan to kill the Hitler that way. The entire Nazi high command officials were killed by the Basterds with the coinciding support from a French Jewish girl whose whole family were killed by the men of the SS commander colonel Hans Landa.

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SS Colonel Hans Landa The Jew Hunter

The SS Colonel Hans Landa were famous among the Basterds as The Jew Hunter however he was not on the hit list of the Basterds or the Basterds did not seem to look interested in killing the Jew Hunter as they might be the fan of his Jewish detective skills and his ability to think like a Jew, that might have earned him the respect of the Basterds. Anyway Hans Landa portrayal by Christoph Waltz was fabulous and fun to watch. His actions were not violent and he acted as a neutral or the guy that was paid to do his job and nothing else. I think that the movie showed mostly the violent side of the basterds as compared to the Nazis so the question is it fair to portray only Nazis as the inhumane creatures or we do not know the meaning of humanity?

SS Colonel Hans Landa

Operation KINO

Operation KINO was a fictional indirect joint military covert operation lead by the British army Lt. Archie Hicox and the Basterds’ Lt. Aldo Raine. However we saw that the operation was sabotaged by the SS Major Dieter Hellstrom at rendezvous of the Basterds in a bar in a remote area of Nadine. But there we saw the major violence on both sides started by Nazi Major Hellstrom due to refusal of Hicox over German beer Scotch and then gun fighting ensued resulting in the death of all the Basterds members except German actress Bridget von Hammersmark who survived the gun shot. The whole situation raised a question in our minds that was it reasonable for a Nazi Major to point his gun on other officer’s testicles on account of refusal to a Scotch drink? I guess that it is implied that how barbarians and intolerant Nazis were to their third Reich and German values and customs.

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Internet Comedy Sketches

On internet the best way to amuse yourself and others is the use of different specific character pictures and fitting the dialogue according to topic .  The below sketch is “Bitch Please, then LOL, then OK.  When these meme are presented in conversational way it makes humor and a lot of sense.

 

For Instance:

YouTube Comedian

I was surfing on YouTube  comedy category and I came across a lot of funny and amazing videos. The most funny and amazing comedy channel I found is freddiew

And I like Cereal killer  In Cereal Killer the Chinese guy was looking for cereal  in a supermarket and he was deciding to choose between his two favorite cereals but in the meantime burglars were robbing at the cash counter. Then a robber came to cereal guy and ……………………………………..  To be Continued.  Watch the end below and enjoy the thriller!

Walk Off The Earth Cover Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know

Yesterday I was looking on youtube top favorite videos and I found a cover of  Somebody that I used to know by Walk Off The Earth and I was so much surprised to see the creativity those guys have done in a way that all five people sing and play on only one guitar and each person is allowed to sing different parts of the song except the first right hand guys who just set chords and sing chorus in the end of the song.  The song starts from the second right hand guy then it move on to third guy and so on! You better see it yourself  I hope you will be amused , amazed, entertained, rejuvenated and maybe shocked! and will absolutely say two words that is frickin awesome! for this song.

Harry Potter and the Logical Solution

This post is based on a youtube video “Harry Potter and the Logical Solution”

Here is the channel link of the guys who made it.

It suggests a very logical solution to Harry Potter that is “Guns Solve Everything”

And If Harry would have used guns  instead of wands and other sorcery then Voldemort would not have lived longer throughout the series and the film must have ended too earlier no more parts! but it’s good for only Harry Potter series haters!

Watch and enjoy this!

 

 

Vampire’s Suck is Twilight Tidbit!!!!!

I recently watched Vampire’s Suck and I liked it from the  very beginning of the movie.  My favorite scenes of the movie    are down below If you see them I am pretty sure that you won’t stop laughing!

I hope you all like it!

 

We Are The Champions

The song We Are The Champions was sung by the late legend Freddie Mercury of the super hit band Queen a primarily British band, formed in the year 1971.

We Are the Champions” is a power ballad written by Freddie Mercury, recorded and performed by British rock band Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.[1] One of their most famous and popular songs, it remains among rock’s most recognisable anthems.  The song was a worldwide success, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. In 2009, “We Are the Champions” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and was voted the world’s favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll.  In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest song in the history of pop music.

Written by Freddie Mercury, “We Are the Champions” was built on audience response, withBrian May stating; ‘We wanted to get the crowds waving and singing. It’s very unifying and positive’.  Musically, it is based around Mercury’s piano part, with Roger Taylor and John Deacon providing a drums and bass guitar backing. May overdubbed some guitar sections, initially subtle, but building to a ‘solo’ played simultaneously with the last chorus. Mercury employed many jazz chords (major and minor 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th harmonies), and the choruses featured these voiced as 4 and 5-part vocal harmonies. The lead vocal is very demanding and strident (highest point is a C5 both belted and in falsetto), with one of Mercury’s most notable performances taking place at the Live Aid concert, at Wembley Stadium, London in 1985.

 

How To Post On Craigslist

If you intend to use craigslist to promote your business, be warned, it is NOT easy to post your ads on this highly traffic-ed website. Using craigslist as an online marketing strategy can be very profitable, and as it is free to post ads on craigslist, it is also a very attractive one.

The Problem With Craigslist Marketing

Craigslist hates Internet marketers and does everything it can to KEEP YOU OUT. Well that might sound a little harsh, but it is true.

Craigslists creator started the site as a hobby and a service with the intention of providing free locality specific classified advertising.

The operation of craigslist includes a team of professional programmers who work on creating cookies, filters and ghosting protocol. This protocol is being constantly updated and enhanced to make it harder and harder for the online marketer to post on craigslist. This is the problem with marketing on cragislist.

I am not knocking it. Craig has every right to run his site exactly how he see’s fit. This is a perfectly legal procedure and part of the terms of service. Plus, they do a heck of a good job at keeping the ‘spammers’ at bay.

Craigslist still runs today as a .org domain name, so it is considered a not for profit site, but if you can manage to get your ads to stay on craigslist, then it will definitely be to your business profits.

What You Need To Know Before You Use Craigslist

  • Even though craigslist is a free classified advertising site you will need to invest time and or money into your marketing campaign to see any results.
  • As the ghosting programs are being constantly updated, so to does your craigslist advertising routine. Be prepared for this.
  • The steps outlined for you in this hubpage are as accurate and detailed as possible. You may need to use a mix of the techniques and tips as explained below in order to stop your ads from ghosting.

How To Post On Craigslist

  1. The first thing to do in the, how to post on craigslist action steps, is to consider how many phone numbers you have access to. The current account creation process requires a valid phone number to be entered. Once you work through the sign up process you will receive a phone call or text message with a validation code.
  2. If you have access to 10 different phone numbers than you will need to set up 10 different emails. Go to http://www.gmail.com and setting up your free 10 email accounts here. Do not use any other free email accounts other than gmail. Once have 10 different email account that you use everyday to post from. You are essentially set up for 10 days or 2 weeks.
  3. Once you have set up your email accounts, go to Craigslist and create 10 accounts with Craigslist. Go to http://www.craigslist.org/. Click on my account on the left hand side. You will see a place where you can log in. Underneath that, it says don’t have an account – Click on that. Follow the instructions. Once you get to a certain point, it will ask you to put a phone number in. Once you put that phone number in, you will receive either a phone call or text with the code you will need to enter into Craigslist in order to have a valid Craigslist account
  4. Fourth, you need to set up your ads. Never post the exact same ad twice – this includes your headline. Duplicate posts are NOT permitted on Craigslist. Try writing 10 ads and then sit down and try and get 10 different variations out of your original ads. This gets you 100 different ads! A common variation on the headline is to place a bunch of letters and numbers at the end. For example if your headline reads “Best Beef Jerky” alter it like so, “Best Beef Jerky________7r4f6FDe” & “Best Beef Jerky________Hw84HpF8″

Now here are some ideas if you don’t have access to a lot of phone numbers:

1. Use your work number.

2. Use your home number

3. Use your cell number

4. Use your significant other’s cell number

5. Use your significant other’s work number

6. Go to a payphone that accepts incoming calls and use that phone number.

You may need someone at your computer to put the number in but then you can stand there and wait for the phone to ring and get the phone number.

7. Ask a few close friends if you can use their number.

8. Partner up with someone in your industry and brainstorm other idea’s. Perhaps one is willing go to a local train station of somewhere there’s a heap of public phones, while the other does the online work. This might sound like a ‘desperate’ step, however it could turn out to be a very profitable partnership. Use your network and close business contacts.

Repeat the process 10 times. Remember, you will need to go to each email account that you have set up and click on the link that Craigslist sends to each email account to activate each individual Craigslist account.

How Many Ads Can I Post On Craigslist?

This is a topic for debate, but unless you are using auto posting software and are changing your IP address regularly (perhaphs every 3-5 ads) you should only post 3 ads every 48 hrs from one Craigslist account.

If you post 3 ads on the same day from the same Craigslist account, your last 2 ads will get ghosted.

Clearing Your Internet History, Cookies & Temporary Passwords

When you active or log into your Craigslist account the site places cookies on your computer. Now, if you don’t know much about cookies, they basically read, record and track data while you are browsing. Cookies are used commonly online and are a natural part of online technology – there is no need to fear. Cookies are not like a virus so will not do damage to your computer.

So why information on cookies? Well all you need to know with regards to cookies and posting on Craigslist is that you must clear them after finishing with each account. You should also clear your browsing history, temp passwords and temp internet files.

Craigslist Codes

Following is a suggestion for html coding when posting your craigslist ad….

….<p style=”COLOR: #f5fff0″> enter the text that you want to be hidden here </font>

<font color=”lightgoldenrodyellow”> enter visable ad text here </font>

<font color=”honeydew”> enter visable ad text here </font>….

Remember that craigslist changes it’s cookies and spam filtering rhythyms faster than I change my hair color, so what will work for you one day may not work the next.

Source of Information: HubPages

Sam Tsui Summer Medley 2011

Hey all Sam Tsui’s fans out there!  I want to share my thoughts on his new medley which is summer medley covering artist songs from Lady Gaga’s Edge of glory, Nickie Minaj’s Super bass, Chris brown’s give me every thing tonight, Party Rock Anthem and more.  I think Sam is very talented musician, he has done a lot of covers of various famous artists and in every cover he sang in his own manner. And I appreciate his creativity in music. His cover of Britney Spears song Hold It Against Me was freaking awesome!

And the medley which I am posting about is incredible. I wish him all the best for his future covers and his own music also! Keep rocking us Sam!

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