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Strange Angel: The Fool  Season 2, Ep 1

Two years since the events in season one of Strange Angel, the U.S. Military offers Jack, Richard and their team a classified mission that could turn the tide of World War II, but which comes with increased scrutiny of Jack's personal life. As Jack strives to straddle the worlds of mysticism and science, Virgil Byrne's crusade against the beliefs of Jack and Susan, they offer the religious family safe haven, and find a familiar face returns.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Magus  Season 2, Ep 2

Ernest's intentions are questioned, and alliances shift with new revelations. Richard seeks Marison's family, and finds more than he anticipated, and has more questions. Patty works to become a valued participant in the war effort, and at home. Jack finds help from an unlikely source.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Sacrificial Dance  Season 1, Ep 10

When Jack receives an invitation to ascend to the next degree, the Parsons must decide if this is what they both want for their future. After uncovering the truth about her own past, Susan is forced to deal with the chilling revelation back in the real world. Richard and Jack finally find common ground, rallying the Suicide Club for a dangerous final demonstration. Jack has all he needs except for one crucial element.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: Glorification of The Chosen One  Season 1, Ep 7

While Richard and the rocketry team leave's Jack and his work for more conventional pursuits, Jack turns to other means to convince General Braxton that reaching the moon isn't just comic book fantasy. Susan's concerns about Jack grow after she researches Aleister Crowley and confronts Maggie with the mysterious truths behind this cult religion. Susan's questions leave Maggie at a breaking point, forcing Ernest to confront his inner demons.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 20, 2019 - 0 comments

Book: The Unwomanly Face of War

Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. These women—more than a million in total—were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten. Alexievich traveled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these women’s stories. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war—the everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories. [more inside]
posted by mixedmetaphors on Mar 16, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: Overlord

France, World War II, June 1944. On the eve of D-Day, some American paratroopers fall behind enemy lines after their plane crashes during a mission consisting of destroying a German radio tower in Cielblanc, a small village near the beaches of Normandy. After reaching their target, the surviving paratroopers realize that, in addition to fighting Nazi troops that patrol the village, they also must fight against something else.
posted by Alexandra Michelle on Feb 23, 2019 - 4 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de espías (Time of spies)  First Watch   Season 3, Ep 2

The agents travel to Spain and France in 1943 to ensure the success of Britain's "Operation Mincemeat" during WWII. A Spanish spy captured in Nazi-occupied France is revealed to be an important figure in the Ministry's past and its present. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 9, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: The Bridge

In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 12, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Army of Shadows

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 26, 2018 - 6 comments

Movie: The Victors

Intelligent, sprawling saga of a squad of American soldiers, following them through Europe during World War II. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 16, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Darkest Hour

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs in the balance. The newly-appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or to fight on against incredible odds. [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Jan 15, 2018 - 10 comments

Band of Brothers: Carentan  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 3

On D-Day plus two, the scattered men of Easy Company regroup with the help of Pvt. Albert Blithe (Marc Warren). Lt. Welsh (Rick Warden) then delivers their orders: they must take the town of Carentan.
posted by scruffy-looking nerfherder on May 3, 2017 - 3 comments

Movie: Battle for Sevastopol

Battle for Sevastopol is a Russian/Ukranian co-production based on the WWII experiences of Lyudmila Pavilchenko, a young Ukranian student who becomes one of the war's deadliest snipers. With 309 confirmed kills in just over a year, Pavilchenko is brought to the White House to meet President Franklin D Roosevelt, the first Soviet ever to receive such an invitation. Pavilchenko meets and is befriended by Eleanor Roosevelt, who invites her on a promotional tour of the United States to rally support for the Soviet "Second Front" war effort despite her PTSD. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Apr 29, 2017 - 1 comment

Un village français: Le débarquement  Season 1, Ep 1

How one small village in France deals with fascist takeover in WWII. Tanks begin rolling into town. [more inside]
posted by cda on Apr 9, 2017 - 6 comments

Movie: Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson returns to directing after a 10-year gap with the story of WWII "conscientious cooperator" Desmond Doss, who served as a medic during the Battle of Okinawa, refused to kill people or carry a gun, and became the first U.S. citizen to win the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 87% critics/95% audience. And here's History vs. Hollywood on what was true and what was invented for dramatic purpose.
posted by mediareport on Dec 8, 2016 - 5 comments

Movie: Stalag 17

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 11, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 4, 2016 - 1 comment

Movie: The Caine Mutiny

When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 comments

Movie: The Americanization of Emily

An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 23, 2016 - 3 comments

Movie: The Great Escape

Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 22, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: The Night of the Generals

In 1942, a Polish prostitute is murdered in Warsaw. Suspicion falls on three generals, and Major Grau of German Intelligence seeks justice despite the ongoing atrocities committed during WWII. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 17, 2016 - 0 comments

Movie: Where Eagles Dare

Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 7, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Cross of Iron

A squad of German soldiers fighting on the Eastern Front during WWII led by a battle-hardened sergeant fight to survive Soviet attacks and dogmatic commanders in a chaotic and lethal environment in this sympathetic portrayal of another side of the war not commonly portrayed in Hollywood film. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 30, 2016 - 4 comments

Movie: A Bridge Too Far

Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 6, 2016 - 2 comments

Movie: Das Boot

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 24, 2016 - 10 comments

Movie: The Big Red One

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. A semi-autobiographical account by director Samuel Fuller; the original version was chopped from a 270 minute cut to 113; most reviews below are from the 2004 "Reconstruction" version which, although it post-dated Fuller's death, likely comes closer to realizing his vision. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 19, 2016 - 3 comments

Movie: The Thin Red Line

Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 20, 2016 - 12 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #28 Shipped to Timbuktu

An email to the wrong address sends us hurtling into the world of professional cookie advisors. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jun 18, 2015 - 24 comments

Foyle's War: The German Woman  Season 1, Ep 1

In which we meet Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, establish his style as a quiet, dogged, highly ethical dude, attempting to carry out police work during WWII, and are also introduced to his driver/sidekick "Sam", his son, newly enlisted Andrew, and his future assistant and recent war veteran, Paul Miller. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 comments

Podcast: Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Show 42 - (BLITZ) Logical Insanity

After many listener requests, Dan examines the issue of the morality of dropping the Atomic Bombs in the Second World War. As usual, he does so in his own unique, unexpected way. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 5, 2015 - 1 comment

Movie: Ida

Having swept the honors at the European Film Awards and scoring 7.5/10 at IMDB and 96% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes, Ida (2013) has been named the best film of 2014 by New Yorker critic David Denby.
posted by gemutlichkeit on Dec 24, 2014 - 7 comments

Movie: The Imitation Game

English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 17, 2014 - 20 comments

Band of Brothers: Day of Days  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

D-Day. [more inside]
posted by asterix on Jun 6, 2014 - 10 comments

Band of Brothers: Currahee  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 1

Easy Company prepares for D-Day. We flash back to their training in Georgia and England and meet the cast of characters.
posted by asterix on Jun 2, 2014 - 21 comments

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