Thursday Open Thread 

Ulysses S. Grant reading on his porch. Thought to be the last photo taken of him before his death in 1885.

From The Trailer Park - The Promise

A historical epic about the Armenian genocide and the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Stars Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, James Cromwell, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jean Reno. Directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda).

Ty Cobb — Correcting the Record

Mark Hendrickson has a great review of the above book at the Claremont of Review of Books

“The greatness of Ty Cobb,” remarked fellow Hall of Famer and former opponent, George Sisler, “was something that had to be seen, and to see him was to remember him forever.” Similar statements have been made about […]

Friday Open Thread 

Tom Landry and Roger Staubach 

From The Trailer Park - Voyage of Time

Terrence Malick’s newest, a documentary about the birth, life and eventual death of our universe. Narrated by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

Malick (Days of Heaven, The New World, The Tree of Life) has apparently been working on this project for over 30 years. His films are always more about spectacle than plot, and […]

Saturday Open Thread

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy chat with Amelia Earhart in prep for Wings in the Dark (1935)

From The Trailer Park - Allied

Brad Pitt plays an intelligence officer who in WWII is sent on a secret mission behind enemy lines, doin’ one thang and one thang only: killin’ Natzees. (Sorry, wrong movie.) Also stars Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

This teaser packs plenty of tense intrigue into one […]

Leap of Faith

German long jumper Luz Long and Jesse Owens get friendly on the stadium floor during the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics

The great website Letters of Note has this exchange between Luz Long and Jesse Owens — competitors in the long jump in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics (Long won silver — Owens won one […]

5 Questions For The Owner of the Reparations Website

A Black Lives Matter activist named Natasha Marin has created a website called Reparations, which brings together “People of Color” who desire a good or service, and “people who identify as White” who can alleviate their collective guilt for slavery by providing a good or service. In other words, it’s like Tinder, only with […]

From The Trailer Park - Dunkirk (Teaser Trailer)

A WWII film about Operation Dynamo, which was a massive evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk which took place from May to June 1940. Stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Fun fact: according to IMDB, Nolan used real […]