2021-05-25 14:20:50 UTC
Years ago, Mentifex (ATM) read a book by Gordon Prange about Richard Sorge, the German spying for the Russians in Japan during World War Two. Then ATM read an even better book by Gordon Prange about the 1942 Battle of Midway, in which the American Navy with only three aircraft carriers was up against the Japanese navy with ten aircraft carriers. Soon VTY ATM discovered an old movie called "Midway" starring Hal Holbrook and Peter Fonda and Robet Mitchum and many others. ATM would watch the old "Midway" over and over again until he knew it by heart. It even had a young Tom Selleck in it.
Then in 2019 -- shades of Beau Geste -- they made a re-make of "Midway" with many up-and-coming new actors. So now Yours Truly had to decide which "Midway" he liked better, the old one or the new one. The 2019 new "Midway" starts earlier in history and goes more into the air-raid by Jimmy Doolittle on Tokyo. In a memorable scene, gun-toting Chinese farmers are itching to kill Doolittle for his preposterous claim that he has just parachuted out of an American bomber. They don't believe him, until a Chinese family comes out of hiding with Doolittle's parachute. Awe-struck, they reach a welcoming hand out to Jimmy Doolittle and they say, "You bombed Japan???!!!" It was like if present-day Social Justice Warriors were to say to an a.f.c. reader, "You bombed Mar-a-Lago?"
By the dawn's early light we report to you now that a movie being offered at 4:00 a.m. today had a fetching face on the thumbnail graphic accompanying the 2002 movie called "A Walk to Remember." Gee, he thought to himself, her face is just as fetching as those other TV movie stars yclept Shannon Doherty and Christina Ricci. Let's click the remote control on Mandy Moore and look into her obviously not very serious history -- since (we think) we have never seen her before.
The first row of her appearances is a bunch of music videos, so she must be more of a vocalist that a serious movie star. But we have never heard of all these songs and musicals. But wot-the-heck we click the down-button and we see what other movies Mandy Moore has appeared in. Major bombshell, computer folklore fans and movie fans:: "Ann Best, Midway(!!!)." Sturm und Drang, Shock and Awe. Suddenly in the mind of mindmaker Mentifex, a scene from 1942 Hawaii starts playing. The legendary, eponymous U.S. Navy war hero -- all genuflect == Wade McClusky is sitting in the Officers' Club and asks Mandy Moore playing Ann Best, "How long have you been married?"
"Long enough to know that he deserves to be leading his own
squadron," the hot-tempered Navy wife played by Mandy Moore retorts to the historic figure Wade McClusky. As the re-make movie goes on, Dick Best and Wade McClusky and the other U.S. Navy pilots turn the tide of World War Two by sinking all four of the Japanese aircraft carriers threatening the island of Midway. In his Steve Jobsian Reality Distortion Field, Mentifex (ATM) starts thinking that he will go on a.f.c. and post "A Tale of Two Movies." DIS ALITER VISUM.
As the 2002 movie "A Walk to Remember" continues with really short commercial breaks, one commercial slaps Mentifex in the face with a loud voice that goes, "This... is a tale of two kitties," followed by something like a comparison of two catfoods or two kitty-litters. Mentifes thinks, the omnipresent computer simulation is mocking me. A few scenes later, the preacher father of Mandy Moore says from the pulpit, "God is not mocked." During another commercial, Mentifex channel-surfs and sees that another channel is offering "A Tale of Two Cities."
So which do you like better, "Sabrina" with Humphrey Bogart or "Sabrina" with Harrison Ford? "Lara-Croft: Tomb Raider" with Angelina Jolie or "Lara-Croft: Tomb Raider" with Alicia Vikander? Any way you look at it, you lose, Bob, because you are immersed in a computer simulation -- menetekel menetekel -- and you will be judged accordingly.
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