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WWII Movie – Greyhound

There have not been many movies made in recent years about the WWII era in history. One of the most recent is “Greyhound”. While the movie was intended to be theatrically released, because of COVID-19 it ended up being released on Apple TV+. My wife and I watched it a few weeks ago and found it very enjoyable.

The synopsis (per IMDB): Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.

While this story may seem at first to be contrived and pure fiction, it is based on actual events in WWII. For instance (from my Timeline page) are these incidents:

  • 9/9/41 – Battle for Convoy SC-42 begins South of Iceland. HMCShips SKEENA, KENOGAMI, ALBERNI, ORILLIA, MOOSE JAW & CHAMBLY, escort 67 merchant ships – attacked by 19 U-boats over 2 days. 16 ships sunk/1 damaged. 203 sailors killed/422 rescued. 2 U-boats sunk/1 damaged [61]
  • 9/10/42 – The battle for Convoy ON-127 begins. 34 merchant ships escorted by HMCShips ST CROIX, OTTAWA, AMHERST, ARVIDA, SHERBROOKE & HMS CELANDINE, attacked by 13 U-boats. 1 escort & 7 merchant ships sunk/5 damaged. 170 sailors killed/449 rescued. 4 U-boats damaged [61]

If you have access to Apple TV+ I recommend this movie. It is great to see Tom Hanks on screen again and this is a very good depiction of what convoys faces during WWII. It ranked a 7.0/10.0 on IMDB.

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If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 480 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Trailer for the upcoming WWII movie “Greyhound”

This looks like it will be good. “Greyhound” will be in theaters on June 12 of this year. The synopsis per IMDB:

During World War II, a US Navy skipper must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

The screenplay for the film was written by Tom Hanks. The story is based upon the many convoys that were taking desperately needed supplies from the United States to England.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 360 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Trailer for “For All Mankind”

This Trailer for the program “For All Mankind” is out and it introduces us to a very different look at the ‘space race’ of the 1960s. In this science-fiction tale, the Russians were the first on the Moon and the ‘space race’ never ended. This is a program that will make me want to subscribe to Apple TV+.

There are 10 episodes in the first season and the second season has already been approved by Apple.

Trailer for “Jungle Cruise”

I will be looking forward to seeing Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” when it comes out on July 24, 2020. I rode the Jungle Cruise ride for the first time at Disneyland back in the late ’50s. The ride can now be enjoyed at four of the Disney parks: Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland. It was one of the top-level rides when Disneyland opened in 1955. The synopsis per IMDB:

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.

This looks like it will be another fun movie with Dwayne Johnson.

Modern WWII Era Movie: “Mission of Honor”

 

(See my other WWII related posts) – I recently watched the movie “Mission of Honor” (originally named Hurricane) on Netflix. This is a modern WWII era film that gives a fictionalized version of the RAF 303 squadron in the Battle of Brittain. The 01:47:00 film was released in March of 2019. The synopsis from IMDB:

The exploits of 303 Squadron RAF during the Battle of Britain. The squadron consisted of Polish pilots, many of whom were veterans of the air battles involved in Germany’s invasion of Poland.

This is more romance set against the backdrop of WWII than it is a war movie. It was enjoyable enough, but not what I would consider an outstanding film. That also seems the consensus on IMDB as there it is only rated 5.9/10. It did receive and 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. While most of the dialog was in English, there was a substantial portion in Polish and some in German. Those were supplemented with English subtitles.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Teaser for Star Wars Episode IX Released

(See my other Star Wars and Trailers posts) –  The first ‘teaser’ for the upcoming “Star Wars IX – The Rise of Skywalker” has been released. The only synopsis thus far on IMDB:

The final chapter of the saga from a galaxy far, far away.

The film will be released this December. I’m looking forward to it.

Wednesday SciFi Flix: “Extinction”

Science Fiction – Trailers – I watched the movie “Extinction” about a month ago on Netflix. It has been out now for almost a year. The synopsis per IMDB:

A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.

I enjoyed this film and think it is a good Science Fiction story, though it only earned a 5.8/10 rating on IMDB. I think it deserves a better rating than that. I like the plot twist at the end of the film.

Movie: “Captain Marvel”

Trailers – This trailer is from back in December and the movie “Captain Marvel” has been open now in theaters since March 8.  The synopsis (if you have been hiding in a cave somewhere) from IMDB is:

After crashing . . . on uncharted territory, Air Force pilot Carol Danvers is brought up by the Kree to being a member of the elite Starforce Military under the command of her mentor Yon-Rogg. Six years later, after crash landing on Earth while under attack by the Skrulls, Danvers begins to discover that she is not who she believes she is. With help from SHIELD agent Nick Fury, Danvers begins to unravel the truth about her past. What she discovers is a secret that will unleash her true power and becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes ever known.

My wife and I went to see “Captain Marvel” this past Sunday evening and we both really enjoyed it. It has earned a scored of 7.1/10 on IMDB, which seems a little low to me. According to Wikipedia, the film has grossed over $760 million (at the time I am writing this post) worldwide. That has been accomplished in less than three weeks! It is so far the highest-grossing film of 2019. The primary character of the movie, Carol Danvers, first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1968. The character has also been known as Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird before taking on the current name of Captain Marvel.

Neither of us had heard of the character before the movie.

Now we know how Fury got his eye patch!

New Season 8 Game of Thrones Trailer

GoTTrailers – A new trailer for Season 8, the final season, of Game of Thrones has been released. Not a lot is shown in this short (2:03) trailer. In just over a month Season 8 will be here. While I am looking forward to it, I will be sorry to see it end. I’m pretty sure I know what everyone will be doing on April 14!

Wednesday SciFi Flix: “Occupation”

Science Fiction– I watched the 2018 science fiction movie “Occupation” a few nights ago on NetFlix. This Australian perspective on alien invasion was interesting. The synopsis per IMDB:

A small group of town residents has to band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realize they must stay one step ahead of their attackers, and work together for a chance to strike back.

I hadn’t heard of this movie until I saw it listed on NetFlix. I enjoyed the movie though it only earned a 5.2/10 rating on IMDB. It struck me as an Australian point-of-view mashup of “Independence Day” and “Red Dawn“.