The Monuments Men told a bigger story then just the missing art and men. This movie stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Dimitri Leonidas and Cate Blanchett. This is not just the story about trying to protect and get back pieces of art, but about the brave people who were trying to accomplish this and tried to not loss any of it. As a member of a preservation committee, a historian and archaeologist I found it spoke to me with a different passion. We lose buildings that represent a point in our creative past that will never been seen again on a daily basis. Art and artifacts that represent the collective accomplishments of mankind are stolen or destroyed also on a daily basis. Losing are heritage does have an impact on us all. Children will never get to see the wonders of the early Native Americans and their wonderful rock art at the rate hunters and others deface these places. The Giant Buddahs of Bamiyan destroyed in 2001, but there is momentum to rebuild them. You can not rebuild the rock art. Old buildings, artifacts that are rare, sites that have the potential to tell us more about certain times in our past need to be preserved from oil, gas, big companies, rich idiots and others who don’t care bout the collective past of humanity just their own and their all mighty dollar. Watch this movie. Remember that some things where lost to Russia at the end of the war. Help preserve and protect the past.
Maleficent was a good twist on what most people think of the traditional story of Sleeping Beauty. My only grip is that of the fairy purist. Fairy’s don’t have bird wings, ever! But I did like this story anyway, cause the original is horrifying for children. Angelina gave a great performance, and it also had it’s funny moments. How to Train your Dragon 2, was as good as the first even if I did find some of it a little slow going. Toothless always steals the show and that says alot for an animated dragon. Jay Barcuchel makes a great voice for Hiccup, along with everyone else from the original cast, the addition of Cate Blanchett as Hiccup’s mother was marvelous. Saw these as a double feature, both have their tear jerking moments. Enjoy some movies today!