182 – The Legend of Ben Hall (2016)

spacetime coordinates:  New South Wales, Australia,   1860’s

The Legend of Ben Hall is a 2016 Australian Revisionist Western film. Written and directed by Matthew Holmes, it is based on the exploits of bushranger Ben Hall and his gang. The film stars Jack Martin in the title role, Jamie Coffa as John Gilbert, and William Lee as John Dunn.

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Writer-director Matthew Holmes made a determined effort to make the film as historically accurate as possible. Holmes worked closely with New South Wales historian and author Peter Bradley since 2007, who acted as an historical advisor on the script to ensure the film’s accurate portrayal of events. Peter Bradley is a descendant of Ben Hall’s younger brother, Henry Hall. Much of the dialogue used by Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John Dunn within the film comes directly from newspaper articles and eye-witness accounts. The film’s story is based on real life events that occurred between August 1864 and May 1865.

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Cast members were chosen to physically resemble their historical counterparts, with their personalities, wardrobe and hair based on descriptions or photographs of the real person.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3844876/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Ben_Hall

176 – Kon-Tiki expedition

spacetime coordinates: 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands

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Kon-Tiki is a Norwegian-Swedish documentary film about the Kon-Tiki expedition led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in 1947.

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Kon-Tiki is a 2012 historical drama film directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg about the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. The film was mainly shot on the island of Malta. The role of Thor Heyerdahl is played by Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen. The film is an international co-production between Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country’s most expensive production to date

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While much of the story is historically accurate, screenwriter Petter Skavlan and director Joachim Rønning both felt the need to make the story more exciting for their two-hour feature film. The fictionalized elements have been criticized; as film critic Andrew Barker commented, “It’s frustratingly ironic that Kon-Tiki’s most outrageously fantastical sequences are completely verifiable, and its most predictable, workaday conflicts are completely made up.”

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The film focuses on Heyerdahl’s theory that Polynesia was first populated with humans from Peru, but it ignores the Norwegian’s more ethnocentric speculations that the original Kon-Tiki voyage was undertaken by a race of tall white bearded people with red hair. Heyerdahl conjectured that Amerindian civilizations like the Aztecs and the Incas only arose with the help of advanced technical knowledge brought by early European voyagers, and that these white people were eventually driven out of Peru and fled westward on rafts.

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The portrayal of the raft’s second-in-command, Herman Watzinger, proved controversial in Norway. Colleagues and relatives say Watzinger in the film is unlike the real-life Watzinger, physically or in his actions. Actor Baasmo Christiansen acknowledged the physical differences with a smile. “Watzinger was tall, dark, and Norwegian Youth Champion in the 100 meter. He was everything I’m not.” In the film, Watzinger disobeys Heyerdahl’s direct order and throws a harpoon at a whale shark under the boat, but it was actually Erik Hesselberg who harpooned the whale shark, with the crew cheering him on. The film’s Watzinger, worried about the hemp ropes’ ability to hold the balsa logs together for the entire voyage, tearfully begs Heyerdahl at sea to add steel cables Watzinger smuggled aboard but Heyerdahl’s book contains no such scene and Watzinger’s daughter has stated it never happened: “My father was a stout and confident man, and he never thought that way about the balsa logs and the ropes.” Thor Heyerdahl, Jr., who worked with Watzinger, concurred in the criticism of the film’s portrayal of Watzinger.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1613750/

171 – The KLF – Stadium House (The Trilogy) (1991)

Still one of the most bizarre “pop” groups ever made. They were the definition of “living art”. A sick combination of Gnostic religion, country music, ice cream carts, stage house and a dash of Jesus complex. As icing on the cake they deleted their whole back catalog of music when they went into “retirement”, music that was worth millions of pounds in record revenues. If that was not bizarre enough, they took out a million pounds sterling, nailed all the banknotes on a board and burned everything in front of a camera. Today you can not find their music either on Spotify, iTunes or a record store. Only through file sharing or YouTube can you hear the phenomenon that was … The KLF.

read about The KLF aka The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_KLF

165 – Fury (2014)

spacetime coordinates: Germany in April, 1945

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Fury is a 2014 American war film written and directed by David Ayer, and stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs. The film portrays US tank crews in Nazi Germany during the final days of World War II. Ayer was influenced by the service of veterans in his family and by reading books, such as Belton Y. Cooper’s Death Traps, about American armored units in World War II and the high casualty rates suffered by tank crews in Europe.

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164 – The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

spacetime coordinates: 1980/s Fort Bragg, North Carolina // 2002-2003 Michigan, Kuwait, Iraq

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The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 British-American war parody comedy film directed by Grant Heslov. It is a fictionalized version of Jon Ronson‘s 2004 book of an investigation into attempts by the U.S. military to employ psychic powers as a weapon. The film stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.

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*Mother Earth, you’re my life support system. As a soldier I must drink your blue water, live inside your red clay and eat your green skin. Help me to balance myself. As you hold in balance, the Earth, the sea, and the space environments. Help me to open my heart, knowing that the Universe will feed me. I pray my boots will always kiss your face, and my footsteps match your heartbeat. Carry my body through space and time. You’re my connection to the Universe and all that comes after. I’m yours and you are mine. I salute you.*

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read about the First Earth Battalion HERE ( + credo of  high commandos and guerrilla gurus)

watch The Men Who Stare At Goats documentary HERE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrior_monk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age

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157 – Pilgrimage (2017)

spacetime coordinates: Ireland, 1209.

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Ireland, 1209. An island on the edge of the world. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. Escorting their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the monks’ progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past. As the true material, political and religious significance of the bejeweled relic becomes dangerously apparent, their path to the east coast becomes increasingly fraught with danger. The monks belatedly realize that in this wild land of ancient superstitions, the faith that binds them together may ultimately lead to their destruction.

Cast:

Tom Holland … The Novice – Brother Diarmuid

Jon Bernthal … The Mute

Richard Armitage … Raymond De Merville

Stanley Weber … The Cistercian – Brother Geraldus

John Lynch … The Herbalist – Brother Ciaran

Hugh O’Conor … Brother Cathal

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156 – 13 Hours (2016)

spacetime coordinates: 2012   Benghazi, Libya

Dave ‘Boon’ Benton: “All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells are within you.”.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (also known simply as 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical war drama-thriller film directed and co-produced by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on Mitchell Zuckoff‘s 2014 book 13 Hours. The film follows six members of Annex Security Team who fight to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya after waves of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2012.

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