Sept. 23, 2001, 7:18 a.m. CST
Finally!!! Shit, I never thought I'd be one of those "I'm first" A**holes! Oh, well, couldn't resist....and you know what, I feel pretty good about it! BTW, love Band of Brothers and looking forward to tonights episode.... curious about Curb your enthusiasm, too!
Sept. 23, 2001, 7:21 a.m. CST
by darth sars
makes me wish i had HBO...
Sept. 23, 2001, 10:13 a.m. CST
Tonight's episode sounds amazing.
Sept. 23, 2001, 11:07 a.m. CST
by darth sars
ack, i meant movie network. you know what i meant...
Sept. 23, 2001, 12:18 p.m. CST
I have to say, I have NO IDEA how they do those bullet hits, but goddamn, those looks like it HURTS. Hell, just watching them, *I* flinch each time someone gets shot, just like in Saving Private Ryan. Those bullet hits, man, whoever came up with them deserves some kind of an Oscar, cause that's just, damn. That's some good stuff.
Sept. 23, 2001, 12:55 p.m. CST
HBO is still going for the guts. I have to say I am not a war movie buff, but this was a very well thought out mini-series. Plus the characters are there but not overbearing. Very good job on cast and crew!
Sept. 23, 2001, 1:30 p.m. CST
...the bullet hits are done with air compression. The actors themselves push the button to set off the bullet hits. If you watch the second episode when they are knocking out the German guns, one of the Germans obviously has a little device in his hand when he gets shot. Look for it in a rerun. Moving on...in the third episode when the American soldiers are holding the Nazi flag, did anyone notice that one of them said "Cool". Isn't that a little anachronistic? Also, in the Ain't It Cool News gray background, doesn't it look like King Kong has a giant, erect wiener?
Sept. 23, 2001, 2 p.m. CST
by Brother Putney
At the risk of sounding like an Aaron Sorkin character (which isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as I can be Sam Seaborne) according to my Dictionary of American slang, use of the word "cool" to characterize something as "great or excellent" seems to have originated around 1946 in West Coast jazz circles. Since the scene in question took place in the summer of 1943, it seems unlikely that a G.I. would've used that word but... maybe not entirely impossible. Along similar lines, the word "hello" wasn't coined until the invention of the telephone in 1893, which means that when you see pre-1893 dramas where people say "hello" it's inaccurate. English speaking people were using most terms of popular profanity before they were saying "hello." But back to the Brothers, i'm curious: what was the second flag they showed when the two soldiers were comparing trophies? The camoflaged one. I couldn't see it clearly.
Sept. 23, 2001, 6:41 p.m. CST
First I wanna say I commend HBO on taking the risk of putting so much money and this huge project and that I am enjoying it very much. That said, I don't really feel it like I did while watching Private Ryan. After 4 episodes, it doesn't really give me that horror of war feeling any more than regular war movies. Ryan was unrelenting and horrifying in the fight scenes. I remember watching Ryan the first time and thinking, holy shit, I don't think I could handle this, these people are true heroes that I couldn't measure up to, I couldn't honestly say I would not be hiding in a safe place while the fighting was going on. In this series I think, I could do that, sure I could get killed but it seems like if you are smart you can make it through. I don't know what is more realistic but from what I hear from people who were there, it would be more the reaction I had from watching Private Ryan.
Sept. 23, 2001, 7:24 p.m. CST
I think, and don't quote me on this, I think it was a reserve 'shute. I know material was pretty valuable to girls back home, later in the episode someone else had his 'shute in order for his girl to make a wedding dress. I don't know.... I'm just tired from waiting up all night to catch Cowboy Bebop. I am Zubalove.... hear me snore.
Sept. 23, 2001, 8:15 p.m. CST
I think you meant an answer for Brother Putney.
Sept. 24, 2001, 5:07 a.m. CST
Operation Market Garden was also the focus of the all-star Richard Attenborough movie "A Bridge Too Far", which pulled off the massive parachute drop without the benefits of CGI and is all the more impressive because of it. anyway, it was a good BoB episode, even if it strayed quite a bit from what was presented in the book, and sorta gave the impression that the operation was a failure just because of what happened at Nuenen...
Sept. 24, 2001, 9:07 a.m. CST
I was thinking that "cool" might have come into existence at the time the episode took place, but only the "cool elite" would know it. What the hell am I talking about? Moving on...Coop, I agree with you %100 percent on these battle scenes in comparison with those of "SPR"...I think "SPR's" battle scenes were more jarring because they were either based on a large battle (D-Day) or one that is entirely fabricated (the big shootout at the end). Therefore, Spielberg could get away with showing tons of people getting shot, with guts and such strung out everywhere, whereas the directors of the show have to follow history (if only 2 guys were killed in a battle, then Mr. Nutter or whoever can't show row after row of men getting mowed down with machine gun fire. Likewise, if one of those two men was shot in the leg and later died of an infection, and the other guy tripped and hit his head on a rock, Mr. Nutter can't show them with their intestines hanging out or their arms blown off.) And of course, Mr. Spielberg is a far more accomplished director then the flock of TV directors shooting "Band of Brothers".