Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rocketeer

I caught part of the movie Rocketeer this past weekend.

It's got Jennifer Connelly, what's not to like?

Lots of gun content.   1911s, Tommy guns, MP40 ish looking German guns.

Only it is set in 1938.  So...  Odd there would Machine Pistols from the year 1940...

But that is my favorite era in US History.  The 1930s.  Really the Hoover administration and the first two commie terms of the FDR administration.  Not reason to like it from those two socialists, but I like it stylistically.  No reason to like it for the Hard Times of the Depression, then Great Depression, but I do.  It's where I set my 'modern day' fiction when I have a gumption to write.

My Uncle was born in 1934.  My Father in 1938.  My favorite Stanley woodworking tools era was in the 30s, and they'd all be eclipsed post war (I sorta collect tools made between when my Grandpa was born in 1906 and when my father was born in 1938).  The US wasn't dragged into overseas foreign policy stuff.  I like the look of the cars.  Prohibition ended.  Air conditioning and antibiotics were invented.  Men wore hats.  Those horrid ballpoint pens weren't a thing yet.

The war changed everything.  What came after it had it's charm, but I like the time before the war.   

9 comments:

Tam said...

MP-38. Et voila. :)

Tam said...

"The US wasn't dragged into overseas foreign policy stuff."

Except China and the Philippines, which make for good movies!

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Yeah, but an American in the 1930s could ignore anything happening in China or the Phillipines and it would impact his life one iota. But sink a few BBs in far off Hawaii and every changes in Des Moines. Plus, watch out for that Hitler character. He's a bad egg!

Tam said...

"Yeah, but an American in the 1930s could ignore anything happening in China or the Phillipines and it would impact his life one iota."

Go down to the nearest Waffle House and ask one of the patrons at the counter his opinion of the last election in the Philippines. Or the name of the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. ;)

I try not to Pauline Kael myself; it's good for my blood pressure. :)

armedlaughing said...

Fun flick!

gfa

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

"Go down to the nearest Waffle House and ask one of the patrons at the counter his opinion of the last election in the Philippines. Or the name of the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party."

Most truth. And if there was no Iraq or Afghanistan then the US wouldn't be involved in war at all, and any servicemember getting shot at, well, that must be in their imagination. At least as far as the general public is concerned.

And I have no idea, myself, about those two thing without looking them up. Ever since Corazon Aquino and Deng Xiaoping left the stage.

Tam said...

To a lot of Americans, the guys at Camp Bondsteel right now might as well be as fictional as Machinist's Mate 1st Class Jake Holman.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Live Stim? Dead Stim?

Sigman said...

I really liked that movie and Terry O'Quinn as Howard Hughes was a blast!