Since this is a new blog and I’m working up more content, I am backdating some of my reviews, generally to the period where I first wrote the review. I have several more in the pipeline, including film reviews of African Queen with Bogart, the beautiful, Spitfire showcase Dark Blue World (now added and backdated), and the John Wayne African safari-ish film Hatari. I’ll look at some Cold War spy flicks as well, like Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.
I am a firm believer in reading. Men need to read, especially history and literature. I’ll review Joseph Conrad’s south pacific yarn, Victory. I’ll review what some folks call the greatest novel of all time, Alexander Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo. If you even wonder where the idea for the character Indian Jones came from, read H. Rider Haggard‘s King Solomon’s Mines. I’ll review that one as well. On the radar for a review is also Florence Kingsley’s tale of mystery and danger, Prisoners of the Sea. All of these books are good reads for anyone, and I encourage men to be well read in good literature. These books usually appeal to men, though the Dumas work is, admittedly, a very long book.
I’ll try to post good content. I get preachy sometimes, but media isn’t neutral. I’ll never praise anything overtly Marxist or base, radical feminism is rotten in my view, and I love a good story of human drama. Films teach, they make disciples of us. Books do likewise. We should be mindful of what the directors and writers are pushing, and what we are absorbing. We should also enjoy good craft. Men should care about these things. I hope to encourage that.