Movie Review: Killing Lincoln (2013)

Some people were expecting the worst from National Geographic’s Killing Lincoln, for two reasons: Bill O’Reilly’s book of the same title was littered with inaccuracies, and the production team of Ridley and Tony Scott, along with director Adrian Moat, recently produced one of the most inept and historically insulting documentaries ever made, Gettysburg, back in…

“Lincoln” Background Talent Ed Mantell Shares His Review

I have known actor and filmmaker Ed Mantell for a few years, and he is always good for a story or two. After working on so many Civil War related documentaries and features (and many other genres as well), it is safe to say that his insight has helped me understand the film-making process a…

Viewing the Script of “Killing Lincoln”

Thanks to a source involved with the production of the Ridley & Tony Scott-produced documentary slated for a 2013 release on National Geographic titled Killing Lincoln, I was able to view the working script over the last couple of days so I could give an early opinion on what this special is going to be…

Travesty to History: Gettysburg Documentary Wins Four Emmys

When I read that the History’s Gettysburg documentary from this past May was nominated for six Emmy Awards, I wanted to laugh. Today, when I found out that they actually won four, I wanted to cry. Okay, so maybe tears did not really well up in my eyes, but that does not make me any…

Despite Hype, History’s “Gettysburg” Fails to Deliver

While I applaud the filmmakers of Gettysburg for finally giving us an accurate depiction of Civil War violence, with plenty of blood, guts, and limbs flying everywhere, I cannot help but feel that the audience was deprived of highly important information, especially if someone was watching this who did not know much about the most…

Easter Weekend Special: Religion Goes to the Movies

In celebration of Easter weekend, I thought I would give you my favorite religious movies, and believe me, they are more than wide-ranging. Even though I have come to be weary of all religion, my own included, how can we not love a good religious epic from the 50’s and 60’s, the decades that spawned…

Civil War Shout-Outs: April 12, 2011

Being that today marks the date that the American Civil War began, something I blogged about last night, I have been on the look-out for any mentions of the event on television and radio. So far, I am very pleased to see such a wide array of broadcasts mentioning today’s anniversary, and this will only…