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History’s Kaleidoscopic Amelioration

The world has never been black and white. Every now and then, it’s important to be reminded of this reality. Need proof with grit and undeniable realism?

That’s coming in a minute.

Dating back to history class with our generations-worn textbooks and age-old documentaries, which project major historical events from the mid-20th century and 19th century (primarily) in black and white, we are almost involuntarily conditioned to imagine life “back then” in a simplistic, unrelatable fashion. Of course, a significant reason for this misguided perception has been the determined yet ever-so-gradual development of film (still and motion).

The arc of technological progress moves at various rates.

Speaking of which, famed ‘Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson, in concert with Warner Bros. Pictures, is aiming to rock our world cinematically by taking a large leap forward to showcase when the world was being rocked for real.

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the new trailer for the documentary of the Great War (1914-1918) titled ‘They Shall Not Grow Old.’

 

Incredible.

To the disbelief of those born into a fully-immersed technicolor world, life has always been in high-definition.

True story.

Our resolution has always been 4K.

Yes.

And hopefully, the technology used to transform the Great War into a vivid, deeply consequential global conflict will be seen as more of something akin to yesteryear and less of simply a time gone by. This film technology, as painstaking a process as it is, needs to be utilized for more history-altering events in human history that will alter how we live in the present and positively impact what will transpire in the future.

We know that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. But what if we learn (well, see) history in ways we never imagined or perceived were possible?

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ will be in select theaters on December 17 and December 27.

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Christopher Reeve Was Super; Man Who Inspired Hope

When your blog is called Jimmy’s Daily Planet, a random tribute to Christopher Reeve is perfectly normal.

And necessary on a Tuesday.

Here’s to hoping we can return to some degree of inspiring simplicity.

Movie Magic Is a Fantastic Beast

Movies don’t always deliver movie magic. It’s just a reality.

Some are easy to predict such a fate from the basic premise and/or cast and director. Some promise an extraordinary cinematic experience in a trailer teaser followed by a series of full-length trailers spread out across a couple of months and then disappoint.

However, some deliver with unforgettable grandeur because of the writing, the director, and the cast.

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that by some wizarding magic within the broader movie-magic construct is occurring with the forthcoming film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.’

Prediction: ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will surpass ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’

Happy Monday!

If this 2013 ‘Man of Steel’ teaser trailer doesn’t inspire you, then I don’t know what will.

Now go ahead and hit PLAY again.

Have a Better (& More Super) Week Than Last Week.