David Aaron Gray

"Don't believe everything 
you hear on the radio"
- Charles Foster Kane

Blog

Thoughts on the Phony, Fascinating and Forgotten Issues of Yesterday and Today

view:  full / summary

Top 100 Catchphrases of All Time

Posted by davidaarongray on February 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

You may not recognize the movie but you probably heard the quote. From the dramatic to the slapstick, here is a collection of the most memorable quotes and one-liners in Hollywood history.

  • "Fat guy in a little coat"
  • "I see dead people"
  • "I could've been a contender"
  • "Say hello to my little friend"
  • "la–di–da"
  • "Reeeeetainerrr!"
  • "Crab cakes and football..."
  • "...the most famous is never to fight a land war in Asia..."
Read Full Post »

EXCERPT FROM OPERATION AUSCHWITZ: THE ESCAPE

Posted by davidaarongray on February 9, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)


2:30am, Tuesday, April 27, 1943: Inside the camp bakery at Auschwitz I (main camp)

After 948 days as inmate #4859, Captain Witold Pilecki, along with fellow inmates Jan Redzej (Jasiek) and Edward Ciesielski (Edek) made the daring decision to escape the Nazi deat...
Read Full Post »

Which U.S. Presidents Have Been Portrayed the Most in Films?

Posted by davidaarongray on January 23, 2014 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)



 

Some of the greatest movies ever made were based on the respective lives of the most powerful Chief Executive in the world.

 

Below is a chart showing the number of film portrayals for each U.S. President (data is from IMDB and does not include documentaries or films where the President plays himself).

 

Though you may have guessed which man was depicted the ...

Read Full Post »

Escape from Auschwitz

Posted by davidaarongray on January 8, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

After close to three years as an inmate at Auschwitz, Captain Witold Pilecki decided to break out of the camp, with the hope of personally convincing Polish Home Army leaders that a prisoner rescue attempt was a valid option. When he was assigned to a night shift at the camp bakery, he and two comrades overpowered a guard, cut the phone line and escaped taking with them documents stolen from the Germans.

 

This video maps Pilecki's escape route from the bakery a...

Read Full Post »

A FEW GOOD MEN: A Lesson in Moral Disengagement

Posted by davidaarongray on November 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

"Unit, Corps, God, Country." Who could possibly forget that (now almost) cliche Marine Corps "code" from the 1992 classic, A Few Good Men.

 

But before signing up at your local Marine Recruitment office, I have a word of caution for all you would be warriors…intense and unforgettable though it may be, that "code," referenced several times throughout A Few Good Men, was simply one of many fictitious...

Read Full Post »

Top Plan B Casting Calls - Part II

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)



So, in Part I on this continuing series on "Top B Casting Calls" I began with O.J. Simpson as the original choice to play The Terminator back in 1984. Although known by many a film buff, I could not ignore the obvious irony that had been attributed to the recasting...the producers of the film fearing that "The Juice" was "too nice to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer."

 

Meanwhile, the lead a...

Read Full Post »

Top Plan B Casting Calls - Part I

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)



Life is full of disappointments...especially when it comes to Hollywood.

 

After seeing a great film we sometimes find it close to impossible to separate our most beloved (and most reviled) characters from the professionals that portray them.

 

Take Col. Nathan R. Jessup (A Few Good Men). Now, can you think of anyone (dead or alive) who could h...

Read Full Post »

Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #1

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)


#1 The Difference Between Winning and Losing

You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.




"I don't know what to s...
Read Full Post »

Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #2

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


#2 "Outta order? I'll show you outta order! You don't know what outta order is!"


You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.



SLADE: Still worthy of being a 'Baird Man.'"...

Read Full Post »

Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #3

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


#3 "Sons of Scotland"

You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.


Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #4

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)



#4 "Great Moments are Born from Great Opportunity"


You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.


 

 

Top 5: Inspirational Speeches From Film: #5

Posted by davidaarongray on October 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

#5: General Patton - "Americans Love a Winner"

 

Patton's Speech to the Third Army, alternatively known simply as "Patton's Speech," was a series of speeches given by General George S. Patton to troops of the United States Third Army in 1944, prior to the Normandy Landings. Patton, already established as a highly effective and charismatic leader, sought to motivate the inexperienced Third...

Read Full Post »

Why It Took 13 Years To Make the Movie 'Lincoln'

Posted by davidaarongray on October 15, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)



The concept for, what would become Steven Spielberg’s Oscar worthy film, Lincoln, was officially born way back in September 1999 when the acclaimed director heard that historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin was writing a book about the 16th President of the United States. Spielberg immediately told her he wanted the film rights and DreamWorks finalized the deal in 2001.

Read Full Post »

The Man of Steel

Posted by davidaarongray on September 30, 2013 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)



The Original Superman?:

Stalin wasn’t his real name but a name he gave himself in his early twenties. With his real name being unpronounceable he took to using this in an attempt to hide his non-Russian roots. It means ‘man of steel’


 

Shorty McSensitive:

 

After his...

Read Full Post »

Today is Flag Day Everyone!

Posted by davidaarongray on June 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Today, June 14th, is Flag Day in the United States. To mark the occasion we should clarify a few things about Old Glory and her 30+ facelifts since her birth.


First things first... the below flag, commonly known as the "Betsy Ross Flag" was NOT EVEN THE FIRST FLAG OF THE USA!

 



Above: the "Betsy Ross Flag"


Like all new enterprises, ...

Read Full Post »

Best Picture Blunders (What were they thinking?)

Posted by davidaarongray on April 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Gigi 1958



More Worthy:

Weak set of nominees, and un-nominated Vertigo and Touch of Evil

 


Oliver! 1968

Read Full Post »

Best Films Never to Win an Oscar

Posted by davidaarongray on April 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 


The Shawshank Redemption 1994

The Shawshank Redemption never got an Oscar, despite seven nominations. Pulp Fiction was also knocked out of the box by Forrest Gump in 1994. Fans avenged Shawshank by voting it the number two film of all time on IMdB (second only to The Godfather). Shawshank is also the highest rated film on Yahoo Movies. It was voted the best film never to have won B...

Read Full Post »

The Other 50 United States

Posted by davidaarongray on April 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

51) Long Island (not quite long enough it seems)



There are or have been several movements regarding secession of parts of present day New York. The most prominent amongst these have been the movements for a state of Long Island.

 

The secession o...

Read Full Post »

Rss_feed