The Counterfeiters

6 05 2010

  This is based on the true story of how Germany ran out of money during World War II and started making fake pounds to fund their war effort.  The take an imprisoned Jewish-Russian Saloman who was the greatest counterfeiter before the war.  He was working on counterfeiting the American dollar just as he was arrested.  He’s pulled from work in a concentration camp and put on Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting scheme in history.

  After Sally and his team make a counterfeit pound that even passes the British bank’s inspection, they are given the task to make the American dollar.  Sally, determined to finally conquer his greatest fake yet, sets forth.  But one of the men helping with the production keeps sabotaging the dollar, doing anything to stop Hitler and his cause.  Finally the decision is on the table: produce a counterfeit dollar bill or five men will be shot then replaced until it is produced.

  This Holocaust movie gives you another view of life in concentration camps and how the Germans, knowing they were going bankrupt, would do anything to win the war.  I highly recommend this movie if you like heist-like movies kind of like Ocean’s 11.

Ellen





Music Monday Vol. 4

3 05 2010

There’s something about this song that gets me.  Do you ever do that, listen to a song and kind of just feel it?  Yeah.  Anyway, I don’t even know where this song came from… I found it on my laptop and suddenly it was there.  The song is Caitlin by Clouds and Cities and I really don’t have any words to say about it.  I find with the music, it’s better to listen.  So listen to this one and I’ll think of a band for next week that I can tell you more about.

Caitlin by Clouds and Cities

Ellen





The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

2 05 2010

  The Boy In The Striped Pajamas tells us the story of Bruno and his family during World War II.  Bruno’s father, a soldier, has been promoted at the beginning to the film to head of a concentration camp.  The family moves into the countryside, about a mile or two from the camp, into a nice cottage full of Nazi soldiers.  With just his sister Gretel as a companion, Bruno spends one day wondering around, hoping to find clues of the strange farmers across the hill in the camp.  He winds his way through the woods until he comes to the fence and meets a little boy named Shmuel.  Every day after Bruno escapes into the woods and meets Shmuel at the fence where they will sit and talk for hours, two little boys who don’t know or understand the politics of war.  Then one day Bruno’s new friendship is discovered by one of the nastier soldiers at his home who tries to make him terrorize Shmuel.

  This film takes a hard look at the power of friendship and the innocence of children in the subjects that adults war about.  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a great film, [cinema-wise, not the Holocaust].  I first watched this film while on vacation in Washington, D.C. right after we had visited the Holocaust Museum.  I hadn’t heard anything about the film so I was caught off guard when it started in the midst of the Nazis.  A great movie worth watching, I would keep it away from your children until they’re in high school and better understand what actually happened in Europe during World War II.

Ellen





Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

1 05 2010

  I will admit, I watch Veggie Tales when I can find it.  I always like Silly Songs with Larry, they make me smile.  So last night, instead of working on one of my papers or studying for a final, I watched Jonah.

  We follow Bob on a road trip to a concert with a van full of kids.  A few mishaps occur that soon leave them needing a tow truck at a seafood restaurant in the woods.  While they’re waiting for the truck and tempers are riding a thin line, the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything tell them the story of Jonah to remind them about mercy and compassion.

  I liked this movie, putting the serious story of Jonah from the Bible on a level that children can understand and learn serious subjects like mercy and compassion from. Definitely worth your time to sit down with your kids or your niece and nephew to watch.