Thursday, November 27, 2014

Top 10 Quotes: "The War At Home"

This 1996 drama directed by Emilio Estevez tells the heartbreaking story of a Vietnam veteran's first Thanksgiving with his family since returning to Texas.

1. Karen: The final battle of Vietnam was fought along an unrecognized front, far from the shellings and the smell of napalm and the sound of planes and guns. It was a battle my brother Jeremy fought when he came back.

2. Bob: (says this repeatedly before showing people pictures of a young Jeremy) Did I ever tell you I was friends with a famous cowboy?

3. Maurine: I wish they would make Thanksgiving on a Sunday, then everyone could go to a service before they eat with their families. It'd be more religious, like it was with the Pilgrims.
Jeremy: What about the Indians?
Maurine: Oh, there were no Indians at the first Thanksgiving.

4. Bob: (to his nephew) 299. Don't tell me you don't know what that means, David. I think your old man knows what it means, don't you, Howe? That's your goddamn birthday, David, for when they pulled the numbers out for the draft card lottery. 299, that's the number that saved your ass from having to go and fight in Vietnam. Would you like to know what Jeremy's number was? It was 8! 8! 8!

5. Maurine: (about Jeremy) I just don't understand what went wrong. His whole life, he was so
grown-up, so polite.
Karen: War changes people.
Maurine: War doesn't make you rude to your parents.

6. Jeremy: Look, if you're gonna talk to me about car wrecks, you can stop right now.
Bob: What? What are you talking about?
Jeremy: You told me more people die in car wrecks each year than died in Vietnam.
Bob: I may have said that--
Jeremy: Not "may have." Did.

7. Melissa: They were scary, your letters.
Jeremy: They were scary 'cause I was scared.

8. Karen: (about Maurine) She's gonna have a nervous breakdown.
Jeremy: I know she wants one. I know she ain't gonna be happy 'til she has one.

9. Jeremy: I don't cheer when I just woke up.

10. Maurine: (about the Indians at the first Thanksgiving) I'm sure they were all Christians by then.
Jeremy: Oh no, they weren't.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Longmire Rides On

As I blogged about before, fans of TV's Longmire were quite upset when the drama was axed, mostly due to perception that the audience was "too old." Not content to have the show fade off into the sunset, fans called for people to boycott the show's former network A&E. The creators immediately began shopping the Western around to other networks.

Months passed with no word on a possible new home. The fanbase, aptly named the Longmire Posse, never gave up hope. Each Monday, there were "stampedes" on Twitter to lobby for a network to save the show. I participated in as many stampedes as I could, studies permitting. Stars of the show including Adam Bartley (The Ferg) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry Standing Bear) joined in; Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire) posted YouTube videos, making cryptic comments such as "keep doin' what you're doin'" and alluding to things going on behind the scenes.

I picked up an issue of Globe earlier this week after reading that the magazine had done an exclusive interview with Adam Bartley. He echoed Robert Taylor's sentiments and expressed his gratitude for the loyalty of the show's fanbase. Less than a day after reading the interview, I saw a headline on Entertainment Weekly's website announcing that Netflix will be picking up Longmire for 10 episodes. Filming is scheduled to resume in New Mexico. Season 4 is set to premiere sometime next year. I can't wait to see what's next for Absaroka County's finest! :)