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When Life Becomes The Focus of Art

"Each generation of pilots hopes that they will leave their profession better off than they found it." -  Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

In my opinion, you'd be hard-pressed to not find someone who's heard of Captain Sully and the Miracle on the Hudson.  As someone who was working in the broadcast news industry when that water landing happened, I can fully attest how this story mesmerized the American people.  And now we get the story behind the story thanks to the amazing duo of Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks.  The trailer for "Sully," which hits theatres on September 9th, hit the world wide web today.  And... it... looks... damn good.

"There's simply no substitute for experience in terms of aviation safety." -  Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

I, for one, had NO idea of all the shit the trailer shows Sully going through following the Miracle water landing.  I guess that's what makes it a compelling story.  Must be, otherwise I don't think Eastwood and Hanks would have signed on for it.  And I'm hopeful "Sully" continues the amazing run Hollywood seems to be on when it comes to bio-pics.  For all my ranting about shitty remakes, these fresh, new and unique films reaffirm what's great about movies.   "Patton," "Ray," "Capote," "Ghandi," Malcom X," "Raging Bull," and more.  THESE are the movies that resonate with audiences and, it turn, always seem to garner award consideration and wins.  Think that will happen with "Sully?"  Only time will tell.

"A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown." -  Tom Hanks

Now, if you'll permit me, I'd like to sing the praises of Mister Tom Hanks.  Bravo, Tom.  Just watching the "Sully" trailer, he LOOKS every bit the part.  Just like he did in "Captain Phillips."  And it's worlds away from the look of "Forrest Gump."  I swear, he's part chameleon.  And, that, too, is what makes him so damn good.  But... I"m still a fan of him in "Bachelor Party," "Big," and "Bosom Buddies."  In fact, He's one of the few with whom I'd really want to sit down, open a cold one, and just shoot the shit.   Hanx, Betty White, James Earl Jones, and Mel Brooks would make for one hell of a lively discussion.  Maybe someday.  But, until then, like you... I'll be flocking to see any and all things that feature their talents. - MO