American Theater (World War II)

America was bombed 1,000 times during World War II

Among the lesser known weapons used in World War II were airborne bombs, that drifted across the ocean like flying jellyfish. They were known as fugo, or fire balloons, and they were the only successful attack on the mainland United States. Continue reading

Yes, Nixon Scuttled the Vietnam Peace Talks

Did Richard Nixon’s campaign conspire to scuttle the Vietnam War peace talks on the eve of the 1968 election to capture him the presidency?

Absolutely, says Tom Charles Huston, the author of a comprehensive, still-secret report he prepared as a White House aide to Nixon. In one of 10 oral histories conducted by the National Archives and opened last week, Huston says “there is no question” that Nixon campaign aides sent a message to the South Vietnamese government, promising better terms if it obstructed the talks, and helped Nixon get elected. Continue reading

Cold War in films

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one. (112 mins.)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
A Gathering of Eagles (1963) During the Cold War, Air Force Colonel Jim Caldwell shapes up his Strategic Air Command B-52 wing to pass a nuclear war readiness test. (115 mins.)
The Bedford Incident (1965) An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (102 mins.)
Seven Days in May (1964) United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
Fail-Safe (1964) American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it’s a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
The War Game (1965) The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city… (48 mins.) Continue reading

BEST HORROR MOVIES BY YEAR SINCE 1920

Look, we know that it’s the time of year when everyone and their sister has a list of the best horror movies of all time. This time out, we at Rotten Tomatoes decided to take a slightly different tack. Using our weighted formula, we compiled a list of the best-reviewed fright fests from each year since 1920 — the year The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which created the template for horror cinema, was released. This wasn’t an easy assignment — there were several years, like 1932 and 1960, that boasted a slate of classic films (and a few others, like 1937 and 1938, in which we had trouble finding any solid contenders). What was the best horror flick the year you were born? Check out our list — if you dare. Continue reading

Donald Trump Nativist Speech Follows Dark US Pattern

Rachel Maddow did a very powerful and important segment about the long, sordid history of anti-immigration hysteria in this country, going back to the know-nothings of the mid-1800s and all the way to the modern day. She correctly notes that Trump is just the latest iteration of American nativism and xenophobia.

And all of this goes back to tribalism and the psychology of the right-wing mindset, which is hyper-reactive to perceived threats from the outside, threats to our collective identity and to the purity of our bloodlines. That’s why Trump is so wildly popular among white supremacists, because his policies dovetail perfectly with their vastly exaggerated perceptions of threats to the white tribe. Watch this whole thing, it’s important.