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Bloviating Zeppelin: ACT of VALOR

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Saturday, March 03, 2012


Act of Valor is playing on most local screens, and came in Number One this past weekend at the box office. My wife and I helped make that so, and we're proud of it.

What I did not realize, until I had seen the entire movie, is that Act of Valor was filmed using live rounds:

As they said: "That ain't CG."

The developers, Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, had already shot specialized training video for the Navy's SPECWARGRU, and actual SEALs were utilized.

Waugh and McCoy subsequently thought that a popular film could be built upon this foundation. First slated as advisors, it dawned on everyone that only SEALs could portray the SEALs as written, and that no cadre of stunt people extant could even begin to offer the physical credibility and accuracy demanded of the script.

Filming took place in Cambodia, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Florida, Mississippi and the Ukraine.

As far as I know, this film is also a FIRST in terms of the primary equipment utilized: Canon DSLR cameras were used as principal capture devices, with various Zeiss and Panavision lenses. Yes. You read that correctly. Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR 21.1 megapixel cameras. Like you see below:

Because of its origin, this film has been generally excoriated by the cinematic elites of Hollywood and various media forms. Pamela Geller panned it. Debbie Schlussel panned it.

I just wanted to see it even more. And no, I don't think it's "Jew-baiting" or "anti-Semitic."

The movie made $24,700,000 this past opening weekend alone.

Shane Hurlbut was the DP (cinematographer) and I have to say that, due to his eye, the film is verily a feast for the eyes. I particularly enjoyed his POV shots over the barrels of various weapons, placing you immediately into the fray.

Further, now that you know that the film was created under LIVE FIRE conditions, I suspect you'll have an even greater appreciation than I did for his rather immediate and precarious camera placement. As the SEALs told Hurlbut: "hey, a vest and a helmet and you'll be fine."

Here, you can see PBR chainguns turning vehicles on the river's shore to wafting metal molecules. In truth, PBR chainguns did in fact turn vehicles on the river's shore to wafting metal molecules.

There will be no Academy Awards given here. This much is obvious. But in my estimation that isn't the point. The point is: where are our heroes? Where are the lines of delineation? Why is everything gray -- and -- what is wrong with actually declaring heroes and villains?

Because, sometimes, things really are that simple.

Do you know why I am able to write this post? And why others are able to pan the movie and declare themselves Omnisciently Leftist?

Because we don't speak German on two accounts. And because we don't yet speak Spanish in this country nationwide. And because we don't yet adhere to Islam and Sharia Law.

Because of our AMERICAN SOLDIERS, past and present.

The point is this: who will keep us safe in the future?

"Damn few."


Click on each photo to enlarge greatly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie Schlussel and Pamela Geller can, collectively or individually, kiss my ASS on that puckered part that NEVER sees the light of day!

2 histrionic Jewish bitches that think if the whole fucking world doesn't revolve around THEM and Israel, then the whole world is anti-Semitic.

It's NOT, but both of those women are a few sandwiches short of a picnic!

Fri Mar 02, 08:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I am going to see the movie again this weekend on a larger screen. I can think of no better way to spend my dollars than to support of this type of nation-affirming film-making.


Fri Mar 02, 08:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Don't know if you're a movie-goer Fred, but if you are, whatever cash you spend to see the film will be well spent.

If we can't support this kind of nation-affirming media, then what can we support?

I'll see it two times. I may even see it three times.

I'll put my money where my mouth is.


Fri Mar 02, 08:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Old NFO said...

I've got it on my to do list!

Sat Mar 03, 04:03:00 AM PST  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

I haven't been in a movie theater in years but I am going to see this one.

Sat Mar 03, 08:16:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Seen it... And BOTH of those Jewish BITCHES screaming that it's anti-Semitic can STILL kiss my ass...

Sat Mar 03, 10:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger Ron Russell said...

Great post and tribute to the SEALS. I will see the movie, but will have to wait until it comes to the small screen as I never go to the movies anymore.

Sat Mar 03, 11:20:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Going to see it either tonight or tomorrow. Can't wait.

Sun Mar 04, 04:41:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Ron: that's actually kind of sad. You miss out on the big screen effect and, depending on the theatre, the wonderful sound. And boy, is there some wonderful sound to this.

I still can't believe they shot it on Canon DSLRs.


Sun Mar 04, 01:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Saw it today... WOW. And yep. Some overly sensitive bitches like Geller and Shluessel... Not a bit of anti-semitism to be found. But what did bother me is "This is based on actual operations" NOW think back to all of those stories in Mexico where "Cartels" supposedly killed a bunch of folks... Mmmmm..

Great movie. I had a hard time with a few scenes wrecked me emotionally.. But I tell ya it was an awesome film.

Sun Mar 04, 07:51:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Robert: and it was GREAT, was it not?

And actual film where our military is portrayed in a POSITIVE fashion?

Where a concept like SACRIFICE is exposed for all to see?

I'm putting my money where my philosophy is. I've seen it twice. I'm seeing it again.


Sun Mar 04, 08:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger Susan Katz Keating said...

The producer had a nice chat with our group at this year's Milblog Convention. You can watch and listen here:

Sun Jun 10, 04:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...


I gotta go there!



Sun Jun 10, 06:15:00 PM PDT  

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