The 1st Battalion, 5th Marines is the adopted
These films usually center on combat operations. But this one zeros in on the vital aftermath of combat: helping the local population to build a secure life.
This film pulls no punches in presenting the complaints of the villagers. The Marines have pushed out the
Lt. Col. Bill McCullough is the Marine Corps' face of the effort. He presents a thoughtful and intelligent approach to gain the confidence of the elders and get the job done.
To see on screen the progress made in the people's lives in less than a year is remarkable. We can only hope they can sustain the effort when these outstanding Marines are gone.
I attended a special screening of the film at Triangle Square to benefit a charitable support group of the unit. The movie will be released to the general public in early 2012.
Banderas in two very different roles
I saw two movies starring
There's enough good fun here to please kids and grown ups alike.
Long before he got his fancy footwear, Puss and his cracked little friend were like brothers but then became enemies. Can a handful of beans amount to more than a friendship?
This "Puss" may not have nine lives, but I wouldn't hiss at a sequel.
Banderas plays another delusional, but more sinister Spaniard in
Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon obsessed with his mysterious patient Vera (
This film is quite complicated; perverse, yet elegant. Banderas' character is as mad as the story, and he plays it with delicate finesse — you never know exactly what he's thinking or his motives.
"The Skin I Live In" proved to be a fitting choice for
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.