The Alamo Story – Before the Battle of the Alamo (1715-1835)

Long before the United States of America was a thing, the construction of the San Antonio mission (the location of the chapel), was approved by a Spanish King, but largely carried out by an international organization. Commonly known as the Franciscan order, they were a community of devout Christians that had members all over the world.  They answered to Rome as much as they did to Madrid which is why years later the jealous monarchy would enact policies that would reduce their influence in the Spanish colonies in America, and everywhere else.

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8 Movies about the Battle of the Alamo (From 1915 to 2004)

What I have come to realize after watching eight Alamo movies is that how settings, conflicts, and resolutions are exemplified makes or breaks the audience’s experience. Here is my list of the eight that I saw. From an Alamo enthusiast’s perspective I enjoyed all of them. But I am approaching this review as a regular audience member which is why I was able to narrow my recommendations down to three. I am basing the “quality” of these movies based on how well they treated the three elements I outlined : setting, conflict, and resolution.

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What the Odyssey can teach us about the need for New Media Content Leaders

New media content leaders, like Homer and his famous Odyssey, are really most concerned about the meaningful starting point and the meaningful destination. In order to acquire long term results… Customers should convert not just with their money, but with their attitudes upon arrival. Customers should feel a special attachment to their destination, like Odysseus's special attachment to his home in Ithaca.One time customers convert to loyal customers when they take the happy route of Odysseus, not the fast and unhappy one of Agamemnon.

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OK Google, who is Achilles? I listened to the Iliad with AI – it was way better than reading the book

Now I didn’t expect that I would get from start to finish, but I did. I thought it would be one of those experiences where I could say, “Ok, I get what the Greeks would have liked about this work, but I’m not a Greek so two hours is enough to get the point.” Nope. I listened to all 13 hrs. And It was invigorating and inspirational. What allowed me to get to the end? It was “OK Google.”

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The comedy that should have won an Oscar in 1970. Today it is more relevant than ever!

As someone who is producing a podcast on Davy Crockett, I did my best to watch every single Alamo movie ever produced. I believe I am almost there, but there are a couple I am having a hard time getting my hands on.

One particular Alamo movie that proved to be elusive was "Viva Max." This is an irreverent comedy that portrays a tyrannical yet oddly lovable general who attempts to reoccupy the Alamo Mission one hundred and fifty years after the Texans win their independence from Mexico.

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Davy Crockett timeline from 1786 to 1836 and beyond

Davy Crockett wore a lot of hats — not just a coonskin cap. He was a famous hunter, a charismatic politician, and a war hero. Some people know him for his legacy — his fight for the fair treatment of the poor and his participation in the Texas Revolution. Others may play down his historical significance, regarding Crockett more as a poster child of a new American culture emerging on the frontier. But yet seeming to collide with the quintessential frontiersman image, are all of those things that make him seem more like an outlier. He was the only congressman of Tennessee to vote against the Indian Removal act — an action that lead to his political ruin.

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Mark and Me Ep 2 - Out of Depth

In this second installment of Mark and Me, Leigh explores "a particular brand of loophole-wriggling American ingenuity" that Mark Twain personifies in his writing.  It doesn't matter whether you are talking about the words of Tom, Huck, or even Twain himself in his travel diaries there is something we all admire about a rascally trickster. But when does pulling someone's leg go from being cute to just plain cruel. Mark Twain certainly pushed the limits. Leigh introspects, "Should I feel guilty about stealing my history teacher's treasured stuffed Loch Ness monster doll named Shougal MacDougal?" Perhaps we'll scratch more than the surface of Leigh's guilty admiration of rascality in Out of Depth.

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Halley's Comet - The fascinating connection between Mark Twain and Davy Crockett

Strangely enough as Crockett was on his way out, another luminary figure was being brought into the world. This individual would become a prolific writer who would owe a great deal of his craft to the folklore and legends that were developed around Davy Crockett. 

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Difference between Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone

It is unfortunate that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett are so often paired together. Not only were their personas and legacies entirely distinct, but the spirits of the ages they come from are perhaps as different as the Greeks and Romans. Ok, maybe I went a little over the top with that comparison. But I have to make the point that blending these two figures together prevents us from understanding the real men and the cultures that they belonged to.

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Davy and Me Ep3 - The Frontiersman

When was the last time you heard some disillusioning news about a public figure you admire? I am going to make a wild guess that it wasn't too long ago. For better or for worse, the lives of famous people, both living and deceased, are receiving as much attention for their accomplishments as they are for their mistakes. When I was in Elementary School, Davy Crockett was my Hero. But then I learned something about his life which would force me to rethink what a Hero is. This third episode of Davy and Me is about that experience which many of you will be able to relate to--when our role models let us down.

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Davy and Me Ep2 - The Alamo

This second episode of "Davy and Me" is about this emotion that we Americans feel in our stomachs every time we watch rebel good guys face off against another Evil Empire. While the monuments dedicated to this ideology can be found in the movies and collective imagination, when I was a kid I had the opportunity to see first hand that place where Davy Crockett fought in the Texas Revolution. In other words, the journey in developing my identity as an American began with a movie and culminated in my pilgrimage to the actual site where the battle took place.

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Davy and Me Ep1 - Role Models

An American Producer working in Seoul, struggles to find his own artistic voice while immersed in a foreign country. Despite having assimilated into Korean society, he wonders what he left behind decade ago when he first left his hometown. His peculiar position as an expat working in a homogenous culture, leads him to wonder if there is any mentor who can advise him. For want of an exemplary figure, he reflects on his childhood hero. This leads him to ask the question, "Do we need role models?"

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Interview with Liu Defu, Transnational Movie Director

Recently I had the opportunity to grab a beer with my good friend, Liu Defu, a Chinese movie director working out of Seoul, South Korea. He recently released a transnational melodrama called "By Chance," a production casting actors from China and Japan and a shot with a Korean crew.

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Davy Crockett Podcast?

On this day in 1836, my hero died unexpectedly while pursuing his dreams.  His motto was "be always sure you're right-then go ahead." He practiced what he preached and he lived an exceptional life as a storyteller and social activist. His intuitions lead him to both unprecedented achievements, but extreme hardships as well.  Even though he left this world prematurely just as his career was beginning, he lived a life as human beings were supposed to live -- Free and Passionatly.  This podcast is dedicated to him, David Crockett.

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Inspiration Marketing – Optimizing Targeting for Optimized Customers

Inspiration Marketing is the practice of using a brand to help people become the best individuals they can possibly be, to help them achieve their goals, and to be successful (not later, but right now in this very moment).

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Could music videos be the future of transnational cinema?

This project would be the fulfillment of a dream I had when I first moved to Korea, to produce something poetically transcultural, a work that might lack the visual spectacle of international blockbusters, but reincorporates the philosophical aspect of film that we may have drifted from with the advent of talkies.

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