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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz
Adventure / Family

In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.

It's somewhere over the rainbow...

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The Wizard of Oz (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

Dorothy is a young orphaned girl raised by her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in the bleak landscape of a Kansas farm. She has a little black dog Toto, who is her sole source of happiness on the dry, gray prairies. One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy and Toto inside, is caught up in a cyclone and deposited in a field in Munchkin Country, the eastern quadrant of the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the evil ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East.

The Good Witch of the North comes with the Munchkins to greet Dorothy and gives Dorothy the Silver Shoes (believed to have magical properties) that the Wicked Witch of the East had been wearing when she was killed. In order to return to Kansas, the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy that she will have to go to the "Emerald City" or "City of Emeralds" and ask the Wizard of Oz to help her. Before she leaves, the Good Witch of the North kisses her on the forehead, giving her magical protection from trouble.
On her way down the road of yellow bricks, Dorothy frees the Scarecrow from the pole he is hanging on, restores the movements of the rusted Tin Woodman with an oil can, and encourages them and the Cowardly Lion to journey with her and Toto to the Emerald City. The Scarecrow wants to get a brain, the Tin Woodman wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion wants courage. All four of the travelers believe that the Wizard can solve their troubles. The party finds many adventures on their journey together, including overcoming obstacles such as narrow pieces of the yellow brick road, vicious Kalidahs, a river, and the Deadly Poppies.

When the travelers arrive at the Emerald City, they are asked to wear green spectacles by the Guardian of the Gates as long as they remain in the city. The four are the first to ever successfully meet with the Wizard. When each traveler meets with the Wizard, he appears each time as someone or something different. Dorothy sees the Wizard as a giant head, Scarecrow sees the Wizard a beautiful woman, Tin Woodman sees the Wizard as a terrible beast, and the Cowardly Lion sees the Wizard as a ball of fire. The Wizard agrees to help each of them....but only if one of them kills the Wicked Witch of the West who rules over the western Winkie Country. The Guardian of the Gates warns them that no one has ever managed to harm the very cunning and cruel Wicked Witch.

As the friends travel across the Winkie Country, the Wicked Witch sees them coming and attempts various ways of killing them:
First, she sends her 40 great wolves to kill them. The Tin Woodman manages to kill them all.
Then the Wicked Witch of the West sends her 40 crows to peck their eyes out. The Scarecrow manages to kill them by grabbing them and breaking their necks.

Then the Wicked Witch of the West summons a swarm of black bees to sting them to death. Using the Scarecrow's extra straw, the others hide underneath it while the bees try to sting the Tin Woodman.
Then the Wicked Witch of the West uses her Winkie soldiers to attack them. They are scared off by the Cowardly Lion.

Using the power of the Golden Cap, the Wicked Witch of the West summons the Winged Monkeys to capture Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and Toto, and to destroy the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. This plan is successful and the survivors are carried to the Witch.

The Wicked Witch forces Dorothy to do housework for the castle, all the while scheming to steal Dorothy's magical shoes. She also locks up the Lion without food until he will submit to being a pack animal (he never does, as Dorothy sneaks him food at night).

The Wicked Witch melts, from the W. W. Denslow illustration of the first edition (1900).

When the Wicked Witch gains one of Dorothy's silver shoes by trickery, Dorothy in anger grabs a bucket of water and throws it on the Wicked Witch. To her shock, this causes the Witch to melt away, allowing Dorothy to recover the shoe. The Winkies rejoice at being freed of the witch's tyranny and they help to reassemble the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. The Winkies love the Tin Woodman, and they ask him to become their ruler, which he agrees to do after helping Dorothy return to Kansas.

Dorothy, after finding and learning how to use the Golden Cap, summons the Winged Monkeys to carry her and her companions back to the Emerald City. and the King of the Winged Monkeys tells how he and the other monkeys were bound by an enchantment to the cap by the sorceress Gayelette.

When Dorothy and her friends meet the Wizard of Oz again, he tries to put them off. Toto accidentally tips over a screen in a corner of the throne room, revealing the Wizard to be an ordinary old man who had journeyed to Oz from Omaha long ago in a hot air balloon. The Wizard has been longing to return to his home and be in a circus again ever since.....

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Siege of Carthage



The Romans elected the young but popular Scipio Aemilianus as consul, a
special law being passed to lift the age restriction. Scipio restored
discipline, defeated the Carthaginians in a field battle, and besieged
the city closely, constructing a mole to block the harbor.

In the
spring of 146 BC the Romans broke through the city wall but they were
hard pressed to take the city. Every building, house and temple had been
turned into a stronghold and every Carthaginian had taken up a weapon.
The Romans were forced to move slowly, capturing the city house by
house, street by street and fighting each Carthaginian soldier who
fought with courage born of despair. Eventually after hours upon hours
of house-to-house fighting, the Carthaginians surrendered. An estimated
50,000 surviving inhabitants were sold into slavery. The city was then
leveled. The land surrounding Carthage was declared ager publicus, and
it was shared between local farmers, and Roman and Italian ones.

the end of the battle, a dramatic event took place: the few survivors
had found refuge in the temple of Eshmun, in the citadel of Byrsa,
although it was already burning. They negotiated their surrender, but
Scipio Aemilianus expressed that forgiveness was impossible either for
Hasdrubal, the general who defended the city, or for the Roman
deserters. Hasdrubal then left the Citadel to surrender and praying for
mercy (he had tortured Roman prisoners in front of the Roman army). At
that moment Hasdrubal's wife allegedly went out with her two children,
insulted her husband, sacrificed her sons and jumped with them into a
fire that the deserters had started. The deserters then jumped into the
fire too, and Scipio Aemilianus started crying.

After the war, Scipio Aemilianus was given the honorific nickname Scipio Aemilianus Africanus (Scipio Aemilianus The African).

Monday, May 11, 2015

★ Starcraft 2 - Heart of the Swarm - The Movie Extended Cut - ALL HD Cin...

StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm All Cutscenes / Cinematics Movie

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2 Heart of the Swarm is the first expansion to the 2010 release of the
heralded Real-Time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.* Heart
of the Swarm features a new campaign continuing the epic story of Sarah
Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, as she gathers the remnants of the Zerg
Swarm and plots her revenge against the treacherous dictator of the
Koprulu sector, Arcturus Mengsk.

Collection of ALL cinematics,
cutscenes (and certain character dialogues) from Starcraft 2 - Heart of
the Swarm for your enjoyment

~Table of Contents~
00:11 Swarm
02:57 Hopes & fears
05:46 Get It Together
06:34 Choices
09:03 Transmission
13:59 Home Coming
15:31 Captive & Enslaved
17:17 Birthworld "Heart of the Swarm - Primal Zerg Cinematic"
19:34 Za'gara
22:55 Conscience
23:39 Sherpa
24:20 Zerus
25:18 The Ancient One
26:51 Reborn
28:01 Dehaka
29:51 Abathur Impressed
30:44 Jim's Alive?
32:10 The Hyperion
33:22 Mira Han
36:29 Believe In Me
38:44 Alexei Stukov
39:37 Shifting Perspective "Kerrigan vs Narud - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Cinematic"
42:33 Regeneration
44:37 Korhal Assault
49:02 Ascension "Heart of The Swarm Ending Cinematic"

Thank you Blizzard for a wonderful game.

Seventh Son - Official Trailer (HD) Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes

Source: - "Seventh Son" - Official Trailer

18th century adventure story centered on young Thomas, who is
apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first
great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her
confinement while the Spook is away.

Director: Sergey Bodrov

Writers: Joseph Delaney (book), Matt Greenberg (previous screenplay)

Stars: Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes

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