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Cowboys & Aliens review

Posted : 5 years, 6 months ago on 2 November 2012 12:45 (A review of Cowboys & Aliens)

Fun Facts:
• For Cowboys & Aliens, advised the filmmakers with Scott Rushforth, a teacher versed in the history and customs of the Chicahua State University of New Mexico and Enjady Oliver, an Apache Mescalero Apache Reservation.
• Producers also inviting the Mescalero southern New Mexico, Native Americans hired nationwide.
• Where land hostile invaders, is the territory of New Mexico in 1875. At the time the Civil War had ended recently in the American west, Aboriginal Apaches, Navajos and others fought against the expansion of the settlers on their land.
• Olivia Wilde, Keith Carradine and Ana de la Reguera, decided to shoot her scenes in which the link and the aliens abduct and for that were trained by the stunt coordinator Tommy Harper.
The actors are numerous and riding scenes during the test period were trained on the horses to many hours would the following three months. Riders coach Clay Lilly worked with stakeholders to carefully pick a horse for each of them.
• The dog that reaches Absolution is played by two Australian Shepherds named Dart and Arrow, both trained by Eadie McMullen.
To help create the atmosphere of the old American West, were used more than 100 horses, cattle, sheep, goats and rats, the same as a Eurasian owl appears briefly in the steamer.
• In the 1870's the laundry or an extra set was a luxury. The production required 14 copies of each outfit, many of which had to do more dirty and worn as the plot progressed.
• For her, there were 17 copies of her two dresses.
• 10 people were devoted to old clothes.
Absolution scenes were filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch southwest of Santa Fe, a ranch of several thousand acres.
• Production established its base in the city of Santa Fe, where the company filmed for three months across thousands of acres in northern New Mexico.
Several scenes were filmed at Rancho San Cristobal, 35 miles south of Santa Fe
• Among the locations are in the sights of San Cristobal, Santa Clara town, the banks of the Rio Grande, Lake Abiqui and Plaza Blanca in the hills of the Chama River Valley in upstate.
To film the first attack of the alien invaders, the company brought cattle, double and a variety of film crew.
• joined the cast over 30 doubles and women, 23 horses, two dogs, a goat and two dozen extras.
• There was an array of cranes, cables and lights. Suspended in cars from over 300 tons of construction cranes had sophisticated laser lights that moved synchronously as explosions detonated around skilled riders on horses specially trained to work with pyrotechnics and loud noises.
At both ends there were 14 additional towers 80 feet tall with light boards.
• Shane Mahan was commissioned to design the aliens, part insect, part amphibian, part sea creature.
• Instead of creating a costume that someone uses, Shane Mahan created a complex set of multifunctional gear interchangeable parts. The result was a monster of 8 feet tall with a head that moves to remote and limbs protruding from his torso during some of his encounters with humans.
The visual effects were achieved largely by the supervisor Roger Guyett of Industrial Light & Magic of Lucasfilm.
• Companies The Embassy Visual Effects, Ghost FX, Fuel VFX, The Garage VFX and FX Shade VFX created additional.
• Studies and Kerner Optical New Deal created models and miniatures.
Cast:
Daniel Craig - Jake Lonergan
Harrison Ford - Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde - Ella
Sam Rockwell - Doc
Adam Beach - Nat Colorado
Paul Dano - Percy Dolarhyde
Noah Ringer - Emmett Taggart
Ana de la Reguera - Maria
Adam Beach - Nat Colorado
Clancy Brown - Meacham Pastor
Keith Carradine - Sheriff John Taggart

TECHNICAL:
Director: Jon Favreau
Producer: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Executive producers: Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Denis L. Stewart, Bobby Cohen, Randy Greenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh
Plot: Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Steve Oedekerk
Screenplay: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzzman & Damon Lindelof and Fergus & Hawk Ostby Markus
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Costume Designer: Mary Zophres
Film Editor: Dan Lebenthal, Jim May
Production Designer: Scott Chambliss
Cinematography: Matthew Libatique


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Cowboys & Aliens review

Posted : 5 years, 6 months ago on 2 November 2012 12:42 (A review of Cowboys & Aliens)

Fun Facts:
In July 2009, Kurtzman and Orci were found in the convention Comic-Con with Jon Fabreau (who directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2) and gave him the script to read.
• After returning to Los Angeles to meet with Spielberg, Howard and Grazer, Favreau agreed to direct the film.
• Spielberg showed 'more heart than hate' from John Ford to see the elements that gave success to cowboy films.
• To play Jake Lonergan, the lone stranger, was chosen British actor Daniel Craig, best known for his role as James Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum 007.
Daniel Craig said he based his character in Clint Eastwood in their hundreds of cowboys and John Wayne, his favorite being that of 'Little Big Man'.
• One of the latest was hired actors Harrison Ford, who plays Woodrow Dolarhyde, a wealthy and powerful landowner and farmer of Absolution. Harrison Ford is associated with characters from Indiana Jones and Han Solo.
• A Harrison Ford was interested in the look of the old American West in 1875, where they had no knowledge of space travel and aliens, but the only explanation is the one that gives the pastor the people that aliens are demons.
• For her role, the filmmakers needed an actress who could be strong and mysterious found in Olivia Wilde, who has appeared on the TV show House, and has acted in movies like Tron: Legacy. The production designer Scott Chambliss was inspired by the American artist Lee Bontecou.
• The technology of the invaders is from a ship that looks like a giant flying insect with 10 wings extending metal with long tentacles like whips to capture their prey with their claws.
The maze of tunnels where aliens conduct their experiments, was built in a forum planned as the underground area of ​​the desert of New Mexico where the alien spaceship lands are developed and where the final battle scenes.
• The Forum 27 is built a vessel propelled by steam turbines that are face down in the desert, where you have the first face to face with an alien.
• After studying steamboats, conceptual artists drew illustrations to demonstrate how a ship would be intact. Based on the structure built molds upside down on the forum and then equipped with furniture, casino tables, chandeliers, chairs and tables then had to destroy part.
• In Universal Studios, Chambliss and colleagues worked for months on the forum 19.200 square feet 6 building a series of tunnels.
• The Forum 27 is built a vessel propelled by steam turbines that are face down in the desert, where you have the first face to face with an alien.
• After studying steamboats, conceptual artists drew illustrations to demonstrate how a ship would be intact. Based on the structure built molds upside down on the forum and then equipped with furniture, casino tables, chandeliers, chairs and tables then had to destroy part.
• It is based on the Chiricahua who were one of the last tribes of Native Americans. In 1886 were only several dozen men, women and children. However, under the direction of Jerome, this group was one of the strongest resistance to the governments of United States and Mexico. Those not killed were taken away from their land and taken or imprisoned on the other side of the country, where many perished.
• The weapon that Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde used was a Uberti Colt 1873 Army.
Thell Reed is one of the top coaches in the old west guns who trained Hollywood actors weeks before shooting.
• The bracelet using Jake, is a powerful weapon and is a combination of research and imagination was invented. Its surface is steel and clockwork, is something that would not be in the American West, 1875. Some weapon movements are enhanced with computer graphics images.


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Cowboys & Aliens review

Posted : 5 years, 6 months ago on 2 November 2012 12:37 (A review of Cowboys & Aliens)

Fun Facts:
In the 14 years since Rosenberg published the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens, many have tried to bring this combination of genres to the big screen.
• The story was written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were writers of Iron Man and Steve Oedekerk in Almighty.
• Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby share credit for the end of the movie script.
• Kurtzman and Orci have proven exceptional writers Transformers, Mission Impossible III and Star Trek. Lindelof and as a writer of the television series Lost and producer of Star Trek.


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Cowboys & Aliens review

Posted : 5 years, 6 months ago on 2 November 2012 12:36 (A review of Cowboys & Aliens)

Fun Facts:
• The film rights of Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, were acquired before it was published.
• The project had to wait until 2008, Spielberg teamed with Imagine Entertainment for the finishing touches were made to the script.
• The cover of the graphic novel loved producer Ron Howard showing inhabitants of the old west to face alien invaders.
• The Rosenberg graphic novel describes an invasion in the American West in the late silo 19.


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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 25 October 2012 11:53 (A review of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole)

Soren (Jim Sturgess) is a young, adventurous Tyto Alba who loves to hear the stories of his father, Noctus (Hugo Weaving) about the legend of "Guardians of Ga'Hoole", a legendary alliance of owls dedicated to doing good works for the kingdom of these. His younger sister Eglantine (Adrienne deFaria) is fascinated by these stories, but his older brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), is jealous of the attention Soren receives. One night, while branching, Soren and Kludd accidentally fall out of your tree. They are attacked by a Tasmanian devil and then captured by two owls working for the evil-Metalbeak-Metal Beak (Joel Edgerton) and his partner Nyra (Helen Mirren). Still caught in the claws of owls, they soon found a huge group of workers Metalbeak with other young owls in their claws; Soren Gylfie knows the Elf Owl (Emily Barclay) who lived in the desert. They are taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, and Nyra arrives and makes a speech to the kidnapped owls, explaining that their families have abandoned them and that Metalbeak of "the Pure" is his new family. Tytos Metalbeak believes are pure and strong, and deserve reign. These owls are encouraged to show strength and cruelty, and as such should be trained as soldiers, while the rest will be "pickers", where you should look for in a metal pellet called nuggets. Gylfie oppose Soren and therefore are sent to be pickers, Nyra Soren explained that his brother Kludd is and therefore he should be collecting. Kludd denies his brother, which pleases Nyra and goes with Tytos.
Collectors make them sleep in the glow of the full moon, while repeating their names. Soren explained Gylfie being "blinded by the moon" and asserts that induces a kind of hypnotic state. Gylfie Soren and help keep the other awake all night to avoid that fate. As predicted, the owls were docile and seemed dazed zombie the next morning, Soren and Gylfie tried to imitate obfuscated birds, but Grimble notices his strange behavior. Collectors pelletorium take them to where his job was to take different pellet in search of nuggets, which (by mass) generates a strong magnetic field that inflicts pain owls and therefore used the bats (which are immune to effect).
Gylfie Soren and make plans to escape, but their plan is interrupted by Grimble (also Hugo Weaving) and go at your library. Grimble reveals that his family was taken hostage for his good behavior, and he has been waiting for owlets clever enough to avoid blurring of the moon, would teach them to fly and send them to warn of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole Metalbeak plans.
Meanwhile, Kludd and other various Tytos are being trained by Nyra. With the success of Kludd by aerial hunting exercise, Nyra suggests that you try to convince Soren to join the Pure. Nyra and Kludd catch Grimble amid a flying lesson, forcing Grimble to fight the Pure to buy time for Soren and Gylfie escape. Soren Kludd asked to come with them, but he refuses. While the Pure kill Grimble, Soren and Gylfie are forced to jump over the cliff edge and escape through a small crack between two giants edges.
Lost, tired and slightly injured, the two owls meet a quirky Burrowing Owl-Digger-Digger (David Wenham), and the great gray owl, Twilight, Twilight (Anthony LaPaglia), who considers himself a poet. They unexpectedly met with Mrs. Plithiver (Miriam Margolyes), Soren's nurse, that Twilight had captured as dinner. After hearing the story of Soren, they agree to go towards the Sea of ​​Hoolemere, where is the island of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree.
Kludd, under the orders of Nyra, carried to San Aeogolius Eglantine. They are witnesses Metalbeak speech to a large group of cigars with red eyes. When Eglantine shows resistance to the blandishments of Kludd, forces her to sleep under the gaze of the full moon, which flashes in it.
Soren and the band are harassed by crows on the way to the sea, and nearly lose Twilight's lute, in which Mrs. Plithiver is mounted. The battle takes them to the shore of the Sea of ​​Hoolemere and the home of a Echidna (Barry Otto) mystic crows deliberately led them to the meeting so that the Echidna could give their benchmarks for the Great Tree. In the distance, over the ocean, the group encounters a fierce hurricane, and his strength fell. As Digger falls towards the sea, is rescued by a pair of huge armored helmets Snowy owl (specifically Boron, King of Hoole, and his wife, Queen Barran), both Guardians of Ga'Hoole. They carry the band through the storm and the Great Tree.
They and the senior officers of Ga'Hoole Soren hear of the council. The leader of the search and rescue squad, Allomere (Sam Neill), expresses doubts about Soren's story, but with battle scars Ezylryb defends him and Boron eventually agrees to send a scouting party to St. Aegolious.
Gylfie Soren and begin their training. Ezylryb leads them to learn "really fly" with a powerful storm to teach young owls how to use the wind currents in its favor. Soren briefly becomes expert in the art of flying by instinct, although it loses control when start trying to think about what I was doing. After the lesson, Soren Ezylryb takes its recess to discuss the lesson. Once there, he discovers that Ezylryb Soren is actually the legendary warrior Lyze of Kiel, the story that Lyze Metalbeak defeat had been a favorite of Soren.
When soldiers arrive Allomere and Metalbeak camp, they are ambushed by the Pure and energy of the seeds is used against them. Allomere scarcely escapes, carrying two obfuscated owls, one of which was Eglantine. With this test, the guardians make war against the Pure. Soren reluctantly stays to care Eglantine, and gets excited when he finally awakens. However, she tells Soren that Kludd gave it to Allomere to bring her back, suggesting that Metalbeak, Nyra, and Kludd planned ambush. Soren and the band fly to warn the Guardians of cheating and betrayal Allomere.
When the Guardians arrive in San Aegolious, are drawn into a trap; Allomere back at the last moment and the Pure Ones unleash the power of the pips against the Guardians, leaving the owls irreparably weakened in the soil. Soren and the band arrive minutes late, like Metalbeak and Nyra send bats to end the Guardians disabled. Soren hatches a hasty plan and sends Twilight, Digger and Gylfie to contain bats. Soren is a metal teapot filled with a tar-like substance and plunges into the fire of a fire in a forest in order to turn it on. Meanwhile Allomere reveals that betrayed the Guardians Metalbeak promising to make him the new king of the tree, but Metalbeak betrays him and orders him to kill several bats, saying "Sorry Allomere But there is only room for a king! '
Soren is immersed in the magnetic field of the seeds to drop the flaming pan on the mechanism that holds open the lids on the nuggets, the fire burns through the ropes and hit the caps fall, freeing the Guardians. With his plan disrupted, sends Metalbeak Pure Ones into battle. Metalbeak Ezylryb and put on guard and Soren and Kludd. Kludd attacks with its wing over Soren eventually fall to the forest fire, but Kludd breaks his wing on a branch. Hanging over the flames, Soren tries to save him, but as he tries to take up his leg, Soren Kludd tries to throw in the fire. When you try, you break the branch that holds Kludd, and falls into place. At the end of the duel with his brother, Soren sees Metalbeak and Nyra Ezylryb attack. He gets angry and flies away with a burning branch to attack. You're just in time to save the life of Metalbeak Ezylryb and attack with the burning branch. The veteran warlord easily dominates Soren, but it relies too and Soren finally manages to ram through the branch with Metalbeak fire when this was going to ram, killing him. Nyra startled orders the rest of the Pure to leave.
They return to the big tree with all the owls and Soren is embraced by Eglantine and his parents. Soren, Gylfie, Twilight and Digger become guardians of Ga'Hoole. In the epilogue, Soren reveals that Kludd's body was never found and Nyra is hidden with the rest of the Pure, hinting at a sequel. Also shown Kludd looking Metalbeak body and mask, now with red eyes. The film ends with Ezylryb and the band will fly to another storm.


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Alphas review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 16 October 2012 02:58 (A review of Alphas)

Traditionally, the Darwinian theory is based on the premise that the entire evolution of humanity has been rising in stages, ie, each step was better than the last and at the peak of this development places the human Current. It is based on the struggle for life, in which people will be less well adapted to become extinct.

Against this view arises contingency theory, advocated by, among others, Richard Leakey. This places the random process of evolution, extinction of a species depends not only on its adaptation to the environment in which he lives but how lucky we are. Thus evolution becomes completely unpredictable.

One of the key factors leading to differentiate ourselves as a family in primates is our method of locomotion, bipedalism. The evolutionary mutation quadrupedal to bipedal walking necessitated extensive remodeling of bone architecture and simian muscle and general proportions of the lower body. Bipedalism is associated with the advantage of the release of the hands in the task of scrolling, but there have been two trends.

Traditionally there is a conception of human evolution gradually ascending the multiregional model proposes that all modern humans are the evolution of different erectus who settled in each area and the common origin is in Africa more than 1 m

The alternative model, which is decanted Richard Leakey, is the Ark of Noah. He argues that Homo sapiens sapiens originated as a single event in a population and geographic isolation from there spread to other areas. It is based on molecular biology studies of human mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondria are human cells that meet a specific and are only transmitted via the mother. In this transmission mutated mitochondria that accumulate in each of the transmissions and are accumulated in the DNA. The greater the similarity in DNA the greater the similarity of evolutionary relatedness.

This way you can set a women's evolution tree that leads to the base of origin. As a result of the study found that all populations had a very similar DNA and therefore had to have a common origin. The variability of African mitochondrial DNA was more varied, which means that our origin in Africa.

Thus mutations are DNA-level changes that generate evolution ..

In biology and genetics, mutation is an alteration or change in the genetic information (genotype) of a living being and that, therefore, will produce a change in the pattern that occurs suddenly and spontaneously, and which can be transmitted or inherit to the offspring. The genetic unit is able to mutate the gene is the unit of hereditary information that is part of the DNA. In multicellular beings, mutations can be inherited only when they affect the reproductive cells.
Biological evolution is a continuous process of transformation of species through changes in successive generations, and that is reflected in the change of allele frequencies in a population.
Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution by natural selection. Generally any process known to evolution in time of change.

All evolution is due to a mutation. But not every change is an evolution of the species. In fact the opposite is usually are countless and the diseases they cause.

Cancer is a mutation of the adult cells that fail to fulfill their fundamental role multipicarse and without control.

An extra chromosome to fertilize the egg (in this case the number 21) is the cause of Down syndrome

An error in the copy of chromosome 3 is responsible for achondroplasia / dwarfism

Other mutations may already be present in our genetic code for generations and inherited as recessive genes that may appear every few generations.

Different is the case of inherited diseases such as:
heart problems
deafness
high pressure
diabetes
asthma
various mental illnesses
and a long long etc.

Reason why in all cultures of the world find the incest taboo but because these diseases often occur in the offspring.

A serious evolution instead a healthy dominant gene that prevents such diseases.

If there is no medicine today all people genetically prone to these diseases have died so only those with the healthy gene (or at least resistant) would live and would be talking about an evolution of the species.

Back this gene may be a recent mutation or be present for generations before and could never prove useful.

It is by this that things like X-Men movie is a total farce because first it is impossible in a single generation of mutations as important (and different from family) and I dare say ignorance, but each one such mutant "evolved" should be hundreds of thousands of dead, diseased, and useless for genetic diseases (if not millions)


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Alphas review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 16 October 2012 02:53 (A review of Alphas)

superhumans a word that for many it is tempting and other forging suspicion, fear and mistrust, is a delicate matter to know and know there are human beings with the capacity, other than the ability to stand out from the normal people, a house ability is something that is learned, by everyday use makes us versatile as amaquina write or read fast and quite another to have a different capacity from what normal people, which gives us the advantage

That advantage is what many humans consider cheating or suspicion, and emerges beyond evasion and violence.

This implies that such capability is in other words an improved ability precisamnete and not by the use leads to a responsibility of the load such that it can withstand just the

in Primere rule would the improvements

Some of them are due to diseases or syndromes. Those are classified as mental and physical skills. Usually people with these skills are greatly lacking in other features, so the saying "one for another" may be true. Many times, for example, are people savantism syndrome (or persons savants or knowing), with mental disorders such as autism.

Laurence Kim Peek (1951-2009)

Born in the United States, was the savant who inspired the film Rain Man had a photographic memory Laurence extraordinary, and memorized nearly 12,000 books in his lifetime. But had many problems adapting to life in society.

Daniel Tammet (1979)

English is a polyglot with Asperger syndrome. Speaks ten languages, is able to learn a new language in seven days and invented their own language, called Manti. It's a human calculator and holds the record for memorizing Pi decimal number with 22,514 digits.

Derek Paravicini (1979)

Born in England prematurely at 25 weeks, lost vision due to traumatic delivery that took. It is a marvel of music and plays piano since age two. It has a perfect pitch, so it is able to play a song that has previously heard on any instrument, without a score.

Matt Savage (1992)

Born in England prematurely at 25 weeks, lost vision due to traumatic delivery that took. It is a marvel of music and plays piano since age two. It has a perfect pitch, so it is able to play a song that has previously heard on any instrument, without a score.

Stehphen Wiltshire (1974)

A native of London, mute and autistic, has a photographic memory and is able to see a picture and remember all the details. They are famous for their cities helicopter overflights, which are then reflected in huge panoramas. Example of his paintings are huge panoramic Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem, London and other cities.

Ben Underwood (1993 - 2009)

Born in the United States, he was diagnosed with retinal cancer at age two years, when he was three and his eyes had to be removed. But he soon discovered that he had an unusual ability: echolocation. By issuing a soft smacking
teeth, then caught the sound waves that bounce off objects, which was able to pinpoint the location of all elements of their environment. Despite being completely blind, even managed to play sports like basketball, tennis or snowboarding. He died at age 16 of the same cancer that affected his eyes.

second line evolution

and the third line mutation


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Terra Nova review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 16 October 2012 02:26 (A review of Terra Nova)

In my opinion Terra Nova is a great series, you can have several meanings. I think the environment we live in 2149 unfortunately if we do not change our consumer society (disposable) and that everything revolves around oil can trigger disastrous consequences and immersed ourselves in a similar situation or worse. Regarding the colony, I think this is pretty well set and quite entertaining plots. The special effects are spectacular, no one had seen him since like Jurassic Park, whose director, is now executive producer of the series, so I think they are well invested 4 million dollars per episode and 14 of the pilot episode are point due to the need to have a futuristic city, various places like the place where they embark on the tunnel of time and time and average duration of the episode.

I think every series is a great opportunity for players to entondes unknown to the vast majority and that through it are now internationally recognized as George or Jennifer Coonney Aliston and now turn to players like Jason O'Mara or other as "the colonel Avatar "Stephen Lang, and others are beginning his film career as Naomi Scott and Landon Liboiron and although they have already made a season, it's a chore to cancel the series characters.


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Alcatraz review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 15 October 2012 11:08 (A review of Alcatraz)

Alcatraz, the prison that would earn the nickname the "Rock" was the ultimate American prison. For 29 years, moisture has nested in prison that kept the country's most notorious criminals and put them away from the rest of the world. The thick fog with warning sirens, cold wind and water of the bay Alcatraz made this the loneliest of the prisons. In 1861, Alcatraz started to receive Confederate prisoners, thanks to its natural isolation created by the surrounding waters. They were soldiers, Confederate privateers, and Southern sympathizers. They were confined in the dark basement of the guardhouse and the conditions were pretty grim. The men slept side by side, head to toe, lying on the stone floor of the basement. There was no running water, no latrines. These men were bound by iron chains hooked to a big ball and were fed only bread and water. When the Civil War ended, the fort was considered obsolete and although he continued to use his occupation was brief, but it would be for a short time in 1898, the war between the U.S. and Spanish troops in the Philippines and Cuba, he filled their basements with the Spanish prisoners.
In 1904, he began working to improve the facilities were finished in 1909. Teams of prisoners extended the stockade wall and a new dining room, built a kitchen, a library and a laundry. During the 1920, Alcatraz was falling into disuse. Only the lighthouse keeper, a few members of the army and most hardened prisoners remained on the island.
The crime of the streets and the social upheaval of the 1920s and 1930s led to the American government will consider building a criminal-proof prison. They decided that Alcatraz would be the perfect place and the project started quickly, the building constructed on the old military fort. Iron bars were replaced by mild steel bars. Towers were built at various points around the island and the cell blocks were equipped with walkways, electric locks, metal detectors, fences with barbed wire and even tear gas containers that were installed on the roof of some units. Apartments were built for the guards and their families and the lighthouse keeper's house became the governor's mansion. Alcatraz had become an impregnable fortress.
The most incorrigible inmates of all prisons in the country were sent to the "Rock". This included inmates with behavioral problems, the most history in escape attempts and even more famous as Al Capone or Floyd Hamilton, conductor Bonnie & Clyde. The cries of the suffering of these men could be heard at times by all the cell blocks, when they were beaten in punishment cells or "hole" as they were called. Of those who used to go out there managed to do, with pneumonia and arthritis after spending days or weeks in the cold concrete floor completely naked.
Many of the prisoners who served time in Alcatraz ended up insane. The March 23, 1963, Alcatraz closed its doors forever.
In 1972, Congress began to Alcatraz under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and the public was opened in autumn 1973. Today it has become one of the most popular and visited by the strange events that occur therein. During the day, the old jail is a bustling place, full of tour guides and visitors, but at night the building is full of noises and strange sounds. Many believe that the energy of those who lived and died in the "Rock" is here concentrated within its walls, that Alcatraz is an immense haunted house, a place where things can and do happen strange.
There are countless testimonies of vigilantes who claim to hear sounds from some rooms and hospital wards, but to go to the site and register the place is completely empty. Several of the guides and rangers have also expressed surprise on one of the "holes", in particular the number 14D. according to his testimony, "there is a feeling of great intensity, as chest tightness after spending a few minutes around that cell."
Another guide said about it, "that cell 14D is always cold. It is even cooler than the other three existing dark cells. You can not enter it without the jacket. "
A number of former prison guards, also spoke of some frightening incidents that took place near the "holes" and specifically the cell 14D.En 1940 during a prison guard, an inmate was locked in cell 14D. According to the duty officer, the inmate began screaming within seconds of being locked. He said that a creature with "Bright Eyes" was in the cell with him. As ghost stories were a source of jokes among the guards, nobody took seriously the comments and cries of the prisoner that was attacked by something.
The screams continued into the night until suddenly there was silence. The next day, the guards inspected the cell and found the inmate dead. A horrible expression on his face and had clear marks of hands around your throat. Some officers believed that the murderer had been the spirit of a former inmate. To add more mystery. the day after the tragedy, several guards were conducting a count of prisoners and the number was impossible because there was the prisoner died out yet accounts as being in training. When all looked more closely, the figure of the murdered prisoner suddenly disappeared before their astonished eyes.
From the grounds of the prison basements under buildings, often spoken of people crying and moaning, inexplicable smells, cold spots and ghostly apparitions.


A large number of guards who served between 1946 and 1963 experienced strange happenings on Alcatraz. Even families who lived on the island reported seeing on several occasions the ghostly shapes of prisoners and even the so-called "ghost soldiers ·". Many guards were sent to the belief that the prisoners had escaped and when they got to the scene found no one. Even Warden Johnston who did not believe in ghosts, once he heard the unmistakable sound of someone crying, she accompanied some guests to visit the prison. sounds were preceded by a freezing wind that swirled around the group.
According to a park ranger who was in a cell near the shower stalls, heard the sound of the music of a banjo from them. It is known that Al Capone used to play the banjo in the shower in his last days in prison. For the most part, the rangers say they do not believe in the supernatural, but from time to time, one of them admits that strange things happen here that can not explain.
If. as many believe, the ghosts return to haunt with the places where they suffered traumatic experiences when they were alive, Alcatraz is the place for it


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Alcatraz review

Posted : 5 years, 7 months ago on 15 October 2012 10:40 (A review of Alcatraz)

Alcatraz Prison, located on Alcatraz Island, near the bay of San Francisco (California) was one of the safest and most famous prisons in the United States and in which major gangsters were jailed. Such is the case of Al Capone, for example, and of the "Birdman of Alcatraz".

Alcatraz was first a fort and a military prison. Between 1934 and 1963 was a maximum security penitentiary.

Colloquially, it has also been given the name "The Rock", with which also is called in the film of the same name starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage.

The fame of Alcatraz security comes from the fact of being on an island and that anyone who wanted to escape had to swim in the cold waters of the bay, at risk of hypothermia or an attack by sharks. However, the Spanish swimmer David Meca got to swim and cover with leg irons the distance that separates the island of San Francisco Bay.

In 1934 Verando began arriving early for Alcatraz inmates. From day one, we applied the criteria that were not sent directly superpenal no prisoners. They had to come from other prisons, especially because of the danger of each. So in other establishments, consisted warning that the riots organize, promote leaks, and other entanglements cause aggression, carried the punishment of being transferred to Alcatraz, truly frightening prospect. The most famous inmates was Al Capone, who arrived in a shipment of fifty-three prisoners who had been in Atlanta and were transported in special trains precautions amazing. They might be termed the first class of criminal.

Alcatraz was born of the obsession with security and anguish because no prisoner ever escaped successfully. Every day of the year were made thirteen individual counts, plus six set apart those to be ordained by chance and unforeseen. Besides these irksome controls, rigor and monotony of time-which ranged from 6.30 am to 21.30, with meals at 7, 11.40 and 16.25-aided tensions that arise among prisoners. Left as an impenetrable mystery of Alcatraz whether the punishments were inflicted very powerful there, besides the terrible confinement in special cells whose details have also been in the shadows. Consists only in some cells prisoners were chained to the ceiling, this rarity is not due to any refinement sadistic, but because certain walls were not strong enough to nail irons.

The food was the only chapter gratp of life in Alcatraz, along with the exquisite hygiene and cleanliness. Even during the war, remained an extraordinary level of cooking, and inmates were allowed to chose the dishes in a menu. What it was strictly forbidden to leave the food on the plate. If they did, they were deprived of the next meal.

Al Capone in Alcatraz and its history

As might be expected, Al Capone was very surprised with these rules, and all others, when he came to Alcatraz. In his first appearance before the Warden Johnston, Al Capone raised thousand demands and had to hear how he answered that he would follow the same rules worldwide, something that had not happened anywhere near their previous incarcerations, which enjoyed carpets, telephones, girlfriends, offices, music, radio and all sorts of amenities.

The prison of Al Capone would serve as test for Alcatraz rumor also that his band would endeavor to free him. None of this happened. Al Capone was sent to work in the laundry and, when warned that aroused much excitement there, he was transferred to clean the bathrooms. Some prisoners are sometimes put to him, maybe to boast of having fought as relevant figure, and one struck him with scissors, causing him minor injuries.

Nothing was mild, however, the devastation in the body of Al Capone was causing sífilisis as a house. At the beginning of being diagnosed, disdained reporting and treatment, but the February 5, 1938 showed signs of mental confusion and difficulties of all kinds nerve. The tabloids accused the regime of having mad Alcatraz, and perhaps that same press a bribe to promote a general atmosphere of leniency towards the famous gangster. Then were outlined his undoubted charitable and benevolent labors, arising from the emotion that made him recall his sad childhood immigrated in Brooklyn. Besides, had not been convicted of anything other than for tax evasion. Al Capone was transferred to the infirmary and it went to other hospitals. As it was approaching its end, the regime was such stays freer and eventually being allowed to die at home in Miami on January 25, 1947.

Robert Stroud - "The Bird Man"

It was never clear that Al Capone was interested in escape from Alcatraz, since he feared for his life if he came to the street. On other occasions in his career, had sought to be held to be protected against enemy gangs. The other prisoner of Alcatraz next in celebrity either never said any effort to escape. I mean, as assumed, the "man of the birds", Robert Stroud, who passed in jail more than fifty years of his life. And rightly so, by the way, because their "curriculum" offense was impressive: he understood the murder of a prison guard, and the murder that had led him to this, burglaries and robberies in profusion, and seasoned with touches sadistic deviant sexual component, all kinds of injuries and the use of alcohol and drugs, eating followed behind bars for many years.

Breeding birds in his cell in the prison began Leawenworth where two neighboring ceded to go expanding its facilities. They grew to three hundred birds, which traded with. The prison management was displeased with Stroud because he abused the tolerance with which he looked at his hobby, letters from abroad hidden in cages pájarosl To make matters worse, had assembled in the cell all alcohol distiller installation .

When he arrived at Alcatraz, Stroud had gone from hobby to breeding birds to be considered an expert in ornithology. He read scientific books and recorded, and by 1955 wrote an autobiography that was very successful and led to a film Pink and benevolent, which showed only the pleasant aspects of his person and is greatly exaggerated scientific knowledge of birds. This did not go beyond the technical levels of a practical man and care applied to the breeding of those. Still, Stroud brought to fulfillment the writing of a book on diseases of canaries and other birds on the general that have sold well and are useful.

Stroud died in 1963, having been transferred to other prison hospitals. Robert Kennedy was attorney general and, to meet the demands to be made of condederle freedom to die at home, said: "But if your home is jail".

Escape attempts

We have repeated that Alcatraz was a kind of monument to the claim of not allowing any leakage. His plans and regulations were inspired by this fundamental criterion. Still, in its annals reigistraron fourteen escape attempts, of which the thirteenth was probably the only lucky. The other ended with the capture of the fugitives or practical evidence of their corpses. Besides the attempt number 13 - we will detail something else, still standing, like a ghost indefinite legend said that in times of tension some inmates receive treatment so bad that excited them to undertake the ominous attempt to escape.

The American press received several complaints of such abuses, sometimes very detailed: he spent six weeks in the dungeons, one was beaten, and yet another was sprayed with gas, the other is mad and locked in a cage. They are very reliable this information because, ultimately, come from the prisoners themselves and they often tended to distort.

Some were convinced that the supreme authority over them was that of Spain, because the fortress where they were entitled to belong to our country. With foundations of this kind could be expected from many of the prisoners strangest behavior. However, the aforementioned rumors were investigated by 1939.

Within escape attempts, several wild and desperate style, as it was the first one there, that of Joseph Bowers, on April 27, 1936. This prisoner was serving a sentence of twenty years for a robbery of $ 16.63. Bowers had the mistake of rob a convenience store where people also attended the postal service, why the crime acquired gravity. The day of the escape, climbed a high fence Bowers, he warned, was shot and fell from twenty meters high.

In the second attempt, recorded on December 16, 1937, the two fugitives disappeared without having heard from them. They were Ralph Roe and Theodore Cole, two dangerous offenders sentenced to long prison sentences. Took a foggy day and probably reached the sea. However, strong tides, the icy waters and strong currents that day, inclined to think that drowned. Other escape attempts were aborted during shootings that killed some guards and the fugitives were killed or wounded, when they surrendered and were subject to new sentences. Being retried for the offenses involved in their escape attempts, incriminating the accused defended themselves living conditions of Alcatraz. By 1939 we proceeded to some reform in isolation units.

The bloodiest escape attempt was the tenth, which occurred on May 2, 1946. It was the work of six prisoners, three of whom were killed, as were two guards. Seventeen others were also wounded guards and a prisoner. The remaining two were executed after their participation in those deaths. During his attempt, the fugitives could sotaron a few prisoners and they were strong in certain units criminal so hard we had to call the army and marines, plus guards from other prisons, to reduce them. To this end gases were used, anti-tank grenades and demolition charges. The justly called "Battle of Alcatraz" gave ammunition to critics of the prison and showed that the mechanisms of the center could be collapsed by prisoners, against all shuffled premises in its organization and operation.

The thirteenth attempt, the June 11, 1962, is the foundation gave a relatively recent movie, which speculates on the fate of the three fugitivosl Although the official version is that perished in the waters, they know that they were not as effects as in the failed attempt that we have previously outlined: the sea was twelve degrees and the current was moderate. The protagonists were Frank Lee Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, bank robbers. The film story takes friendly match ingenious artifice of the leak. Inmates working in the art studio of Alcatraz and were skilled painters. In addition to replacing with some cardboard painted bars of the vents through which escaped, the artists produced three heads of pasta, gave color and put them real hair, the barbershop collected Alcatraz. The heads, colodadas in their beds, gave the impression that they were still in the same when the counts were made. During this escape, the prisoners took advantage of a series of errors, oversights and blunders of the guards and came to know that the sea days later, on the other side of the bay, they found a wallet with family photos that associated with one of the fugitives. Nothing more has been heard of them then.

This evasion, plus the failed attempt to produce the December 14, 1962-and that was the last-, rekindled the debate on Alcatraz. If suitable addition to cheering, their adversaries said, is that the criminal is vulnerable, what is it?. To make matters worse, it happened that the salinity of the air corroded the metal estructruras and even the cement, swaps that would have forced a costly reconstruction. The neighborhood of the bay also protested that Alcatraz was a source of waste that flowed into the water. In sum, during the administration of Robert Kennedy in the attorney general of the United States, it was decided to close the prison. The year was 1963. Later regain some notoriety when he took over a group of environmentalists and supporters of the Reds. At present, it has become a center of tourist attraction. They sell informational materials that we have outlined in this miscellany. The last prisoner, Frank Watherman, to leave that place on March 21, 1963, said sententiously: "Alcatraz never did anyone any good."


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