Age Of Dragons is based on Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, but this version of the story is unlike the one we've all grown to love. Set in a mythical time when dragons walk the planet, Captain Ahab and his crew of men are the most revered dragon hunters around. A deadly profession and though there are many hunters, not many are extreme enough to go after fire breathing monsters; Ahab is one of the few who's dedicated his life to hunting the beasts and their precious dragon oil.
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The truth is that no film, book, or TV mini-series can really present the entirety of the giant that is Johnny Cash. So instead, what the filmmakers have created here is a tribute to what Cash seemed to hold so dear to himself about his own life: his triumph over his demons and the love of the "greatest woman" he ever knew, who gave him the strength to overcome.
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Saints and Soldiers is lovingly produced on a small budget by Ryan Little, a young director who seems obsessed with WWII. The story is based on actual events in mid-December, 1944 in Belgium (at least as they are understood today) at the Battle of the Bulge. Americans are captured by the Germans, and when they try to escape, a number are gunned down. The handful of survivors escape into the woods and try to figure out how to get back to the Allies, made all the more important due to critical information held by a British officer they encounter along the way.
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'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.