Wednesday, September 22, 2004

War Movies

Hi Club,

I've discovered a new section in my local video store. It's the War section. That's right, all war all the time. So during this time of chaos and tragedy in Iraq, it seems appropriate to watch some war flicks. Last week I watched Three Kings, which I caught in the theatre when it was out, but seems to be really appropriate right now. I also rented The Thin Red Line, but haven't watched it yet.

So my question to you movie clubbers, do you have a recommendation for a war flick?


At 11:43 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I've always wanted to see The Thin Red Line-- let's watch it in the home theater. Fri or Sat evening? (Yup, I'm pathetic and have no plans).

My favorite war movie is "Glory." I remember being required to go for my high school history class since we were studying the Civil War. I was so facinated that I went back to see it in the theater two more times.

I also remember sneaking into the R-rated "Born on the 4th of July" with Tom Cruise and being just astounded. It came out just before the Gulf War and as a teenager I just couldn't understand how all these adults forgot about the horror of Vietnam so quickly and were willing to "protect democracy" once again.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Karen said...

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At 2:00 PM, Blogger Shawn said...

Personal Top 5

Saving Private Ryan
Henry V (Branagh's version)
Black Hawk Down
Gettysburg (the prequel "Gods and Generals" is also worth seeing)

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

A stretch maybe but...Apocalypse Now

Hearts of Darkness was good too though I don't know if a movie about the making of a movie that may or may not be a proper war movie is appropriate for this discussion.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

I know what you mean Jon. It becomes tough to call it a war movie, because in reality, the war is simply one director's choice of setting for a story written well before the actual conflict. And while it makes for a good backdrop the same story could have been set in the old west and still told a similar tale. But having said that, the movie is just so good, as is the documentry, that regardless of it's actual war credentials, the story itself translates very well into modern issues and I think it would play well into Emma's current mindset.

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Emma Rose said...

Good recommendations all. I'm with you on the comments about Apocolypse Now. I think it would be a good one to rewatch. I haven't seen Heart of Darkness, but that is now on my list. I totally forgot about Glory, that was really awesome.

I saw parts of Gettysburg (it was playing at the Rex, the theatre I worked at in the burgh during u-grad). All I remember about it was the horrible mustaches and beards the actors wore.

Ok, also there is the Great Escape. Not really a war film, more of a prisoner of war film. And then I guess there is also Chicken Run. You know me. I always bring it back to claymation.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

Chicken Run. Nice.

Going Brit, you may want to check out The Bridge on the River Kwai. Top notch film, just out of my Top 5. Alec Guinness kicks ass in it.

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thin Red Line = boring. I was disappointed with it.

For my money, all the 60's war movies were great--
-Kelly's Heroes
-Bridge over the River Kwai
-Tora Tora Tora is fantastic, but really a guy movie (pretty slow and detailed)
-Mister Roberts (if you want a nice comedy)
-Das Boot (if you love a submarine flick)

Can't think of the others off the top of my head, but anything with Don Rickles or Lee Marvin is gonna have some guts.



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