Tag: War

The Pride and The Passion

The Pride and The Passion

| August 19, 2016

When this came in the mail, it was difficult for me to understand how I’d never heard of this movie before.  Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in a character-driven war drama.  Sounds too good to be true!  After watching the movie, it’s certainly easier to understand how this was allowed to slip into such obscurity. […]

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Iphigenia

Iphigenia

| May 23, 2016

Apparently this is based on a real greek myth.  I mean an actual ancient greek story, not a greek myth that really happened in the real world, or maybe it did?  I don’t know where the line between legend and reality lies when it comes to the works of Eurpides and Homer.  Someone comment and […]

The Iron Curtain

The Iron Curtain

| April 27, 2016

Based on a true story, The Iron Curtain tells the story of Igor (Dana Andrews), a soviet soldier who is assigned a post in Canada at the Russian embassy working as a cypher clerk.  His work is top secret.  He’s not allowed to tell anyone what he does, or even overhear what goes on in […]

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War Pigs

War Pigs

| December 1, 2015

Merry Dolphmas everybody! So, you say you’re not familiar with Dolphmas? Much like Christmas, Dolphmas isn’t just a holiday, it’s a state of mind. Dolphmas can be celebrated year round. This December, the world is lucky enough to be graced with a Dolph Lundgren home media release. That release is War Pigs. War Pigs is […]

Hitler: The Last Ten Days

Hitler: The Last Ten Days

| September 23, 2015

Assembled largely from firsthand accounts, this film tells the story of the final days of Adolf Hitler’s life, hiding away in  his bunker with his girlfriend, his most trusted advisors, and their families while Germany crumpled around them. I for one am pretty tired of seeing movies about Hitler, whether they’re docudramas like this or […]

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Fire Birds

Fire Birds

| July 14, 2015

The best of the best pilots in the world are called upon to take out America’s enemies.  No, we’re not talking about Top Gun, but rather the 1990 action movie Fire Birds.  The primary difference between the two?  In Top Gun they fly jets, and in Fire Birds they fly helicopters.  Granted, I haven’t seen […]

Korengal

Korengal

| June 6, 2014

In 1879, with War and Peace and Anna Karenina behind him, author Leo Tolstoy began suffering a spiritual and existential crisis. Like so many before and after him, he began questioning the meaning of his life and the seemingly contradictory components of existence in general. Chronicling this struggle in his book A Confession, Tolstoy wrote, […]

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

| May 13, 2014

Olive Films has re-issued Home of the Brave, which is a film based on a play by Arthur Laurents and recounts the story of a young, black soldier who has suffered a nervous breakdown and has developed psychosomatic paralysis. Crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission, […]

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The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

| April 9, 2014

The Unknown Known is a ‘Rumsfeld Rule’, meaning “there are things we think we know, but turns out we do not.” The flip side of the  phrase reads “the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.” That was the maxim used to indicate “overwhelming evidence” of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. […]

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The 300 Spartans

The 300 Spartans

| February 25, 2014

I freely admit that Zack Snyder/Frank Miller’s historically-inaccurate, LGBT-insensitive (yet supremely homoerotic), machismo bullshit, green screen nightmare 300 (2006) is entirely lost on me. Its characters are thin or, where fleshed out, are so rooted in stereotypes and broadly drawn that bonding with them as viewers ought to proves nearly impossible. It doesn’t help either […]

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