April 17, 2013
War movies remind us of the bravery of our troops, the horrors of war, and what causes are truly worth fighting for. In the 2000s, there were hundreds of war movies made, but which ones are the best? Here are the top ten.
1. Inglourious Basterds (2009). Quentin Tarantino’s over-the-top revenge war film is action-filled and very funny.
2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). A dark Spanish-language fantasy about a brutal soldier and his imaginative daughter.
3. The Hurt Locker (2008). Kathryn Bigelow’s hard-hitting drama about the Iraq War won the Best Picture Continue reading »
July 16, 2012
Whether you’ve got Cable-TV.com channels or basic cable it’s that time of year again when patriotic war movies start dominating the lineups. Here are a few of our favorite classics we suggest keeping an eye open for when they rerun this year:
Saving Private Ryan: Has there ever been a better war film, truly? Ryan was one of Tom Hank’s greatest roles and Matt Damon shined, too, but the heart of this movie is the incredible plot and storyline and the actors who so valiantly played their roles.
Jarhead: There have been few other war films that so succinctly captured the mental anguish that is war. Jarhead is a fair representation of the marines and one of Jake Gyllenhal’s best roles to date. It’s not a movie to watch in mixed company, though, fair warning.
Forrest Gump: Speaking of Tom HanksActually, this film isn’t a war movie but it’s got some of our favorite war scenes of all time. It’s family friendly enough, too, that you can watch it with everyone. This one’s going to be a classic for centuries.
The 1980′s brought many shockingly real accounts of WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War in cinematic form, especially near the end of the 80′s as the Vietnam War reached its 20 year mark. Below is a list of ten of the decade’s best, in no particular order.
-Das Boot (1981) – WWI Submarine missions gone frighteningly wrong.
-Hamburger Hill (1989) – Arguably one of the most accurate accounts of history and life as an Army soldier.
-Born on the 4th of July (1989) – One man’s real-life struggles with the traumatic aftermath of the Vietnam War.
-Apocalypse Now (1979) – Francis Ford Coppola’s most Continue reading »
There are many war movies made in the 60s. Unlike the movies made in the 50s, most of them were in color. They movies did not cover the Vietnam war. Very few even covered the Korean War. The Korean War, although it did not get many movies about it, is covered by a classic TV show. The TV show started with a movie. The reader probably knows the name of the movie and the show. MASH created a cultural phenomenon.
Patton and Continue reading »
The years between 1941 and 1945 probably produced the most movies about a single war. Hollywood, on the West Coast of the United States, finds this period fascinating. It is one of the last times where the sides were clear-cut between good and evil. Things were not as clear as they were in World War II, although the reasons are portrayed as crystal clear.
Because World War II was America’s greatest conflict, Hollywood likes to return to the problem. There Continue reading »
The great Hollywood costume designer, Edith Head, and her masterpieces in war movies were Academy Award worthy in the film, From Here to Eternity, 1953, starring Burt Lancaster and Debra Kerr.
Two years later came Brigadoon, and was a docu-war drama graced by the designs of Irene Sharaff, 1954.
War and Peace, with costume designer Marie De Matties, won the Academy Award in 1956.
The Diary of Anne Frank, which featured a first-hand accoung of Jews in hiding during Hitler’s regime in Germany was cause to award costume designers Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills the Academy Award in 1959.
Judgment at Nuremberg Continue reading »