“We Were Soldiers” Movie Details
We Were Soldiers tagline: Fathers, Brothers, Husbands & Sons.
|Capt. Tom Metsker|
“We Were Soldiers” Movie Review
“We Were Soldiers” Plot Summary
The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
I’ve been waiting over 30 years for one
Ever since 1970 when I finished my third tour of combat duty with the Marines in Viet Nam I have been waiting for a film that reflected the American Fighting Man in the Viet Nam war as an American Fighting Man; not a drugged-out, anti-war whiner. Well this is it. The movie is non-stop action after the first fifteen minutes of character development is finished. Having experienced what it is like to be over-run by the NVA during the third week of my first VN tour I can tell you that this movie does an excellent job of showing the excitement, tension, exhaustion, chaos, and courage of an extended battle. While this is by no means the best war movie I have ever seen, it is the first Viet Nam war movie which has provided me with a sense of satisfaction after leaving the theater. Mel Gibson turns in a good performance, Sam Elliot is a bit stiff. The wives of the soldiers are believable. Including a bit of the NVA’s attitude about the war adds a balanced flavor to the film. Overall I would say that you will experience at least a small part the intensity of war if you go to this movie. I took my female companion and she was shocked, touched, and thrilled with it. As Americans, we need to remember that freedom is not, and never has been, free. It is always paid for with the blood of those who fight to get it, sustain it, or expand it. The politically correct may not like this film, but then who cares what they like. Thanks for making this film Mel. I’ve been waiting over 30 years to see it.
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“Legends of the Fall” Movie Details
Legends of the Fall tagline: He was a rock they broke themselves against however much he tried to protect them
“Legends of the Fall” Movie Review
“Legends of the Fall” Plot Summary
Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.
Comedy for the ages
One of the top comedies of the 1990s. Unintentionally, of course. There’s really no other way to take it. Yes, the cinematography is fine. As for the rest … Anthony Hopkins channels Popeye. Brad Pitt channels his hair (I wasn’t aware long, flowing locks were all the rage among officers of the Great War). The sheer heavy-handedness and predictability of the story. … Seriously, when I saw this in the theater, I burst out laughing several times — most notably, the ludicrous scene involving the barbed wire and the machine gun. Hard to believe this is the work of the same director who made ‘Glory’ and ‘Courage Under Fire.’
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“The Men Who Stare at Goats” Movie Details
The Men Who Stare at Goats tagline: No goats. No glory.
|Directors: Grant Heslov|
|IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 out of 12,475 votes|
“The Men Who Stare at Goats” Movie Review
“The Men Who Stare at Goats” Plot Summary
A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army’s New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. add synopsis
I loved this film. Clooney and Spacey were particularly hilarious
The story borrows liberally from the exploits of Joe McMoneagle and Ingo Swann and the cadre of Remote Viewers stationed at Fort Meade, MD, under the operational detachment Project Stargate. Yes, as the film states upfront: ‘More of this is true than you would believe’. There are instances in the film that incorporate actual Stargate operations: tracking submarines, finding a kidnapped American General in Italy and the search for Noriega following the US invasion of Panama. The comedy comes from the disconnect that the professional military hierarchy has from the rest of us. The Pentagon has too much money at its disposal and its internal political dynamics encourage a bizarre mixture of risk-averse yet forward-thinking innovators. This was particularly rampant after our loss in Vietnam. Vietnam and the Cold War combined to pull the Pentagon Brass in a thousand different directions and created a schism in the strategic planning sectors that is ripe for comedic exploration. Grant Heslov deftly captured this cultural watershed through his direction of the film. He ably guided the actors in performances that while sometimes brief, captured the totality of the real absurdity that the military can sometimes give us, while keeping the characters real and grounded and not drifting into farce. Heslov has captured an elusive tone, entirely his own, that I’ve only previously seen in Coen Brother’s films. This is a story I’ve longed to see told on the big screen and it was worth the wait. You could say its a story about the Military-Insanity Complex, but that’s too broad a brush for this slice of American military history. Clooney is brilliantly understated as always, he’s a master of subtlety and an actor that understands how powerful the camera can be. Kevin Spacey is throughly despicable as the film’s only real villain. If the film has any flaws at all its that Spacey is not in it enough. But the most poignant character is beautifully drawn by Jeff Bridges, who in just a few scenes depicts the inevitable trajectory of the innovative free-thinker in a rigid, uncaring system. Bridges shows us the cost of being that individual and Heslov gives the film room to explore this aspect of the story without sacrificing the reason we’re all there to watch: and that is to have a laugh at something that maybe should never have happened but did.
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“Home of the Brave” Movie Details
Home of the Brave tagline: Coming home is the real battle.
|Directors: Irwin Winkler|
|IMDB Rating: 5.6/10 out of 5,114 votes|
“Home of the Brave” Movie Review
“Home of the Brave” Plot Summary
Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq. add synopsis
Great War Movie Since Saving Private Ryan!
This movie was great and recommend you to see for yourself and don’t listen to the critics that are writing bad about this movie they don’t know what they are talking about. This movie starts out excellent good have ended a bit better but it was great. This movie shows you about the war in Iraq today and is shows it as great as I expected it starts out in the war over in Iraq and moves to the people who survived that were main characters in the movie and tells you how the life is over there its hell and it lets you know as much as it can about what is happening to our soldiers there and when they come home and how you will never be the same again. It shows how it conflicts with your life and all it can show well that basically sums it up I can’t say anymore it is GREAT and RECOMMEND you watch it…
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“Gone with the Wind” Movie Details
Gone with the Wind tagline: Now in 70mm. wide screen and full stereophonic sound! [reissue]
“Gone with the Wind” Movie Review
“Gone with the Wind” Plot Summary
American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Easy To See Why This Film Is The Best
What can one say? No matter how many times you’ve seen ‘Gone With The Wind’ it simply takes your breath away! The music, the technicolor, lovely Leigh in her most brilliant performance, roguish Gable, sensitive de Havilland and all of the others make it a must! It’s so true (and sad) that Hollywood doesn’t make films like this, anymore (which, is a real shame). ‘Gone With The Wind’ is certainly ‘the’ classic of all classics and just has to be the film seen by more people than any other film in the history of motion pictures. I’m sure that no matter where you go in life, people all over the world will know of ‘Gone With The Wind’ and will always regard it fondly as the most cherished of all Hollywood masterpieces!
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“300″ Movie Details
300 tagline: This is where we fight, this is where they die!
|Directors: Zack Snyder|
|IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 out of 217,549 votes|
“300″ Movie Review
“300″ Plot Summary
King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. |
Awesome, breath-taking film.
I somehow missed the hype on this one, and the trailer really didn’t excite me, but I got a chance to see an advance screening and the other reviewer here who said ‘It blew me away’ hit the nail right on the head.
I generally hate going to the cinema – preferring to wait until the DVD or HD-DVD are available because I’m fed up of shoddy prints, poor sound systems, ignorant members of the public with their ringing phones, late arrivals, noisy popcorn etc. My home system is so much better. But not for this movie! It needs to be seen on the big screen (preferably an Imax – I’m hoping to catch it a second time on IMAX) with a good sound system. The images are consistently breath-taking, the sound is staggeringly good and note-perfect throughout, and Gerard Butler is barely recognisable as the guy from ‘Dear Frankie’ (a great, under-rated movie) and ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
Highly recommended. I’ve given it a 9, and I don’t think I’ve given a movie that high a score for over a year (and I average about 6 movies a week). This makes ‘Gladiator’ look like a cheap kid’s cartoon.
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“Inglourious Basterds” Movie Details
Inglourious Basterds tagline: Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France…
|Directors: Quentin Tarantino|
|IMDB Rating: 8.5/10 out of 97,085 votes|
“Inglourious Basterds” Movie Review
“Inglourious Basterds” Plot Summary
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as ‘The Basterds’ are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers. |
Larger than life in the best cinematic ways
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
We all know by now that Quentin Tarantino is in love with the movies, so it’s no surprise that much of this film centers are around an astonishing movie theater. But his love of movies also shows in the way he works with classic ideas and great visual strategies that come from decades of the best of Hollywood. The very first scene is like a remake from some classic Western–John Ford or Sergio Leone, take your pick–with the isolated family seeing trouble coming in, ever so gradually, from the far distance.
And then trouble arrives, and it unfolds here like a croissant in the morning sun, steam slowly rising into the French Provincial air. This, you’ll see, or you know already, is film-making at its best, old-school or new-school, it doesn’t matter. The suspense, the elegant and fluid camera-work, the astonishing writing and even more astonishing delivery by the two men at this very first juncture, playing a kind of ‘I know what you are thinking’ kind of game, all drawn out in a breathtaking, poetic, nerve-wracking way.
Then all hell breaks loose. This is the other side of Tarantino, the violent violence, where the blood is too red and too balletic to be real. I don’t have the ability to step out of this kind of on screen gore and so it shocks me every time, and it seems like the movie might work just as well (or better) with implied violence, rather than splattering it in your face. But this director, I think, sees all of it from a director’s point of view–that everything is artifice, including the preceding scene with the two men, where I, for one, was impressed partly by believing it, by being completely sucked in. Which makes the offputting violence that follows all the more upending.
I have no doubt it is this push-pull effect that makes all of Tarantino’s films have that energy few others can match. In this case, there is a lot of plain old fun built into seeing the bad guys get what they deserve (I felt a weird pleasure, which I confess and which I don’t understand, in seeing one very particular bad guy shot to pieces near the end), and a lot of suspense as you root for the unlikely heroes. The archetypes, like Brad Pitt’s good bad guy role with a Kentucky accent (better than your Italian, Brad), and the more original characters, like the young woman who owns the theater and is truly trapped by circumstances, equally make their scenes larger than life.
In fact, Inglourious Basterds is pure Hollywood in the way it makes everything on the screen larger than life. Isn’t that what the golden age of Hollywood was all about? Yes. And it is exactly what some directors like Tarantino are still bent on pulling off. A great film. Whatever the problems and the gore, this strikes me as a perfect film the way Fargo is perfect, or Reservoir Dogs. Tastes aside, you have to see it.
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“Full Metal Jacket” Movie Details
Full Metal Jacket tagline: An Epic Story of the Vietnam War [Australia Theatrical]
“Full Metal Jacket” Movie Review
“Full Metal Jacket” Plot Summary
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal basic training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 Hue, Vietnam.
Full of Strength.
‘Seven-six-two millimeter. Full metal jacket.’ -Pvt. Leonard ‘Pyle’ LawrenceFull Metal Jacket is a great movie. Not the best from Kubrick, but works great as a war film. The plot is about a group of soldiers who are turned into killers in marine training, and are then sent off to the Vietnam War
Kubrick once again does a great job at directing. Modine, D’Onofrio, Baldwin, and Howard give worthy performances, while Ermey gives an Oscar worthy (not even nominated) performance and steals the show. This is a very realistic look at Vietnam, while the battle scenes and script just aren’t as satisfying as they are in the second half. Still, it is a wonderful film.9/10.
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“Letters from Iwo Jima” Movie Details
Letters from Iwo Jima tagline: From the director of “Flags of our Fathers” comes the completion of the Iwo Jima saga
|Directors: Clint Eastwood|
|IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 out of 51,400 votes|
“Letters from Iwo Jima” Movie Review
“Letters from Iwo Jima” Plot Summary
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
A totally unforgettable movie experience.
This is quite simply one of the best movies i have ever seen. It left me speechless and in tears. A genuine masterpiece, beautifully shot, beautifully cast, wonderfully acted. There’s not much more I can say right now, but I urge you most strongly NOT to miss this movie. Eastwood’s direction is impeccable; he quietly and unerringly leads us through the developing crisis of the American assault on the island, and the desperate Japanese defence. There are so many fine performances here, so many unforgettable moments. A measure of the quality of Eastwood’s direction is that although the dialogue is almost entirely Japanese supported by English sub-titles, by the end of the film I had entirely ceased to be aware of that fact. This is a really wonderful film; please don’t miss it.
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“The Pianist” Movie Details
The Pianist tagline: Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.
“The Pianist” Movie Review
“The Pianist” Plot Summary
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
The best war movie ever,Best movie on Holocaust..Heartbreaking and Shocking..
Roman Polanski is one of best directors ever to exist,the atmosphere he creates in his movies is so deep and influential. ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘Repulsion’, ‘The Tenant’ and ‘Chinatown’ are all movies which have a great sense of mystery and dark addiction about them but when you mention ‘The Pianist’, it is his masterpiece
Roman Polanski rejected offer to direct ‘Schindler’s List’.Though it was a great movie as well,but after ‘Pianist’ we came to know what he was really thinking
The tale of Wladyslaw Szpilman is told in a flowing and natural way that creates an atmosphere no other War movie can
The story moves like a storm and there isn’t a frame you can skip
You cry, you feel pain and you start to feel as a part of miseries of people trapped in Warsaw Ghetto
No other movie has been able to portray the Holocaust better than ‘The Pianist’.Even people who want to know what Holocaust was, should watch this mesmerizing experience
Any review of this movie is incomplete without mentioning Adrian Brody
The worries, the hideouts, the hunger and the misery of Szpilman is naturally depicted to you by his powerful performance which earned him a deserved Oscar
The scenes when he is dragging A Can of food around the place he is hiding really brought me shivers to the feelings of a prisoner of war though I have my own experience of GULF WAR in 1990 to relate it with when I was just 10 years old
The realistic atmosphere of the movie is not to be missed by anyone.’The Pianist’ is one of the best movies ever made and the best war movie ever and to consider that it is based on a true story of survival, makes it much more Powerful movie.
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