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Posts tagged ‘War Films’

8
Sep

Photo Play – Red Cliff (2008)

by HELEN GEIB

contemplating war

Red Cliff (2008)

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30
Jul

Photo Play: Rescue Dawn (2007)

by HELEN GEIB

This month on Photo Play: four wars, four POW escapes

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16
Jul

Photo Play: The Great Escape (1963)

by HELEN GEIB

This month on Photo Play: four wars, four POW escapes

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9
Jul

Photo Play: Grand Illusion (1937)

by HELEN GEIB

This month on Photo Play: four wars, four POW escapes

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29
May

On DVD/Blu-ray – Coriolanus (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this magnificent modern dress adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s forgotten, great tragedies, Coriolanus. Read more »

25
Mar

Capsule Movie Review – Act of Valor (2012)

by HELEN GEIB

Act of Valor is a triple threat challenge to reigning filmmaking orthodoxies. First: It’s a globetrotting, guns a-blazing action movie that looks and sounds fantastic on a $12 million budget. In an era when Hollywood struggles to make a romantic comedy for less than $40 million, where does all that money go? Read more »

11
Feb

Movie Review – Coriolanus (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Coriolanus exists in our contemporary society and was shot entirely in Belgrade, Serbia. It takes place in “a city that calls itself Rome,” taken directly from Shakespeare’s play and it depicts the tragic tale of General Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes). Read more »

22
Nov

DVD of the Week – Movies for the Thanksgiving Season

by HELEN GEIB

This is not a list of “Thanksgiving movies.” The holiday doesn’t appear in any of them, and several are from countries that don’t celebrate it. Rather, this is a list of films that feature family and friends coming together to share a meal- because what could be more seasonal than that? Five unconventional recommendations for your Thanksgiving weekend viewing:

Grand Illusion (1937) and They Were Expendable (1945)

In Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir’s great drama of WWI, food packages prompt reminiscences of home for French prisoners of war; the German commandant dines in lonely state. When the officers in John Ford’s WWII Philippines-set They Were Expendable give a dinner party for the nurse one of them loves, the rituals of the table conjure a connection to the achingly distant homefront. Read more »

28
Jul

Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Disney-owned Marvel Studios is on a roll with the success of Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010), the financial success of The Incredible Hulk (2008), and the overall awesome nature of Thor (2011). They started slowly but have now introduced most characters from The Avengers team in their own, successful live-action films. Marvel’s roll continues with Captain America: The First Avenger. Read more »

26
Apr

DVD of the Week – Review of The Way Back (2010)

by HELEN GEIB

The Way Back is loosely based on the book The Long Walk by Slawomir Rawicz, a loosely-based-on-fact tale of prisoners who escaped from the Siberian Gulag during WWII and trekked many hundreds of miles to reach British territory in the Indian Himalayas. Jim Sturgess as Polish POW Janusz leads the escape attempt; Ed Harris plays Mr. Smith, an American engineer who had been working in Russia before the war; and Colin Farrell is a Russian career criminal who joins in to escape prison debts he can’t pay. The several other political prisoners in the group are played by lesser known actors who hold their own. A luminous Saoirse Ronan completes the principal cast as a forced labor camp runaway who joins them along the way. Read more »