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Didn't See It Coming
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:48 am  Reply with quote



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I prefer MASH, Full Metal Jacket and Black Hawk Down to Ryan and Apocalypse Now. I also like The Green Berets.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:05 pm  Reply with quote



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A few more contemporary ones that leave an impression are Bullet In The Head, Cross Of Iron, The Big Red One (I need the see the other Fuller's), Cannibal Apocalypse (outlandish satire on 'Nam), and the original Inglorious Bastards.
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Didn't See It Coming
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:08 pm  Reply with quote



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What I can't figure out, for the life of me, is why the studio put such a critically acclaimed movie in a limited run.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:13 am  Reply with quote



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I totally missed this thread and just watched this movie last night 'cause it's #2 on Ebert's list of best films of the decade. I'm a huge fan of war films and have seen my fair share of them and can confidently say that this is my favorite film about modern warfare now replacing Black Hawk Down. Just had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I can relate some of my own experiences in the military to this film so well. A great one.

Makes me think of the song Proud To Be An American that my drill instructors would blast over the loudspeakers at the track when they'd make us run for miles in the 100 degree swealtering heat of Orlando.

Everyone should have to watch it.
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Terminal
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:08 am  Reply with quote



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It's criminal that it's taken so long for Jeremy Renner to be noticed.

The Hurt Locker was absolutely excellent. I expected nothing from it and was pleasantly surprised. It was honestly my favorite of 2009.

For another excellent performance from Renner look for "Twelve and Holding."
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Terminal
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:11 am  Reply with quote



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The Buz wrote:
Uh, Malachi you forgot some really important war films. While I agree with you that those are excellent films, I honestly think that there are even better than that.

The Great Escape
The Longest Day
The Thin Red Line

and my personal favorite war movie of all time that no movie will ever top:

Patton.


And of course honorable mentions go to Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Empire of the Sun, and of course The Dirty Fucking Dozen.

I can't wait to see this movie by the way, it looks excellent!


You forgot All Quiet on the Western Front and Hell is for Heroes.
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Terminal
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:12 am  Reply with quote



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Dr Malachi Constant wrote:
Saw this a couple of days ago. It is a great movie, and I really wish it would get a wider release, so more people could see it ... but 'one of the best war films ever made'? (And this ain't just a stab at your opinion of the film, DSIC - I've heard a couple of people making similar claims) I doubt it.


Well it can be debated if this is the best of all time, but it certainly is the most relevant.

There haven't been many great war movies concerning the Iraq war, plus there are still people debating if this movie is pro-war or just an observation on the Iraq war and its effects on its soldiers.
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Floydian Trip
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:18 pm  Reply with quote



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Terminal wrote:
Dr Malachi Constant wrote:
Saw this a couple of days ago. It is a great movie, and I really wish it would get a wider release, so more people could see it ... but 'one of the best war films ever made'? (And this ain't just a stab at your opinion of the film, DSIC - I've heard a couple of people making similar claims) I doubt it.


Well it can be debated if this is the best of all time, but it certainly is the most relevant.

There haven't been many great war movies concerning the Iraq war, plus there are still people debating if this movie is pro-war or just an observation on the Iraq war and its effects on its soldiers.


Not the best ever made. That's quite a statement. I'm with Buz on Patton.


I don't think this movie is pro-war, anti-war, political or anything else. It's realistic is what is is. It is true culture shock coming from that world to a normal, mundane world with a house, cereal, wife and child. I spent almost 2 years of my life on a Destroyer beacause of Desert Shield/Storm. I can't imagine life as an EOD specialist. Even if you are a Ranger.
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