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Great War Movie Satires

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There's something slightly absurd about war - about men voluntarily engaging one another in battle; battles, in which, large numbers of them will die.  While most war movies use the platform of war to dramatize history, or to thrill with scenes of battle, a precious few directors use the platform of war to point out the inherent absurdities of armed conflict.

War Movies Spotlight10

Brad Pitt to Star as General Stanley McChrystal

Thursday April 17, 2014

In The Operators, the late journalist Michael Hastings had exclusive access to General Stanley McChrystal, the newly appointed general to lead operations in Afghanistan.  What Hastings recorded was a General that was privately openly dismissive of the Obama administration, and when the article came out in Rolling Stone, McChrystal was fired.

Well, news from Hollywood is that none other than Brad Pitt is set to play McChrystal on the big screen.

Can a full length feature film be made around what amounts to a few off the cuff remarks told to an interviewer for a magazine?  We'll see.  After all, an entire book was published about those same off the cuff remarks, but having read the book, I wasn't a big fan.  It seemed as if there was only enough material for a magazine article (on which the book was based) and that the rest of it was filler.

This will be Pitt's third war film in a row, with Fury scheduled for later this year, and an as of yet untitled World War II romance set for early next year.

Best and Worst Pacific War Films

Sunday April 6, 2014

In regards to the Pacific theatre, it was arguably the more violent side of the second World War.  There are less movies about the Pacific campaign then there are the European campaign.  Again, let us know what we got right and what we got wrong!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Submarines in War Films

Sunday April 6, 2014

Submarines are a sort of inherently odd setting to host a war film, within.  The sets are claustrophobic, there's limited space for characters to move about, and the conflict (inevitably in the form of some underwater assault against another sub) is sort of boring:  Men standing around looking at radar screens wondering if they got a torpedo hit off correctly.  Not exactly the same rousing sort of material as a good old fashioned infantry gun fight.  Nonetheless, there are some good Hollywood movies about subs (just as there are some bad ones!)

Best Infantry War Movies

Sunday April 6, 2014

This week we tackled the top Pacific war theatre movies and the top infantry movies.

Infantry is, after all, the backbone of ever military and Army since the dawn of civilization.  It was difficult reducing it to just a few of the best films, but we felt up to the task.  Take a look and let us know if we got it right, or if we got it wrong.  What'd we miss out?  What'd we get right?  Let us know!

 

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