Posts Tagged ‘war’

First Squad (2009)

First Squad (2009)
First Squad is an animated Russian/Japanese/Canadian co-production. The Russians provided the story and the Japanese provided the animation – what the Canadians did, I have no idea. Maybe they provided the funding? It is a short movie for a predominantly teenage audience about the role of the supernatural...
February 4th, 2012 | DVD Reviews | Read More

Yamada: Way of the Samurai (2010)

Yamada: Way of the Samurai (2010)
As a history student, I have never considered myself to be interested in the history of war. However, as my studies have progressed I have come to realize that the specific thing I don’t like about war is guns. If we go back to before the invention of guns, I am actually just as enthusiastic […]
January 29th, 2012 | DVD Reviews | Read More

Le Silence De La Mer (1949)

Le Silence De La Mer (1949)
Of all the great films about WWII, there have been very few to account and atone for the Nazi’s systematic destruction of paintings, artifacts and literature, and consider the impact of their wipeout on contemporary society. German Officer Werner von Ebrennac (Howard Vernon), who is billeted to...
January 23rd, 2012 | DVD Reviews | Read More

Before The Fall (2004)

Before The Fall (2004)
Some films simply demand to be see.  Though difficult at times to watch Before The Fall is a sympathetic and poignant telling of one teenager’s traumatic experiences within the idealised world of an academy specifically designed to groom young men for high positions within the Third Reich. Berlin,...
January 22nd, 2012 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

War Horse (2011)

War Horse (2011)
When people saw the first trailer of Steven Spielberg’s follow-up to his 3D performance capture adventure Tintin, many claimed that War Horse was going to be a vomit-inducing sentimental tale of a boy and his horse. However, for those who are familiar with Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel...
January 17th, 2012 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Lions For Lambs (2007)

Lions For Lambs (2007)
When Lions For Lambs was released in cinemas I saw a few clips that piqued my interest. Great acting, that’s all I saw, just great acting. So I was surprised to find that the movie then quickly dropped off the radar for most people. No awards, no lively discussion about it, no real attention paid...
January 14th, 2012 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Great Dictator (1940)

The Great Dictator (1940)
People who are kind enough to read many of my reviews will know that I like to be as vague and spoiler-free as possible. Even when discussing something as well-known as Psycho or Planet Of The Apes I don’t like to spoil anything for anyone visiting the movie for the first time. I’m going...
January 12th, 2012 | Film Reviews | Read More

Battle for Terra (2007)

Battle for Terra (2007)
Animated movies, like comic books, are stigmatized by the public’s general perception of them as being for children. The medium can be an artform in its own right, but very few adult-oriented animated features are produced – and no, Battle for Terra is not one of them. However, it is very good...
November 23rd, 2011 | DVD Reviews | Read More

Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)
Even if you’ve not really heard of many anime titles the chances are that you know about Akira. An amalgamation of cool sci-fi and impressive fantasy, this famous animated movie was/is very influential (as much as it is also very heavily influenced by genre predecessors) and holds up to this day...
November 9th, 2011 | Film Reviews | Read More

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Nagisa Ôshima’s vision of war-torn 1942 Java was met with middling critical reports upon its release in 1983, but the film’s stature has grown over the years and it now arrives on Blu-Ray as something of a cult curio, largely for the assembly of its three leading players – David Bowie,...
October 26th, 2011 | DVD Reviews | Read More