Tag: war

DVD Review

There Be Dragons (2011)

There Be Dragons is not the return of Roland Joffé. The name probably doesn’t mean anything to you. But this director made two brilliant movies in the 1980s, namely The Killing Fields and The Mission. These were intelligent, sensitive movies, which dealt with political, religious and humanitarian questions, told with […]

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Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012)

Directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who hasn’t directed a feature film in over ten years, and starring a wealth of talented Hollywood actors, Jayne Mansfield’s Car is one of the most anticipated films at this year’s Berlinale and is also in Competition. Set in Alabama in 1969 it tells the […]

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In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut is set during the Bosnian war and depicts an unusual love story that occurs during a horrific period. The story begins in 1992 where we see Danijel (Goran Kostic) a handsome policeman on a date with beautiful Ajla (Zana Marjanovic). Their dancing and flirtations are brought […]

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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 in World […]

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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 […]

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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 the home of […]

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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, 1942.  Having […]

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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 of the […]

Film Review

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 […]

Film Review

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 […]