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Old 10-14-2003, 08:33 AM   #51
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Strange thing no one mentioned Empire of the Sun. Truly a great movie and one of Spielbergs masterpieces. I would've liked to see Club Obi Wan in it, though.
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Old 10-14-2003, 02:19 PM   #52
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Last summer it was on tv here (in the Netherlands ) all the time. We have a certain channel that shows movies for a few months, so instead of renting the trilogy and watching that all day, when my parents went on a vacation, I watched Empire of the Sun 6 times and Working Girl 4 times. I did rent the trilogy after a few days though.
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Old 10-14-2003, 03:48 PM   #53
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I just saw Pearl Harbor again (We own it on both VHS WIDESCREEN and DVD WIDESCREEN) and I'm amazed at how choked up I get in some powerful scenes.

Flame away, cause I know there's a few of you here who thought it was a stupid movie.

You're a good man, Renderking. You like widescreen and you're a republican, just like me! lol (good thing Finn doesn't monitor this section, mwahahaha!). Anyway, yes, pearl harbor is a great film and i don't know why it got such bad reviews. I think the love story was fine the way it was...

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Old 10-22-2003, 09:16 PM   #54
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War Movies

For me, the boundaries of the genre are pretty narrow. Despite how much I may love a given flic, I won't tag a drama as a war movie just because it unfolds in the midst of a war. Accordingly, I won't include favorites like 'Empire of the Sun' and 'The Deer Hunter'.

Elements/themes that I look for in War movies are: overcoming fear/cowardice, loyalty, unit cohesiveness (including all sorts of prejudice), and -- of course -- accomplishing the mission. A great war movie also tells something not just about the characters, but about the conflict. I don't like shallow glamorizations.

My three favorites are (all Army):
Platoon
Sahara
Black Hawk Down

The two David Lean epics -- 'Bridge over the River Kwai' and 'Lawrence of Arabia' -- meet the criteria above but merit special consideration. IMO 'Lawrence' is bigger than a war movie because T.E. Lawrence's accomplishments were larger than life. Kwai is a great movie but problematic in that I feel it tries to do too much (in posing moral dilemmas) and suffers dramatically as a result.
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Old 10-24-2003, 01:14 PM   #55
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Yeah, those are good too. But if there are two war movies you'll ever see, it should be "The Guns of Navarone", and "Three Kings". Magnificent acting, and great stories.
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Old 10-30-2003, 04:47 PM   #56
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I'd have to say Das Boot, director's cut, or the band of brothers TV series.
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Old 11-10-2003, 07:10 PM   #57
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Um... about 5 years ago I used to watch old black-and-white films on the history channel. I have a few, although I mostly confuse them with "Combat", a slightly "pro-war" television show in the '60s. I've seen more POW movies than war, but I think I can name a few...

The Bridge( I'm not sure if that is the real name of the film, but I call it that anyways. It is a story about a group of young Nazi soldiers who were stationed in a bridge,were american troops are soon to arrive at.)

Hamburger Hill

Bat 21

U-571

Um... I think that's all I can remember
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Old 11-18-2003, 10:47 AM   #58
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Full Metal Jacket #1
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Old 11-21-2003, 07:32 AM   #59
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Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers

IT counts, remember the plot.

Coming up that will be better: Return of the King
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Old 11-26-2003, 07:33 AM   #60
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The Wild Geese

How could I have forgotten it?

"The Wild Geese"
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Old 12-07-2003, 01:36 PM   #61
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best war movie is saving private ryan.
and schindler's list comes second.
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:40 PM   #62
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I just thought of this one movie, it's called "All Quiet on the Western Front". That's a pretty good war film that hasn't been brought up yet.
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Old 08-16-2005, 11:40 AM   #63
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Gotta be Full Metal Jacket
the best movie about war ever.
Blackhawk down is up there, and then the Owen Wilson Movie a few years back was awesome also. War has changed and time for hte movies to change with it!
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Old 08-16-2005, 05:59 PM   #64
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HAs anyone seen the raid? I ws told over the weekend that it was very, very good. If you want to see real war crimes, see what the Jap's did to the US boys on Batan
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Old 08-16-2005, 06:21 PM   #65
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or have a look at some photographs from iraq by american soldiers torturing prisoners. yeah, war is a terrible thing. still waiting for a movie about this.
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Old 08-16-2005, 08:36 PM   #66
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HAs anyone seen the raid? I ws told over the weekend that it was very, very good. If you want to see real war crimes, see what the Jap's did to the US boys on Batan

I'm planning on seeing it this weekend. I've heard excellent things about it.
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Old 08-16-2005, 10:36 PM   #67
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Hey anyone mentioned 1941.

Aykroyd, Belushi, Candy, etc were all great in it. funny as hell

also Canadian Bacon. They're invading Canada?
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Old 08-17-2005, 12:40 PM   #68
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J_Z< the SS boy dares open his mouth, well, please compare the stupid, trailer-trash antics of a couple of brain dead US soldiers to the Batan death march and Nazi crimes, please just try and compare the two I dare you,

Yes makeing a prisoner of war pull down his pants and lauh at his unit, and marching people into a chamber and gas them to death, or do experiments on preg. women, yes, that America we really go to far.

I am not making light of what the idiots did in Iraq, I find awful and wrong. those people have been sent to jail and punished, but J, even a peson as arrogent as you is not going to make a comparison to the war crimes of Jap, and Germans in WWII are even ont he same playing field. I am sure you have no idea what the Japense did to US Soliders, hell even their own people in WWII, so do a little homework.

But I forgot, you like to think what you brothers did in WWII to eveyong were not war crimes

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Old 08-17-2005, 12:42 PM   #69
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I dunno speaking for the whole movie which one would be the best, but the best 30 minutes for me its the beggining of save private ryan omg that was some scene
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Old 08-17-2005, 12:52 PM   #70
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Saving Private Ryan was a fine movie, American Soliders have a soft spot for German soliders in history, they have never been effective against us. When the British hired them to fight in our first war, we well killed them. WWI was no excpetion, Hell, the US Marines were given the highest miltary honor byt he Franch for the way we got rid of the suckers. Then a few years later, we stomped on them again in Europe, Africa, hell you gotta love the people you can always beet on!. . .
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:06 PM   #71
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How about life is beautiful, that seems tro be about Nazi soldiers shoving woman and children into gas chambers. Get your **** straight. Those terrorists bastards sshould have their balls cut off with a butter knife and fed to them. I want more pictures, maybe we can do them what they have done to us.

. who the f.ing f. do you f. think you f. are?
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:15 PM   #72
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Nuke em' all!!!

nuke your mother!
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:27 PM   #73
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My God Jay.

wow, i'm happy to hear this. it took you some time to accept this, didn't it?
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Old 08-17-2005, 09:09 PM   #74
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The best war movie - Star Wars
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Old 08-18-2005, 12:16 AM   #75
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The best war movie, hands down, is Red Dawn. The Wolverines kicked so much Russian ass that there was some left over for Mexico too.
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