Archive for November, 2009

Friday 27 November

This week, Spike Lee is the featured filmmaker for his wonderful film, Miracle at St. Anna. If you haven’t seen this one you must! I guarantee you’ll like it.

The Longest Day (1962)

This film covers everything about D-Day and I mean everything. It surrounds the events that unfolded that day from the point of view of the allied forces as well as the Germans. In this film you get the whole story, unbiased, from both sides and that makes it great.

Come and See (1985)

This is a must see film for everyone. It tells the story of the loss of innocence of a young boy living in war torn Belarus during WWII where the atrocities and horrors of the German invasion scar his soul and steal his childhood

Good (2008)

Good is a little-known film that everyone should see. It centers around the German people during WWII and shows that not everyone who joined the fight against the allies was a Nazi or insane, instead the film shows us good people who feel the contradiction of their involvement in promoting German society and national socialism.

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Spike Lee’s WWII film centers around the story of four black American soldiers who become trapped in a Tuscan village and must fight off the invading Germans. Spike Lee has done a superb job with this film.

Friday 20 November

This week, the featured filmmaker is Christian Carion because Joyeux Noel is the best film of the bunch. Carion really captured the human spirit in his film about the 1914 Christmas ceasefire. What is most interesting is the turn the characters take when the ceasefire ends.

Downfall (2004)

This hauntingly amazing film chronicles the final days of Hitler from the point of view of his secretary Traudl Junge. Bruno Ganz delivers a poignant and emotionally draining performance as Adolf Hitler, and the setting of the bunker works in conjunction with his performance to radiate a sense of anxiety and intensity in the closed quarters. You have to see this film.

Catch-22 (1970)

Alan Arkin is superb in this film. It is a pretty good adaptation of the novel about a pilot in WWII who is desperate to get out of his missions so he attempts to get certified as insane. A philosophically rich and unconventional war film with an outstanding supporting cast.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

It’s almost hard to believe this film is eleven years old, because it’s one if those films that aren’t ‘dated’ and truly stands the test of time. Even if you don’t like the story and think it may be hokey, you have to admit Spielberg knows how to make a war film and Tom Hanks sure can act. I will freely admit that I own this film, meaning it is acceptable for you to like/watch.

Joyeux Noel (2005)

I love this Christian Carion film for  many reasons. It takes a different approach to films about WWI focusing on the toll of human emotion and sacrifice  the first great war took on those involved. The film tells the story of the ceasefire the Germans, French and Scottish agreed to on Christmas Eve 1914. With all the horrors of war going on around them, and the division of enemy and ally, they manage to put aside their beliefs and share in the simple human act of peace and understanding.

Finally, I put up reviews for ZombielandThe Informant!, and a scathing one for The Watchmen. Wanna read em? Go ahead. Make my day.