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Entries Tagged as 'Epics/Historical'

Joyeux Noel (2005) PG-13 1h 56min

April 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Joyeux Noel (2005)

“Joyeux Noël” (”Merry Christmas” (UK/US title) or “Happy Christmas”) is a drama set in 1914 during World War I and is inspired by a true story. The film is an international project involving people and locations from France, Germany, UK, Romania and [...]

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Tags: Belgium · Classic Films · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Germany · Movies · Romania · UK · War

Frost/Nixon (2008) R 122min

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Frost/Nixon (2008)

A great movie by Oscar-winning director and producer Ron Howard (Changeling (2008), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Cindirella Man (2005), A Beautiful Mind (2001), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)) starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon based on the [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Review: Defiance (2008) R 137min

January 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Defiance (2008)

This true-story WWII drama is directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory) and stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schriber, Jamie Bell and Alexa Davalos. It is based on the book by Nechama Tec called “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans”.
The plot: In the autumn of 1941 when Hitler’s armies [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · USA · War

Valkyrie (2008) PG-13 120min

December 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Valkyrie (2008)

Based on a true story, Valkyrie is a historical thriller set in WWII Nazi Germany, starring Tom Cruise and many famous British actors, and directed by Bryan Singer (also directed Superman Returns).
The plot: 1943. German Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Cruise) [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA · War

Miracle at St. Anna (2008) R 160min

October 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

A.k.a. Miracolo a Sant’Anna is directed Spike Lee (Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002)) based on James McBride’s novel who also wrote the screenplay for this movie.
The plot: Miracle at St. Anna is [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Epics/Historical · Germany · Italy · Movies · USA · War

Apocalypto (2006) R 139min

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Apocalypto (2006)

Apocalypto, 3-Oscar-nominated drama is written and directed by Mel Gibson and produced by his company, ICON Productions and distributed by Touchstone Pictures.
The plot: Before conquistadors arrived in America, the Mayan culture was already in decline. The priests convinced people that the solution [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007) PG-13 113min

April 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is the sequel to 1998 Oscar-winning drama “Elizabeth”, also directed by Shekhar Kapur (The Four Feathers) starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen and Samantha Morton.
The plot: The original 1998 movie left us in 1555. The “Golden Age” picks up the story [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies

Review of “10,000 B.C.” (2008) PG-13 109min

March 7th, 2008 · 10 Comments

The plot: Narrator (Omar Sharif) talks about a legend about a blue-eyes child. It’s a girl who was discovered by tribal hunters in the mountains clinched to the body of her dead mother. Her mother and their clan were killed or enslaved by [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Drama · Epics/Historical · Fantasy · Movies · New Zeland · USA

Review of “Rescue Dawn” (2006) PG-13 126min

February 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This Vietnam War drama was written and directed by Werner Herzog. The movie is vaguely based on Dieter Dengler’s book, “Escape From Laos”. The actual Dieter Dengler died just before the movie came out of ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Herzog previously filmed [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · USA · War

Review of “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005) PG-13 145min

January 16th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s interesting that Steven Spielberg was the executive producer of this movie. I didn’t read the book, but I interviewed some people who did and they said that the movie is mostly faithful to the 1997 best-selling novel, with just a few scenes [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Romance · USA

Review of “Atonement” (2007) R 122min

January 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Christopher Hampton based his screenplay on the novel by Ian McEwan, and Joe Wright directed.
Joe Wright is a very talented director. In 2007 Joe became youngest director presenting at Venice Film Festival. At 34 years old he was already famous as director of [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Movies · Romance · UK · War

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

September 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

*** May contain spoilers ***
The plot: Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), Scott, graduated from medical school and randomly picked Uganda to practice his skills. He arrived in the poor, but beautiful country just in time for Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) to [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

The Lost City (2005)

August 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

The Lost City (2005)

*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A film by Andy Garcia starring himself, Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray and Elizabeth Peña – quite a constellation of stars. It begins in 1958 in one of pre-revolution Havana’s (though film is shot in Dominican Republic) club’s room. We are [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Romance

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

Clint Eastwood directed this Oscar-winning war movie, which in many respects is a sequel to “The Flags Of Our Fathers”, or to be more precise, the look at the same events from the other side of the battlefield. It [...]

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Tags: Action · DVD · Epics/Historical · Movies · War

Tae Guk Gi (2005)

August 3rd, 2007 · 6 Comments

Tae Guk Gi (2005)

The movie was released in United States under the title “The Brotherhood of War“. 
The plot: This is a story of two brothers, Jin-Tae (Jang Dong-Gun) and Jin-Seok (Won Bin). Jin-Tae shines shoes and tries to save money for his younger [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · Korea · Movies · War

Saints and Soldiers (2003)

July 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

Saints and Soldiers (2003)

The movie is based on actual historic events.
The plot: Middle of December, 1994. A unit of American soldiers is captured in Ardennes forest in Belgium. When one of the American soldiers tries to wrestle out a weapon from a German soldier, the [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · War

Battleship Potemkin (1925/2005)

July 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Battleship Potemkin (1925/2005)

I got the latest (or one of the most recent ones) Pet Shop Boys album, “Battleship Potemkin“. I was interested because I am a big fan of the movie. Sergei Eisenstein directed this silent movie in 1925 – just a few months [...]

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Tags: Classic Films · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · Movies · Silent · USSR · War

Mandela and de Klerk (1997)

July 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Mandela and de Klerk (1997)

In 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with several other members of his party and political detainees, were convicted for treason (technically they were charged with capital crimes of sabotage, which Mandela admitted – the charges were easier for the government [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · TV