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Entries Tagged as 'War'

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

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987) NR 2h 2min

March 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)

A.k.a. “Yuki Yukite shingun”.
The plot: This documentary directed by Kazuo Hara follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a Japanese veteran of World War II, as he tries to seek justice – and vengeance – for the unexplained deaths of several soldiers [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Foreign · Japan · Movies · War

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

The Counterfeiters (2007) R 1h 38min

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

The Counterfeiters (2007)

A.k.a. Die Fälscher, this 2007 Oscar-winning drama was written and directed by Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (All The Queen’s Men) based on “The Devil’s Workshop”, the book by Adolf Burger.
The plot: This movie is based on real events, when in 1932 [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · War

Review: Stop-Loss (2008) R 112min

August 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Stop-Loss (2008)

This Paramount Pictures’ Iraq war-themed drama shot in Texas and Morocco was directed by Kimberly Peirce (writer and director behind Boys Don’t Cry) and written by her and Mark Richard. Starring Ryan Phillipe, Timothy Olyphant (Catch And Release, Live Free or Die [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · USA · War

Review: Tropic Thunder (2008) R 107min

August 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Tropic Thunder (2008)

This latest summer comedy is directed by Ben Stiller – his first movie since Zoolander (2001), and is written by Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen.
The plot: A big-budget war movie with star-actors is being cancelled by the studio. Desperate to save the [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Adventure · Comedy · Movies · USA · War

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 “Rambo” (2008) R 93min

January 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Rambo (2008)

20 years since Rambo III Sylvester Stallone has revived Rambo. He wrote and directed this new action flick. I went to the theater with very low expectations because Rambo in Afghanistan was a major disappointment.
The plot: John Rambo lives peacefully in a [...]

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Tags: Action · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA · War

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

Iraq In Fragments (2006) 94min

November 21st, 2007 · No Comments

This powerful Oscar-nominated documentary from director James Longley is a depiction of stories of modern-day Iraqis as they try to cope with the war, with life without Saddam, without law and order, occupation, violence and division of country into sectarian regions. Finally a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies · War

Redacted (2007) R 90min

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

I was driving home from work and listening to NPR and they were just interviewing Brian De Palma about this movie. When I got home and turned TV on – there it was – the movie I just heard about.
Brian De Palma is [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · TV · War

Lions For Lambs (2007) R 88min

November 9th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Since this movie was most expected movie of the week, considering all the marketing, I was surprised to see that the movie theater on the opening night was half empty.
Lions For Lambs is directed by Robert Redford. It’s a movie with three parallel [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · War

Cold Summer of 1953 (1987)

September 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

Cold Summer of 1953 (1987)

I think I have seen this grim movie once about 20 years ago. It’s the last role and last film starring Anatoli Papanov, one of the greatest and beloved Soviet actors. The plot is quite simple. In 1953, after [...]

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Tags: Drama · Foreign · Movies · USSR · War

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Mexican director Guillermo Del Torro, who is familiar to American audience for directing Hellboy and Blade II, has written and directed “El laberinto del fauno”, which in 2007 has been nominated for Oscar in six categories and won in three: Best [...]

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Tags: DVD · Fantasy · Foreign · Mexico · Movies · War

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