Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |
“Beware Greeks bearing gifts,” became a saying thousands of years ago.
Historians today trace it to tales of the Trojan War, which may not
have really happened. Or if it did, not all the details presented by
the blind poet Homer were part of the true story. Specifically, the
saying was aimed at the Trojan Horse Odysseus created near the end of
the Trojan War that allowed the Greeks to invade the impenetrable city
Oddly enough, this point—which comes in late in the movie,
“Troy”—somehow makes the story of Achilles and Hector seem less real
(even without the gods and goddesses), taking away from all the events
that have led up to this part of the film and making it more of a
story. In all the tales I remember reading as a kid, the story of the
wooden horse fooling the Trojans was truly cool. However, after
watching the movie, ...
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |
England- 1944. Major Reisman (Marvin) a smart but insubordinate
trouble-maker is forcefully given a difficult and politically
uncomfortable mission by General Worden (Borgnine): take a group of
military prisoners who are on death row or have long-term prison
sentences and build them into a capable team. Once the group is
together, they’ll be given a high-risk mission to go behind German
lines and destroy a chateau that is frequented by German generals.
Reisman is able to build the unstable group (with much flack from his
superior officers) into a cohesive unit through his leadership skills
and the offer of commuted sentences to the team. As the group heads off
on their mission, a few loose cannons (particularly Telly Savalas as a
wacko who thinks his violence toward women is dictated by God) threaten
to ruin the entire enterprise.
Director Aldrich’s extremely popular war film boasts one of the most
impressive big-name male casts in ...
Tuesday, 01 August 2006 |
“The Last Samurai” is a sweeping, sprawling epic devoted to character,
a specific geographical location and a mindset locked in a moment of
time. Tom Cruise stars as Captain Nathan Algren, a tortured soldier who
served under Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the genocidal battles
against the Cheyenne American Indians. During his time with Custer,
Algren got to know the Cheyenne and grew to respect their way of life.
Under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Bagley (played with
surprising ease by Tony Goldwyn), Algren was responsible for the deaths
of many American Indian women and children in an outright massacre.
Tormented and haunted by those memories, Algren has become a lost soul
seeking solace in liquor. However, his life changes radically when he
becomes part of a military detachment sent by the United States
President to Japan, where American political and business interests
hope to open up Japanese markets once they get the ...
Thursday, 01 June 2006 |
tanley Kubrick’s idiosyncratic war film, “Full Metal Jacket” was
released during 1987’s upsurge of interest in Viet Nam films (following
“Platoon” and “Heartbreak Ridge” in release and preceding “Hamburger
Hill”), and finds the visionary director bringing his own fascinations
and interests to a fairly simple story. The film follows private Joker
(Modine) through an intense, dehumanizing basic training camp where he
is put at odds with demonic drill instructor Hartman (Ermey) and
befriends the troubled private Pyle (D’Onofrio). Later, while in Viet
Nam, Joker and his platoon are caught up in the Tet offensive and
during maneuvers and are pinned by a sniper after taking a wrong turn.
“Full Metal Jacket,” while a Vietnam film, is told in a much more
archetypal way, leaving almost all the political and cultural
background out of the main body of the story. Those aspects combined
with its non-tropical filming locales (it was filmed almost entirely in