I have some thoughts about our American entry’s take on the intersection and patriotism, and also on the completely ridiculous accents basically everyone in this movie has. A lot of people like it though!
Category Archives: War Movies
Canada’s entry is an early work from one of the most idiosyncratic of the internationally known modern directors, Guy Maddin, very loosely inspired by real events, in the style of a very early sound film from circa-1930, for reasons.
PASQUALINO SETTEBELLEZE (1975)
Lina Wertmüller became the first ever female director nominated for Best Picture for a movie that, to my surprise, turned out to be about an amoral hatchet murderer trying to seduce his way out of a concentration camp.
HENRY V (1989)
The debut film for actor/director Kenneth Branagh, whose new, autobiographical movie “Belfast” is in theaters this weekend, ushered in a new era of Shakespeare on screen.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
A big romantic melodrama among army guys and ladies on Hawaii, with the impending doom of Pearl Harbor hanging over everything.
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)
A very realistic movie about guerrilla warfare that basically invented a new style of movie-making.
THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
It’s the very first blockbuster, but unfortunately I can’t emphasize enough how racist it is. However racist you think it is, it is way more racist than that.
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
An epic of Russian history that’s more interested in its central love dodecahedron than it is in Russian history, a fact that leaves me wondering what the point of it all is.
A very violent, dark Vietnam movie written and directed by an actual Vietnam veteran, so I would say it’s high quality but your mileage may vary.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (1943)
A truly amazing movie that takes a negative stereotype and helps us understand him, in beautiful technicolor, with some of the most interesting performances I’ve seen, all made in England during the Blitz.