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War Movies Challenge - Official; March 2019

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Post by AB537 » March 19th, 2019, 3:02 am

9. Voskhozhdeniye - The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977)

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Post by sebby » March 19th, 2019, 8:16 am

20 last days in vietnam 2014 5.5/10
21 gunga din 1939 1/10
22 paisan 1946 6/10

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01 mrs miniver 1942 5/10
02 judgment at nuremberg 1961 4.5/10
03 hail the conquering hero 1944 5/10
04 the hurt locker 2008 3/10
05 the big parade 1925 4/10
06 the year of living dangerously 1982 5/10
07 breaker morant 1980 6.5/10
08 the life and death of colonel blimp 1943 4.5/10
09 rome open city 1945 7/10
10 the guns of navarone 1961 6/10
11-12 generation kill parts 1-2
13 the big red one 1980 4/10
14 the burmese harp 9/10
15 master and commander 2003 4/10
16 generation kill part 3
17 the tin drum 1979 3/10
18 incendies 2010 8/10
19 waterloo bridge 1940 5.5/10
20 last days in vietnam 2014 5.5/10
21 gunga din 1939 1/10
22 paisan 1946 6/10

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Post by Traveller » March 19th, 2019, 9:16 am

42. The Battle of Russia (1943) - 5/10
43. The Battle of China (1944) - 5/10
44. War Comes to America (1945) - 5/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by sol » March 19th, 2019, 2:51 pm

How I Won the WarShow
1. Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989)
2. The Magic Face (1951)
3. Eastern Condors (1987)
4. American Sniper (2014)
5. Anchors Aweigh (1945)
6. King of Hearts (1966)
7. Red Dawn (1984)
8. Culloden (1964)
9. MASH (1970) REVISION
10. Duck Soup (1933) REVISION
11. Mudbound (2017)
12. Regeneration (1997)
13. The Stick (1988)
14. Tropic Thunder (2008) REVISION
15. Dr. Strangelove (1964) REVISION
16. Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
17. Private's Progress (1956)
18. The Square Peg (1958)
19. Is Paris Burning? (1966)
20. The Young Lions (1958)
21. Beautiful People (1999)
22. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
23. The Flying Deuces (1939)
24. Privates on Parade (1983)
25. Le voyage de Fanny (2016)
26. The White Helmets (2016)

27. Fantasy Mission Force (1983)

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This Dirty Dozen style HK action film has gained a negative reputation over time due to its episodic plot, thin characters and misleading marketing as Jackie Chan vehicle when he has less than 20 minutes of screen time. It is, however, a delightful exercise in defying generic expectations, not only traversing genres as wide-ranging as comedy, drama, war and horror (with Mr. Vampire style ghouls), but blending all forms of action imaginable: guns, swordplay, kung fu, boxing, etc. It is very funny too at the best of times and Chan's stunts are as impressive as ever.
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Post by maxwelldeux » March 19th, 2019, 4:37 pm

Who chose not to make love?Show
1. Fear and Desire (1953)
2. The Shop on Main Street (1965)
3. The Hurt Locker (2008)
4. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
5. The Pentagon Wars (1998)
6. From Here to Eternity (1953)
7. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)
8. Team America: World Police (2004)
9. The Big Parade (1925)
10. Apocalypse Now (1979)
11. After Fire (2016)
12. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
13. Le Grand Homme (2014)
14. The Vietnam War: Riding the Tiger (2017)
15. The Vietnam War: The River Styx (2017)
16. The Vietnam War: Resolve (2017)
17. Dunkirk (2017)
18. Kanal (1957)
19. Rambo III (1988)
20. National Bird (2016)
21. Iron Eagle (1986)
22. Navy Seals (1990)
23. Iron Eagle II (1988)
24. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
25. The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2010)
26. The Vietnam War: This is What We Do (2017)
27. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
28. Code Unknown (2000)
29. Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
30. The Vietnam War: Things Fall Apart (2017)

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Post by Traveller » March 19th, 2019, 6:17 pm

45. A Thousand Times Good Night (2013) - 4/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by VincentPrice » March 19th, 2019, 7:25 pm

2. Rambo III-1988: 8/10 (rewatch)
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1. The Bridge at Remagen-1969: 8/10

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Post by 72allinncallme » March 19th, 2019, 9:09 pm

81. Ekdromi (1966)
82. L’enclos (1961) [DtC-nom]
83. Jariskatsis mama (1965) [DtC-nom]
84. Suchwiin bulmyeong (2001)
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1. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)
2. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
3. Avanti popolo (1986)
4.-10. Generation Kill (2008)
11. Flandres (2006)
12. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
13. Iraq in Fragments (2006)
14. The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961) [DtC-nom]
15. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (2000)
16. V tumane (2012) [DtC-nom]
17. The Spanish Earth (1937)
18. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)
19. Savrseni krug (1997) [DtC-nom]
20. Nobi (1959)
21. King Rat (1965) (l) [DtC-nom]
22. Yadon ilaheyya (2002)
23. Windtalkers (2002)
24. The Train (1964)
25. No End in Sight (2007)
26. La marcia su Roma (1962) (l)
27. Zvezda (2002)
28. I girasoli (1970)
29. The Purple Plain (1954) [DtC-nom]
30. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
31. Prigionieri della guerra (1995) [DtC-nom]
32. Matomena Hristougenna (1951)
33. No habrá más penas ni olvido (1983)
34. Les petites guerres (1982)
35. Dolina miru (1956)
36. Daleká cesta (1950)
37. Tutti a casa (1960)
38. Ni liv (1957)
39. 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)
40. Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976) [DtC-nom]
41. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001) (l)
42. Najeun moksori (1995)
43. De røde enge (1945)
44. Pojat (1962)
45. Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
46. El compadre Mendoza (1934)
47. Austeria (1982)
48. Bankier van het Verzet (2018)
49. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
50. Liberté, la nuit (1984)
51. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
52. Raduga (1944)
53. Seisaku no tsuma (1965)
54. Fuefukigawa (1960)
55. Der var engang en krig (1966)
56. Rio Conchos (1964) [DtC-nom]
57. Shunpu den (1965)
58. Zvezda (1953)
59. The Magic Face (1951)
60. Night Will Fall (2014)
61. Sedmina - Pozdravi Marijo (1969)
62. ...a pátý jezdec je Strach (1965)
63. Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989)
64. Kuroi ame (1989) [DtC-nom]
65. Äideistä parhain (2005)
66. Maudite soit la guerre (1914) [DtC-nom]
67. Der lachende Mann - Bekenntnisse eines Mörders (1966)
68. Daliás idök (1983)
69. Bloody Sunday (2002)
70. Arousi-ye Khouban (1989)
71. Reed, México insurgente (1973)
72. Behind the Door (1919) [DtC-nom] (l) (l)
73. Rih al awras (1967) [DtC-nom]
74. Mashenka (1942) [DtC-nom]
75. Zaseda (1969) [DtC-nom]
76. Decision Before Dawn (1951) [DtC-nom]
77. La guerre est finie (1966)
78. Voor een verloren soldaat (1992)
79. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
80. Die andere Seite (1931) [DtC-nom]
81. Ekdromi (1966)
82. L’enclos (1961) [DtC-nom]
83. Jariskatsis mama (1965) [DtC-nom]
84. Suchwiin bulmyeong (2001)

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Post by Simba63 » March 20th, 2019, 2:03 am

27. Ride with the Devil (1999) - 7/10

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Post by jdidaco » March 20th, 2019, 4:57 am

25. Les otages (The Mayor's Dilemma, Raymond Bernard, 1939) 9/10
26. ...Un ami viendra ce soir... (A Friend Will Come Tonight, Raymond Bernard, 1946) 7.5/10
27. Allons z'enfants (The Boy Soldier, Yves Boisset, 1981) 9/10
28. Resisting Paradise (Barbara Hammer, 2003) 7.5/10

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1. La défense du drapeau (Alexandre Promio, 1897) 6/10 (1 min), Les enfants de France et de la guerre (Children of France During the War, Henri Desfontaines, 1918) 8/10 (33 min), Le discours d'acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin (The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin, Benjamin Crotty, 2018) 8.5/10 (26 min) (Total: 60 min)
2. Je t'attendrai (Three Hours, Léonide Moguy, 1939) 9/10
3. Patrouille sans espoir/Patrouille de choc (Shock Patrol, Claude Bernard-Aubert, 1957) 9/10
4. L'ironie du sort (The Irony of Chance, Édouard Molinaro, 1974) 9/10
5. Charlie Bravo (Claude Bernard-Aubert, 1980) 8/10
6. Liberté, la nuit (Liberty at Night, Philippe Garrel, 1984) 9/10
7. Gibraltar (It Happened in Gibraltar, Fyodor Otsep, 1938) 8/10
8. La verte moisson (Green Harvest, François Villiers, 1959) 8.5/10
9. Martin Soldat (Soldier Martin, Michel Deville, 1966) 9/10
10. Le soldat Laforêt (Laforet the Soldier, Guy Cavagnac, 1972) 9/10
11. Port-Arthur (I Give My Life, Nicolas Farkas, 1936) 7.5/10
12. Le mensonge de Nina Petrovna (The Lie of Nina Petrovna, Viktor Tourjansky, 1937) 10/10 (l)
13. Le repas des fauves (Champagne for Savages, Christian-Jaque, 1964) 8.5/10
14. Les fêtes galantes (The Lace Wars, René Clair, 1965) 7.5/10
15. 1 homme de trop (Shock Troops, Costa-Gavras, 1967) 7.5/10
16. Les camisards (The French Calvinists, René Allio, 1972) 9.5/10
17. Jericho (Henri Calef, 1946) 10/10 (l)
18. Les évadés (The Fugitives, Jean-Paul Le Chanois,1955) 7.5/10
19. Moranbong, une aventure coréenne (Moranbong, a Korean Adventure, Claude-Jean Bonnardot, 1960) 9/10
20. Tu ne tueras point (Thou Shalt Not Kill, Claude Autant-Lara, 1961) 9/10
21. Un acte d'amour/Act of Love (Anatole Litvak, 1953) 7.5/10
22. L'horizon (Horizon, Jacques Rouffio, 1967) 9/10
23. Amour et Sexe sous l'Occupation (Love and Sex under Nazi Occupation, Isabelle Clarke, 2011) 7.5/10
24. Frantz (François Ozon, 2016) 8/10

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Post by jeroeno » March 20th, 2019, 6:46 am

34. Generation Kill: Stay Frosty (2008)
35. Generation Kill: Bomb in the Garden (2008)

Great ending to a pretty damn good series.

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Post by Traveller » March 20th, 2019, 9:11 am

46. The Emperor of the Mughals (1960) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by zzzorf » March 20th, 2019, 1:00 pm

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1. Da hong zha (2018) - 2/10
2. Come and See (1985) 8/10

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Post by sol » March 20th, 2019, 1:17 pm

How I Won the WarShow
1. Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989)
2. The Magic Face (1951)
3. Eastern Condors (1987)
4. American Sniper (2014)
5. Anchors Aweigh (1945)
6. King of Hearts (1966)
7. Red Dawn (1984)
8. Culloden (1964)
9. MASH (1970) REVISION
10. Duck Soup (1933) REVISION
11. Mudbound (2017)
12. Regeneration (1997)
13. The Stick (1988)
14. Tropic Thunder (2008) REVISION
15. Dr. Strangelove (1964) REVISION
16. Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
17. Private's Progress (1956)
18. The Square Peg (1958)
19. Is Paris Burning? (1966)
20. The Young Lions (1958)
21. Beautiful People (1999)
22. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
23. The Flying Deuces (1939)
24. Privates on Parade (1983)
25. Le voyage de Fanny (2016)
26. The White Helmets (2016)
27. Fantasy Mission Force (1983)

28. Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

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One of Laurel and Hardy's first full-length features, this feels a lot like two shorts stitched together with two distinct halves. And yet, this is easily one of the pair's better films thanks to the amazing performance by toddler Jackie Lyn Dufton as an orphaned girl. From copying the duo's mannerisms, to reciting complete fairytales, Dufton holds her own and outperforms Stan and Ollie. It is a very funny film too; from delivering rubbish to a pompous general played by James Finlayson to their insane quest to find the right Smith family, there are lots of laughs.
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Post by shugs » March 20th, 2019, 4:31 pm

15. A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough, 1977) - 8/10
Interesting look at the logistics behind an operation of such a scale, but it ends on a whimper.
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1. Overlord (Julius Avery, 2018) - 7/10
2. Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes, 2011) - 6/10
3. Sergeant York (Howard Hawks, 1941) - 8/10
4. Welcome to Sarajevo (Michael Winterbottom, 1997) - 8/10
5. Cross of Iron (Sam Peckinpah, 1977) - 7/10
6. Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella, 2003) - 9/10
7. Alone in Berlin (Vincent Perez, 2016) - 8/10
8. Die Fälscher aka The Counterfeiters (Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2007) - 8/10
9. No Man's Land (Danis Tanovic, 2001) - 8/10
10. Ostre sledované vlaky aka Closely Watched Trains (Jirí Menzel, 1966) - 6/10
11. Zwartboek aka Black Book (Paul Verhoeven, 2006) - 8/10
12. Joyeux Noël (Christian Carion, 2005) - 7.5/10
13. Good Morning, Vietnam (Barry Levinson, 1987) - 7.5/10
14. Stalingrad (Joseph Vilsmaier, 1993) - 8.5/10

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » March 20th, 2019, 4:38 pm

14. 'Mutiny' / 1952, Edward Dmytryk / 6/10 / USA / War of 1812
15. 'Rita' / 1958, Ada Neretniece / 7/10 / Latvia / World War II
16. 'Doctor Zhivago' / 1965, David Lean / 8.5/10 / UK / Italy / USA / Liechtenstein / Russian Revolution / Russian Civil War / World War I
17. 'Takaya dlinnaya, dlinnaya doroga' / 'Such a Long, Long Road' / 1972, Viktor Okuntsov / 7 or 7.5/10 / USSR / World War II
18. 'Zwartboek' / 'Black Book' / 2006, Paul Verhoeven / 8/10 / Netherlands / Germany / UK / Belgium / World War II

Pavel Luspekaev as the father on a cathartic journey of discovery and commemoration for a son who never came home from war; Okuntsov's made-for-television entry has a touching simplicity and dedication to it:

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Post by OldAle1 » March 20th, 2019, 5:22 pm

OK time to start posting with my piddling number so far -

1. Battle Cry (Raoul Walsh, 1955)

More melodrama than combat film, this is 2 1/2 hours following a group of new recruits under the tough Major Sam Huxley (Aldo Ray) dealing with love lives, strained friendships, training ground competitions, etc, with little "war" until the last half hour. It's not bad and has a great cast including Aldo Ray, Raymond Massey and Dorothy Malone, but on the whole it did very little for me, with the soap opera elements pretty far from the level of somebody like Sirk, and the combat scenes and inevitable couple of deaths fairly predictable and ordinary as well.

2. Corvette K-225 (Howard Hawks/Richard Rossen, 1943)

One of Hawks' lesser films and certainly less-famous than most, but a decent enough if very predictable wartime tale of hard Lt Commader MacClain (Randolph Scott) commanding a Canadian Navy corvette and the inevitable problems he has with a junior officer just come into his command, and the romance with that officer's sister (Ella Raines). There's a little too much jokiness here for my taste - you have to expect some of that in a Hawks film, but the combination of Barry Fitzgerald, Andy Devine and Fuzzy Knight got a bit grating at times - not quite the Three Stooges or anything but it definitely detracts from the seriousness of things. This is a fun pic for spotting young actors early in their careers though - Robert Mitchum, Charles McGraw, Peter Lawford and Cliff Robertson all have bit parts, with Mitchum standing out even in just a couple of lines of dialogue, the easy, lazy, yet dangerous masculinity is obvious even in just a couple of minutes.

3. Loin du Vietnam / Far From Vietnam (Jean-Luc Godard/Joris Ivens/William Klein/Claude Lelouch/Chis Marker/Alain Resnais/Agnès Varda, 1967)

A film I really needed to watch when more awake - and certainly will want to see again, this is a many-part documentary on America''s war in Vietnam with a quite explicitly anti-war agenda that seems remarkably modern and up-do-date in it's depictions of protests, the clear antipathy between the anti-war and pro-war agitators on the streets of New York, and even in the astonishing scene where a young man lecturing a young woman (mansplaining, not a word or maybe even concept then) about how we care about the people of Vietnam, but why not the Kurds, the Yemenis, the Sudanese - keep in mind, this is 1967! All in the midst of a speech declaiming among other things that war never ends...

4. Au revoir les enfants / Goodbye Children (Louis Malle, 1987)

Surprised it took me so long to see this; I wonder why I didn't catch it on it's original release - I have dim memories of thinking it was going to play for a while, but then missing it because it didn't. Maybe this was a little before the "boom" in Holocaust-related films? In any case, it's a famous enough film and I have little original to say about it so I don't feel like going on too much - it's very good certainly and the ending is quite powerful, even if I am a little uneasy about the concept of film-as-penance which this seems to be. I think if I have a favorite moment it's the game in the forest, where though never mentioned out loud there is a powerful sense of the possibility of escape of a world outside of both the school and the atrocities going on around it.

5. Zulu (Cy Endfield, 1964) (re-watch)

Second viewing, first watched around 2007-8 I think. Just as impressive as the first viewing, this to my mind is probably the greatest of the English-language "epic" war films that predominated for roughly 20 years beginning in the mid-50s - though budget-wise it really isn't in the same category as, say, a David Lean film or The Longest Day. But in the subtle ways in which it deals with colonialism and the western notions of cultural and military superiority, it probably has no equals, and the actual battle sequences are extraordinarily well done, and Endfield's genius in getting the most out of a mere 200 or so extras is evident in every frame of the final 2/3 of the film that make up the battle of Roarke's Drift. Stanley Baker and Michael Caine make a really fine team, matched as much in their inexperience as warriors as they are in their differences in background and temperament. The BD is one of the best looking discs I own though it strikes me as perhaps just a tad over-bright - not having ever seen the film in 35mm though this is just a guess or a feeling. At any rate a remarkable film from a remarkable filmmaker who never let blacklisting keep him down - this is probably his best film, or tied with his best American film Try and Get Me!

6. Sink the Bismarck! (Lewis Gilbert, 1960) (re-watch)

This represents a very early film memory for me, I think I saw this on TV in the mid-70s, probably the first British war film I ever saw, perhaps the first war-at-sea production. I saw it a second time in the early 2000s and now again, and it's improved a bit, perhaps in part due to a much better quality copy being available now. Not that it's on the same level overall as Zulu but like that film it's handome and looks much more expensive than it probably was, and there's enough interpersonal relationship to keep what is basically a narrative about war-room leaders talking to ship captains from getting too boring and repetitive. Michael Hordern, possessed of one of the greatest of all acting voices, is on hand as Admiral Tovey, commander of the ship that eventually does the deed promised in the title, with Kenneth More leading the attack from the war room under London and Dana Wynter as the obligatory - but quite welcome - female officer who helps cut his icy, emotionless exterior.

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Post by Traveller » March 20th, 2019, 6:51 pm

47. The Guns of Navarone (1961) - 7/10
48. Blackboards (2000) - 5/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by 72allinncallme » March 20th, 2019, 8:41 pm

85. Romeo, Julie a tma (1960)
86. Frieda (1947) [DtC-nom]
87. Winter Soldier (1972) [DtC-nom]
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1. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)
2. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
3. Avanti popolo (1986)
4.-10. Generation Kill (2008)
11. Flandres (2006)
12. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
13. Iraq in Fragments (2006)
14. The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961) [DtC-nom]
15. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (2000)
16. V tumane (2012) [DtC-nom]
17. The Spanish Earth (1937)
18. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)
19. Savrseni krug (1997) [DtC-nom]
20. Nobi (1959)
21. King Rat (1965) (l) [DtC-nom]
22. Yadon ilaheyya (2002)
23. Windtalkers (2002)
24. The Train (1964)
25. No End in Sight (2007)
26. La marcia su Roma (1962) (l)
27. Zvezda (2002)
28. I girasoli (1970)
29. The Purple Plain (1954) [DtC-nom]
30. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
31. Prigionieri della guerra (1995) [DtC-nom]
32. Matomena Hristougenna (1951)
33. No habrá más penas ni olvido (1983)
34. Les petites guerres (1982)
35. Dolina miru (1956)
36. Daleká cesta (1950)
37. Tutti a casa (1960)
38. Ni liv (1957)
39. 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)
40. Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976) [DtC-nom]
41. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001) (l)
42. Najeun moksori (1995)
43. De røde enge (1945)
44. Pojat (1962)
45. Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
46. El compadre Mendoza (1934)
47. Austeria (1982)
48. Bankier van het Verzet (2018)
49. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
50. Liberté, la nuit (1984)
51. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
52. Raduga (1944)
53. Seisaku no tsuma (1965)
54. Fuefukigawa (1960)
55. Der var engang en krig (1966)
56. Rio Conchos (1964) [DtC-nom]
57. Shunpu den (1965)
58. Zvezda (1953)
59. The Magic Face (1951)
60. Night Will Fall (2014)
61. Sedmina - Pozdravi Marijo (1969)
62. ...a pátý jezdec je Strach (1965)
63. Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989)
64. Kuroi ame (1989) [DtC-nom]
65. Äideistä parhain (2005)
66. Maudite soit la guerre (1914) [DtC-nom]
67. Der lachende Mann - Bekenntnisse eines Mörders (1966)
68. Daliás idök (1983)
69. Bloody Sunday (2002)
70. Arousi-ye Khouban (1989)
71. Reed, México insurgente (1973)
72. Behind the Door (1919) [DtC-nom] (l) (l)
73. Rih al awras (1967) [DtC-nom]
74. Mashenka (1942) [DtC-nom]
75. Zaseda (1969) [DtC-nom]
76. Decision Before Dawn (1951) [DtC-nom]
77. La guerre est finie (1966)
78. Voor een verloren soldaat (1992)
79. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
80. Die andere Seite (1931) [DtC-nom]
81. Ekdromi (1966)
82. L’enclos (1961) [DtC-nom]
83. Jariskatsis mama (1965) [DtC-nom]
84. Suchwiin bulmyeong (2001)
85. Romeo, Julie a tma (1960)
86. Frieda (1947) [DtC-nom]
87. Winter Soldier (1972) [DtC-nom]

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71. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944, Mervyn LeRoy) - 6/10
--- Solid war drama using Spencer Tracy as the spiritual guide for Van Johnson and the rest of the young crew, which included Robert Walker, Robert Mitchum among other up-and-coming talents. Relied too heavily on the drama which often came across very standard when it comes to war movies, and this definitely could have needed more quality action to make it feel like more of a classic war movie. But there was a lot of quality moments in there, if one is patient enough. Tries it's best to show the dreadful war in a positive light, staying away from the actual battles as much as possible and focusing on the humans involved.


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72. Passage to Marseille (1944, Michael Curtiz) - 6/10
--- Passage to Marseille (1944) was trying a little too hard with the storytelling, which didn't work to perfection, but was a interesting attempt. Star-filled, it continued grouping The Maltese Falcon (1941) guys again with Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet & Peter Lorre, adding Claude Rains & John Loder to the mix along with heavily promoted war refugees Michèle Morgan & Philip Dorn for a ambitious war spectacle. I loved it best when it was trying to be a straight action flick, along with the darker drama. The gimmick of the flashbacks was just that. Gimmicky. And a slight distraction. Also a little too clichéd with the war propaganda, but the guys were great and it was a packed movie!


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73. Man from Frisco (1944, Robert Florey) - 5/10
--- Michael O'Shea comes into a small town and totally transforms it into a big industrial ship building village, to the irritation of some of its residents. But with the war starting, they need to work quick to meet demands and it becomes a stressful and sloppy production. The movie too, but it did gear up the war effort for sleeping towns waiting out the situation. In that regard it made a good point. But in the end it was danger in the work place which took the biggest attention.


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74. Four Jills in a Jeep (1944, William A. Seiter) - 6/10
--- A lovely little diversion from the ladies.... not much else needed to be said.


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75. The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France [Henry V] (1944, Laurence Olivier) - 5/10
--- This was a struggling experience. So fascinating in turns, yet the stage play atmosphere of it was a big turn-off. I'm not a theater man. What they attempted didn't compute well on screen, regardless of how much flashy color they threw in there. That they seemingly couldn't decide on doing it play-style or go adventure mode only made it more confusing. I can't deny them trying something completely different compared to contemporary trends was intriguing and quite a few of it's scenes did have me, but overall it felt like a mess. And I'm pretty sure it's because what they were doing just went straight over my head.


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76. A Canterbury Tale (1944, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) - 6/10
--- Another one of those critically adored British films of 1944 which falls short of expectations. This one was a lot easier to digest and had a keen sense of beauty about it. I must admit I found the main plot completely uninteresting. But the people and their little situations was adorable in many ways.


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77. The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944, Cecil B. DeMille) - 5/10
--- War epic where "Doctor" Gary Cooper (yes, because a intelligent Doctor is the first thing that comes to mind when you see Gary Cooper) saves a bunch of wounded soldiers as Japan go on their bombing spree around Asia. The film is positive enough as a moral booster, but they really made this too long. There is not enough variety or special moments to warrant 2+ hour color movie, regardless of how much Gary Cooper was Gary Cooper.


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78. The White Cliffs of Dover (1944, Clarence Brown) - 5/10
--- Overly sentimental double-war drama with American Irene Dunne moving to England seeing both her husband (WWI) and son (WWII) joining the war effort. Quality production and acting efforts from all involved. However MGM's official 20th anniversary movie is overly long without anything really added to make it as special as they were promoting it.


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79. Attack! Battle of New Britain (1944, U.S. War Department) - 4/10
--- A war documentary living off it's unique footage from the battles of the South Pacific. Didn't find this all that special as far as war stories goes, but it was interesting learning a thing or two from the battles fields in this part of the world.


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80. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944, Preston Sturges) - 7/10
--- Lovely comedy about a small town clinging on to anything positive to come out of the war from their perspective when a alleged decorated local soldier returns home. Eddie Bracken showing what he's worth as a comic actor, being trapped in a scheming situation unable to get out. For a scam this was a uplifting experience, and very Preston Sturges. You know what he liked to do for his social comedies, and that wit shines through real strong in Hail the Conquering Hero (1944).


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81. Follow the Boys (1944, A. Edward Sutherland & John Rawlins) - 5/10
--- Follow the Boys (1944) tries to do something similar to what Four Jills in a Jeep (1944), except with bigger stars and less charm. They invested in Marlene Dietrich, Jeanette MacDonald, W.C. Fields, The Andrews Sisters, Orson Welles among other vaudeville stars to cheer people up with a bunch of short skits or musical numbers, while George Raft & Vera Zorina tries to handle a flimsy story connecting them together. Plenty of fun in this one, but this is hardly the way you want to see these stars.


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82. To Have and Have Not (1944, Howard Hawks) - 8/10
--- Instant impact! Instant love! The plot was good and rather ordinary. But there was nothing ordinary about the chemistry Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall had together. That's something special which can't be explained. It just feels perfect and whatever they do turns amazing. That sums up their debut pairing for To Have and Have Not (1944).


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83. Lifeboat (1944, Alfred Hitchcock) - 9/10
--- If you ever gonna do a full movie in a claustrophobic little boat, then do it like Alfred Hitchcock and Lifeboat (1944). I totally LOVE this movie! Never a dull moment. Ton of personality, mystery and moral dilemmas. Not to mention the absolute rawness about it. Might not be the Hitchcock movie fans name first, but it's up there with his absolute best!


84a. Children of the City (1944, Budge Cooper) - 29min
84b. The True Story of Lilli Marlene (1944, Humphrey Jennings) - 28min
84c. The Eighty Days (1944, Humphrey Jennings) - 13min
84d. A Diary for Timothy (1945, Humphrey Jennings) - 37min
84e. A Defeated People (1946, Humphrey Jennings) - 18min



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1. Five Graves to Cairo (1943, Billy Wilder) - 6/10
2. For God and Country (1943, MGM) - 3/10
3. Batman (1943, Lambert Hillyer) - 5/10
4. A Guy Named Joe (1943, Victor Fleming) - 6/10
5. Edge of Darkness (1943, Lewis Milestone) - 6/10
6. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943, Preston Sturges) - 7/10
7. For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943, Sam Wood) - 6/10
8. Hawai · Maree oki kaisen [Battle of Pearl Harbor and the Malay Coast] (1942, Kajirô Yamamoto) - 7/10
9. Flor silvestre [Wild Flower] (1943, Emilio Fernández) - 6/10
10. L'uomo dalla croce [The Man with the Cross] (1943, Roberto Rossellini) - 4/10
11. First Comes Courage (1943, Dorothy Arzner) - 6/10
12. Guadalcanal Diary (1943, Lewis Seiler) - 6/10
13. 'Gung Ho!' - The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders (1943, Ray Enright) - 5/10
14. San Demetrio London (1943, Charles Frend & Robert Hamer) - 5/10
15. The More the Merrier (1943, George Stevens) - 7/10
16. Happy Land (1943, Irving Pichel) - 6/10
17. Get Cracking (1943, Marcel Varnel) - 5/10
18. Harvest Melody (1943, Sam Newfield) - 2/10
19. This Land Is Mine (1943, Jean Renoir) - 6/10
20. Nine Men (1943, Harry Watt) - 4/10
21. Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943, Lewis D. Collins & Ray Taylor) - 3/10
22. Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943, Spencer Gordon Bennet) - 4/10
23. Jack London (1943, Alfred Santell) - 4/10
24. Hostages (1943, Frank Tuttle) - 5/10
25. The Adventures of Tartu (1943, Harold S. Bucquet) - 6/10
26. Hangmen Also Die! (1943, Fritz Lang) - 7/10
27. Hitler's Children (1943, Edward Dmytryk & Irving Reis) - 5/10
28. Hitler's Madman (1943, Douglas Sirk) - 5/10
29. Sahara (I) (1943, Zoltan Korda) - 8/10
30. The Desert Song (1943, Robert Florey) - 6/10
31. They Met in the Dark (1943, Karel Lamac) - 5/10
32. Three Hearts for Julia (1943, Richard Thorpe) - 4/10
33. The Gentle Sex (1943, Leslie Howard & Maurice Elvey) - 4/10
34. They Got Me Covered (1943, David Butler) - 6/10
35. Tomorrow We Live (1943, George King) - 5/10
36. There's Something About a Soldier (I) (1943, Alfred E. Green) - 4/10
37. The Silver Fleet (1943, Vernon Sewell & Gordon Wellesley) - 5/10
38. The Cross of Lorraine (1943, Tay Garnett) - 6/10
39. The Bells Go Down (1943, Basil Dearden) - 6/10
40. Pilot #5 (1943, George Sidney) - 4/10
41. B-29 Flight Engineer (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces), B-29 Flight Procedure and Combat Crew Functioning (1944, U.S. Army Air Forces), How to Fly the B-25 (1944, United States Navy), Operation of the Glider Pick-Up by the C-47 (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces), Primary Flight Training: Flight Sense (1944, Robert Taylor) - 24min
42. Flying the P-61 Series Airplane (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces), Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces), Nimbus libéré (1944, Raymond Jeannin), The B-17 'Flying Fortress': Elementary Ground Work (1944, U.S. Army Air Forces), Troop Carrier Airplanes: Cockpit Procedure (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces) - 34min
43. 24's Get Back (1944, Army Air Forces Combat Film Service), Elementary and Pylon Eights (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces), Flak (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces), Position Firing (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces), V-1: The Robot Bomb (1944, Ministry of Information), Target: Berlin (1944, Ernest Borneman), Target: Japan (1944), Basic Typing, Part I: Methods (1944, The U.S. Navy) - 30min
44. Aventure malgache [Madagascar Adventure] (1944, Alfred Hitchcock), Bon Voyage (1944, Alfred Hitchcock), The Fighting Generation (1944, Alfred Hitchcock), Get Cracking (1944, National Savings Committee), Tyre Economy (1944, George Hoellering), As the Twig Is Bent (1944, USA), Battle Wreckage (1944, USA), Break-through (1944, National Film Board of Canada), Care of the Sick and Injured by Hospital Corpsmen: Giving an Enema (1944, United States Navy), A Challenge to Democracy (1944, USA) - 18min
45. Air Siege (1944, U.S. Army Air Forces), Children in Refuge (1944, Eugeniusz Cekalski), Cotswold Club (1944, Charles De la Tour), Ett yrke för män [A Profession for Men] (1944, Hasse Ekman), A Fifth Army Report from the Beachhead (1944, USA), At His Side (1944, Twentieth Century Fox), Devil Boats (1944, Arnold Albert), Fighting Sea-Fleas (1944, Sydney Newman), Jungle Patrol (1944, Tom Gurr) - 18min
46. It's Your War Too (1944, U.S. War Department), Liberation of Rome (1944, British Service Units), Life-line of a Nation (1944, Association of American Railroads), Meet McGonegal (1944, United States War Department), Fighter Combat Formation: Attacks and Escorts (1944, Otho Lovering), Naples Is a Battlefield (1944, Jack Clayton), Salute to France (1944, Garson Kanin & Jean Renoir) - 35min
47. Memo for Joe (1944, Richard Fleischer), The Case of the Tremendous Trifle (1944, Howard Swift), New Americans (1944, Slavko Vorkapich), Proudly We Serve (1944, Crane Wilbur), It's Murder (1944, Edward Bernds), Return to Guam (1944, Richard Brooks), Skirmish on the Home Front (1944, Paramount), Supervising Women Workers (1944, Herbert Kerkow Productions), The 957th Day (1944, USA) - 9min
48. The Price of Rendova (1944, U.S. Army), The War Speeds Up (1944, U.S. Army), This Is Guadalcanal (1944, USA), Train Busters (1944, Sydney Newman), London Terminus (1944, George A. Cooper), Trans-Canada Express (1944, Stanley Hawes), Here Is China (1944, United China Relief) - 26min
49. Prices Unlimited (1944, Erle C. Kenton), With the Marines at Tarawa (1944, Richard Brooks & Louis Hayward), Fuku-chan no sensuikan [Fuku-chan's Submarine] (1944, Isoji Sekiya & Ryuichi Yokoyama), Hemp for Victory (1943, Raymond Evans), Valley of the Tennessee (1944, Alexander Hammid), The Battle for the Marianas (1944, Gordon Hollingshead)
50. China Crisis: The Story of the 14th Air Force (1944, U.S. Army Air Forces) - 4/10
51. How to Fly the B-26 Airplane (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces) - 2/10
52. Expansion to Air Power (1944, U.S. Army Air Forces) - 2/10
53. Ditch and Live (1944, First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces) - 2/10
54. Land and Live in the Jungle (1944, U.S. Army Air Forces) - 3/10
55. The Fighting Lady (1944, Edward Steichen & William Wyler) - 6/10
56. Kato hayabusa sento-tai [Colonel Kato's Falcon Squadron] (1944, Kajirô Yamamoto) - 6/10
57. The Dawn of Freedom (1944, Gerardo de Leon & Yutaka Abe) - 5/10
58. Zoya (1944, Lev Arnshtam) - 6/10
59. Winged Victory (1944, George Cukor) - 3/10
60. See Here, Private Hargrove (1944, Wesley Ruggles) - 5/10
61. Goyo: The Boy General (2018, Jerrold Tarog) - 5/10
62. Storm Over Lisbon (1944, George Sherman) - 4/10
63. Medal for the General (1944, Maurice Elvey) - 6/10
64. Northern Pursuit (1943, Raoul Walsh) - 6/10
65. Journey Into Fear (1943, Norman Foster & Orson Welles) - 5/10
66. Immortal Sergeant (1943, John M. Stahl) - 6/10
67. Paris After Dark (1943, Léonide Moguy) - 5/10
68. Since You Went Away (1944, John Cromwell, Edward F. Cline, Tay Garnett & David O. Selznick) - 8/10
69. Dragon Seed (1944, Harold S. Bucquet & Jack Conway) - 5/10
70. In Our Time (1944, Vincent Sherman) - 5/10
71. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944, Mervyn LeRoy) - 6/10
72. Passage to Marseille (1944, Michael Curtiz) - 6/10
73. Man from Frisco (1944, Robert Florey) - 5/10
74. Four Jills in a Jeep (1944, William A. Seiter) - 6/10
75. The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France [Henry V] (1944, Laurence Olivier) - 5/10
76. A Canterbury Tale (1944, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) - 6/10
77. The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944, Cecil B. DeMille) - 5/10
78. The White Cliffs of Dover (1944, Clarence Brown) - 5/10
79. Attack! Battle of New Britain (1944, U.S. War Department) - 4/10
80. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944, Preston Sturges) - 7/10
81. Follow the Boys (1944, A. Edward Sutherland & John Rawlins) - 5/10
82. To Have and Have Not (1944, Howard Hawks) - 8/10
83. Lifeboat (1944, Alfred Hitchcock) - 9/10
84. Children of the City (1944, Budge Cooper), The True Story of Lilli Marlene (1944, Humphrey Jennings), The Eighty Days (1944, Humphrey Jennings), A Diary for Timothy (1945, Humphrey Jennings), A Defeated People (1946, Humphrey Jennings)

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Post by 3eyes » March 21st, 2019, 1:12 am

7. Pray the devil back to hell (08) - Liberian Civil War [Double] Rewatch
Documentary about how Christian and Muslin women of Liberia banded together to bring an end to the Civil War and elected a woman president. [Amazon Prime]

Shortly after I saw this for the first time, my husband was recuperating from surgery and we had a Liberian caregiver. She hadn't heard of this film, so I bought a copy of the DVD for her. She had been in a refugee camp in Ghana and knew a number of the women interviewed. "Tears were shed."

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1. In-cheon sang-ryuk jak-jeon / Operation Chromite (S Kor 16) [Korean War]
2. Bimujang jidae / The demilitarized zone (S Korea 65) [Korean War]
3. Loin des hommes / Far from men (Fr 14) - [Algerian war of independence] [double]
4. Lost command (US 66) - [Algerian war of independence (also Fr Indonesia)]
5. Zabana! (Algeria 12) [Algerian war of independence - 3d check]
6. Legion of Honor / Deserter (UK 02) - Algerian war of independence
7. Pray the devil back to hell (08) - Liberian Civil War [Double] Rewatch
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

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Post by blocho » March 21st, 2019, 3:38 am

13. Stalag 17 (WWII)
A delightful rewatch, probably for the tenth or twelfth or fifteenth time in my life.

14. The Battle of Russia (WWII)
Part 5 in the Why We Fight series. This was the longest in the series, but there's nothing here about purges, show trials, non-aggression pacts, the russian conquest of the baltics, finland, and eastern poland, and certainly not a word about communism.

15. The Battle of China (WWII)
Part 6 in the Why We Fight series. The notable omissions here are any mention of communism or the civil war between the communists and the kuomintang. One of the constants in the series is describing Axis countries as cruel and invaded countries as peace-loving. A great moment was the claim that in China's entire history it has never waged war of conquest. Definitely one of the laugh lines of the series. This movie also brings back the since debunked Tanaka conspiracy from part 1.

16. War Comes to America (WWII)
The seventh and final part in the Why We Fight series. The first section of the movie is some real star-spangled glow-in-your-heart jingo for USA. It starts to get creaky when it highlights the "all men are created equal" line from the Declaration, repeats it several times, and then pointedly re-emphasizes that this applies to all men, not some men. So, I figured they're just going to ignore the whole race thing, but then a few minutes later the narrator is going through a roll call of immigrants and mentions the "negro" in the southern fields. Go figure. Other interesting features include a montage section set to Rhapsody in Blue (did Woody Allen get the idea from this movie?) and some really bizarre footage--people sailing on an ice pond, a cat watching a cow hooked up to a milking machine. Finally, I have to mention one really nifty piece of editing. The camera shows us an American family listening to the radio as a news reader reports on the fall of France. The radio suddenly tunes to the then relatively new Kern/Hammerstein tune "The Last Time I Saw Paris." As the singer says, "The last time I saw Paris, I heard the laughter of her heart," the camera cuts to a laughing Nazi soldier.


Overall, I've repeatedly pointed out the falsehoods and omissions from the Why We Fight series because I find them interesting. But I think the series clearly shows capable filmmaking. And though it's hard to imagine how it affected audiences, I bet it was very effective propaganda. I'll conclude with a more general observation. If I could categorize all the screen time across the seven movies, I would say less than a quarter is devoted to politics or ideology (the first and last movies mostly), which is surprising because propaganda has a political goal. But I think this was a smart choice by the filmmakers. There's a little about military tactics and strategy. A little more about economics. But the majority of the whole series is about people and human characteristics, the cruelty and lust for power of the Germans/Japanese/Italians, and the nobility, bravery, and fortitude of the people from the invaded countries. By focusing on the human element, Capra, Litvak, and the rest made their strongest political impact.

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 21st, 2019, 5:33 am

blocho wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 3:38 am
13. Stalag 17 (WWII)
A delightful rewatch, probably for the tenth or twelfth or fifteenth time in my life.

14. The Battle of Russia (WWII)
Part 5 in the Why We Fight series. This was the longest in the series, but there's nothing here about purges, show trials, non-aggression pacts, the russian conquest of the baltics, finland, and eastern poland, and certainly not a word about communism.

15. The Battle of China (WWII)
Part 6 in the Why We Fight series. The notable omissions here are any mention of communism or the civil war between the communists and the kuomintang. One of the constants in the series is describing Axis countries as cruel and invaded countries as peace-loving. A great moment was the claim that in China's entire history it has never waged war of conquest. Definitely one of the laugh lines of the series. This movie also brings back the since debunked Tanaka conspiracy from part 1.

16. War Comes to America (WWII)
The seventh and final part in the Why We Fight series. The first section of the movie is some real star-spangled glow-in-your-heart jingo for USA. It starts to get creaky when it highlights the "all men are created equal" line from the Declaration, repeats it several times, and then pointedly re-emphasizes that this applies to all men, not some men. So, I figured they're just going to ignore the whole race thing, but then a few minutes later the narrator is going through a roll call of immigrants and mentions the "negro" in the southern fields. Go figure. Other interesting features include a montage section set to Rhapsody in Blue (did Woody Allen get the idea from this movie?) and some really bizarre footage--people sailing on an ice pond, a cat watching a cow hooked up to a milking machine. Finally, I have to mention one really nifty piece of editing. The camera shows us an American family listening to the radio as a news reader reports on the fall of France. The radio suddenly tunes to the then relatively new Kern/Hammerstein tune "The Last Time I Saw Paris." As the singer says, "The last time I saw Paris, I heard the laughter of her heart," the camera cuts to a laughing Nazi soldier.


Overall, I've repeatedly pointed out the falsehoods and omissions from the Why We Fight series because I find them interesting. But I think the series clearly shows capable filmmaking. And though it's hard to imagine how it affected audiences, I bet it was very effective propaganda. I'll conclude with a more general observation. If I could categorize all the screen time across the seven movies, I would say less than a quarter is devoted to politics or ideology (the first and last movies mostly), which is surprising because propaganda has a political goal. But I think this was a smart choice by the filmmakers. There's a little about military tactics and strategy. A little more about economics. But the majority of the whole series is about people and human characteristics, the cruelty and lust for power of the Germans/Japanese/Italians, and the nobility, bravery, and fortitude of the people from the invaded countries. By focusing on the human element, Capra, Litvak, and the rest made their strongest political impact.
The three from this post are the three I have left, but I mostly share your overall sentiments for the series. I tend to be rather annoyed by propaganda, and while I can appreciate the film quality and technical aspects, I tend to be left with the opposite impression intended, and the Why We Fight series was no exception. From the ones I've seen, I consistently felt like I was being manipulated rather than taught. That said (and I think I replied to you earlier in this thread), I learned a lot from the "5 Came Back" miniseries on Netflix, and I can better appreciate the context behind the films, even if it doesn't make me like them any more.

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Post by albajos » March 21st, 2019, 11:48 am

Is it ok that I watch The Producers? (1967/2005)

After all they try to use the public contempt for Hitler and the war to flop their play.

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Post by sol » March 21st, 2019, 11:55 am

albajos wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 11:48 am
Is it ok that I watch The Producers? (1967/2005)

After all they try to use the public contempt for Hitler and the war to flop their play.
I wouldn't include either version myself. The play within the film is certainly war-based, but we don't see very much of the actual play. Or at least in the Mel Brooks version, where three quarters of the film is spent on seducing the old ladies, trying to hire the worst possible director and so forth. My memories of the remake (only seen once) are pretty dim, but I don't recall the play having a significantly greater focus there.
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Post by albajos » March 21st, 2019, 12:11 pm

sol wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 11:55 am
albajos wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 11:48 am
Is it ok that I watch The Producers? (1967/2005)

After all they try to use the public contempt for Hitler and the war to flop their play.
I wouldn't include either version myself. The play within the film is certainly war-based, but we don't see very much of the actual play. Or at least in the Mel Brooks version, where three quarters of the film is spent on seducing the old ladies, trying to hire the worst possible director and so forth. My memories of the remake (only seen once) are pretty dim, but I don't recall the play having a significantly greater focus there.
Ok, thanks.

There is a female director on the 2005 version so I'll see it anyway, but at least it's not a double

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Post by sol » March 21st, 2019, 1:21 pm

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1. Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989)
2. The Magic Face (1951)
3. Eastern Condors (1987)
4. American Sniper (2014)
5. Anchors Aweigh (1945)
6. King of Hearts (1966)
7. Red Dawn (1984)
8. Culloden (1964)
9. MASH (1970) REVISION
10. Duck Soup (1933) REVISION
11. Mudbound (2017)
12. Regeneration (1997)
13. The Stick (1988)
14. Tropic Thunder (2008) REVISION
15. Dr. Strangelove (1964) REVISION
16. Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
17. Private's Progress (1956)
18. The Square Peg (1958)
19. Is Paris Burning? (1966)
20. The Young Lions (1958)
21. Beautiful People (1999)
22. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
23. The Flying Deuces (1939)
24. Privates on Parade (1983)
25. Le voyage de Fanny (2016)
26. The White Helmets (2016)
27. Fantasy Mission Force (1983)
28. Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

29. Beach of the WarGods (1973)

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This wuxia war entry does not really do much in the way of developing the Chinese characters and the Japanese antagonists are all depicted as one-dimensional evil villains, but as a purely visceral action movie, this hits all the right marks. The final battle involving a windmill and light reflecting off shimmering swords is very well coordinated and excitingly shot and edited, complete with literal drum rolls (see above). There is also a great darkly humorous scene in which the Japanese try to cross a booby trapped beach at night.
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Post by maxwelldeux » March 21st, 2019, 4:27 pm

Who chose not to make love?Show
1. Fear and Desire (1953)
2. The Shop on Main Street (1965)
3. The Hurt Locker (2008)
4. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
5. The Pentagon Wars (1998)
6. From Here to Eternity (1953)
7. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)
8. Team America: World Police (2004)
9. The Big Parade (1925)
10. Apocalypse Now (1979)
11. After Fire (2016)
12. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
13. Le Grand Homme (2014)
14. The Vietnam War: Riding the Tiger (2017)
15. The Vietnam War: The River Styx (2017)
16. The Vietnam War: Resolve (2017)
17. Dunkirk (2017)
18. Kanal (1957)
19. Rambo III (1988)
20. National Bird (2016)
21. Iron Eagle (1986)
22. Navy Seals (1990)
23. Iron Eagle II (1988)
24. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
25. The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2010)
26. The Vietnam War: This is What We Do (2017)
27. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
28. Code Unknown (2000)
29. Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
30. The Vietnam War: Things Fall Apart (2017)
31. The Vietnam War: The Veneer of Civilization (2017)
Damn this miniseries is good.

32. Hot Shots! (1991)
Rewatch ad infinitum. Love this - it directly parodies Top Gun, but does more than that. It does the "every shot has a joke" super well. The humor ranges from slapstick to subtle jokes. One of my favorite jokes, which I didn't get until I moved to Minnesota, is that the native "language" they're speaking is all one big joke; most of it is just naming towns in the upper Midwest. Done by the guy who did Airplane!. And awesome.

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Post by Traveller » March 21st, 2019, 6:53 pm

49. The Longest Day (1962) - 6/10
50. Zulu (1964) - 4/10
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Post by albajos » March 21st, 2019, 9:17 pm

18th
31. De røde enge (1945) Denmark 2 official lists 99 checks [double]
World War II (Danish resistance)
32. Coup de foudre (1983) France 2 official lists 140 checks [triple]
World War II (France - only the first 30 minutes, but the events in those years change the rest of their lives)

Today
33. Le dernier métro (1980) France 7 official lists 2 085 checks [double]
World War II (France -Third Reich critical theatre)

Off. list progress
+3 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die (62,3%)

18 wars covered
1666-1671 Polish–Cossack–Tatar War (1)
1762_____ Catherine II - coup d'état - Peter III (1)
1853-1856 Crimean War (1)
1861-1865 American Civil War (1)
1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War (1)
1879_____ Anglo-Zulu War (1)
1914-1918 World War I (2)
1919-1921 Irish War of Independence (1)
1937-1945 Second Sino-Japanese War (1)
1939-1945 World War II (13 and 7 shorts)
1946-1954 First Indochina War (1)
1955-1975 Vietnam War (1)
1965-1966 Transition to the New Order (1)
1989-1990 United States invasion of Panama (1)
1990-1991 The Gulf War (1)
2001-TBDE Afghan War (3)
2003-2011 Iraq War (1)
2013-TBDE Ukrainian crisis (1)
FICTIONAL (1)

Other wars covered in previous challenges
1337-1453 The Hundred Years' War (1)
1899-1902 Second Boer War (1)
1948-1960 Malayan Emergency (1)
1964-TBDE Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2)

War and PeasShow
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05. All This and World War II (1976)
01. The Breadwinner (2017)
23. Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2017)
13 (s1c) Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944)
20. Caterina di Russia (1963)
02. Charlotte Gray (2001)
17. Cold Mountain (2003)
33. Coup de foudre (1983)
13 (s1a) Death Mills (1945)
34. Le dernier métro (1980)
26. Det grodde fram (1947)
13 (s1b) The Ducktators (1942)
13 (s1f) Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943)
15. Empire of the Sun (1987)
21. Florence Nightingale (2008)
06. Flugten (2009)
25. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)
22. Geroite na Shipka (1954)
28. Gladiators of World War II: Norwegian Resistance Fighters (2002)
11. Indochine (1992)
10. Ithaca (2015)
09. Jarhead (2005)
27. Krigen (2015)
14. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
08. The Monuments Men (2014)
12. Night Will Fall (2014)
13 (s1d) Nimbus libéré (1944)
07. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
18. The Panama Deception (1992)
04. Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975)
32. De røde enge (1945)
13 (s1e) Spies (1943)
19. Taras Bulba (1962)
03. Their Finest (2016)
31. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
24. White Material (2009)
29. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
13 (s1g) You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (1942)
16. Zulu (1964)

Year
13 (s1b) The Ducktators (1942)
13 (s1g) You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (1942)
13 (s1f) Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943)
13 (s1e) Spies (1943)
13 (s1c) Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944)
13 (s1d) Nimbus libéré (1944)
13 (s1a) Death Mills (1945)
32. De røde enge (1945)
26. Det grodde fram (1947)
22. Geroite na Shipka (1954)
19. Taras Bulba (1962)
20. Caterina di Russia (1963)
16. Zulu (1964)
07. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
04. Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975)
05. All This and World War II (1976)
34. Le dernier métro (1980)
33. Coup de foudre (1983)
15. Empire of the Sun (1987)
11. Indochine (1992)
18. The Panama Deception (1992)
02. Charlotte Gray (2001)
28. Gladiators of World War II: Norwegian Resistance Fighters (2002)
17. Cold Mountain (2003)
25. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)
09. Jarhead (2005)
29. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
21. Florence Nightingale (2008)
06. Flugten (2009)
14. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
24. White Material (2009)
08. The Monuments Men (2014)
12. Night Will Fall (2014)
10. Ithaca (2015)
27. Krigen (2015)
03. Their Finest (2016)
01. The Breadwinner (2017)
23. Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2017)
31. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Off. lists
16. Zulu (1964) 8
34. Le dernier métro (1980) 7
15. Empire of the Sun (1987) 7
25. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) 4
24. White Material (2009) 4
04. Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975) 3
33. Coup de foudre (1983) 2
11. Indochine (1992) 2
32. De røde enge (1945) 2
29. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) 2
17. Cold Mountain (2003) 1
27. Krigen (2015) 1
07. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) 1
31. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) 1

Checks
14. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) 11 825
15. Empire of the Sun (1987) 10 935
09. Jarhead (2005) 9 774
17. Cold Mountain (2003) 8 399
16. Zulu (1964) 4 540
08. The Monuments Men (2014) 4 311
29. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) 4 261
25. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) 4 168
34. Le dernier métro (1980) 2 085
24. White Material (2009) 1 140
11. Indochine (1992) 931
01. The Breadwinner (2017) 778
13 (s1f) Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943) 601
04. Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975) 523
31. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) 519
27. Krigen (2015) 508
03. Their Finest (2016) 481
02. Charlotte Gray (2001) 388
07. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) 215
12. Night Will Fall (2014) 210
33. Coup de foudre (1983) 140
13 (s1b) The Ducktators (1942) 111
13 (s1a) Death Mills (1945) 105
19. Taras Bulba (1962) 101
13 (s1e) Spies (1943) 100
32. De røde enge (1945) 99
13 (s1c) Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944) 96
18. The Panama Deception (1992) 62
10. Ithaca (2015) 47
13 (s1g) You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (1942) 43
06. Flugten (2009) 29
13 (s1d) Nimbus libéré (1944) 19
05. All This and World War II (1976) 11
21. Florence Nightingale (2008) 6
22. Geroite na Shipka (1954) 6
20. Caterina di Russia (1963) 5
26. Det grodde fram (1947) 4
23. Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2017) 1
28. Gladiators of World War II: Norwegian Resistance Fighters (2002) 1

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Post by 72allinncallme » March 21st, 2019, 9:24 pm

88. Trzecia czesc nocy (1971) [DtC-nom]
89. Paratroop Command (1959)
90. Beasts of No Nation (2015) [DtC-nom]
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1. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)
2. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
3. Avanti popolo (1986)
4.-10. Generation Kill (2008)
11. Flandres (2006)
12. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
13. Iraq in Fragments (2006)
14. The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961) [DtC-nom]
15. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (2000)
16. V tumane (2012) [DtC-nom]
17. The Spanish Earth (1937)
18. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)
19. Savrseni krug (1997) [DtC-nom]
20. Nobi (1959)
21. King Rat (1965) (l) [DtC-nom]
22. Yadon ilaheyya (2002)
23. Windtalkers (2002)
24. The Train (1964)
25. No End in Sight (2007)
26. La marcia su Roma (1962) (l)
27. Zvezda (2002)
28. I girasoli (1970)
29. The Purple Plain (1954) [DtC-nom]
30. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
31. Prigionieri della guerra (1995) [DtC-nom]
32. Matomena Hristougenna (1951)
33. No habrá más penas ni olvido (1983)
34. Les petites guerres (1982)
35. Dolina miru (1956)
36. Daleká cesta (1950)
37. Tutti a casa (1960)
38. Ni liv (1957)
39. 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)
40. Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976) [DtC-nom]
41. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001) (l)
42. Najeun moksori (1995)
43. De røde enge (1945)
44. Pojat (1962)
45. Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
46. El compadre Mendoza (1934)
47. Austeria (1982)
48. Bankier van het Verzet (2018)
49. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
50. Liberté, la nuit (1984)
51. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
52. Raduga (1944)
53. Seisaku no tsuma (1965)
54. Fuefukigawa (1960)
55. Der var engang en krig (1966)
56. Rio Conchos (1964) [DtC-nom]
57. Shunpu den (1965)
58. Zvezda (1953)
59. The Magic Face (1951)
60. Night Will Fall (2014)
61. Sedmina - Pozdravi Marijo (1969)
62. ...a pátý jezdec je Strach (1965)
63. Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989)
64. Kuroi ame (1989) [DtC-nom]
65. Äideistä parhain (2005)
66. Maudite soit la guerre (1914) [DtC-nom]
67. Der lachende Mann - Bekenntnisse eines Mörders (1966)
68. Daliás idök (1983)
69. Bloody Sunday (2002)
70. Arousi-ye Khouban (1989)
71. Reed, México insurgente (1973)
72. Behind the Door (1919) [DtC-nom] (l) (l)
73. Rih al awras (1967) [DtC-nom]
74. Mashenka (1942) [DtC-nom]
75. Zaseda (1969) [DtC-nom]
76. Decision Before Dawn (1951) [DtC-nom]
77. La guerre est finie (1966)
78. Voor een verloren soldaat (1992)
79. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
80. Die andere Seite (1931) [DtC-nom]
81. Ekdromi (1966)
82. L’enclos (1961) [DtC-nom]
83. Jariskatsis mama (1965) [DtC-nom]
84. Suchwiin bulmyeong (2001)
85. Romeo, Julie a tma (1960)
86. Frieda (1947) [DtC-nom]
87. Winter Soldier (1972) [DtC-nom]
88. Trzecia czesc nocy (1971) [DtC-nom]
89. Paratroop Command (1959)
90. Beasts of No Nation (2015) [DtC-nom]

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » March 22nd, 2019, 12:07 am

19. 'A Circle of Deception' / 1960, Jack Lee / 7/10 / UK / World War II
20. 'The Hill' / 1965, Sidney Lumet / 7.5 or 8/10 / UK / World War II
21. 'De vijanden' / 'The Enemies' / 1968, Hugo Claus / 7/10 / Belgium / Netherlands / World War II
22. 'The Big Red One' / 1980, Samuel Fuller / 9/10 / USA / World War II

Coarsely dubbed into English and rather egregiously vulgar, Hugo Claus' 'De vijanden' does however deliver a humanising and broadly affecting picture of wartime engagement and shared experience despite difference, as an American GI, his middle-aged German prisoner and a Belgian teen are thrown together during the Ardennes Offensive. Straightforward but effective and very nicely lensed. A film that's never dull and it packs quite a cumulative punch!

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Post by Traveller » March 22nd, 2019, 8:07 am

51. The Dirty Dozen (1967) - 7/10
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Post by sol » March 22nd, 2019, 10:06 am

Week 3 Fun Stats

These stats are accurate as of 9:45am GMT on 22/03/19. My apologies if you have posted an update after this point; your viewings will be included in the next lot of statistics. :)

As per last week, I am creating a post right now to coincide with my updating of the OP and I will post more weekly stats in chunks by editing this post as I collect more and more data.

Previous weekly stat updates: Week 1 and Week 2 for those interested.


Participation

As we finish the third week of March, we have had 32 participants in the 2019 Horror War Challenge. That's 2 more than this time last week. And this is still the busiest challenge this month.

We have collectively watched 532 feature films for the Challenge so far (excluding shorts, miniseries and television episodes). That's an average of 16.6 films for every participant. And that's excluding shorts and TV.


Oscar Predictions

While the average film buff out there is wondering whether or not Jordan Peele's Us will be this year's first genuine Oscar Best Picture contender, here on the iCM Forum, everyone is rather keeping track of who will become the top 5 finishers (Oscar nominees) in maxwelldeux's Challenge Olympics.

72a and PUNQ both have 30+ points more any other participant and it is still unclear which of them will ultimately win the Challenge. 72a has already stated that PUNQ will overtake him if he continues at his current pace, yet 72a has remained in front every single time that I have updated the leaderboard this week. In terms of where they are coming from, 72a is trying to defend his title (having won the 2017 Challenge) but then PUNQ is still keen on claiming another victory after being Glenn Close to Roger's Olivia Colman in the 2018 Westerns Challenge.

So, who else will round up the wartime Oscar nominees this month? Traveller has steamed past albajos and jeroeno as a clear favourite for third place, and then there is maxwelldeux, who could even come as high as fourth and knock either albajos or jeroeno out of the top 5. And I would almost bet on that happening too, what with max trying to attain at least 18 points more than yours truly this month in order to overtake me for third place on the 2019 Challenge Leaderbord.


Bonus Challenge

72allinncallme is still absolutely crushing the Bonus Challenge with 22 points. The next closest competitor has 1.5 points. Still.

I guess everybody else (much like myself) is saving up all the DTC nominated movies for next month. Or maybe just nobody thinks they can beat 72a?

Please remember that in order to participate in the Bonus Challenge you need to indicate 'DTC nominee' next to your viewings.


Who has seen the OP screencap films this month?

Congrats to both 72allinncallme and blocho for watching King Rat. :poshclap:

Congrats to 72allinncallme for watching The Long and The Short and The Tall. :poshclap:

Everyone else: (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :(


Film Range

Feature films (excluding shorts and episodes) seen have ranged from 1914 to 2018.

Oldest films seen: Maudite soit la guerre and Behind the Door. Everything else is from 1925 onward.

Years without watches so far:

1928
1929
1930
1935
1996

Maybe I should finally rewatch All Quiet on the Western Front this month. :unsure:


How long will the war last?

Feature film length has ranged from 41 minutes to 632 minutes.

Shortest films seen

41mins - China Crisis: The Story of the 14th Air Force (1944)
41mins - The White Helmets (2016)
41mins - The Nazis Strike (1943)
42mins - Ditch and Live (1944)
43mins - For God and Country (1943)
43mins - Expansion to Air Power (1944)
47mins - How to Fly the B-26 Airplane (1944)
50mins - Maudite soit la guerre (1914)
52mins - Prelude to War (1942)
52mins - The Spanish Earth (1937)
53mins - Soldiers in Hiding (1985) - seen by 2 users
52mins - Attack! Battle of New Britain (1944)
54mins - The Battle of Britain (1943) - seen by 2 users
57mins - Block-Heads (1938)
57mins - Divide and Conquer (1943)
58mins - Det grodde fram (1947)

Longest films seen

632mins - Noce i dnie (1975)
260mins - Batman (1943)
245mins - Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943)
243mins - Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)
240mins - Napoléon vu par Abel Gance (1927)
197mins - Doctor Zhivago (1965)
197mins - Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
186mins - Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
184mins - Haqeeqat (1964)
180mins - The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
178mins - The Longest Day (1962)
177mins - The Message (1976) - seen by 2 users
177mins - Since You Went Away (1944)
175mins - A Bridge Too Far (1977) - seen by 2 users
175mins - Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)
170mins - The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
170mins - Underground (1995)
170mins - For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
167mins - The Young Lions (1958)
163mins - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) - seen by 2 users


Most commonly seen films (listed by number of viewings)

4 - In Which We Serve (1942)
4 - Last Days in Vietnam (2014)
4 - Went the Day Well? (1942)

3 - The Big Red One (1980)
3 - The Dirty Dozen (1967)
3 - Land and Freedom (1995)
3 - Loin du Vietnam (1967)
3 - Regeneration (1997)
3 - They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
3 - Zulu (1964)
3 - Zwartboek (2006)

Two viewingsShow
2 - 49th Parallel (1941)
2 - Battle of Britain (1969)
2 - The Battle of Britain (1943)
2 - The Battle of China (1944)
2 - The Battle of Russia (1943)
2 - Beasts of No Nation (2015)
2 - The Big Parade (1925)
2 - The Breadwinner (2017)
2 - A Bridge Too Far (1977)
2 - Capitães de Abril (2000)
2 - Catch-22 (1970)
2 - Cold Mountain (2003)
2 - Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
2 - Le dernier métro (1980)
2 - Empire of the Sun (1987)
2 - Europa Europa (1990)
2 - Die Fälscher (2007)
2 - Fear and Desire (1953)
2 - The Fighting Lady (1944)
2 - Giv'a 24 Eina Ona (1955)
2 - Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
2 - Le grand homme (2014)
2 - La guerre est finie (1966)
2 - Gunga Din (1939)
2 - The Guns of Navarone (1961)
2 - Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
2 - Hong hai xing dong (2018)
2 - The Hurt Locker (2008)
2 - Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
2 - Jarhead (2005)
2 - Je t'attendrai (1939)
2 - Kanal (1957)
2 - King Rat (1965)
2 - Lacombe Lucien (1974)
2 - Liberté, la nuit (1984)
2 - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
2 - The Magic Face (1951)
2 - The Message (1976)
2 - Night Will Fall (2014)
2 - No Man's Land (2001)
2 - Paisà (1946)
2 - Pojat (1962)
2 - Private's Progress (1956)
2 - Pred dozhdot (1994)
2 - Rambo III (1988)
2 - The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
2 - Rih al awras (1966)
2 - De røde enge (1945)
2 - Roma città aperta (1945)
2 - Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
2 - Stalingrad (1993)
2 - Two Women (1960)
2 - Voskhozhdenie (1977)
2 - War Comes to America (1945)
2 - Waterloo Bridge (1940)
2 - Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
2 - White Material (2009)
2 - The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)


Most obscure films seen (according to IMDb votes)

<5 - After Fire (2016)
5 - Rita (1958)
7 - How to Fly the B-26 Airplane (1944)
8 - Land and Live in the Jungle (1944)
9 - Le soldat Laforêt (1972)
10 - Väike reekviem suupillile (1972)
11 - Det grodde fram (1947)
11 - Le mensonge de Nina Petrovna (1937)
11 - Port-Arthur (1936)
20 - Resisting Paradise (2003)
21 - Harvest Melody (1943)
21 - Les évadés (1955)
21 - Patrouille de choc (1957)
21 - Xing xing yue liang tai yang: xia (1961)
22 - L'horizon (1967)
23 - The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2010)
24 - Najeun moksori (1995)
27 - Medal for the General (1944)
27 - Prigionieri della guerra (1995)


Genre Breakdown

The most common genre of film watched for this Challenge is War (obviously) but only 407 of the films that we have seen (77%) are listed as War on IMDb (not so obviously). Next common genre is Drama (as expected), followed by Romance, History and then Comedy. Yes, war can be funny.

Least common genres: Film Noir (2); Sci-Fi (2); Family (3); Fantasy (4).


Keep 'em coming! Let me know if there are any other stats that you'd like included in the next update and I'll see what I can do. :thumbsup: NOTE: please nothing that involves importing my list into ICM since I don't have anywhere near as much free time this month.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » March 22nd, 2019, 4:29 pm

Previous conquests...Show
1. Hong hai xing dong / Operation Red Sea (Lam, 2018) 4/10
2. Legends of the Fall (Zwick, 1994) 3/10
3. Beruseruku: Ougon jidai-hen II - dorudorei koryaku / Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey (Kubooka, 2012) 5/10
4. Soy Cuba / I Am Cuba (Kalatozov, 1964)

Conflict portrayedThe Cuban Revolution
Belligerents26th of July Movement, Student Revolutionary Directorate & Second National Front of Escambray vs. Republic of Cuba
CommandersFidel Castro vs. Fulgencio Batista
Other factionsUSA, The Dominican Republic
Time periodJuly 1953 – January 1959
LocationCuba


Incredible cinematography, but the four stories become increasingly tiresome propaganda as the film goes on. First story is the best; it does an excellent job of protraying the contrasting lives of poor Cubans and rich Americans. Then we get a story of a farmer who gets kicked off his land so he burns everything down: that's OK but I'd hope for something more complex. Then we get two stories where a man suffers disastrous consequences after deciding not to kill people. This is one is definitely a must-see for cinephiles because of the technical qualities but would be a disrecommendation for a casual viewer.

5/10

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A triple-bill of war movies about occupied France in WW2:

5. Lacombe Lucien (Malle, 1974)

Conflict portrayedGerman occupation of France in World War II
BelligerentsThe Carlingue (French Gestapo) vs. The French Resistance
CommandersM. Tonin (Fictional) and others vs. Commandant Méry (Fictional)
Other factionsThe Allies of World War II, Nazi Germany
Time periodSummer, 1944
LocationSouthwest France


I love the moral complexity that Malle brings to his characterisations here. Lucien's cruelty is born of thoughtlessness and selfishness rather than any malicousness, and the film is a beautiful portrait of disaffected youth. Very strong performances from the supporting cast, and the film's atmosphere conjures a nice contrast between bucolic peacefulness and brewing doom. I would have preferred stronger ending than what the film delivers.

7/10

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6. Au Revoir les Enfants (Malle, 1987)

Conflict portrayedGerman occupation of France in World War II
BelligerentsThe Gestapo vs. French citizens, particularly Jews
CommandersCarl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel vs. The resistance movement
Other factionsThe Allies of World War II, Nazi Germany
Time periodWinter 1943–44
LocationNorthern France (Fontainebleau in reality)


Classic film, beautifully pitched and filmed. Malle draws a touching and relatable portrait of childhood friendship with a heartbreaking ending. Malle again excels at interesting and deep characterisation for even the more minor characters.

8/10

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7. Overlord (Avery, 2018)

Conflict portrayedOperation Overlord a.k.a. The Battle of Normandy
BelligerentsThe Allies of World War II vs. Nazi Germany
CommandersDwight D. Eisenhower vs. Gerd von Rundstedt
Other factionsZombie supersoldiers
Time period5-6 June 1944 (the movie posits a paratrooper attack a few hours before the real one to neutralise a radio jammer which would somehow have allowed the Germans to neutralise Allied air support -- this part wasn't explained well and misunderstands how air support worked on D-Day)
LocationNormandy, France


I got whiplash going from the subtle complexity of Malle's films to this one's cartoonish action. The SS division portrayed here pass up no opportunity to kill, rape, or spit on children, except when facing off with the heroes, in which case they stand around gloating or throw them around in non-lethal ways. They end up being unthreatening cannon fodder, and it hurts the tension. There's fun to be had in the pulp story, and the zombie supersoldiers are impressive when snapping their own bones in their frenzied attacks, but overall the film is predictable and safe (plus, there's an annoying kid).

4/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 22nd, 2019, 5:13 pm

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March 22nd, 2019, 10:06 am
Oscar Predictions
So, who else will round up the wartime Oscar nominees this month? Traveller has steamed past albajos and jeroeno as a clear favourite for third place, and then there is maxwelldeux, who could even come as high as fourth and knock either albajos or jeroeno out of the top 5. And I would almost bet on that happening too, what with max trying to attain at least 18 points more than yours truly this month in order to overtake me for third place on the 2019 Challenge Leaderbord.
I feel like I'm being called out here... I was really just aiming for 36 to get an Obsessed Much award, but now I feel like I have to go for a Top 5 finish. But I am close... :shrug:

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Post by Traveller » March 22nd, 2019, 7:04 pm

52. Where Eagles Dare (1968) - 8/10
Surprised how entertaining it was.
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Post by Knaldskalle » March 22nd, 2019, 9:52 pm

Alright, time to finally list the war movies I've been watching in my spare time. It's been pretty limited this month, I've had a lot to do.

1. North Korean Partisan in South Korea (Jeong, 1990). Not bad, but a bit too long for my tastes. It did detract from my experience that everyone was sporting 1990's haircuts in what was supposed to be the Korean War. :blink:

2. Divided We Fall (Hrebejk, 2000). This was a bit of a surprise, a movie that manages to be about the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, the Holocaust and yet also managed to be darkly funny. Recommended.

3. Empire of the Sun (Spielberg, 1987). For some reason I never got around to watching this until now. It's not bad, but doesn't strike me as prime Spielberg.

4. Ice-Cold in Alex (Thompson, 1958). Notes of Wages of Fear in this one, but still a very good movie in its own right.

5. Incendies (Villenuve, 2010). Wow, this was really good. I've got to seek out more Villeneuve movies (I've only seen Arrivals prior to this one).

6. Oh, What A Lovely War! (Attenborough, 1969). WWI as a musical. It's odd in tone but nevertheless compelling with a terrific cast.

So that's... what, five wars? Korean War, WWII, Sino-Japanese War, Lebanese Civil War and WWI.
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Post by 72allinncallme » March 22nd, 2019, 10:59 pm

91. Videogramme einer Revolution (1992) [DtC-nom]
92. In jenen Tagen (1947) [DtC-nom]

Pretty pointless to include that they are DtC movies when I’m the only one who play, but since that’s the only challenge I’m going to win this month why not do it in style? :D

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1. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)
2. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
3. Avanti popolo (1986)
4.-10. Generation Kill (2008)
11. Flandres (2006)
12. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
13. Iraq in Fragments (2006)
14. The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961) [DtC-nom]
15. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (2000)
16. V tumane (2012) [DtC-nom]
17. The Spanish Earth (1937)
18. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)
19. Savrseni krug (1997) [DtC-nom]
20. Nobi (1959)
21. King Rat (1965) (l) [DtC-nom]
22. Yadon ilaheyya (2002)
23. Windtalkers (2002)
24. The Train (1964)
25. No End in Sight (2007)
26. La marcia su Roma (1962) (l)
27. Zvezda (2002)
28. I girasoli (1970)
29. The Purple Plain (1954) [DtC-nom]
30. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
31. Prigionieri della guerra (1995) [DtC-nom]
32. Matomena Hristougenna (1951)
33. No habrá más penas ni olvido (1983)
34. Les petites guerres (1982)
35. Dolina miru (1956)
36. Daleká cesta (1950)
37. Tutti a casa (1960)
38. Ni liv (1957)
39. 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)
40. Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976) [DtC-nom]
41. Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001) (l)
42. Najeun moksori (1995)
43. De røde enge (1945)
44. Pojat (1962)
45. Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
46. El compadre Mendoza (1934)
47. Austeria (1982)
48. Bankier van het Verzet (2018)
49. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
50. Liberté, la nuit (1984)
51. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
52. Raduga (1944)
53. Seisaku no tsuma (1965)
54. Fuefukigawa (1960)
55. Der var engang en krig (1966)
56. Rio Conchos (1964) [DtC-nom]
57. Shunpu den (1965)
58. Zvezda (1953)
59. The Magic Face (1951)
60. Night Will Fall (2014)
61. Sedmina - Pozdravi Marijo (1969)
62. ...a pátý jezdec je Strach (1965)
63. Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989)
64. Kuroi ame (1989) [DtC-nom]
65. Äideistä parhain (2005)
66. Maudite soit la guerre (1914) [DtC-nom]
67. Der lachende Mann - Bekenntnisse eines Mörders (1966)
68. Daliás idök (1983)
69. Bloody Sunday (2002)
70. Arousi-ye Khouban (1989)
71. Reed, México insurgente (1973)
72. Behind the Door (1919) [DtC-nom] (l) (l)
73. Rih al awras (1967) [DtC-nom]
74. Mashenka (1942) [DtC-nom]
75. Zaseda (1969) [DtC-nom]
76. Decision Before Dawn (1951) [DtC-nom]
77. La guerre est finie (1966)
78. Voor een verloren soldaat (1992)
79. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
80. Die andere Seite (1931) [DtC-nom]
81. Ekdromi (1966)
82. L’enclos (1961) [DtC-nom]
83. Jariskatsis mama (1965) [DtC-nom]
84. Suchwiin bulmyeong (2001)
85. Romeo, Julie a tma (1960)
86. Frieda (1947) [DtC-nom]
87. Winter Soldier (1972) [DtC-nom]
88. Trzecia czesc nocy (1971) [DtC-nom]
89. Paratroop Command (1959)
90. Beasts of No Nation (2015) [DtC-nom]
91. Videogramme einer Revolution (1992) [DtC-nom]
92. In jenen Tagen (1947) [DtC-nom]

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Post by Simba63 » March 23rd, 2019, 1:32 am

28. The Eagle Has Landed (1976) - 6/10
29. Ningen no jôken (1959) - 7/10

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