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War Movies Challenge - Official; March 2019

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Post by sol » March 30th, 2019, 4:16 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 5:28 pm
sol wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Week 4 Fun Stats

Sorry, nothing to report. I'm too tired and too pressed for time at the moment, and with everybody still treating this like a horror challenge, I am way behind in updating the list of titles that everyone has seen. :shrug:

If there is the interest for it, I'll try to get some stats together on Saturday or Sunday, but I can't promise anything.
At least from me, there is the interest, but life happens - if you don't have the time, no worries. :thumbsup:
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March 29th, 2019, 6:50 pm
I always appreciate the stats as well, even though I don't comment on them. I concur with max's sentiments.
Okay - thanks, guys. I will try to whack something together now - which means that if anybody posts any updates during the next hour or so, they won't be included in the Stats Update.
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Post by sol » March 30th, 2019, 4:36 am

Week 4 Fun Stats

These stats are accurate as of 4:15am GMT on 30/03/19. My apologies if you have posted an update after this point; your viewings will be included in the next lot of statistics. :)

As per the last two weeks, 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 and Week 3 for those interested.


Participation

As we finish the fourth week of March, we have had 34 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 695 feature films for the Challenge so far (excluding shorts, miniseries and television episodes). That's 163 more than this time last week. That's also an average of 20.4 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 the Academy will keep their word and not have hosts at next year's Oscars as well, 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 40+ points more any other participant and it is still unclear which of them will ultimately win the Challenge. For the first time ever, PUNQ is ahead of 72a, but with more than 48 hours left in some parts of the world, anything can still happen.

So, who else will round up the wartime Oscar nominees this month? Traveller has maintained a clear grip on third place, 17 points ahead of maxwelldeux and albajos, who are neck-in-neck for 4th and 5th spot at the moment. Don't rule out jeroeno though. He's only two points behind albajos. And we haven't had an update from jd for a while, and Roger is posting tons of viewings in his latest updates, so any one of these warlords could slip into 5th place. Maybe even Simba if he has the stamina for it after recently achieving a highly coveted Platinum on the 101 War list.


Bonus Challenge

72allinncallme is still absolutely crushing the Bonus Challenge, but at least a couple of others have begun to play now. Second place currently sits with maxwelldeux.

Please remember that in order to participate in the Bonus Challenge you need to indicate 'DTC nominee' next to your viewings. And nudge me like albajos if I miss your indications.


Who has seen the OP screencap films this month?

Congrats to both 72allinncallme, maxwelldeux and blocho for watching King Rat. :clap: :circle: :clap:

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

Everyone else: (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (u) :( (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 (1914), The Battle of the Somme (1916) and Behind the Door (1919). Everything else is from 1925 onward.

Years without watches so far:

1928
1929
1930
1996


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)
42mins - Know Your Ally: Britain (1944)
43mins - For God and Country (1943)
43mins - Expansion to Air Power (1944)
43mins - The Negro Soldier (1944)
45mins - The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
47mins - How to Fly the B-26 Airplane (1944)
48mins - The War Game (1965)
50mins - Maudite soit la guerre (1914)
52mins - Prelude to War (1942)
52mins - The Spanish Earth (1937)
53mins - Soldiers in Hiding (1985) - seen by 3 users
54mins - The Battle of Britain (1943) - seen by 2 users
54mins - Attack! Battle of New Britain (1944)
57mins - Block-Heads (1938)
57mins - Divide and Conquer (1943)
58mins - Det grodde fram (1947)
59mins - Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)

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)
208mins - Ningen no jôken (I) (1959) - seen by 2 users
197mins - Doctor Zhivago (1965)
197mins - Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
190mins - Ningen no jôken (1961)
186mins - Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) - seen by 2 users
184mins - Haqeeqat (1964)
181mins - Ningen no jôken (II) (1959)
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 3 users
175mins - Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)
170mins - The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
170mins - For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
170mins - The Thin Red Line (1998)
170mins - Underground (1995)
167mins - The Young Lions (1958)


Most commonly seen films (listed by number of viewings)

4 - Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
4 - In Which We Serve (1942)
4 - Last Days in Vietnam (2014)
4 - Loin du Vietnam (1967)
4 - Went the Day Well? (1942)

3 - Ballada o soldate (1959)
3 - The Battle of China (1944)
3 - The Big Red One (1980)
3 - A Bridge Too Far (1977)
3 - Catch-22 (1970)
3 - The Cruel Sea (1953)
3 - The Dirty Dozen (1967)
3 - The Duellists (1977)
3 - Empire of the Sun (1987)
3 - Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
3 - Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
3 - Je t'attendrai (1939)
3 - Kanal (1957)
3 - King Rat (1965)
3 - Lacombe Lucien (1974)
3 - Land and Freedom (1995)
3 - Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
3 - Overlord (2018)
3 - Regeneration (1997)
3 - Salvador (1986)
3 - Soldiers in Hiding (1985)
3 - They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
3 - White Material (2009)
3 - Zulu (1964)
3 - Zwartboek (2006)

Two viewingsShow
2 - 49th Parallel (1941)
2 - Apocalypse Now (1979)
2 - Au revoir les enfants (1987)
2 - Battle of Britain (1969)
2 - The Battle of Britain (1943)
2 - The Battle of Russia (1943)
2 - Beasts of No Nation (2015)
2 - The Big Parade (1925)
2 - The Breadwinner (2017)
2 - The Caine Mutiny (1954)
2 - A Canterbury Tale (1944)
2 - Capitães de Abril (2000)
2 - Cold Mountain (2003)
2 - Les croix de bois (1932)
2 - Cross of Iron (1977)
2 - Culloden (1964)
2 - Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
2 - Le dernier métro (1980)
2 - The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
2 - Europa Europa (1990)
2 - Die Fälscher (2007)
2 - Fear and Desire (1953)
2 - The Fighting Lady (1944)
2 - Germania anno zero (1948)
2 - Giv'a 24 Eina Ona (1955)
2 - Glory (1989)
2 - Le grand homme (2014)
2 - La guerre est finie (1966)
2 - Guizi lai le (2000)
2 - Gunga Din (1939)
2 - The Guns of Navarone (1961)
2 - H.M.S. Defiant (1962)
2 - Hong hai xing dong (2018)
2 - Hope and Glory (1987)
2 - The Hurt Locker (2008)
2 - Incendies (2010)
2 - Jarhead (2005)
2 - Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
2 - Liberté, la nuit (1984)
2 - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
2 - Lifeboat (1944)
2 - The Magic Face (1951)
2 - The Message (1976)
2 - Mudbound (2017)
2 - Musíme si pomáhat (2000)
2 - Night Will Fall (2014)
2 - Ningen no jôken (I) (1959)
2 - No Man's Land (2001)
2 - Nobi (1959)
2 - Paisà (1946)
2 - Paratroop Command (1959)
2 - Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975)
2 - Pojat (1962)
2 - Pred dozhdot (1994)
2 - Private's Progress (1956)
2 - Rambo III (1988)
2 - The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
2 - Rih al awras (1966)
2 - De røde enge (1945)
2 - Le roi de coeur (1966)
2 - Roma città aperta (1945)
2 - Sergeant York (1941)
2 - The Seventh Cross (1944)
2 - Stalag 17 (1953)
2 - Stalingrad (1993)
2 - Taras Bulba (1962)
2 - The True Glory (1945)
2 - Trzecia czesc nocy (1971)
2 - Two Women (1960)
2 - Le vieux fusil (1975)
2 - Voskhozhdenie (1977)
2 - War Comes to America (1945)
2 - Waterloo Bridge (1940)
2 - Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
2 - Windtalkers (2002)
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 - La fête espagnole (1961)
11 - Det grodde fram (1947)
11 - Le mensonge de Nina Petrovna (1937)
11 - Port-Arthur (1936)
15 - They Live in Fear (1944)
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 - The Unwritten Code (1944)
23 - The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2010)
24 - L'horizon (1967)
24 - Najeun moksori (1995)
27 - I Love a Soldier (1944)
27 - Medal for the General (1944)
27 - Prigionieri della guerra (1995)
29 - Die andere Seite (1931)

Most obscure film seen by 3 or more users: Soldiers in Hiding (1985, 48 votes)


Genre Breakdown

The most common genre of film watched for this Challenge is War (obviously) but only 501 of the films that we have seen (72%) are listed as War on IMDb (not so obviously). That's down from 77% war movies last week. Next common genre is Drama (as expected), followed by Romance, History, Comedy, Action, Documentary, Adventure, Thriller, Biography and then Musical. Oh yes, lots to sing about in times of war.

Least common genres: News (1); Film Noir (2); Family (3); Sci-Fi (4).
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Post by weirdboy » March 30th, 2019, 5:28 am

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1. Dzhamilya AKA Jamilya (1969) - Irina Poplavskaya, Sergei Yutkevich
2. O.K. (1970) - Michael Verhoeven
3. Simindis kundzuli AKA Corn Island (2014) - George Ovashvili
4. In Which We Serve (1942) - David Lean, Noel Coward

What is nearly the ultimate "stiff upper lip" movie made while England were still facing a really tough time during the war alongside constant blitzes. I couldn't imagine being a woman married to someone in the war and going to see this in the theater when this was released.

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Post by cinephage » March 30th, 2019, 11:50 am

06. The Message, by Moustapha Akkad (1976) 7,5/10

It's always interesting to compare movies that have the same shots, but are filmed with different actors. While it seems strange, and maybe phony at times, to see so many arabic people speak english, except for whent the muezzin calls, I found Anthony Quinn to be a great asset to this film. Still, I wouldn't say I prefer one to the other. Both have their merits...
you can't fight in here, this is the war room (05)Show
01. Al-risâlah, by Moustapha Akkad (1976) 7.5/10
02. The Naked and the Dead, by Raoul Walsh (1958) 8/10
03. Land and Freedom, by Ken Loach (1995) 8,5/10
04. The Battle of the Somme, de Geoffrey H. Malins (1916) 7/10
05. Windtalkers, by John Woo (2002) 7,5/10

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Post by Traveller » March 30th, 2019, 12:15 pm

Stats. :banana: Thanks for those, sol. Interesting to see the genre breakdown.

62. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) - 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 albajos » March 30th, 2019, 9:51 pm

40. Snapphanar (1941) Sweden 5 checks
Scanian War (Sweden)
maybe. The Night Manager E01 (2016) UK | USA 51 checks
It's set during the Egyptian revolution of 2011 / Egyptian Crisis (2011–14), but I have to see a couple more episodes to see if it's relevant for this challenge

Off. list progress
+4 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die (63,3%)
+1 War (94,0%)

21 wars covered
1562-1598 French Wars of Religion (1)
1666-1671 Polish–Cossack–Tatar War (1)
1675-1679 Scanian 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 (15 movies, 7 shorts and 1 episode)
1946-1954 First Indochina War (1)
1953-1959 Cuban Revolution (1)
1955-1975 Vietnam War (1)
1966-1967 Bolivian Campaign (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)

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05. All This and World War II (1976)
37. Ballada o soldate (1959)
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)
35. Che: Part One (2008)
36. Che: Part Two (2008)
17. Cold Mountain (2003)
33. Coup de foudre (1983)
40. The Cruel Sea (1953)
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)
(t1a) Great Raids of World War II: Stopping Hitler's A-Bomb (2003)
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)
39. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)
32. De røde enge (1945)
38. Secrets of World War II: The Real Heroes of Telemark (1998)
41. Snapphanar (1941)
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
41. Snapphanar (1941)
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)
40. The Cruel Sea (1953)
22. Geroite na Shipka (1954)
37. Ballada o soldate (1959)
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)
38. Secrets of World War II: The Real Heroes of Telemark (1998)
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)
(t1a) Great Raids of World War II: Stopping Hitler's A-Bomb (2003)
09. Jarhead (2005)
29. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
35. Che: Part One (2008)
36. Che: Part Two (2008)
21. Florence Nightingale (2008)
06. Flugten (2009)
14. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
24. White Material (2009)
39. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)
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
37. Ballada o soldate (1959) 12
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
40. The Cruel Sea (1953) 3
04. Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975) 3
35. Che: Part One (2008) 2
36. Che: Part Two (2008) 2
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
35. Che: Part One (2008) 3 902
36. Che: Part Two (2008) 2 927
34. Le dernier métro (1980) 2 085
37. Ballada o soldate (1959) 1 777
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
40. The Cruel Sea (1953) 353
39. La princesse de Montpensier (2010) 266
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
41. Snapphanar (1941) 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
(t1a) Great Raids of World War II: Stopping Hitler's A-Bomb (2003) 1
38. Secrets of World War II: The Real Heroes of Telemark (1998) 1

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » March 31st, 2019, 1:06 am

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35. '49th Parallel' / 1941, Michael Powell / 8/10 / UK / World War II
36. ''Pimpernel' Smith' / 1941, Leslie Howard / 8.5/10 / UK / World War II (build-up)
37. 'One of Our Aircraft Is Missing' / 1942, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger / 8/10 / UK / World War II
38. 'Secret Mission' / 1942, Harold French / 4/10 / UK / World War II
39. 'The Way to the Stars' / 1945, Anthony Asquith / 9/10 / UK / World War II
40. 'Retreat, Hell!' / 1952, Joseph H. Lewis / 6/10 / USA / Korean War

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One of my favourite opening tracking shots in film from Asquith's understated yet stirring and exquisitely moving 'The Way to the Stars'; a wind rustles through the deserted airfield of 1945 as the camera passes through the empty mess-halls and corridors and the verdant fields with the farmer and his sheep.... and then the camera lifts up and we are in 1940 and the hive of energy and the hum of war-time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vCJCm7T-J0
That's all, folks!

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Post by sol » March 31st, 2019, 3:07 am

Traveller wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Stats. :banana: Thanks for those, sol. Interesting to see the genre breakdown.
Oh yeah - though I should probably point out that while Musical is a more common genre than Mystery or Horror (go figure) there are only 10 musical viewings among those 695 films. :unsure:
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Post by blocho » March 31st, 2019, 4:31 am

A thought experiment:
- If there was some objective way to categorize every movie into either a war movie or not a war movie, and ...
- If every war movie was only about one war ...

What percentage of war movies would be about WWII?

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Post by jdidaco » March 31st, 2019, 5:13 am

Ending the Challenge with two long overdue revisions; thanks again for hosting, sol,

35. Perceval le Gallois (Perceval, Éric Rohmer, 1978) 10/10 (RV)
36. Beau travail (Claire Denis, 1999) 9/10 (RV)

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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
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
29. Tarass Boulba (Taras Bulba, Alexis Granowsky, 1936) 8/10
30. La fête espagnole (No Time for Ecstasy, Jean-Jacques Vierne, 1961) 8.5/10
31. Mourir à Madrid (To Die in Madrid, Frédéric Rossif, 1963) 9/10
32. La mer à l'aube/Das Meer am Morgen (Calm at Sea, Volker Schlöndorff, 2011) 7.5/10
33. Le diable rose (Pink Devil, Pierre B. Reinhard, 1988) 6/10
34. Au revoir là-haut (See You Up There, Albert Dupontel, 2017) 8/10

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Post by Daviddoes » March 31st, 2019, 8:48 am

21. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944) 6.5/10

22. Letyat zhuravli (1957) 8/10

23. Objective, Burma! (1945) 6.5/10

24. Let There Be Light (1946) 7/10

25. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961) 8/10

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1. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 1

2. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 2

3. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 3

4. Underground (1995) 9/10

5. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 4

6. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 5

7. Johnny Got His Gun (1971) 7/10

8. Kocár do Vídne (1966) 8/10

9. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 6

10. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 7

11. The Duellists (1977) 5/10

12. Leningrad (2009) 6/10

13. Shorts - 61 min

14. Darkest Hour (2017) 6/10

15. Inglourious Basterds (2009) (REWATCH) 8/10

16. Catch-22 (1970) 6/10

17. Kongens nei (2016) 6/10

18. Guizi lai le (2000) 7.5/10

19. Akai tenshi (1966) 8/10

20. Ice Cold in Alex (1958) 7.5/10

21. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944) 6.5/10

22. Letyat zhuravli (1957) 8/10

23. Objective, Burma! (1945) 6.5/10

24. Let There Be Light (1946) 7/10

25. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961) 8/10

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Post by sol » March 31st, 2019, 1:56 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)
29. Beach of the WarGods (1973)
30. The Lost Squadron (1932)
31. In the Army Now (1994)
32. Bonnie Scotland (1935)
33. City 40 (2016)
34. Glory (1989)
35. Overlord (1975)
36. Overlord (2018)

37a. Spielzeugland (2007) 14min,
37b. Firebase (2017) 22min, plus
37c. Rakka (2017) 27min = 63min

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The Academy Award winning Spielzeugland tells of a young German boy who becomes set on joining his Jewish friend on a trip to a concentration camp after his mother lied and told him that they were going to 'Toyland'. A decent enough story, but the out-of-order narrative frankly confused me. The other two war-themed shorts are Neill Blomkamp horror entries. Firebase is set during the Vietnam War (archive footage and fake archive footage is blended very well) and details something similar to Predator with an invisible alien terrorising US troops. There are some very cool special effects here, but the whole thing ends so abruptly that it is off-putting. Rakka on the other hand is set in the future in the years after a war between humankind and aliens. Some terrific images here (Eiffel Tower covered in dead bodies) but the voice-over-heavy approach here ultimately appealed to me less than the pseudo-documentary approach of Firebase.
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Post by Traveller » March 31st, 2019, 2:13 pm

Thanks for hosting the challenge as well as contributing the fun stats, sol. My personal statistics for this month’s challenge as I won’t squeeze in another one:

Total number of films: 62
Average year: 1967
Average runtime: 105min
Average rating: 5,84/10
Best Film: The Fifth Seal (1976)
Awards gained: 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die (Silver), War (Platinum)
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Post by jeroeno » March 31st, 2019, 5:16 pm

Thanks for hosting as usual. This will be my final post:
39. Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale : Furie (2014)
40. Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale : Peur (2014)
41. Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale : Enfer (2014)
42. Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale : Rage (2014)
43. Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale : Délivrance (2014)
44. L'Anglaise et le duc (2001)
45. Dear Home: Letters from World War I (2000)
46. Phantom (2013)
47. That Nazty Nuisance (1943)
48. The Pentagon Wars (1998)
49. The Death of Stalin (2017)

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 31st, 2019, 5:46 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)
32. Hot Shots! (1991)
33. Chimes at Midnight (1965)
34. Grand Illusion (1937)
35. Downfall (2004)
36. The Vietnam War: The History of the World (2017)
37. Le Vieux Fusil (1975)
38. The Thin Red Line (1998)
39. King Rat (1965) [DTC Nominee]
40. The Vietnam War: A Disrespectful Loyalty (2017)
41. Hearts and Minds (1974) [DTC Nominee]
42. Fires on the Plane (1959)
43. The Vietnam War: The Weight of Memory (2017)
44. Je táttendrai (1939) [DTC Nominee]
45. The Round-Up (1966)
This Hungarian film has some great cinematography and is beautiful to watch. I didn't quite get into the story, though, and wish I would have learned a little more from this film. Still pretty awesome to look at.

46. The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961) [DTC Nominee]
This one didn't work nearly as well for me as King Rat. I think some of that was the fact that it was shot on a stage - I didn't get that immersive feel that I get from the great war films. Pleasant enough to watch, but not my thing.

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Post by hurluberlu » March 31st, 2019, 6:47 pm

7. The Ascent / Voskhozhdenie (Larisa Shepitko, 1977) [Directed by Women] 7+
8. Cafard (Jan Bultheel, 2015) 7
9. For Ever Mozart (Jean-Luc Godard, 1996) [France] 5-
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Post by blocho » March 31st, 2019, 8:45 pm

24. Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (WWII)

I'm glad I ended the month with this movie, which is the best I've seen during this challenge (24 is the most movies I've ever seen for any challenge) and an immediate entry into my 500<400 list. The story is about a woman searching for the truth in 1971 about how her husband died during the New Guinea campaign, both so that she can finally claim a widow's pension and so that his "spirit can rest." But it's about a lot more: trauma, memory, bureaucratic hypocrisy, loyalty, moral responsibility, epistemology, and insanity. A character at one point describes the virtues of forgetting, but by the end it is clear that forgetting is impossible for the survivors. The director cleverly hints at this by layering in military sounds with ambient 1971 noises (artillery barrages merge into construction noises). He also uses a full panoply of visual techniques, moving freely among color, black and white, still photos, freeze frames, historical footage, negative photography, different film stocks, etc.

The movie takes influence from Rashomon and Fires on the Plain (currently in the final round of the world cup), and seemingly influences The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On. Except ... that movie is a documentary, which goes to show how true to life this movie is.

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Post by albajos » March 31st, 2019, 9:04 pm

41. 1864 (2014) Denmark | Norway | Sweden | Germany [Not on imdb for some reason (it was both in cinemas and DVD), but the mini-series are here https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753353/reference]
Second Schleswig War (Denmark)
42. Loin du Vietnam (1967) France 2 official lists 162 checks [triple]
Vietnam War (and mentopns of the other US - communist wars of the era)
43. Ces amours-là (2010) France 36 checks [double]
World War II (France)

No Night Manager. It was only the very first episode. The rest are about arms dealing but it's a long stretch to put it as war.

Thanks for hosting sol!

Off. list progress
+4 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die (63,3%)
+1 War (94,0%)

22 wars covered
1562-1598 French Wars of Religion (1)
1666-1671 Polish–Cossack–Tatar War (1)
1675-1679 Scanian War (1)
1762_____ Catherine II - coup d'état - Peter III (1)
1853-1856 Crimean War (1)
1861-1865 American Civil War (1)
1864_____ Second Schleswig 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 (16 movies, 7 shorts and 1 episode)
1946-1954 First Indochina War (1)
1953-1959 Cuban Revolution (1)
1955-1975 Vietnam War (2)
1966-1967 Bolivian Campaign (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
ABC
05. All This and World War II (1976)
36. Ballada o soldate (1959)
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)
43. Ces amours-là (2010)
02. Charlotte Gray (2001)
34. Che: Part One (2008)
35. Che: Part Two (2008)
17. Cold Mountain (2003)
32. Coup de foudre (1983)
39. The Cruel Sea (1953)
13 (s1a) Death Mills (1945)
33. 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)
41. 1864 (2014)
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)
(t1a) Great Raids of World War II: Stopping Hitler's A-Bomb (2003)
11. Indochine (1992)
10. Ithaca (2015)
09. Jarhead (2005)
27. Krigen (2015)
42. Loin du Vietnam (1967)
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)
38. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)
31. De røde enge (1945)
37. Secrets of World War II: The Real Heroes of Telemark (1998)
40. Snapphanar (1941)
13 (s1e) Spies (1943)
19. Taras Bulba (1962)
03. Their Finest (2016)
30. 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
40. Snapphanar (1941)
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)
31. De røde enge (1945)
26. Det grodde fram (1947)
39. The Cruel Sea (1953)
22. Geroite na Shipka (1954)
36. Ballada o soldate (1959)
19. Taras Bulba (1962)
20. Caterina di Russia (1963)
16. Zulu (1964)
42. Loin du Vietnam (1967)
07. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
04. Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975)
05. All This and World War II (1976)
33. Le dernier métro (1980)
32. Coup de foudre (1983)
15. Empire of the Sun (1987)
11. Indochine (1992)
18. The Panama Deception (1992)
37. Secrets of World War II: The Real Heroes of Telemark (1998)
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)
(t1a) Great Raids of World War II: Stopping Hitler's A-Bomb (2003)
09. Jarhead (2005)
29. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
34. Che: Part One (2008)
35. Che: Part Two (2008)
21. Florence Nightingale (2008)
06. Flugten (2009)
14. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
24. White Material (2009)
43. Ces amours-là (2010)
38. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)
41. 1864 (2014)
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)
30. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Off. lists
36. Ballada o soldate (1959) 12
16. Zulu (1964) 8
33. 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
39. The Cruel Sea (1953) 3
04. Pasqualino Settebellezze (1975) 3
34. Che: Part One (2008) 2
35. Che: Part Two (2008) 2
32. Coup de foudre (1983) 2
11. Indochine (1992) 2
42. Loin du Vietnam (1967) 2
31. 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
30. 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. Che: Part One (2008) 3 902
35. Che: Part Two (2008) 2 927
33. Le dernier métro (1980) 2 085
36. Ballada o soldate (1959) 1 777
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
30. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) 519
27. Krigen (2015) 508
03. Their Finest (2016) 481
02. Charlotte Gray (2001) 388
39. The Cruel Sea (1953) 353
38. La princesse de Montpensier (2010) 266
07. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) 215
12. Night Will Fall (2014) 210
42. Loin du Vietnam (1967) 162
32. 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
31. 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
43. Ces amours-là (2010) 36
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
40. Snapphanar (1941) 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
(t1a) Great Raids of World War II: Stopping Hitler's A-Bomb (2003) 1
37. Secrets of World War II: The Real Heroes of Telemark (1998) 1
41. 1864 (2014) 0

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Post by OldAle1 » March 31st, 2019, 9:37 pm

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1. Battle Cry (Raoul Walsh, 1955)
2. Corvette K-225 (Howard Hawks/Richard Rossen, 1943)
3. Loin du Vietnam / Far From Vietnam (Jean-Luc Godard/Joris Ivens/William Klein/Claude Lelouch/Chis Marker/Alain Resnais/Agnès Varda, 1967)
4. Au revoir les enfants / Goodbye Children (Louis Malle, 1987)
5. Zulu (Cy Endfield, 1964) (re-watch)
6. Sink the Bismarck! (Lewis Gilbert, 1960) (re-watch)
7. H.M.S. Defiant / Damn the Defiant! (Lewis Gilbert, 1962)
8. Lafayette Escadrille (William Wellman, 1958)
9. A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough, 1977)
10. The Cruel Sea (Charles Frend, 1953)

Randomness asserts itself into small patterns: I often begin a challenge without any clear idea of where I'm going - probably I do this more often than having a plan of some kind, and with a genre as big as "war" I could easily end up seeing a lot of films that have nothing to do with each other; instead without really thinking about it, four of the first 10 films I saw for this challenge are war-at-sea stories, three of them set in the Atlantic theater in WWII, three of them British, two of them both British and WWII. Synchronicity or just randomness folding patterns, monkeys typing out "Hamlet"? Anyway, this might be the best of the lot, though they have all been similarly good without quite hitting it out of the park. Here we have the captain of a corvette, later a destroyer, Jack Hawkins, who narrates the tale of years of war, of ships sunk underneath him, of comrades bad (Stanley Baker in a small but impressive early performance) and good (including Denholm Elliott and Donald Sinden), of submarines sunk and of many, many losses. It's got a more realistic feel to it than most, and it doesn't neglect the human side, with one particularly tragic subplot involving a brother and sister and the brother's comrade who wishes to marry the sister. And it has very little in the way of propaganda, being more a gloomy - almost nihilistic - view of never-ending war and fatigue.

11. Le vieux fusil / The Old Gun (Robert Enrico, 1975)

More a revenge film that happens to be set in WWII involving Nazis than a "war film" per se, this is not a BAD film by any stretch of the imagination but not really a good one either; pretty shallow and lacking in characters apart from Philippe Noiret's doctor, who really isn't that interesting. I think the flashbacks are mostly there to give a reason for Romy Schneider to get a high billing, frankly - i.e. to generate box office for what is really a pretty thin and ordinary work. This won the Cesar? I guess that award isn't any more meaningful than the Oscar. Nice use of the castle/town locations, and Noiret isn't as hammy as he could often be - though perhaps here we could have used more emotion, particularly in the later scenes - but that's about it.

12. The 300 Spartans (Rudolph Maté, 1962)

One of the weaker historical epics from Hollywood's golden era for such things, this account of the Battle of Thermopylae is full of rather historically dubious prostrations around "democracy" and "freedom" - apparently equating the ancient Greek city states with the modern-day West, and the Persian "slave empire" with Russia/the East - news flash: Sparta and the other Greek states had slaves too, though we see no evidence here, and of course the position of women... I normally give these films a pass for this kind of stuff, or at least don't find it worth mentioning, but this one really hits us over the heads with the rhetoric. In any case, it's not worth all the fuss; though director Maté was a great cinematographer and a pretty good director, this offers little of interest besides a decent visual style, some nice landscape - it was filmed close to the real locations in Greece - and a reasonable narrative flow that does give some suspense. But it was a fairly cheaply done production and it shows in the battle scenes which are very skimpy - no mistaking this army for the real Persian force of 100,000+. The acting is adequate I guess with Richard Egan a commanding presence - if a bit stiff - as Leonidas, and Ralph Richardson an effective Themistocles. Better than Snyder's version at least, but that's about it.

13. King Rat (Bryan Forbes, 1965)

TCM. This was a major release playing in the USA, and specifically in my hometown, on the day I was born, so I've always been a little interested in seeing it, and lo it showed up on the tube this month for both the challenge and DTC. Nice how that works sometimes. This seems to have been a month for good-but-not-great films for me and here's another example, a POW film with George Segal as Cpl King, a fast buck artist who happens to also be "king" of the POW camp in Malaysia, filled with both British and American soldiers, just trying to survive, as the narration tells us over the opening credits. The "rat" in the title comes from a scheme he hatches to breed the rodents to sell as food, but that's only one of several small plots in this fine if slightly overlong production which shows us the various ways in which soldiers manage - or don't manage - to stay sane and healthy in an environment where escape really isn't an option because of the jungle and ocean around them, and where their captors the Japanese are less oppressive on a daily basis than their own officers and the stealing and cheating that most of them do just to get enough food to keep going. Also on hand are James Fox, Tom Courtenay and the ubiquitous-this-month Denholm Elliott, among others in the terrific cast. John Barry's music is another plus, though I don't know that it's one of his very best scores, and sounds a bit like James Bond at times.

14. Story of G.I. Joe (William Wellman, 1945)

TCM. Finally a knockout, or close to it. A bunch of screenwriters collaborated to bring the life of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle - who was to be killed in combat exactly 2 months before the film premiered - as he travelled in the European theater in 1943-4, mostly with the 18th Infantry C Company led by Lt - later Captain - Bill Walker (Robert Mitchum in one of his first significant roles, and the only one for which he would get an Oscar nomination), based on real-life Captain Henry Waskow. This is one of the best depictions of the tough slog of war, particularly the toughness for the infantry, and the mind-numbing combination of repetetiveness and terror that days in combat and marching can bring. Russell Metty's photography needs to be mentioned and the feel of authenticity is pretty remarkable given that - apart from some well-integrated stock footage - it all was shot in the USA. Burgess Meredith is quite fine as Pyle, our eye on the ground, but it's certainly Mitchum's film in many respects and he carries it calmly with no more of his usual hip coolness than required. The combat scenes are quite outstanding and overall I'd say this is probably the best combat-focused American film made during the war that I've seen yet.

15. Les croix de bois / Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard, 1932)

Another film very much focused on combat, this World War I story was apparently inspired by All Quiet on the Western Front which had been a huge international success a couple of years earlier. And it is the combat sequences here that really pulled me in, they are truly remarkable and I can't think of any pre--WWII film that is more visceral in it's battle scenes. Continuous explosions and machine gun fire go on for several minutes at a time, explosions dotting the screen and sometimes landing on the frail men trying to move forward a few feet, a few yards through no-man's land or a ruined cemetery; no other film I can think of before Paths of Glory and Nobi in the late 50s has this kind of impact and realism. Unfortunately the non-combat "quiet" scenes aren't nearly as good even later in the film it almost feels at times as if the soldiers are in a totally different place when not in combat - still joking and talking about women and food in a way that would seem to belie the situations they're in; and I just didn't get a distinct sense of most of the characters. Still it's a very impressive film from a technical standpoint, and in the end the character elements seem to work better as well.

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Post by PUNQ » March 31st, 2019, 9:40 pm

I fell completely off the past few days. A combination of mildly burning out on war movies and getting a little sick (the blessing of children with the entire family getting the current flu). Anyway, I did manage to see this bunch before the month was up, with this being my final addition to the challenge - ending at 119.


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111. Mademoiselle Fifi (1944, Robert Wise) - 6/10
--- Another adaptation of the old "Boule de Suif" story. At first they followed the story so closely, shot-by-shot, that it looked like it was going to be a uninspired remake. Then all of a sudden they changed-up the formula for a more inspiring war story. A noble attempt and Simone Simon was a real MVP in this rushed production.


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112. Johnny Doesn't Live Here Any More (1944, Joe May) - 5/10
--- I've watched a few films that's labeled WAR on IMDB, that really has little or no relevance to the war. Some must have been put in as a joke since they didn't even mention the war or anything. Among those I've excluded from the challenge are Rosie the Riveter (1944), Standing Room Only (1944), Hot Rhythm (1944), as main relation to the war was only they were made during those years and barely touches the story at all. Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944) at least has uniforms and soldiers on leave for it's farce. Simone Simon hires a apartment from enlisted Johnny. Unknown to her, Johnny is a very friendly man who lends his apartment to just about anybody, resulting in her new home being flooded with strangers and soldiers on leave. Not good for a lady's reputation. Pure farce with a funny little twist at the end there!


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113. Uncertain Glory (1944, Raoul Walsh) - 6/10
--- Doomed hoodlum Errol Flynn decides to do one good deed for the war effort before he dies, and that results in a thrilling and rather human affair. Paul Lukas becomes a good partner for him in enemy territory. The romance bit felt out-of-place, but the rest was handled well. Another quality Flynn flick.


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114. Wing and a Prayer (1944, Henry Hathaway) - 6/10
--- Quality aircraft drama, with a lot of waiting, frustration and disappointments for the men of war, before the big blast. It's been done better after the war, but considering this one was done as the war was on-going, shows a strong understanding for the challenges of the air battle at sea. Takes on a few too many destinies for any full emotional effect, but it certainly included most situations a pilot encounters in a situation like this. Time well spent.


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115. The Master Race (1944, Herbert J. Biberman) - 5/10
--- The Master Race (1944) doesn't totally hit the mark, but by focusing so hard on scared Nazi sympathizers, you get a perspective you usually wouldn't get from a straight propaganda piece. Definitely a strong role for George Coulouris.


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116. The Hitler Gang (1944, John Farrow) - 6/10
--- The Rise of Adolf Hitler, the American version! While you should never ever believe what a Hollywood movies tells you, The Hitler Gang (1944) does give a good indication how the mad world of Hitler came about. Bobby Watson gives a good and pathetic impression of Hitler, exactly what Paramount Pictures and everybody else in the world wanted.


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117. The Fighting Seabees (1944, Edward Ludwig) - 4/10
--- Got some decent battle scenes coming at the end, but it was John Wayne dancing in the film that was most brutal!


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118. The Eve of St. Mark (1944, John M. Stahl) - 4/10
--- The family drama, waiting for their soldier, was sappy. The combat action was very limited. Did entertain with it's army guys fooling around bits. So not a total waste. Just not very remarkable.


119a. Scharfschütze in der Geländeausbildung: Meister der Tarnung und Täuschung [Sharpshooter: Master of Camouflage and Deception] (1944, Das Oberkommando der Luftwaffe) - 38min
119b. Scharfschütze im Einsatz: Die unsichtbare Waffe [The Unseen Weapon] (1944, Das Oberkommando der Luftwaffe) - 30min
119c. Message from Canterbury (1944, George Hoellering) - 22min
119d. Le journal de la resistance (1944, France Libre Actualité) - 30min






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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)
85. Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944, Robert Z. Leonard) - 4/10
86. For Those In Peril (1944, Charles Crichton) - 5/10
87. Bell-Bottom George (1944, Marcel Varnel) - 4/10
88. Candlelight in Algeria (1944, George King) - 4/10
89. The Unwritten Code (1944, Herman Rotsten) - 3/10
90. Days Of Glory (1944, Jacques Tourneur) - 5/10
91. English Without Tears (1944, Harold French) - 4/10
92. Song of Russia (1944, Gregory Ratoff & Laslo Benedek) - 4/10
93. The Sullivans (1944, Lloyd Bacon) - 6/10
94. The Way Ahead (1944, Carol Reed) - 6/10
95. The Seventh Cross (1944, Fred Zinnemann) - 6/10
96. The Conspirators (1944, Jean Negulesco) - 5/10
97. Janie (1944, Michael Curtiz) - 4/10
98. I Love a Soldier (1944, Mark Sandrich) - 3/10
99. The Purple Heart (1944, Lewis Milestone) - 5/10
100. The Negro Soldier (1944, Stuart Heisler) - 3/10
101. Know Your Ally: Britain (1944, Anthony Veiller) - 4/10
102. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944, William Wyler) - 5/10
103. Waterfront (1944, Steve Sekely) - 3/10
104. They Live in Fear (1944, Josef Berne) - 4/10
105. The Battle of China (1944, Frank Capra & Anatole Litvak) - 6/10
106. The Black Parachute (1944, Lew Landers) - 3/10
107. Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944, Bernard Vorhaus) - 4/10
108. The Rats of Tobruk (1944, Charles Chauvel) - 4/10
109. Passport to Destiny (1944, Ray McCarey) - 6/10
110. In the Meantime, Darling (1944, Otto Preminger) - 4/10
111. Mademoiselle Fifi (1944, Robert Wise) - 6/10
112. Johnny Doesn't Live Here Any More (1944, Joe May) - 5/10
113. Uncertain Glory (1944, Raoul Walsh) - 6/10
114. Wing and a Prayer (1944, Henry Hathaway) - 6/10
115. The Master Race (1944, Herbert J. Biberman) - 5/10
116. The Hitler Gang (1944, John Farrow) - 6/10
117. The Fighting Seabees (1944, Edward Ludwig) - 4/10
118. The Eve of St. Mark (1944, John M. Stahl) - 4/10
119. Scharfschütze in der Geländeausbildung: Meister der Tarnung und Täuschung [Sharpshooter: Master of Camouflage and Deception] (1944, Das Oberkommando der Luftwaffe), Scharfschütze im Einsatz: Die unsichtbare Waffe [The Unseen Weapon] (1944, Das Oberkommando der Luftwaffe), Message from Canterbury (1944, George Hoellering), Le journal de la resistance (1944, France Libre Actualité)

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 31st, 2019, 10:16 pm

PUNQ wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 9:40 pm
I fell completely off the past few days. A combination of mildly burning out on war movies ... - ending at 119.
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Post by 3eyes » March 31st, 2019, 11:15 pm

10-18. Foyle’s War Seasons 1-3 (UK 2002-4, 12 eps x 90m=1080m=9 pts) [WW II] Rewatch
After Monty Python's Flying Circus, this is my alltime favorite TV series. Each feature-length episode has an ingenious blend of wartime homefront stuff, crime, and moral /political dilemmas.

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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
8. Loin du Vietnam (Fr 64) [Vietnam War] - triple
9. Stalag 17 (53) [WW II] - rewatch
10-18. Foyle’s War Seasons 1-3 (UK 2002-4, 12 eps x 90m=1080m=9 pts) [WW II] Rewatch
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Post by mightysparks » March 31st, 2019, 11:35 pm

1. Fury (2014) 5/10
"I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want." - Stanley Kubrick

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Post by AB537 » April 1st, 2019, 3:03 am

15-18. Game of Thrones Season 6, Episodes 9 and 10; Season 7, Episodes 1-7 (Various Directors, 2016-2017) ... also 88 minutes towards #19, but the month is over...

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Post by sheikofhyrule » April 1st, 2019, 3:46 am

03. Young Winston (1972) 4/10
04. Taras Bulba (1962) 4/10
05. Unbroken (2014) 8/10
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01. The Navy Comes Through (1942)
02. The Seventh Cross (1944)
03. Young Winston (1972) 4/10
04. Taras Bulba (1962) 4/10
05. Unbroken (2014) 8/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 1st, 2019, 7:25 am

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)
32. Hot Shots! (1991)
33. Chimes at Midnight (1965)
34. Grand Illusion (1937)
35. Downfall (2004)
36. The Vietnam War: The History of the World (2017)
37. Le Vieux Fusil (1975)
38. The Thin Red Line (1998)
39. King Rat (1965) [DTC Nominee]
40. The Vietnam War: A Disrespectful Loyalty (2017)
41. Hearts and Minds (1974) [DTC Nominee]
42. Fires on the Plane (1959)
43. The Vietnam War: The Weight of Memory (2017)
44. Je táttendrai (1939) [DTC Nominee]
45. The Round-Up (1966)
46. The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961) [DTC Nominee]
47. Attack (1956)
A nice end to this challenge for me. WC Final nominee, and a good one. About a military captain who got his job via connections and not merit, and then the fallout from that decision. Very interesting work on the characters.

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Post by sebby » April 1st, 2019, 7:35 am

26 gone with the wind 1939 1/10
27 le silence de la mer 1949 6/10
28 cold war 2018 6/10
29 devils on the doorstep 2000 5.5/10

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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
23 a canterbury tale 1944 3/10
24 the duellists 1977 7/10
25 germany year zero 1949 7/10
26 gone with the wind 1939 1/10
27 le silence de la mer 1949 6/10
28 cold war 2018 6/10
29 devils on the doorstep 2000 5.5/10

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Post by ChrisReynolds » April 1st, 2019, 11:42 am

I had a selection of classic war films to watch but I ran out of time, so my final watch was a Hunger Games film that won't fit into any other challenge.
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) 5/10
5. Lacombe Lucien (Malle, 1974) 7/10
6. Au Revoir les Enfants (Malle, 1987) 8/10
7. Overlord (Avery, 2018) 4/10
8. Soldier (Anderson, 1998) 4/10
9. Hitler's Britain (Bond, 2002) 5/10
10a. Nicht löschbares Feuer / The Inextinguishable Fire (Farocki, 1969) [25 min.] 4/10
10b. Kokoda Front Line! (1942) [9 min.] 3/10
10c. La caduta di Troia / The Fall of Troy (Pastrone-Borgnetto, 1911) [31 min.] 4/10
11. Un été inoubliable / An Unforgettable Summer (Pintilie, 1994) 5/10
12. The Great Martian War 1913–1917 (Slee, 2013) 5/10
13. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (Lawrence, 2015)

Conflict portrayedThe Second Panem Rebellion
BelligerentsThe Capitol vs. District 13
CommandersPresident Coriolanus Snow vs. President Alma Coin
Time period75 ADD (After the Dark Days), hundreds or thousands of years into our future
LocationPanem (Formerly North America)


Katniss Everdeen is now part of a military squad with all the discipline of a teenage sleepover. Like the other Hunger Games, I feel that there are interesting ideas and themes that are let down by awful dialogue and the lack of any logic. This is a war film that deals with PTSD affliction causing the fragging of fellow soldiers, and then follows that up with the killer being given a sympathetic talk that cures his PTSD so he can continue as a member of the unit.

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Post by 72allinncallme » April 1st, 2019, 2:12 pm

No more watches from me. Thanks again for hosting sol :)

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Post by sol » April 1st, 2019, 2:15 pm

I will be posting final results for the Challenge in around 24 hours from now - at which point it will have been April everywhere in the world for more than 24 hours. So, you have until around this time tomorrow to submit any last minutes updates. Please don't complain if you miss the deadline.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » April 1st, 2019, 2:23 pm

@ PUNQ

I would certainly count 'Standing Room Only' as being eligible. It directly relates to the effects of war on housing and living conditions in Washington. Very funny and sparkling film as well! One I treasure.
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Post by nimimerkillinen » April 1st, 2019, 2:30 pm

1. Les croix de bois (1932)

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Post by Tarris1 » April 1st, 2019, 4:08 pm

13. Johnny Got His Gun (1971) 7/10
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12. Kanal (1957) 6/10
11. Skammen (1968) 7/10
10. Foreign Correspondent (1940) 7/10
9. The Caine Mutiny (1954) 7/10
8. La 317ème section (1965) 6/10
7. The Cruel Sea (1958) 6/10
6. Good Morning Vietnam (1987) 7/10
5. The Big Red One (1980) 7/10
4. Empire of the Sun (1987) 7/10
3. The Dirty Dozen (1967) 7/10
2. In Which We Serve (1942) 7.5/10
1. Went the Day Well? (1942) 8/10

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Post by OldAle1 » April 1st, 2019, 4:10 pm

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1. Battle Cry (Raoul Walsh, 1955)
2. Corvette K-225 (Howard Hawks/Richard Rossen, 1943)
3. Loin du Vietnam / Far From Vietnam (Jean-Luc Godard/Joris Ivens/William Klein/Claude Lelouch/Chis Marker/Alain Resnais/Agnès Varda, 1967)
4. Au revoir les enfants / Goodbye Children (Louis Malle, 1987)
5. Zulu (Cy Endfield, 1964) (re-watch)
6. Sink the Bismarck! (Lewis Gilbert, 1960) (re-watch)
7. H.M.S. Defiant / Damn the Defiant! (Lewis Gilbert, 1962)
8. Lafayette Escadrille (William Wellman, 1958)
9. A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough, 1977)
10. The Cruel Sea (Charles Frend, 1953)
11. Le vieux fusil / The Old Gun (Robert Enrico, 1975)
12. The 300 Spartans (Rudolph Maté, 1962)
13. King Rat (Bryan Forbes, 1965)
14. Story of G.I. Joe (William Wellman, 1945)
15. Les croix de bois / Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard, 1932)
16. SHORTS 20+19+20+5 = 64 m

a) A TIme Out of War (Denis Sanders, 1954) - Oscar winning film in which one Confederate and two Union soldiers hold a 1 hour truce across a river, and find out they aren't inhuman monsters - obvious maybe but quite well done.
b) The Battle (D.W. Griffith, 1911) - pretty average Griffith melodrama about a young soldier ("the boy") going from coward to hero in the midst of a Civil War battle.
c) Uncivil Warriors (Del Lord, 1935) - the Three Stooges (Curly era) are Union spies - they eat a cake made from a pillow and do silly walks. I've never much liked the Stooges - about once every 5 years I give them another chance, and it never helps.
d) A.W.O.L. (Charles Bowers, 1918) - OK line animated comedy about uhh... a soldier going AWOL in a training camp. The only all-animation Bouwers I've seen so far, and not one of his strongest.

That's it for me, thanks for hosting sol!

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Post by flavo5000 » April 1st, 2019, 4:13 pm

6. Unbroken (2014)
7. Earth (1998)
8. Charlotte Gray (2001)
9. Young Black Jack E3-6 (a story arc involving Black Jack going to Vietnam and getting captured as a POW)
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1. In Darkness (2011)
2. White Material (2009)
3. Loin du Vietnam (1967)
4. Capitães de Abril (2000)
5. Le 17e parallèle: La guerre du peuple (1968)
6. Unbroken (2014)
7. Earth (1998)
8. Charlotte Gray (2001)
9. Young Black Jack E3-6

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » April 1st, 2019, 5:54 pm

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41. 'Convoy' / 1940, Pen Tennyson / 6/10 / UK / World War II
42. 'The Day Will Dawn' / 1942, Harold French / 6.5/10 / UK / World War II
43. 'Los cristeros' / 'Sucedió en Jalisco' / 1947, Raúl de Anda / 6/10 / Mexico / Cristero Rebellion
44. 'Vlčie diery' / 'Wolves' Lairs' / 1948, Paľo Bielik / 7.5 or 8/10 / Czechoslovakia / Slovak National Uprising
45. 'Dragonfly Squadron' / 1954, Lesley Selander / 4 or 4.5/10 / USA / Korean War
46. 'La neige était sale' / 'The Snow Was Black' / 1954, Luis Saslavsky / 9.5/10 / France / World War II
47. 'Pamyat serdtsa' / 'The Memory of the Heart' / 1958, Tatyana Lioznova / 7.5/10 / USSR / World War II
48. 'Kamienne niebo' / 'The Stone Sky' / 1959, Ewa Petelska, Czeslaw Petelski / 7/10 / Poland / Warsaw Uprising
49. 'The Long and the Short and the Tall' / 1961, Leslie Norman / 8/10 / UK / World War II
50. 'La battaglia di El Alamein' / 1969, Giorgio Ferroni / 6 or 6.5/10 / Italy / France / World War II
51. 'Kosh ba kosh' / 'Odd and Even' / 1993, Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov / 8.5/10 / Tajikistan / Russia / Switzerland / Germany / Japan / Tajik Civil War

Cable-cars and courting and the intrusion of the Tajik Civil War in Khudojnazarov's wonderfully diverting 'Odd and Even'; I loved the tone of flighty sensuality that touched upon social issues and traditions with a deft and light touch without diminishing their effects on lives:

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I enjoyed this challenge immensely and had a blast. Cheers for hosting, Sol.

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Post by weirdboy » April 1st, 2019, 6:36 pm

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1. Dzhamilya AKA Jamilya (1969) - Irina Poplavskaya, Sergei Yutkevich
2. O.K. (1970) - Michael Verhoeven
3. Simindis kundzuli AKA Corn Island (2014) - George Ovashvili
4. In Which We Serve (1942) - David Lean, Noel Coward
5. Hearts and Minds (1974) - Peter Davis
6. Pred dozhdot AKA Before the Rain (1994) - Milcho Manchevski

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Post by shugs » April 1st, 2019, 7:52 pm

16. Jeux interdits (René Clément, 1953) - 9/10
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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
15. A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough, 1977) - 8/10

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » April 1st, 2019, 9:53 pm

22. When the Wind Blows (1986): 6.8 - The characters in this British animated movie about living through a nuclear attack are too unbelievable unknowledgeable and naive about nuclear war to have any emotional impact on me. And while that ignorance is necessary for the movie to work as a satirical indictment of futile government instructions about surviving a nuclear attack, the dark humor never really worked for me either, because it clashes with the emotional impact the movie is trying to go for.
23. Mandariinid [Tangerines] (2013): 8.2
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1. Jarhead (2005) (rewatch): 9.0 > 8.2
2. Napoléon vu par Abel Gance (1927): 9.5
3. Les croix de bois [Wooden Crosses] (1932): 8.2
4. Went the Day Well? (1942): 7.8
5. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): 8.0
6. Roma, città aperta (1945) (rewatch): 7.2 > 8.0 -
7. Paisà (1946): 8.0 -
8. Germania anno zero (Germany Year Zero) (1948): 7.8
9. Fear and Desire (1953): 4.8
10. Ice Cold in Alex (1958): 8.0
11. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959): 7.8
12. Ningen no jôken I [The Human Condition I: No Greater Love](1959) (rewatch): 9.5 > 10!
13. Ningen no jôken II [The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer] (1959) (rewatch): 9.5 > 10!
14. Ningen no jôken III [The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity] (1961) (rewatch): 9.5 > 10!
15. Ballada o soldate (1959) (rewatch): 9 > 10! -
16. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961): 8.5
17. Culloden (1964): 6.5
17. The War Game (1965): 7.8
18. La grande vadrouille [Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At!] (1966): 7.0
19. Le roi de coeur [King of Hearts] (1966): 6.2
20. The Wild Geese (1978): 5.8
21. Salvador (1986): 7.0
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Post by Daviddoes » April 2nd, 2019, 12:27 pm

I almost didn't come back in time to post my final results :sweat: Thanks for hosting sol!


26. The Beguiled (1971) 7.5/10

27. The Shop on Main Street (1965) 9/10
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1. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 1

2. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 2

3. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 3

4. Underground (1995) 9/10

5. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 4

6. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 5

7. Johnny Got His Gun (1971) 7/10

8. Kocár do Vídne (1966) 8/10

9. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 6

10. Generation Kill (2008) Ep. 7

11. The Duellists (1977) 5/10

12. Leningrad (2009) 6/10

13. Shorts - 61 min

14. Darkest Hour (2017) 6/10

15. Inglourious Basterds (2009) (REWATCH) 8/10

16. Catch-22 (1970) 6/10

17. Kongens nei (2016) 6/10

18. Guizi lai le (2000) 7.5/10

19. Akai tenshi (1966) 8/10

20. Ice Cold in Alex (1958) 7.5/10

21. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944) 6.5/10

22. Letyat zhuravli (1957) 8/10

23. Objective, Burma! (1945) 6.5/10

24. Let There Be Light (1946) 7/10

25. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961) 8/10

26. The Beguiled (1971) 7.5/10

27. The Shop on Main Street (1965) 9/10

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