Above: Hell is for Heroes, Amigo
In "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," the journalist Chris Hedges wrote the following:
I read Hedges' book during my first month in grad school, and it's stayed in my mind ever since. I thought about it when I did a research paper on the Pequot War and Metacom's War. I thought about it when I did another research paper on the WWI movies of the 1920s, which purported to offer viewers an opportunity to "see war as it was." And I think about it every time I see a war movie, a genre now more than a century old and one which may never fade in popularity. War offers the movies easy access to drama and excitement. And given that the movies themselves have been a dominant force in the creation of cultural meaning since their advent, war movies sometimes seem like bricks used in the construction of society itself.The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble.
Watch war movies/episodes. Discuss them.
- Challenge runs November 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021.
- A feature film (at least 40 minutes) counts as one point.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one point.
- Films/episodes must be watched one at a time, at single speed (not sped up), and in their entirety.
- Any movie or episode you post should feature war as a significant theme or major part of the narrative. Examples of movies that should not be posted include those in which the war is a metaphor rather than a physical conflict, those that depict the military solely in peacetime, those that focus on espionage or diplomacy apart from physical war. That being said, I leave eligibility up to the discretion of participants. I ask only for good-faith submissions.
- Not a rule but a request: When you post what you have watched, please include your reaction or at least a rating so that other people can learn about movies they might not know about. Also, the challenge is more fun and interesting when discussion is ample.
Stats & Formatting
- Title (Year) is the preferred format.
- New posts are preferred over edited posts.
101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
IMDb Top War Films
ICM Forum's Favorite War Movies
2019 - Led by PUNQ with 119 points.
2017 - Led by 72aicm with 143 points.
2014 - Led by 3eyes with 27 points.
Bonus Challenge #1 - Different Wars
See one movie or 80 minutes of episodes for each of the wars listed below. Once you have seen all of them, you win the challenge. If you see a movie that features more than one war, you have to pick which war counts towards this bonus challenge. Once you indicate your choice, you can't change it later. Indicate your choice in the same manner as the following notation:
3. Stalag 17 (1953) #WorldWarII
4. Pork Chop Hill (1959) #KoreanWar
French Revolutionary Wars/Napoleonic Wars
American Civil War
Russian Revolution and Civil War
World War I
Spanish Civil War
World War II
Indochina Wars (this includes the Vietnam War)
Afghanistan War (any conflict since 1978)
Iraq Wars (Iran-Iraq, Persian Gulf War, and the current conflict)
See the following movies:
Hell Is for Heroes
Eye of the Needle
Achtung! Banditi! -- Youtube link
Soldiers in Hiding -- Youtube link
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