1.05.2009

Movie Monday IX

This is a post that you can participate in on every Monday. I'm a big fan of the cinema, so I decided to break up the Monday blues by talking about movies.

So, I saw Valkerie this past week. Pretty good flick. I watched the documentary as well, and the movie was spot-on. So...

What's the best war movie, in your opinion?

I'd have to go with Saving Private Ryan. That was just an incredible cinema experience for me. It made it all very real to everyone, I think.


your turn...

11 comments:

richarddurbin said...

i too think that movie was ground-breaking on many levels. but, i think i'm gonna have to go with
"The Pianist".
i thought that movie was freakin' brilliant.

Crystal G said...

I'd say Glory...

thejonmorris said...

if you count all era's of war I don't think you can put Saving Private Ryan over Braveheart. Classic!

Gary Durbin said...

ok...I'm changing mine to The Pianist. I forgot about that one. I rented it one day, thinking it was just calm drama, and it blew me away.

Matt W. said...

Ok, I haven't gotten to see Valkyrie yet, but I do intend to, and I did watch the documentary.

Let me preface by saying that I haven't seen "The Pianist" so I can't comment on that, but to me, "We Were Soldiers" is the best War movie I've ever seen, and I like war movies. "Saving Private Ryan" was very good, but so far, I've not found anything even close to the same level as "We Were Soldiers."

-Billy said...

i have to concur with mat we were soldiers was off the hizzy

Speaktopia said...

Speaking of War movies, does Schindler's List count?

If not I would probably agree with you. I remember sitting quietly weeping as the Omaha Beach scene unfolded. Not Spielberg's best work, I would go with Schindler on that one.

A close second would be Platoon, by Oliver Stone. It is really the only realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War.

Speaktopia said...

We were Soldiers isn't bad, however, I have a couple of problems with the movie:

1. It was at times easy to foreshadow.
2. The battle scene didn't look like Vietnam to me, I could tell it was Southern California. LOL
3. At times Mel Gibson's dialogue was cliche' and overly country accent.

However, I couldn't call myself a patriot (which by the way should be on this list!) if I didn't think it had merit.

The thing I like best about We were Soldiers is it portrayed how our government wasn't ready for this conflict and how the soldiers families weren't prepared for the results. Don't get me started on the subject of civil rights, that a black man was expected to serve and possibly die for his country and yet there were places he couldn't eat or do his laundry.

Not my favorite, but I'll give your pic props!

Ben said...

I don't know if it counts, since it was a mini-series rather than a single film, but Band of Brothers gets me every time.

Tony Guerrero said...

Gladiator and/or Princess Bride.
Two perfect movies with everything that makes a movie great. I'm gonna go watch both right now!

rachel said...

I think i have to say Braveheart if that counts....