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Defiance [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4763 ]
Review: Defiance is a film by Edward Zwick, the director of Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai. Zwick’s films show a connection with humanity and nature. The director is able to unify the two, making the environment a part of the characters. In Defiance, the forest forms the backdrop for the majority of the film moving from dry to snowy conditions. The Bielski brothers band a group of Jewish fighters together to establish a safe community in the Belarussian forests for Jewish families in Nazi-occupied...

Tropic Thunder [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4418 ]
Review: So Ben Stiller is still in the business of acting and directing. He showed us he could do it with Zoolander’s infectious, albeit flawed execution and now in the wake of John Rambo we have his latest offering, Tropic Thunder. The film is a scathing satire, which preys on itself like a Mantis with those green sticky legs, except this isn’t the one that you nestle gently in the garden - it’s the head-eating kind. Stiller’s Tropic Thunder is a strange composite of action and comedy. This is ...

Inglourious Basterds [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4011 ]
Review: Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Inglourious Basterds (10 years in the making) is about to hit South African shores like D-Day this Friday. Brad Pitt appears to be the star and headlines a cast including: Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Julie Dreyfuss, Melanie Laurent, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger and Mike Myers in what will no doubt be a return to Tarantino's heydays after the Grindhouse accident involving Deathproof, which was not quite up to scratch when contrasted with the likes of Reservoir Dogs,...

Green Zone [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3751 ]
Review: Green Zone is just another better-than-average Iraq war film in the company of Body of Lies, Traitor and The Kingdom. We've seen the covert missions, the terrorist agendas and the corrupt officials before and it's getting a little old now. The film's main selling point is that it comes straight from the tag team that brought us The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass. They bring a similar flair to Green Zone with quick camera action shots and our hero's rogue status as he delves dee...

The Hurt Locker [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3567 ]
Review: Well there you go… The Hurt Locker is the Best Picture for 2009, it now ranks amongst such classics as Schindler’s List, Braveheart, Dances with Wolves, Forrest Gump, Platoon and more recently, The Departed, No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire. It’ll be remembered as the film that beat the box office’s “#1 movie of all time” and denied James Cameron’s heart from going on…After slaying the Goliath that is Avatar, sticking it to James ‘Titanic’ Came...

The Messenger [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3458 ]
Review: The Messenger is a humanistic, character-driven war drama starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson. The U.S. is still fighting with troops posted in Iraq. Casualties, body bags and wounded heroes are returning home after their tour of duty. One such man is Will Montgomery (Foster). He's drafted into the notification service while nursing an eye and leg injury, sustained while in the field. He's deemed to be a war hero and is put under the command of Tony Stone (Harrelson) as an intern, learning h...

Letters from Iwo Jima [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3272 ]
Review: Letters from Iwo Jima is an account of Imperial Japan’s last stand against the US on the island of Iwo Jima. The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but lost to Scorsese’s The Departed. The film is from Clint Eastwood, and comes off the back of Flags of our Fathers, a disappointment in comparison. Letters from Iwo Jima is a classic. The film, originally titled Red Sun, Black Sand starts with some recent shots from Iwo Jima. Remnants include bunkers, old artillery and tunnels. In one...

Waltz with Bashir [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3092 ]
Review: Waltz with Bashir is extraordinary in terms of its originality and representation of war... An animated biographical war documentary drama takes an Israeli director on a journey to reconstruct and clarify the events of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon from the accounts of fellow veterans. The magnitude of such an investigation, the repercussions of such a repressive recovery and the flood of memories that accompany such an introspective film must be nothing short of horrifying, but Waltz with Bashir...

Valkyrie [ 2008 ] [ Hits:2943 ]
Review: Valkyrie is a historical drama based on the last assassination attempt made on Hitler, which triggered an uprising in the guise of a military action known as Operation Valkyrie. The title refers to Richard Wagner’s piece, Ride of the Valkyries, a famous piece of music strongly associated with Apocalypse Now. The Valkyries were depicted in Norse mythology as winged women that would swoop down over battlefields gathering fallen heroes. The name is derived from the old Norse word ‘valkyrja’, ...

The Flowers of War [ Hits:2628 ]
Review: The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II describes events leading up the 1937-1938 Nanking Massacre with an account of the atrocities committed by the Imperial Japanese Army. The controversial book was one of the first to introduce the massacre to the world in the English-language and inspired Geling Yan to write 13 Flowers of Nanking, the novella that inspired The Flowers of War, a film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Christian Bale. The Flowers of War is an epic histo...