What are some military movies you like, as well as the ones you didn't like?

Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 04:45 am
That was made in S Africa during apartheid where the government applied lots of rules to ensure black actors only received a fraction of their white counterparts, essentially placing a cap on what could be paid. The film makers used various strategies used to get round this, noticeably the herd of cattle used in some scenes, this was not included in the pay schedules so after filming the cattle were given to the community that provided the actors.
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Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 04:57 am
I slept through Lawrence of Arabia and have never tried to make up the deficit.
Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 05:07 am
edgarblythe wrote:

snood wrote:

edgarblythe wrote:

I spent many years being essentially movie deprived. I am still catching up.

Why for were you movie deprived, pray tell?

Didn't have cable and my life style did not include going to many movies. The last movies I attended I saw Jurassic Park and Titanic.

Are you enjoying trying to catch up?
Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 05:11 am
Yes. I have Xfinity and get lots of films I missed before. At first I caught up on the westerns. Now I am getting into lots of movies I had planned to see but missed. I haven't been able to sit down to Avatar as yet. Maybe one day.
Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 06:11 am
I think I remember recommending the western Open Range to you a while back ( Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening - 2003). Did you get to see it yet? It's a good one. Good guys, bad guys, action, romance...
Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 07:57 am
I missed it. Duval is a fine actor. Will catch it eventually.
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Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 08:26 am
I had made this list in a different thread, but seems appropriate here.
Revolutionary War:
-The Patriot
- HBO John Adams miniseries
-Drums along the Mohawk

Texas War of Independence:
- The Alamo (1960)

American Civil War:
-The Outlaw Josey Wales

Franco-American War:
-Two Mules for Sister Sarah

World War I:
-The Red Baron (2008)
-Sergeant York (1941)
-Gallipoli (1981)

World War 2: (This is the hardest)
-HBO Band of Brothers
-Saving Private Ryan
-The Great Escape
-So many more...The Dirty Dozen, Kelly's Heroes, The Big Red One, A Midnight Clear, The Desert Fox, Patton, The Fighting Sullivans, From Here to Eternity, PT 109, 1941, The Thin Red Line, Windtalkers, HBO: The Pacific, Catch-22, The Inglorious Basterds, Fury, Empire of the Sun, Twelve O'Clock High, The Tuskegee Airmen, Memphis Belle, Red Tails, Das Boot, Schindler's List, Enemy at the Gates,

Korean War:
- TV M*A*S*H*
-The Front Line (2011)
-Big Fish (kind of)

-Full Metal Jacket
-Good Morning Vietnam
Honorable Mentions: -The Green Berets, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Missing in Action, Birdy (would be #4), Born on the 4th of July, We were Soldiers

-Heart Break Ridge

The Cold War:
-Dr. Strangelove
-Red Dawn (1984)
-The Hunt for Red October
Honorable Mentions: Ice Station Zebra, Firefox, War Games, Top Gun, Crimson Tide

Gulf War:
-Courage Under Fire
-Hot Shots
-Three Kings

Bosnian War:
-Behind Enemy Lines

Iraq/Afghan War:
-The Hurt Locker
-Green Zone
-American Sniper

General War movies I forgot or missed:
Life is beautiful, Black Hawk Down, Stripes, The Last of the Mohicans, Centurian, Body of Lies, Cold Mountain, War Horse, Jarhead, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Flags of our Fathers, The Killing Fields, Gettysburg, ... Ugh Did I miss any!?

I very rarely dislike movies I've seen. I figure someone put their love of film into a project, but I have chosen not to watch some films. Like the 2001 Pearl Harbor. Have not seen it because I am pretty sure I wouldn't like it.
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Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 06:45 pm
Re the cold war, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming pops to mind.
Reply Wed 31 May, 2017 07:17 pm
I love the scene where Alan Arkin is trying to blend i with the native, he and his crew calling out "Emm urge gen cee, Emm urge gen cee, please to be keeping from the street" I love Paul Ford as the retired officer running around with his sword.
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Reply Thu 1 Jun, 2017 12:41 am
@Real Music,
Black hawk down
Born on the 4th of July
Hacksaw Ridge
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Reply Fri 2 Jun, 2017 01:41 am
@Real Music,
like : La vita è bella
do not like: body of lies
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Finn dAbuzz
Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2017 01:29 pm
Just saw "Hacksaw Ridge" and like it quite a lot.

Other favorites

"The Great Escape"
"The Patriot"
"Saving Private Ryan"
"Full Metal Jacket"
"Inglourius Basterds"
"Lawrence of Arabia"
"War Horse"
"Paths of Glory"
"Blackhawk Down"
"Das Boot"
"Last of the Mohicans"
"The Guns of Navarone"
"The Last Samurai"
"Lone Survivor"
"Flags of Our Fathers"
"We Were Soldiers"
"13 Hours"
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Finn dAbuzz
Reply Sat 3 Jun, 2017 01:33 pm
Well, too each his own but it is generally regarded as a film classic and with good reason.
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Reply Fri 9 Jun, 2017 01:28 am
"Saving Private Ryan" is Steven Spielberg one of the best films, through the film he reshaped the war for the modern type of film. The film tells Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and his tough guy squad are assigned a suicide mission, went to the French battlefield during World War II to find the title where I do not know where the soldiers Ryan. Some of these fighting scenes are the best of the same type of film.
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Reply Sat 10 Jun, 2017 12:52 pm
The best: Zulu, Hell is For Heroes, Pork Chop Hill, Sink the Bismark, The Great Escape, The Enemy Below, Guns of Navarone.
Worst: Dogs of War (they ruined an excellent book), Battle of the Bulge (what a waste of an excellent cast), Dirty Dozen (both previous comments apply).
Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2017 04:59 am
oralloy wrote:
I'm going to like Dunkirk when it comes out this summer. But that's because I'm going to ensure that I see it in IMAX FILM (not any of those fake Digital LIEmax theaters).

It's not going to be worth seeing if you don't see it projected by some form of 70MM film.

Here is the list of theaters that are showing Dunkirk in 70MM IMAX.

If you can get to one of these showings, it will be well worth your while. You will be amazed.

If you can't see the movie at one of the following places, don't bother seeing the movie.

New York City

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 & IMAX
1998 Broadway, New York, NY

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – IMAX Theater
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT

Los Angeles

AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 & IMAX
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA

Regal Cinemas Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX
500 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA

Regal Cinemas Edwards Ontario Palace Stadium 22 IMAX & RPX
4900 East 4th Street Ontario, CA


St. John Properties IMAX Theater, Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD

San Francisco

AMC Loews Metreon 16 & IMAX
135 Fourth St Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA

Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 20 IMAX & RPX
5000 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, CA


Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX
10 Providence Place, Providence, RI

Dallas-Fort Worth

Cinemark 17 & IMAX
11819 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, TX


UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX
300 Goddard Boulevard, King Of Prussia, PA


Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium 20 IMAX & RPX
3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Great Clips IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo
12000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN


Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 IMAX & RPX
570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN


IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum
650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN


Esquire IMAX Theatre
1211 K Street, Sacramento, CA

Grand Canyon

IMAX Theater, National Geographic Visitor Center at the Grand Canyon


Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga
309 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga, ON

Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan
3555 Highway 7 West, Vaughan, ON


Cineplex Cinemas Langley
#20090, 91A Avenue, Langley, BC


Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
6455 Macleod Trail SW , Calgary, AB


Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
West Edmonton Mall
#3030, 8882-170 Street, Edmonton, AB


Kramer IMAX Theatre, Saskatchewan Science Centre
2903 Powerhouse Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan


IMAX Theatre Melbourne Museum

Czech Republic

IMAX Theatre, Palac Flora, Prague


KrungSri IMAX, Paragon Cineplex, Bangkok


IMAX Theatre, London Science Museum
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London

BFI IMAX, British Film Institute
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Waterloo, London

Manchester England

Vue Manchester Printworks
The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester

The following theaters project on a curved dome, distorting the edge of the picture, but are OK as a second choice if unable to make it to one of the above theaters.

Huntsville Alabama

IMAX, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL

Birmingham Alabama

IMAX Dome, McWane Science Center
200 Nineteenth Street North, Birmingham, AL

San Francisco

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA

Des Moins Iowa

Blank IMAX Dome Theater, Science Center of Iowa
401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA

St. Louis

OMNIMAX, St. Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Charlotte North Carolina

The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre at Discovery Place
301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC


Tuttleman IMAX Theater, The Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Dallas-Fort Worth

Omni Theatre, An IMAX Dome, Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2017 06:37 pm
Btw, this is one more thing we have in common...
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2017 06:45 pm
Didn't see it, but the book was not only educational; it was really interesting.
Finn dAbuzz
Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2017 07:28 pm
I forgot "Zulu" It was an excellent film.
Finn dAbuzz
Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2017 07:31 pm
If you enjoy films as well as an epic tale you should search it out and watch it. Peter O'Toole overacts a bit but what else is new? Beautiful cinematography.

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