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Entries Tagged as 'War'

Alexandra

May 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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Red Cliff: Part 2

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Director · Drama · Ensemble · Foreign Language · Rating · Romance · War

Katyn

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

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Red Cliff: Part 1

April 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Now being half-way through the expanded (original) version of John Woo’s historical epic, I have no doubt that, despite really liking the pared-down “theatrical” version of the film I first saw at the past year’s Chicago International Film Festival, this original, five-hour version of the film is the only form that should ever be seen. [...]

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The Secret of Kells

April 1st, 2010 · 4 Comments

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Tags: Animation · Drama · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy · War

The Messenger

February 16th, 2010 · No Comments

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The Hurt Locker

February 13th, 2010 · No Comments

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The Baader Meinhof Complex

January 30th, 2010 · No Comments

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Che: Part Two

January 15th, 2010 · No Comments

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Che: Part One

January 11th, 2010 · No Comments

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Red Cliff

October 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Aside from being a kind and gracious soul (as displayed again at his appearance tonight at the film’s North American debut at the Chicago International Film Festival), John Woo is a talented filmmaker. He is well known for the visual flourish he brings to action sequences, which is tirelessly put to use is Red Cliff, [...]

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Inglourious Basterds

August 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments

If the societal revenge flick genre didn’t exist before, it does now with Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, a multi-threaded re-imagining in which Hitler and the Nazis get what’s coming a lot sooner than historical truth and, as one would expect from the reining cineaste auteur, with a visual and narrative flourish that no one could [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Director · Drama · Foreign Language · Review · Thriller · War

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

August 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

And the award for the most misguided holocaust drama goes to . . . The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This film is so misguided in its concept, it’s story, it’s motivations, and it’s message that it would have been a great consolation had the acting and production design also been poor. Sadly, though, David [...]

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Waltz with Bashir

June 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Filmmaker Ari Folman had difficultly getting financing for Waltz with Bashir, in part because no one would embrace the idea of making an animated documentary. Although animation has grown far outside the confines of the children’s “cartoon,” apparently Folman’s idea of an animated memoir, exploring his mental block surrounding his military service during the Israeli [...]

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Tags: Animation · Documentary · Drama · Foreign Language · Review · War

Accidental Army: The Amazing True Story of the Czechoslovak Legion

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve never been a great student of military history. In fact, if you asked me to explain who was fighting whom in World War I, I would inevitably get it wrong. I just looked at the Wikipedia page to get my bearings, and after the second paragraph, my brain just begins to fog up. I [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Documentary · War