Defiance

  If your heart must pound and grow heavy at the same time, then rise and be glad again, then see Defiance. Written and directed by Edward Zwick, this tells a rare and more than passingly honest tale of resistance and hardship in Nazi-occupied territory on the Eastern front. Adding in excellent performances by Daniel…

Dark Blue World

Running almost ten million dollars in production costs, Dark Blue World is the most expensive Czech film ever made. And it shows. This latest effort by the Sverak father-son team comes off slick and strong, with a rock solid caste, brilliant camera work and compelling story line. But despite all this, it somehow feels wrong…

Napola (Aka Before the Fall)

Napola – Elite fur den Fuhrer  The Napola were the famous Nazi Youth (Napola – Elite fur den Fuhrer), the specially trained teenagers of the Führer. Despite our knowledge of WWII, the film manages to capture the excitement they experienced as Hitler’s soldiers, and provides a very different perspective to what I knew of the…

Letters From Iwo Jima

Uncommon valor was a common virtue, as we discover in Letters from Iwo Jima (check out the Two-Disc Special Edition), Clint Eastwood’s companion film to his acclaimed Flags of Our Fathers. This time the story of Iwo Jima is told from the perspective of two good friends serving in the Japanese forces, who watch helplessly…

Pearl Harbor

Hey kids, remember Good Will Hunting? Remember all the references to Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn that butt buddies Ben Affleck and Matt Damon put into the script they famously wrote together? Remember all the hype about the “integrity” of these independent young stars with liberal/radical politics? You do? Good; now you can drag the…

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