January 05, 2011

On the Beach (1959)

On the Beach (1959)

The residents of Australia after a global nuclear war must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Decent post-apocalyptic war theme.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/04/2008]

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January 24, 2008

The Fighting 69th (1940)

IMDB: The Fighting 69th (1940)

Plot Outline:
"The Fighting 69th" is a First World War regiment of mostly New York-Irish soldiers. Amongst a cocky crew, perhaps the cockiest is Jerry Plunkett, a scrappy fellow who looks out only for himself. The officers and non-coms of the regiment do their best to instill discipline in Plunkett, and the chaplain, Father Duffy, tries to make Plunkett see the greater good, all to no avail.

Hey, Cagney is worth watching in most anything, although this color by numbers war story is pretty much a simple tribute story to Father Duffy.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:01/22/08]

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January 13, 2008

Rescue Dawn (2006)

IMDB: Rescue Dawn (2006)

Plot Outline:
A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:01/05/08]

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January 12, 2008

Joyeux Noël (2005)

IMDB: Joyeux Noël (2005)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:11/24/07]

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June 01, 2007

The Battle of Britain (1969)

IMDB: The Battle of Britain (1969)

Plot Outline:
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle vs. the Nazi Germany Air Force for control of British air space to prevent a Nazi invasion of Britain.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 05/29/07]

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May 15, 2007

Cross of Iron (1977)

IMDB: Cross of Iron (1977)

Plot Summary:
A squad of German soldiers fighting on the Eastern Front during WWII led by a battle-hardened sergeant ight to survive Soviet attacks and dogmatic commanders in a chaotic and lethal environment in this sympathetic portrayal of another side of the war not commonly portrayed in Hollywood film.


[Viewing Date: 03/28/07]

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May 13, 2007

Flyboys (2006)

IMDB: Flyboys (2006)

Plot Outline:
The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 02/18/07]

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Jarhead (2005)

IMDB: Jarhead (2005)

Plot Outline:
Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 02/11/07]

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September 24, 2006

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

IMDB: Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Plot Summary: An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 08/27/06]

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The Hill (1965)

IMDB: The Hill (1965)

Plot Outline: WWII, in a British disciplinary camp located in the Libyan desert where the prisoners are constantly persecuted by an over zealous staff sargeant.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 08/20/06]

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July 30, 2006

The Man Who Never Was (1956)

IMDB: The Man Who Never Was (1956)

True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 07/03/06]

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March 20, 2006

Sahara (1943)

IMDB: Sahara (1943)

[Viewing Date: 02/12/06]

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August 05, 2005

The Beast of War (1988) aka The Beast

The Beast of War (1988) aka The Beast

Damn, this was one good war picture. I started out thinking this is a direct to video average film with a SAG scale rate cast, but after 45 minutes I really began to be enthralled by this tale of a fragmented Russian tank crew's experiences during the Afghanistan conflict.

This is much more a character study of the crew dynamics than just another action-in-the-desert storyline.

And hey, it's about a Tank, one of the coolest, the Soviet T-62 (although more than likely T-72s were used in Afghanistan)

Don't get me wrong, this is not an earth shattering dramatic piece, but the whole is much more than the sum of the parts.

Rating: 6

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July 05, 2005

The Bedford Incident (1965)

The Bedford Incident (1965)

I never tire of watching this movie. The fantastic cast and depth of characters easily maintains the tension of this Cold War classic.

To say that submarine chaser Capt. Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark) maintains a taut ship is an understatement. In fact, it takes little time for the audience to realize that it is inevitible that something, or someone, will snap.

Discovering a Russian sub inside the territorial waters of Greenland leads to an oceanic cat and mouse game, but the real match of wits and fears is onboard the sub chaser.

Sidney Poitier's reporter Ben Munceford is probably the weakest performance -- he barely manages to compete with the inexorably determined Finlander.

Martin Balsam shines as the ineffable ship's doctor, and of course James McCarther (Hawaii Five O) is memorable for his small role as the somewhat too anxious to please Ensign Ralston.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 05:50 PM