Resistance

The new wave of Coronavirus Cinema begins with Resistance, which would have benefited from a quick trip to the editing room to get turned into a home-schooling family film about the horrors of WWII. Instead, we get this miserable Nazisploitation as put together by writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz – who’s somehow found acclaim as a cinematic… Continue reading Resistance

The Last Full Measure

There are two quagmires captured in The Last Full Measure: covering both the Vietnam War and the desperate battle to make a movie about politics that will please everybody. Writer and director Todd Robinson works really hard (and rewrites some history) in trying to make an official Quality Film out of the struggle to award real-life war… Continue reading The Last Full Measure

1917

Saving Private Ryan started like a splatter movie, but 1917 is pure elevated horror while opening on a pastoral field towards the end of World War I. The high concept of one continuous tracking shot allows director Sam Mendes to perfectly pace this suspenseful tale of brave soldiers sent on a mission to save 1,600 men from a… Continue reading 1917

Overlord

Overlord begins just before D-Day, as a group of paratroopers is dropped into France. We meet the team, including your standard issue badass, smartass, candyass, etc. It could be any war movie you have ever seen. Once they make it to the rally point, or at least some of them, they begin their mission to take… Continue reading Overlord

The King’s Choice

Expecting Norwegian neutrality to accede to German occupation, Berlin orders ships through Norwegian defense and demands surrender after British and French ships mine the water to prevent iron shipments. The constitutionally elected monarch, King Haakson VII (Jesper Christensen, who plays Mr. White in the Bond films) leaves Oslo accompanied by his wife, Queen Maud, and the… Continue reading The King’s Choice

Dunkirk

With home in sight, four hundred thousand soldiers have been pushed to the sea and left stranded. Known for speculative fantasy films such as Inception and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan has an historical epic spelled out for him yet delivers a film with spectacular effects and exceptional editing but cannot move before it feeling as if you… Continue reading Dunkirk

Hacksaw Ridge

Director Mel Gibson recounts the life of Virginian Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), the conscientious objector who volunteered for military service after Pearl Harbor but refused to fire weapons due to his religious convictions. Raised as a devout Christian, Doss is more than willing to do his part as a medic but once boot camp… Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge

Eye in the Sky

Helen Mirren says that in addition to being "an incredible nail biter," her new film Eye in the Sky raises fundamental moral questions without taking sides.

Here’s where we find ourselves in the “war on terror” cinematic universe: finally we are able to pose moral weight on conscious decisions instead of the equivalency arena. Helen Mirren is Colonel Katherine Powell, whose mission is to coordinate and capture a terrorist cell in Kenya, but once on-the-ground intel spots a known tech mastermind, its… Continue reading Eye in the Sky

Lone Survivor

Peaceniks who say they want to put an end to war seem more than willing to direct their appeals to the wrong side. If there is no place for war in the 21st century, where does that leave the warlike ideology of Islamists? Based on the first-person memoir of Marcus Luttrell, one of four Navy… Continue reading Lone Survivor