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War Pigs (2015)

War Pigs (2015)

War Pigs    18 Sep 2015

R 91 minReleased

4.2
IMDB: 4.2/10 229 votes

I don’t believe in separate scoring systems for ‘bigger movies’ and DTV/VOD movies, like some might. E.g. some give a DTV a rating out of ten as a movie, then another rating out of ten as a DTV. I think the best way to take any movie, be it a TV movie or 300 million Marvel movie, is just to give it the same fair treatment as the next. That said, War Pigs is a very small ...

Far from Men (2014)

Far from Men (2014)

Far from Men    14 Apr 2015

PG-13 101 minReleased

7.2
IMDB: 7.2/10 879 votes

Ever wish you’d kept your French up after leaving secondary school? Or that your history lessons had been a little more comprehensive? That’s how I felt earlier today when I watched Far From Men. Set in Algeria, 1954, this was right at the beginning of the country’s long war of independence against France. The film stars Viggo Mortensen as Daru, a French school teacher tasked with escorting an Algerian prisoner, Mohammed, through the harsh, mountainous landscape to the city where he ...

Good Kill (2014)

Good Kill (2014)

Good Kill    15 May 2015

R 102 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 229 votes

When Afghanistan is invaded, the locals usually hold off before launching a serious offensive. They’ll examine the movements of their invaders, probe them here and there then various tribes start to pull resources and attack. This process can often take years, in fact things didn’t heat up in the current war there (another dead U.S. service member there this week in combat operations, despite the war being hyped as over) until 2006. Things got hot in the ...

Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014)

Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014)

Saints and Soldiers: The Void    15 Aug 2014

PG-13 94 minReleased

5.3
IMDB: 5.3/10 220 votes

Another one of those Saint and Soldiers movies came out in August in a limited theatre run, I think it was around the time of The Expendables 3. I didn’t see it then, but now that I have I can advise anyone who is thinking of doing the same that they should probably think twice. The first movie was poor, for that reason I did not check out the second, but since this one shares a similar premise ...

Sniper: Legacy (2014)

Sniper: Legacy (2014)

Sniper: Legacy    30 Sep 2014

R 95 minReleased

5.4
IMDB: 5.4/10 243 votes

When I see a sniper movie with Tom Berenger on the cover, the last thing I want is a movie with Berenger in it for about one third of the duration, complete with bush-league rap music. “BOOM, we locked and loaded”, yelled the angry gangster going through his lyrics. Yes, I actually listened closely to see if this ‘art’ might somehow contribute to the movie, giving Don Michael Paul the benefit of the doubt. It turns out ...

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

300: Rise of an Empire    07 Mar 2014

R 102 minReleased

6.2
IMDB: 6.2/10 262 votes

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the trend these days is that if a movie is 3D, especially a converted 3D movie, it has something to hide. I’m not talking about the pros and cons of 3D itself either. Rather I can’t remember the last time I watched a decent 3D movie. I think it was Jurassic Park (review) but that doesn’t really count now, does it? It’s not a new movie. So the ...

Fury (2014)

Fury (2014)

Fury    17 Oct 2014

R 134 minReleased

7.6
IMDB: 7.6/10 379 votes

It’s very easy to review a really bad movie or a really good movie. Mediocre movies are the real pains in the ass to review since they offer nothing to outright lay praise on or attack. Screenplays are worse since they’re basically a blueprint, a good director can pull something out of a weak script. Fury is written by David Ayer, the first ten minutes or so are mediocre. Then it hits the gas and goes ...

Stalingrad (2013)

Stalingrad (2013)

Stalingrad    10 Oct 2013

R 131 minReleased

5.6
IMDB: 5.6/10 597 votes

Stalingrad (2013) is a soup of sappy, overwrought pseudo philosophical old piss. You know the type, the one that thinks it’s so much more clever than the rest, but is actually a picture of narrative redundancy. This movie is an affront to the bloodiest battle in the history of mankind, a movie full of men sitting around in buildings going over silly nonsense. Sentimental slop here, mushy musings there. What a hackneyed attempt to rip off ...

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

Von Ryan's Express    23 Jun 1965

Approved 117 minReleased

7.1
IMDB: 7.1/10 168 votes

Fox didn’t have it good in the 1960’s, among other things a disastrous Cleopatra had them financially reeling and as such either a big hit was needed or the brakes would have to be pumped production-wise across the board. They decided to gamble big, by filming Von Ryan’s Express, the rights from the novel which they had purchased for $125,000. Filmed in Panavision, Frank Sinatra would take the lead role and the movie would go direct to Italy, ...

The Beast of War (1988)

The Beast of War (1988)

The Beast of War    07 Sep 1988

R 111 minReleased

7.4
IMDB: 7.4/10 159 votes

Aside from Das Boot, of all the war movies that came out in the 1980’s, this is the best. I’ll go one further – it’s one of the best war movies ever created. It didn’t have the promotion of a typical 80’s movie. It wasn’t hoisted on the shoulders of critics either, so it wasn’t particularly well known. Like Rambo III, this movie suffered as well because it had the right message at the wrong time. ...