Manly Movies

War

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. ...

Trench 11 (2018)

Trench 11 (2018)

Trench 11    11 Sep 2018

Not Rated 90 minReleased

5.4
IMDB: 5.4/10 129 votes

Rossif Sutherland, son of Donald Sutherland, stars in the passable, World War I adventure/horror film, “Trench 11”. The movie is directed by Leo Scherman, who worked with David Cronenberg as an assistant trainee director on “Existenz” (1998). “Trench 11” is distributed by Toronto-based Raven Banner Entertainment, who specialize in edgy genre films. The movie is set in 1918 France, during the closing days of World War I. At Battalion Headquarters, British Intelligence officers, Major Jennings (Ted Atherton) and Dr. Priest (Charlie ...

Air Strike (2018)

Air Strike (2018)

Air Strike    26 Oct 2018

R 97 minReleased

3.9
IMDB: 3.9/10 241 votes

We’ll forego the ‘how much money does multimillionaire Bruce Willis need’ question and just get down to it, here’s another VOD movie with Walter_B that is extremely bad. So bad, it’s good, for the first twenty minutes which are replete with unintentional belly laughs. Then fatigue sets in and the remainder shifts to an interminable slog of awful. I really didn’t know it was possible to come up with such a turd on a budget of $65 ...

Fires on the Plain (2014)

Fires on the Plain (2014)

Fires on the Plain    25 Jul 2015

N/A 87 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 965 votes

In the 1950’s the original Fires On The Plain drew criticism for being too violent. People still liked their war movies sappy and divorced from reality, possibly because they were still recovering from the trauma of the conflict. A while back actor/director Shin’ya Tsukamoto remade the movie and if you think in this day and age nothing can impress you in terms of movie violence, this little-known Japanese movie wants to slap you in the face. Based on the ...