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almost certainly Tom Hanks' best work?
I'm watching it for the first time. Some of it is stunning.
I've watched the whole series through 2 or 3 times.
(If you can ignore some inevitable schmaltz and the idea that a few americans formed the entire WWII war effort.)
So its likely to be from an american perspective.
Best TV show in the last 10 years, easily.
But the English are portrayed as bumbling buffoons who get saved by the Americans throughout. Example: the tank ambush episode.
there was a British major on the last one I watched - he said bugger and jolly and chaps and everything.
Strangely most of the actors are British. Why?
And checking on IMDB - Hanks only directed one episode. I thought he did the whole thing (with Spielbergs money) but obviously not.
This explains the use of british actors. Also as it was filmed on location in UK/europe, probably cheaper to have brit actors.
Spielberg and Hanks were producers I believe
and Spielberg were executive producers of the series, but yeah, Hanks directed only one episode (the best in my opinion). The battle scenes are just awesome - even better than the first 15 minutes of Saving Private Ryan.
Did you notice Simon Pegg in the first episode?
Gets killed when the company leaders plane gets shot down at the end of episode 2 as they begin to parachute in over Normandy
i'm guessing that's where he met rossfromfriends and why he made that film with him recently.
there are plenty of foolish Americans shown in the series too.
if anything the american soldiers are portrayed more stereotypically than the brits.
found this to be rather good
Raiders of the lost Ark?
Jaws....manipulative, merely taking advantage of fears that are already there (he didnt think of it it was book....book is a bit rubbish too.....great whites....facist robot killers)
Close Encounters boring/sentimental twaddle
ET even more sentimentle gooey ick ik
Duel - good...simple
Schindlers list why would I watch it? I already know about this stuff, the power comes from the situation not him (probably)
He plays to already won audiances, he is a show boater. AI shows another aspect of him.....he seems to love putting kids in distress.....I dont think he actually likes kids much
Its just a personal opinion. I cannot deny he can make good films.
Its just one of those films you have to see.
Ouch. So no storytellers can tell stories about big events, huh...
is the only one of those I like.
watched it religiously including the anecdotes from survivors on the very last one.
There's a documentary on the bonus disc with loads of interviews with the survivors. Hugely interesting.
I don't buy tv box sets, i wanted this one for agessss but ti was always too expensive.
For NINE HOURS
Jaws - good film, not as good as most of Hitchcock's output.
Close Encounters - yawnathon.
Duel - never seen
Schlindlers list - hate it.
HAte? Please explain
then I think it would be impossible to depict these sort of events without causing hushed introspection and profundity.
So basically he makes a film that is moving to some (who are not aware of these sort of events, or relatively new to the annecdotal examples of them) in a place and time that will not treat this film controversially......I mean if films like this were made earlier on then it might have been more relevant. Like I say ....he plays to already 'won' audiances.
Lets see him make a truly accurate and unflinching film in hollywood about mai lei.....he has the clout to insist on it so he probably could......but he wouldnt because it would be unpopular
far braver film maker than spielberg (although I hate gibson for his 'hidden agenda' and subtle bias)
but I doubt I would like it more than any Spielberg film.
christ fetish film......it was controversial
Historically accurate - no bloody way. Its sensationalistic nonsense
controvercial.......personal and fetischistic, but out there.
People were still really in denial about what had happened during WW2 re: the holocaust right up until the 80's I think.
And I still think it is relevant today. You only have to look in recent history at Bosnia, Sudan, Rwanda, East Timor.
I understand your point about making it more in the present, but it is also about making money at the end of the day. And sad though it is, a film made about the Genocide in darfur would not make as much cash as one about the jewish holocaust
Sorry, but I tried to google it without any luck. I don't think you are referring to mai Lei who has starred in 3 playboy movies in the late 1990's?
that got attacked, badly, about half the us troops acted nazily and half didnt (irrespective of intelligence, background, colour or class) If you study the evidence its a sobering example of how our preconceptions of the nazys are flawed........anyone who has examples such as this (and it is well documented with believable eye witnesses....other americun troops) then you will be fully aware of how soldiers can be conditioned into some things thus making the admin fully aware that such things as the prisener abuse in irac could be expected. Although the prisener abuse isnt really that bad cw other things
were in denial of this in the 80s.
Cretins (who really shouldnt be in charge of a live vote in a public place)
and people who lived in countries where the truth about this is denied officially, the US was not one of those countries.
Ive seen the interviews with Varnado Simpson. He was as much a victim of this event bizarrely, because he couldnt live with himself it was obvious he would kill himself in the end. He punished himself every day for what he did. Its such a shame that others seemed to ger away scot free. Calley did not seem to show any remorse at all.
Saving Private Ryan?
War Of the worlds?
6th best film ever, best Spielberg film bar Schindler's List.
Duel is brilliant
Close Encounters is reet good
ET is rubbish
Schindler's List is 'ok'
Why just ok?
and not entirely accurate, but it's reasonably good cinema
But its a film, and films always take liberties with true stories, sometimes it has to be done in order for teh story to flow
I don't understand the manipulative comment though. All films are manipulative, they try and pull you into the story and get you involved. You need to sympathise with the characters otherwise whats the point?
I would place schindlers list in my top ten films ever because of the subject matter. It needs to be seen.
extremely good cinema regardless of accuracy etc. Very few films based on 'fact' are particularly accurate. But I take your point.
3.After the landing scenes just crap
Minority Report....not seen
Savin P R........liked the death of the soldier that had been MGed......its nice that he showed that this can be horrible too.....also liked the fact that the 'coward' wasnt just a coward, he played his part later (small tho it was)
It was kind of more realistic like this.
However it wasnt necessarily brave film making because of the visceralness (which is what most seem to talk about) This was merely due to censorship relaxing.....big budget and fx and public being used to gore.
If he really wanted to be brave with this sort of 'unecessary' film, then he should have made it more contemporary.....more relevant to modern day happenings, more controversial, more likely to want to change peoples lax imaginings about the cosequences of conflicts that they might be able to influence.
of the worlds.....despite me loving sci fi
he very much plays it safe with what he does. His movies are almost always sentimental at some levels, but you have to remember Americans like to think that there is always a happy ending.
But as an action director he is second to none (maybe John Woo circa Hong Kong was better). Some of the stuff in Minority Report, Jaws and Raiders is excellent stuff.
Band Of Brothers is incredible, watching the boxset for the second time in a row at the moment. the last few episodes are my favourites, I love watching the bond between the soldiers at the end