Archive for the ‘war’ Category

Directed by Michael Moore. Rating: 15. Running time: 122 minutes. I’m not sure this will be as much a film review as a miniature political outburst, but perhaps that’s inevitable when you make a documentary about 9/11 as controversial as this. Moore won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, it is true, and that’s no mean […]

Humphrey Bogart (Rick Blaine), Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa Lund). Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein et al. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Rating: U. Running time: 102 minutes. At the time of Casablanca’s release, viewers could have undoubtedly analysed it with ease, blissfully ignorant of the blessing time would lavish upon it over the years to come. I have no […]

Adolf Hitler, Josef Goebbels, Martin Bormann, Walter Buch. Directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Rating: E. Running time: 114 minutes. This is fascinating. It’s also absolutely petrifying beyond words, but it is, first and foremost, just fascinating. How on earth did it happen? How can one man indoctrinate a nation so deeply that he goes from being […]

Marlon Brando (Lloyd Gruver), Red Buttons (Joe Kelly), Miyoshi Umeki (Katsumi), Miiko Taka (Hana-ogi). Written by Paul Osborn. Directed by Joshua Logan. Rating: PG. Running time: 147 minutes. Try not to fall in love with Japanese girls, especially if you’re a military man during the Korean War. That’s the message of Sayonara. Anyone that fails […]

Auteur theory states that directors, as the creative forces behind all films and the ultimate controllers of the photography, music, acting, editing, scenery and everything else, should be classed as artists in the same way Dylan, Dostoevsky and Da Vinci are. If there is ever a director with a style so distinctive, so original and […]

Based on the first half an hour of Full Metal Jacket, it’s very easy to draw comparisons with another of Kubrick’s films, A Clockwork Orange. The latter is extremely hard to watch due to its vulgarity, and the fact Full Metal Jacket begins with little dialogue other than the repetitive bellowing from military men of […]

The trailer wasn’t promising. Comprised of car chases, exploding helicopters and multiple reminders that this was another joint project between Damon and Greengrass, it did nothing but fuel a worrying expectation: that Green Zone would be nothing more than a money-spinning continuation of the Bourne saga which we’ve all seen before. Thank God it wasn’t. It’s […]