Seeing as this weekend was Memorial Day, I thought this would be a good week to turn our discussion to War Movies.
War is a frequent topic for Hollywood. So much so that the movies are their own genre. Whether it be military biopics such as this weekend’s MTESS “Patton” or “MacArthur”, attempts to recreate the battles and notable moments of wars such as “The Longest Day” or “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, or straight up fiction set within a historical conflict such as “Apocalypse Now” or “Full Metal Jacket”… Hollywood has gone to the war well often.
It makes for epic storytelling. There’s conflict and danger inherent in the setting. Heroes and villains. Just recreating a war lends itself to great filmmaking. Getting any measure of believability onscreen requires tremendous production values. The stories tend to be epic as well. Not that there havent been plenty of misfires, of course…
So what’s YOUR favorite war movie? Which movies do you find yourself sitting through any time these holiday weekend war movie marathons pop up? Let us hear it!
Be forewarned, though, today the judges are feeling very strict. So no screwing around in court. Star Wars is NOT a WAR movie. Stay on point!