Thursday, June 3, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday (on Thursday) - Best War Movie

Boxer is taking a break this month and the Milk River Madman has graciously offered to host the Movie Clip Wednesday Meme where everyone picks a clip from their favorite movies based on a weekly theme. This week's theme is BEST WAR MOVIE. I love war movies. Probably my favorite movie genre. There are so many good ones out there it's hard to choose. I just recently rewatched the HBO Band of Brothers series and the the more recent Pacific series and both were very intense. I liked Band of Brothers a little better because it was a lot like saving Private Ryan. SPR is probably the best war movie of all time. The Madman took it off the table for this Meme and rightly so.

My personal favorite war movie is Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. But I've posted on that one before, so I will just say it's a great movie and move on. Other movies I considered but couldn't find descent clips for were 1965's In Harm's Way with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas and 1981's Das Boot with a youngish Jürgen Prochnow. Both great naval movies - one on each side of the line.

The movie I selected for the Meme is 1962's epic D-Day invasion movie - The Longest Day. This movie had like 40 major stars in it (including a very young and incomprhendable Sean Connery - horrible cockney accent) . There are a whole bunch of small stories within this movie (like vignettes) as well as fairly accurate battle history that make this movie so interesting. I chose the movie trailer because it has the best sequence in the whole movie included in it. That of the Luftwaffe pilots strafing the beaches. From a direction stand point, that short sequence involved hundreds of men and machines timed perfectly with explosions to depict the beaches of Normandy. I thought that was so cool.

So go over and see the Madman for more of the best war movies ever made.


Milk River Madman said...

One of my favorites as well Buzz. Love the scene where they are showing all this ships. Thousands of them. It also made me IMBD for the how French babe. Irina Demick. Yowzah!! Lots of names in this. Fabian for crying out loud. Excellent choice. Happy MCW.

Heff said...

Neva seen it !

Jenny said...

I just looked over the cast list and wow-zer I had no idea. I'm glad SOMEONE picked a topic that was easy for you. I know I put you through hell with the Girly Scnhizz. Bwahahahahah.

LaDivaCucina said...

I don't know this movie (surprise surprise) so I'll comment on your last two posts: Super impressed with the pavers and the lovely cottage feel to your garden/deck. I can just imagine violets up the side path there....Well done!

I can't imagine the horrors that soldiers see in a war. All I can say is that war is hell on earth. I would never make it as a soldier, I have too much empathy and would most likely get shot trying to help a fallen soldier, enemy or not.

Buzz Kill said...

Yeah, the breadth and scope of the beach scenes are amazing. I can't recall any other movie that has this many big name stars.

And you call yourself a man? This would be like me saying I never saw Caligula. Watch for it on cable.

Men and women watch movies for different reasons. I like that MCW celebrates those differences. I look forward to you taking the helm again in July.

Thanks. Flowers are the Mrs' department. She picks 'em and I plant 'em.

I've never been in the military but I know people who have. It's a necessary evil and I'm thankful for those who step up. You get a sense of it from movies like the Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, but only a sense of it.

Karl said...

Good evening Buzz Kill,

Sorry I miss this. I've been in SHTF mode for the past couple of days and didn't know you guy were doing it.

You made a great choice. this is one of my favorites. Battle of the Bulge is another good one.


Anonymous said...

Ever heared of Die Brücke by Wicki (1959)?

Aunty Belle said...

classic--a good war movie an good spy movies ought have similar requirements--enough gritty reality to be truthful, enough mystery an uncertainty to be truthfukl about humanity.

Gotta say I is IMPRESSEd wif' yore cobblestone walkway--thas' a thang of beauty BuzzK!