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Bloody Opportunities Bloody Opportunities

A rough man with a crude sense of humour stands before a restless mob. He says to them;

The Hundred Year Soldier or Tree? The Hundred Year Soldier or Tree?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Shoulder Arms, one of several films Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in in 1918. But at forty-six minutes it was by far the longest film he’d directed and remained so until 1921's The Kid. Shoulder Arms remains a brilliant film. It lacks the pathos his films became known…

Diamonds for the Doomed Train Diamonds for the Doomed Train

In a world of perpetual violence and upheaval extraordinary people aren’t often heroes. 1968's Dark of the Sun exhibits a kind of exhilarating awareness of this. It’s fascinatingly coupled with an Errol Flynn-ish adventurousness but set in a fictionalised version of real 1960s conflict in the Congo. Directed by the…

On the War Clock On the War Clock

Hans Zimmer’s score for 2017's Dunkirk is clearly meant to evoke a ticking clock. Which is fitting since the film’s emphasis on time is second only to Memento in Christopher Nolan’s filmography. A surprisingly restrained film after the emotional effusion of Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk is a pleasant…

The World in a Tank The World in a Tank

A small group of soldiers from different nations and cultures work together to survive against Nazis in 1943's Sahara. Some of the soldiers have family or lovers back home but they’re led by Humphrey Bogart who says only about himself that he has no-one back home and he’s therefore less important. Of course that makes…

Be a Better Husband or a Better Wife in
the Royal Navy Be a Better Husband or a Better Wife in the Royal Navy

So you want a better life. Why not go to war? It’ll very likely improve both you and your spouse, or at least that’s the message in Alexander Korda’s 1945 wartime propaganda film Perfect Strangers (Vacation from Marriage in the U.S.), a message all the more insidious for the fact that it’s a pretty good movie with…

Back to the Hobbits Back to the Hobbits

Coming to the end of the semester, I find myself indulging in reading more things that haven’t been assigned for a class lately. I started reading The Fellowship of the Ring again, getting quickly and very happily drawn in. I’ve probably watched the Peter Jackson movies about twenty times since the last time I read…

Ella Muggins versus the Axis Ella Muggins versus the Axis

Sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves, grab your bucket, and go assassinate Hitler yourself. That’s what cleaning woman Ella Muggins decides to do in 1944's Passport to Destiny when she finds her dead husband’s magic amulet in the attic. The only lead role for Elsa Lanchester in her entire career, I’ve been…

Don't Die, the Economy Needs You Don't Die, the Economy Needs You

This is Armistice Day, mainly called Veteran's Day in the U.S., so let's talk about soldiers some more. A movie about soldiers released in Japan last year, The Eternal Zero (永遠の0), is one of the top ten grossing films in the history of Japan and was praised by both the Prime Minister and his wife but there doesn't…

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