“Children are like glass”: The Terrorism of Heart and Home in OF FATHERS AND SONS

Talal Derki’s intense documentary dives deep into the dark heart of terrorism to explore how radical belief swallows entire bloodlines whole.

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Liminal Spaces of Sin: The Borders of Body & Soul in Antti-Jussi Annila’s SAUNA

SAUNA (2008) is a horrific slice of history that explores how sin destroys those who’ve lived their lives at war.

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SADIE and the Child Soldiers of America

Megan Griffiths delivers a powerful, subtle gut punch to America’s blind military worship with SADIE.

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War is Hell, War is a Disease: TRENCH 11 Descends to the Underworld and Back

TRENCH 11 treats war like a virus— a gruesome, violent virus.

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Full Metal Jacket’s Vietnam War: One Big Mickey Mouse March

Full Metal Jacket. 1987. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, & Gustav Hasford; based on the novel The Short-Timers by Hasford. Starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Keyn Major Howard, & Ed O’Ross. Warner Bros/Natant/Stanley Kubrick Productions. Rated R. 117 minutes. Drama/War ★★★★★  IContinue reading “Full Metal Jacket’s Vietnam War: One Big Mickey Mouse March”

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Man Behind the Sun Begs the Question: Is It Trash? Or Is It Important?

Man Behind the Sun. 1988. Directed by T.F. Mou. Screenplayby Mei Liu, Wen Yuan Mou, & Dun Jing Teng. Cast: Jianxin Chen, Hsu Gou, Linjie Hao, Haizhe Jin, Tie Long Jin, Yuanrong Jin, Bolin Li, Pengyu Liu, Xuhui Lui, Zhaohua Mei, Zhe Quan ,Jiefu Tian, Gang Wang, Runsheng Wang, Shennin Wang, Jiang Wen, Dai Yao Wu,Continue reading “Man Behind the Sun Begs the Question: Is It Trash? Or Is It Important?”

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The Wonderful Foolishness and Biting Satire of Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. 1964. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Screenplay by Kubrick, Peter George, & Terry Southern. Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Tracy Reed, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, & Jack Creley. Columbia Pictures/Hawk Films. Not Rated. 95 minutes.Continue reading “The Wonderful Foolishness and Biting Satire of Dr. Strangelove”

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Relax – 300 is (Mediocre) Historical Fantasy, People!

300. 2006. Directed by Zack Snyder. Screenplay by Michael B. Gordon, Kurt Johnstad, & Snyder. Starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew tiernan, Rodrigo Santoro, Giovani Cimmino, Stephen McHattie, Greg Kramer, Alex Ivanovici, & Kelly Craig. Legendary Pictures/Virtual Studios/Atmosphere Pictures/Hollywood Gang/Warner Bros. Rated 18A.Continue reading “Relax – 300 is (Mediocre) Historical Fantasy, People!”

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The Third Part of the Night is Horrifying Cinematic Existentialism

The Third Part of the Night. 1971. Directed by Andrzej Żuławski. Screenplay by Andrzej & Miroslaw Żuławski. Starring Malgorzata Braunek, Leszek Teleszynski, Jan Nowicki, Jerzy Golinski, Anna Milewska, Michal Grudzinski, & Marek Walczewski. Polski State Film. Not Rated. 105 minutes. Drama/Horror/War ★★★★★  Andrzej Żuławski first wowed me with Possession, and after being completely, morbidly enthralled by its wonderfully sickeningContinue reading “The Third Part of the Night is Horrifying Cinematic Existentialism”

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Fear of Invasion in Predator

Predator. 1987. Directed by John McTiernan. Screenplay by Jim Thomas & John Thomas. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, R.G. Armstrong, & Shane Black. Amercent Films/American Entertainment Partners L.P./Davis Entertainment. Rated R. 107 minutes. Action/Horror/Sci-Fi ★★★★ There are 1980s films. Then there areContinue reading “Fear of Invasion in Predator”

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The Redemptive Horror of Son of Saul

Son of Saul. 2015. Directed by László Nemes. Screenplay by Nemes & Clara Royer. Starring Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Sándor Zsótér, Uwe Lauer, Christian Harting, Amitai Kedar, & Kamil Dobrowolski. Laokoon Filmgroup/Hungarian National Film Fund. Rated 14A. 107 minutes. Drama/Thriller/War ★★★★★  Stories of the Holocaust and WWII are a dime a dozen. Some of themContinue reading “The Redemptive Horror of Son of Saul”

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Beasts of No Nation & the Horror of War

Beasts of No Nation. 2015. Directed & Written by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala. Starring Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote, Vera Nyarkoah Antwi, Ama K. Abebrese, Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Kobina Amissah-Sam, and Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye. The Princess Grace Foundation/Red Crown Productions/Participant Media/Come What May Productions/MammothContinue reading “Beasts of No Nation & the Horror of War”

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