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You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to. I think we all agree that either of these 2 flicks are 1000X better than that Pearl Harbor dog of a few years ago.
I"m with you regarding " Tora Tora Tora ", it is a terrific movie and it's hard to come up to that high standard. But I feel that " Midway " is a good movie too and they brought forward a lot of good facts as well. The fact that the USA had broken the Japanese Naval Secret Code allowed Admiral Nimitz ( well played by Henry Fonda ) to send his Carriers to the right location. Also the American Admirals on the scene made the right decisions and caught the Japanese with their pants down, therefore Midway was a major turning point in the Pacific Campaign.
I seem to remember someone once calling the Battle of Midway "the end of the beginning"...and Guadalcanal was "the beginning of the end."
For WWII movies, I would also add Bridge on the River Kwai and Where Eagles Dare with a young Clint Eastwood. Also does anyone remember one called Suicide Run (also with a young Clint Eastwood).
For Civil War, I loved Ken Burns' Civil War Documentary Series (although I'm not sure if you would consider it a "movie"). I also loved Glory (already mentioned by others).
I also happen to love sci-fi, in which my favorite is probably Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Soilent Green was also an interesting movie.
Finally, I love all three of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Some of my all time favorites :
(plot twist chronologically at the beginning, but sequentially at the end of the movie. Fantsastic!)
(you can skip all philosophical classes dealing with determinism, everything is right here)
(there were no sequels to this movie, despite many rumours to the contrary)
Terminator 1 and 2
(Too bad they never, ever made a 3rd or 4th movie, again despite all the rumours)
(1,000 years from now, when they need to condense the history of the entire 20th century to one short lesson, they will show this movie)
For WW2 flicks, my favorite would have to be Saving Private Ryan (although Band of Brothers & The Pacific were even better).
For ACW flicks, I would say Glory & Ride With the Devil, plus I felt that Gods & Generals was better than "Gettysbeard."
For sci-fi flicks, my favorites would be Star Wars Ep. IV/V/VI & the new Star Trek (it's better because there is NO Shatner in it). Wrath of Khan was the best of the "old" Star Trek movies.
I'm also a big fan of the Blade & Underworld series. THESE VAMPIRES DO NOT SPARKLE!
Yep, I dearly love the LOTR trilogy & can hardly wait for The Hobbit.
Saving Private Ryan, my favorite WWII movie as well.
Last night I watched Stephen Hawkins new movie "The Theory of Everything" made by The Discovery Channel. Hawkin start each section and gradually some other voice takes over and at the end of each section Hawkin finishes it.
It has great animations and aliens.
It left me with a new view of the Universe and all the theories that have been proposed. It makes you think.
It went from the big bang, aliens, time travel and migration of humans from earth. I got it at the local library on DVD,
At the special section he answers 10 question that he is always asked.
Here is a photo of Black Matter.
Thanks everyone for all of the recent posts. Yes Javan64 I agree with you that the recent " Pearl Harbour " movie was not all that good. Also certainly " Saving Private Ryan " was quite a good movie and if one goes back a few years further " A Bridge Too Far " was also well done ( and what a cast as well ). Thanks Chanhtu for mentioning " Bridge On The River Kwai ", truly a terrific movie and I loved the " Lord Of The Rings " films as well. On Star Trek I've got a thread on the go for that subject as well. DenverHigh Thanks for the info I'll have to keep an eye out for that movie, as it might be out on DVDs before long.
The Scalphunters with Burt Lancaster and Ossie Davis. Way ahead of it's time in the 60's for racial commentary and interaction. Funny as hell also.
Thanks for the update HessianWarrior. Even tho I liked both of those Actors somehow I missed seeing that film. Mind you with so many older movies being put out on DVDs now I should be able to find it sooner or later ( so many movies, so little time lol ).
It's on DVD, I have one.
Thanks for leaving your list of favourite movies InvisibleDuck. Certainly " Doctor Strangelove " is in a class by itself. Arnold was fun to watch in the Terminators but I think that some of his recent activities have cost him some fans.
Chanhtu you mentioned the " Civil War " series by Ken Burns, yes that was a very good Documentary. I'm currently working my thru the " World At War " series, narrated by Lawrence Olivier. I had also seen it years ago on TV but I recently got it on a 7 DVD set, good stuff there.
Speaking of older documentaries, don't forget Victory at Sea. Plus, the music is awesome!
Thanks for the recent posts. Yes Javan64 I've had a chance to see " Victory At Sea ", a very good Documentary to be sure ( I've only got it VHS tho ). Another good series that I've also only got on VHS is " Between The Wars " but I hear that Reader's Digest is going to re-do it soon and put it out on DVDs.
Count-Rugen I'm not up to date on those two films you listed but I hope to get to them sooner or later ( so many movies, so little time lol ).
Also I would be remiss if I didn't mention "The Princess Bride." Sometimes I mess up typing my posts due to my polydactylism. If Tal needs another he can always borrow one of mine.
Somehow I don't think Tal could use any more fingers! And speaking of The Princess Bride & your polydactylism, was it you who kill Inigo Montoya's father? "Prepare to die!"
There is a similar (& newer) movie which is almost as good at TPB, called Stardust. Watch it & you'll never look at Robert DiNiro quite the same again!
I like big butts and i cannot lie.
I've got to post an update to the item that I left here Yesterday. I've just been going thru the Jan-Feb issue of " World War II " magazine which has in it a short review of the Reader's Digest Documetary that I mentioned the other day. As well as now releasing this series on DVDs ( a set of 6 discs ) they have also changed the title to " The Road To World War II ". It is a very good series and now a added bonus is a series of 50 news-reels from the Hearst organization that were added to the Documentary.
A couple of posts back I mentioned that I was going thru " The World At War " documentary, boy it is a long haul. Then the other day I came across another item relating to war. It is a movie entitled " Paths Of Glory " featuring Kirk Douglas and directed by Stanley Kubrick. World War One is the time-line for this film with and it is somewhat based on real events when some soldiers in the French Army staged a revolt.
" Paths Of Glory " is considered an Anti-War film as of course is " All Is Quiet On The Western Front ". A made for TV version of " All Is Quiet On The Western Front " was made some years ago with Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine in the leading roles. Of course remakes of films are often not done too well but this TV version was not bad at all ( Ian Holms also had a good supporting role in it ).
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