This journey of mine through the history of Great War Films has also been an odyssey through the history of cinema itself. From early silents produced while the war was still raging, rich with emotion and sentiment through the propaganda laden films of the late thirties and early forties and on through trend after stylistic […]Read more "A War to End No Wars (2017)"
1994 was a bit of a pivotal year in my life. I turned 18. I’d spent the summer roadying for a band around Europe and returned home to the realisation that I probably needed to get a proper job and sort myself out a bit. I had a floppy set of shoulder length blond curtains […]Read more "Legends of the Fall"
It’s been a bit of a trudge at times, this journey of mine through the first one hundred years of Great War Films. There have been highs, I’ve seen and reviewed some classics like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘The African Queen’. I’ve also found some hidden gems like ‘A Very Long Engagement’, ‘Wooden Crosses’, ‘King […]Read more "A Farewell to Arms (1957)"
Today’s film isn’t much of a Great War Film to be honest. It kind of is for a few seconds every now and then but for the most part it just isn’t. But then again it kind of is, not because of what happens on screen but for the story it tells. And then again […]Read more "Gods and Monsters (1998)"
I didn’t know what a ‘Requiem’ was until a few days ago. Turns out it’s a piece of music written for the dead. I know this because I’ve just watched Derek Jarman’s ‘War Requiem’ (1989). The music, the ‘Requiem’ was originally written in the early 1960’s by Benjamin Britten for a big cathedral opening. In […]Read more "War Requiem(1989)"
Gawd Bless the British Film Institute. In an era of Brexit, white supremacism and Nigel Farage, where marauding bands of neo-nazis are (probably) roaming the streets and murdering members of minority groups on the spot, the good old BFI is a bastion of British middle class values. If it wasn’t for the BFI my film […]Read more "The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927)"
My house has two lounges, it was one of the main reasons we bought the place. We tend to use the upstairs lounge for entertaining and for family stuff during the day and then we repair to the downstairs lounge after dinner to get the kids tired and settle into a good evenings TV/film viewing. […]Read more "The Lost Battalion (2001)"