I think I’ve mellowed over the years doing these reviews. I was probably a bit tough on some of the early films I wrote about if they didn’t take themselves too seriously. I was a bit disparaging about ‘Shout at the Devil’, mostly for the scenery chewing antics of Lee Marvin. I was also tough […]Read more "Gunbus/Sky Bandits (1985)"
I’ve noticed a few trends during my expeditionary voyage through the first 100 years of Great War Films. Whether it’s cultural stereotypes or clichéd plot lines, there’s similarities which rear their heads in films that span the generations from cinemas’ earliest days right through to today. There’s always someone getting their head blown off when […]Read more "Captain Conan (1996)"
There was a lot going on in German Cinema in the post Great War years. Directors, actors and assorted film personnel from around Europe dusted themselves down and made their way to various German studios to chase their dreams. The Expressionists arrived first in the early 20’s, Robert Wiene’s ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ was […]Read more "Shock Troop 1917 (1934)"
I don’t think I need to tell you, dear reader, that ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1930) is a true Great War classic. Even more than that it’s a bone fide all time cinema great. Universal lavished it with the best and brightest of a generation. The director, Lewis Milestone made good on his […]Read more "The Road Back (1937)"
Here’s one for you. Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson star in a Great War spy thriller. ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ I thought to myself. What a fucking idiot I was. I’d not heard of my film fayre for today until it turned up whilst I was researching some of the details for my last […]Read more "Darling Lili (1970)"
Much like the 1980s was a heyday of sorts for Australian Great War Film production, the same could be said for the early 70’s in the UK. There is a shortish list of films produced during a shortish period of time including ‘Aces High’, ‘Darling Lili’ (Technically a Hollywood production but shot in Europe), ‘Zeppelin’, […]Read more "Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)"
I used to say I didn’t like silent films but then I realised how ignorant that made me sound. It was probably true at the time but as I saw more films and developed a better understanding of the era I honed that statement into a more accurate one, I don’t like silent era comedies. […]Read more "Shoulder Arms (1918)"