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)"
My film today is actually a radio play which I happened upon by mistake while trying to dig out the 1930 film version of ‘Journey’s End’. I thought I’d give it a go, why not? Push my boundaries a bit and see what the world of radio had to offer me. So I downloaded the […]Read more "Journey’s End (BBC Radio Play 1970)"
It’s quite rare for me to get to review films around the date of their initial release. I think the last time it happened was for Russell Crowe’s ’The Water Diviner’ a couple of years back. It’s also quite rare for a Great War Film to be based in Los Angeles. And finally it’s VERY […]Read more "Alistair1918 (2015)"