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"
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)"
It’s fair to say that the experiences of the combatants of the various countries in the Great War each have their signature array of horrors. These experiences, these elements of their story are normally closely linked to a particular battle. In the case of the British forces, that battle is most likely The Somme in […]Read more "Wooden Crosses (1932)"
Howard Hawks or Howard Hughes? I get confused. Both have Great War Film pedigree, had an interest in aviation and they’ve both knocked out Great War Films that have lacked a bit of cinematic lustre. My film today is an example of this lack of lustre. The early sound era is a period in the […]Read more "The Dawn Patrol/The Flight Commander (1930)"
Here’s a film I’ve watched a couple of times since its’ release but never really thought much of if I’m honest. On the face of it, it’s a simple little story covering the same basic ground that a great many other Great War Films cover and without much fanfare or points of difference. It’s based […]Read more "Private Peaceful (2012)"
In 1919 French director Abel Gance released his anti-war epic ‘J’accuse’. Having fought in the early days of the conflict, before being declared medically unfit, he knew first-hand what it was like to have death picking at his seams. His film was shot during the dying days of the conflict in 1918, indeed many soldiers […]Read more "J’accuse (1938)"
I’ve been aware of this film for just about as long as I’ve been doing this blog. Maybe a bit longer. I know it comes with a bit of a reputation for being a halfway decent film and it’s got a bit of pedigree too what with Audrey Tautou starring in the lead role and […]Read more "A Very Long Engagement (2004)"