After the success of Saving Private Ryan it seemed that it was the ultimate production that set the standards that canâ€™t be made beaten. And that was true, many directors later tried to make their war movies similar to Saving Private Ryan, f.e. Assembly, Enemy at the Gates or Fury, but none of them reached the same level of realism, the atmosphere and storytelling. At least until Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg did not come up with one better - Band of Brothers TV mini-series.
In 1994 the civil war in Rwanda has changed - the Hutu militia took the matters in their own hands and solved the tension between them and Tutsi in worst possible way - by genocide. Civilians were trapped in country turning into chaos, while the world just watched it on TV, not wanting to get involved, even to save the civilians from being killed on the streets.
In a country torn by civil war nothing is simple and nothing is certain, but for American forces taking part in conflict in Moldova those words gained new dimension when their combat goggles began to record strange phenomena in the battle zone - some glowing see-through figures. To make things worse some of the soldiers that actually stumbled upon those figures ended up dead in strange circumstances.
In 2004 unit of Polish forces was sent to Karbala to guard the city hall and adjoining prison for 24 hours, which did not sounded like complicated task, especially since Bulgarian soldiers and 300 Iraqi policemen will be supporting them. But on arrival Captain Kalicki realizes that the situation in city hall is completely different and they will be facing some heavy opposition.
While 1960s were rather bad times for American cinema, stuck between disaster movies and musicals, war movies were doing just great, mostly due to Cold War tension and the World War 2 nostalgia. Ice Station Zebra is one of the shining examples of that theory - thriller set aboard the nuclear submarine travelling to North Pole area in secret mission.
It is sort of tradition with war movies that when the US Army, US Navy or any of their military formation give their blessing to a production (together with access to the military equipment) they are somehow get involved in the tiny changes to the script. Usually this means a disaster for the movie, because soldiers are not good writers, not to mention they keep telling the same story again and again... Unfortunately Flat Top is not a exception.
Not every good movie makes a great impact straight after the premiere, some of them it takes a while to find the audience, some never actually does find it. But this does not mean they are bad movies, sometimes they just unlucky, are overseen due to some random factors. The Wild Geese is not exactly any of that cases really - it is one of the movies that are actually quite good, but never got the chance to shine.
In the era of drones and satellites the watching the action that takes places thousands of miles away or attack target in a country without invading is no longer a problem. But the problem is that someone has to make the final decision and that is a problem as Colonel Katherine Powell realizes during the covert operation in Kenya.
German expedition to arctic archipelago of Svalbard reaches their destination in last days of August 1939. Friedrich, head of the expedition, hopes to find prove to continent drift theory. He is excited to join the forces with experts from Sweden and Great Britain in that scientific project, but soon the reality will catch up with them - during the night of 1st September 1939 German forces have invaded Poland.
Wake Island was one of (if not the only) war movie in history that was filmed when the events depicted were still going on - first scenes were shot in California while Japanese were still bombarding Wake Island.
War movies blog - the best war movies in history (or sometimes the worst). We search the war movies from around the world - not only classic American war movies or British war movies, but also those less known or just less interesting films from other countries. Each of them presents the different face of the war - some concetrate on soldiers and most important battles in history, but others present the suffering of the civilians and the trauma of the men involved in the fighting.
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