Release: Friday, July 21, 2017 →IMAX Written by: Christopher Nolan Directed by: Christopher Nolan In memory of my late grandfather, John Little. In his first historical drama, one that gives the acclaimed writer-director an opportunity to fly that British flag high, Christopher Nolan is deeply committed to creating a singular, sensory experience that goes beyond a mere reenactment. … Continue reading Dunkirk
Release: Friday, July 14, 2017 →Theater Written by: Mark Bomback; Matt Reeves Directed by: Matt Reeves Maurice: "Ooo! Oo!!!!" Me: "Yeah buddy, I hate war too." We all know how Caesar feels about it. Poor Caesar. If he had his way, we wouldn't even be here. War for the Planet of the Apes basically details everything the alpha male, the … Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes
Release: Friday, June 30, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Sofia Coppola Directed by: Sofia Coppola The Beguiled is an unsettling, moody drama set against the American Civil War that finds a wounded Union soldier being taken in and nursed back to health by the inhabitants of a secret all-girls school in Virginia. These women, who have lived a pious … Continue reading The Beguiled
Welcome back around to another week in 'Decades.' Lucky Number Seven may be entering into its final stretch these next few days, but it bears worth mentioning again -- it's been another really fun event for me and my wonderful co-host Mark of Three Rows Back. There were so many things to choose from -- evidenced by … Continue reading Decades Blogathon — Empire of the Sun (1987)
Release: Friday, January 16, 2009 [Netflix] Written by: Edward Zwick; Clayton Frohman Directed by: Edward Zwick Defiance at the very least satisfies a certain curiosity I had about a film that featured Daniel Craig not in a suit and tie, and as of this posting -- admittedly a time-sensitive and quite frankly rushed one -- I feel more inclined … Continue reading January Blindspot: Defiance (2009)
Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt finds a new ally in Marion Cotillard in his post-Angelina Jolie world. Sad face. Actually, those were just rumors. And this isn't a gossip column. On the other hand, the two are pretty convincing playing a pair of lovestruck assassins whose loyalty to one another … Continue reading Allied
Release: Friday, November 4, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Andrew Knight; Robert Schenkkan Directed by: Mel Gibson Unlike the hero at the heart of Mel Gibson's first directorial effort in a decade I went into battle fully protected by a weapon: my overactive imagination. Turns out, psychological preparation is kind of necessary as you enter the gauntlet of Hacksaw Ridge's … Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge
Release: Friday, August 19, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Todd Phillips; Stephen Chin; Jason Smilovic Directed by: Todd Phillips The unbelievability factor really works in War Dogs' favor. It has given a director of outrageous comedies and indeterminate skill considerable leverage. It has given actors who like playing jackasses free range to be themselves and we would never know … Continue reading War Dogs
Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Gary Ross; Leonard Hartman Directed by: Gary Ross In Gary Ross' new film, inspired by the life of Civil War medic-turned-rebel Newton Knight, the firepower has been upgraded from crossbows to muskets and bayonets, but both the fire and the power in the former Hunger Games director are absent in Free State … Continue reading Free State of Jones
Hey all, head on over to Three Rows Back for a review of The Battle of Algiers, brought to you by Marta, who runs the show over at Ramblings of a Cinephile. Thanks a lot!
Welcome to another day of the event of the year: the Decades Blogathon – 6 edition – hosted by myself and Tom from Digital Shortbread! The blogathon focuses on movies that were released in the sixth year of the decade. Tom and I are running a different entry each day (we’ll also reblog the other’s post) and for Super Tuesday it’s the turn of Marta from Ramblings of a Cinephile, who turns her sights on the masterpiece that is The Battle Of Algiers (1966).
The gritty and rather bloody story of the uprising that led to the independence of Algeria in 1962 is shot by Gillo Pontecorvo in a compelling style.
Commissioned by the Algerian government less than a decade after the facts, it shows both sides in an unforgiving way – from the terrorist attacks of the Algerian militants to the tortures of the French army. Pontecorvo…
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