Sunday, February 25, 2007

Stalingrad (movie)

Title: Stalingrad

Directed by: Joseph Vilsmaier

Year, production: 1993, German/Sweden

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Dominigue Horwitz, Jochen Nickel, Sebastian Rudolph, Martin Benerath, Sylvester Groth, ...

Runtime: 134 min

End of 1942 year. German soldiers resting on Italy Riviera after campaign in Africa and battle in El Alamein. They are moved to East front to Russia and fights in Stalingrad. One day Reiser (Dominigue Horwitz) i Rohleder (Jochen Nickel) together with Lt. Hans von Witzland (Thomas Kretschmann) were moved to penal company...

The winter started and Germans are surrounded by Russians. Their orders are to keep the city for all costs.

This movie doesn’t have special effects and many shooting parts but it shows how hard was to be there just trying to survive. It shows also that victims of Nazi were not only Russians but also German soldiers.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Forrest Gump - Vietnam War

Video from Forrest Gump movie. A part of the movie where he is in Vietnam.

The movie is not available any more :( so here is a trailer with parts from Vietnam:

Posted in YouTube by PJS1987.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Blood Diamond (movie)

Title: Blood Diamond

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Year, production: 2006, USA

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kegiso Kuypers, Antony Coloman, Arnold Vosloo, David Harewood, ...

Runtime: 143 min

Action is placed in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Guinea and Europe. It is year 1999, a civil war in Sierra Leone. Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a Mende fisherman wants to find his family after he managed to escape from diamond fields. Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is a mercenary from South Africa meets him in prison and find out that he hid a priceless diamond.

After getting out of a prison he helps Salomon to find his family but he has to lead him to the diamond. They managed to escape from Freetown which was taken by rebels. Together with met American journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) they are trying to find Salomon family and the diamond.

Danny Archer whose parents were killed when he was 9 years old is a well trained mercenary/soldier who fought in Angola, a tough guy. He leaves from selling weapons for diamonds.

The main message is that people die because of diamnods, gold and other rare things in Africa and that nobody cares or only few what is happening in Africa.

Some time ago I saw a documentary movie about civil wars in Africa and that children are forced to fight and kill, so that is true for those who don't belive.

I saw this movie in cinema yesterday and I’m really impressed of DiCaprio’s role. He is a very good actor, I think. I like the way he talks, interesting accent. I found that this language that he speaks (specially on the beginning of the movie, later as well) is called Krio -

Funny dialog with the rebellion guy . DiCaprio said Who are you? The guy: I’m a captain Rambo. DiCaprio: Oh yeah, I have seen your movies. (as far as I remember). It will be funny when you see it in the movie :)

I think that DiCaprio will get a lot of roles now. The movie is nominated in several categories like Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best sound, Best editing and more. Will see if Leo gets the Oscar.

I defenitly must by a DVD with this movie.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

We Were Soldiers (movie)

Title: We Were Soldiers

Directed by: Randall Wallace

Year, production: 2002, USA/Germany

Cast: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Chris Klein, Sam Elliot, Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Kerin Russell, Don Duong, Ryan Hurst, Rober Bagnell, Clark Gregg, ...

Runtime: 138 min

This is a story of the first big battle between American soldiers and North Vietnam soldiers. Marines from American combat division, were surrounded by 4,000 North Vietnamese soldiers...

Broken arrow, broken arrow...

I like this movie very much. Best actors in this movie for me are Mel Gibson, Sam Elliot and Barry Pepper.

The Iron Triangle (movie)

Title: The Iron Triangle

Directed by: Eric Weston

Year, production: 1989, USA

Cast: Beau Bridges, Haing S. Ngor, Liem Whatley, Jim Ishida, Ping Wu, Johnny Hallyday, Bobby McGee, ...

Runtime: 91 min

The story is based on the diary of an unknown North Vietnam soldier. This Viet Cong soldier colonel Tuong (Haing S. Ngor) protects captured marines captain Keene (Beau Bridges).

It is a low budget movie showing Vietnam war from Vietnamese perspective.

The Iron Triangle was an area in Vietnam close to Saigon captured by US Army and South Vietnam army in 1967. There were some headquarters of North Vietnamese in that places.

Everybody speaks English even Vietnamese in this movie.

Bat 21 (movie)

Title: Bat 21

Directed by: Peter Markle

Year, production: 1988, USA

Cast: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, David Marshall Grant, Jerry Reed, Eric Andersson, ...

Runtime: 105 min

Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman) an expert in missile weaponry was shot down in 1972 when he did an reconnaissance flight so he had to parachute behind the enemy line. His only contact is a pilot capt. Clark (Danny Glover) from a observation plane. He parachuted in the middle of 30.000 North Vietnamese (invasion troops). Because of his knowledge it is very importand to rescue him before North Vietnames catch him. Hambelton has a radio and trays to escape. He got an instruction where is the place from which he will be rescued.

His radio call is Bat 21.

Good performance of Gene Hackman.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Battle of Britain (movie)

Title: Battle of Britain

Director: Guy Hamilton

Year, production: 1969, UK

Cast: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Curd J├╝rgens, Ian McShane, ...

Runtime: 133 min (151 min original version)

Second World War. Germany attacks Great Britain.

The movie shows how British Royal Air Force fought against German Air Forces (Luftwaffe).

I must remind that Polish pilots also fought and died on the British sky. It was Polish division 302 and 303 and also many Polish pilots in British divisions. Exactly it was 144 Polish pilots from which 29 died. It was 5% of all RAF pilots who fought there. They shot down about 170 German planes.

I saw this movie several times on Polish TV when I was a boy and I really liked it.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Guns of Navarone (movie)

Title: The Guns of Navarone

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Year, production: 1961, UK/USA

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Gregory Peck, David Niven, James Darren, Irene Papas, Stanley Baker, ...

Runtime: 158 min

The movie is based on Alistair MacLean's book "The Guns of Navarone", one of his best books. Special group (6 people, Allied and Greek soldiers) is sent to Greece which is under German occupation during Second World War. Their mission is to destroy huge German guns which protect big area of the sea and block an evacuation of British troops from islands close to the land. Guns can not be destroyed from the air.

Classic war movie. The best figure for me is Andrea played by Anthony Quinn. This movie is almost as good as the book.