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Timon -> The War Film Thread (26/10/2005 2:12:59 PM)

I started a thread on this on the old forum in Movie Musings but like most, was lost over the depths of time. Saints and Soliders was a film about the masscare at Malmedy, which occured during the Battle of the Bulge when several hundred US p.o.ws were shot by the SS. The film is about a group of soldiers who survive and have to work their way back to their lines as well as protect a British agent who has vital intel for the Allied forces. I've only seen the trailer, but i have been excited about this film for quite a while.

You can download the trailer - here - and i strongly suggest you give it a look.

It has the same look as Saving Private Ryan/Band of Brothers and looked awesome BUT it never got a release at the cinema in this country. I was going to fork out and get it on R1 DVD and still might...but DVDanswers has stated that it's coming to R2 DVD on the 9th of January 2006, priced at around £15.99. The disc will feature a director's commentary and 'The Making of Saints and Soldiers' featurette. You can see the artwork - here

http://www.saintsandsoldiers.com/

So, what does everyone think? Has anyone here seen it?

[image]http://www.saintsandsoldiers.com/_html/_images/Photo2.jpg[/image]

[image]http://www.saintsandsoldiers.com/_html/_images/Photo5.jpg[/image]




Castor Troy -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (23/12/2006 9:10:37 PM)

I bought this today and watched it tonight and I was pleasantly suprised. I think it was because my expectations were low but I thought it was a great little film, especially as Timon said, considering the budget and the 'amatuer' team behind it. Some of the acting wasn't great and there were a few cliches but the story was great and so were some of the scenes.

You can buy it for £3.99 from HMV website and I recommend that you do if you want an extra unofficial episode of Band Of Brothers.




Cuchulainn -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (23/12/2006 11:54:11 PM)

I got an ex-rental of this ages ago for €5,and had forgotten all about it until I saw this thread.And I still haven't watched it...




porter83 -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (24/12/2006 4:49:16 PM)

My girlfriend works in HMV and she brought this home the other week, not got round to watching it yet.




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (13/1/2007 4:20:09 PM)

I'm a huge fan of War films and recently there have been several that looked great, got decent reviews but performed badly at the box office. As soon as I financially can, I plan to get the below war films. I was wondering if anyone has seen them and their thoughts are on them.

For those of you that have no idea about them, the trailer is attached to the pic just right click and save on the poster.



[image]http://images.movieeye.com/store/images/great-raid-dvd.jpg[/image]





[image]http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000LAZE8W.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V34005799_.jpg[/image]



What is it with James Franco at the moment?! He appears to be in every decent looking box office flop. Does that say something about him? He was also in the poorly received Tristan & Isolde (which for the record, I really enjoyed - Kevin Reynolds should make more period action film. Great fun).




Cuchulainn -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (13/1/2007 8:34:16 PM)

I'm seriously considering picking up Flyboys too Timon...
And these guys seemed to like it a lot too... clicky





Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (13/1/2007 9:52:46 PM)

Yeah I saw those reviews. People also seem to be pretty positive on imdb.com which I was suprised at. Read a review by some guy who flies old WWI planes at carnivals and is an WWI expert and he loved it citing it as having the most realistic dogfights ever put on screen.

Either way, WWI films are too far apart for me not to pick this up so as soon as I see the Collectors Edition around more cheaply, I'll get it. Same goes for The Great Raid.




Art Vandelay -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (18/1/2007 11:22:45 PM)

Got it today from HMV for 5 quid. Can't wait to watch it!




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (19/1/2007 1:38:13 PM)

Continuing the theme of introducing unknown recent war films....I really want to see this. DAYS OF GLORY.


According to the trailer (click on the below pic), the film caused such a stir at Cannes that the French government changes its laws on how it viewed the French North African troops that fought for their country. Looks like powerful stuff.



This is definetly now on my watch list. Anyone know if it's to get a UK release?




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (14/2/2007 12:15:02 PM)

Was going to start a thread on unknown war films but I thought i'd keep using this.

With news of War of the Dead starring James Van Der Dawson...or whateverhisnameis about zombie nazi ghosts things I thought I'd get people interested in this.

The Bunker.

[image]http://www.milestonedesign.co.uk/imgs/britishfilmPosterMainPic2.jpg[/image]


I saw this a few years ago and I remember enjoying it albeit a tad disappointed. Had Jack Davenport and Jason Flymeng in it and was very psychological as a group of German soldiers (with English accents) are haunted by images of dead soldiers in an abandoned bunker.

Thinking about buying the DVD so i thought i'd get people's thoughts on it.

[image]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000085RPK.02._SX220_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg[/image]



Regarding that Nazi-Zombie film...there are actually two.

WORST CASE SENARIO - Trailer

And the one that James Van Der Beek is in - STONE'S WAR - Promo Reel




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (14/2/2007 2:05:57 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Cuchulainn

I'm seriously considering picking up Flyboys too Timon...
And these guys seemed to like it a lot too... clicky




The R1 is now listed on Amazon.co.uk...but it's 16 quid. I'll wait till it's a tad cheaper




Wedge -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (14/2/2007 3:28:24 PM)

Cool thread Timon.  Too many movies and not enough time! [:D] 

Is The Bunker better than Deathwatch, a film that had a similar 'soldiers and ghosts' premise? 

How about R-Point?




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (14/2/2007 4:04:13 PM)

Never saw Deathwatch so can't comment.

Is R-Point any good? Keep meaning to get that.




Wedge -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (14/2/2007 4:15:21 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Never saw Deathwatch so can't comment.

Is R-Point any good? Keep meaning to get that.


I've seen Deathwatch, was that good.  Fairly unsatisfying.  Haven't seen R-Point.  Did I imagine it or did they recently start on a sequel?




i007_Bond_007i -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (15/2/2007 8:22:51 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Never saw Deathwatch so can't comment.

Is R-Point any good? Keep meaning to get that.


I quite enjoyed R-Point. It's a little bit strange, and not much 'action' as such. But a good horror.




sharkboy -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (15/2/2007 3:18:23 PM)

Word of advice Ti - avoid Flyboys like a dose of the clap.  It basically sets itself up to be Top gun with biplanes and fails to even reach those low standards.  The only redeeming factors are some half-decent dogfights, a nice performance from the female interest (whose name I forget) and another french stereotype scenery-chomping show from Jean Reno.  I challenge you to find a more cliché-strewn work this side of Armageddon. An awful awful movie, and not even in a "so bad it's good" way.

The Great Raid is definitely worth tracking down, especially knowing how much you love your "based on a true story" tales of war heroics!

(BTW, both can be...ahem...borrowed if you're interested...[;)])




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (15/2/2007 3:24:11 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: sharkboy

Word of advice Ti - avoid Flyboys like a dose of the clap.  It basically sets itself up to be Top gun with biplanes and fails to even reach those low standards.  The only redeeming factors are some half-decent dogfights, a nice performance from the female interest (whose name I forget) and another french stereotype scenery-chomping show from Jean Reno.  I challenge you to find a more cliché-strewn work this side of Armageddon. An awful awful movie, and not even in a "so bad it's good" way.

The Great Raid is definitely worth tracking down, especially knowing how much you love your "based on a true story" tales of war heroics!

(BTW, both can be...ahem...borrowed if you're interested...[;)])


I like Armageddon!

Either way, I still think i'll track it down. Still looks like fun even with it's "I didn't know war could be like this etc etc".

The Great Raid will be harder to get. The Collector's Edition I'm after is 30 quid + on Amazon marketplace. I want to get it off somewhere like Caiman.com but I only have a Switchcard so i need to find a UK distributor.




Fivefur -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (15/2/2007 11:13:14 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Ok, thanks to Sharkboy i finally got round to watching it.

Now i like my war films. I like them big and i like them epic and here is where Saints And Soldiers falters....there's not much you can squeeze into 88mins and a $780,000 budget. But i enjoyed it and here's why.

I liked the little moments.

With 4 US and 1 Brit soldiers trying to get back to friendly lines after the Malemdy massacre, there's opportunites for little character moments in such a small film which could be lost on a bigger epic. Of course some of them are a tad cliched and i won't spoil the film for anyone by mentioning them, but i still really enjoyed them none the less.

The thing is, if this film was made by someone like Spielberg or Stone, i would be disappointed by the odd cliche and slow moment but because it's made by amateurs and war re-enacotors i have nothing but respect for what they've done. With the budget they had, they've made a decent little film and the last 15 mins looks good enough to be in the likes of Band of Brothers albeit on a smaller scale.

I would recommend this film to friends - don't expect Saving Private Ryan, but see it as a war film made by war film fans and first time film makers and you'll really appreciate what they've done.


Jeezz timon the stuff you know. I watched this the other night and cant believe they spent ONLY $780,000 on it. It looks way more than that. I've seen $30,000,000 movies that dont even come close (The Thin Red Line never did for me).

this was engaging on so many fronts, firstly you did feel "involved" with the characters particularly as the movie developed in the later stages. the acting whilst not A list material (just to confuse matters, in my opinion not all A listed actors are good!), it certainly passes muster, the action scenes are more than adequate (even more so now that I know the Budget). Downsides are the pilot (played to the nth english degree by I presume a Yank) poor just really poor.

In summary tho - i would recommend it based simply on its merits and budget. You get way more than that from the movie. HMV has it for a £5 in the war movies section. Damn people thats less than a trip to the movies! when you add popcorn, hot dog, large Diet Coke and a packet of minstrels, value for money is bargain basement.




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (16/2/2007 12:20:34 PM)

Not many people have heard of this one....judging from the lack of responses in Favorite Films so i thought i'd drum up some attention for BELOW.

About 6 years old now it's a film about a 'haunted WWII submarine'. Flopped in the US despite decent reviews and went straight to video here.

Click on the below image to see the trailer



[image]http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_2/images/movie-below.jpg[/image]





Fivefur -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (18/2/2007 12:25:01 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Not many people have heard of this one....judging from the lack of responses in Favorite Films so i thought i'd drum up some attention for BELOW.

About 6 years old now it's a film about a 'haunted WWII submarine'. Flopped in the US despite decent reviews and went straight to video here.

Click on the below image to see the trailer



[image]http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_2/images/movie-below.jpg[/image]




Hey dont bring your wing shit stuff here Timon (much as I love you)

start a thread but get off my patch Kkkkk?




Cuchulainn -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (18/2/2007 10:29:59 AM)

What the Devil are you waffling on about,Fivefur?




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (18/2/2007 10:31:36 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Fivefur

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Not many people have heard of this one....judging from the lack of responses in Favorite Films so i thought i'd drum up some attention for BELOW.

About 6 years old now it's a film about a 'haunted WWII submarine'. Flopped in the US despite decent reviews and went straight to video here.

Click on the below image to see the trailer



[image]http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_2/images/movie-below.jpg[/image]




Hey dont bring your wing shit stuff here Timon (much as I love you)

start a thread but get off my patch Kkkkk?


My wing stuff? Get off your patch?! What the hell are you babbling about?




sharkboy -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (19/2/2007 4:21:36 PM)

Just ignore him Ti - you'll know from your ex-green days what happens to trolls...

Anyway back on topic - Below is a pretty enjoyable movie from director David Twohy, whose previous effort, Pitch Black, showed what could be done with sci-fi on a budget.  Unfortunately his next movie (Chronicles of Riddick) showed how to fuck up a movie with a decent budget.  Below is an ambitious movie that doesn't always pay off, but is still capable of some major tension and scares.  Worth a look for the curious horror or war movie fan.




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (22/2/2007 10:10:30 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Continuing the theme of introducing unknown recent war films....I really want to see this. DAYS OF GLORY.


According to the trailer (click on the below pic), the film caused such a stir at Cannes that the French government changes its laws on how it viewed the French North African troops that fought for their country. Looks like powerful stuff.



This is definetly now on my watch list. Anyone know if it's to get a UK release?


There is a new trailer for DAYS OF GLORY - CLICK HERE




Timon -> RE: 9th Company (22/2/2007 2:05:54 PM)

Ok, who else is going to try and see 9TH COMPANY?

[image]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/48/Ninth_company.jpg/200px-Ninth_company.jpg[/image]

EMPIRE REVIEW

9th Company (TBC)

Plot
In 1987, four young Soviet men are recruited into the army to fight in the ongoing war with Afghanistan. They will join the legendary 9th Company, and after a brutal training regime, will partake of the last major battle, operation Magistral.

Empire Review

Fyodor Bondarchuk has made good with his debut feature, a story of not-quite-yet-men drawn into one of the toughest units in the Soviet Army. Set in 1987, the tail end of Russia’s conflict with Afghanistan, the timing of this project is impressive — images of ill-prepared young soldiers searching desert caves provides a modern parallel, while an officer reminds us that no-one has ever won a war against this enemy.

It looks big-budget (impressively it cost just $9 million), but despite some highly effective set-pieces, screenwriter Yuri Korotkov works it on an emotional level. That said, it doesn’t bring much to this genre that we haven’t seen before.
Verdict
Full of good intentions and scattered with more than a few gob-smacking scenes, this could have really taken it to Hollywood if only it had a little more to say than "war is hell here too."


Reviewer: Sam Toy

3 stars.




Fivefur -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (2/3/2007 10:24:51 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

quote:

ORIGINAL: Fivefur

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Not many people have heard of this one....judging from the lack of responses in Favorite Films so i thought i'd drum up some attention for BELOW.

About 6 years old now it's a film about a 'haunted WWII submarine'. Flopped in the US despite decent reviews and went straight to video here.

Click on the below image to see the trailer



[image]http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_2/images/movie-below.jpg[/image]




Hey dont bring your wing shit stuff here Timon (much as I love you)

start a thread but get off my patch Kkkkk?


My wing stuff? Get off your patch?! What the hell are you babbling about?


way off thread babeeeee...................way off




hozay -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (2/3/2007 11:49:34 PM)

For any fans of War/Horror films I'd recommend The Keep 1983 (not to be confused with Castle Keep).
Directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott Glenn.

[image]http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/xzkqpfh12/3254-QH1.jpg[/image]

It's not going to make any top 100 lists but it's still an interesting film.The cinematography is excellent,especially the long,slow
opening scene which looked great on the big screen.
It's about a bunch of Nazis who are sent to a remote mountain village in Romania to open a mountain "keep" that's been
sealed for generations but they get more than they bargain for.The acting's not that great but passable and the low budget
special effects are surprisingly good.I wouldn't suggest racing out to buy a copy (unless it's really cheap) but if you see it at
the local video store or if it get's a late night run on telly check it out.I liked it a lot but that was on the big screen when it first
came out,I've not seen it since and not on small screen.




HitchHiker -> RE: Saints And Soldiers - For Fans Of Band Of Brothers (5/3/2007 2:49:49 PM)

Casualties of War is apretty underrated movie.Great central performance from Michael J Fox
[image]http://www.technofile.com/images/casualties_of_war.jpg[/image]




Timon -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (20/4/2007 1:54:26 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon


quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Continuing the theme of introducing unknown recent war films....I really want to see this. DAYS OF GLORY.


According to the trailer (click on the below pic), the film caused such a stir at Cannes that the French government changes its laws on how it viewed the French North African troops that fought for their country. Looks like powerful stuff.



This is definetly now on my watch list. Anyone know if it's to get a UK release?


There is a new trailer for DAYS OF GLORY - CLICK HERE


Saw this the other day at the cinema. Really enjoyed it.

A decent war film but none the tour de force I thought it would be.

It's well know how this film has changed policy in France and the final scenes are basically a big 'fuck you' at the French government but all this aside, it's a decent little war film dealing not so much is the men but what they hope to gain from it.

The Algerian corporal unites the other natives with his dream that they, like all other French soldiers, deserve some libertity, equality and fraternity despite the poor way the Army treats them denying them leave and even reading classes. This though barely inspires the other men who are either slumming it as they have nothing better to do or are interested in money and the ladies. It's a pity because Cpl Adelnbaker is the only character that you end up caring for as he sees the bigger picture while the other men seem content with their lot in life.

You feel his frustration and his final scene 60 years later is a gut punch as you realise despite all his sacrifices for France, things haven't changed.

The final battle is gripping and exciting and clearly inspired by Saving Private Ryan but with a quarter of the budget.

A decent film that deserves a larger audience

4/5 stars




Gothzilla -> RE: Saints And Soldiers And Other Unknown War Films (20/4/2007 9:33:55 PM)

Well Ive just bought the best war film ever made. and its NOT Saving Private Ryan !! In fact it kicks the crap out of SPR on almost every level. For a start its not full of American gung ho and its cast are so belevable you forget they are actors. The plot is better, its far more heartbreaking, its even more realistic, its better paced, its brutal Oh FFS its just better Ok.
The film is called Brotherhood. Its Korean ( subtitled of course ) and is possibly the greatest foreign movie Ive seen this year.
I really cannot tell you how much I love this movie. At the moment HMV have a fantastic 2 disc edition packed with docs and featurettes for the stupidly low price of £5. Please watch this film.




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