Comments: "I'm From Hollywood"

Oliver Stone doing a 9/11 movie...
That is such a depressing thought.

Posted by: Jon at July 20, 2005 at 11:26 AM

We Were Soldiers Once.

If that wasn't up for any Academy Awards, it probably should've been.

Posted by: Haws at July 21, 2005 at 12:24 AM


I was not sure if you were okay with including films NOT under consideration for an Oscar, but Tears of the Sun was I think a positive, if rare, film. It stars Bruce Willis as the leader of a Special Ops team sent to rescue a European doctor from a African nation tearing itself apart Rwanda style. The team intitially ignores the africans with her who will surely die, but then they take on the task of defending them to great risk to themselves. It is a great, but not pleasant film, in that it depicts the kind of atrocities you read apart quite graphically. What is great about it is that it pulls no punches as to how such atrocities should be dealt with; SHOOT THE FREAKING BASTARDS!

What is the MOST fascination aspect of the film is when you listen to the DVD commentary supplied by the original authors of the screenplay. They intended the movie to be one critical of U.S. policies in Africa, but the director changed the focus of them film which accentuates the military ethos and morality of the US team.

Haws also has it exactly right. We Were Soldiers Once is probably the BEST film on Vietnam ever produced (Hey! The vast majority of guys over there weren't crazed, raping druggies and they were actually fighting honorably. Whattya know) and one of the better war films, period.

I think this was a great, fascinating post. I think it could use some more elaboration.

While not dealing directly with the GWOT, I think there HAS been a number of films which on a more universal level have gotten the right take on the issues we face against Islamofacism. I would posit that the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Spiderman films in particular have empahisized the need to confront evil directly, and the folly of trying to ignore or appease it. I wrote about it a while ago, but maybe I should update it.

Excellent post. Anyone else have any more films they can remember, Oscar nominated or not?

Posted by: Captain Wrath at July 22, 2005 at 09:23 AM

Well, Capt., this film doesn't fit in either of the time windows of Charles' post, but "A Bridge Too Far" is one of my favorites about WWII.

Posted by: Haws at July 22, 2005 at 10:45 AM


True. Its been a very long time since I last saw that film. If I am remembering correctly, I first saw it in a drive-in when I was pretty young (8 or 9?). Still, it made an impression. I really could not understand most of what was going on, but I remember the seen where they are desperately waiting for airdropped supplies, and a container is dropped nearby. One man moves out under fire to retrieve it and is killed. Then you see the open container where there are only berets, was it? Even at that young age, I could understand the awful tragedy of that. That scene has ALWAYS stuck with me.

Posted by: Captain Wrath at July 22, 2005 at 11:23 AM

Post updated with suggestions above. Thanks Captain Wrath and Haws.

Posted by: charles austin at July 26, 2005 at 05:37 PM

Wing and a Prayer 1944
They Were Expendable was filmed in 1944, I think, but it came out in 1945.

I think it's hilarious that the only movie about the War on (Some) Terror has a sex scene with puppets and the bad guy is a space cock-roach.
That's pretty funny.

Posted by: Veeshir at July 31, 2005 at 11:35 AM