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  • JohnKenner
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    Originally posted by It is Fake View Post
    He served and IMO that's the issue.
    Well, there were always three problems with any of the flicks:
    (1) They were well over the top - think Full Metal Jacket (incidentally read the book, that is WELL over the top).
    (2) They lacked a lot of historical accuracy - you'll see guys running in the open during a firefight, firing from the hip. We Were Soldiers didn't make it far for that reason alone.
    (3)They had political positions he didn't agree with. Platoon fits snugly into this one.

    In the end, yes it is because he served, and nothing made will reflect his experience.

    Originally posted by It is Fake View Post
    That's kind of funny.

    My buddy served in Somalia and was part of certain aspects of BHD and said it didn't get the urban warfare right. It was good enough, like Platoon which was his example of realism, at making the masses understand, but it was not "right."
    I read the book, after watching the movie and realized how much they simplified the situation. Yeah, I could see a vet feeling that way about the movie.

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  • It is Fake
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    Originally posted by JohnKenner View Post
    Platoon was a good flick. The most realistic Vietnam movie... not sure about that. Pops served two tours and was greatly unimpressed. Then again, there hasn't been a Vietnam movie my father has thought much of.
    He served and IMO that's the issue.
    The movie he said most resembled the horror of urban warfare - Black Hawk Down.
    That's kind of funny.

    My buddy served in Somalia and was part of certain aspects of BHD and said it didn't get the urban warfare right. It was good enough, like Platoon which was his example of realism, at making the masses understand, but it was not "right."

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  • Vince Tortelli
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    Originally posted by OZZ View Post
    I re watched Battle Royale last night..what a twisted flick that is.
    For an Asian rip off of Lord of the Flies I guess it has its good points.
    Of course, the number one movie in America this week is The Hunger Games, which is an American rip off of Battle Royale.

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  • JohnKenner
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    Originally posted by Eddie Hardon View Post
    OZZ

    When you're Right, you're you're Right; and you're Right.

    I was very impressed by Platoon and the night battle when they were being overrun was bloody scary. It just generated FEAR in me, as the viewer. The tracer, the unknown etc, and when one US soldier used his mate to cover himself when the NVA breached his trench was fearful.

    BTW, have you noticed the continuity error when Charlie confronts his Platoon SGT (not Willem Defoe but his name has just dropped out of my Head)? Between takes, he has changed from a muddy wet khaki singlet to a dry non-muddy singlet. I'm assuming that they took a lunch break...:-)
    Platoon was a good flick. The most realistic Vietnam movie... not sure about that. Pops served two tours and was greatly unimpressed. Then again, there hasn't been a Vietnam movie my father has thought much of.

    The movie he said most resembled the horror of urban warfare - Black Hawk Down.

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  • OZZ
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    I re watched Battle Royale last night..what a twisted flick that is.

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  • Eddie Hardon
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    "Midnight Express" the story of Billy Hayes, imprisoned for attempted Hashish trafficking from Turkey. The Late Brad Davis, John Hurt, Dennis Quaid.

    Great film.

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  • thrutch
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    Originally posted by Ignorami View Post
    True romance could well be my favourite film of all time
    And mine. I think a lot of people of our age are mad for that film. It was a good date flick in my first year at uni.

    Been on crutches for most of the last three weeks, given me chance for several movie nights. Watched this last night, a touching Japanese love story about a young man and dead bodies:



    Also enjoyed, in no particular order:

    Cross of Iron
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Take Shelter (absolutely superb film - Michael Shannon is imperious)
    Zodiac
    Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    Tyrannosaur (bloody miserable but bloody good. very English)

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  • OZZ
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    Here's a movie recommendation :
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072684/

    Its one of Stanley Kubrick's lesser-known films. Some may find it a little boring, but the incredible set designs and location shoots are worth any lull in the pacing of the film, in my opinion.
    Its quite long though,over 3 hours, so set aside an evening or afternoon to watch it.

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  • OZZ
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    Originally posted by Ignorami View Post
    I'm not too educated about American medals, but is "won" the right word for a Purple Heart?
    I think the proper term would probably be ' awarded '.
    Purple Hearts are given out to soldiers who are wounded or killed in the field.
    Oliver Stone was also awarded a Bronze Star for bravery.

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  • Vince Tortelli
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    More movies I like:
    THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE
    Based on the story of one of the first Allied Special Forces units in World War 2, formed by merging a superbly trained unit of elite Canadian troops and a rabble of Americans facing the stockade or the firing squad.

    FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
    George Clooney manages to be a credible action lead, assisted by Vampire Danny Trejo, Vampire Selma Hayek, biker Tom Savini, preacher Harvey Keitel, and Quentin Tarantino as himself.

    And as for the romance chatter. .to me it loses something when you remember that in the Biblical account we got kicked out of Eden because Women are suckers for smooth talking bad boys.

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  • Eddie Hardon
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    Originally posted by OZZ View Post
    ^^I have the original movie poster laminated and mounted.
    And I think The Deer Hunter is overrated too. I don't hate it, but its certainly not worth all the Oscars it picked up.
    Best/most realistic Vietnam movie ever = Platoon
    Oliver Stone served in Nam and won a purple heart so I'll trust his judgment any day.
    OZZ

    When you're Right, you're you're Right; and you're Right.

    I was very impressed by Platoon and the night battle when they were being overrun was bloody scary. It just generated FEAR in me, as the viewer. The tracer, the unknown etc, and when one US soldier used his mate to cover himself when the NVA breached his trench was fearful.

    BTW, have you noticed the continuity error when Charlie confronts his Platoon SGT (not Willem Defoe but his name has just dropped out of my Head)? Between takes, he has changed from a muddy wet khaki singlet to a dry non-muddy singlet. I'm assuming that they took a lunch break...:-)
    Last edited by Eddie Hardon; 2/06/2012 3:18pm, . Reason: typo

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  • Permalost
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    Originally posted by MovableBookLady View Post
    You were reading this 15-page epic to your girlfriend? You were reading the epic while watching the movie? What exactly?
    No, I did that on my own afterwards because both of us were kinda lost. She just thought it was weird and went on with her life.

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  • Ignorami
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    Originally posted by OZZ View Post
    and won a purple heart...
    I'm not too educated about American medals, but is "won" the right word for a Purple Heart?

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  • OZZ
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    Originally posted by Eddie Hardon View Post
    Apocalypse Now.

    I went to the cinema to see it when it was released and was stunned. A Classic.
    ^^I have the original movie poster laminated and mounted.
    And I think The Deer Hunter is overrated too. I don't hate it, but its certainly not worth all the Oscars it picked up.
    Best/most realistic Vietnam movie ever = Platoon
    Oliver Stone served in Nam and won a purple heart so I'll trust his judgment any day.

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  • Eddie Hardon
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    Apocalypse Now.

    I went to the cinema to see it when it was released and was stunned. A Classic.

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