Tag Archives: Vietnam War

The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

Steven Spielberg felt an urgency. At a time when the United States had elected a president who made it one of his top priorities to attack the free press, to label any newspaper or TV network that had any kind of critical coverage of his administration ”fake news”, we needed a movie that stood by … Continue reading The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

Full Metal Jacket

BORN TO KILL.  In 1967, a group of young men arrive at Parris Island, South Carolina for basic training, among them James Davis (Matthew Modine) who quickly gets a nickname, “Joker”… Stanley Kubrick’s first project in seven years is an antiwar movie, which he has done (even better) before. This one is divided into two … Continue reading Full Metal Jacket

10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

A few days ago, I finished Steven J. Ross’s book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics”, where the writer has profiled the political careers of ten liberal and conservative Hollywood figures. He chose his subjects well, because they differ a lot from each other. Some of them were movement politicians, meaning they … Continue reading 10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

Good Morning, Vietnam

TIME TO ROCK IT FROM THE DELTA TO THE DMZ! In 1965, Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) arrives in Saigon to serve as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio Service, but starts breaking protocol right away. Williams’s breakthrough, a story inspired by the real-life Cronauer, was a big commercial and critical hit, a perfect vehicle for … Continue reading Good Morning, Vietnam

Born on the Fourth of July: All Quiet on the Southeastern Front

A STORY OF INNOCENCE LOST AND COURAGE FOUND.   It took a while for me to realize that the date I revisited this film on Bluray was July 4th. I may be daft, but so is anyone who doesn’t consider this film to be another example of just how patriotic Oliver Stone is. Along with … Continue reading Born on the Fourth of July: All Quiet on the Southeastern Front

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

SOME FIGHTS ARE BIGGER THAN THE RING. In 1971, Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War becomes a case for the U.S. Supreme Court, but Chief Justice Warren Burger (Frank Langella) believes it has no merits. His name may be in the title, but in this HBO drama the champ only appears … Continue reading Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Platoon: Taking the Pain

THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR IS INNOCENCE. After serving in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star as well as a Purple Heart, Oliver Stone came back to the United States in 1968. Disgusted with the way the war was portrayed by John Wayne in the now infamous Green Berets that year, Stone wrote down his experiences. Even though … Continue reading Platoon: Taking the Pain

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

In 1971, the New York Times ran a story on what came to be known as the Pentagon Papers, top-secret documents that exposed many eyebrow-raising details on the game that started the Vietnam War and what went on as the war played out during the ’60s. The man who smuggled the documents out of the … Continue reading The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Rescue Dawn

A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL… DECLASSIFIED.  In 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler’s (Christian Bale) plane is shot down over Laos and he’s soon captured by a Pathet Lao militia group; there are other American prisoners in their camp and Dieter plots an escape… Director Werner Herzog previously chronicled Dengler’s experiences as a POW in … Continue reading Rescue Dawn