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Movie Review: ‘The Hurt Locker’ is a masterpiece of suspense

10 Apr

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The Hurt Locker (R) 130 min. Directed by:Kathryn Bigelow. Written by:Mark Boal. Starring:Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Feinnes, David Morse, Evangeline Lily. Cinematography:Barry Akroyd. Original music by:Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders.

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Despite the glut of films centered around it over the past few years, the Iraq War has not exactly made for compelling cinema.  Tangled in extreme political stance or statement, or designed around a general cluelessness about the way the actual battle itself is being fought, previous pics like The Valley of Elah, Lions for Lambs and Redacted were dead on arrival. Now, Kathryn Bigelow, director of Point Break and Near Dark, enters the Iraq conflict with The Hurt Locker;an expertly crafted thriller that leaves behind politics and posturing and brings the viewer onto the grimy, narrow streets of downtown Baghdad. With a singularity of vision and a documentarian’s eye for extreme and seemingly inconsequential detail, Bigelow transcends not only her own previous films but typical action cliches  to deliver one of the most suspenseful and intense cinema experiences I’ve ever had.   Continue reading

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Xiphos’ Top 12 Modern American War Films

7 Oct

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Octoer 07, 2009–

Hello all. I’m here house-bound with the flu and definitely not enjoying it. So, to add a bright bit to the otherwise dreary routine of sneeze, shudder, ache…I’ve got a pretty cool list of war films from internet bud and constant reader Xiphos, who happens to be currently serving as a U.S. Marine. Xi and I have had some entertaining back-and-forths regarding the merits of war films and the Hollywood portrayal of the military. If you even mention a certain Hanks/Spielberg flick you can expect to see the sparks fly.

So, after hearing Xi wax poetic on everything those films get wrong, I invited him back here to give us a peek at movies he thinks get it right. And what a list he’s got. There are a few on here I haven’t seen in years and a few more still that I haven’t seen at all. I think it’s a great list and if you were looking to brush up your war film knowledge, it’s a pretty good place to start. I might have included Patton on there, but then, it isn’t my list. Take it away Xi!