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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!

10 Summers, 20 Magnificently Stupid Movies

24 Jun

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June 23rd, 2009

Well, it’s finally here. Michael Bay’s Transformers: Louder, Dumber and more Racist has hit the multiplexes and every male between 10 and 24 has penciled it into his agenda right between “get a Slurpee and some Chalupas” and “play X-Box”. The best hope at this point is that it will be ‘good-bad’,  like the glorious Highlander II: The Quickening.

However, the critics haven’t been nice at all, and if the picture they paint is accurate, nor should they. When Roger Ebert identifies the best scene in your movie as involving “a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine” and calls the rest of it “a horrible experience of unbearable length” it’s probably safe to say there are problems. And Roger liked the first movie! The best of these reviews is over at i09 and gives me hope that it will be memorable even if it isn’t good. Continue reading