Review: Darkest Hour (2017)

Biopics and historical dramas are tricky stories to bring to the screen. One needs to find a good way to stay true to the facts and yet highlight emotional elements that become good entertainment. It’s important to create a clear picture of an era and its main subjects, what was relevant to them, and why they became who they became, without detailing every single aspect … Continue reading Review: Darkest Hour (2017)

Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

One of the most brutal characteristics of war is that it can hit you hard, anywhere, without a single warning, and completely change the course of history. Even as conflicts escalate, it is never easy to pinpoint when and if a full, blown-out violent confrontation will ever occur, until it does. In 1914, people were going about their lives in Sarajevo when Archduke Franz Ferdinand … Continue reading Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Review: El Laberinto del Fauno {Pan’s Labyrinth} (2006)

There is no questioning how devastating wars are. Especially in today’s world, where conflicts are further and further away from trenches and battlefields and take place within countries and in the middle of cities, the effects of war seem to be even more long-lasting and damaging. Nowadays, in any given armed conflict, civilians deaths represent up to 90% of all casualties. Children become an especially easy … Continue reading Review: El Laberinto del Fauno {Pan’s Labyrinth} (2006)

Review: Platoon (1986)

Several countries and international organizations have developed and worked with what is called a “Code of Conduct for War”. Serving as ethical guides, such codes usually list rules on how to behave towards enemy forces, prisoners, civilians and even with oneself. As much as one can understand the creation of such codes, it is also vastly known war does not play itself by any rules. … Continue reading Review: Platoon (1986)

Review: The Great Dictator (1940)

Certainly more widely used nowadays than in decades before, political satire can be a very powerful weapon to address issues either forbidden by a regime, or without “tiring” the viewer too quickly. Breaking down a political issue into a different type of language may help a filmmaker reach a wider audience, one that may have refrained from the discussion had it been presented otherwise. While … Continue reading Review: The Great Dictator (1940)

Review: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

World War II was, without a doubt, the world’s most savage and devastating war. Advancing into cities and decimating civilians, it had an estimate death toll of 60-80 million people. Many thought Nazi Germany’s and its concentration camps, death chambers and extermination practices would constitute the most atrocious elements of this war… Until the Americans dropped the atomic bombs in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was … Continue reading Review: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Review: Paths of Glory (1957)

While many people associate the anti-war movement to the Vietnam War, the idea of publicly and systematically opposing wars is much older than that. Not to be confused with pacifism, the anti-war sentiment may oppose one particular war, in specific, and often has no problems with, say, national defense. World War I, or the Great War, was perhaps the first time Europe saw itself massively … Continue reading Review: Paths of Glory (1957)