Welcome to…Movie Battle! The place where two films go head-to-head and you the people will choose the winner!
Last week’s battle was Movie Battle first 3 0n 3 match up, Marvel vs. DC. Since Marvel had the most characters, they ended up the winners with 73% of the votes. Batman couldn’t do it all by himself so in a future battle his partner the Man of Steel can join him, and we will see if this match up can shift. Either way, congrats to team Marvel!
This week there is another first time battle and it’s a 4-way battle! Movie Battle brings you 4 of the best war films ever made that were directed by some of the best directors in film history. When you ask anybody what is their favorite war film, 9 out of 10 it is usually one of these war films. 3 of the films takes place during the Vietnam War and 1 takes place during World War 2, and two of these films will pit father and son against each other! This will be an epic battle since they are the 4 biggest war films with Hollywood’s biggest names. So, the question is…
Are You Ready?!
Now lets take it down to The Fink for the introductions…
First contestant, coming in as #81 on IMDb’s top 250 list and with an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, we bring you…Full Metal Jacket!
Second contestant, coming in as #144 on IMDb’s top 250 list and with 4 Oscars won for Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Sound. Directed by Oliver Stone, starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen, we bring you…Platoon!
Now for the third contestant, coming in as #35 on IMDb’s top 250 list and with 2 Oscars won for Best Cinematography and Best Sound. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando, we bring you…Apocalypse Now!
And last but not least, the fourth contestant, coming in as #37 on IMDb’s top 250 list and with 5 Oscars won for Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, we bring to you…Saving Private Ryan!
The 4-Way Battle
Now lets hear from some of our experts…
“Spielberg’s war movie is famed for its half hour long opening scene, portraying the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach. It’s widely regarded as the greatest battle scene ever filmed.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews
“Platoon is a powerful and effective film that shows the American Soldier fighting in The Vietnam War for what they are, backed by incredible performances from Berenger, Sheen, and mostly Dafoe, and because Stone has a wondeful knack for writing and directing especially when it comes to creating an emotion.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews
“A triumph in filmmaking, Full Metal Jacket is a picture not to be missed. With its diverse selection of characters and elaborate direction, the movie succeeds in moving the audience and ranks as one of the best war films of all time.” – Cinematic
“Apocalypse Now Redux is a masterpiece. I have seen the original non-Redux theater cut before but it wasn’t until I saw this “uncut” version that I can make this assertion. Why a masterpiece? Because it is many things all at once in a series of haunting surreal images that can eat at you from start to finish.” – Margaret of the North
The Filmster’s Pick…
With the best opening war scene ever, I have never seen a war film that felt so realistic and puts you right into a heart pounding and jaw dropping battle. People will argue that the middle of the film is not as good, but I disagree as the rest of the film portrays some really good acting and cinematography. Also, it leads to some great war scenes at the end of the film.