A Genre That I Need to Work on: War Films

Going into this project, there were two genres that I had seen literally 0 films off
of the “Must-See” list: War and Western.  When I was younger, neither of these genres appealed much to me.  So, now I am behind the 8 ball on watching the 50 films from each genre.  Below is a recap of the two War films I’ve seen so far from the list.

Seen to date: 2 out of 50

M*A*S*H (1970)

Director: Robert Altman

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould and Robert Duvall

Academy Award Wins – Best Adapted Screenplay

AFI Top 100 – #56 (1998) #54 (2007)

M*A*S*H is a film about the highs and lows of life set in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War.  Hawkeye (Sutherland) and Trapper John (Gould) are two of the unit’s best surgeons, which allows them to get away with their hijinks and pursue nurses.
All this goes on much to the chagrin of Major Burns (Duvall).

Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H has won its share of accolades, the Palme d’Or and an Academy Award for its screenplay.  But, often it is overlooked in favor the subsequent TV show which many feel is the one of the best of all-time.

My Rating – 2.5 Ticket Stubs (Out of 5)

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 89% (36 Reviews)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon

Academy Award Wins – Best Director (Spielberg), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Sound

AFI Top 100 – #71 (2007)

An army captain (Hanks) is given a special assignment when he is tasked to take seven men into France to find one solider, Private Ryan (Damon), whose three brothers have all been killed in combat.

Spielberg and Hanks combined to make one of the gems of the 90s.  Saving Private Ryan was awarded with multiple Academy Awards and among them was Cinematography and Sound Effects Editing.  Both of these were extremely well deserved for an extremely beautifully shot film that is accompanied by an intense audio experience.

My Rating – 4 Ticket Stubs

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 91% (93 Reviews)



About DC Evans

I’m a long time film lover. For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent my free time going to multiplexs; renting tapes and building my own DVD/Blu-ray collection. I'll be blogging about my efforts as I watch my way through the history of film. For starters, I’ll be focusing on watching each movie in the book “501 Must-See Movies.” Follow me on twitter: @D_C_Evans
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