Category Archives: War

GREYHOUND (2020): The Thing I Liked…

Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Though brief and relegated strictly to the start, I did find myself moved by the romance at the beginning of Tom Hank’s latest war drama, Greyhound.

Past this almost throwaway moment in the movie, everything else that takes place in director Aaron Schneider’s World War II movie happens at sea. For Greyhound is a story that focuses on US Navy captain Ernest Krausemust as he leads an allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

As you might imagine, there are plenty of tense moments that will make it hard to look away from the screen. Moments that show us how tough a captain’s job is as he tries to avoid getting his ship and all his men blown up.

The acting is of course, faultless. However, I can’t deny that the visuals of the grey ships on the Atlantic; visuals that lasted for approximately 95 per cent of the movie had me yearning for difference.

Greyhound is one you watch because you love Hanks and you’re curious about just how well-executed the tense moments are.

Other than that, I’m almost one hundred per cent sure you’d enjoy Hank’s other movie set at sea much more. I’m of course speaking of Captain Phillips (2013).

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DA 5 BLOODS (2020): The Things I Liked…

Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix
Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix

Da 5 Bloods, the Spike Lee-directed story of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam for two specific reasons, years after the war ended is a good film. One that really ought to qualify Delroy Lindo for at least an award nomination because his performance is powerful, heartbreaking and hard to forget.

Also starring Chadwick Boseman, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis and Isiah Whitlock Jr., the men are there to find the remains of their fallen squad leader, and to locate the gold fortune he helped them hide many years earlier.

I enjoyed much of the way the story unfolded; including the use of flashbacks. There’s also the way important black leaders were highlighted in the movie at key points. Especially the leaders/freedom fighters who impacted the lives of the veterans around the time they were American soldiers in Vietnam. These moments helped me to better understand the characters and what was happening in the world at the time. I found Da 5 Bloods to be a moving, timely, engaging and certainly heartbreaking story that delves into the relationship between four veterans, their shared experience as black Americans and how that contributed to their lives during important times in American history.

Da 5 Bloods (2020), Delroy Lindo, Johnny Nguyen, Jonathan Majors, Netflix
Da 5 Bloods (2020), Delroy Lindo, Johnny Nguyen, Jonathan Majors, Netflix

One of the most delightful parts of Lee’s movie is at the very beginning when we get to see the comradery and brotherhood between the four men. Tensions do eventually follow, as expected. But those few minutes at the start had Da 5 Bloods feeling a little bit like the male version of Girls Trip (2017); a truth I have zero complaints about.

In terms of what I didn’t love about Da 5 Bloods, there are two main things in particular. Firstly, some of what I hoped would be surprise happenings/events were set up in a way that made it easy to guess precisely what was about to take place, especially if you’d been fully paying attention. For example, there’s one particular moment that involves a character walking in a very specific way during a disagreement between the four men – but seemingly for no apparent reason before a key distressing event takes place.

Second, who, while stealing, chooses to be extremely loud as they do it, unless they’re a bank robber wielding guns? That I’d understand. I think the four veterans were far too loud while retrieving the gold, even if they did think no one was around. It annoyed me that they weren’t more careful when it made perfect sense for them to be just that. I’m not saying that the story would have turned out differently if they had just lowered their voices and not let the bright shiny gold catch the light. But doing all they did certainly didn’t help, let alone make sense to me.

Da 5 Bloods reminds us of why Lee is a notable filmmaker. Generally, the story is well structured and engaging. So, watch it for a good Spike Lee movie experience, and because performance-wise, everyone did great, especially Lindo.

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SUMMERLAND (2020): New Trailer Starring Gemma Aterton, Penelope Wilton, GUGU MBATHA-RAW, Tom Courtenay…

Summerland (2020), Gemma Aterton
Summerland (2020), Gemma Aterton, IFC Films

Summerland stars Gemma Aterton as Alice, a reclusive writer living on the seaside cliffs of Southern England during World War II. Alice’s life is unexpectedly changed after meeting Frank, a young boy she reluctantly takes in after he’s evacuated from London.

Written / directed by Jessica Swale; additional key cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton and Tom Courtenay.

I’m drawn to this one for young Frank’s journey; from feeling unwanted and being all alone to finding the perfect new home.

Another draw is the little hints of humour and the musical score.

Amanda Root, Siân Phillips, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Lawrence, Sally Scott, Jessica Gunning, David Horovitch, Karl Farrer and Toby Osmond also star.

Summerland Release Dates: July 24th, 2020 (UK); July 31st, 2020 (US)…

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DA 5 BLOODS (2020): New Trailer From Spike Lee, Starring Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser, Delroy Lindo, Jean Reno…

Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix
Da 5 Bloods (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Da 5 Bloods (2020).


Today is the day for something new from Oscar winning director Spike Lee. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno, Delroy Lindo and Paul Walter Hauser; Da 5 Bloods is the story of four African American veterans battling the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam. The men are there on a mission to find remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

My mind’s already trying to race with ideas of how the story is likely to end. I’m in for what will likely be another creatively noteworthy film by from Lee.

I’m also watching for Boseman’s performance and images of vietnam.

Jasper Pääkkönen, Clarke Peters, Mélanie Thierry, Van Veronica Ngo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jonathan Majors, Norm Lewis, Rick Shuster and Mav Kang also star.

Da 5 Bloods Release Dates: June 12th, 2020 (US) / Netflix…

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JOJO RABBIT (2019): The Things I Liked…

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight
JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight

Jojo Rabbit, a comedy / drama about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home is a movie I found more and more impressive as it played.

Director and co-writer Taika Waititi really did a great job of bringing humour to one of history’s darkest times. Jojo Rabbit is as funny and smart as others have been saying. I appreciate the way it reminds us of just how easily a young mind can be shaped; while also showing us that young minds are smart enough to figure things out for themselves, given the right circumstances.

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Roman Griffin Davis, Fox Searchlight

I watched Waititi’s movie mainly because of the very intriguing and clever premise, the comedy categorisation, the fact that everyone told me to and the brilliant cast. A talent list that includes Scarlett Johansson, Waititi himself and Sam Rockwell, to name just a few.

Besides the cleverness and notable performances, the colours and beautiful imagery will stay with me when I think of Jojo Rabbit. As will the super cute and talented young actors, Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates. There’s also the way Jojo Rabbit reminds me of another brilliant World War 2 drama / comedy. Namely Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1997).

Watch Jojo Rabbit because it’s good – and see exactly why Waititi deserved the win for 2020’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

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GREYHOUND (2020): New Trailer From Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham…

Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Greyhound (2020), Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Greyhound (2020).


Greyhound is a new war drama starring Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue and Stephen Graham.

Directed by Aaron Schneider and co-written by Hanks, it’s the story of World War II US Navy skipper Ernest Krausemust who must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

I’m in because it’s Hanks and I want to see how how Commander Ernest Krausemust and hopefully many of his men end up making it out alive.

Also, the last time Hanks played a character at sea in Captain Phillips (2013) I had a great time.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Karl Glusman, Maximilian Osinski, Matthew Zuk, Lee Norris, Tom Brittney, Rob Morgan, Grayson Russell, Devin Druid, Dave Davis, Michael Benz and Craig Tate also star.

Greyhound Release Dates

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WAITING FOR ANYA (2020): New Trailer From Anjelica Huston, Noah Schnapp, Jean Reno, Sadie Frost…

Waiting For Anya (2020), Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Vertical Releases
Waiting For Anya (2020), Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Vertical Releases

Based on a true story; starring Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, Sadie Frost and Noah Schnapp, Waiting For Anaya is a new Ben Cookson directed wartime drama. The story of Jo (Schnappp), a young shepherd along with the help of the widow Horcada (Huston) as the help to smuggle Jewish children across the border from southern France into Spain, during World War2.

Additional key cast includes Frederick Schmidt, Thomas Kretschmann, Nicholas Rowe, Gilles Marini…

The moving and well edited trailer grabbed my attention and now I’m compelled to find out if Anya and her father are reunited.

Tómas Lemarquis, Joséphine de La Baume, Elsa Zylberstein, Urs Rechn, William Abadie, Jean-François Balmer, Raj Awasti

Waiting For Anya Release Dates: February 7th, 2020 (US); February 14th, 2020 (UK)…

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THE LAST FULL MEASURE (2019): New Trailer From Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer, Jeremy Irvine…

The Last Full Measure (2020), Sebastian Stan, RoadsideFlix
The Last Full Measure (2020), Sebastian Stan, RoadsideFlix

Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer and Jeremy Irvine are the stars of The Last full Measure the story of Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr., who was awarded the nation’s highest military honour for his actions on the battlefield, thirty four years after his death.

From Writer / director Todd Robinson; additional key cast includes Bradley Whitford, Ed Harris, Michael Imperioli…

I’m simply curious to find out why it had to take thirty four years for Pitsenbarger, Jr. to get the recognition he deserved. I also haven’t seen Stan in a leading role before so this should be interesting.

Diane Ladd, William Hurt, Alison Sudol, Linus Roache, John Savage, Peter Fonda, Robert Pine and Amy Madigan also star.

The Last Full Measure Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US)…

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