Category Archives: War

JOURNEY’S END (2018): Good…

Journey's End (2017), Sam Claflin
Journey’s End (2017), Sam Claflin

Directed by Saul Dibb, at the core of the story of Journey’s End is the unfortunate disintegration of a young officers mental state.

Set in 1918 in Aisne, France; officer Stanhope (Sam Claflin) leads a group of British officers into a dugout where they must await their fate.

Also starring Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Asa Butterfield, I was drawn to this movie as a Claflin fan, a fan who wanted to see him in a new type of role… a less romantic one. I have to say that Claflin’s portrayal of Stanthorpe’s struggles may just be my favourite of his performances yet. I appreciates the fact that his character isn’t fully likeable, yet one can’t help but forgive him.

Another reason I like this film is the truth that, unlike what I’m used to in most war films I’ve seen, I appreciate the way Journey’s End showed me an officers mental troubles whilst still at war, as opposed to once he’d returned home. Equally, I was taken by the attitude of Stanthorpe’s superior(s). Particularly how desensitised and seemingly numb they’d become to the unspoken truth of what was coming. In this way, among others, Journey’s End is a film that left me with plenty to think about. Especially pertaining to how I realise that I may not have truly grasped the meaning of what it is to  ‘soldier on’ until after watching this film.

In my heart and mind, The Hurt Locker (2008) is still my favourite of the war films I’ve seen. However, Journey’s End is definitely one I’ll remember for reasons including the performances and perspective(s) I didn’t quite expect.

It’s good. So watch it if you’re so intrigued.

Happy Film loving

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THE CATCHER WAS A SPY (2018): New Trailer From Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Paul Giamatti, Sienna Miller…

The Catcher Was A Spy (2018), Paul Rudd
The Catcher Was A Spy (2018), Paul Rudd

The Catcher Was A Spy is the story of a man in the midst of a double life; working both as a major league baseball player and a spy…

Directed by Ben Lewin; Paul Rudd, Connie Nielsen, Mark Strong and Sienna Miller star…

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t yet encountered a serious, non-comedic Paul Rudd movie that has me excited enough to see it; so deep is my appreciation of his comedic work. Unlike Steve Carell and a few other actors known first for comedy, I’m just finding it hard to make the shift from a funny Rudd to a serious Rudd. I think it’s going to take a film I simply can’t ignore for me to transition. Will The Catcher Was A Spy be that movie? I’m not quite sure yet but I wish.

Guy Pearce, Connie Nielsen, Jeff Daniels, Hiroyuki Sanada and Shea Whigham also star

The Catcher Was A Spy Release Dates: June 22nd, 2018 (US)…

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THE YELLOW BIRDS (2017): New Trailer From Jennifer Aniston, Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette…

The Yellow Birds (2018), Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan
The Yellow Birds (2018), Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan

In The Yellow Birds, two young soldiers, navigate the terrors of the Iraq war while one of them is tortured by a promise he made before their deployment.

Directed by Alexandre Moors; Jennifer Aniston, Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette star…

What an exciting cast. I can’t wait to find out what the deep dark secret is. PerhapsThe Yellow Birds will join The Hurt Locker (2018) as one of my favourite war movies.

The Yellow Birds Release Dates: June 15th, 2018 (US)…

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ZOO (2017): New Trailer Starring Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney…

Zoo (2018), Art Parkinson
Zoo (2018), Art Parkinson

During the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941, young Tom and his misfit friends fought to save ‘Buster’ a baby elephant at Belfast Zoo.

Written and directed by Colin McIvor, Zoo is based on a true story and stars Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney…

This one is for big elephant (my favourite grey creature) fans. I also really want to know which of the elephants in this movie are CGI, if not all.

Zoo Release Dates: June 29th, 2018 (UK & Ireland)…

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JOURNEY’S END (2017): New Frailer From Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield…

Journey's End (2017), Sam Claflin
Journey’s End (2017), Sam Claflin

Directed by Saul Dibb; starring Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin and Asa Butterfield, Journey’s End is a war movie set in a dugout in Aisne, France in 1918.

Journey’s End is a story in which a group of British soldiers who are awaiting their fate and happen to be led by the the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope (Claflin)…

I’m interested because this trailer reminds me of a somewhat similar war movie I enjoyed more than expected. Namely, The Siege of Jadotville (2016), I’m onlso intrigued by the ‘mentally disintegrating young officer’ angle.

Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge and Theo Barklem-Biggs also star.

Journey’s End Release Dates: February 2nd 2018 (UK)…

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NAPLES ’44 (2016): New Trailer For World War II Documentary Voiced By Benedict Cumberbatch, Adriano Giannini…

Naples '44 (2016)
Naples ’44 (2016)

Directed by Francesco Patierno, Naples ’44 is a documentary about a British Intelligence Officer in Naples at the end of World War II. Based on Norman Lewis’s acknowledged masterpiece about a war-torn city and its unforgettable humanity, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adriano Giannini lend their voices to bring Lewis’s words to life…

The visuals in this trailer have me very intrigued indeed. They’re, in parts horrific, hugely disturbing but also undeniably beautiful all at the same time. I can’t wait to see it all together. I’m also looking forward to hearing Cumberbatch bring his vocal talent and presence to the  cause

Naples ’44 Release Dates: November 29th, 2017 (US)…

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12 STRONG (2018): New Trailer From Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Taylor Sheridan…

12 Strong (2018), Michael Shannon
12 Strong (2018), Michael Shannon

Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, 12 Strong is the true story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. There task, to work with an Afghani warlord to take down the Taliban…

Once again, as I do with most war movies I watch, I have to ask the question, how likely is this film to take the place of the The Hurt Locker as my favourite war movie?

12 Strong Release Dates: January 19th, 2018 (US); January 26th, 2018 (UK)…

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (2017): New Trailer From Miles Teller, Hayley Bennett, Amy Schumer…

Thank You For Your Service (2017), Miles Teller
Thank You For Your Service (2017), Miles Teller

In Thank You For Your Service, the new war drama / biography starring Miles Teller and Hayley Bennett, a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq are struggling to integrate back into family and civilian life…

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is interesting and my two favourite war films – American Sniper (2014) and The Hurt Locker (2008) touch on the subject to a degree. In Thank You For Your Service, PTSD is the main focus and so I must watch. The other reason for me to watch is Teller because of his memorable work in Whiplash (2014). Also I’m curious about Bennett. I’ve seen her in a number of trailers but I’m yet to watch one of her movies.

Directed by Jason Hall; Joe Cole and Keisha Castle-Hughes also star.

Thank You For Your Service Release Dates: October 27th, 2017 (US)…

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