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Battle of the Bulge Review

I would like to dedicate this review to Mr Peter Judson. This review was requested by his son on the occasion of his 85th Birthday. Best wishes go out to Peter! I can’t speak for everyone (at least not yet, give it a few years), but I imagine that not everyone is an expert on…

The Guns of Navarone Review

I would like to dedicate this review to Mr Peter Walsh Judson. This review was requested by his son on the occasion of his 85th Birthday. Best wishes go out to Peter! At this point, I’ve seen so many films about World War II that I feel like I could enter Mastermind using the war…

Downfall Review

I have reviewed many war films before, but none of them has been like this one. The common phrase ‘history is written by the victors’ is often true of films; there have been few movies set from the perspective of the German’s in the years since the Second World War, with good reason, but there…

Downfall Review (In Deutsch)

Ich habe schon viele Kriegsfilme rezensiert, aber keiner von ihnen war so wie dieser. Der übliche Ausdruck “Geschichte wird von den Siegern geschrieben” trifft häufig auf Filme zu. In den Jahren seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg wurden aus gutem Grund nur wenige Filme aus der Sicht der Deutschen gedreht, aber es gibt immer noch wichtige Geschichten,…

War Horse Review

There are few duos in Hollywood as successful and revered as Steven Spielberg and John Williams. The director and the maestro have had a lucrative partnership that spans five decades and a truckload of awards. To date, they have worked on twenty-eight films together (starting with 1974’s The Sugarland Express), and their partnership shows no signs…

They Shall Not Grow Old Review

It’s fair to say that, in the grand scheme of things, we don’t see as many films based around the First World War as we do its successor. Overall, it feels like there hasn’t been a second of World War II left undocumented, while your average Joe will know very little about The Great War,…

Military Wives Review

There are films that come along in cinemas each year which will look similar to something else, maybe a plot resembles one from a film ten years previously, or a certain actor is playing a similar character. I get this kind of feeling a lot when it comes to a certain stable of British films.…

1917 Review

The First World War is barely touched by film when compared to its successor; I think it’s fair to say that we’ve had more World War II films than we know what to do with, but First World War films are much harder to come by. I think a big part of that is that,…

JoJo Rabbit Review

Taika Waititi is a unique talent in Hollywood. Not afraid to explore surreal, and absolutely barmy premises, he’s been a leading light of Polynesian cinema for a few years now, and he well and truly came into mainstream attention after directing Thor: Ragnarok, one of the MCU’s more entertaining films in its canon. I’ll be…

Midway Review

It is often said that history is written by the victors; and World War II is a victory we’ve been telling for eight decades now, something that shows no sign of slowing down. It makes me wonder if one day we may run out of war stories to tell, this facilitating the need for a…