I hate movies about/with war, or more precisely, battles that depict how horrible and bloodsoaked and gory wars are. Hate hate hate them. Watch them. Hate them.
So, having watched the extended cut of Return of the King for about the infinityinth time today, I still find myself with goosebumps and tears streaming down my face over the incredibly bittersweet glory depicted during the battle on Pelennor Fields.
Are there any other movies that depict war as glorrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeuhhhhssssssssss
(/John Colicos) that I should see?
posted by WolfDaddy
on Dec 29, 2004 -
"Stalag 17" and "The Great Escape" are rerun constantly, but this was a WW2 prison camp movie I saw 20-odd years ago, and have never seen since. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling
on Dec 4, 2004 -
Any good books to suggest on the US-Mexico War of 1846-48? I've recently read (and found very interesting) To the Halls of the Montezumas
and Eisenhower's son book
. Any other suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.
posted by matteo
on Nov 8, 2004 -
We're more polarized politically than at any time since the Vietnam war. So why can't I find beautiful, intellectual music that reflects our anger and hope? In other words, who are the Marvin Gaye, Phil Ochs, and Joan Baez of our generation?
posted by PrinceValium
on Nov 6, 2004 -
What are those red and green things pinned to the lapels of nearly everybody on the BBC these days?
posted by ar0n
on Nov 6, 2004 -
I'm trying to find out what my grandfather did during World War II. He was in the 101st and I know he saw a lot of the worst of the Battle of the Bulge. He mentioned going to Hitler's retreat (I believe he means Eagle's Nest). He also won, I believe, an important medal that he refuses to accept and was invited to France to do something. He hates talking about it, he's getting up there, and I was hoping to figure out as much as I can. Sorry to be vague but I'm telling all that I know. My preliminary google searches don't turn up anything. More inside. [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Oct 12, 2004 -
War Movies: I'm looking for any good movies about World War II, specifically to do with civilian life (rather than military actions.) I've seen Au Revoir Les Enfants
and The Diary of Anne Frank
- can you suggest any others you've enjoyed?
posted by different
on Sep 16, 2004 -
I'd like to put the war in people's faces a little more by showing a running tally of the deaths of U.S. soldiers on my blog. Is there an RSS feed of this info anywhere? I'm thinking of information structured something like this... >> [more inside]
posted by luser
on Sep 8, 2004 -
? To my non-historian eyes, the war on terror
and to some extent the war on drugs
strike me as neotrotskyesque. Is this a fair characterization, or have other political philosophers advanced a theory more similar to the current trends in modern US "war
posted by Kwantsar
on Jul 10, 2004 -
Today is the 60th aniversary of the D-Day invasion. George W. Bush will be giving a speech at Normandy Beach today in which he will compare the need for WW2 to the need for our current Iraq War. This seems a distinct overstatement and not historically accurate. (Not to mention philosophically accurate) I am no history scholar, but would not mind a clear, concise response to this comparison to use in mixed conversation. My question is this, 'Why is the Iraq War NOTHING like WW2?" Please avoid personal anecdotal responses. A historical and political overview is desired.
posted by BrodieShadeTree
on Jun 4, 2004 -
Can anyone point me in the direction of an internet site or book that describes history's wars in an objective, detailed, yet concise way? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster
on May 18, 2004 -
Is there a resource I can use to find quasi-authoritative casualty figures for various wars and conflicts? Specifically, I need good estimates of the number of Somalis killed by U.N. forces during the 1992-93 intervention in Somalia. All I can find are scattered references to casualties associated with individual events within that time frame (e.g., the Blackhawk Down episode).
posted by stonerose
on May 12, 2004 -
Can a free people in a democratic country that has grown to such an enormous power remain to its historically told ideals of basic human rights, government from and for the people? Could the desire for control of that power be great enough to collapse a free society? Is humankind enslaved to war?
posted by the fire you left me
on Apr 30, 2004 -
I'm looking for any informative preferably unbiased look at wether the US might set up a draft for the ongoing Iraqi war . I would also be interested in reading educated opinions on the probablility of this happening in the absence of real tangible information. I did find this: The Coming Draft
, but I don't know the slant on this news source. Many thanks!
posted by pissfactory
on Apr 15, 2004 -
Did "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out" originate in the Vietnam War?
posted by Shane
on Mar 26, 2004 -