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BEHIND THE LINE: ESCAPE TO DUNKIRK – Different & Exciting

August 19th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Thrilling and compelling the movie Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk puts you in the middle of a life and death situation. The production value depicting the initial battle, the barracks, jail and farm look very good. The storyline, although a work of fiction, shows another kind of battle to win freedom for a squad of British soldiers. Read more…

“THE OUTPOST” 5 out of 5 Stars on Blu-ray

August 17th, 2020 No comments

 

Review by John Delia

“In 2006, the US Army established a series of outposts in Northern Afghanistan to promote counterinsurgency. The intent was to connect with the locals and to stop the flow of weapons and Taliban fighters from Pakistan. One of these was PRT Kamdesh. It was built in a remote valley completely surrounded by The Hindu Kush Mountains. One analyst said it may as well be called “Camp Custer”. His reasoning was simple and official.” – Filmmaker

Just making a statement that a film is based on a true story is one thing, but when it’s verified, you see a movie a bit differently. The screenplay’s shocking battle and the helplessness of the US Army fighters depicted in the movie The Outpost, is absolutely cringing. But, cringing isn’t even a strong enough word for it. This film shows the ability and tactfulness of our military under fire, but more so, the heroism. Read more…

“APOCALYPSE ’45” A Revealing Documentary

August 12th, 2020 No comments

Monroe Ozment  Photo courtesy of Discovery

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

There’s been many documentaries on wars, especially World War II that had embedded cameramen and camerawomen into the fighting. You may have seen similar features on “World at War”, but Apocalypse ’45 is one documentary that really stands out as it includes recently released declassified film footage that these very brave photographers shot while under fire from enemy forces. It makes a strong statement for our unwaveringly and heroic American fighters who took down the unyielding Japanese Imperial Military. Read more…

“SECRET WEAPON” a Mission of No Return

July 21st, 2020 No comments

 

Review By John Delia

An interesting view of WWII the movie Secret Weapon involves a mission of no return. The true story comprises a little known mission that, because of its goal, saved many Russian lives from the German invasion. The locations, costumes/wardrobe, firearms, German trucks and much more adds to the storyline giving it a measure of realism. The film does give the feel of the movie The Dirty Dozen, but considering the low budget production, does not come up to that level. Just as a suggestion, the film is best seen played in Russian with English subtitles to get better expression from the character roles and more realism. It does however, have an option of English dubbing that actually isn’t very convincing playing it that way. Read more…

“THE TOBACCONIST” Compelling and Thought Provoking

July 10th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A very arresting and alarming film, the compelling movie The Tobacconist puts you into the thick of things as the Nazis move to blanket all of Austria politically. Although allowing most all people to continue to work and run business as usual, in the late 1930’s the Jewish and Gypsy population were dealt a blow being stripped of their voting rights. It was the start of dark times for the two groups and this story depicts the oppression and the civil discord connected with Nazi discrimination notably in Vienna where the film takes place. – “Some of the information in this paragraph was obtained from Wikipedia’s history of Austria.” Read more…

“THE OUTPOST” Cringing and Heroic

July 3rd, 2020 No comments

 

Review by John Delia

“In 2006, the US Army established a series of outposts in Northern Afghanistan to promote counterinsurgency. The intent was to connect with the locals and to stop the flow of weapons and Taliban fighters from Pakistan. One of these was PRT Kamdesh. It was built in a remote valley completely surrounded by The Hindu Kush Mountains. One analyst said it may as well be called “Camp Custer”. His reasoning was simple and official.” – Filmmaker

Just making a statement that a film is based on a true story is one thing, but when it’s verified, you see a movie a bit differently. The screenplay’s shocking battle and the helplessness of the US Army fighters depicted in the movie The Outpost, is absolutely cringing. But, that word isn’t even a strong enough word for it. This film shows the ability and tactfulness of our military under fire, but more so, the heroism. Read more…

“LAST FULL MEASURE” Battlefield to the Capitol

April 19th, 2020 No comments

Review by John Delia

A stunner because of the attack during the Vietnam War, yet inspiring that soldiers who fought it deal with it in a dramatic way, the film The Last Full Measure comes to home video. Beyond the doubt there were many devastating battles during the Vietnam War with a devastating loss of life. All who served were heroes for facing the enemy including many that died on the battlefield and others returning wounded physically and psychologically. It was a disconcerting time with the American population in deep disfavor of a war and others feeling depressed over the death toll. Like with all wars and conflicts, many of our fighting troops are awarded medals for their courage under fire, including the person who this story centers on William H. Pitsenbarger. Read more…

“Waiting for Anya” Self-Sacrificing and Courageous

February 6th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Having seen many true stories on the plight of the Jews in different lands, you would think there would be a lot of repetition. But the true stories are so many that filmmakers could fill theaters with unending peeks into the horrors of the Nazi’s and those that were afraid to help. This script based on a real happening called Waiting for Anya fits in the category of selflessness and courage. The film has a the elements of others that fit the mold of Waiting for Anya, but the way it is approached here by Ben Cookson, turns the story into a drama that so engrossing that its worth watching. Another thing that separates this film from the others is surprising historical content that Waiting for Anya reveals. Read more…

“1917” Proves War is Hell

December 24th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Opening this Holiday season is a WWI film 1917 and it’s one of the best movies of 2019. It may even have a shot from some of the big award givers come January and February. The Golden Globes has nominated the film in three categories including Best Motion Picture Drama, but we won’t get those results until January 5. It’s been awhile since a war film was chosen for the top Academy Award and you would have to go back to 2009 when The Hurt Locker took it. That top Oscar involved the most recent war in Iraq. But as far as a war film with fighting scenes throughout like 1917, it would be Saving Private Ryan in 1999 that got the nod for Best Picture. Read more…

“Midway” Unforgettable Patriotism

November 6th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Actually a lot better than Pearl Harbor and the first time the movie Midway was produced, this version by Roland Emmerich is sharp, compelling and an edge of your seat thriller. Even if you are not a fan of war movies, the film does have a lot of patriotic courage, determination and historical significance that honor’s our fallen heroes. The film pulls no punches as it plays out showing the choices that were made both good and bad, both in the heat of battle on the ships at sea and by aircraft pilots. Read more…