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There have been plenty of films made about World War II before, but this new three-part series has something new to say...
The Hollywood model for war movies is well known to us; certainly my generation was raised on Sunday afternoon fare of The Great Escape, Guns of Navarone, and Where Eagles Dare. These are all great films, but do they capture any truth of the experience? How far can any film capture the experience of war?
Well, Generation War does a great job with the emotions in particular. Other WWII movies may have the action sequences to amaze, but this three-part German drama concentrates on the feelings of five friends who meet up in Berlin in 1941, on the night before three of them depart for the Eastern front. Charlotte will become a nurse. Brothers Wilhelm and Friedhelm are soldiers. Staying in Berlin are lovers Greta and Viktor. She's a »
Hey everyone! Starting this week, Daily Dead is going to be bringing you a weekly DVD & Blu-ray release recap so that you guys and gals can better keep up on all the great home horror entertainment coming at you each and every week. Considering the amount of titles being announced these days, we figured this would be a handy reminder of just some of the awesome movies you can to add to your own DVD and Blu-ray collections.
Here’s a rundown on what’s coming your way this week including a ton of amazing classic titles in hi-def from Universal Studios, a handful of Godzilla sequels being released on Blu-ray, and more.
None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. »
- Heather Wixson
Synapse Films has a new release heading our way in May that fans of classic 70's horror are sure to want to take note of. Hammer's dark and underrated Countess Dracula, starring the voluptuous Ingrid Pitt, will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on May 6th.
While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Lt. Imre Toth (Elès) and impersonates her own daughter (Down) to win his affections. Soon girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Collier), to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. »
- Debi Moore
This week sees the release of George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" (read our review here), which carefully follows the template of what's come to be known as the men-on-a-mission movie, and has been around even before the Second World War came to a close. The recipe is simple: take a bunch of men (the more ill-suited and quarrelsome the better), give them an objective—killing Hitler, looting Nazi gold, saving Private Ryan, protecting crucial work of arts from destruction by the Germans—and send those men on the mission. It's proved a consistently popular genre over the years, with plenty of classics or near-classics, including "The Guns Of Navarone," "The Dirty Dozen," "Von Ryan's Express," "Where Eagles Dare," "The Eagle Has Landed," "A Bridge Too Far," or more recently, "Inglourious Basterds." But there's also a fair few that aren't spoken about in the same measure that might deserve to be, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
David Cameron has revealed his five favourite films.
Cameron also named Sergio Leone's classic Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, romantic classic Casablanca and Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning World War II drama Schindler's List among his top five.
Additionally, Cameron gave special mention to "the last ten minutes of Shrek 2", in his recent interview with the Daily Mail.
Speaking about his acting past at school, the prime minister said: "I only did a little bit. My brother [QC Alex Cameron] was the actor in all the school plays, and then at Bristol University, and he did the Edinburgh Fringe every year.
"He went to train at Lecoq School in France. He was a proper actor."
He continued: "At school I had a walk-on part in The Tempest. And then a play called »
Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: one of the P.M.'s all-time favourite films.
Regardless whether you share his political views, readers will have to agree that British Prime Minister David Cameron's choice of movies are worth voting for. In an interview in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday 'Event' magazine he chose the following films as his favourite top five - Lawrence of Arabia; Where Eagles Dare; The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly; Casablanca, and Schindler's List. Nice one, Dave! There's a Cinema Retro exclusive "Broadsword Calling Danny Boy" tee shirt in the post to you, tomorrow.
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6 items from 2014