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The Blockhouse (1973)
The truth is too unbelievable
The movie is true, but it is still unbelievable. Not that the portrayals are not to be believed, but just that what befalls the six men in the story is too horrible to imagine. Buried alive for six years, yet not knowing that six years is the duration of time that has passed or will pass before they are discovered. They must measure all by their own hearts, and face the fear. How each man reacts to their entombment, and holds on to sanity is masterfully told.
This is one of the best movies ever made, and should be shown every Memorial Day. The 88 minute masterpiece puts you there on D-Day, and leaves you there while men contemplate the nature and value of life. Those who survived to tell the tale must not be forgotten. As the credits roll, the viewer is reminded that it was a true story. The line between fictional cinema and reality melts away, and the viewer is left stunned by the realization that the story actually happened, and it was not some Stanley Kubrick fantasy.
Matchstick Men (2003)
It all leads up to one line
Without spoiling the movie by disclosing how or why Roy Waller (Nicolas Cage) comes to his new realization or epiphany, the movie all leads up to a splendid moment with his daughter. In a scene where honesty of emotion envelopes the viewer with a breathless pace, Roy tells his daughter that he sees things "differently now."
Roy has at last grown to understand the most beautiful of life's lessons. Casting aside his previous regretful greed and corruption, he sees what is true. It is a moment of demarcation between what his life had been and what it would become. The love that was always in him, the trustworthy and responsible sacrifices he will make for his child, are wonderfully symbolized in the final scene.