A VETERAN’S DAY MOVIE RUNDOWN

In My Humble Opinion:  There is no way to make a definitive list of, “the best war movies” ever made.  Hell, you can even argue with what constitutes a “war” movie itself.  With that in mind, I humbly submit this list of movies that I believe fit the bill of great war movies or great movies with military themes.  Please feel free to comment below with any movies I may have left off the list that you feel should have made the cut.  Dedicated to all that have borne the battle on this Veteran’s Day.

 

In no particular order:

 

1.  We Were Soldiers

 

2. Full Metal Jacket

 

3. Jarhead

 

4. Glory

 

5. Saving Private Ryan

 

6. Platoon

 

7. Black Hawk Down

 

8. Stalag 17

 

9. The Messenger

 

10. The Deer Hunter

 


Dredd…Let’s Hope For A Sequel

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In My Humble Opinion: Dredd, starring Karl Urban was a violent, gritty adaptation that captured the essence of the comic book character.  As always, I will be up front and honest and say that I didn’t read much Judge Dredd, but was turned onto the character by the god awful movie starring Sylvester Stallone.  The movie was horrible, but the concept was intriguing.  Thank goodness my good friend Travis Becker was a Judge Dredd fan and assured me that the movie was so far off the mark it wasn’t funny.  This led to many conversations between the two of us and lots of research online with regards to the character.

Once the movie Dredd was announced I was pretty stoked to see what it would be all about.  When I first I heard the movie would predominantly take place in one building, a la Die Hard, I was a little disheartened.  I wasn’t sure how the movie would be able to keep the suspense going all while taking place in one building.  Then of course I remembered that the buildings in Mega City One were referred to as “blocks” and were immense structures spanning an entire city block…not to mention 200 stories high.  First viewing I was somewhat split, but upon watching it a second time I really gained an appreciation for it.  Karl Urban seemed to have Dredd down to a T, not to mention he had this perfect chin quality that allowed him to fill the characters helmet perfectly lol.  Another performance you need to be on the look out for is Ma-Ma played by Lena Headey.  If you think she’s bad ass in HBO’s Game of Thrones, you’ll be blown away by her performance in this movie.

The movie was violent sure, but it also had some great cinematic scenes (Ma-Ma being forced to inhale the drug Slo-Mo towards the end of the film springs to mind)  The film unfortunately wasn’t a strong performer at the box office, but has found an audience on Home Video and is now being labeled a “cult film.”  Despite the underwhelming box office results, Dredd received very favorable reviews and currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Talks of a sequel have been going on since the films release in Sept. 2012 but no final decision has been made as of yet.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the word of mouth and strong following the film has received since being released on DVD / Home Video will garner another installment.  If for anything else, because Karl Urban’s chin is just too perfect to be denied another outing as Judge Dredd!

 

Read More At:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dredd

 


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Is A Completely New Take On Ryan

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In My Humble Opinion:  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a ridiculous departure from the Jack Ryan character we’ve become familiar with.  If you’re unfamiliar with the character Jack Ryan, he is a character featured in Tom Clancy’s novels as well as their big screen adaptations.  If you haven’t seen the films surely you’ve at least heard of:  The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears.  Now since I haven’t read the novels I will be referring to the movies because those are what I’m what familiar with.  Ryan is a CIA analyst (though I believe he’s retired in Patriot Games) who finds himself thrust into dangerous situations where he’s forced to operate outside of his comfort zone in order to save the day.  He’s kind of an everyday man dealing with situations he’s not used to and is generally unprepared for.  To me, that’s what always made him a little bit more relatable and realistic knowing he was in over his head; that was always the appeal of his character.  This all led me to ask the question after seeing trailers for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, “Why?”

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit breaks formula and features Ryan as a CIA field agent who must travel to Moscow to prevent an imminent terrorist attack.  If you’ve seen the trailers perhaps you agree that the premise looks more James Bond / Jason Bourne than Jack Ryan.  It’s just too much of a departure in my opinion.  I remember with all the other movies that preceded Shadow Recruit there was a running gag in which Ryan had to remind anyone and everyone around him that he was just an analyst.  Alec Baldwin (my favorite Jack Ryan) put it best in The Hunt for Red October when he said, “I’m not field personal, I’m just an analyst. I’m not an agent, I just write books for the CIA.”

So back to my question of why?  Why reboot a character that still has plenty of source material to pull from?  There are still five other Tom Clancy novels featuring Jack Ryan that haven’t been made into feature films.  Why not adapt those and stay true to the character?  Why not just start fresh with a brand new character instead of trying to cash in on the name Jack Ryan?  I mean if Hollywood really wants to bring a literary figure into the action film genre why not tap into the character Mitch Rapp?  Mitch Rapp is a character featured in the novels written by Vince Flynn (awesome spy name by itself right?) that IS a spec ops, black bag, CIA spy type that travels the globe preventing terrorist attacks, keeping America safe, etc.  Personally, I think he’d be the perfect character to be brought to the big screen.  Sorry for the rant, just doesn’t make sense to me.

 

THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO TOM CLANCY AND VINCE FLYNN

 

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TOM CLANCY PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 1, 2013 FROM UNDISCLOSED ILLNESSES.  HE WAS 66 AT THE TIME.

 

 

 

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VINCE FLYNN PASSED AWAY JUNE 9, 2013 AFTER A THREE YEAR BATTLE WITH PROSTATE CANCER.  HE WAS 47 AT THE TIME.

 


Phil Robertson Suspended From Reality Show: Not Very Happy Happy Happy

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In My Humble Opinion:  Phil Robertson being suspended from his show Duck Dynasty on A&E is an unwarranted punishment illustrating censorship at its worst.  Phil was recently interviewed by GQ magazine (still trying to figure that one out honestly) and during the interview he made derogatory remarks about homosexuality and made it very clear that he does not support it at all.  Can we all please remember that Phil Robertson is a REALITY show personality and will, heaven forbid, offer up his opinion on certain topics from time to time?

Let me be clear!  Do I agree with his views on homosexuality or support his comments?  Not at all!  Especially comparing homosexuality to bestiality!  However, what I do support or believe in (though I’m quickly being proven wrong) is that we live in a society wherein people are allowed to express their views and speak freely about their beliefs without the fear of persecution.  I’d also like to point out that while I disagree with his suspension, I understand that Phil is a reality show personality and that A&E has the right to dole out whatever punishment it deems necessary.

However, in reality, there are individuals that support homosexuality and those that oppose it.  For those of us that have accepted homosexuality as a life choice, we have the right to express ourselves freely and openly about our beliefs.  Do our beliefs and views on this subject offend certain people?  I’m sure they do.  We live in a world where comments are made every day that surely offend people of a certain race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  The test that accompanies the right for an individual to freely express his/her opinion is the ability to respect others with opposing opinions and allow those individuals to express their opinions just as freely.


Count Chocula Should Be More Than Seasonal Treat!

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In My Humble Opinion:  Count Chocula cereal should be available year round, and not just during the Halloween season!  To only have Count Chocula available during Halloween is a crime against humanity.  Okay, Okay, it’s not that serious, but still, it’s a crappy business model that needs to be abandoned.  And yes, I’ll even say that the other flavors in the monster cereal line should be available year round as well.  Though I still believe Chocula to be the best, I’m sure there are those that are just as passionate about; Boo Berry, Franken Berry, Fruit Brute, or Yummy Mummy.  So, join me!  Share this, like this, hash tag this, tweet this, whatever the hell we do in social media nowadays.  Together we will get the powers that be at General Mills to hear us and give in to our demands…ha ha ha ha. (In my best Count Chocula laugh)

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Lip Sync Battle Between Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon Levitt, And Stephen Merchant

In My Humble Opinion:  Hilarious!!!!!


Sean’s Humble Opinion Live Segment With Tim Farley