Category: War

Doug Jones as the pale man in Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth

It’s not every fantasy film that comes complete with a scene of a brutal fascist captain sewing his own face up, but that’s what you get in Guillermo Del Toro’s best film since The Devil’s Backbone (better, certainly, than Blade II and Hellboy). It’s a dark fantasy reminding us that

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Golshifteh Farahani and Hamidreza Javdan in The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone

A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 August   Afghanistan independence, 1919 On this day in 1919, King Amanullah Khan declared Afghanistan a sovereign and independent country. His country had been at war with the British since May of 1919, in what

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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 August   US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 1945 On this day in 1945, about ten days after the US, UK and USSR had threatened Japan with “prompt and utter destruction”, an American B-29

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Ekaterina Astakhova and Nikita Efremov on the set of The Bomber

The Bomber

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     1 July   SOS adopted, 1908 On this day in 1908, the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention became effective. It made standard the Morse code distress signal of three dits, three dahs, three dits, which had

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Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 June   David O Selznick dies, 1965 On this day in 1965, one of the great names of Hollywood’s golden era died. David O (the O meant nothing at all) had been born into

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Anna Magnani runs after her fiancee in Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 June   The sack of Rome, AD455 On this day in the 455th year of the Christian or Common Era, Rome was sacked. Actually, this is a touch ambiguous, because Rome had already been

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Carice Van Houten in Black Book

Black Book

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 May   Netherlands declares independence from Spain, 1568 On this day in 1568, the battle of Heligerlee was fought and won by the rebel army of William I of Orange, against the Duke of

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Charlie Sheen in Platoon

Platoon

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 May   Ho Chi Minh born, 1890 On this day in 1890, Nguyen Sinh Con, later known as Ho Chi Minh, was born, in Hoang Tru, in Vietnam. One of four children, he got

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Saskia Rosendahl as Lore

Lore

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 April   Adolf Hitler kills himself, 1945 On this day in 1945, Adolf Hitler, the Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, also the Reichsstatthalter of Prussia, killed himself. On 22 April 1945, Hitler had

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Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 April   Colditz liberated, 1945 On this day in 1945, the infamous Colditz Castle PoW camp was relieved by the US Army. Dating back nearly a thousand years, though extensively rebuilt in the 19th

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