Monday, November 11, 2013

Movie Recommendation Monday (1) The Veterans Day Edition


Happy Veterans day everyone!! In honor of those who have served in the military, I've compiled a list of films to view this Veterans Day. These movies aren't necessarily about war per se, but rather focus on the hardships and sacrifices servicemen and women face, not only on the battlefield but back home in civilian life as well.

Contemporary Films
This film follows Army Staff Sgt. Will Montgomery (played by Ben Foster), back in the U.S. following a deployment in Iraq. Due to injuries sustained in combat Montgomery finds himself assigned to the local Casualty Notification Team, informing families about the death of a loved one serving in the Army. Lacking any grief counseling experience, he joins forces with seasoned "messenger" Capt. Tony Stone, played by Woody Harrelson.

To learn more about this film, click below:
IMDb


When Clint Eastwood directs a film you know it will be good. Made in 2006 Flags of our Fathers tells the story of the men who raised the flag on the battlefield of Iwo Jima. Hailed as Heroes the surviving soldiers are sent back to the U.S. for a publicity tour and must deal with their new found fame while still being haunted by memories from the war. Flags of our Fathers is based on the book written by James Bradley and Ron Powers. Also if your really curious check out the film Letters from Iwo Jima which depicts the Japanese side of things.

To learn more about this film, click below:
IMDb


Saving Private Ryan is a  war epic set during and after the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. Tom Hanks plays the leader of a battalion sent to retrieve Private James Ryan (played by Matt Damon), whose three brothers have all been killed in the line of duty. While the story of Private Ryan might be fictional the film has been hailed as one of the most realistic representations of combat ever seen before on screen.

To learn more about this film, click below:
IMDb


Band of Brothers is a 10 Part TV miniseries which aired originally on HBO back in 2001. The miniseries follows the soldiers in Easy company from basic training in the US to the wars end in Europe. All of the characters portrayed are based on actual members of Easy Company.


To lean more about this series, click below:
IMDb


Classic Films

Made in 1946 this film portrays the lives of three soldiers, all from different social & economic backgrounds, returning to their idyllic small town after the war ends. Each soldier has to deal with some sort of major setback upon their homecoming, reflecting the dilemmas millions of returning veterans were facing at the time of the film's release.

To learn more about this film, click below:
IMDb




Set during World War II The Great Escape follows the story of several men as they  plan to break out of a German POW camp. The film is based on Paul Brickhill's book The Great Escape which is a Non-Fiction account of the the mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Nazi occupied Sagan (now known as Żagań) Poland.

To learn more about this film, click below:
IMDb

To learn about the book the film is based on, click below:
Goodreads


___________________________________________

I hope you enjoyed some of the movie recommendations for this Veterans Day.

Have you seen any of the films listed above?
If so, which one(s)?
Any not listed you recommend I watch?

Leave your answers in the comments below! I love to read your responses.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for stopping by Blood Sweat and Books and taking the time to leave a comment!!!! If you find my posts enjoyable please share, it means so much when you do.