GALLIPOLI is our top pick to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing April 25, 2015
Peter Weir’s 1981 masterpiece on two Australian sprinters, Frank and Archy played by Mel Gibson and Mark Lee who are shipped off to The Great War.
When they arrive in Gallipoli they become message runners in the trenches with bullets whizzing all around them.
The final sequence of the film is a devastating spectacle of the allied troops following orders to storm the enemy.
The men, barely out of the trenches are being mowed down by a far off enemy but the command stands to proceed.
Gallipoli is screening in cinemas over this ANZAC DAY weekend.
BORN ON THE FIRST OF JULYstarring Tom Cruise as Vietnam veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic. He did 3 tours of duty and was paralyzed for life by combat wounds.
Fellow vet Oliver Stone received his second Best Director Oscarin 1989 for his work on the film. Bruce Springsteen’s classic Born in the USA was also based on Ron Kovic’s story
Platoon also set in Vietnam won Stone his first Best Director Oscar in 1986. It also received the Academy Award for Best Picture.
FULL METAL JACKET was the great Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 take on the Vietnam war. It showed that the real horror of war began with the dehumanizing process at boot camp on Paris Island.
The second half of the film shows these newly created American killing machines in action.
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN – this epic film captured the courage, sacrifice and horror of World War 2.
Steven Spielberg received his second Best Director Oscar for his precise and uncompromising work. The first 40 minutes of the film remounts the historic landing at Omaha Beach Normandy on D Day 6th of June 1944. These scenes proved so harrowing and realistic that WW2 veterans had to exit screenings.
The VA (veterans association) set up a special 800 number to deal with the huge influx of vets suffering Post Traumatic Stress triggered directly by the movie.
THE HURT LOCKER picked up the Best Picture Oscar 2009. This brilliantly acted, intensely shot film made a star out of Jeremy Renner. He plays Staff Sgt. William James, a maverick bomb disposal expert during the Iraq war. He’s a thrill seeker who puts his fellow soldiers at risk in order to achieve his own adrenalin rush. As it states on screen at the beginning of the film…..War Is A Drug!
The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow made history when she became the first woman to receive the Academy Award for Best Director.
Listen out for our ANZAC DAY Jonesy Award for The Greatest War Movie Of All Time, on My Generation this weekend.