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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:17 am 
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In this first installment of Best, worst and under seen we will focus on WWII films set int the Pacific Theater. Let's hear your opinion of what is the best picture, the worst picture, and the most under seen picture in this category.

My picks:

Best: Tora Tora Tora
One of the best war films of all time, this movie is interesting as it shows both sides of the conflict. It's also one of the last movies to use mass amounts of real aircraft for filming. This is the Battle Of Britain for the Pacific Theater.

Worst: Pearl Harbor
Great aviation scenes, and I don't mind the love story. But Ben Affleck's character being in Eagle Squadron, then Pearl Harbor, and then switching to bombers for the Doolittle raid? I can only suspend my disbelief so far.

Under seen: The Fighting Seabees
You don't hear people talk about this movie much, and I love the fact that it covers a less glamorous aspect of WWII.

Lets hear your picks and why

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:08 pm 
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Best:
Tie between Letters from Iwo Jima and HBO's The Pacific series (sorry, I know that's not a film in the traditional sense, but it was superb IMHO)

Worst:
The Final Countdown 1980: USS Nimitz is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Of course.

Under seen:
Two Japanese films: Yamato (Otoko-tachi no Yamato, 2005) and The Eternal Zero (Eien no 0, 2013)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:27 am 
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2banaviator wrote:
Best:
Tie between Letters from Iwo Jima and HBO's The Pacific series (sorry, I know that's not a film in the traditional sense, but it was superb IMHO)


For this purpose The Pacific qualifies. I liked both of these though the first time I tried to watch The Pacific I was sort of bored after the 1st installment. I revisited it last year and made it through the boring stuff and thought it was great after that.

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Worst:
The Final Countdown 1980: USS Nimitz is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Of course.


The best part of this movie is the dogfight sequence. Love that bit, however the rest is pretty forgettable. Luckily you can find just the dogfight sequence on YouTube (I'll find links when I get home)

2banaviator wrote:
Under seen:
Two Japanese films: Yamato (Otoko-tachi no Yamato, 2005) and The Eternal Zero (Eien no 0, 2013)


I have not seen either of these though I have hgeard of The Eternal Zero, I'll have to add them to the watch list

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Final Countdown dogfight scene - Part 1


And Part 2

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Hacksaw Ridge wasn't the best, but it certainly wasn't anywhere near the worst, either. I enjoyed it. (Not sure if "enjoyed" is really the right word, come to think of it.)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:22 pm 
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Snake45 wrote:
Hacksaw Ridge wasn't the best, but it certainly wasn't anywhere near the worst, either. I enjoyed it. (Not sure if "enjoyed" is really the right word, come to think of it.)


Appreciated it? I agree, enjoy is not the best description for this moving. Definitely worth seeing though.

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2banaviator wrote:
Best:
Tie between Letters from Iwo Jima and HBO's The Pacific series (sorry, I know that's not a film in the traditional sense, but it was superb IMHO)

Worst:
The Final Countdown 1980: USS Nimitz is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Of course.

Under seen:
Two Japanese films: Yamato (Otoko-tachi no Yamato, 2005) and The Eternal Zero (Eien no 0, 2013)


I am an American patriot but I recently saw the last half of Yamato. You see the Japanese, in detail, just getting massacred. It's not unlike the last stand at little big horn.

With that said, even today, the Japanese psyche has a hang up on what happened with the Yamato. The proof is in the recent live action Star Blazers movie.

For those not in the know, Star Blazers was an excellent science fiction cartoon of the late 1970's. Earth's oceans have been stolen by a race of aliens out to kill all the humans and remake Earth. The Japanese find the old Yamato and turn it into a space going battleship.

The live action movie is similar to the Star Wars movies. The visual effects are eye popping. There is good acting but the story isn't unlike The 47 Ronin. The movie is definitely worth seeing and can be found online for free. It is subtitled for those who don't speak Japanese (like me).


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Hmmm, not sure I could pick a 'best' but will provide a list to pick from!

In no particular order and should not be limited to...

Escape from Sobibor
Schindlers List
Band of Brothers
Battle of Britain
The Great Escape
Das Boot
A Bridge too Far
Bridge of the River Kwai
Saving Private Ryan (if only for the opening 30 minutes)
The Dambusters
Enemy at the Gates
Wooden Horse
Platoon
Hamburger Hill
We Were Soldiers

Can I also include Star Wars, there I've said it, someone had too! :D

Similarly, would be unable to select the 'worst' but offer the following...

Escape to Victory
Pearl Harbour
U571
Mosquito Squadron
The Thin Red yaawwwwwwwwnnnnn Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! (sorry) Line
Inglorious Basterds (sorry, just didn't get it)
The Dirty Dozen sequels

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:38 pm 
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One probably not taken seriously because it is a romantic comedy: Father Goose.

Cary Grant plays a beachcomber forced into being a coast watcher. Suddenly, he also has to take care of a young woman and seven girls aged 7 to 15. A great family movie.

Another one not mentioned: In Harm's Way.
John Wayne led the cast but he is just one of a half dozen A list stars. The story centers around Guadalcanal but there are at sea and aviation sequences. Excellent acting and directing.

Post WWII but an excellent christmas film: Donovan's Reef

John Wayne again but the story centers around 3 men from a destroyer who forever changed an island. Filmed on the big island-Hawaii. A look into the recent past.


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Most underseen: Task Force

The acting and writing leaves much to be said, but there is
Great authentic flying footage from 1931 to 1945.
Wildcats, helldivers, dauntlesses, and biplanes. Can be found for
Free on youtube.


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Ernie_D wrote:
One probably not taken seriously because it is a romantic comedy: Father Goose.

Cary Grant plays a beachcomber forced into being a coast watcher. Suddenly, he also has to take care of a young woman and seven girls aged 7 to 15. A great family movie.

Another one not mentioned: In Harm's Way.
John Wayne led the cast but he is just one of a half dozen A list stars. The story centers around Guadalcanal but there are at sea and aviation sequences. Excellent acting and directing.

Post WWII but an excellent christmas film: Donovan's Reef

John Wayne again but the story centers around 3 men from a destroyer who forever changed an island. Filmed on the big island-Hawaii. A look into the recent past.


I watched In Harm's Way again just before Xmas, but the other two I haven't seen since I was in my teens. Have to watch them soon.

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