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    Top 10 Movie Beach Scenes

    1. Jaws We almost never lose site of the beach and the ocean in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 timeless film Jaws – over someone’s shoulder, outside the window, just beyond the swing set in the back yard, the threat of the great white is ever present. Far from their home in the Big Apple, Amity Island’s […] More

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    The Definitive War Movies: 20-11

    Top twenty. Now we start to see the more widely recognizable films that people have some emotional attachment to. World War II gets a few mentions in this portion of the list, but this is one of the more diverse sections, overall. We get a mention of the Boer War, the Algerian War, and the […] More

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    Four Great Tom Hanks Films

    If you think back to some of the most successful Hollywood blockbusters of the last three decades, chances are that Tom Hanks has starred in a fair few of them. Hanks may have debuted as a comic actor with his feel-good all-American persona, but he’s also shown himself to be a complex and sensitive artist […] More

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    ‘My Way’ is a Korean ‘War Horse’

    My Way Directed by Kang Je-gyu Written by Kang Je-gyu and Kim Byung-in South Korea, 2012 When Steven Spielberg made Saving Private Ryan, he set the modern day standard for an epic, moving war film. But for all his achievements, they were all but negated by his equally majestic failures in War Horse. However, in […] More

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    Ten Terrific War Movies You Probably Never Heard Of

    I’ve always been a war film buff, maybe because I grew up with them at a time when they were a regular part of the cinema landscape. That’s why I read, with particular interest, my Sound on Sight colleague Edgar Chaput’s recent pieces on The Flowers of War (“The Flowers of War Is an Uneven […] More

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    An Uneasy Peace: The Disappearing War Film

    They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4 War is a nation’s ultimate commitment of blood and treasure.  As such, the stories a people tells about its wars – and don’t tell […] More

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    Video: Tribute to Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

    Recently we posted the winners of this year’s American Cinema Editors (ACE) Awards, and I was happy to see that Angus Wall (A.C.E.), & Kirk Baxter won the award for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) for their incredible work on The Social Network. As an editor myself, every cut in a movie goes noticed and […] More

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    The Pacific: An Afterthought

    First Posted on FilmBusters on 05/18/10 So it has been ten weeks and the HBO mini-series The Pacific has drawn to a close. So I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the production now that I have had the opportunity to watch it in its entirety. In broad strokes, I have to […] More