THE WAR ON TERROR
Black Hawk down, opened in theaters in 2002, the first movie to arouse Americans to what the War on Terror would bring, but it was made before 9/11 & the story is from the 1993, so it is not a reflection on any of the campaigns of the new wars.
THE UNIT, 2006, David Mamet’s show about special forces operations after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
0dark30 opened in 2012, only to lose the Best Picture award at the Oscars. It is a long, dramatic show of the incredible incompetence of the CIA, such that the audience might not see what they’re looking at… The story suggests, the CIA was beset by tragedy & worse on all sides, without much chance to do anything worth doing to help the new wars America faced, much less to live up to its incredibly proud name. For a story whose dramatic beginning is 9/11, & whose only stirring sequence is the mission that killed the terrorist every American wanted dead, it is remarkably unimpressive. One learns nothing about what the attacks & the war meant to America or to the CIA…
Lone Survivor, 2014, Mark Wahlberg’s film about a special forces mission in Afghanistan, showcasing the kind of war American politicians feel forced to fight & the men who alone can fight this way.
The invasion of GRENADA
Heartbreak Ridge, 1986, Clint Eastwood’s movie about the Marines.
THE VIETNAM WAR
We were soldiers, 2002, Mel Gibson’s movie about Vietnam, one of the best, if not the best movie, on the war.
WORLD WAR II
Saving Private Ryan, 1998, the Spielberg movie that reminded America about World War II.
Band of Brothers: 2001 ten-part series on the European theater, following the campaigns of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from training to D-Day, then to Operation Market Garden, then to the Battle of the Bulge, & finally to Berchtesgaden.
Fury, 2014, the new movie about WWII, by David Ayer.
THE GREAT WAR
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962, David Lean’s best movie, concerning itself with the founding of Arabs as a nation & the importance of the strange founder.