What an awful movie (some spoilers)!

I was looking forward to seeing Saving Private Ryan. I had heard many reviews that called it one of the greatest war movies ever made. I was not expecting to see something as poorly put together as this movie was. From the begining I found myself wanting to scream at the screen. I must admit …

Not a valid portrayal of Neptune

The problem with Saving Pvt Ryan is that is is basically a fraudulent portrayal of the Omaha Beach landings. Every single detail may, for all I know, be authentic for the group portrayed, which I assume was Goranson’s Company C, 2nd Rangers. But that company, with one notable exception, experienced the worst that Omaha Beach …

Simplistic Schlock for the Simple Minded

Great film is an illuminating thing: it shines its light into the dark recesses of humanity, revealing the greed, hatred, and hypocrisy that fester there. Bad film is often just as revealing: its existence and reception serve as a mirror reflecting the hearts of its intended audience. Saving Private Ryan is a classic example of …

Laughable pro-war propaganda movie

(1/1/2017 Update edited for corrections; written as is.) Of course the first combat sequence was great. But unfortunately, I was considered a sociopath for snickering at a man wandering around to pick up his dismembered arm, while the camera is still shaking on the ground — it became obvious that Spielberg tries too hard to …

Wise Up People

War films can be broken into two basic categories; the propaganda film, which celebrates bravery and patriotism; and the anti-war film, which shows the suffering and futility of war. The most extreme propaganda films are usually produced when a war is threatened or actually in progress and either demonize or belittle the individual enemy soldier. …

Morally Weak Film Based on Flawed Sentimentality

Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg’s continued descent into narrow, arrogant, low-brow revisionism, is at best a languid patriotic trump-calling movie with nothing better to do than applaud the “glorious, morally superior American armed forces”, who were in actuality nothing but teenage thugs who beat German prisoners and raped French women and looted European cities. He starts …

Typical Spielberg: All Frosting, No Cake

In a historic and artistic context, here’s a question that would bother Spielberg if he thought about it for a second: what if there was no such thing as special effects? If we take the special effects from his movies, would they still be great? What, you’re waiting for an answer? Just like every Spielberg …

Actually it’s pretty GOOD history

I’d heard a couple of startling things about this film before seeing it. I’d heard that many veterans were having a hard time getting through the film without breaking down. I’d also seen interviews with veterans who’d seen the film and found the film to be incredibly realistic and consequently difficult to watch. Intriguing comments, …