Full Metal Jacket! Full Metal Jacket! Full Metal Jacket! Is that enough reason for you to tune in on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET? Or should we add to the refrain: Stanley Kubrick! Stanley Kubrick! Stanley Kubrick! Does that do it? It should. “Full Metal Jacket” marked the auteur filmmaker behind “The Shining,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Clockwork Orange,” and much more return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus. Based on Gustav Hasford’s novel “The Short Timers,” the film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. The film’s first half details the volunteers’ harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, power-saw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record). The second half of the film takes place in Vietnam with the battles, scurmishes and fighting as seen through the eyes of the now thoroughly indoctrinated marines. The film is brutal yet brilliant and showcases Kubrick at his best. Just watch it.
“Full Metal Jacket” airs on IFC on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET; Monday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 a.m. ET; Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:05 p.m. ET; Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET; and Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 p.m. ET