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World War II

Tom Hanks returning to World War II with “In the Garden of Beasts” (photo)

Tom Hanks returning to World War II with “In the Garden of Beasts”

It’s fair to say that Tom Hanks has a certain interest in World War II, starring in “Saving Private Ryan,” and producing both “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” Now comes news that the Hanks will be returning to the time period as he and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone has acquired the rights to the nonfiction […]

“Brothers in Arms: Furious 4” Channels “The Dirty Dozen” And “Inglorious Basterds”  (photo)

“Brothers in Arms: Furious 4” Channels “The Dirty Dozen” And “Inglorious Basterds”

No other cultural production is as earnest as the ones that revisit World War II. Whether it’s fiction like “Saving Private Ryan” or documentaries like the classic “The World at War,” most works that look back at Allies vs. Axis approaches the war with hushed tones of reverence and appreciation. Games haven’t been any different, […]

The Tragedies of War: “Letters From Iwo Jima” (photo)

The Tragedies of War: “Letters From Iwo Jima”

The companion piece to the searing Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima offers a harsh, yet beautiful look at the realities of war. The film focuses on Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, played brilliantly by Ken Watanabe, who is given the luckless task of defending the strategically important barren island of Iwo […]

Embracing Convention (photo)

Embracing Convention

It’s unfair, perhaps, but inevitable that every cop movie made post-“Wire” draws comparison to the now-legendary HBO series, just as it’s unfair and inevitable that every one of them falls short. Arguably the best show to ever grace television screens, “The Wire” set a new bar for subtle, taut explication that both challenged and rewarded […]

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History (photo)

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History

[Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds.”] There have been two moments in film this year that have moved me to my cine-loving core. Both involved individuals stirred by the power of image, art and mythology. And both illustrated a personal investment for each character (some, real-life characters), revealing a potent significance and […]