Posted by Champ on March 01, 2000 at 15:02:58:
In Reply to: Re: Alien(s) posted by MMMMarcia on March 01, 2000 at 07:39:26:
: Rich writes:
: : Regarding "The Thin Red Line" & "Saving Private Ryan": I enjoyed them both. I agree TRL was a bit too artsy for its own good, and if I could only watch one, it would be "Saving Private Ryan," no doubt. Unlike most, though I thought the opening sequence very well done, I enjoyed the stand made by a handful of troopers against German tanks later in the movie the best ... I guess it goes with my "Against All Odds" theme! :)
: Hey, Rich...better watch out...you and I are in almost complete agreement here! What can be going on??? ;o) Except for that part about likeing TRL, your sentiments are mine, exactly. I was profoundly shocked (as we were supposed to be) by the opening sequences of Private Ryan, but much more moved by the final stand in the village, especially the scenes involving Mellish (I think was his name) in the one-on-one fight in the upstairs room, the meltdown of Jeremy Davies on the stairs, and SniperGuy's demise. By that point in the film, I had become attached to all of the men, and was really "feeling their pain."
I agree with you both on "SPR", that opening was the first time I can recall that I didnt breath for the first 25 minutes or so in fear I'd miss something (I had the same reaction all 3 times I saw it on the big screen)!
"TRL" was beautifully filmed, & I loved the action scenes, but the jumping around from past to present (etc) got to be a little much...
One of my biggest complaints about "SPR" was when these guys were moving deep behind unsecured lines, & they were going on (loudly)about Hank's background (etc)...I know that when I was in the Army, on recon (even in manouvers) my squad commander would've chewed me out big time for that. And being Rangers, as my 2nd cousin was in WWII (though he was attached to Merrill's Marauders in Burma), these guys should've known better!
Oh well ;-)
I think they should make the beach landing sequence mandatory viewing for 9th graders & older...as close to war as you ever want to get...
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