Spielberg Saved Private Ryan and Killed Patriotism

Synopsis: The classic 1998 gory D-Day movie Saving Private Ryan is a triumph of war cinema that lesser filmmakers have attempted to imitate countless times in the following decades up to the present day. Saving Private Ryan practically defined the entire genre of American war films, but also helped destroy it, perhaps irreversibly.

Darkest Hour

James Bowman: why Americans should see “Darkest Hour”

Summary: James Bowman reviews Darkest Hour, a powerful film about May and June 1940, the beginning of Britain’s finest hours (Churchill’s phrase; he never called them the “darkest hours“). It shows the willingness of many Brits to negotiate with Hitler, Churchill’s adamant leadership — which kept Britain in the war — and has an important message …

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