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Band of Brothers TV show review

Band of Brothers doesn’t need me to accolade it or approve of it. Band of Brothers is already widely known as not only the best military depiction for entertainment, but also one of the best (if not the best) mini-series ever made.

Band of Brothers is made by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in 2001, after they collaborated on the movie Saving Private Ryan in 1998. It follows the history of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division from their training early on, through D-Day, all the way until the end of the war.

I myself love military movies, shows, and books. I have come back to this show a couple different times and can guarantee I will many times again in the future. I love it for many, many reasons. The fact that the action sequences are gripping and awesome is just the tip of the iceberg, but they really are. Some episodes are more gruesome and focus on the battles than others, but every time they do I find myself holding my breath and staring intently at the screen. The sequences stay realistic and in reality, nothing is over the top but they certainly don’t pull punches. The war was hell and people were lost around every corner and it depicts that throughout the whole run of the show. At any moment a person that you found yourself invested in could die. Knowing that all of it is real makes it that much more emotional.

The characters (though that isn’t an entirely accurate description) are what really hold this together. You follow Easy Company from the very beginning before they have even seen the war. You get to witness a long arc of character development that shows how men are truly effected by everything that happens to them, and the strong bonds they create and what happens when those are severed. Some episodes focus on a specific character, such as the 7th episode, and my favorite, “The Breaking Point”. This episode follows First Sergeant Lipton, a man you get to see from his early days as a SGT before the D-Day drop. We follow him as he holds his company together during the battle of the bulge and we get a closer glimpse of him as he narrates the episode. Many episodes follow this formula and it never feels like cheap exposition dropping, but essential to the story. Almost as if we are reading a soldiers letters home. It would be impossible for me to write why I love every single character in this, even the ones I hate, while keeping this short. But, the fact that I could should tell you something.

I don’t want you to think I am overstating when I say that I have never seen anything in the theater or on television that has impressed me and made me feel more than this has. I could go back and watch Band of Brothers a hundred times over because everything about it is both wonderful and terrible in the best ways. It is truly a benchmark for both war depictions and storytelling itself.

 

Dunkirk movie review

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Thank You for Your Service movie review

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Megan Leavey movie review

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I’m not a very sensitive guy, and it is nearly impossible to make me cry, but god damn if anything to do with dogs doesn’t turn me into a baby… Megan Leavey is a biopic about a veteran named Megan Leavey and her IED sniffing dog, Rex. It follows them in the tours and hardships they go through together as well as the emotional turmoil afterwords that comes with trying to keep Rex. Not only was this a beautiful movie about their relationship and the bond they formed, but an accurate and very real depiction of war. I was a little concerned it would be too sugar coated and cheesy, trying to toy with my emotions, but it never stooped that low and it actually added to the feels I got out of it. All around Megan Leavey is a wonderful film, but don’t watch it unless you are comfortable with your tears.

 

Thank You for Your Service trailer review

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I’d just like to start off by saying that the career of Miles Teller is weird yet amazing. He started off doing movies like Project X and 21 and Over, now he is one of the best young actors in Hollywood doing incredibly deep roles… The trailer for Thank You For Your Service (which is a fucking mouth full of a title) is indisputably spectacular. Everything about this leaves goosebumps on my skin. The music goes surprisingly well with the tone that switches from war, to struggling with PTSD back home. The footage they do show of everything gives away no story either. These days a trailer is just a short movie, not this one. All I know of this movie is that he was in war, it was his job to spot bombs, and he has PTSD. And that’s all I need to know! Well done.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi movie review

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As weird as it feels to say, Micheal Bay was perfect for this movie and did an amazing job. 13 hours follows a group of, basically, mercenaries who struggle to protect an embassy from an endless wave of bad guys. I know bad guys sounds weird, but I shit you not they never once actually say “Isis”, they just say bad guys the whole movie. John Krasinski carried this movie very well. I realized how much his career is mimicking Chris Pratts. Both got their recognition as the funny guy in mockumentaries set in offices, and both now play action heroes. Anyway, though, Krasinski was an excellent leading man for this. This movie had 5 other very important men as well, but, though their acting was good it was not nearly as good. Almost stoneish is how I would describe it.. Enough about the actors though. What really got me about this movie was that it didn’t pull a single god damn punch. War movies have a tendency to sugar coat fire fights, minimize casualties, and be spars on the blood. Not this one, not one fucking bit. Peoples heads are blown off, run over by tanks, and one of the main characters arms is blown to bits… It’s crazy. The reason I said that Micheal Bay is perfect for this was he does over the top action, explosions, and slow motion really well. Those three things are EXACTLY what this movie needed. There were 2 absolutely amazing shots during a mortar sequence that blew my mind; you will know them when you see them… Tensions build up is crazy in this movie too… All in all it is one of the better war movies out there. Very true to war. Very true to the soldiers.

13 Hours trailer review

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but, I’m very excited to see a Micheal Bay movie… 13 Hours is the true story of six men’s attempt to save an American Ambassador during the chaos in Libya. I love me a good war movie. BUT, I am also very picky about my war movies. This one seems to nail it… Plenty of action, believable, heart, people we know, situations we are familiar with, this has it all. What I am actually most excited about it the leading role of John Krasinski. I’ve been a fan of his since The Office, and was very bummed out when Aloha crashed and burned along with his role. Hopefully this will be the role he needs right now. Hopefully Micheal Bay will pull one out of his ass.