Monday, May 28, 2007

Earn this.


Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

And an extra special thanks to those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

10 comments:

Squish said...

Worst bookends of any movie ... EVER

So bad in fact that when we dfade from the eyball to the beach, I knew how it was going to end.

Predictable spoilers!

Damian said...

Yeah, that's a very common criticism of the film. I think I may be one of the very few who actually likes the bookending sequences to not only Saving Private Ryan but Schindler's List as well.

Piper said...

I like the bookends because of the hot blond in the background. Man, she's smokin.

Not to take away from the serious message.

But she's smokin.

Damian said...

Critic Curtis White also wrote about those blondes in his review of the film:

There's something interesting about this family. What the camera most encourages us to see are the three granddaughters, in their late teens, arm-in-arm, blonde, sweaters stretched over large (but not improperly large), round breasts. Ooh, they are well-titted, these little American wonders. They are the fruits of victory. Here, the answer to the film's purported "big" question "Have I led a good life?" is answered. Hell yes. Look at these blonde babes my genes have launched. It's Aryan eugenics hybridized with Hollywood's sense of the good life. If the Nazis had won, and Hitler had settled down in Burbank, he wouldn't have thought any different.

An opinion that, I have to admit, disturbs me a little.

Piper said...

I'm going to believe that Spielberg is enough of an artist, which I believe he is, to not have thrown this scene away so there is a reason why this scene is set the way it is.

But I'm not sure that he meant everything that Curtis White wrote about.

And yet, maybe he's just a guy and he cast her because she was smokin hot and reminded him of a very young Kate Capshaw.

Damian said...

Well, at any rate, I have little doubt that I'll talk about this when I eventually get to Saving Private Ryan in my "31 Days of Spielberg" project this August.

Squish said...

Actually, the ending of Shindler's list moved me more than any of the rest of the film.

Squish said...

OOOO! 31 days of Spielberg project! You should have a thon honouring it. That's what made me do the Hitchcock Blog-A-Thon, and I'll do that with Kurosawa in November too

Damian said...

OOOO! 31 days of Spielberg project! You should have a thon honouring it. That's what made me do the Hitchcock Blog-A-Thon, and I'll do that with Kurosawa in November too.

Actually, your reviewing all of the Hitchcock films and writing about them is one of the things that gave me the idea for this project (along with the kinds of filmmaker studies they do in cinema college classes). I don't know that I'll do a 'thon to honor it, but I am looking forward to this August. Glad to hear you're excited too.

Oh, looking forward to November too. Love Kurasawa.

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