Sometimes you just want to watch a GI that is old-fashioned and blows Nazis, right? And sometimes, you appreciate a lady who appears to still exist, but she is only a head and a spine, who wants a terrible bodily horror. Overlord is an explosion of a B movie and especially enjoyable because it wasn’t a Clover field movie at all (although the Clover field brand was okay if it sticked to the anthology concept). Like many films, Overlord owes much to the cinema before it, largely old B pictures, but some new gems as well. Go see the new production of Bad Robot and then look at the following recommendations:
1. Watchmen (2009)
Sometimes everything you need to add to history is a super hero. Or numerous in the case of Watchmen. Based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, this super heroic film of D.C. Comics paints a different version of the 1985 Cold War when, with the threat of an imminent nuclear war coming across the world, the appearance of masked vigilants and super-powered persons throughout the world has changed different facets of world politics.
However, after the White House has outlawed these super heroes’ operations, a gang of retired American super heroes has started investigating the murder of one of their own. The search leads to a dark and complex scheme with devastating effects.
Faced with their own moral constraints and circumstances, these unwelcome heroes of the world must struggle against the imminent catastrophe before it destroys the globe. The gloomy, sticky film aesthetic frequently attributed to D.C. serves to make Watchmen realistic. You realize you are witnessing a wonderful recounting of history, but within that time frame, it feels like it draws on real lives and events like the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon.
As far as alternative historical storylines are concerned, Watchmen might be the most fascinating repetition of history on the big screen. Watchmen are accessible for Netflix viewing.
2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
When one of the most legendary directors of our time passes the events of World War II, you are promised nothing but an entirely wrong yet immensely amusing scenario of history.
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds dumps us to a Nazi battlefield in France, with a group of Allied military officers charged with assassinating the Nazi leadership, and with the help of guerilla warfare they have their own brand of revenge and destruction in the Nazi army.
The next is the highly hilarious characters debut on the screen, with each side looking to gain an advantage over the other. Inglourious Basterds earned critical acclaim from a stellar cast by Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender, to mention a few. He immediately became one of Quentin Tarantino’s most iconic and his second highest ever gross movies.
The film was subsequently awarded and nominated for several prizes with Christoph Waltz who won the Academy Award for best supporter. It’s humorous, dark, and worthy if it’s not already on your list. Inglourious Basterds can be purchased via iTunes and Google Play. Those who want to catch a magnificent cop like Overlord will love what the action film provides to the table.
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
One of the most beloved characters from the cinema is also Forrest Gump, one of the most historically inaccurate in the film. Played by Tom Hanks in possibly his most memorable portrayal ever, Forrest Gump is a semiautobiographical story of Forrest slow but endearing, who cheerfully tells the stories and adventures he has gone through and how several important historical events indirectly inspired.
Forrest seems to inspire and offer delight to all around him with optimism and childlike innocence, from his prolific accomplishments as a collegiate football player to his courageous battles throughout the Vietnam War.
The film is particularly remarkable for documenting crucial times in America’s history, bringing every new era to life through Forrest’s eyes. Forrest Gump became a cult classic and the performances of Tom Hanks were recognized as one of his best ever. The film won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, the Best Visual Effects among a host of other trophies in all imaginable ways and earned countless awards and nominations.
The irony of the American Library of Congress that selects the video as a cultural and “historical” important preserve item is not lost in this public audience and merely goes to show you that if you say a good enough lie, then it will soon become a reality. Forrest Gump is available on iTunes and the Google Play store for purchase.
4. Titanic (1997)
Fair warning. Fair warning. You will see the word “iconic” repeatedly used when you walk through this list. Why not? And why not? History is a fantastic feat that deserves to receive everyone’s attention. It is fairly reasonable to conclude that unless you were shut off from civilisation around the turn of the century, the Titanic film has been heard and watched.
The love story of Jack and Rose, headed for catastrophe on a former insinkable boat called the Titanic, performed by Celine Dion’s passionate voice, is unlikely to be forgotten by any movie fan. But you knew that there was no record of a Jack from Wisconsin on the real Titanic? Wasn’t there a Rose? Or left the diamond as a memorial to this love?
Sorry to share the awful news, but the love story of the globe was a full falsehood cloaked in the real events of that fateful day. With the artillery of historical facts, however, you will find others who would declare that the depiction of this fictional pair by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett was too pure to be false.
In the absence of parallel or alternative universes, the Titanic film retelling is closest, and we are grateful to James Cameron (and Celine Dion) for having two interpretations of the same fact. Those who look for a film like Overlord will find Titanic attractive.
5. Braveheart (1995)
The classic image of Mel Gibson in the blue as William Wallace, which carries the battlefields of Scotland, is one film fan that will always be memorable of. However, Braveheart fits a real life figure into fiction, unlike the Titanic where fictitious characters are made to fit the truth.
Braveheart narrates the story of William Wallace, who emotionally leads a revolt against the King of England, who govern Scotland, when his wife is killed to attack an officer who attempts to violate her with the rights of ‘primae noctis.’ This is theatrical, emotive, inspiring and Mel Gibson has won five film academy awards.
The whole picture is saturated with historical errors, the greatest being the legislation on “primae noctis,” the deadly chain of events. William Wallace was also portrayed as a compassionate commander who treated all his troops as equal, forced conscriptions and hung any who refused to serve when reality was.
Several other clothing inconsistencies, timeframes for the English rule, and the claim that William Wallace may have fathered the English king Edward III are quoted by historians and critics, but who wants to hear the events when the fiction is so much more exciting?
Braveheart is available on iTunes and the Google Play Store for purchase. Braveheart should be just up your alley if you are seeking for some action flicks like Overlord.
6. Pocahontas (1995)
Yeah, Disney got the lovely Pocahontas incorrect. Pocahontas certainly was a real person, but let Disney say so and you get a lively love musical about a native American woman and an Englishman named John Smith.
Taking into account the impact Pocahontas has had on a generation of youngsters, it may be easily assumed that this film based on real people is factually true and leaves room for some cinematic mistakes. Let’s stick a pin in that idea, are we going to?
For starters, there could not have been a romantic relationship between Pocahontas and John Smith, because she was just 10 years old when the English arrived. Yes, if it were genuine, a relationship between the two Disney birds of love would have been as timid and frightening as they are. Disney’s ending, where a friendly resolution exists between the English and the indigenous, is also a big red flag as history reveals the brutal account of the English attack and ensuing genocide against the indigenous peoples.
It isn’t quite the warm, flimsy sensation you’d like to get out of a Disney movie, so that we silently watch this cherished Disney classic, so that we can enjoy a beautiful, full family moment. Pocahontas is available for Netflix viewing.
7. Pearl Harbour (2001)
What do you get when you blend a director with a desire to blow things up on one of American history’s darkest days? Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor. Directed by Michael Bay, the daresay explosive, this fictional version of a historical tragedy depicts the story of two friends fighting as military pilots during the second world war.
Starring Ben Affleck like Rafe McCawley, a guy championing the bits to join the ongoing war he leaves the United States for fighting with the English Royal Air Force, and his companion, Danny Walker, performed by Josh Harnett, is not a real-life documentary, but rather a romantic, war-time film.
For starters, the RAF was not permitted for American airmen. In addition, the request for immediate retribution at the time was not made by President Roosevelt as the film showed. Furthermore, the president had been hit by polio at the time and was restricted to a wheelchair thus the strong position he could acquire in cinema was far from true in reality.
To be fair, no one enters a Michael Bay movie that expects to depart with a lesson in history. Pearl Harbor fulfills its principal purpose for all its inaccuracies – to provide the public a nice movie. Pearl Harbor is available on iTunes and the Google Play store for purchase.
8. Schindler’s List (1998)
Schindler’s List is one of the best films ever made, a history drama directed by none but the legendary Steven Spielberg. It continues on from Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson), a Germans, who saves the lives of many Polish-Jewish immigrants through employing them at his factories from the horrors of the Second World War.
It is a lovely story of human goodness and endurance over great odds, and as already noted, one of the best films ever. But even the great Steven Spielberg was able to alter some of his historical facts. A Holocaust survivor in a letter to the New York Times said it was exceedingly unlikely that the Jewish Schindler-protected refugees would arrive in the gas chambers of the Auschwitz-Birkenau in the film.
He also cited additional mistakes but admitted that the film managed to properly portray the mood around the execution camps. Schindler’s List really does offer a devastating picture of a very dark time in human history, whether completely exact or not, and should be at the top of your watch list if not yet. The Schindler List is available for Netflix watching.
9. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Readers will discover irony in the best storyteller ever to have reported his life as fictionally as Director John Madden could have gathered. Shakespeare in Love referred to the dishonesty that Romeo and Juliet’s peerless play was inspired by a love affair that the namesake bard had with a lady who had posed as a man just to be in one of his plays.
Given that Romeo and Juliet had been an Italian romance at first, it seems extremely improbable that Shakespeare used analogies from his life to inspire the story. The movie also makes the obvious mistake of portraying Queen Elizabeth as a theater monarch.
The concept of the British royal sitting at a theater like us, rather than playing for her in her leisure in the palace, still seems ridiculous. This, however, does not take away anything from that romantic comedy that managed to touch Prince Edward after watching him with the title “Earl of Wessex,” conferred by the Queen, in addition to winning seven Academy Awards. Shakespeare in Love is available on iTunes and Google Play.
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