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statefan91
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Really awesome movie - have seen it twice already. Highly recommend if any of you are thinking about seeing it. Definitely recommend it for an in-theater experience.
vanuel
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I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
griff17matt
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vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
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griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
I know this question isn't directed at me but I am just about finished with The Unknowns. The book is about the WWI troops from the US that brought home the unknown soldier and what each of them experienced during the war.

Great read and I really recommend it
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cowboypack02 said:

griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
I know this question isn't directed at me but I am just about finished with The Unknowns. The book is about the WWI troops from the US that brought home the unknown soldier and what each of them experienced during the war.

Great read and I really recommend it

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out.

As an aside, I'd assume we're coming up on a time to try to identify the unknown soldier, right? I mean, is the symbolism greater than finding out his story? I'd wager if we can find killers through commercial DNA databases, we could do the same for this fella, right?
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griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
"War Is A Racket" by Major General Smedley Butler. He was a Marine Corps officer who fought in WWI, two-time Medal of Honor recipient, and at the time of his death was the most decorated Marine in U.S. History.

You ain't turning this into yet another one of your rants

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griff17matt said:

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griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
I know this question isn't directed at me but I am just about finished with The Unknowns. The book is about the WWI troops from the US that brought home the unknown soldier and what each of them experienced during the war.

Great read and I really recommend it

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out.

As an aside, I'd assume we're coming up on a time to try to identify the unknown soldier, right? I mean, is the symbolism greater than finding out his story? I'd wager if we can find killers through commercial DNA databases, we could do the same for this fella, right?


I think the difference would be that there is no DNA to go on for the unknown soldier so there is nothing to compare it to for identification.

I always figured that they could use a process of elimination to give us a rough idea, but who knows.
vanuel
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griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
For history, The Guns Of August, by Barbara Tulloch and The First World War by Hew Strachen are two that I have read and would highly recommend. The Guns of August is older but a classic. I liked Her Privates We, but tired of it. I think by that point I was getting burned out. That one is more from the individual soldier's viewpoint. All Quiet On The Western Front is obvious, but most of us last read it in high school.

For fiction, For Whom The Bell Tolls is the one. I read it in high school too, but it's a totally different read when you are older.

I haven't read A World Undone. It looks like it would be outstanding.
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vanuel said:

griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
For history, The Guns Of August, by Barbara Tulloch and The First World War by Hew Strachen are two that I have read and would highly recommend. The Guns of August is older but a classic. I liked Her Privates We, but tired of it. I think by that point I was getting burned out. That one is more from the individual soldier's viewpoint. All Quiet On The Western Front is obvious, but most of us last read it in high school.

For fiction, For Whom The Bell Tolls is the one. I read it in high school too, but it's a totally different read when you are older.

I haven't read A World Undone. It looks like it would be outstanding.
I have The Guns of August in my Audible library but haven't gotten around to it yet. Will probably do so after I finish the Shelby Foote Civil War series I'm currently in.

If you like A World Undone, Meyer also has a book called The World Remade about America's part in WWI which is outstanding as well. His two other books, The Borgias and The Tudors, are excellent in their own regard too. I really like the way he tells a story, obviously.
statefan91
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Hardcore History also had a great WWI series. It's six parts. Here is the first one in podcast - https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-50-blueprint-for-armageddon-i/
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statefan91 said:

Hardcore History also had a great WWI series. It's six parts. Here is the first one in podcast - https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-50-blueprint-for-armageddon-i/
I've listened to the whole series and it is incredible. Dan did an Addendum episode too comparing the German Imperial Army to the Nazi Wehrmacht and that was great as well.
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ZAXPACK15
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I really like the movie and how it was shot, but the woman and baby scene in the middle seemed to be forced into it and slightly distracting from everything else. The first half of the movie was so intense from the moment they got their orders though and I appreciated how they did that.
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statefan91
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ZAXPACK15 said:

I really like the movie and how it was shot, but the woman and baby scene in the middle seemed to be forced into it and slightly distracting from everything else. The first half of the movie was so intense from the moment they got their orders though and I appreciated how they did that.
I think it was there for a couple reasons - to humanize the effort even more, to draw a parallel to his personal life and the family he's left at home, to drill home the "how hard it is to leave" aspect of it vs continuing on with the fight / mission
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This movie is going to finally be playing at the movie theater here in town. Looking forward to going and seeing it over the next week or two
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statefan91 said:

ZAXPACK15 said:

I really like the movie and how it was shot, but the woman and baby scene in the middle seemed to be forced into it and slightly distracting from everything else. The first half of the movie was so intense from the moment they got their orders though and I appreciated how they did that.
I think it was there for a couple reasons - to humanize the effort even more, to draw a parallel to his personal life and the family he's left at home, to drill home the "how hard it is to leave" aspect of it vs continuing on with the fight / mission
I agree, it did have a purpose but was it worth it since it felt forced to me. Either way, great movie and I've seen it twice now which I usually never do while it's still in theaters.
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statefan91
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ZAXPACK15 said:

I agree, it did have a purpose but was it worth it since it felt forced to me. Either way, great movie and I've seen it twice now which I usually never do while it's still in theaters.


Agreed on seeing it twice, it's a great movie to see in theaters
vanuel
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griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

griff17matt said:

vanuel said:

I'd like to see it. I've done a lot of reading of WW1 history and literature. It's a fascinating period of history.
Any books that stick out to you? A World Undone by GJ Meyer is a personal favorite.
For history, The Guns Of August, by Barbara Tulloch and The First World War by Hew Strachen are two that I have read and would highly recommend. The Guns of August is older but a classic. I liked Her Privates We, but tired of it. I think by that point I was getting burned out. That one is more from the individual soldier's viewpoint. All Quiet On The Western Front is obvious, but most of us last read it in high school.

For fiction, For Whom The Bell Tolls is the one. I read it in high school too, but it's a totally different read when you are older.

I haven't read A World Undone. It looks like it would be outstanding.
I have The Guns of August in my Audible library but haven't gotten around to it yet. Will probably do so after I finish the Shelby Foote Civil War series I'm currently in.

If you like A World Undone, Meyer also has a book called The World Remade about America's part in WWI which is outstanding as well. His two other books, The Borgias and The Tudors, are excellent in their own regard too. I really like the way he tells a story, obviously.
I'll check it out. If you haven't already read it, take a look at This Kind Of War by T. R. Fehrenbach. It's one of the best military histories I have read. It's specifically about the Korean War but his insights about wars and democracy would likely appeal to you based on the Meyer books.
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Saw it last night. Very well done and truly unique cinematography. Deserves every award it wins and highly reccomend it.
Steve Williams
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Looking forward to seeing this.
Buzz
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Saw it Saturday night with my dad. Agree with everyone else...fantastic movie that is probably best enjoyed in the theater.

I found the cinematography and way it was shot to be extremely compelling. The "continuous take" aspect really makes you feel the stress of the objective...as if you were directly involved in the mission. Also did a great job of making you understand what kind of living hell that war was, even without the focus on a "typical" battle scene. Very well done.
cowboypack02
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Finally say this last night. Great movie!
vanuel
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Can't wait to see this
statefan91
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It really is so good. I want to see it a 3rd time but I have a lot of other things that have come out that I want to see first.

For the record, I have AMC A List where you can see 3 movies/week for $20/month. I never see close to that but if you see 2 movies in a month you've already paid for it.
Run4Fun
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Saw it last night. Drama was intense and a great story. But I'd give it 4 stars.
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statefan91 said:

It really is so good. I want to see it a 3rd time but I have a lot of other things that have come out that I want to see first.

For the record, I have AMC A List where you can see 3 movies/week for $20/month. I never see close to that but if you see 2 movies in a month you've already paid for it.
Damn, I should look into that. My wife is a CPA and we're smack dab in the middle of busy season for her which means she works 65-80 hours a week, 6 days a week. To keep my sanity, she hangs with the kids on Sundays and I go see a movie. Gives me two hours to my self away from the kids during busy season. Long story long, I see a movie every Sunday. Hell, I saw two this weekend.

1917 was AMAZING. I saw it opening weekend and immediately text my wife saying if 1917 didn't win best cinematography I want to see the movie that did.

Uncut Gems was another one that I saw recently that was really really good. Adam Sandler was just great in this movie.

The $3.49 Theater in Matthews helps keep my movie costs somewhat low. lol
statefan91
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You really should sign up, seeing at least 2 movies per month at an AMC and you've already paid for it. You can also use it through Fandango and reserve your seats easily so that helps. I haven't been to the theatre in Matthews in a long time, does it still have the 90s decor?

Uncut Gems was great but it was just 2 hours of anxiety.
CLTWolf
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statefan91 said:

You really should sign up, seeing at least 2 movies per month at an AMC and you've already paid for it. You can also use it through Fandango and reserve your seats easily so that helps. I haven't been to the theatre in Matthews in a long time, does it still have the 90s decor?

Uncut Gems was great but it was just 2 hours of anxiety.
Oh yeah, same shtty decor and the same shtty seats from the 90s (I assume lol)

I'll have to look to see if Regal has a deal like that as I'm really close to at least two Regal cinemas and only close to one AMC theater.

Dark Waters is another one that was really really good that I've seen lately.
statefan91
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They do but I don't know much about it - https://www.regmovies.com/static/en/us/unlimited
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