Top Ten Military Movies 2000-2009

Ready for a fight? Want to watch the best war movies that debuted in the past nine years? Here are the Real Military Network’s pick for the best War films of the past nine years:

1. Gladiator (2000): For the quintessential story of a Roman soldier, the fictional General Maximus Decimus Meridius played by Russell Crowe, who journeys from a General who led legions in battle, to a slave, to a gladiator who defied an Emperor. The opening battle scene is one of the most dramatic ancient Roman war scenes ever filmed.

2. Taegukgi (2004): This Korean made film is the “Saving Private Ryan” of the Republic of Korea and worth your time. It vividly portrays the Korean war (1950-1953), with superbly crafted battle scenes, from perspective of both South and North Koreans.

3. 300 (2007): Highly stylized, but exhilarating, this film depicts the passion and fury of the famous stand of the Spartan 300 against the Persians at narrow pass at Thermopylae. Thermopylae is an important battles to the development of western culture and this is a must see war film to understand why the story of the 300 Spartans resonates to this day.

4. The Alamo (2004): As much as I respect John Wayne movies, this is, bar none, the best Alamo movie ever made. Most historians agree that “The Alamo (2004)” is the most accurate depiction the battle for the beleaguered Texan fortress ever filmed. It is also the most dramatic.

5. “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006): For an excellent depiction of the ferocity of the fighting for Iwo Jima (1944) and for showing both sides of the battle.

6. Kingdom of Heaven (2005), for superb battle scenes of the Crusades and the depiction of the Battle (Siege) of Jerusalem.

7. Enemy at the Gates (2001), depiction of the Battle of Stalingrad; for the depiction of the dramatic and monumental Battle for Stalingrad, 1942-1943.

8. The War (in Russian: ?????) (2002) , for its graphic depiction of modern combat in Chechnya during the second Chechen War 1999-2000. This film provides accurate insights to the corrupt Chechen militia, incompetent Russian Army, and the Russian’s careless attitude concerning the plight of their soldiers who were captured by the Chechens. The film was made in Russia, but was produced in Russian and English.

9. Napoleon (2002) (TV mini-series): For an exciting view of Napoleonic Warfare. The first episode dramatically depicts young Napoleon’s first Italian campaign and his heroic leadership at the Battle of Arcole. This mini-series also depicts the Battles of Eylau, Austerlitz, Waterloo and the retreat from Russia.

10. The Great Raid (2005), for telling a forgotten story of great courage by a group of US Army Rangers who rescue U.S. and Pilipino POWs from a Japanese prison camp during WWII.

Honorable Mentions:

1. The Lost Battalion (2001), for the only WWII war movie of substance created within the 2000-2009 time period.

2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), for brining to life the tactics of naval warfare during the Napoleonic Wars.

3. Saints and Soldiers (2003) for an excellent tale about the Battle of the Bulge during WWII, (December 1944)

4. Hannibal – Rome’s Worst Nightmare (2006), this BBC TV depiction of the Second Punic War). The epic battle of Carthage and Rome is dramatically shown in this excellent film.

5. The Patriot (2000), depiction of the American Revolution and particularly for the depiction of the tactics used in the final battle, which is based on the Battle of Cowpens. In the Patriot, Mel Gibson plays the Benjamin Martin, a character loosely modeled after Francis Marion, the famous Southern militia leader known as the Swamp Fox.

Planet 51 Movie and Planet 51 Toys For Your Kids – Lem, Chuck and the Mini Military ATV

Toys as far as the eye can see, you can see different toys at the markets. Thousands upon thousands of gifts. You are probably up to your ears in year-end shopping for your little kid or some other boy or girl on your list of shopping. You may not realize what is the most popular toy right now. But this can easily be fixed by one new film that has been showing in theaters. Planet 51, which is a great movie for kids to watch, has had multiple Planet 51 toys that have been issued already, and there is more to come.

The Planet 51 movie opens like most of the 1950 ‘s era science fiction motion pictures. You see a boy and girl alien from the Planet 51 sitting in a drive in viewing a film, when all of a sudden an alien appears. This stranger is known by the Planet 51 occupants as the Humaniacs and its mission is to goal the life on Planet 51 or to transform the Planet 51 people into zombies. The humaniac stalks the Planet 51 boy and girl and leads you to think it either think them or think them into zombies. At the height of this scene of the Planet 51 movie you realize that what you are actually watching on screen is a movie and a little boy is sitting in the cinema watching it, until his mother pulls him out of the theater.

Then the true Planet 51 movie carries on and we then meet Lem, a gangly teen who finally just found the occupation of his dreams at the museum. Lem gets an assistant curator job and the entire village goes about applauding the boy. Lem then finds the woman of his fantasies Nessa. Nessa is the world to Lem and he has yearned for her for a years. Lem now has increased assurance with his job so he wants to ask her out but her very hippy buddy keeps getting in the way of her. Lem gives up and leaves.

Later on that day the inhabitants of Planet 51 hear a booming sound. Lem, as most people come from Planet 51 out from their houses. Lem sees a strange rocket, which they refer to as a flying saucer, ming down and land land on Planet 51. It lands and out strides Chuck the spaceman (from Earth, you can tell, because he appears quite human). The Cosmonaut is unaware that the Planet 51 residents are there behind him. Chuck steps off his lunar module and after placing the flag on Planet 51 soil planting on a rubber ducky. The Cosmonaut unknowing of know Planet 51 has life on it. He surveys the Planet 51 inhabitants and screams. Chuck rushes around and hides. During one part Chuck is trying to run away and falls and behind him you see the moon. The Cosmonaut goes up over the moon. This is an acknowledgement of the film ET the extraterrestrial. Chuck goes under cover and then the military shows up up checking out Chuck ‘s rocket. The military is commanded by General Grawl who does not want any Martians to come to his Planet 51 and he has no want to be transformed into a zombie.

General Grawl sets up his military an the Military ATV ‘s around the space craft and decides to set base. Lem ‘s residence is his decision. There is only one dilemma, Lem has now made buddies with the Cosmonaut agreeing to cover him. Chuck and Lem had walked into each other at the museum and frightened one another half to death. Chuck made Lem feel bad for him so Lem opted to assist Chuck. When they learn that General Grawl is going to set up his base at Lem ‘s house the Cosmonaut and Lem get away, barely from the soldiers with their Military ATV ‘s. Chuck and Lem with the assistance of from Rover and two zombie soldiers hide|cover|conceal Chuck in the comic book market. They decide to use the media to prove the Cosmonaut is not a zombie driven, Planet 51 inhabitant eater or a freak. Lem leaves to find the media but while he is away Chuck quotes lines from Star Wars and Terminator. The Cosmonaut is watched by the newsman who films and plays this story all over Planet 51, terrifying the residents even more.

Chuck and Lem eventually escape from this problem and later on that night at a costume party everything is going wonderfully. Everyone opts to dress up as Chuck the astronaut. What a best time for Chuck to flee to his rocket and ship Planet 51. It of course space craft. Chuck is seen being a bit taller than the other aliens and his Flag on the side of his costume is a dead giveaway that sets out the Cosmonaut clearly from the Planet 51 habitants. General Grawl along with the professor trail them with the Military ATVs and eventually catch Chuck and Lem. Lem is allowed to to go while Chuck and Rover are detained somewhere else. You then see military ATV ‘s coming to try to move the Rocket of Chuck ‘s. General Grawl says that the flying saucer will be transported with the Military ATV and held at an undisclosed place hidden on Planet 51. You soon enough learn about Base 9 which is a secret base.

Lem chooses that he ‘s not going to help the Cosmonaut at first but then he changes his mind. He and the rest of the group including Nessa and her groovy hippy friend all come to aid Chuck. Lem and buddies are successful in rescuing Chuck and getting him back to his spaceship. When leaving Base 9 starts to explode and the Cosmonaut goes back to revisits General Grawl. This changes General Grawl ‘s thoughts about Chuck. He takes them all back to their Planet 51 and Chuck belief home. It is then shown that the Cosmonaut has a stowaway dog from Planet 51 aboard. Makes you wonder what Chuck does when he discovers the dog.

This Planet 51 is great, and with this delightful motion picture what better way to celebrate it than to get some of the Planet 51 movie toys that come out with this funny film. Your boy or girl will adore these Planet 51 movie toys. You can do a search online for Planet 51 toys and discover several to select from. One popular toy you can find is the Mini Military ATV. This Planet 51 toy is sure to make any child happy and add hours of enjoyment to any kid’s home.

These Mini Military ATV ‘s will add hours of fun for your boy or girl and allow them to remake many fun scenes. Like the Planet 51 movie scene where the Military ATV ‘s roll up the initial time to see the Cosmonaut ‘s ship or the time when they go to steal it. Your come can also have their Military ATV to go on fun journeys.

You can do also online and look for other Planet 51 toys, like the 3 inch figures Chuck, Lem, the Mini Bump & Go Rover and the 3 inch soldier figurines. These toy soldiers are precise copies of the aliens of Planet 51. Then, as stated previously, you may select to add the mini vehicle figure 2-pack Military truck & tank toy. The military tank and truck toys are very well crafted and very sturdy. The toys look just like the ones that are used in the Planet 51 movie. Remember when searching that the Planet 51 toys are very new and can be quite hard to find, and may be even out of stock already, but once you discover one you should find them all. As you may already have guessed, one Planet 51 toys will not suffice for your child, and you may need to add a few more Planet 51 movie toys to start the collection. His/Her Birthday may be close too and you will already have an inkling on what toy to buy, Guess what? Another few Planet 51 movie toys!

These toys are very educational Planet 51 toys and will add hours of fun for your kid. Have a good time playing with the new Planet 51 toys.

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“The Hills Have Eyes” Movie Review

Plot:

An updated version of Wes Craven’s 1977 film of the same name,”The Hills Have Eyes” is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carters soon realize the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family…and they are the prey.

Cast: Ezra Buzzington, Aaron Stanford, Emilie de Ravin, Kathleen Quinlan, Ted Levine, Vinessa Shaw, Dan Byrd, Robert Joy.

My Thoughts:

Gritty and realistic just like the original.

Review:

“The Hills Have Eyes” is a remake of Wes Cravens original 1977 movie where a road tripping family winds up stranded in a government atomic zone, which is inhabited by a very nasty mutant family. The 2006 remake really captures the spirit of the original and in a way is way more twisted also. This film revolves around the Carter family Brenda, Bob, Bobby, Ethel, their oldest daughter Lynne, her husband Doug, and their baby daughter. Prior to introducing us to the Carter’s, the beginning of the movie quickly laments the idea that the Hills do have eyes when 3 CDC agents are made short work of by someone weilding a pick axe. It’s a very entertaining and gory scene which sets the mood and tone of the movie nicely, before the opening credits roll. The Carter’s are driving to San Diego for a good old fashioned family vacation.

Now before the rationalists step in and say huh? Doug brings up the million dollar question early in the film, of why couldn’t they have just “flown” like normal people? As if trekking through the desert heat wasn’t bad enough, the trailer they’re pulling behind them has a busted air conditioner much to Doug’s dismay. The early impression of the Carter family is your typical american red state american family. While Doug comes off as more of the liberal democrat type, despite being married to their oldest daughter.

This culture clash is set up nicely and works to enhance the films early dialogue which keeps the movie interesting early on. Because of their differing beliefs, Bob Carter does not particularly care for Lynne’s husband Doug, and they spend a lot of the early moments of the movie taking snipes at each other which are sure to extract some giggles and laughs from the viewer. Taking a page out of the “Wrong Turn” book, we are introduced to a desert yokel who may or may not be leading people into those “Hills”. It isn’t necessarily said that he’s doing this, but it is strongly hinted at and he does definitely know about the Hill people.

After the Carters fill up the gas tank, this man hips them to a short cut which according to him will save them a couple hours. The Hill people meanwhile are watching and taking yet another page out of “Wrong Turn”, they set up a spike trap to blow out the tires of the Carter family SUV, stranding them in the desert. Alex Aja does an excellent job building suspense in this movie because after the opening scene, we don’t see the hill people anymore until about 35 minutes into the movie. But Alex keeps us on the edge of our seat with scenes that strongly suggest they are out there, lurking, watching, and waiting for the perfect time to strike. Aja also keeps the Hill folks hidden most of the time. The only one we really get a full look at early in the movie is Ruby, who compared to the rest of the Hill people looks mostly normal. The Hill people themselves are a disturbing looking bunch, and the sounds they make along with their violent and perverse actions throughout the movie are equally disturbing. Why are they violent and perverse?

Well to make a long story short, the government wanted to test their “toys” on their land. The families refused to leave, so the government tested their “toys” there anyway. The radioactive effects caused severe deformities to all human life within the area, and when you mix years of festering anger over the matter, plus horrid deformities, you’ve got very fertile land for violent, anti social behavior. Once the Carter’s become stranded in this desolate wasteland…most of the scenes that follow are spent with their son Bobby chasing down their two german shepards “Beauty” and “Beast” who continually escape from the car and go running off into the hills, with one of the dogs having the unfortunate luck of crossing paths with one of the Hill people. Why someone would bring two adult dogs that size with them on family vacation I’ll never know. Bob the dad, and Doug decide to go seek out help for their dire situation, which is where the film begins it’s descent into madness as the Hill people seize this opportunity to attack the remaining members of the family.

Obviously…albeit deformed and borderline retarded…the Hill folk understand that these suburbanites…like in the case of most families, are at their most vulnerable when the two adult males of the group are gone. The trailer attack scene is the highlight of the movie as a lot of shocking events unfold during which include the loss of three main characters, and a very disturbing rape scene. Wes Craven and Alex Aja who wrote the script for “The Hills Have Eyes” really didn’t slink off on the graphic nature of the movie, staying true to the original. The deaths even though there aren’t very many, still carry a very big impact because of how the scenes are set up and written to take place. Craven and Aja also do a great job with the revenge angle of the story, as those who managed to survive the trailer attack, decide to take the fight to the people in the Hills who have not only taken the lives of their loved ones, but also have kidnapped Doug and Lynnes baby.

The final act of “The Hills Have Eyes” is outstanding in it’s franetic pace, and overall intensity. It carries a lot of suspense, awesome fight scenes, lots of blood, gore, loss of limbs, and carnage, and we get to fully see the Hill freaks which there are more of than at first thought. You’d be surprised to know that besides Aaron Standford who gives an awesome performance as Doug, one of the Carter family dogs carries the final act of the movie very nicely and at the screening I attended was certainly a crowd favorite. I am not sure which dog it was because both Beauty and Beast were the same breed, but whichever one it was, it…along with an unexpected ally, certainly did their fair share of helping to battle the films villains. “The Hills Have Eyes” while slow in a few early areas, does an excellent job of building suspense and containng all of the elements a true horror movie should. Backing all of that up with above average performances, a substantial amount of blood and gore, and boasting a very strong 80’s horror feel, it ranks right up there with Wes Cravens original.

Pros:

Good performances especially by Aaaron Stanford, even though the previews will have you believing Emilie De Ravin is the star of this movie, Stanford is the one who’s involved in more scenes than anyone else. Blood, gore, and horror elements were strongly present which is always a plus. Also gotta love that heroic dog which saved Doug’s ass more than once. The vacant desert and empty smalltown settings also worked to create a lot of suspense throughout the movie. The Hill folks as the villains of the movie were really good.

Cons:

I felt Emilie De Ravin should’ve had a few more scenes than she did. Other than that nothing major.

Overall:

A worthy remake, and a fun time at the movies. Definitely worth the price of admission.

The Best Car Movies

All of us love movies, no matter how old or how new or what type all of us love movies. Why? Because movies are entertaining they give us a good story. Now there have been many car movies made, but which one is the best car movie? We will judge car movies based on the cars in the movie, the car scenes, and the racing.

10. Hot Rod Girl (1956) – I am not sure whether this movie was meant to be an anti-hot rodding movie or not. The plot isn’t much guys brother dies, the city wants to stop hot rodding and the kids still want to race. Since this is 1956 there has to be a chicken game right (it was a law in 50’s Hollywood). In the movie there are a few 32 Fords (actually a lot of 32 Fords), a 56 Chevy, a 56 Ford, 55 T-bird, and an Olds 88.

9. Death Proof (2007)- The first half of this movie maybe seem a bit boring, its mostly talking and just a bunch of girls drinking in a bar (not even a wild bar party, just a group of 3 girls drinking) but then it gets good, with a 71 Chevy Nova used as a weapon and later a car chase with a 69 Charger and a 70 Vanishing Point Challenger. The movie is meant to feel like a 70’s Slasher movie crossed with Vanishing Point. If you’re a Mopar guy check this one out!

8. Road Racers (1994)- This movie is called Road Racers however they is only one short race in the movie, and 2 Car Chases. The movie opens with a Car chase between a 56 Chevy being chased by the cops 56 Buick all to a badass Rockabilly song! There is greaser violence (not Grease greaser violence but like the Outsiders with a 90’s humor twist), there is great Rockabilly music from Glen Glenn, Hasil Adkins and Johnny Reno!

7. Thunder Road (1958) – Let me tell the story, I can tell it all… Actually let’s let Robert Mitchum tell you the story he can do it better. This movie starring Mitchum is about Running Moonshine in Tennessee in the 50’s and trying not to get caught be the revenuers. It has a number of crazy car chases featuring a 50 Ford Coupe, 57 Ford Fairlane, a 56 Chevy undercover car that can rip off cars bumpers and a song about the movie performed by Mitchum himself!
6. Dazed and Confused (1993) – I’ve been Dazed and Confused for so long its not true! Which sadly that song is not in this movie (it was suppose to be and Jimmy Paige was for it but Plant wasn’t). This movie is kind of like the 70’s version of American Graffiti except it’s the first night of summer not the last and the main character is entering High School. Anyway they is a car chase between a 64 Buick and 72 Chevy Truck, there is a 70 Chevelle SS 454, 70 GTO Judge, Ford Maverick, 37 Oldsmobile and a 74 Trans Am!

5. Tales of the Crypt: King of the Road (1992) – OK I lied this one is not a movie; it is an episode from HBOs horror series Tales of the Crypt. Why is this movie on the list? WHY ISN’T ON THE LIST? As soon as the episode opens we are greeted with a 69 yellow Chevelle SS street racing a 69 Red Dodge Charger to a rocking song by Warren Zevon. Later we get a car chase with the Chevelle SS and a police car and at the end a Street race with the Chevelle SS vs. a 57 Chevy Gasser! There is a great soundtrack by Warren Zevon, however only one of the songs “Roll with the Punches” has been released the other “Bad Road, Wretched Road” is only found as a cover by a band called Rebel Son.

4. Hot Rod (1979) – This movie is hard to find, it was a made for TV made from 1979. It probably has the most Drag Racing scenes out of any movie I have seen! The movie has a Street race between a 65 Hemi Plymouth and a 69 Olds Cutlass in the beginning, later a hemi powered 41 Willys Coupe Gasser, a few funny cars, and rocket powered Funny Car and tons of Drag Racing scenes in this movie!

3. Vanishing Point (1971) – Kowalski is a delivery driver who is delivering a 1970 White Dodge Challenger from Colorado to San Francisco. He does it by speeding the whole time and creates the world’s largest car chase! Being pursued by the police the whole time!

2. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – Who needs plots? This movie doesn’t! All we need is a Driver, a Mechanic, a Girl, a guy with a GTO, a 55 Chevy gasser and a few random hitch hikers to make a great car movie! This movie is all about cars and nothing else! You get to see and hear a nice 55 Chevy almost every scene as well as a GTO. The movie opens with a Drag Race and ends with one!

1. American Graffiti (1973) – Was this really a surprise to any of you? Nothing but classic cars, cruising, great music, humor, a few races and lots of fun! We get a nice but piss yellow 32 Ford powered by a 327, a 58 Chevy Bel Air also powered by a 327, a girl in a 56 T-bird and a Black 55 Chevy (actually the same one from Two Lane Blacktop). This movie really is all about cars, not coming of age. The movie ends with a great showdown between the 32 Ford and the 55 Chevy!