For the next 42 days we're going to be counting down to the release of SEAL Team 666. Why 42? Because it's the answer to the universal question.
Sam Sykes. I've known Sam for a few years now. He's one of the new generation of fantasy authors who is going to own the genre in a few years. Once George RR Martin's books have been completely mined by HBO, they'll go looking for Sam and learn about the Aeon's Gate Trilogy.
Here are the usual questions:
Man, I'm torn between Platoon and Apocalypse Now. I loved the latter's poetry, but the former had a stronger character plot, I think.
Oh shit! Does Hot Shots Part Deux count? Probably not.
Ever since one of my best friends got back from the military (Marine Corps, two tours in Iraq, one in Afghanistan), I've started to look at military movies in a different way. As a young(er) man, I used to watch for explosions, eruptions, blood, gore and the like.
It's only within the past ten years that I've come to learn the difference between action and military. What I'm interested now is how the unique situation of combat life affects a man or woman, how the small, fleeting instants can make up the majority of their experiences and how everything can change so suddenly.
Military movies are one of the few movies where sudden, sweeping plot changes are a crux. For that reason, I think Platoon is my favorite. It's a much better instance of things changing so rapidly and meaningfully, which is so far from what I usually write that it's intensely fascinating.
I'm sure they appreciate it, but the vast majority of the public doesn't really seem to care about the rest of the soldier's life: what he goes through when he gets back, when he's trying to readjust to civilian life, how his interactions with people have changed forever.
Soldiers, above all else, are people. Humans. I'd like to see films that reinforce that.
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