The Fascist Gleam of Starship Troopers

AT FIRST BLUSH Starship Troopers  appears to have only a superficial connection with World War II. In the 1997 film, transports carry elite troops across long distances to a hostile shore, where the warriors...

Battle Films: War is Rude

Mrs. Miniver presents the war as a case of dreadful manners: a sanitized way to promote solidarity with Britain in the early years of World War II.

Come and See’s Unblinking Eye

IN HIS CLASSIC 1959 book, The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle, philosopher and World War II veteran J. Glenn Gray observed that war is visually fascinating. Director François Truffaut expanded on this...

The Best Years‘ Welcome Home

THE BEST YEARS of Our Lives (1946) opens with the fortuitous meeting of three veterans returning to Boone City, their hometown. They are making the journey in the nose of a B-17 bomber. The oldest,...

The Hero’s Adventure in Sands of Iwo Jima

THE NEXT TIME you're talking war movie trivia with friends, ask, “Who is the hero in Sands of Iwo Jima?” Almost inevitably, someone will say, “John Wayne.” Or perhaps “Sergeant Stryker,” since...