Nowadays, gory scenes that depicted a battle or a human tragedy in Hollywood have become as trendy as the obnoxious white wires sticking out of ipod user’s ears on a San Francisco bus. Started with Saving Private Ryan, directors competing to win the most realistic and most horrifying visual affect of physical human beings being destroyed.
“Enemy at the gate” tells us about the legend of a Soviet Union’s sniper
in second world war. This movie is very successful because it exactly
reflects the war and the spirits of humanity.
The story took place in the autumn of 1942, in stalingrad. At first, it appeared that German would defeat Soviet Union, but eventually the stubbornness of the Soviets combined with the brutal weather and problems with supply lines prevented the German army. During the war, a good shot named Vassili stood out. After his super shoot skill was noticed by the political officers, he became a sniper and killed many German officers, which inspired the whole country. In order to kill Vassili, German brought in their own best sniper named Konif. So the war narrowed its focus on two man’s battle. They sheltered in the building and tried to use their intelligence and skills to kill each other. Finally, Vassili won and he became the hero of his country.
It is no doubt that this is a great movie. In my opinion, the only defect is that in one scene, the military officer used a machine gun to shoot the soldiers who went back. Many soldiers fell down before their officer’s gun. I think the director has a prejudice against Soviet Union’s military officers. They could not have done that because shooting too many soldiers must impair soldiers’ morale.
However, the defect won’t influence the popularity of this movie. This movie paints a picture of the war, which is more authentic than many movies. The blood, the scream and the sound of bullets and bombs make audience feel they are in a real war. The pictures of the battle between two snipers are perfect. They didn’t know the exact position of each other. Each sniper should try their best to conceal himself. They should calm down and any carelessness may result in death. The audience must be very nervous when they watch the snipers’ battle.
Like many other movies, this movie reflects many characters’ beautiful mind. I am impressed by a little boy in the movie named Sacha. He pretended to surrender to German and talked to Konif about Vassili’s location. Then he secretly told Vassili Konif’s strategies. He knew the danger but he volunteered to do this because he loved his country and hoped Vassili to win the battle. Finally Konif discovered this and killed Sacha. Sacha was brave and selfless. He dedicated his life to his country’s victory. The boy reflects the spirit of many Russians. Because of their unite and courage, they finally defeated the fascist.
This movie also reflects some weakness of human being, such as selfishness and cowardice. We can see these in many scenes. At the beginning of the movie, many soldiers jumped into the water to swim away when German aircraft bombed to them. When Vassili and his officer fell in love with the same girl, the officer told Khrushchev that Vasslili was a renegade and battled negatively. After the boy was killed, someone lied to his mother that he surrendered to German. Instead of being angry and ashamed, his mother was very happy because she thought that German would win the battle and staying with them seemed safe. These elements enhance the authenticity and make this movie different from other movies.Instead of criticizing the weakness of the humanity, the movie just reflects it and let the audience judge by themselves.
In a conclusion, this move praises the story of Soviet Union defeating the fascist and it also let us see something true in the war which violates the morality. From the movie we know that war is not always what we read in the history books, in which people are always brave and selfless. Those good spirits certainly exist, but there also exists the weakness of the humanity. It is those elements that make this movie a masterpiece.
Where there is an end, there is a start
We were literarily in disbelief when we saw a movie that didn’t show any blood gushing scenes that froze audiences cold in their seats, teeth chattering. Especially in a movie that seemed to have all the permission to use it, Hotel Rwanda.
Swiss Army Man directors: how we accidentally made a gay necrophilia movie
Even I saw the Band of Brothers ,I was shocked by this extraordinary movie deeply.
Judging by New York Times review, there are certainly audiences who demanded to see such scenes. I, am not one of them. Neither, it seemed, are my friends who saw it with me. We were all grateful of their absence.
Fancy catching a moving, beautifully shot drama about loneliness, shame and the need for human connection this weekend?
Saving private Ryan, 1988, by Steven Spielberg.
Sometimes, trusting an audiences imagination is respect.
Also want the movie to be very, very funny? And to preferably feature a flatulent corpse with a love-guided compass erection, played by former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe?
There is no sense of telling how great the movie is, especially the first 25 mins taken place on the Omaha Beach. Even it was defeated by the Shakespeare In Love on the Academy Awards ,all people have considered it as the best war film without a doubt.
The absence of cruelty in visual elements didn’t diminish the movie’s powerful emotional message in any way. We were still left frozen cold in our seats, teeth chattering, tears pouring, ashamed of what had happened in Rwanda, ashamed of the rest of the world’s inaction, indifference, and cowardice.
If so, the film you're looking for is Swiss Army Man, the brilliantly bizarre new movie from first-time feature directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
The movie combined the big scene like the fight on Omaha Beach and the details like the trembling hand of captain Miller together perfectly. At first I could not understand how can 1 values 8,like the complaints of Reiben, ”You want to explain the math of this to me? I mean, where's the sense in risking the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?”But at last, I got it. That the saving mission is not saving the one’s life but the hope, the victory and the humanity. Like the captain said, our object is to win the war.In fact, it means they fought for love. Is not it love? Even lifes ended, love started with lifes.
It reminded me of The Pianist, because it presented the same drastic contrast of the most beautiful of human being side by side with the most cruel and senseless of the same species. The blinding contrast blew me away. Left me stunned with incomprehension and sadness. Instead of Chopin’s immensely pretty piano concerto resounding above the ruins of Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, we saw the beautiful Tutsi girls dancing their traditional dance in the middle of the massacre. Their heads roll in that lovely curves, the radiant smiles on their face as if shone from the sky like sunlight, so lyrical and so full of joy amidst of all the chaos happening around them. The only thing separate that joy and the savage death occurring a few yards outside the hotel wall was one man’s courage and wit. At that moment, I felt the same way as when I was watching the Pianist. I wanted to will that beauty away, diminish it, hoping it is not so stunningly pure and happy. Because in the back of my mind, I wondered that if human beings is not capable of producing such beauty, maybe they wouldn’t be able to produce such cruelty either.
Washed up on a deserted shore, Radcliffe's corpse, Manny, comes into the life of Hank (Paul Dano) at a crucial moment: the lonely shipwreck survivor is about to kill himself. After Hank realises that he can use Manny's gas-propelled body as a jet ski to escape the island, he decides to keep him around – and a tentative friendship between the two forms, as Radcliffe's character slowly becomes more "alive", regaining the power of speech.
Caparzo, never can he post the letter to his father by himself, but he saved a girl or even a family, that’s the end and start.
We often used the word “savage” or “animal-like” to describe human cruelty. But I haven’t heard one kind of animal out there would not stop once their enemy admitted defeat and left their sight. What animals out there would go for genocide, over and over again? What animals have such crazed appetite for blood and destruction, except us humans?
We caught up with the directors behind Swiss Army Man – who are credited, collectively, as “Daniels" – to find out how they made this year’s strangest movie.
Jackson, my favorite role in the movie, when the psalm came out from his mouth, an enemy will down. That’s the end and start.
I also liked the fact that the script showed how Paul didn’t start out as a saint and savior. At the beginning, all he wanted was to save his own family. No more, no less. But the environment, and all the events led up to the final rescue forced him into his position. Somehow that reminded me of Johe Irving’s Owen Meany, where the talk of “being God’s instrument” played an dominate role. I was also grateful the director left God out of these. Hotel Rwanda remained a movie about humans. Human behavior, human characters, and human psychology. In the middle of the ever more darkened landscape, the characters remained ordinarily human. That alone seemed extraordinary.
Why did you decide to make a movie about a farting corpse? Where did that idea come from?
Ryan, the goal,When they found him they thought it was over, mission was completed .But another mission started. That’s the end and start.
I remember when I first saw Schindler’s List some twelve years ago, I said everyone should see that movie once in his/her lifetime. I would say the same for Hotel Rwanda.
Daniel Scheinert: It’s funny. A lot of the time our ideas come from very circumstantial kind of situations. So when we first started out, making music videos together, we’d listen to a song, and think "Okay, so which of our friends can we cast in this? What have we always wanted to do? What are our resources?"
Captain Miller, the man also have fear, relatives, overlied there weakly but still shot at the tank firmly even it didn’t make any sense. When all of us audience lost hope and disappointed the bomber appeared and bombed the tank, which made the most beautiful flame I have ever seen.That’s the end and start.
Daniel Kwan: There’s not ever any money so you have to be really smart about what you’re going to do.
At the end of the movie ,captain Miller told Ryan that he earned it.Then captain went away.That’s a end and start, either.
DS: Years ago, in 2011, we were going to Alabama, where I’m from, and we were thinking about shooting a short film. And my parents live in a lake town in North Alabama, and we knew that my best friend growing up had a boat there, so maybe we could shoot off the boat, and there’s a big lake…
The sound of bomb,bombers and the tanks became the show of hope.
And so Dan pitched to me: “What if there’s a guy who’s stranded in the wilderness, who finds a corpse and feeds it beans, and it farts across the ocean while beautiful music plays and he cries?”
That’s what I learned from this movie,where there is an end, there is a start.Thank Saving private Ryan,thank Steven Spielberg.
DS: I immediately regretted pitching. I was thinking “Oh no, this is a horrible idea.”
At last,I’d like to share my favorite lines of this movie,
DK: It kind of became a recurring joke. The joke was that it was the worst idea we’d ever come up with. We’d never make that and put it in theatres across the world… And then it kind of grew. We started coming up with more of a story. And we though, what if we took that really stupid idea and poured our hearts into it?
be not thou far from me,O Lord
Once it turned into a buddy film – that when we really fell in love with the idea and started devoting time to it. But that was a few years later.
all my strength, haste thee to help me
At one stage, it seemed as if the movie was going to be a traditional(ish) love story – Hank finds Manny, who helps guide him towards the woman he adores. But as it went on, it became apparent that it was something quite different – more about the relationship between the two male characters, and about loneliness. Was that always your intent?
O my God, I trust in thee
DK: Well, in some ways, we thought we were making a more conventional guy trying to get back to his girl story. But the more drafts we wrote, the more we realised… it sounds stupid when writers say “I listening to my character”, but that’s how it ended up happening. We could tell that Hank and Manny needed each other more than Hank and Sarah ever did. We just kept rewriting and rewriting, until we allowed them to fall in love. And once we allowed ourselves to write that, that story really started to grow and blossom into something worthwhile.
let me not be ashamed
So that was a really interesting turning point – when we let Hank and Manny fall in love and accidentally made a gay necrophilia movie.
let not my enemies triumph over me
DS: That’s a good headline for you!
blessed be the Lord, my strength
It is indeed! Bodily functions – the farting, obviously – feel very central to Swiss Army Man, while the idea that we’re all constantly ashamed, and hiding ourselves, sort of forms the emotional heart of the film. Was this also something you worked out through the writing process?
which teaches my hands to war, my fingers to fight
DS: Because we started with a fart joke, no matter how far we went on it, we’d always come back to “wait, but why does this movie start with a man riding a farting corpse?” That had to be central and integral to the film. And it took us a while to kind of find the movie.
my goodness and my fortress
DK: Because we were so ashamed of this idea, so ashamed that we were spending time on it, that kind of naturally bled into the film. That was a very relatable thing, having thoughts or ideas or neuroses that you’re too afraid to share with the world. In some ways, this movie became that: something that we were afraid to share with the world. We realised we could connect those feelings with the feelings of body shame, and put them all together into a stew of what it means to be human, and what it means to be alive.
my high tower and my deliverer
DS: The moral of the story that we came up with – because every great story needs a moral – was that shame keeps us from love. It gave us permission to go down these deep, philosophical routes. And talk about farts. They’re the most ridiculous thing in the world to be ashamed of. Literally every human and every animal farts.
my shield and he in whom I trust .
Another thing I really liked about the movie was just how well the casting worked. Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano... is it “Danno” or “Dayno?”
DK: It’s “Dayno”. But he didn’t tell us that till after we were done with the movie. Literally, we worked with him a year and a half before he corrected us.
葡萄游戏厅下载，Radcliffe and Dano were great – it feels impossible, now, to imagine anyone else in the roles. But how did you go about casting them? Did you look at Radcliffe and think “yep, that’s our corpse”?
DK: It’s a miracle. We’re just so lucky it worked out the way it did. We’re huge fans of both of theirs, and we thought they might be right for the role, and so we asked them to try out for the movie, but you can’t really know until you put them in the room and they start doing the lines.
But the wonderful thing about both of them is that they loved the script, but also had wonderful feedback about what they loved, and what they didn’t understand. And so we actually rewrote the script really drastically after we met each of them. They inspired the movie, in a lot of ways. It’s lovely to hear that you can’t imagine anyone else in the role because we can’t either.
DS: Manny was a different person before we met Daniel. Daniel’s such a sweet, wide-eyed lovely guy, that we were like: “we need to make Manny a sweet, lovely, wide-eyed guy. If we can capture an ounce of Daniel Radcliffe in this character, people will love him.”
Appearance-wise, too, Manny is a very friendly-looking corpse. How did you decide how he should look?
DK: It was a balance where we wanted him to look dead, but likable, and it was important that he not just start to turn into a zombie or look to crazy. Luckily for us, Daniel has pretty corpse-like features to begin with, so we just augmented them a bit. He’s got quite a sharp jaw…and we just took the veins in his neck and made them stand out…
The movie has gone down really well with a lot of critics. But when it premiered at Sundance, there were reports of people walking out in disgust. Did that really happen?
DK: Apparently it’s quite common that five per cent of an audience will leave during the first 15 minutes of a Sundance film, because buyers and agents have to see a little bit of each movie. It’s like a business. It’s a very industry-led weekend. We didn’t see anybody walking out but apparently it was just the average number of people. But it did make for a great headline – “people walk out of farting Daniel Radcliffe corpse movie”. Saying “walk outs at the indie drama about cancer”....that’s not going to be trending on Twitter.
DS: It was just irresponsible journalism. People reading things on Twitter, and letting the sensationalism drag the story down.
It must have felt good, after making something so strange and personal, to see how well it’s been received by so many people?
DS: The year has been a rollercoaster. But [we’re happy about] the fact that this movie has found an audience – that it hasn’t just reached out to the kind of people who seek out weird cult films.. We wanted our mums to like it. We wanted people to see it who might not see every crazy weird movie and be pleasantly surprised by it. And start giving more weird movies a chance. We could not be happier about the fact that it’s getting out there, and that the people who like it, love it. It makes us feel less alone in the universe [laughs].
So, did you show Swiss Army Man to your mums? Did they enjoy it?
DS: My mum loved it the first time she saw it, and she cried at the end, which was our goal – to make someone cry with a fart. And then Dan Kwan’s mum – she loved the music, and liked parts of it, and then started listing off what she didn’t like.
DK: My mum’s very Chinese. She’s a harsh critic of our work, always. She watched it the first time, and was like “I’ve got some notes on the first half…” But the second time she watched it, she loved it, and I think understood what we were going for. She found it very moving, which was kind of great.
I think this movie, for some people, needs a second viewing. Even some journalists say that the first time they watched the film, they were confused by it, or they hated it. But then the second time they watched, they were able to understand what was happening and really came around to it. In the end, this film is meant to change your mind about how you pre-judge things.
DS: It’s like an empathy game. We try to make you think you should hate it, then make you like it, so you revaluate your prejudices. But that’s a lot to ask in 90 minutes!
Sound is so crucial to the film – the music, of course, but also the farting noises. Were the latter all added in post production, or did you improvise any on set?
DS: They’re all 100 per cent real. Daniel ate things for breakfast…
But no, they were added in post. It was hilarious how hard we worked to find sounds that we could all agree on. It was so important to us that they feel…not like Looney Toons farts? And that it not feel like someone on YouTube just added fart sounds to a Terence Malick film.
DK: No, that’s our kind of gig.
DS: I guess there were certain scenes where we did want it to feel like someone on YouTube just added fart sounds to a Terence Malick film. But yeah, it was a big part of the process, and when we were mixing the film on a sound stage, there were certain scenes where there were 16 separate tracks of farts, all simultaneous.
I think we made the most immersive fart of all time. I don’t think there’s ever been a film with a fart that immersive, spread out across 40 speakers.
DK: We also knew that this would be known as the farting corpse movie. So it’s very intentional that 11 minutes into the film, he corks his butt. People don’t realise that the movie is as tasteful as it is!
But then, when Manny farts, it has new meaning, and you’re actually excited when it happens. Which is so funny to us – to narratively create a reason for an audience to get pleasure, emotional pleasure, out of hearing a dead corpse farting again.