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Flags of Our Fathers.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by TSGB, May 2, 2007.

  1. TSGB

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    Pretty good movie, and a good story to tell. Have to say though, I think Letters From Iwo Jima is a better film. Watch both though, with "Letters" first. :D
     
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    Haven't seen Letters yet. I really liked Flags though. Good fight scenes (if you call them that) as well as the story. Makes you appreciate those before us even more.
     
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    Yeah I just caught a part of Flags, seemed to be quality, so Letters must be as good if not better. Might just have to pick them up.
     
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    I haven't seen Letters yet, but I will. I forsee lots of dying... lol! I know enough about the WWII-era Japanese Empire that I won't feel to sorry for them SOBs dying in those caves.... but I'm sure Dirty Harry will try to get me to in any case. ;) :thumb:

    Flags was kick ass.

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    Semper Fi :waytogo: !
     
  6. TSGB

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    I don't feel bad for them, but the film did an excellent job of teaching me to respect them.
     
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    they were commited, no question aboot that. I was reading my Iwo magazine (Flags film promotion thing) and they had something written by a Japanese survivor of Iwo. At one point, surviving individuals near the end of the battle started a practice of smearing their dead comrades blood/guts all over themselves and laying among them.... when the Marines would pass by, thinking everyone was dead, they would pop up... shoot a couple of a pistol and maybe blow a suicide nade. That worked a couple of times.... then the marines started using gas, flamethrowers and zippo tanks to fry every pile of bodies they came across. 98% of Japanese soldiers were ready and willing to die for the Emporer.... which is pretty crazy-high when you think about it. Unfortunately for them, 99.9% of US Marines were ready and willing to kill them..... and we had more logistical support. ;)

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    I thought it would be a better movie. I thought it would focus more on the battle rather than three guys back in the states. I was sort of let down by the plot, but it was still a good movie......
     
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    That part of the storyline was important, Corey. I myself was amazed to learn that the story I'd been told about that "picture" was a complete load of BS. The truth hurts, but it should be told.
     
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    Yeah I know that part was important, but it's also very well known that the photo was a fake. I just thought that they could have focused more on the actual battle so that uneducated people could see what those guys did for us.
     
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    yeah, generally I'm not a big fan of flicks with lots of flashbacks... especially when all the back flashing is to the same thing...

    still a good story and a great film. No matter the circumstances, its my #2 all time fav photo.... after the Apollo landing "Earth rise" one...

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    "Letters" focuses more on the battle a lot more than "Flags."

    Also, did anyone else notice Artzner starring in "Flags?" Drove me nuts the whole movie. :doah:
     
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    Never saw that movie. Who am I in it?
     
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    The movie of "Flags" was OK but I feel the book was way better.

    I still need to see "Letters" but I want to read the book first.

    Ira
     
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    On right:
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    It's not spot on, but enough to bug me. :haha:
     
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    That guy stole my eyebrows! Stop him!
     
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    It's not just me fantasizing? There's a resemblance there?
     
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    Yeah definately the eyebrows... :haha:
     
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    I can see myself a bit. But that part about you fantasizing, not so much :haha:
     

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