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Top 10 War Movies

Most of us enjoy a wide genre of movies that include romance, action, thriller, horror and the all-time favorite, comedy. Some of us however are fascinated by excitement, bloodshed, passion and huge doses of adrenaline, a combination that is usually found on grim battlefields. Here’s bringing you a list of the Top 10 War Movies that are recognized by audiences across the globe as being the best, thanks to their action sequences, cinematography, storyline, direction and cast.
 
Full Metal Jacket

Directed, produced and written by the invincible Stanley Kubrick, Full Metal Jacket is an excellent war movie that depicts the ironic lives of the drill sergeants as they withstand the severities of war training. Based on the Vietnam War, this 1987 film is considered a landmark movie in the war-action genre. Having received critical acclaim, this work of art was even nominated for an Academy Award. One of the main highlights of the movie is the critical acclaim actor R. Lee Erney received for his outstanding performance as Hartman. Erney scripted most of the dialogues on the spot, making the movie a true original. Full Metal Jacket is one of the best creations by Stanley Kubrick and a must-watch for several reasons!
 
Black Hawk Down

Winner of two Oscars, Black Hawk Down is a British-American war movie, directed by Ridley Scott. The film is adapted from a book written by Mark Bowden and portrays the hardships undertaken by a group of U.S. Army Rangers who are deployed to Mogadishu in order to seize a militia loyal, Mohamed Aidid. This 2001 movie made it big at the Awards and in the minds of the audience, evident in the $172 million that the movie made.
 
Behind Enemy Lines

Directed by John Moore, this movie is all about action in the worst place a soldier can find himself, behind enemy lines. A navy officer is shot down and lands in Bosnia and movie depicts the perils and threats he faces as he tries to make his way back, along with some hard-core proof of the Bosnian War genocide he accidentally stumbles upon. With an excellent star cast, comprising of Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, the movie is one of the most gripping war movies ever made. This film was the directorial debut for Moore and created a great first impression indeed!
 
Saving Private Ryan

You place Tom Hanks in the leading role in a war movie and you already have yourself a winner! Saving Private Ryan has Tom Hanks delivering one of the most substantial works of his career. The movie earned a whopping $481.8 million and was also nominated for 11 Academy Awards of which it won six, including Best Director and  Best Cinematography.
 
The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean, this 1957 war movie is based on the Second World War. Filmed in Sri Lanka, the movie is a fictional account about the building of a bridge over the River Kwai to assist the war efforts of Japan. The movie gained its fame for its action sequences and excellent star cast that included the talented Academy Award winner, William Holden. The depiction of the hard times prisoners of war had to face helped the movie take home seven glorious Academy Awards including the one for Best Picture.
 
Good Morning Vietnam

This Robin Williams starrer is an excellent war movie with a tinge of comedy. Good Morning Vietnam was released in 1987, and paints the life of a radio jockey on the Armed Forces Radio Service. His wit and humor soon gain him great popularity among the troops. However, the superiors are not of the same opinion. Owing to his excellent performance in the movie, Williams was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
 
The Hurt Locker

This movie is a renowned one, thanks to the originality created by Director Kathryn Bigelow. This 2008 war genre movie circles around members of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad. The perils of the bomb-squad members, as they go through each experience of de-activating the bombs, keep the audience on pins and needles at every moment. The scenes are so emotional and intensely gripping that viewers actually end up holding their own breath until each bomb is safely defused. Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, the movie was quite the success. It was even nominated for a number of Academy Awards and proudly bagged the Oscars for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
 
Inglourious Basterds

Directors Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth come together to create this magnificent war movie based on the German occupancy of France. With an excellent cast that includes brilliant actors Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender, the movie created a rage among its audience. This film was a prominent one owing to its commercial success and earning over $321 million. The portrayal of different characters comes across amazingly well in the movie, making every scene a winner.
 
Pearl Harbor

This 2001 war film that captures the epic incident of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie was directed by Michael Bay and the cast included Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding Jr. The story spins around two friends, Rafe and Danny who play their part in World War II as pilots. When Rafe is away at war and doesn’t return for a while, his girlfriend finds solace in Danny and the two get close. There is one final reunion of the three protagonists in Hawaii, prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. The vivid cinematography of the battle sequences as well as the romantic angle interwoven in the storyline made this one quite different from any other. Pearl Harbor was a box office hit and earned a glorious $450 million.
 
Zero Dark Thirty

Following Hurt Locker, Directed Kathryn Bigelow created a second war movie that turned out even better than the first! Rightfully tagged ‘The Greatest Manhunt in History’, Zero Dark Thirty revolves around the manhunt of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, post the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Osama was found in Pakistan and was raided and killed on 2 May 2011 after a manhunt that went on for a decade. The details and intricacies of the investigations that led to the raid are illustrated in the movie. The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards, of which it bagged one award at each. The movie also received wide critical acclaim.
 
For those who are fascinated by war and action movies depicting the battlefield and all that goes down in it, every movie that made this list Top 10 War Movies are a must-watch!

 
 

Top 10 Stanley Kubrick Movies

Stanley Kubrick was undeniably one of the most talented and creative directors. A perfectionist, he always paid attention to the minutest of details, making his pictures a visual treat. He was not only a celebrated director, but he also raised the bar for other directors in the filmmaking industry. His significant work in the industry will be cherished for decades to come and this list of Top 10 Stanley Kubrick celebrates the talent and passion of a great director.
 

Lolita


The making of this movie is still a mystery. Being a book adaptation, this movie smoothly overcame some of the major challenges of creating a film out of words printed on pages. Due to certain limitations, Kubrick used his expertise and cleverly changed the way the story spills through, avoiding provocative scenes and unwanted attention from the critics. In spite of the sexuality the movie weaves into the storyline, the depiction of it all remains artistic in several ways.

Spartacus


Kubrick created this epic historical film that was nominated for six Academy Awards, of which it proudly bagged four. This remarkable creation was a combined effort of Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas, who was the producer and the lead actor of the movie. The action sequences in the movie revolving around the rebellious slave are truly worthy of praise as is the splendid cinematography. In its time, it was one of the grandest ventures in the movie industry.

Full Metal Jacket


With the never-ending war, Vietnam-based movies were on a constant production and release. Most Kubrick fans eagerly waited to see Kubrick’s creation on the subject. As always, Kubrick didn’t disappoint his fans. This 1987 war film is sprinkled with quirkiness and describes the mental volatility of soldiers. The film was not only directed by Kubrick, but he was also the producer and co-writer.
 

Strangelove


This 1964 ironic black comedy, by Stanley Kubrick, satirizes the nuclear fright. Based on a novel by Peter George, the film was produced, directed and co-written by Kubrick. The cast’s stellar performance was a result of Kubrick’s compulsion to be a perfectionist. He took numerous re-takes of a shot until he was sure it was perfect, finally bringing to the screen a work that is considered a fine example of moviemaking even today.
 

The Shining


Stanley Kubrick once again brought details from page to screen, with excellent poise, through his 1980 psychological horror film The Shining. The movie, which is an adaptation from a Stephen King novel, stars Jack Nicholson who contributes to the role impeccably. The story revolves around a writer, who’s suffering from writer’s block and turns homicidal as he slowly descends into insanity. Every scene is beautifully crafted and doesn’t fail to bring out the sinister motives of the psychological character played by Nicholson. Kubrick has his audience sitting at the edge of their seats with this one!
 

2001: A Space Odyssey


This 1968 science fiction movie was directed, produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. The movie is about a group of astronauts who are sent into space on an unknown mission. On their journey, they come across a myriad of strange behaviors displayed by their spaceship’s computer system, leading to a fight between man and machine. The movie at first, gained mixed reviews from its viewers and critics. However, later it went on to win an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
 

Eyes Wide Shut


The movie Eyes Wide Shut has an oxymoron-ish undertone, not only in the name, but also in the hues the movie portrays. Kubrick called this movie “his greatest contribution to the art of cinema”. Eyes Wide Shut was Stanley Kubrick’s last movie before his death. As usual, Kubrick’s perfect sense of direction, using colors, visuals and props makes this movie a perfect sensual story about passion, sex and relationships. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman considered this movie an honor, considering that Kubrick was directing them. In spite of mixed critical reviews, the movie remains a work only Kubrick could have accomplished.
 

Clockwork Orange


Another classical hit by the auteur, Clockwork Orange, is a movie that was directed, produced and written by Stanley Kubrick. The movie touched upon delicate subjects like juvenile delinquency and gang violence. The protagonist of the movie is a youth whose interests are rather intriguing- Beethoven’s classical music, rape and ‘ultra-violence’.  Kubrick pays attention to specific details, taking numerous re-shots just to get the perfect visual, thus making the movie a treat for its viewers.
 

Barry Lyndon



 
This 1975 period drama film is about the achievements of an 18th century Irish adventurer. Kubrick’s keen sense of imagery is evident in some of the metaphoric scenes created in the movie using nothing but candle light. Kubrick’s unparalleled sense of direction has always made the best use of innovative ideas.
 

Paths of Glory


This 1957 anti-war movie, directed and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, is a story set during World War I. Starring Kirk Douglas, the movie is about a commanding officer who refuses a suicidal attack and is court-martialed and charged of cowardice. Kubrick plays with emotional sentiments and realistic images. Kubrick tends to draw out raw and rugged performances from his actors that are priceless!
 

These 10 Stanley Kubrick movies are a must-watch and a treat for movie buffs. His originality and eye for detail makes each of his direction no less than a masterpiece! One doesn’t need more reasons to place him on the same mantle as some of the most influential directors of all time.
 

A Few Interesting Yet Little Known Celebrity Facts

In the world of entertainment, there’s often more than what meets the eye and even though we think we know a lot about our favorite celebrities, some facts remain concealed. Here are a few interesting yet little known celebrity facts:
 
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Starting with the dreaded villain of the X-Factor talent reality show, Simon Cowell, he literally ‘axed’ his way to fame – he started off as a runner on Stanley Kubrick’s horror thriller The Shining, where he was responsible for polishing the axe used by Jack Nicholson in the famous scene with the axe and the bathroom door.
 
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The scintillating voice of Bruno Mars has taken over the hearts of many young damsels. But what many do not know about this talented singer who sang When I Was Your Man is that the singer was christened Peter Gene Hernandez.
 
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Celebrated actor from the Friends series, Matthew Perry, has a portion of the middle finger on his right hand missing. The actor’s grandfather had accidentally slammed the car door on his finger when he was a little boy!
 

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Ke$ha, whose song music and lyrics are of the synthpop genre, is one of the few celebrities with a perfect combination of beauty and brains. The talented singer scored an impressive 1500 on her SATs and is gifted with an IQ of 140.
 
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Speaking of smart celebrities, Dolph Lundgren, aka Ivan Drago from Rocky IV fame, is quite smart as well. The action hero has to his credit a master’s degree in engineering and even earned a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT!
 
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We all know Inside the Actor’s Studio host, James Lipton. Most of us thoroughly enjoy the grueling and interesting interviews he conducts with his celebrity guests. But did you know that during the 1950’s, Lipton spent a whole year as a pimp to an entire brothel in Paris?
 

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With a metallic cross dangling around his neck, smokey eye make-up, long hair and convoluted tattoos, the famous English Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne is understandably looked upon as a Satanist. Little would anyone have guessed that the rocker is actually a member of the Anglican Church and a holy one at that! Ozzy is even known to say his prayers before each of his performances!
 

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The celebrated reggae singer, Bob Marley, was born out of a bi-racial marriage. His father was a White English-Jamaican Marine, Captain Norval Marley. In 1978, Bob Marley did confirm this information and was pretty resentful about the whole thing. Having an absent father all his life growing up in a way inspired and influenced Bob Marley’s entire musical career.
 

Nicolas Cage is admired for his dedication to the trade and work in Hollywood. The actor, however, is said to have once bought an octopus for a pet, hoping that it would help him with his acting career. Not that the artist seems to need much help, but it’s rather strange that he expected any help at all from the eight legged sea creature.
 
Woody-Harrelson

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Woody Harrelson is the son of a contract killer, Charles Voyde Harrelson. Charles was the estranged father of the veteran actor and was convicted of assassinating federal judge John H. Wood Jr., the first federal judge to be killed during the 21st century.
 

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And to round out this list, here’s a fact that is simply bonkers! Jerry Springer, the man who is well known for his absurd show where couples reveal a lot more than they need to, was actually once the Mayor of Cincinnati!
 

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Top 10 Movies That Were Never Made

This list of Top 10 Movies That Were Never Made is a unique one. While all of us have sat back and enjoyed some movies, and hated others, this list gives you the names of movies that should have hit theaters for several reasons, but didn’t quite complete the journey.
 
Napoleon
 

 
One of the most celebrated directors Hollywood has ever seen, Stanley Kubrick’s works are part of the best the world has stood witness to. Yet, one of his projects,Napoleon is part of this list of unfortunate movie that never reached theaters. It was Kubrick’s dream to make a large scale biopic based on Napoleon Bonaparte’s life, a dream that failed to take off, even after the script was ready and Kubrick had almost wrapped up the pre-production stage. However, with his death, and some hesitance from production houses, thanks to the epic proportions of the movie, Napoleon never did take off.
 
Crusade
 
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This project was a bold one on so many levels! Defying the standard line of thought, and that too during the first Gulf War, the movie trudged a storyline that portrayed Christian crusaders in an evil light and depicted Muslims as the heroes. With no less than Arnold Schwarzenegger as the main protagonist, Paul Verhoeven in the director’s chair and Walon Green as scriptwriter, the movie, though thoroughly controversial seemed like a hit in the making. The producers Carolco however refused to be part of it and this particular Crusade didn’t quite make it past the storyboard stage.
 
Rendezvous with Rama
 
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Though Rendezvous with Rama is on this list for now, chances are it may yet see the dim lights of theaters around the world. An epic sci-fi adventure that follows the storyline of the exploration of an abandoned alien ship, this project has none other than the great Morgan Freeman as producer and David Fincher as director. Yet, the movie has not progressed in any way, though there has been news that Fincher is now trying to revive the project again. If this adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel does hit the big screen, it is sure to be a worthy watch.
 
Gladiator II
 

 
Many would justify the notion that the success of Gladiator should have paved the way for a sequel. Well, Nick Cave did embark upon the journey and even managed to handle Maximus’s death in the original movie by reincarnating the Roman hero and twisting the storyline to grant the warrior an eternal passage through several war fronts in history. Warner Bros. just didn’t approve of the concept though and the movie bit the dust.
 
Kaleidoscope
 

 
Alfred Hitchcock’s works are all masterpieces and to have one of his movies on this list is indeed heartbreaking. However, Kaleidoscope was reportedly such a controversial work of Hitchcock’s that no studio gathered the guts, or level of insanity, to take on the project. The storyline revolved around a necrophiliac killer, doing the rounds of New York City nonetheless, and depicted such raw scenes of violence and sex that it was considered too graphic for any audience! Well, that was enough for the movie to never make it into the light of day and one of Hitchcock’s works was relegated to history.
 
Heart of Darkness
 
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Orson Welles was quite the unlucky character when it came to completing his works and Heart of Darkness, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s psychological horror novel, was a victim of just that trait of the otherwise famed moviemaker. This one wasn’t the only one on Welles’ list either! Several other works like The Other Side of the Wind,Don Quixote and Merchant of Venice suffered the same fate as Heart of Darkness. This particular project fell apart due to a lack of financiers and finally, Welles had to abandon the project in favor of Citizen Kane.
 
Who Killed Bambi?

 
If you wish to imagine what the movie, Who Killed Bambi? would be like, try bringing to your mind the exact opposite of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. This was what the movie, featuring the British band The Sex Pistols wished to accomplish with Roger Ebert at the helm of the screenplay. Well, Ebert’s work turned out to be so shocking that 20th Century Fox reportedly held back funding to the movie as soon as they read the script! The script was later posted to Ebert’s blog in 2010 and many who read it thought it was indeed a good thing that Who Killed Bambi? never made it to theaters!
 
Dune
 

 
Well, we all know that David Lynch’s version of Frank Herbert’s masterpiece Dune did make it to theaters but here, we will tell you about another grander version of the movie that failed to make it. This one was a project by director Alejandro Jodorwsky and his plans for the movie were so majestic that several other movies we label amazing would have been put to shame. Jodorwsky had wanted to cast Orson Welles and Salvador Dali in the movie, apart from the fact that his screenplay was enough to make a movie that lasted 14 hours. Even the soundtrack of the movie was planned with fresh numbers from the legendary Pink Floyd and Karlheinz Stockhausen while preproduction was scheduled to be handled by legends like HG Giger, Jean Giraud and Chris Foss. None of Jodorwsky’s plans went through and the rights for Dune were eventually sold, and in came David Lynch with a scaled down version.
 
Superman Lives
 

 
A superhero movie seldom goes to waste in Hollywood and yet, Tim Burton’s Superman Lives failed to make it to theaters. Kevin Smith was given the task of writing the movie’s screenplay on the lines of the Death of Superman comic and soon, even Nicholas Cage jumped onto the bandwagon with Warner Bros. backing the project. Midway through, Wesley Strick was brought in to make changes to the script, and then Dan Gilroy. Well, the turn of the script didn’t quite suit Tim Burton who abandoned the project followed by Cage. So eventually, Superman Lives, a movie that was initially slated to release on the 60th anniversary of the character, died an unnatural death instead.
 
Genesis
 
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Biblical remakes have always been the toast of Hollywood and yet, a project that could have been the most renowned among them didn’t quite make the journey. Based on the Book of Genesis, and despite receiving financial backing from Dino de Laurentiis, this movie failed to take off for several reasons. One of them, as Robert Bresson put it, was the inability to make animals act exactly the way he wanted! There were several attempts to revive the project, including one in 1963 and another in 1985, but somehow, things simply did not fall into place.
 
While most of the movies on this list of Top 10 Movies That Were Never Made have been relegated to history, knowing Hollywood and its weird ways, some of them just might come back from the dead and get rolling once again!