TDF Film Podcast 29 – War Films

War, huh… what is it good for?

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Edwin Starr once pondered the question of what war is good for and here on the TDF Film Podcast team we’re in agreement that it is only good for the setting of lots of very macho, shouty films with oodles of explosions directed in the sweltering heat by slightly overweight men with their shirts off (as anyone who has seen Hearts of Darkness can attest!). So in the spirit of celebrating fictional war, where the only thing actually doing battle are the actors’ egos, we’ve chosen three films that stand apart in a genre filled to the brim with epic failures and rousing classics.

Mike’s decided to surprise us all by picking Cross of Iron, Sam Peckinpah’s fantastically bleak 1977 WW2 movie about a group of German soldiers being bombarded back into the stone age on the Russian Front. John’s decided that artistic endeavours pale into comparison to fun little caper movies, so he’s gone for Enzo G. Castellari’s The Inglorious Bastards, and Matt’s going to try his best to convince the other two that Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now lives up to its lofty reputation!

Also, starting from the next episode we’re going to be switching back to our original fortnightly schedule, mostly to give us a bit of breathing room in researching each topic but also because our esteemed contributor Rob Bayley has he’s only gone and become a Horror film columnist for the Irish magazine Insert Title! As such he sadly finds himself with little time to continue on as a regular contributor to our tiny TDF pod, but luckily for us he’s refusing to hang up the microphone completely and promises to return on a much less frequent basis for “guest appearances” (see what happens when you become a big shot film critic?). We can only wish Rob congratulations on the new job and hope it won’t be too long before he joins the team again!

Episode 29 contributors: John White (host), Mike Sutton, and Matt Shingleton

Trailers for the titles in the spotlight:

Cross of Iron

The Inglorious Bastards

Apocalypse Now

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Updated: Apr 07, 2014

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