With the recent release of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, I figure it would be a good time to give a list of some of cinema’s most significant forms of the medium of this era. I decided to go with the approaches that are Modernist and after?
Because it is my favorite and it is my page, and I said so.
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The future is the evolution of the medium of art.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodernist_film lists so many of my favorite films of that era. Sure, the following has somewhat disappeared into a niche segment, but it is a sign of the evolution of media in the future.
Modernism, as defined by Merriam-Webster is:
modern artistic or literary philosophy and practice; especially : a self-conscious break with the past and a search for new forms of expression
5. Platoon was an Academy Award winning film that opposed the American modernist thought on the role of war in society. The film shows the horrors of the Vietnam War in a way (that one can say borders teenage gore horror exploitation especially as seen in Kevin Dillon’s acting moment.) However, at the same time also emphasizes a strong feeling and opinion towards the war. That’s how the Academy and I felt about the film.
4. In Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick again goes with anti-war themes, and the dehumanization of man. Oddly enough he explores the dehumanization of man through masculinity like in Jarhead. I see a lot of the similar themes of the Postmodern Fight Club with the role of the nuclear family changed in a corporate world.
3. The Deer Hunter has Eastern Europe immigrants ironically fighting against the “communism” spread in Vietnam (although it was not stated as such.) A main character that is both an homage and a parody of the action hero of the 70s. It began with what Platoon started with a more symbolic approach
2. Apocalypse Now Taking place in Cambodia, but nonetheless still having connections and inspirations from World War II, Francis Ford Coppola takes his audience and himself into the depths of the human soul to see what together they can find and understand from this film.
1. The Thin Red Line is a film on the most epic scale, not only encompassing its genre war, but as seen in the opening, nature and the natural order of the universe. You see different types of species, different types of animals, different types of humans, not inferior/superior, just different. You see southern WW II soldiers playing around with Melanesian children even though it is World War II a somewhat more patriotic war than the Vietnam War. It is not only one of the best war films of all time, but one of the best films of all time.