Friday, April 17, 2009

Siskel & Ebert on ‘Full Metal Jacket’

I can’t believe Roger Ebert ragged on “Full Metal Jacket.”

And I dare suppose that few people now believe “Platoon” was a better movie... even though “Platoon” won an Academy Award for Best Picture (while “Full Metal Jacket” got just one Oscar nomination... for writing).

“Full Metal Jacket” has a dream-like magic about it. Always did.

Anyways... enjoy Gene and Roger going hard at each other.

5 comments:

Joe Crawford (artlung) said...

Full Metal Jacket is awesome in boot camp. It suffers when it hits Vietnam, when it's sardonic and funny, it stumbles and never gets up at the final action sequence.

Platoon has less wit and filmmamking bravura, but it has a seriousness (sometimes too serious) and realism that is moving and ultimately really good.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

I really dig these Siskel and Ebert interludes you post. It was sad to see Siskel when he was obviously sick. I always liked him. Like both, in fact.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks, DeAng. It trips me out to realize how much I remember of these guys' comments and arguments... going back 25 years.

Undercover Black Man said...

Platoon has less wit and filmmamking bravura, but it has a seriousness (sometimes too serious) and realism that is moving and ultimately really good.

I need to see that one again, Joe. "Platoon" just didn't leave a lasting impression on me.

Spencer Robinson said...

One of the best war films of all time. If you haven't yet, watch it now!