Wednesday, February 27, 2013

BOOK / MOVIE: The Flowers of War


                The Flowers of War is a novel by Geling Yan.  It is set in Nanking, China during the infamous “Rape of Nanking” in 1937.  Japanese soldiers have taken over the city and a multitude of atrocities are taking place.  The soldiers are killing, raping, and looting.  Thousands of Chinese civilians are targeted.  Corpses fill the streets.  No one is safe even in the “Safety Zone”.
                 Father Engelmann is an American priest who runs the St. Mary Magdalene mission.  He is sheltering around a dozen schoolgirls.  He is aided by his Deacon named Fabio.  His adopted “son” George is the simple-minded cook.  With gunshots ringing consistently on the outside, they pray that within the walls they will be safe.  Things get more complicated when they are joined by fourteen prostitutes and three Chinese soldiers.  The mission is now very dysfunctional.  The virginal, innocent girls are confronted by the crass sexuality of the whores.  There are several verbal and even physical confrontations between them.  Although some of the girls are orphans and from the lower class, part of the girl/whore dynamic involves culture clash.  The two groups are segregated with the girls in the attic and the whores in the cellar ( a bit heavy-handed in the symbolism ).  There is also the conflict between the pacifist Father Engelmann and the soldiers.  The Father insists the soldiers give up their arms in an attempt to keep the mission neutral, in case the Japanese come calling.
                The main character is one of the schoolgirls named Shujuan.  Her parents abandoned her and went to America.  She has issues.  The book develops several other characters.  The leader of the prostitutes is Yumo.  She is high-class and has the power to seduce any man.  She is the conscience of the whores and tries to keep them in line.  She becomes romantically involved with Major Dai – one of the soldiers who escaped the destruction of his command to take refuge in the mission.  The other two soldiers miraculously survived the mass slaughter of over 5,000 prisoners.  The flashback is one of the most memorable of the novel.
                It’s just a matter of time before the war finds them.  Meanwhile, there are problems with the lack of food and water.  As time passes, the girls and the prostitutes thaw toward each other.  Shujuan spends time watching them through a ventilation shaft.  It’s eye-opening, but even more ear-opening. 
                All good things must come to an end, however.  Japanese soldiers arrive and find the three soldiers.  The Japanese are thuggish and brutal.  Father Engelmann tries to stand up to them, but it is hopeless.  None of the trio survives, but the females are undiscovered.  For now.  Someone rats out the girls and the Japanese return for them.  Father Engelmann is told they are wanted for entertainment at a party.  He does not fall for that old one and manages to delay the abduction.  The solution is simple math and involves the suddenly altruistic prostitutes. 
                The novel is surprisingly good.  Yan writes well with few frills.  The plot is not complicated, but it is not predictable (except for the solution to the dilemma).  The back-stories are interesting.  The characters are appealingly drawn and you care about them.  Father Engelmann starts off as priestily naïve about the Japanese, but he evolves into a hero.  Yumo is the stereotypical prostitute with a heart of gold, but she balances the whores with mouths of potty.  Shujuan connects them together well.  Yan writes teenage girl realistically.  The main flaw is the implausibility of the conclusion.  Yan definitely stretches credulity, but I have to admit it was satisfying.
                The movie “The Flowers of War” was released in 2011 and was directed by Zhang Yimou with a huge budget.  He used part of the funds to hire Christian Bale to play the main character – American mortician John Miller.  A Chinese film with an American hero, imagine that.  The movie was a major hit in China and went on to become the top grossing movie in Chinese history.  It was nominated for several awards, but was not a favorite of critics.  Although Geling Yan helped with the screenplay, the plot is very different than the novel.
                In the movie, the schoolgirls and Miller arrive at the mission after running through the chaotic streets.  Father Engelmann is already dead and only George is there.  Miller is the stereotypical Yank – crass, money-hungry, alcohol-loving.  He is in need of redemption, naturally.  The prostitutes arrive soon after.  They are basically as depicted in the book.  Since the version I watched lacked subtitles, I can only assume their dialogue was similar to the book.  A stunning beauty named Ni Ni plays Yumo.  Miller hits on her in an embarrassing way.  “There’s no coffee. Let’s get liquored up”.  (A line not taken from the book.)  Major Li (the movie combines Major Dai and Sergeant Li) arrives with the wounded young soldier,  followed shortly by rampaging Japanese vermin who chase the girls all over the mission with rape on their minds.  The Japanese are distracted by a sniping Li and charge off to go 40 on 1.  Li is a Chinese Rambo and takes most (if not all) of them with him in a scene full of “Tae Guk Ri” spectacle with ridiculous explosions.  The scene is cathartic and officially makes the movie a war movie, but is nowhere in the book.
                Miller decides to assume the role of a priest.  He shaves his scraggly beard and hits the redemption road.  A new group of Japanese arrive led by the cultural (and seemingly human) Col. Hasegawa.  He apologizes for the previous group and promises to return to hear the girls sing.  He puts guards around the mission.  Two of the whores manage to sneak out to get some more pipa strings and to help advance the plot in two ways.  First, Miller meets a friend who encourages him to escape.  No thanks, I want to go to Heaven by continuing to masquerade as a priest.  Second, we get another frenetic chase scene culminating with a horrific glimpse at what will be in store for the girls if they fall into Japanese hands.  This scene was briefly mentioned in the epilogue of the book.
                After the girls sing angelically for Hasegawa, he “invites” them to perform at a military celebration.  Nothing to worry about.  And yet…  The girls climb to the top of the tower to commit suicide and are only dissuaded when Yumo and the other prostitutes offer to take their places.  Lucky thing Miller is a mortician who can make whores look like virginal thirteen year olds!  Unfortunately, there are thirteen girls and only twelve whores.  (This math problem does not appear in the novel.)  Someone needs to volunteer to become Georgette.
                I have posited in the past that movies based on books can and should be better than their source material.  And I would argue that a majority are.  This movie does not fit my theory.  One major inferiority is the Miller character.  If ever a character was shoe-horned into a movie, this one is.  He is nowhere to be found in the book and replaces the superior Father Engelmann.  The pre-redemption personality is cringe-worthy and the redemption is cliché.  The other huge flaw is the obvious attempt to add “explosions” literally and figuratively.  The director and screenwriter (the non-Yan one) must have found the book boring.  They added three action scenes and subtracted the mundane lack of food and water aspects.  The movie sacrifices realism for pizzaz.  Check out the prostitutes’ hair.
                Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat’s “Literature and War Readalong”) suggested that if we did not read the book, we could substitute the movie.  Not a good suggestion.  The movie is radically different from the book.  Where the book has an implausible ending, the movie is rife with implausibilities.  However, the movie does have its strengths.  The acting is good, except for pre-priest Bale.  The Shijuan and Yumo characters are well-played and accurately reflect the novel.  Both the girls and the prostitutes are fine (I guess, since I could not understand a word they were saying).  The movie is visually stunning.  The cinematography pulls out all the bells and whistles (hand-held, slo-mo, low angle, etc.)  The combat is reminiscent of Korean war films like “Tae Guk Ri”.  Watch out for flying debris!
                In conclusion, definitely read the book and if you get a chance and have Netflix Instant, watch the movie.  Make sure you do it in that order!
Book =  B+
Movie =  C+
the trailer
the full movie

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Ace’s High vs. The Blue Max  (Feb, 2012)
Action in the North Atlantic  (Jul, 2011)
Act of Valor  (Feb, 2012)
# 32 -  African Queen  (Jul, 2012)
Age of Heroes  (Aug, 2012)
Air Force  (Oct, 2013)
# 61 – The Alamo  (Jun, 2011)
#5 - Alexander Nevsky  (May, 2014)
Alexander the Great  (Jun, 2012)
Alien Outpost  (Jan, 2016)
Allies  (Jan, 2015)
#1 -  All Quiet on the Western Front (Dec, 2014)
The Americanization of Emily  (July, 2013)
Angel's Wing (June, 2015)
Apocalypse Now  (July, 2013)
Ardennes Fury (Dec, 2015)
Army of Crime  (Sep, 2011)
Army of Shadows  (Sep, 2011)
Assault at West Point (Aug., 2015)
Attack! (August, 2014)
Attack Force Z (July, 2014)
Attack on Leningrad (Oct, 2018)
Attack on the Iron Coast  (May, 2015)
Back to Bataan (June, 2014)
# 81 – Ballad of Soldier  (Dec, 2010)
Barefoot Gen  (Au, 2018)
Battle Circus  (Oct, 2013)
# 36 -  Battleground  (Jun, 2012)
Battle LA  (Mar, 2011)
# 24 -  Battle of Algiers  (Oct, 2012)
# 90 – Battle of Britain  (Sep, 2010)
Battle of Haditha (May, 2014)
Battleship  (May, 2012)
# 47 – Battleship Potemkin  (Oct, 2011)
Battle Taxi (June, 2014)
Beachhead (Mar, 2015)
Beach Red  (Feb, 2011)
The Beast  (Aug, 2011)
Beasts of No Nation  (Dec., 2015)
Beaufort vs.  Lebanon  (Aug, 2012)
# 52 – Beau Geste  (Sep, 2011)
The Bedford Incident vs. The Enemy Below  (Jun, 2011)
Behind Enemy Lines  (Mar, 2016)
Beneath Hill 60  (May, 2016)
# 96 – Ben Hur  (Aug, 2010)
# 40 -  Best Years of Our Lives  (Apr, 2012)
# 58 – Big Parade  (Jul, 2011)
# 71 – Big Red One  (Feb, 2011)
Birdsong  (Feb, 2016)
Birdy  (Sep, 2011)
The Birth of a Nation  (Au., 2016)
Bismarck vs. Graf Spee  (Jul, 2011)
Black Book  (Nov, 2010)
#13 - Black Hawk Down  (Aug, 2013)
# 87 – Blimp  (Oct, 2010)
Blue Max vs.  Ace’s High  (Feb, 2012)
The Blue Max (June, 2015)
Born on the Fourth of July (June, 2014)
Boys in Company C (Aug., 2014)
# 67 – Braveheart  (Apr, 2011)
Bravo Two Zero  (Jan., 2014)
# 91 –Breaker  Morant (Sep, 2010)
Breakthrough - 1950  (Nov., 2014)
Breakthrough - 1979  (Oct., 2016)
The Brest Fortress  (Best/Worst 2015)  (Feb, 2016)
The Bridge (June, 2015)
Bridge at Remagen (Sept., 2015)
#12 -  Bridge on the River Kwai  (Aug, 2013)
# 94 – A Bridge Too Far  (Aug, 2010)
Buffalo Soldiers (Apr, 2013)
The Bunker  (July, 2016)
The Caine Mutiny (June, 2013)
Captain America:  The First Avenger (June, 2014)
Captain Blood (Aug., 2014)
Capt. Corelli  (Jul, 2011)
Carter's Army  (Sep., 2014)
# 65 – Casablanca  (May, 2011)
Cast a Giant Shadow  (Oct., 2014)
# 66 – Castle Keep  (May, 2011)
Casualties of War (Jan, 2015)
Centurion  (Jun, 2011)
# 26 -  Charge of the Light Brigade  (Sep, 2012)
Cheyenne Autumn  (Jun, 2011)
City of Life and Death (Au, 2018)
Closely Watched Trains (Aug., 2014)
The Cockleshell Heroes  (Jan., 2014)
The Colditz Story  (Jul, 2012)
Cold Mountain  (Jan, 2012)
Cold Mountain  (Jun, 2011)
# 50 – Colonel Redl  (Dec, 2011)
Come and See  (Oct, 2010)
Coming Home  (July, 2013)
Command Decisions vs. 12 O’Clock High (Apr, 2011)
Company K (June, 2014)
Corregidor  (Nov., 2014)
The Cranes are Flying  (Sep, 2012)
Crimson Tide  (Oct., 2016)
Cromwell  (Apr, 2012)
The Crossing (Feb, 2013)
# 64 –  Cross of Iron  (May, 2011)
The Counterfeiter  (Sep, 2011)
Courage Under Fire (Jan, 2013)
The Cruel Sea vs. In Which We Serve  (Apr, 2011)
Dam Busters  (Nov, 2010)
Dam Busters vs. 633 Squadron (Dec, 2010)
Darby's Rangers (June, 2014)
Dark Blue World  (June, 2015)
#3 - Das Boot (June, 2014)
# 38 – The Dawn Patrol  (June, 2012)
The Dawns Here Are Quiet (Dec, 2014)
Day of Days (Band of Brothers)  (June, 2014)
Days of Glory  (Jan., 2014)
D-Day - The 6th of June  (June, 2013)
Decision Before Dawn  (May, 2015)
# 29 -  The Deer Hunter  (Aug, 2012)
Defiance (June, 2014)
Defiant vs. Hornblower (Aug, 2012)
# 78 – Desert Fox  (Dec, 2010)
# 88 – Desert Rats  (Sep, 2010)
Destination Tokyo  (Aug, 2012)
Destroyer (Au, 2018)
The Devil's Brigade  (July, 2013)
The Devil's Disciple (June, 2014)
Devils in the Doorstep  (Au., 2016)
# 21 -  The Dirty Dozen  (Dec, 2012)
# 84 – Dr. Strangelove  (Oct, 2010)
The Dogs of War  (Dec., 2015)
# 35  -  Downfall  (June, 2012)
Drones  (Jan, 2016)
# 27 -  Duck Soup  (Aug, 2012)
The Duellists (Jan, 2015)
# 89 – Dunkirk  (June, 2011)
The Eagle  (Feb, 2011)
The Eagle Has Landed  (Jun, 2012)
El Alamein - The Line of Fire  (Dec., 2013)
# 63 – El Cid  (Jun, 2011)
Ender's Game  (Nov, 2013)
Enemy at the Gates (Feb, 2013)
The Enemy Below vs. The Bedford Incident  (Jun, 2011)
Enigma  (Oct, 2012)
Escape from Sobibor  (Nov, 2013)
Europa, Europa  (July, 2016)
Everyman’s War  (May, 2012)
The Execution of Private Slovik  (Au., 2016)
Eye of the Needle (Au, 2018)
Fail Safe  (Jan, 2013)
Fighter Squadron  (July, 2015)
The Fighting Seabees  (Jan., 2014)
The Fighting 69th  (April, 2014)
Fighting Sullivans  (Oct, 2010)
Firebase Gloria  (Oct, 2012)
Firefox (June, 2015)
Fires on the Plain  (Jan, 2011)
The First of the Few  (Au., 2016)
5 Graves to Cairo  (Sep, 2010)
Fixed Bayonets  (Dec, 2012)
# 30 -  Flags of Our Fathers  (Aug, 2012)
Flame and Citron  (Jul, 2012)
Flight World War II  (Dec, 2015)
The Flowers of War (Feb, 2013)
Flyboys  (Sep, 2012)
Flying Leathernecks (July, 2014)
Force Ten for Navarone  (Nov., 2016) 
86 – Foreign Correspondent  (Oct, 2010)
Fortress  (Jan, 2016)
49th Parallel  (May, 2011)
# 59 – From Here to Eternity  (Jul, 2011)
The Frontline  (May, 2014)
#16 - Full Metal Jacket  (June, 2013)
Fury  (Oct., 2014)
Gallipoli  (Feb, 2011)
Gardens of Stone vs. Taking Chance (July, 2015)
# 42 – The General  (Mar, 2012)
# 46 – Gettysburg  (Nov, 2011)
Gettysburg / Killer Angels  (Dec, 2011)
“Gettysburg” on THC  (May, 2011)
# 10 -  Glory  (Dec, 2013)
God is My Co-Pilot (Dec., 2013)
Good Morning, Vietnam  (Aug, 2013)
Go Tell It To the Spartans (April, 2014)
Graf Spee vs. Bismarck  (Jul, 2011)
Grave of the Fireflies (Au, 2018)
# 44 -  The Great Escape  (Jan, 2012)
The Great Raid  (May, 2014)
The Great Santini (Mar, 2015)
The Green Berets (June, 2015)
Grey Lady Down  (Oct., 2016)
# 69 – Guadalcanal Diary  (Apr, 2011)
Gunga Din  (Nov, 2010)
Gung Ho (June, 2014)
Guns at Batasi  (Feb, 2016)
# 93 –Guns of  Navarone  (Sep, 2010)
Hacksaw Ridge  (Nov., 2016)
# 70 – Hail Conquering Hero  (Mar, 2011)
Hair (June, 2014)
Halls of Montezuma  (Nov, 2011)
Hamburger Hill  (Aug, 2011)
Hanoi Hilton  (Jan, 2016)
Hanover Street  (Oct, 2011)
Heartbreak Ridge  (Jan., 2014)
Hell in the Pacific  (June, 2013)
Hell is for Heroes (Feb, 2015)
# 43 -  Hell’s Angels
Henry V  (Oct, 2013)
The Hill  (Nov, 2012)
History or Hollywood:  Casualties of War (Jan, 2015)
History or Hollywood:  Glory (Nov, 2013)
History or Hollywood:  The Great Raid (May, 2015)
History or Hollywood:  Lawrence of Arabia (July, 2015)
History or Hollywood:  The Longest Day (Jun, 2013)
History or Hollywood:  Pork Chop Hill (Nov., 2014)
History or Hollywood:  Troy  (Mar, 2016)
History or Hollywood:  We Were Soldiers (Nov., 2014)
History or Hollywood:  Zulu (Feb, 2015)
History or Hollywood:  Zulu Dawn (Feb, 2015)
Hope and Glory  (May, 2012)
Hornblower vs. Defiant  (Aug, 2012)
Hunter Killer (Oct, 2018)
The Hunters  (Sep, 2010)
The Hurt Locker  (Au., 2016)
Ice Station Z (Aug., 2014)
The Imitation Game (June, 2015)
Immortal Sergeant  (Oct, 2013)
The Incredible Mr. Limpit (June, 2014)
# 51 – The Informer  (Sep, 2011)
Inglorious Bastards (July, 2014)
Inglourious Basterds (July, 2014)
In Harm's Way (Sep, 2018)  book/movie
In the Valley of Elah (June, 2014)
Into the White  (July, 2016)  
In Which We Serve vs. The Cruel Sea  (Apr, 2011)
Ivan's Childhood  (June, 2013)
I Was a Male War Bride (June, 2014)
Johnny Got His Gun  (Sep, 2012)
Joint Security Area (May, 2013)
Journey's End  (Apr., 2016)
Joyeux Noel (Oct, 2010)
# 34 -  Kagemusha  (Jul, 2012)
Kanal (Mar, 2013)
Katyn  (Au., 2016)
Kelly's Heroes  (Sep, 2013)
The Killing Fields  (Sep, 2013)
King Arthur  (Apr, 2012)
King Rat  (May, 2011)  Book/Movie  (May, 2015)
Kippur  (Nov., 2014)
Kokoda (Aug., 2015)
Lacombe, Lucien (Aug., 2015)
Land and Freedom (Oct, 2018)
# 95 – Last of the Mohicans  (Aug, 2010)
The Last Valley  (July, 2016)
#6 - Lawrence of Arabia  (May, 2014)
Lebanon vs. Beaufort  (Aug, 2012)
#4 - Letters from Iwo Jima (June, 2014)
The Lighthorsemen  (May, 2015)
Lives of a Bengal Lancer (May, 2013)
Lone Survivor  (Jan., 2014)
The Longest Day  (June, 2013)
The Lost Battalion (Oct., 2015)
Major Dundee  (Nov, 2013)
Malta Story (Mar, 2015)
# 85 – Manchurian Candidate  (Oct, 2010)
A Man Escaped  (Oct., 2014)
Man Hunt  (Jan, 2015)
# 74 – Man Who Would Be King  (Jan, 2011)
The Mark of Cain  (Dec., 2013)
# 33 -  MASH  (Jul, 2012)
Max Manus  (June, 2016)
The McConnell Story  (May, 2015)
The McKenzie Break  (May, 2014)
Memphis Belle vs. 30 Seconds (Sep, 2010)
Men in War  (Oct., 2015)
Merrill's Marauders (July, 2015)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence  (Nov, 2012)
A Midnight Clear  (Dec, 2011)
# 92 – Midway  (Sep, 2010)
# 53 – Ministry of Fear  (Aug, 2011)
Miracle at St. Anna  (Aug, 2011)
Mrs. Miniver (May, 2013)
Mission Over Korea  (May, 2015)
Murphy's War  (May, 2014)
My Boy Jack (June, 2014)
Naked and the Dead (Sep, 2018)
# 37 -  Napoleon  (Jul, 2012)
Never So Few  (Dec., 2013)
The Night of the Generals  (Oct., 2015)
9th Company  (Dec, 2010)
No Man’s Land  (Dec, 2010)
No Man's Land - 1931  (Apr., 2016) 
None But the Brave (June, 2013)
# 97 – Northwest Passage  (Aug, 2010)
# 57 – Notorious  (Jul, 2011)
Objective, Burma  (Oct, 2013)
Oh! What a Lovely War  (Aug, 2011)
Operation Crossbow  (Oct., 2014)
Operation Pacific  (Oct, 2013)
Overlord  (June, 2013)
Pan's Labyrinth (Mar, 2015)
Passchendaele vs.  The Trench  (Apr, 2012)
Pathfinders  (April, 2014)
#2 - Paths of Glory (July, 2014)
The Patriot  (Jun, 2012)
#17 -  Patton  (May, 2013)
Phantom (Mar, 2013)
Pimpernel Smith (Oct, 2018)
#9 -  Platoon  (Jan., 2014)
Platoon Leader (Sep, 2010)
Play Dirty  (Sep, 2013)
#39 -  Pork Chop Hill  (May, 2012)
Prisoners of the Mountain  (Dec, 2011)
Prisoners of the Sun  (Blood Oath)  (Nov, 2013)
Private Peaceful  (Apr., 2016)
The Purple Plain  (July, 2016)
The Pursuit of Honor  (July, 2016)
The Railway Man  (Sept., 2015)
# 76 – Ran  (Jan, 2011)
Reach for the Sky (Mar, 2015)
The Red Baron (June, 2015)
Red Dawn (84) vs. Red Dawn (12)  (Dec, 2012)
Red Tails  (Jan, 2012)
Red Tails vs.  Tuskegee Airmen  (Mar, 2012)
Regeneration  (Jul, 2011)
Restrepo  (Dec, 2010)
Ride with the Devil  (May, 2011 & June, 2014)
# 25 -  Rome, Open City  (Oct, 2012)
Rough Riders (Apr, 2013)
Rules of Engagement  (Mar, 2016)
# 79 – Run Silent, Run Deep  (Dec, 2010)
Sabre Jet (June, 2014)
# 83 – Sahara  (Nov, 2010)
Sahara (1995)  (Jan, 2016)
Saints and Soldiers  (Dec, 2012)
Saints and Soldiers:  Airborne Creed  (Feb, 2016)
Sand Pebbles  (Jun, 2012)
Sands of Iwo Jima  (July, 2013)
# 31 -  Schindler’s List  (Aug, 2012)
# 56 -  Scipio Africanus  (Feb, 2012)
# 19 – Sgt. York  (Dec, 2012)
# 48 – The Sea Hawk  (Oct, 2011)
The Sea Wolves  (Au., 2016)
Sergeant Rutledge  (Nov., 2015)
Secret Invasion  (Oct, 2010)
Seven Samurai  (Jul, 2012)
'71  (Aug., 2015)
# 49 – The Searchers  (Sep, 2011)
Shenandoah  (Oct, 2011)
# 55 – She Wore Yellow Ribbon  (Aug, 2011)
Shining Through  (Sep, 2013)
Shout at the Devil  (May, 2014)
Siege of Firebase Gloria  (Oct., 2016)
Silent Night (Dec, 2014)
Since You Went Away (May, 2013)
633 Squadron vs. Dam Busters  (Dec, 2010)
Sky Fighters  (Best/Worst 2015)  (Feb, 2016)
Soldier Blue  (Jul, 2012)
Soldier of Orange (May, 2013)
A Soldier's Story (June, 2014)
So Proudly We Hail (Dec, 2014)
#18 - Stalag 17  (Apr, 2013)
# 23 -  Stalingrad  (Nov, 2012)
Stalingrad (2013)  (Nov, 2018)
Stalingrad:  Dogs, Do You Want To Live Forever?  (Dec., 2015)
Starship Troopers  (Jan, 2012)
Starship Troopers 2 (Oct, 2018)
Steel Helmet  (Feb, 2012)
# 45 -  The Story of G.I. Joe  (Jan, 2012)
Submarine Command  (Apr., 2016)
Tae Guk Gi  (Dec, 2011)
Take the High Ground  (May, 2014)
Taking Chance vs. Gardens of Stone (July, 2015)
Talvisota (Sep, 2018)
Tank Battalion (Dec, 2014)
The Tanks Are Coming  (Oct., 2015)
Tarawa Beachhead (Aug., 2015)
Tears of the Sun (Sept., 2015) 
Theirs Is the Glory  (Jan, 2016)
# 68 – They Died With Their Boots On  (Apr, 2011)
# 99 – They Were Expendable  (Aug, 2010)
# 100 – Thin Red Line  (Aug, 2010)
# 80 – Third Man  (Dec, 2010)
Thirteen Hours  (Nov., 2016)
# 98 – Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo  (Aug, 2010)
30 Seconds vs. Memphis Belle  (Sep, 2010)
300  (Aug, 2013)
300: Rise of Empire (Mar, 2014)
The 300 Spartans (Mar, 2014)
3 Kings  (Jan, 2012)
Tigerland  (Feb, 2012)
Time Limit  (Dec, 2010)
A Time to Live and a Time to Die  (June, 2016)
# 60 – Tin Drum  (Jun, 2011)
# 77 – To Hell and Back  (Dec, 2010)
Tomorrow, When the War Came  (Dec, 2015)
Too Late the Hero  (Feb, 2016)
Too Young the Hero  (Nov., 2015)
Top Gun (June, 2015)  //  Dueling Movie with Meet the Spartans (Aug., 2015)
To the Shores of Tripoli  (Oct., 2014)
Tora!  Tora!  Tora!  (Jun, 2012)
Tournament:  Dogfighting Movies (March, 2015)
Tournament:  21st Century War Movies (March, 2011)
Tournament:  Vietnam War Movies (March, 2014)
Tournament:  War Comedies (March, 2012)
Tournament:  WWI Combat Movies  (May, 2016)
Tournament:  WWII Combat Movies  (March, 2013)
# 62 -  The Train  (Jun, 2011)
The Trench vs. Passchendaele  (Apr, 2012)
Tropic Thunder (July, 2014)
Troy   (Mar, 2016) 
Tunes of Glory  (Oct, 2012)
Tuskegee Airmen vs.  Red Tails  (Mar, 2012)
# 72 – 12 O’Clock High  (Feb, 2011)
12 O’Clock vs. Command Decisions  (Apr, 2011)
U-571  (Sep, 2013)
# 54 – Ulzana’s Raid  (Aug, 2011)
Unbroken (Jan, 2015
An Ungentlemanly Act (Dec., 2013)
Valkyrie (Sept., 2015)
A Very Long Engagement  (Apr., 2016)
Victory (June, 2014)
The Vikings  (Dec., 2013)
Von Richthofen and Brown (June, 2015)
Von Ryan's Express  (Aug, 2013)
Wake Island (Mar, 2013)
# 82 – Walk in the Sun  (Nov, 2010)
Waltz at Bashir  (Sep, 2012)
#20 – War and Peace  (Feb, 2013)
Warbirds (Jan, 2013)
War Horse  (Dec, 2011)  Book/Movie  (June, 2016)
War Hunt  (Nov., 2015)
The War Lord  (July, 2016)
The War Lover (Aug., 2015)
The Water Diviner  (Mar, 2016)
Waterloo  (Aug, 2012)
The Way Back  (Nov., 2014)
Welcome to Dongmahgol  (Mar, 2016)
Westfront 1918  (Sept., 2015)
We Were Soldiers (Dec., 2013)
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?  (Oct., 2014)
Wooden Crosses  (Apr., 2016)
What Price Glory?  (Dec, 2013)
Where Eagles Dare  (May, 2012)  //  Book/Movie (July, 2015)
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot  (Mar, 2016)
The Wild Geese (Dec., 2013)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley  (Dec, 2013)
Wing and a Prayer  (Oct, 2010)
#11 -  Wings  (Sep, 2013)
Winter in Wartime  (June, 2013)
The Wipers Times  (Jan, 2016)
The Wooden Horse (August, 2014)
Yanks  (May, 2012)
Yojimbo  (Nov, 2010)
Zero Dark Thirty (Jan, 2013)
#22 -  Zulu  (Nov, 2012)
Zulu Dawn (Feb, 2015)