Monday, January 28, 2013

Golden Age of Cinema

I find that I am a fan of many genres of film.  However, there are a couple genres that I enjoy the most.  My all time favorite genre has got to be action/adventure.  Although, I also enjoy fiction a lot.  I like these types because the excite the imagination and provide me with entertainment.  When watching a film, I usually like to see a good battle/fight scene in which the two opposing forces take part in.  I like the suspense involved in the fight because you are unsure who might win, even though it is generally the "good guy".  I usually enjoy a happy ending but it is nice to occasionally see the "bad guys" win because it is unexpected.

If I had to pick one movie that I think that everyone should see, it would have to be 'Saving Private Ryan'.  The movie is about a group of American soldiers during WWII that are trying to find a soldier so that he may be able to go home and reunite with his family.  I enjoy this movie because it is both historic and action filled.  There is also a twist at the end dealing with the main character that is not expected.  One of the most well known parts of the movie is the scene in which they storm Omaha beach.

 One film from the golden age of Hollywood that really intrigues me is 'All Quiet on the Western Front'.  It was a war movie based during World War I and won two Academy Awards in 1930.  The plot was about a German soldier's life on the front lines of the western front.  The main character, Paul Baumer, was played by the actor Lew Ayres.  This movie was Ayres' big break and allowed him to secure roles in other future films.  This movie really intrigues me because I like war movies and I had to read the book that it is based off of for a history class my last semester.  With knowledge of the book and great reviews, I now want to watch this movie. 

 Actors Lew Ayres and Raymond Griffith in one of the trench scenes.


  1. Saving Private Ryan is for me one of the, if not finest WWII movies out there. Pearl Harbor was great, but can't touch how well this one is.

  2. I really enjoyed Saving Private Ryan too. Its been awhile since I have seen it and it is a bit foggy in my memory so I think I need to watch it again soon.

  3. I agree that the occasional twist of the "bad guy" winning is an interesting change-of-pace. You usually only see that in the early parts of films or possibly in a more dark piece. You seem to like quite a few war movies, which are usually very action packed. I've never seen 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. It's certainly a well known classic that I'm sure is worth seeing.

  4. Saving Private Ryan is another one of my all time favorite movies. Like you said it is action packed, as well as, a historic movie which makes it that much better. Like Rob said, and also in my opinion it is one of the best WWII movies ever made.