It’s been some time (almost a year, in fact) since our last/first/only poll, and given the amount of discussion we’ve had since as to the merits of certain films or directors over others it seems about time for another…
In 1998, two war movies were released by accomplished, respected directors that would earn high critical acclaim and each find a place among the greatest of all time. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg) opens in an almost unprecedented hard-hitting fashion documenting the storming of Normandy, and is, as Eddie put it, “one of the most visceral and effective war tales ever made for screen,” and The Thin Red Line (at the time Terrence Malick’s first film in 20 years) is a poetic, meditative exploration of the fleeting properties of life that is shot beautifully and features a plethora of outstanding acting talent.
Eddies in the Saving Private Ryan corner, and I an unabashed fan of Malick’s interpretation of the war film.
So, help us settle the argument!
… and feel free to comment below with your reasoning!