Welcome to another edition of our recurring feature here at FilmGoblin:  NERD FIGHT!

How it works is really simple:  A movie-related central supposition or motion is proposed, and then everyone everywhere can go full geek and debate that motion.

The only rules are:

  1. Stay on topic.
  2. No personal attacks / don’t be a dick!
  3. Have fun.
It’s on like Megalodon!

The Motion

This Nerd Fight topic is proposed by Goblin Editor-In-Chief himself, Skankhunter.

Got an idea for Nerd Fight? See below for how to submit.

The motion is this:

 WAR!  What is it good for?  Absolutely nothing?  What about movies?

For sheer peril, derring-do and the added emotional punch of being set during something that history actually happened, you can’t beat a good war movie.

But which war MOVIE is the best ever?

From Where Eagles Dare to A Bridge Too Far The Green Berets via Heartbreak Ridge.  One movie stands out due to a serious filmmaker at the height of his powers driving a quality cast through a great script.


Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Starting with a visceral and harrowing depiction of the D-Day landings on a grand scale, moving effortlessly to a smaller, more contained story.  Well rounded characters behave believably to make you invest in the mission.  Five Oscars including best director and best cinematography and six more nominations help underpin the achievement.

A walk in the park compared to Sizemore’s future!

So there it is.  OPINIONS WILL VARY.

Prefer old skool WWII?  Nam misery?  What about the Desert?*

What’s Your view of the best ever war movie?

“Easy, Sizemore! He only suggested a sequel to The Relic!”

Prepare to storm the beaches.  Look out for Messerschmitts in the sun and for God’s sake, be careful out there!  To the Disqus for honor and glory!

Read Skankhunter’s Behind The Scenes Saving Private Ryan article here.


*You don’t want to go in the Desert.

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