I am vacationing on the Richelieu River at my hubby's Aunt's place which is always nice to be. Of course, this means I am writing this ahead of schedule. I had a tough time writing about this theme this week. I could have gone all war films since it is one siege after another but I decided on some other flicks. Head over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen. Here are my 3...
1. THE ALAMO-1960
This is an epic Ode To Joy for John Wayne who sank almost all his money into this mega production which got away from him despite the lengthy time of this film. John Wayne had big ideas for this movie and wanted to produce and direct it but not star in it until the backers wouldn't back it unless he starred in the picture so he became Fess Parker..um..I mean Davy Crockett. The film is quite lengthy and does lag a bit on occasion but I still enjoy it. Duke had the music he loved in the film, the love of his country and giving a break to young singers, in this case, Frankie Avalon. We all know the saga about Boone, Bowie and William Travis (played by Lawrence, I wanna punch his face, Harvey) who, with a handful of men try to defend this small mission to buy Houston time and end up dying for the state of Texas. It is well acted and I do love the music but some of the truths were changed a bit...Davy did not die that evening...
2. THE ALAMO-2004
Yup this is a remake but, sorry Duke, a better film in my humble opinion and it pains me because I love John Wayne. This time the film stars Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett and it seems it is more on point with the facts but don't quote me. It is also long but I felt it "traveled" better and kept the pace up. Dennis Quaid plays Houston who needs the time to group his own men to keep Texas out of the hands of Mexico. I really enjoyed Billy Bob in this film.
3. THE SIEGE-1998
I could have gone with Under Siege with Steven Seagal but I can't stand him even though I saw this movie so I went with The Siege starring Hubba Hubba Denzel Washington as an FBI agent who teams with a CIA operative to find out the who has been terrorizing the city via bombings and other horrible acts. Martial law is declared and in steps a guy who just loves a little torture by making everyone watch Kelly Ripa....no sorry, I couldn't help myself. Poor Bruce Willis was up for a Razzie Award for his performance but I didn't mind it. It is not the greatest of flicks but I did find it fun if you dig terrorists, martial law and torture but hey, it has Denzel!
What would be your 3?