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Favorite Genre

Recently, I shared with and EP friend that my favorite Genre of Movies were those about WAR.   Not your typical 'girl' type of subject matter I know; but it's true. I love War movies.  What's with this chick, some may be thinking.  Do I like blood, gore and violence?  Do I enjoy seeing the pain and suffering of the characters and subject matter?  Absolutely NOT! 

It's not pleasurable at all.  I hurt, cry and mourn right along with the characters as if I were there, feeling a responsibility to be involved and engaged in the experience, in an existential way. 

Putting away all religious and political views; I think what guts and fortitude it must take to go off to war.  Go off to war; it sounds like going off to summer camp or spring break.  I think civilians take this ultimate act of valor too lightly. 

While watching, I wonder what is that soldier feeling while in the midst of gunfire?  How does it feel to watch your best friend in the world get blown into pieces?  What's it like to sleep in a sunken trench for months and even years without the comforts of home?  Cold, rain and snow; a constant sorrow.  Or in the blistering heated jungle with every species of nit known to man.  Yes, most of us choose to put these thoughts out of our mind, but I feel an obligation to experience and understand the soldier's plight.  It's my way of saying "Thank  You". 

From Saving Private Ryan all the way back to Sergent York (an old old hero for you youngins'), I am fascinated and in awe.

Sabrina0202 Sabrina0202 41-45, F 7 Responses Mar 7, 2008

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Have you seen Beach Red? The theme is that war is inhuman and that those who are fighting are doing so not because they hate the enemy but because their government sent them there. I can relate to that. I joined the Army to save the world and when I was wounded in Korea in 1951 and was in a hospital, surrounded by men much worse off than I it caused me to doubt the validity of war as a solution for anything. When I saw young guys (I was 18) whose lives were forever changed in ways they probably never thought about, lost eyes, lost llimbs, broken pelvis, etc some with mental anguish from what happened. That and as you said, watching their buddies arm or leg blown off, helpless to keep them alive. War is hell and should be outlawed, in my belief. I respect all those who gave their all in service of their country. I have the medals to indicate that I was some kind of a hero but from my point of view, it was a terrible waste of lives. I respect toppling Saddam Husein but we'll never get out of there without walking backwards, shooting people who want us dead just because of who we are, infidels to them.

Sorry to come on so strongly but it's what I believe. There has to be a better way. Wilson thought up the Leauge of Nations and it didn't work, we now have the United Nations and it doesn't work. I have no idea what would but surely hope someone finds it before we all kill each other or blow up the planet we share.

Aww Aristartle... that's one of the best compliments I've ever received.. thanks!!

Wow, getting to know you Brin is like peeling an onion - only you don't make me cry. I agree with another poster here about the war movies giving you courage - that I can identify with because I get inspiration from movies.

That's a good question racin'

I can't really fault anyone who avoids the subject matter for whatever reason. To each his own I say.. Lord knows I avoid that stuff in real life plenty.. not a very good 'friend in need' one could say... I think the reason I can face it in movies is that I know they are actors and it's not really real.. however, when tragedy strikes close to home, I become an ostrich with my head in a hole.... feeling so helpless I have to hide. We all have our ways of facing hardships and sad situations. No one way is better than another..



Nice thought provoking question!

I don't really watch war movies so much, but I get it. Movies that depict the difficulty and sorrow of life have taught me a lot of lessons. Even though they can be hard to watch, I feel connected to movies like that. It's almost like it becomes part of my life experience. I get to know those people, I think about them later (which doesn't happen with the average rom-com), and they help me deal with my problems. Most of the books I read are of the life can really suck variety. What do you think when people think that that kind of subject matter is too depressing?

Very true Longrun... I often put myself out there in harms way in order to do the right thing or stand up for right... It's a moral obligation in my eyes.



Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

I'm with you, I like what those movies show about the courage of those who fight in wars. I appreciate what they do.



Those movies also make me want to be courageous in other areas, like standing up for right and putting an end to wrongs.