This week, the Unenthusiastic Critic is hitting the beach with Tom Hanks and company for Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Nakea is not generally a fan of war movies, but will all her objections be shot down by this Oscar-winning homage to the Greatest Generation? Join us as we discuss such diverse topics as the relative artistry of Steven Spielberg, the relatable cowardice of Corporal Upham, and the dangerous impracticality of performing major intestinal surgery in an aquatic combat zone.
—0:00: Prologue: from Gen. Eisenhower’s message to the Allied Expeditionary Forces, June 6, 1944.
—0:45: Preliminary Discussion: War Movies, Steven Spielberg, and Saving Private Ryan
—20:09: Saving Private Ryan Trailer
—21:39: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion of Saving Private Ryan
—1:24:55: Outro and Next Week’s Movie
Notes and Links
—Films reviewed: Saving Private Ryan (dir. Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks, 1998).
—Reviews discussed: Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com; Janet Maslin, New York Times; Steven Hunter, Washington Post; Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader.
—Listen to additional episodes and read The Unenthusiastic Critic in prose form at unaffiliatedcritic.com. Email us, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. (Suggestions of movies to watch for future episodes are welcome.)
—Theme Music: “Warm Duck Shuffle” by Arne Huseby, licensed under CC BY 3.0.