Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 183 - 13 of My Favorite Films and TV Shows That Showcase The Soldier's Experience

As many of you know, my birthday is also a national day of mourning and remembrance. For some people, that might seem like a real downer, but it never has for me.

Perhaps it's because my dad was in the army and I was delivered by a captain in an army hospital. Perhaps it's because my birthday is the day when arms were laid down and a peace treaty signed.

Inside of my heart there has always been an intense connection with soldiers of every time period, of every land. Nothing makes me cry at the drop of a hat quicker than the mention of the grave of the Unknown Soldier.

I strive to be a diplomat in my dealings with people, but in reality I've been called a hard-ass by more than one person. I do the unpleasant stuff when it has to be done. I'm approached to handle things in much the same way as a sergeant is the mediator between the officers and the ranks.

I pretty much think of myself as a living banner for that Unknown Soldier. I honor him, and her, in my heart every day of the year.

No surprise, then, that I've always been attracted to films and TV shows that feature the soldier's life. My dad and I used to spend my birthday watching old war movies on TV, when he'd tell me all sorts of fascinating historical tidbits. For today's Thursday Thirteen, here are thirteen of my favorites, including a bonus TV spot that airs in Canada at this time of year.

NOTE: All clips contain strong violence, some clips contain very strong language.

1 - 300

CLICK HERE to watch video clip

2 - Gladiator

3 - Rob Roy

4 - Horatio Hornblower

5 - The Patriot

6 - Sharpe

7 - The Lighthorsemen

8 - Passchendaele

9 - Band of Brothers

10 - Platoon

11 - Original Star Trek: The Omega Glory

12 - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

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13 - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Bonus - Royal Canadian Mint commemorative coin commercial

Photo of Canada Bereft at the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France by Mshulist

Canada Bereft by sculptor Walter Seymour Allward


Jennifer Leeland said...

Ooooo awesome clips!!!!!!! Thanks for these, Julia!

Nikita Banerjee said...

Thats quite a day! Hope you had a great birthday!

Nessa said...

I love the Sharpe movies. HBO is doing a mini series of Game of Thrones with Sean Bean to be out in 2011. The clips look good.

Janet said...

Great collection of movies!

I hope you had a great birthday, Julia - my belated birthday wishes winging their way to you :)

Travis Cody said...

Excellent collection of clips. This is a wonderful way to honor the memory of veterans.

And Happy Birthday!