FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
From my review:
"Flags of Our Fathers is the best war film since Saving Private Ryan. In fact, Flags actually does Ryan one better. It reminds us of what greatness truly looks like. Movies are rarely so gripping, so powerful, so ... well, sometimes words just aren't sufficient. This is a film that simply must be experienced.
This is Clint Eastwood's masterpiece. I can't wait to see what he does with the follow-up, Letters from Iwo Jima, which tells the story from the Japanese perspective and is due out next year. He is determined to present both sides and examine the gray areas between people's perceptions of good and bad.
With its unassuming, effortless style and elegiac tone, Flags of Our Fathers is a towering work of great passion and power, one that will someday find itself counted among the true giants of cinema. It is a masterwork of our time - and for all time.
The year 2006, like any other, has seen more than its share of bad films. But it has also seen what is arguably the greatest film of the new century - and that film is Flags of Our Fathers."
Read the full review here.