David D. MANLEY

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 55% (6 of 11)
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,169,301 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 11
Fall of the Innocent [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Karel Roden
Fall of the Innocent [DVD] DVD ~ Karel Roden
When I purchased this film I wondered how one could bring this type of incident, usually reduced to a paragraph description, to life on the screen. I was surprised that this film succeeded in doing just this, using credible characters who live their lives day-by-day largely detached from the world war raging far away, despite the German occupation all of that changes in a flash when Reinhard is assassinated in Prague, an incident which itself is only treated briefly (the 1975 UK film "Operation Daybreak" tells this part of the story in full detail). The Germans, in their rush to find links to the perpetrators falsely implicate the villagers of Lidice. In detailing the fates of certain… Read more
The Admiral [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ K˘ji Yakusho
The Admiral [DVD] DVD ~ K˘ji Yakusho
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I have seen most of Japan's major war films of the last 40 years and I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised by the generally accurate and balanced portrayal of the events that led Japan to war with the Western Allies from 1937 to 1941, and the first 2 years if that wider war. Yamamoto is portrayed as a wise and experienced warrior with a soft touch, in contrast to the more adventurous and rash Army officers, bent on victories and conquest. The character of a young and idealistic newspaper journalist is used to good effect both to present the unfolding events and create dialog which reveals Yamamoto's thoughts and fears. The battle scenes are very well done, mainly limited to the… Read more
Siege of Empires [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Janis Reinis
Siege of Empires [DVD] DVD ~ Janis Reinis
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This film treats a historical episode largely unknown outside of the the Baltic region, namely the Latvia's unlikely, successful, but short-lived 1919 bid for independence from a rogue German field army and Bolshevik forces in the confused aftermath of WWI. The first half of the film is challenging without a fair grasp of early 20th century Eastern European history, since the film was obviously written by Latvians for Latvians who would have a general knowledge of these events and what led to them. The second half of the film is much easier to follow and include mostly convincing action sequences, seasoned by the ubiquitous war film cliches one would expect of a national epic. I recommend… Read more

Wish List

I Am Soldier [DVD] [2014] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ronnie Thompson
I Am Soldier [DVD] [2014] DVD ~ Ronnie Thompson
The Patrol [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ben Righton
The Patrol [DVD] DVD ~ Ben Righton