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    Review: “Five Came Back”

    By kyle | March 31, 2017

    A superb WW II documentary about Hollywood directors premiering on Netflix today, “Five Came Back” raises some questions: why can’t today’s directors make patriotic films? More in a column.

    Topics: Movies | 14 Comments »

    14 Responses to “Review: “Five Came Back””

    1. K Says:
      March 31st, 2017 at 10:52 am

      After reading “Red Star over Hollywood”, I’ve gotten rather more cynical about Hollywood patriotism during WW2. It wasn’t until the Nazis attacked the USSR that Hollywood unified and got all hot and bothered about the fascist menace vs “freedom”.

    2. K Says:
      March 31st, 2017 at 10:59 am

      As for fighting Jihadis, the narrative’s a bad one for propaganda. That’s why when you watch the original “Day of the Jackal”, you’re half rooting for the assassin who represents the terrorists.

    3. kishke Says:
      March 31st, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Well, actually, honey, I was making films about the failings of the United States and its allies.

      Except they call it speaking truth to power, and patriotism. In these formulations, “truth” means lies, “power” means the powerless, and “patriotism” means whatever they want it to mean.

    4. Obama bin Biden Says:
      March 31st, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Its simple, Kyle.
      Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.
      Spielberg, although a great director, would neverv innsult the mooooslims.

    5. Jordy Says:
      April 1st, 2017 at 4:05 am


    6. Obama bin Biden Says:
      April 1st, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Jordy? Rumor is you were eaten by a lion and her cubs.

    7. Jordy Says:
      April 4th, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      OBB wife love that blak dingos

    8. Jordy Says:
      April 4th, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      (((Kiske}}} dumb

    9. kishke Says:
      April 4th, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      Aw, Jorjette is back. Get that mask off your pimply face.

    10. Jordy Says:
      April 5th, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Donald Dump coming for u (((kiske))) he don’t like you he got no problem with the blacks people

    11. Jordy Says:
      April 7th, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      (((HONK HONK))) called the airstriks on seria probably (((jarad))) kushner

    12. Obama bin Biden Says:
      April 8th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      So no more of Kyle’s witty commentary? No more flying cutlets or grisly images?

    13. Jordy Says:
      April 10th, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      this a gay websight sure looks like it

    14. Jordy Says:
      April 12th, 2017 at 5:00 am

      Obama Ben bidan is gay his wife told me that when she had my dingos