Category Archives: It Is Not War

It Is Not War #7: Robin Hood

Yes, we’ve had a bit of a hiatus, but that’s done now. NFB is happy to continue this series, and we’ve got a humdinger today. Ridley Scott is all about the historical epic, to the extent that he basically tried to make one about … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #6: Endor

(Sadly, the videos I used in this post have since been taken down due to copyright infringement. I guess you’ll just have to use your memories). With a few spectacular exceptions, tribal armies have never gotten on well against colonial … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #5: Michael Collins

A nice short one this time. Neil Jordan’s biopic of the iconic revolutionary is rightly lauded as a fine piece of filmmaking. Neeson, simply put, is Collins for those two hours and the supporting cast (even Julia ‘This is my Oirish accent’ … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #4: Helm’s Deep, Part Two

Part One, for those who aren’t caught up. And we’re back with Aragorn seeing red. This assault can’t work. The defenders don’t have the numbers to push the Uruks back at this stage. The escape route that leads to the … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #3: Helm’s Deep, Part One

We’re in the big time now. Before I start, I’d like to say that I’m quite pleased with the reaction to my first two posts, and thanks to all commentators and well-wishers. Right then. Troy was based off source material … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #2: Sharpe’s Eagle

Disclaimer: I have a feeling I’ll be putting a lot of these up before “It Is Not War” posts. Anyway, the vast majority of what I’m planning on covering in this series are big budget type stuff, the kind of … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #1: Troy

The title of this post comes from a famous quotation of French General Pierre Bosquet. Observing the ill-fated charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, he remarked “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c’est … Continue reading

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