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The best military movies of All time

by ater

Military movies featuring guns, strategy and battles have long been a popular staple in the film industry and studios have created several masterpieces. We have compared the pundits selections, with our selections and created the list of the Top Ten Military Movies of All Time. Only true war and military movies were considered, not sci fi movies or romance movies set against a battlefield backdrop, therefore movies like Forrest Gump and Top Gun did not make the cut. With no further adieu, here are the Top Military Movies of All Time:

10. Black Hawk Down (2001)

Black Hawk Down holds nothing back. From start to finish, this retelling of the Battle of Mogadishu during operations in Somalia reminds us all of the fraility of life. The viewer experiences war like never before in this film.

9. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

“Train them! Excite them! Arm them! ... Then turn them loose on the Nazis!” is the powerful and resounding statement in the Dirty Dozen. Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson star in this strong story of 12 military prisoners, all serving life sentences or awaiting execution who are offered an opportunity to trade their punishment for a suicide mission targeted at disrupting the Germain infrastructure before the D-Day invasion.

If they make it out, they go free.

This movie was nominated for four Oscars, winning one for best sound effects. It was a huge box office success for MGM.

8. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

The Caine Mutiny portrays the fictional story of a psychotic Navy captain relieved of command by his crew during World War II. Then the movie gets intot he subsequent trial of the mutineers. The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Herman Wouk. It clearly raises important questions about the chain of command and blindly following orders.

This movie was nominated for sever Oscars, but had the misfortune of running against On the Waterfront with Marlon Brando and received no Oscars.

7. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Director Steven Spielberg's World War II tour de force chronicles the journey of a GI squad on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), the unit is under orders to track down a soldier, Private Ryan (Matt Damon), so he might return home to his mother in America, where she is grieving the unimaginable loss of her three other sons to the war. The first unforgettable 20 minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN realistically and horrifically depicts the Normandy invasion as Miller; his second-in-command, Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore); and the others in the unit land at Omaha Beach.

Before the film began shooting, Hanks and the actors in his squad went through a one-week boot camp in the woods. All the actors, except Hanks, wanted to quit, but Hanks rallied their spirits by reminding them of the incredible tribulations endured by the real veterans of World War II. Production designer Tom Sanders found a beach in Ireland that perfectly matched the landscape of Normandy’s. Spielberg gave great credit to the Irish army who helped re-create the Omaha Beach scenes.

6. Apocalypse Now (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of man's heart of darkness revealed through the madness of the Vietnam War. Lieutenant Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to seek out a renegade military outpost led by the mysterious Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard's mission: 'Terminate with extreme prejudice.' One of the most powerful films of all time, Apocalypse Now was nominated for eight Academy Awards. and won two for Best Sound and Best Cinematography. Newly remastered under the supervision of Oscar. winners Vittorio Storaro and Walter Murch, and presented in full Dolby Surround stereo.

5. Glory (1989)

A moving portrayal of racial prejudice during the Civil War, Glory brings the true story of the Army's first all black regiment to the big screen.

The movie stars Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman. It depicts two struggles, one against the Confederate Army and the other against stereotypes. Glory earned Washington his first Oscar and Golden Globe for best supporting actor.

4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia is an award-winning 1962 film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the title role. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Austrian Sam Spiegel (through his British company, Horizon Pictures), from a script by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson (Lean and Spiegel had recently completed the acclaimed film, The Bridge on the River Kwai). It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of filmmaking. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre, and Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young, are also hugely acclaimed.

The film depicts Lawrence's experiences in Arabia during World War I, in particular his attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and his involvement in the Arab National Council. Its themes include Lawrence's emotional struggles with violence in war (especially the conflicts between Arabic tribes and the slaughter of the Turkish army), his personal identity ("Who are you?" is a recurring line throughout the film), and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army, and his newfound comrades within the Arabian desert tribes. The film is unusual in having no women in speaking roles.

3. Platoon (1986)

In PLATOON, Oliver Stone uses his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the immediacy of guerrilla warfare: the brutal heat of the jungle, the brushes with such wildlife as snakes and leeches, and, most powerfully, the presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or 'new meat,' who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life, freezes up in a firefight, and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and, as time goes by, begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. One consists of lifers, juicers, and subintelligent whites, the other of blacks and heads. Sgt. Barnes, a combat-loving burnout (Tom Berenger), is the informal leader of the lifers, and Sgt. Elias, a free spirit (Willem Dafoe), leads the latter group.

When the platoon takes some gruesome losses while on an o.p., an enraged Barnes kills some Vietnamese who may or may not have been VC and orders the burning of their village, outraging the temporarily absent Elias. As the conflict between these two reaches its tragic denouncement, Chris must decide what he really values. Widely regarded as one of the finest war films ever made, PLATOON reflects not only the nation's division over Vietnam but it intimately conveys timeless verities of battle: terror, disorientation, exhilaration, and horrible loss.

2. Patton (1970)

If you have never seen Patton before, get up go watch it and then come back to this list. The movie stars George C. Scott as the legendary general Patton whose ambition and faults are portrayed clearly. Patton won seven of the ten Oscars it was nominated for in 1971 including best actor, best picture, and best director.

1. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Full Metal Jacket was directed by the talented Stanley Kubrick and stars Mathew Modine, R. Lee Ermey and Vincent D'Onfrio. The first hald of the movie displays Marine recruits in boot camp, preparing for the Vietnam war, while the second half features the violence and uncertainty of war. It is vulgar and brutal, but so is war.

Honorable Mention

- The Great Escape (1963)

“The Great Adventure! The Great Entertainment! The Great Escape!” This movie is based on real events, most notably the most notorious escape artists of the Nazi prison system. These people are placed in the Alcatraz of POW camps, where each quickly plans to tunnel their way to freedom.

Starring Steve McQueen Richard Attenborough, James Garner and Charles Bronson, the movie stretches the truth a bit, however still delivers an incredible journey.

- Tora Tora Tora (1970)

December 7, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy. On that date, the Japanese military under the direction of Tojo, leveled a devastating blow to the American fleet stationed in the Pacific Ocean. The element of surprise is always needed when trying to win a war however, this attack was so sudden, the toll on human life, hardware and American morale was more than the USA could bear to lose.

Tora, Tora, Tora tells this age-old story in a far more interesting light than ever before. Using a joint Japanese and American crew of actors, producers and directors, Tora, Tora, Tora is an assault on the senses that may give you a different opinion on the war and it's participants by standing on its own merits alongside what you've already heard, read about or seen.

- Master and Commander (2003)

The story is based on Patrick O'Brien's 20-book series with characters introduced in the first novel, "Master and Commander," but using a broader narrative outlined in the tenth installment, "The Far Side of the World." The story revolves around Captain Aubrey (Crowe), the British Navy’s greatest fighting captain and the ship's doctor, Stephen Maturin (Bettany). The action takes place during the Napoleonic Wars, when "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, the "Master" of the Surprise and "Commander" of his men, is suddenly attacked by the French Privateer Acheron, one of Napoleon's best ships.

The battle almost destroys his ship and crew but Aubrey isn’t defeated. Known for never backing down – and against Maturin's advice – the headstrong captain decides to beat the Acheron at her own game and sets sail across two oceans to intercept and capture his enemy.

- A Bridge Too Far (1977)

“Out of the sky comes the screen’s most incredible spectacle of men and war!” is the tagline on the movie poster back in 1977. The movie showcased numerous stars and poignantly portrayed the story of Operation Market Garden. This Operation was the Allies failed attempt to break throught he Nazi lines in the Netherlands during World War II.

- Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Letters from Iwo Jima is the story of the American assault on the tiny Japanese island during World War II. It shows the battle from the viewpoint of the Japanese defenders. This film succeeds in illuminating the complexities of war. This movie clearly illustrates that there are two sides to every story.

-The Pianist


'The best'......................................Its never too late to watch it!!!!

Das Boot

Acclaimed to be one the greatest movies ever made, Das Boot is one of the few films where even an infinite praises are too few

Band of Brothers


Band of Brother's also deserves a mention, although it's a mini-series ,its amazing

Acclaimed to be one the greatest movies ever made, Das Boot is one of the few films where even an infinite praises are too few
However movies like

Cross of Iron,
Heartbreak Ridge,
Paths of Glory,
The Cockleshell Heroes,
The Eagle Has Landed,
Run Silent Run Deep,
Dr. Strangelove,
Memphis Belle,
Closely Watched Trains,
The Green Berets,
The Bridge on the River Kwai,
Corvette K-225, The Cruel Sea,
The Longest Day,
The Dam Busters,
The Enemy Below,
The Hill,
In Which We Serve,
Kelly's Heroes,
Merrill's Marauders,
Objective Burma!,
The Devil's Brigade.........................also need to be mentioned


Dialouge vs debate

by ater

Dialogue vs. debate
  • Dialogue is collaborative: two or more sides work together toward common understanding.
    • Debate is oppositional: two sides oppose each other and attempt to prove each other wrong.
  • In dialogue, finding common ground is the goal.
    • In debate, winning is the goal.
  • In dialogue, one listens to the other side(s) in order to understand, find meaning and find agreement.
    • In debate, one listens to the other side in order to find flaws and to counter its arguments.
  • Dialogue enlarges and possibly changes a participants point of view.
    • Debate affirms a participant's own point of view.
  • Dialogue reveals assumptions for re-evaluation.
    • Debate defends assumptions as truth.
  • Dialogue causes introspection on ones own position.
    • Debate causes critique of the other position.
  • Dialogue opens the possibility of reaching a better solution than any of the original solutions.
    • Debate defends one's own positions as the best solution and excludes other solutions.
  • Dialogue creates an open-minded attitude: an openness to being wrong and an openness to change.
    • Debate creates a close-minded attitude, a determination to be right.
  • In dialogue, one submits ones best thinking, knowing that other people's reflections will help improve it rather than destroy it.
    • In debate, one submits one's best thinking and defends it against challenge to show that it is right.
  • Dialogue calls for temporarily suspending one's beliefs.
    • Debate calls for investing wholeheartedly in one's beliefs.
  • In dialogue, one searches for basic agreements.
    • In debate, one searches for glaring differences.
  • In dialogue one searches for strengths in the other positions.
    • In debate one searches for flaws and weaknesses in the other position.
  • Dialogue involves a real concern for the other person and seeks to not alienate or offend.
    • Debate involves a countering of the other position without focusing on feelings or relationship and often belittles or deprecates the other person.
  • Dialogue assumes that many people have pieces of the answer and that together they can put them into a workable solution.
    • Debate assumes that there is a right answer and that someone has it.
  • Dialogue remains open-ended.
    • Debate implies a conclusion.

Adapted from a paper prepared by Shelley Berman, which was based on discussions of the Dialogue Group of the Boston Chapter of Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR).


unforgettable photographs

by ater

Sharing with you some unforgettable photographs from all over the world.

Unforgettable Photo

1957. The first day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in the United States . Counts was one of the first black students admitted in the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassments after 4 days.

Unforgettable Photo

January 12, 1960. A second before the Japanese Socialist Party leader Asanuma was murdered by an opponent student.

Unforgettable Photo

1963. Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam , burns himself to death protesting the government’s torture policy against priests. Thich Quang Dug never made a sound or moved while he was burning.

Unforgettable Photo

1962. A soldier shot by a sniper hangs onto a priest in his last moments.

Unforgettable Photo

1965. A mom and her children try to cross the river in South Vietnam in an attempt to run away from the American bombs.

Unforgettable Photo

1966. U.S. troops in South Vietnam are dragging a dead Vietkong soldier.

Unforgettable Photo

February 1, 1968. South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Viet Kong soldier.

Unforgettable Photo

1973. A few seconds before Chile ’s elected president Salvador Allende is dead during the coup.

Unforgettable Photo

1975. A woman and a girl falling down after the fire escape collapses.

Unforgettable Photo

1980. A kid in Uganda about to die of hunger, and a missionaire.

Unforgettable Photo

February 23, 1981. Colonel Molina ve military police seizes the Parliament building in Spain. The photographer did not expect the scene, and hid the films in his shoe.

Unforgettable Photo

1982. Palestinian refugees murdered in Beirut , Lebanon.

Unforgettable Photo

1987. A mother in South Korea apologizes and asks for forgiveness for his son who was arrested after attending a protest. He was protesting the alleged manipulations in the general elections.

Unforgettable Photo

1989. A young man in China stands before the tanks during protests for democratic reforms.

Unforgettable Photo

1992. A mother in Somalia holds the body of her child who died of hunger.

Unforgettable Photo

1994. A man who was tortured by the soldiers since he was suspected to have spoken with the Tutsi rebels.

Unforgettable Photo

1996. Kids who are shocked by the civil war in Angola.

Unforgettable Photo

2001. An Afghani refugee kid’s body is being prepared for the funeral in Pakistan.

Unforgettable Photo

2002. Soldiers and villagers in IRan are digging graves for the victims of the earthquake. A kid holds his father’s pants before he is buried.

Unforgettable Photo

2003. An Iraqi prisoner of war tries to calm down his child.

Disclaimer: These images are not origin from the author of this website. They are from forward mails. If you know the owners of them, please let us know. We will have them insert.


Math's happy time

by ater

Math as delivered by the hapless student

A former student, perhaps sensing a need for a counterweight to my essay on why math is good for you, sent me these answers to math problems for students for whom motivation probably isn't enough (though they don't lack creativity.) Enjoy.Find X

Nightmare equation

Math Elephant

Sin x

Eternity as eight

Expand the equation

Proton vs. Batman

Renovatio Motorbike Makes Me Drool

by ater

Renovatio Motorbike


The Renovatio is yet another amazing bike/art masterpiece/mechanical wonder from the engineering wizards at Confederate. Like their Wraiths and Hellcats, this handmade steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon beast looks straight from a Katsuhiro Otomo movie —but even more badass and with a heart to match: a V-twin 1686cc water-cooled engine at a 90ยบ angle. Can't believe it will be real one day? Then check the video of their other bikes and the Renovatio's stunning specs after the jump.

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and finlly the specs

Dimensions: Weight: 340lbs.; Wheelbase 60"; Seat Height 30"; 27 degree rake.

103 cubic inch Confederate Water cooled 90 degree utilitarian modular platform
150 HP normally aspirated - 190 HP optional supercharger

Confederate design; six speed, close ratio.

Internal gear driven

Front End:
Girder-type aircraft aluminum and titanium multi-link with
shock centered on steering axis; Carbon fiber struts.

Single sided aluminum cast piece.

Rear-Penske coil over shock with remote reservoir multi adjustable; Front-Penske coil in shock, multi adjustable.

Forward LED headlight and blinker system; integrated into girder.

Fuel Cell:
Confederate design, one piece composite fiber cell;
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons with integrated air box.

Single integrated tachometer and speedometer.

Blackstone structural carbon fiber.

Engine & Neck contain ID numbers

Preliminary Engine Specifications:

Type: V-twin

Displacement: 1686 cc (103 cu. in.)

V-angle: 90 degrees

Compression ratio: 11.0:1

Valve configuration: Over head valves, 2 per cylinder

Valve lifters: Hydraulic roller

Bore x stroke: 108 x 92mm (4.252 x 3.622 in.)

Fuel system: Sequential fuel injection

Fuel Type: Premium unleaded

Horsepower: 135 hp (SAE Certified)

Torque: 125 lbs-ft (SAE Certified)

Fuel shut off: 7800 rpm

Block: 356-T6 Sand cast aluminum

Cylinder bores: Liner-less Nicom coated parent aluminum

Cylinder head: 356-T6 Sand cast aluminum

Intake manifold: Carbon runner, dual throttle body

Exhaust manifold: 321 Stainless steel headers

Crankshaft: Billet 4340 steel

Camshaft: Billet 8620 VAR steel

Connecting rods: Forged Powder Metal Titanium

Pistons: Forged 4032 Aluminum

Valves: Forged titanium