Film and Foodie: Hacksaw Ridge

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The critic rises to her feet teary eyed as she says, “Bravo!, Bravo!”  Hacksaw Ridge is a great true story made into a splendid film.  It is the story of Desmond Doss, a Seven Day Adventist who refuses to bear arms in battle of Okinawa.   He was a conscientious objector, he refused to kill or carry  a weapon.  He opted to serve his country as medic.  While in service as a medic he would go into battlefield saving 75 men.  With each person he set out to save, he spoke to the Lord.   The quote for ages shall be, “Lord, let me get one more.”

Mel Gibson is the director.  The cinematography is beautiful.   The story is well executed.  You are allowed to know the characters in a way that allows you to care about what happens.  You see character arcs not only in the leading man but in a few of the supporting characters.     Andrew Garfield convincingly provides a wide array of emotions.  Despite Garfield Oscar worthy performance.  He is not carrying this film alone. The acting is top notch.  You connect with the characters whether they are the nice guys are not.  It is really good to see  Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in these roles.The stand out newbie is Luke Bracey, kind of the tough shell character.  The leading lady to Andrew Garfield is Teresa Palmer.  She actually played the romantic lead to Luke Bracey in the remake of Point Break.  The hugely talented cast helps to flesh out a heart-warming movie.

Hacksaw Ridge has powerful messages of conviction, patriotism and courage which touch the soul.

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The Foodie picks:   After being flustered by the raw emotion of the film, I drew a blank about what to pair.  I can see clearly now, the rain has gone.   Okay, so Doss is a southern guy from Virginia.  I am a New York gal with Virginian parents so I know a thing or two about southern cooking.   What kind of heroes welcome home dinner would our southern gentleman like to come home to.    While in theaters go to a Southern style cooking restaurant.  Think cornbread, fried chicken and mashed potato comfort food.   Let’s get a little more elegant for watching this movie with friends at home.   When on DVD then opt for southern cuisine finger foods like baby back ribs, macaroni & cheese balls, deep fried pickle chips  and happy ending of peach cobbler.   Then raise a glass to the soldiers with a blue martini but if you are conscientious objector to drinking then don’t.

Best American Patriotic Film List

In 2010, our film critic Michael Fusco created the Best American Patriotic film list.  Well, we’ve decide to add Captain America and Captain America -Winter Soldier.   Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to add your suggestions in the comments below!

The Films:

The Patriot – Its hard not to feel patriotic for Mel Gibson leading a rag tag group of revolutionaries against the British led by the sinister Jason Issacs. However it is the youthful Heath Ledger’s performance as the son to Mel Gibson that steals the show and is an early example of the actor’s great body of work.air-force-one

Glory – The depiction of the first all-black volunteer army company in the civil war is one that is moving and heartbreaking all in one stroke. Mathew Broderick plays the commanding officer, but with Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher all onscreen giving amazing performances its hard for Broderick to match. As for heartbreaking the film absolutely screams patriotism in the Union’s final charge on the confederate base, leading to the outfits untimely demise.

Patton – Watching George C. Scott strut in front of the giant American flag is one of the most ingrained patriotic images ever to surface from cinema. The rest of the nearly three hour film is the story of the general who does things his way and gets the job done, something that the hardworking Americans of yesteryear and today can appreciate.

Saving Private Ryan – Eight men sacrificing themselves for one is the main plot, but these soldiers, led by Tom Hanks, are looking for the reason they’re where they are, dealing with the stress and suffering that war brings. If this film doesn’t stir a bit of patriotic feeling in the heart, nothing will.

Air Force One – Containing perhaps one of the greatest movie lines ever, “Ger off my plane!” this film is known for its swelling patriotic themes and Harrison Ford doing battle as the President of the United States. Gary Oldman turns in another solid bad guy performance as the lead terrorist taking over Air Force One.

High Noon – While John Wayne might not agree, High Noon is a very patriotic film that features town sheriff Gary Cooper facing off against his old nemesis on the day of his wedding. Widely seen as an allegory for the McCarthyism hearings, Gary Cooper is the quintessential American, standing up for what he believes in as the rest of the town cowers and flees.

The Captain America movies – Honestly, when I come from seeing a Captain America movie I become a Yankee doodle dandy.  Serve me some Apple pie becausechris-evans-captain-america-95e1533eb1b20a97777749fb94fdb944 Cap puts the patriotic spirit in you.  Chris Evans also just seems to fit the character like a glove.  Personally, I get lost the the puddle of his blue eyes any moment that he is distressed.  He seems to carry the weight of not only America but the world on his shoulders.  In addition we know our hero is trying to persevere in a very new world with different ideals.