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10 years of Flick Filosopher: I lose it as Private Ryan is found

One of my least fun but most profound moviegoing experiences came with Saving Private Ryan. From my review:

Saving Private Ryan is every bit as brutal as you’ve heard, and probably more intense than you can imagine (unless you’ve actually been in combat). Director Steven Spielberg has achieved a level of reality here that I’ve never seen before in a film. Ryan opens, as you’ve no doubt heard, with a recreation of the landing at Normandy on June 6, 1944 that is so chaotic, and on such a massive scale, that it’s almost impossible to believe that this could be staged — this must be some long-lost footage from the invasion that we’ve never seen before.

Spielberg’s always been one of my favorite filmmakers, and the one who inspired by love of movies…

review of Saving Private Ryan, posted 07.27.98

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