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Emotions run high in Ang Lee's trailer for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

05.12.2016
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Ang Lee (LIFE OF PI, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) returns with what looks to be another powerful, cinematic endeavor with BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK. Based on the novel of the same name, the story is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions.

This particular film was shot specifically for 3D in an ultra-high 120 frame rate (versus the usual 24 frames per second). That explains the hyper-realistic look of it all, although it's worth noting that there aren't a lot of venues with dual-projectors that can display 120 FPS, so keep that in mind if you head out to see this flick later this year. That aside, Ang Lee looks like he's going to deliver another raw and emotional story with BILLY LYNN'S, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a few Oscar nominations headed his way.

BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK opens in theaters on November 11, 2016.

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1:17PM on 05/12/2016

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this has been on my radar for awhile now and while the trailer didn't totally blow me away, it looks good and pretty much what I expected to see from Ang Lee. The book is next up on my reading list right after I finish Girl on the Train. Has anyone else read it already??
this has been on my radar for awhile now and while the trailer didn't totally blow me away, it looks good and pretty much what I expected to see from Ang Lee. The book is next up on my reading list right after I finish Girl on the Train. Has anyone else read it already??
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1:05PM on 05/12/2016
I'm not usually the audience for modern war movies. It's not that I can't enjoy them done right, or appreciate the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. But the sentimentality can be overbearing for someone who joined in the pre-emptive protest of our 2003 invasion of Iraq (unlike some people I quit my protests once war began because I knew the battle was lost, and I still support the troops, if not always the politicians behind them).

This is all a long, round-about way of getting to
I'm not usually the audience for modern war movies. It's not that I can't enjoy them done right, or appreciate the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. But the sentimentality can be overbearing for someone who joined in the pre-emptive protest of our 2003 invasion of Iraq (unlike some people I quit my protests once war began because I knew the battle was lost, and I still support the troops, if not always the politicians behind them).

This is all a long, round-about way of getting to how much this trailer effected me. Like, I might actually seek this movie out in theaters. The human story of war is always the most interesting one. And device they're using to tell the story sounds intriguing. Plus I'm a big Ang Lee fan, and I wish Steve Martin did more dramatic work.
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5:01PM on 05/12/2016
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5:01PM on 05/12/2016
The statement above reads as a narcissistic confession of some sort. The seeking of attention and recognition of the big "ME" and while attempting to sound like an actual veteran. This "vet-speak" in turn reveals the palest of imitations.

I'll close with a quote from 1970's "Patton"
"Now, there's one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home. And you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you're sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and
The statement above reads as a narcissistic confession of some sort. The seeking of attention and recognition of the big "ME" and while attempting to sound like an actual veteran. This "vet-speak" in turn reveals the palest of imitations.

I'll close with a quote from 1970's "Patton"
"Now, there's one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home. And you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you're sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you: "What did you do in the great World War II?" You won't have to say, "Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana."
6:22PM on 05/12/2016
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7:20AM on 05/13/2016
"I'm not usually the audience for modern war movies. It's not that I can't enjoy them done right, or appreciate the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform."

Yep, all modern war movies are about USA. USA's fighting men and women...so self centered and oh, so american.

blah !
"I'm not usually the audience for modern war movies. It's not that I can't enjoy them done right, or appreciate the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform."

Yep, all modern war movies are about USA. USA's fighting men and women...so self centered and oh, so american.

blah !
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