>The Deer Hunter
Watched it not so long ago and thought of discussing it here, but then figured that I cannot say much about it. It is a really good movie, but the premise is a bit ridiculous: I think that war itself inflicts both emotional and physical torture aplenty, so there's no need to introduce questionable elements like Russian roulette to stress how traumatized the characters are. When it comes to Vietnam flicks, personally I would rank Platoon, Full Metal Jacket or not-so-Vietnam Apocalypse Now higher. Oh, and while it was nice to see the normal civilian lives of characters, but I don't really get the point of making them Russian immigrants. Just why? Now I'm convinced that whenever Murricans depict Russians in their movies, there is no question if they will fuck up majorly, there is only question when. It started fairly decently, they even got some actors who can speak Russian without a heavy accent, but it all went to shit during the wedding, with regular stupidity like the "na zdorovye" toast (seriously, I think that the end of the world will come sooner than westerners will stop using it), stereotypical Russian music (the song "Katyusha" on a wedding? Because, y'know, Russians? And nevermind that it was written in the USSR right before the WWII, so it's highly unlikely that Russian immigrants in the US (who probably left right after the revolution or around that time) would use it), and really weird names (okay, "Pushkov" is a real name, "Vronsky" is passable and shows a bit of familiarity with classics of Russian literature, but it's actually Polish, and Stosh is Polish too (Russians would shorten the name "Stanislav" to "Stas" instead), but then there are abominations like "Nikanor Chevotarevich" ("Nikanor" is a fairly rare and oldish name: not impossible for an immigrant to have since they live in a different culture than regular Russians, but it would be better for him to be called "Nikolay" the closest Russian name to English "Nick"; "Chevotarevich", on the other hand, is idiotic and is probably a mangled form of "Chebotaryov"; it really cracked me up when Walken's character got asked in the hospital whether his name is Russian, and he replied that it's American, because it really is
American: it's a kind of a name that Americans think
that Russians have XDDDDDD) and whatever the name that the bride had (it's completely unpronounceable for a native Russian speaker). So yeah, if you want to show an ethnic minority in your movie, it's better to stick with one that you are at least somewhat familiar with (like, I dunno, Italians for Michael Cimino?).
It's the only Rambo that I wholeheartedly consider good. Rambo II and IV (or whatever they are called) are entertaining action flicks, but it's all they are, and Rambo III is absolutely awful and dumb, while First Blood is tense, suspenseful and atmospheric. And yes, it's definitely not "your typical action movie", because it's actually a psychological thriller, and Rambo really acts like a special forces soldier proficient in guerilla warfare in it, relying more on stealth and traps rather than spraying everything with a machine gun and blowing stuff up with his fancy explosive arrows.