Full Metal Jacket.
more Stanley Kubrick.
way more Helter Skelter.

June 26, 1987 - 2022: 35 years of: Full Metal Jacket.

"You little SCUMBAG, I've got your NAME, I've got your ASS !"

There's been many movies about the Viet-Nam war, but there's only one Stanley Kubrick and we all know what this means. Once again based on a novel, this time 1979's The Short-Timers, the Kubrick vision shows us a different side of the architecture of war. The people: from their humble beginning, to their very end.

The training.
One of the most iconic and intense scene on cinema, featuring real-life former Marine drill-instructor R. Lee Ermey. Funny, mad and deadly real ...with today's PC-ness, this speech would've NEVER passed through. Stand in line and keep quiet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHxf17yJsKs
The boys slowly becomes killing machines, dehumanization through brain-washing at best, especially for Pvt. Pyle. Having a hard time following up the pace of his team-mates, things would drastically take a change when spending quality time with Charlene.

The war.
Out in the field, no one is safe, but the war machine keeps rolling on. The unpopular American position in the East is counter-displayed through media-propaganda, and through the Kubrick lens, we now get to see, some cold-hard facts that never made it to US shores. The last gun-fight in the destroyed city of Huê, climaxes with the horrifying truth of conflict: teenagers killing teenagers.

"Marines die, that's what we're here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means you live forever."

Nihilistic and though provoking, the unconventional producer known for his breath-taking shots and long pans does not disappoint. With 80s technology at hand, the flow still reeks a 70s vibe and is the perfect window into this historic 20th century event.

Rapidly, many Veterans have gone on record to say that Full Metal Jacket is the best presentation of life in the blood and mud, a testament to the sacrifices that occurred. Nominated for many Awards, the movie has since become one of Kubrick's fan-favorite, since it hits so close to home.


RIP Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)
RIP R. Lee Ermey AKA Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (1944-2018)

Full Metal Jacket = movie trailer
Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made For Walkin' = video
R. Lee Ermey interview in 1987

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