Over the last week I've been watching some of the 'classic' Vietnam war movies. So far I've watched The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, and Full Metal Jacket. I think the most recently I watched any of those was 20 years ago, minimum. So this was kind of a 'fresh look,' and I tried to view them only as cinematic works. My thoughts: The Deer Hunter: way too long. hunting scenes were obviously not in Pennsylvania. Meryl Streep looked great. I mean really. I've never thought she was attractive at all, but in this movie hnnnggh. But overall, the film drags and is only redeemed by the POW Russian Roulette scene. What a scene though. Apocalypse Now: not even a Vietnam movie really. Wouldn't have been worth watching without Robert Duvall. Dennis Hopper sucked and Martin Sheen was more wooden than Brando. Great, great visuals. Platoon: best of the bunch as a war movie, by far. Seemed like the only movie that was even somewhat grounded in reality. Main characters all did a great job, including Charlie Sheen. Cinematography least dramatic and thought-out of them all though. Full Metal Jacket: First half of the movie (Parris Island) is 10x better than the second half. Gunny was amazing, so purely in character but we know why. The second half of this movie is a real disappointment - there are classic scenes like 'Me So Horny' but the storytelling of Joker's experience during the Tet Offensive is uneven and not climactic enough to measure up after the first half of the film. What else should I watch??