Episode 109: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The guys are born to kill as they head into the jungles of Vietnam with Private Joker for this week’s podcast on Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. They talk about the film in comparison to other war films, particularly with how realistic it handles the psychological effects of war, and whether or not that’s really all that fun to watch for a podcast. One of the more interesting things about the film is its structure; Kubrick puts his privates (Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Arliss Howard) through the ringer before throwing them into the war itself, so the film has two distinct halves. This seems to be the most conversation-worthy aspect of the film and how it sets up the physical terrors of war with the psychological ones of R. Lee Ermey.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Stars
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Arliss Howard

Selected By
Anders

3.6

Aired Monday, January 22, 2018

The guys are born to kill as they head into the jungles of Vietnam with Private Joker for this week's podcast on Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. They talk about the film in comparison to other war films, particularly with how realistic it handles the psychological effects of war, and whether or not that's really all that fun to watch for a podcast. One of the more interesting things about the film is its structure; Kubrick puts his privates (Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Arliss Howard) through the ringer before throwing them into the war itself, so the film has two distinct halves. This seems to be the most conversation-worthy aspect of the film and how it sets up the physical terrors of war with the psychological ones of R. Lee Ermey.

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