“For Greater Glory”: When Mexico Went Loco

  En español | Every bit as earnest and ambitious as the characters it portrays, For Greater Glory, a war drama about an uprising against Mexico’s oppressive 1920s-era government, is the kind of movie I really didn’t think they made anymore: a sweeping account torn from the pages of history, driven by conflicted characters based on real people.             You know, it’s  a little movie. Like Lawrence of Arabia and Patton.             As those epics did, For Greater Glory takes …

The Last WWI Vet…and the Lasting Legacy of Film

The last combat veteran of World War I died the other day–Claude “Chuckles” Choules was 110 when he passed away at an Australian nursing home. With him passes the only first-hand memory of what it was like to don a helmet and go to war against The Kaiser-and so the responsibility of passing that legacy on falls to historians…and the movies. Not nearly enough films have been made about what was, for my money, the most pointless, shamefully wasteful war …