This week, the theme for Wanderer's Thursday Movie Picks Meme is movies that feature a colour in the title. Lots of movies do. Colors can play a major role in any film, whether it is in establishing the atmosphere, developing a certain emotion in the viewer, establishing a character, or a means to convey a deeper meaning. Therefore, it shouldn't be surprising that there are many films that feature a colour in their titles. In keeping with the rules of the event, I'm supposed to pick three movies that fit the established criteria, so here they are.
The Green Berets (1968)
Green is certainly a prominent color in a lot of war films, probably because it is a color very commonly used by the armies of many different nations. It's amazing there are not more films that feature the color green in their title. John Wayne's somewhat (in)famous second attempt at directing is a decent action film if you can get past the political messages. On the other hand, it is culturally significant due to those political messages. What makes The Green Berets so unusual among war films is that it was the only attempt at true propaganda to be made during the Vietnam War, and remains quite possibly the only film directly addressing the war to attempt to justify America's entry into the conflict.
Blue Velvet (1986)
This was a pretty big movie in Lynch's filmography, seeing as it was the one that finally won back audiences after the critical and commercial failure of Dune. This strange exploration of a seemingly ideal community with a hidden darker side is certainly an odd movie, even featuring Dennis Hopper as a sex-crazed psychopath, and that's not even getting into how the movie impacted sales of Heineken and Pabst Blue Ribbon due to one of its most famous scenes. Blue Velvet certainly lives up to its title, as there is plenty of that stuff to go around. There's even a song called Blue Velvet that describes a woman who wore blue velvet which is played a few times throughout the movie.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
There are no actual black hawks in this movie, but there are some very nice helicopters in Ridley Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer's modern interpretation of the combat film. Inspired by a real incident that happened in Somalia back in 1993 (a year before I was born), this film concerns a disastrous military campaign in which a large number of American soldiers were caught in a large and gruesome firefight that killed a lot of people. What began as a simple mission to capture a ruthless warlord quickly turned into a desperate struggle for survival as the men try to rescue their fallen comrades and escape with their lives. The "Black Hawk" of the title is actually a type of helicopter, several of which are seen and two of which are destroyed.