“I’m going to gouge out your eyeballs and” — well, let’s just say that the late R. Lee Ermey got off many memorably intense and profane one-liners as the drill sergeant who dominates the first half of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket
(1987), which functions as a lesson in socialization. Sometimes the breakdown and rebuilding of a personality into one piece of an all-male Mickey Mouse Club doesn’t work, or works too well, as with Vincent D’Onofrio’s hapless character Pyle (a nod to Gomer?), and sometimes it works like clockwork, as with Matthew Modine’s Joker.
Filmed with Kubrick’s standard smooth intensity and technical brilliance — check out the astonishing transition to the Vietnam section, marked by Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking” — the script by Kubrick, Michael Herr and Gustav Hasford adapts Hasford’s novel The Short-Timers
, with many incidents and dialogues transferred word for word. Texas Public Radio revisits the Oscar-nominated war drama in conjunction with its Cinema Tuesdays film series.
$10-$15 suggested donation, Tue July 24, 7:30pm, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8977, tprcinema.org.
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