Full Metal Jacket


I don’t know what I’ve been told, Full Metal Jacket is mighty bold! Timmie and Ryan return to their one movie analysis episode style to discuss Kubrick’s 1987, Full Metal Jacket. Tune in for insight, trivia, and more…

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I. Intro 

A. Return to Film Analysis Episode

B.  Why Is It Called Full Metal Jacket?

C. When Did We First See It?

II. Not Anti-War, But A War Movie [00:09:50]

A.  Kubrick Loved Exploring War

  • Fear and Desire (1953)
  • Paths of Glory (1957)
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987)

B.  Released After A Flood of Films Set During Vietnam War

  • Critical responses were mixed

C. Differentiates From Other Vietnam Films

D. Structured Uniquely

  • Most people say it’s in 2 parts
  • We say it’s in 3:
    • Joker/Pyle/Sgt. Hartman on Paris Island
      • Ends at 45:24 (45 minutes)
    • Joker/Rafter Man at Stars and Stripes
      • Ends at 01:20:30 (40 minutes)
    • Joker/Cowboy and others in Hue City with Sniper
      • Ends at 01:53:00 (30 minutes)

E. Purposefully Subverts Audience Expectations

III. That Jungian Thing [00:47:55]

A. Kubrick Explored Duality in All His Films

B. Shadow Archetype

C. Most Commonly Used Image for Film Is “Born To Kill” Helmet with Peace Symbol

D.  Other Examples of Duality

  • Joker beating up Pyle
  • Joker “documentary” interview
  • Shooting of sniper
  • Mickey Mouse song juxtaposition

IV. Mini Segments [00:58:37]

A.  Trivia Corner: Full Metal Jacket Edition

B.  NJAM Sees It: The Nightmare (2015), True Detective Season 2 (2015), Love and Mercy (2015), Paths of Glory (1953)

V. Conclusions [01:01:30]

A. Related Links

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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