Grifters is Frears.
You are correct. I remember the movie being over the top, but I didn't remember how far.
Armageddon movie sins.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8dcU5ntebA
The boot montage and the hands stuck on the barbwire fence are permanently etched in my brain. All Quiet is a great movie.
I'm not so harsh on Black Hawk Down. Yeah, it sweeps all sorts of details under the rug in order to get to the point of telling a rousing story, like many movies do. The true part is a chopper going down, soldiers choosing to attempt rescue, and people dying in battle. That is then glorified. http://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/jul/01/black-hawk-down-reel-history
If you could change a thing or two about the movie, what would it be? Add something or take it away. What do you think the filmmakers should have focused on? It is an interesting incident.
As far as film settings and honesty, if a person wants to smile, think of John Ford and Monument Valley. For Texas? Geez
I like Apocalypse Now. It's just seems so set on an L.A. type of nihilism. Really apparent in the Redux version which fleshes out the playboy bunnies more.
Did Armageddon have any guns? It's been a long time since I've seen it.