Fury (2014) Film Review

War isn’t clean, it’s not glamorous, and it costs a lot to survive it. Fury follows the story of an elite American tank crew fighting in Germany near the end of the Second World War.

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Fury is a heavy hitting movie. It relies on gripping set pieces, grisly mise en scene, and taught performances to convey the complexities of war. It strips away much of the sentimentality, the idea that the West were the ‘good guys’, and it subtly shows why the last remaining German troops were so fanatical – this was their homeland and they were prepared to die defending it. Continue reading “Fury (2014) Film Review”

Nymphomaniac Volume 1&2 (2013) Film Review

When well-educated Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) finds Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) beaten in an alley, he decides to take her in. They spend a long night together and Joe recounts her often-sordid life story. She focuses on her many sexual experiences and walks Seligman through her life, right up to the point he finds her in the alleyway.

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Lars Von Trier is a director that likes to shock. From the hideous handjob in Antichrist to the corruption of Billy Elliot in Nymphomanac, Von Trier has alienated audiences. Nymphomaniac is really no exception and fits pretty nicely into his European inspired art house output. Continue reading “Nymphomaniac Volume 1&2 (2013) Film Review”