Film Discussion Group

1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am – 2pm

Woodend

Tutor: Robin McGeehan

Next movie: Fury, Sat. 18 May

GENRE:WAR

TIME: 135MINS

RELEASED: 2014     

PRESENTER AND LEADING DISCUSSION: MARK

RATING: R?

Considering the date there may be more “fury” outside the venue than in!

Ok!  I haven’t seen it but a glance at the trailer tells me that this is a grim portrayal of war-specifically the second world war in Germany in the closing days of that terrible conflict.

Normally I would avoid this cringe worthy effort, BUT given its good rating by “those who know” (see below) I am inclined to grit my teeth and submit- there is much about the movie (so I am told) that portrays the times-the brutality and (just sometimes) the heroism and humanity!

I cant reveal the plot but, well, maybe a little sample “….Its April 1945, and the Allies make their final push into Nazi Germany. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), a battle-hardened Army staff-sergeant  in the Second Armoured Division, commands an M4 Sherman “Easy Eight” tank nicknamed Fury (get it) and its veteran crew: gunner Boyd “Bible” Swan, loader Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis, driver Trini “Gordo” Garcia, and assistant driver–bow gunner “Red”.

They have been together since the North African campaign. Red is killed in action and replaced by Private First Class Norman Ellison, a clerk typist in the fifth corp for field operations who was transferred to be a replacement.  As they move deeper into Germany, Norman’s inexperience becomes dangerous: he spots but fails to shoot Hitler Youth,-child soldiers who ambush the commanding officer’s tank with a Panzerfaust, killing the entire crew;- and so on!

And the critics said “…It never scales the cinematic heights or reaches the same ground-breaking level as Saving Private Ryan, but it’s intensely ferocious and relentlessly rough on the senses. You’ll know you’ve been to war, and not on the Hollywood front.— Rex Reed, New York Observer[7,”… The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Steven Rea, gave the film 3 out of 4 and praised, “Fury presents an unrelentingly violent, visceral depiction of war, which is perhaps as it should be. Bayonets in the eye, bullets in the back, limbs blown apart, corpses of humans and horses splayed across muddy, incinerated terrain…”

(I mean, what more could you want!)

CONCLUSION-IT’S A WAR MOVIE! -WITH ALL THAT IMPLIES!

(suggestion: maybe leave morning tea until after the movie.)

See you there

Rob

Semester One Films

DATEFILMPRESENTERGENRE
18 MayFuryMarkWar
1 JunThe Wipers TimesNellieWar
Light hearted
15 JunLock, Stock, and Two Smoking
Barrels
EstelleComedy/Crime
29 JunA Place in the SunJulie/Chris
Norid
6 JulLust and CautionJulieForiegn/Chinese
20 JulPlanning meeting