Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cinema review – Fury

Fury film poster

Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal.

Plot summary: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

If i’m going to be completely honest with you, I had pretty low expectations for this particular film. I don’t really watch many war films and the trailer didn’t exactly thrill me. Still, I thought I would give it a whirl considering I like some of the actors in the cast. To my surprise, it was actually quite entertaining and I even cared about the characters. The story itself is hardly original but it is told with sincerity which elevates it above other WW2 flicks. The action scenes are also executed brilliantly and there were moments that actaully shocked me.

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Cinema Review – Gone Girl

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Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon.

Plot Summary: (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox) On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

I’ve heard a lot about this film (an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay) over the past few months. The trailers have been marketing it as a dour mystery thriller, which it most certainly is. But, it is also one of the most entertaining and surprising films I’ve seen in the cinema for quite some time. As a matter of fact, this could be one of the best films I’ve ever seen.

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Cinema Review – Life After Beth

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Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon and Anna Kendrick.

Plot Summary: A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

One of my favourite film sub-genres is Horror Comedy. I particularly enjoy ones that involve zombies, inventive kills and ridiculous amounts of gore so I was quite eager to watch this latest effort from director Jeff Baena. Other “Zom-Coms” like Shaun of the Dead and Dead Alive (AKA Braindead) have already set the bar very high but I still thought that this could be a worthy addition to the genre. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reach the dizzying heights of either one of them. That’s not to say this film is terrible as it does have a few things going for it.

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