Film Review: The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Posted on by 5WC in Film

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas has always been something of an enigma to me. I have always been drawn to it whenever I have seen it: sitting on a shelf, in a TV guide, listed on demand. And yet, for one reason or another I have never committed to it.

But last night I was running late and so, faced with an option of either having a late night or simply picking a shorter film. I decided to go with the shorter film option; and with The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas available through the Curzon Home Cinema service, an early night seemed like the perfect reason necessary to finally watch the film that has stalked my life for the last few years. Read more

Film Review: Fury

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Fury was a film that, for some almost unexplainable reason, had completely passed me by. In fact it wasn’t until my Mother mentioned having read an article about it in her daily newspaper that I even knew it existed. An article that was printed only days before its release. With the tank having now rolled into view and my Mother asking to potentially see it, it became a case of just waiting for the major reviewers to give it a passing nod of approval and then find a time head to the big screen.

Set in the dying embers of the Second World War as the Allied forces pushed further and harder into Germany, the film purely centres around the tale of a tank’s American crew. Brad Pitt takes the role of Sergeant Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, leader and commander; while the rest of his crew is made up of: Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia (Michael Peña) and Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis (Jon Bernthal). And as they undertake ever increasing orders to drive harder towards victory, we are treated to a story which shows the birth, development and acceptance of what is, akin to a family, simply bonded through scenario and through reliance on each other to survive. Read more