In my spare time I managed to cobble this together. Yes I know its old. Yes it looks like trash compared to most things. Yes it is in a pdf format but I couldn’t get in any other format without blowing a hole in either your computer or mine. Yes, it is weird very very weird … but I like it that way as a sort of pseudo surrealist abstract piece looking into the mind of the male psyche of the modern age and his relationships.
If you want more information read below otherwise YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED …
MEGA SPOILERS *****
Ok so the deal behind this comic was that during the summer of 2013 I had a very strange dream during the middle of the summer. A very strange dream indeed and particularly a harrowing one that literally woke me from my sleep which rarely happens unless I watch the ring right before. Anyways, as goes this comic in a strange sort of way is an expanded upon version of my dream that I had. So what better way to turn this into something great than to make a freaking comic out of it right? So right after I had the dream I grabbed my trusty notepad and quickly jotted down as much as I could possibly remember. This is important because I was able to remember details that normally you wouldn’t be able to get like what people were wearing. What the scenery looked and felt like along with time of day and lighting and other little details and also the general story of the dream. After thinking about the story I thought it might be good to expand upon it a bit and so I did with what little dream knowledge I did and eventually this turned out.
Yes, I am a weird guy that dreams weird dreams. But I feel like there is something deeper worth pulling out of some of these things and as such that is why I am giving it to you for free and to see what you can extrapolate from it.
As always I’m usually able to check out a good movie every once in a while and this weekend was no exception. Every once in a while you run into a movie like Fury that from trailers looks as if it could either be hit or miss. You’re not sure because the story could either be incredibly cliche or hit the eyes well.
I can gladly say however, that Fury does hit the right notes and as a result becomes one of the better war movies made in this century and possibly in the last few years. There were few of course that have tried to reach the same heights of historical authenticity and look while still conveying the comradeship and sacrifice and heroism of its soldiers on display such as Fly Boys in (2006), Enemy at the Gates (2001), U-571 (2000), and of course the now older Saving Private Ryan (1997). On that list however, besides Saving Private Ryan most World War Two movies carry with them flaws.
Either within the acting or within the sets themselves there are subtle minor details that give away its modernity or the feelings conveyed are simply not true. Still, if there is one thing that could be said of Fury is that it keeps in character preciously while allowing the Tank itself with its crew come to life. While the crew itself has been praised quite a bit various critics have said that certain actors either Shia Lebouf or Pitt deserve the praise for their performances. But the crew is a crew, not a one man show. Take out one piece of that crew and it falls apart dynamically on screen which is why as a whole it is impressive seeing that even though each character has their roles they keep pace so well with each other and is a testament to their chemistry. None the less there are some moments where each stands out and certain scenes that put a great touch on the entire feeling of the battlefield particularly when they aren’t fighting such as in the Town scenes.
While some war movies try to grind you down or in the case of the better ones bombast you with severely emotional losses Fury focuses on a different kind of loss being retained in the loss of humanity. There are moments in movies when you sometimes want to show the ideas at work but other times it is better not to show and better to simply to tell to allow the human imagination to take shape. None more so than when Gord begins his soliloquey on horses. It is a moment that really breaks the peace that they were trying to concoct of some form before heading out again.
Besides the actual story points the special effects in this movie are incredible. Particularly the battle scenes let the modern special effects and practical and real effects meshed together shine. It was also nice seeing the battle with the Tiger Tank which was a nice addition as well. Still, if you are a historian at heart and enjoy the conflicts of man in detail you will most assuredly enjoy fury.
The compelling realization of war combined with the amazing chemistry between the actors blends together to make while not a necessarily new experience but definitely one that stands above those with similarities.