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‘Fury’ -“The Best Job I Ever Had”


“The best job I ever had.”– Sgt. Don ‘Wardaddy’ Colier from the movie Fury directed by David Ayer

 

 

 

 

I just returned from the theatre from watching ‘Fury’, which premiered Friday October 17th, and according to Variety is suspected to pull in 25 million dollars by the finish of this weekend. Some may think that ‘Fury’ is just another war movie, and maybe it is. But to the men who has served those tanks in a war this movie tells their story.

Fury, a WWII movie focuses on the decisive act of tankers who in 1945 war torn Germany decide to dig in, and hold an important position that would help defeat the German army and possibly end the war.

The war hounded and angst ridden team is led by Academy Award winning actor, Brad Pitt (12 Years A Slave, Inglorious Bastards) . Pitt, plays a man hardened by war and scarred by the missions he has led, but continues to promise his men he’ll get them home alive. Not too much later the tankers find themselves in the battle for their lives.

Shia Lebouf (Transformer, Nymphomaniac) as Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (when focused on acting instead of antics) delivers a memorable performance as a soldier whose faith keeps him and his fellow tankers going even as they protest and tease him on his preachy ways. Michael Pena ( Battle Los Angeles, Gracepoint) and John Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Wolf of Wall Street) hold their own switching from hard to compassionate when the moments called for it.

The most surprising performance was from Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Three Musketeers), who played newly assigned tank driver and desk jockey Norman Ellison. Norman is a young private who claims his specialty is not shooting bullets but typing 60 words per minute. Pitt’s character Sgt. Don ‘Wardaddy’ Colier takes Norman under his wing for many reason but the main reason is to keep him alive. As a form of solidarity the men tell themselves in what seems a sarcastic yet truthful salute, “this is the best job I ever had”.

The film is intense and the acting is right on. I cried, but then I always cry at every war movie I go to. I have my personal reasons. However, it’s hard not to cry when the scenes are so intense and the people are so real. The actors are heaving with such emotional turmoil your own insides ache for them. The  tanker’s  brotherhood resonates as I am reminded of all the people I have met who have been affected by war today.

“Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.”- Sgt. Don ‘Wardaddy’ Colier from Fury

Director David Ayers (Training Day, Fast & The Furious) did well in showing how war can cause conflicts within soldier’s about their moral values and faith as they fight to make it home from war. While at times Pitt’s character seems harsh he shows that he is harsh for good reasons in his lessons to young Norman.

The film is worth watching, and although the story is an old one, the stories told are relatable  to some viewers out there.

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Call Me King Trailer- What Do You Want To Know?


Hi Brouhahas…I need your help. Check out this trailer and let me know if you recognize any of the actors here. Now, if you had a chance to ask the director some questions about the movie, what would they be?
Hints: There are some pretty well known actors here, one actor appeared in GI Joe: Retaliation along with The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum. He played part of the Cobra Secret Service and is also a producer for this film Call Me King.

A lead character in this film is also known for his portrayal in the popular series Friday Night Lights as ” Coach Bill McGregor”. Do you know who this is?

This Chinese actress wows us with her unique and independent style on the red carpet, as well as making appearances on Entourage and Lost? Who is she?
Website http://www.IMDb.com has the answers. Remember to respond with your questions; then I can put them to director R.L Scott in a one on one interview coming soon to http://www.brouhaha-access.com

Coiled-Through The Eyes Of Director Tim French


Richard Hoyt as Cobb Mills in Coiled. The film “Coiled” are the property of Tim French/Moot point pictures.
Richard Hoyt as Cobb Mills in Coiled.
The film “Coiled” are the property of Tim French/Moot point pictures.

The Shakespearean definition of “coiled” is described as the troubles and activities of the world. Coiled, a new drama directed by screenplay writer and director Tim French, can be described in this way. Coiled is the story of a man named, Cobb Mills (Hoyt Richards) who carries the weight of guilt in the death of his daughter Tess, seven years before. On the anniversary of Tess’s death Cobb returns to the small sleepy town to leave flowers at her grave stone then heads for home. However, this year will be different as Cobb finds that he won’t be heading straight home as planned. Cobb’s car breaks down during his annual visit, and he finds that repairs will take several days. Cobb has no choice but to stay in the town and wait. While he waits, Cobb becomes involved in a series of events that may lead him down the road to either condemnation or redemption.

During his stay Cobb meets and falls romantically for a much younger woman, Nash Fuller (Anabella Casanova) who has her own dark secrets. Cobb falls under her spell feeling that his love for her can break his bonds of guilt and remorse. That is until Nash runs off with $100,000 of his money. Soon, the police is hounding him to turn against Nash, and help them put her away for a long time. Cobb must make a decision he doesn’t want to make because even after Nash’s betrayal he still loves her. Nash’s betrayal hits him hard, and he goes on a self-destructive streak that will eventually lead him to answers he has been seeking all along. Cobb is definitely coiled in the troubles of his world. The question is, will he ever become uncoiled?

David Kagen as Lt. Jackson. The film “Coiled” is  the property of Tim French/Moot point pictures.  Or a
David Kagen as Lt. Jackson.
The film “Coiled” is the property of Tim French/Moot point pictures.

Director Tim French speaks on the making of Coiled and how the storyline came about. Tim French’s Q&A gives us a look at his enthusiasm for filmmaking and writing a screenplay.

Q: Hi Tim. “Coiled” sounds like a drama that many can relate to.  A life ruled by regret of a long ago action can definitely impact a life. I read, on the Coiled Facebook page, that you and Michael French wrote the screenplay. What is your relation?

Michael is my padre and a novelist by trade. He currently has a new book he is promoting called “The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder”, which is available at amazon.com.

Q: What inspired this story line?

The story line was loosely inspired by the loss of someone very close to Michael and I. Both grieving, we decided that writing about someone who experienced a loss of their own, would be good therapy for us. Next thing you know we wrote the first draft of “Coiled” and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Q: Do you and Michael write a lot of your screenplays together?

Yes, we have written three screenplays together and hopefully we will collaborate on more in the future.

Q: What was the your favorite scene in the film to direct?

Jeez, that’s a tough one. I don’t know. I loved working with all the actors involved so… I guess one of them would be the scene when Detective Jackson (David Kagen) and Sergeant Flanders (Chris Cleveland) question Cobb at the police station. There was just something about the chemistry between the three actors that put a big smile on my face.

Q: Is drama your usual genre or have you also directed other genre?

This was actually my first time directing a drama. Before this I had directed a dark comedy called “Setback”.

Q: When is the release date for Coiled?

As of right now the rough release date is sometime in November. However, I am hoping to have it out before then. You can always check out the status of the release date at

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2828310/combined 

For more on Coiled hit up their Facebook page.