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We’re Sick of World War II: An Introduction to Oscar Week 2014


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Glad you guys are deciding to tackle American Sniper a little more. Was curious what you guys thought of Fury, though. Aside from the super cliche Hollywood ending, I thought the movie was amazing, particularly the sound editing, WOW. And that battle with the Tiger tank, good god.

I also thought the execution of the German soldiers and the savagery of the main cast really painted Americans in a way that American WWII films usually fail to do, or if they do, don’t take it very far. Like you said, it’s easier to think of ourselves as the clear cut heroes in that war even thought we did some seriously horrific things as well. I thought Fury was refreshing in that way.


@ Erik R – We just didn’t get a chance to see it yet, but I’ve heard good things.

Still want to see other wars though…


If you’ve had enough of WWII films…I recently saw the German tv series Generation War, set primarily on the eastern front. A very flawed but interesting attempt from a contemporary German point of view which we rarely see (it is still a very controversial part of German history).

I initially dismissed Fury, but Erik R has me curious now. Thanks!


@ Dee G – We actually wrote a post pitching that idea…

http://onviolence.com/?e=671

So, I think a film about the Eastern Front is a good idea. like you said, it’s a pint of view we don’t see.


@ Eric C- No doubt. I’m just glad we got a good war movie on tankers. I was skeptical they would have been able to make a great movie out of such a cramped and dirty occupation. But they did!

As I was watching it I thought about how we could have had a great movie on Iraq War 1 & 2 tankers. Where as WW2 tankers had much to fear in Tigers, Panthers, and Flak 36 88mms, the absurd power imbalance of an Abrams tank crew violently plowing through inferior Iraqi armor and infantry would have made a great subject to explore.