Monday, 7 December 2015

DVD ROUNDUP: SILLY AMERICAN BOND EDITION


Let's face it; Mission: Impossible's Ethan Hunt is just a silly American James Bond, right? Rogue Nation see's Tom Cruise as Hunt, surviving impossible feats, like holding his breath underwater too long, with a supporting cast there to provide the comic relief. What this film did well though was provide the audience a strong female lead, in Rebecca Furguson's Ilsa, that didn't pander the love interest cliche, and also the fact that it came out before Spectre. Did anyone else notice that Spectre pretty much had the same plot as Rogue Nation? Listen to our podcast review of the latest Mission: Impossible here.

 


I'll be honest, this is probably one of Adam Sandler's better films to come out recently, especially considering some of the awful crap he's put out recently. That being said, it's still a terrible film. Plot holes litter this film, the humour is stale, and its full of all those Sandler-ism's that make every character in his film's repulsive. I'm not even sure who this film is aimed at; it's too adult for kids, and they probably won't even get the references, and its too moronic for everyone else. If you like Sandler, you make like this film, but everything is starting to feel so formulaic with his films that even his fans are going to start getting bored soon. Listen to our podcast review of Pixels here.

























Whoa! Another spy film! This time Superman and the Lone Ranger play American and Russian agents who must team up to stop nuclear detonation at the height of Cold War. Directed by Guy Richie, who seems to be making a comeback after some unsuccessful films, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. looks like a watch for those who loved the original 1960's series.

There is one thing that really makes me want to watch Trainwreck, and that is Tilda Swinton's transformation from androgynous majestic ghost to a "tandoori tan" magazine editor. That's the main selling point there. Other than Swinton, Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer, who wrote the screenplay, in a Judd Apatow directed comedy about how hard it is making grown-up decisions. I've heard a lot of good things about this film, so one to check out.























After seeing Joel Edgerton in Black Mass, I am now more determined to see The Gift, where he plays the stranger from Jason Bateman's past, and ends up delivering unwanted gifts. And Edgerton wrote, directed and produced this film! Phew, gave himself some work there. I do love a good psychological thriller though, so will definitely be on the look out for this one.

After the horrifying mess that was Hector and the Search for Happiness, I am starting to doubt Simon Pegg's choice of movies to star in. I mean, just look at that poster. It screams at you, "go on, its just a bit of fun!", but I'm screaming back "No! Pegg, why? Monty Python, why? Robin Williams, please don't tell me that the last film you starred in was as a dog? Who wears glasses!" Am I being histrionic? Maybe, but the trailer really did look a nothing piece of fluff, with some tacked on moral at the end. Directed by Terry Jones, this looks like one for Monty Python completionists only.

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