Monday, 15 February 2016

DVD ROUNDUP: ROMANCE WITH A GHOST EDITION


If there's one thing that you can say Guillermo del Toro does well, it's making his films look incredible. Crimson Peak is no exception, with everything from the costume's to the house looking amazing. However, the film suffered a bit at the book office due to the publishers advertising it as a horror, and not the gothic romance that it was. Maybe not del Toro's best film, but I would definitely recommended if you want to waste your time looking at something incredible and enjoy some of Jessica Chastain's best acting yet, as the unhinged sister to Tom Hiddleston. Check out our Trick or Treat podcast review in the player below.



Maybe the best thing Adam Sandler has been involved with lately just involves us hearing him voice Dracula in the Hotel Transylvania series. Richee reviewed the first film back for our Trick or Treat month in October, and the second film progresses the story by including Dracula half human grandson turn up (can you be born a vampire?), and he worries that young Dennis isn't vampire enough. Know any goth kids out there? This film is for them.




The world was shocked to find out the fact that Lance Armstrong was a serial drug fraudster, and it is even more shocking to find out just how psychopathic his cover-ups were. The Program, starring Chris O'Dowd and Ben Foster, looks into the investigation made by The Sunday Times into the dope scandal. A truly fascinating and disturbing story, but if you've already seen the Stop at Nothing documentary on Netflix, there might not be much new to learn in The Program.




Although panned at the time, Tom DeSimone's 1986 Reform School Girls is a crazy slice of 80's bad girl parody, most noticeable for the inclusion of The Plasmatics Wendy O. Williams as the bully Charlie. There is lots of bikini's and general cinematic ass-kicking, surely a so-bad-its-good kind of film.






With a stunning score of 1.8 on IMDb, Birdemic is truly one of the most terrible films ever, but if you love watching bad films, then this heavy handed environmentally-conscious film is for you. I'd recommend checking out JonTron's video on the film, where the only fitting summery he can come up with is that "its a film about birds".






Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, of Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi Trilogy, have been re-released, and if you are fed up of films that insist on talking, then these films are for you. Koyaanisqatsi, taken from the Hopi for "life out of balance", is an incredibly meditative look at the way humans have taken over the world. Scene's from this film have inspired the likes of Madonna in her Ray of Light video, and Philip Glass' soundtrack has since become iconic. I really want to do this as a Virgin Viewings for Richee...




Special shout-out this week goes to The Survivalist, and small budget British drama, which is out in cinema's and VOD from today. Based in a post-apocalyptic England, Martin McCann plays The Survivalist, whose life is threatened when two women turn up looking for help. Currently getting rave reviews, we're both excited to see this film, so look forward to a review soon.

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