Monday, 7 March 2016

DVD ROUNDUP: BOOSTED SELF ESTEEM EDITION


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse knows what its audience is: teenage boys who like gross humour, big boobs, and in need of a boost to their self esteem. While it'll win no prized for cleverness or originality, I'll give it credit for at least being plausible, because if there ever was a zombie apocalypse, I'd definitely want to team up with some scouts that know basic survival skills then someone whose watched every episode of The Walking Dead and prides themselves on a hypothetical escape plan. Nominated for Kill of the Year and winner of Funniest Moment of the Year in our 2015 End of Year Award Show, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is some silly fun for when all those shows about the undead seem to take themselves too seriously. Check out our podcast review in the player below.


I've heard contradictory reviews of The Lady in the Van. One person said they really enjoyed it (they're a fan of Maggie Smith), the other hated it (said it was incredibly boring). Based on the real life story of Mary Shepard (Smith), who camped out the driveway of renowned playwright Alan Bennett (who also wrote the screen play), The Lady in the Van looks to be a poignant and whimsical look at their relationship.





I remember laughing when I saw the trailer for The Last Witch Hunter. I think it was a culmination of lots of different elements: Vin Diesel's expressionless face, the bombastic fantasy elements, the way they never really explain the premise, and the bastardisation of one of my favourite Rolling Stones songs (when will this sad cover version trend stop?), its like board of producers just looked at each other and said, people like fantasy creatures, right? People like Fast and Furious, right? Lets make a movie! However, The Last Witch Hunter flopped in its home turf (but scraped a profit abroad), so my advice is to watch the trailer and see if its for you.


After falling in love with The Voices, and laughing my face off watching (Captain) Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds can do no wrong at the moment. While released straight to VOD in America, Mississippi Grind has garnered lots of favourable reviews, comparing this gambling-buddy-road movie to the likes of Five Easy Pieces. Starring Reynolds and Ben Mendlesohn, Mississippi Grind looks like a film you'd be happy to spend some time in.





Loved by audiences but loathed by critics, Fathers and Daughters has the air of sentimental blackmail to it. Focusing in on a Pulitzer-prize winning writer (Russell Crowe) who suffers with mental illness, and is also a widower, we get to see how he deals rasing his daughter (Amanda Seyfried). Reviews for this film range from "beautiful" and "the film is a best drama" to "mawkish twaddle" and "radioactively bad", so I guess the choice is yours as to how you want to proceed. 

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