Monday, 17 April 2017

DVD Roundup: adulting edition


Daringly using the title of notoriously racist 1915 D. W. Griffith silent film, Nate Parker wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Birth of a Nation, which is based on the true story of Nat Turner, a slave who caused an uprising against their owners using his Christian faith. While we haven't seen this film, the film has been praised for its strong visuals and message, but then criticised for maybe going too bombastically into those visuals and messages.

Clint Eastwood is at it again in his morally charged, based on a true story tale Sully: Miracle on the Hudson. After making an emergency stop on the Hudson River, pilot Chesley Sullenberger is praised as a hero by the public, but soon faces investigations that could destroy his career. Eastwood is a great director, and sometimes conflicting politically, but the one part that makes me want to see Sully is the fact that Tom Hanks is the lead. Tom Hanks is the best.




If you have children hanging around your ankles, you may want to put Ballerina on to soothe their post-Easter chocolate hangover. Called Leap! in the US, this French made animation sees a poor orphan girl travel to Paris and steal the identity of a rich girl so she can get into ballet school. I'll admit, the trailer looked a bit cliched and boring, but this is the standard fair that seems to just grasp children's attention.





Did you know that "adulting" is a proper word used by people? If you didn't know, it means to do "adult" things, like pay your bills, make money, and cook yourself dinner. At once its a pandering, demeaning word to describe what have become called millenial's struggle to be "adult", but then its even sadder to think that young people are actually using it themselves, so amazed that they can actually look after themselves in a world that is infantilising older and older people. Why do I bring this up? Well, Adult Life Skills sees a woman about to turn 30 struggle with that is traditionally seen to be adult endevers, and I worry that it may be pandering and demeaning to the very audience its trying to be sold to. We'll just have to watch and see.

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