Monday, 2 November 2015

DVD Roundup: franchise killer edition

I don't think any of us was expecting Terminator Genisys to be amazing, but was we really expecting Arnie's first return to the series since 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines to be this bad? By all accounts, it should of been awesome. James Cameron even considered it the true sequel to Judgement Day. However, the trailer promised much more than what was delivered, and what we was left with was a confusing, and not in a good way, hot mess of ridiculousness. With a time line that makes no sense and turning good guys into bad guys, Genisys was so terrible that it has actually bankrupted the series, with it being announced that the supposed trilogy Genisys was meant to be the first part of will not be happening. We raged at this film quite a bit, so listen to our review to find out the details, but if you want to preserve the story in your own mind, I recommend you avoid this film.

Unfortunately missing the initial release of this film in the cinema, we're so excited to see John Maclean's Slow West that we're making it our podcast for tomorrow. Starring Micheal Fassbender as a bounty hunter and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a teenager in love, this western has been described as "tense, twisty and brilliant" by Peter Bradshaw, but don't take his word for it, look forward to our review tomorrow. EDIT: our podcast review of Slow West is out now.

Loved by the critics, but loathed by the family, Asif Kapadia's documentary on the late Amy Winehouse focuses mainly in on her drug and alcohol abuse. Whether you loved her or hated her, this examination is going to be a fascinating look into the legacy that Winehouse has inherited, putting her along side other exceptional but troubled singers like Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin.

LEAVE GRUMPY CAT ALONEEE!! Poor cat. Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, made her movie debut in the made for TV Christmas flick Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, which first aired on Lifetime has year. Aubrey Plaza voices the miserable cat in what is trusted to be a heart warming family adventure, which seems to me like its missed the point, as Grumpy Cat meme's are notoriously sociopathic truth bombs. Still I might be tempted to watch this film over the more saccharine and unashamedly emotionally manipulative Christmas films that are out there.

Dear White People is also out to own now in the UK, and the timing for this satire by Justin Simien seems apt after the tumultuous few years racial politics has suffered lately. Focusing on some distasteful practises on a school campus, this film offers an alternative version of all those college movies that just focus on tits and drunkenness at the expense of everyone else.

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