Monday, 25 April 2016

DVD Roundup: Anti-Christmas edition

Are you one of those people that finds the unrelenting niceness of Christmas just a bit too much, and maybe a little unsettling even? Well maybe this Yuletide you'll want to settle down to something a little darker, that acknowledges the selfishness of some people at this time of year and punishes them for it. With a slew of comedy actors in what is blatantly a horror film, the tone of Krampus can be a little off for some, but me and Richard found it a very enjoyable film, full of brilliant character designs and some gory scenes, and is a definate must watch for those that prefer their Christmas less sweet than a candy cane. Listen to our podcast review in the player below.

Another film trailer I was woefully underwhelmed by. While the premise seems interesting, a biography of Joy Mangano, who became a self-made millionaire by patenting products sold on shopping channels, but the tone of the trailer just seemed a little bit too feel-good to me. Obviously, I'm a cantankerous mare that would rather watch a family get murdered at Christmas than a woman make a lot of money, but I'll reserve my full judgement to when I've seen Joy.

Described by Variety as the "feminization of Step Brothers", Sisters see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as sisters holding one last party at their parents house before its sold off. Am I the only one bored of party films and what film makers think debauchery is? Still, for all you wrestling fans out there, this film also stars John Cena!

If you are more than a little interested in how directors make films, then you need to see Kent Jones documentary about Francois Truffaut's famous book of interviews with the great Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock/Truffaut features interviews with the likes of Martin Scorcese, Wes Anderson and David Fincher, as well as the discussion's the French New Wave director had with The Master of Suspense. Looking forward to watching this one.

While nothing like the Beats of their namesakes, beatniks became a famous source of fear and humiliation in the 50s and 60s. Are your kids gonna star smoking reefer? Spouting pseudo-intellectual nonsense? Want to be an artist? Two re-releases come out this week looking at the crazy media representation of the dreaded beatnik; Edmond T. Greville's 1960 drama Beat Girl, which stars Christopher Lee as a strip club owner, and Val Guest' 1959 satire on the music industry Expresso Bongo, which stars Cliff Richard as a gifted bongo player. I've seen the later, and its a great slice of the times, with plenty of hip cats dressed all the black.

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