Monday, 9 May 2016

DVD Roundup: Apple Blossom edition

If there's one thing you can't dismiss about Quentin Tarantino, its that this man loves the movies. The Hateful Eight is perhaps his most cinematic film to date. Filmed in 70mm, and with a score by Oscar award winning composer Ennio Morricone, the cinema release of The Hateful Eight even included a 15 minutes intermission, which was worked into the narrative. Undoubtedly one you should of seen at the movies, if you had a chance, Tarantino's eighth film is still worth picking up, especially for the masterful cinematography, acting, and Morricone's exceptional score. At 168 minutes though, you may want to lock yourself in with some caffeine if you want to experience it properly. Lets just hope nobody poisons your coffee pot... Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

Brie Larson has been singled out for her performance as the mother in Lenny Abrahamson's Room, winning a total of 14 awards for her role, including the Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award. Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, Room looks at a mother and son who escape their captivity, leading the young Jack (Jacob Tremblay) to discover the world for the outside world for the first time. I know I say it all the time, but definitely one to put on your "to watch" list.

If you're anything like me, then you're patiently waiting around for them to finally make that Janis Joplin biopic, and hoping to god that they don't cock it up like a lot of other films about musicians (although stoically believing that, yes, they will cock it up). In the mean time you can enjoy Amy J. Berg's documentary on Joplin, narrated by Cat Powers, that looks into the life of singer that was equally powerful and fragile.

Top Gun is 30, and to celebrate they're re-releasing the film with all the bells and whistles you'd expect. Included in commentary with navel experts, making off, survival training, music videos, and Tom Cruise interviews for all you Cruise heads. Can you believe that this is a film I haven't seen yet. I sense another Virgin Viewings having to happen.

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