Monday, 30 May 2016

DVD Roundup: Nostalgic edition

I'm definitely not as nostalgic for my childhood TV shows as other people may be, but one of the few programmes I do look back on fondly was repeated viewings of Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. They have, however, updated this 65 year old cartoon for the youngsters (and old-sters) of today in Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, which for all intents and purposes, seems to just carry on where the old cartoons left off. Now in CGI, but still letting them look "flat", L. J. Spence reviewed the film late last year and put it right up there with one of our films of the year, with a stunning 9/10. With half term this week, this rejuvenated classic looks one that all the family can enjoy together. Check out L. J.'s review here.

I never could get into Goosebumps as a kid, but I hear they were very popular. So popular, in fact, that this generations unquenchable thirst for nostalgia has led for the big wigs in Hollywood to make live action version, starring Jack Black. Richee did enjoy Goosebumps as a kid though, and he seemed pretty excited for this film. Although a trip down memory lane for us *cough* millennials, this version seems more apt for the much younger kids in our lives that have a hunger for horror, but are still too emotionally immature to be watching the likes of Candyman or the Saw franchise (or what ever film tweens see as a challenge to watch nowadays).

To continue along with today's Debbie Downer trend, Richee enjoyed the first Ride Along movie. I did not. The basic premise is that Kevin Hart is video game nerd trying to impress the brother (Ice Cube) of his girlfriend by using knowledge gained by playing COD etc. to defeat real life bad guys. This second film is basically the same, but set in Miami. Also stars Ken Jeong as a computer hacker. He maybe the only reason to see this film.

I swear to god, I didn't hate my childhood. Independence Day was good, but does it really have that much of a fan base as to warrant a sequel? If you are one of those people who are pumped for the new film, then make sure you check out the 20th anniversary edition (shit, stop making me feel old, Hollywood!), which includes a restored extended cut, as well an "all-new out-of-this-world retrospective that will have you cheering for victory", according to Amazon. Whatever that means.

Another film for the half term holidays is Capture the Flag, a Spanish animated sci-fi which has been generating some negative reviews due to its "potty mouth" and "inappropriate language", which, if I remember rightly, where all things I enjoyed as a kid. The film sees a kid fly to the moon to live out his grandfathers dream, while a Texan billionaire is trying to get to the moon to destroy the Apollo flag and re-write history. May sound fun, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this film is secretly grating, in the way that all mediocre kids films are nowadays. Still, my young niece and nephew may enjoy it. Especially the potty mouth.

Well, this seems completely random. This 60s set French comedy sees Ron Perlman star as the man in charge of securing Stanley Kubrick and his skills to film the fake moon landing in case the real one doesn't go to plan. Rupert Grint stars as seedy band manager who tricks Perlman into believing some waster is in fact Kubrick. Moonwalkers is based on all those crazy conspiracy theories that people still insist on believing. Maybe that conspiracy nut that lived in a camper van in Independence Day will enjoy this film.

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