Monday, 20 June 2016

DVD Roundup: Red Scare edition

While the 1950's are renowned for their classic films, bubbling below it all was a fearful culture breed out of the end of WWII. Lead by senator Joseph McCarthy, many people became paranoid that their neighbours were Communists, out to destroy the US from within. Of the many accused, plenty were from Hollywood, including Dalton Trumbo, who Bryan Cranston depicts in this Jay Roach film. While accused of misrepresenting people, Trumbo at least promises to be a fascinating insight into this tumultuous period of movie history, and earned Cranston the nomination for best Actor at the Oscars.

Do people actually enjoy The Chipmunks?

The first film to star both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt since Mr & Mrs Smith, By the Sea is the fourth film directed by Jolie, and the second one directed by her. Focusing in on a couple trying to save their marriage, By the Sea has been compared to a feature length perfume ad, as well Michelangelo Antonioni, but with out the depth of feeling.

A film that did so badly it barely had a UK release, Jem and the Holograms has built a reputation for completely trashing the spirit of the original cartoon, as well as insulting the very fans that hoped to promote it in the first place. I'm really not familiar with the cartoon, or the film, at all, but I do recommend the Nostalgia Critics review of it. Truly, the end of the film seems like the biggest insult to fans you could conceive.

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