Monday, 25 July 2016

DVD Roundup: blood relative edition

One of our favourite films of the year so far, the "spiritual successor" to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane does away with the handheld camera and throws us head first into a claustrophobic, tense story full of false leads and surprises. Dan Trachtenberg delivers an excellent debut, and the small cast, but especially John Goodman, all give high quality performances. Maybe the most interesting prospect of 10 Cloverfield Lane is that a sequel can deviate massively from the original film, even change style and genre, and still thoroughly submerge you into its universe. With generic sequels, reboots and remakes the norm, this J.J. Abrams produced series could provide inspiration for more imaginative creators and their intellectual property. Check out our podcast review in the player below.

Yes, I am excited to see this one. Zootropolis (or Zootopia in the US) did just look like a blasé anthropomorphic Disney movie from the first trailer, I was actually shocked to find out that it was about drugs and racism instead. Who'd of thought that a kids film, a Disney kids film at that, would have the balls to battle a hot button topic like that head on. Puts anything recent above a PG to shame really.

Born to be Blue is a "semi-factual semi-fictional" retelling of the career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, played by Ethan Hawke in the film. While jazz maybe an acquired taste to some people, you can find some pretty dramatic stories out there. This particular story sees Baker become addicted to heroin, get involved in a fight, and loose the ability to play the trumpet. Potentially a fascinating study into someone both hugely talented and terribly pathetic.

This is maybe a film for all the Bill Murray fans out there. Playing a disgraced agent, Rock the Kasbah sees Murray travel to Afganistan and take on a new client (Leem Lubany), who dreams of being the first woman to take part in the TV show "Afghan Star". Throw in Kate Hudson as a hooker and Bruce Willis as a mercenary, and you have a film that maybe seems too silly to be taken seriously, especially as its based on a true story.

Do I even need to explain this film? A nun summons the devil to possess a shark, and the shark possesses a woman. They definitely must make posters up for these films first, right? I know there is an audience for these films, hell, I spoke to someone the other day who wanted a little sharktopus as a pet. So, yes, this film is for you people.

One of the films on my long list of movies to see Julian Temple's Absolute Beginners. Based on Colin MacInnes' book (which I also need to read), this film is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Starring David Bowie and Patsy Kensit, this film has suffered a bit of a tumultuous past, with it sinking at the box office and contributing to the collapse Goldcrest film studio.

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