Monday, 4 July 2016

DVD Roundup: elephant bukake edition

Sasha Baron Cohen's latest comedy Grimsby (or The Brothers Grimsby to the rest of the world) is maybe one of the most hated films of the year so far. Many reviewers derided it for its base hour, cliche plot and in using the "chav" stereotype as an easy target for ridicule, and wasn't much of an event for cinema-goers, making $10 million less than its $35 million budget. I personally didn't enjoy it much, but Richee really did enjoy it, describing it as a guilty pleasure (because everyone else hated it). Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

Poor Zoolander 2. How has Grimsby got a higher IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes score than possibly my favourite comedy of the year? Granted, 2 is not as great as the original Zoolander, but its true to its original humour, and all the cameo's are impressive and equally cheeky (still, I suppose that all depends on your knowledge of fashion designers). Maybe the one major downfall is Will Ferrell's performance during the first half of the film, as he seems to be pulling off some weird high pitched voice, and doesn't bring back Mugatu's truly nasty ways until late into the film. Listen to our full review in the player below.

This series has some ups and downs, but House of Cards is consistently one of the programmes I look forward too each year. Season 4 sees a return to form, as Kevin Spacey's President Underwood goes back to his dark, Machiavellian ways in a bid to become a democratically elected Head of State, and even Claire (Robin Wright) manages to claw back some of the power for herself too. The final scene of the final episode is also one of the most chilling of the programmes history. Read my (spoiler filled) review of season 4 here.

Definitely not a feel good film, Laszlo Nemes' Son of Saul is still a worthwhile watch, providing an emotional and devastating look into life in the Auschwitz gas chambers. Winning the Grand Prix at last years Cannes, as well as Best Foreign Language Film at the Bafta's and Oscars, Son of Saul is a film worth your time, but you may want to build yourself up to watch it, as this is certainly not a casual watch.

If you enjoy your shit spoof films, then you'll enjoy Fifty Shades of Black. Directed by Michael Tiddes of The Haunted House films, I'll hand it over to Mark Kermode for his succinct review of the film, in which he simply states that "Its just not funny".

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