Monday, 18 July 2016

DVD Roundup: "WHY DON'T THEY JUST LEAVE?" edition

Ben Wheatley is a unique and diverse director. With dark comedy Sightseers under his belt, as well as the trippy civil-war film A Field in England and brutal occult horror in Kill List, his latest film, High-Rise, is equally as stylish and harsh as his previous films. Starring Tom Hiddleston as a physiologist, whose life goes off-kilter when the idealism of the "high-rise" goes bad. While we didn't get to see this film in the cinema, L. J. Spence got the opportunity, and had a bit of a shock at the films twists and turns. Read their review here.

Did you know that "terrorsploitation" is a thing now. Yes, not only has Olympus fallen, but so has London, in a film that promises you all the destruction of landmarks and gruff-voiced broody loner-types that you want. I'm just guessing there, I haven't seen this film, not even the previous one. I'm sure it has an audience, but I'm in no hurry to see this one, not even with that English colloquial pun on the title.

From first time directer Robert Eggers, The Witch is a film you'll either enjoy or you won't. While a hit with the critics, cinema-goers got sucked in the films horror-esque trailer (we definitely have a problem with misleading trailers at the moment), with many reeling at the slow pace and distinct lack of horror in it. This is a film that tries to ask some big questions, instead of throwing jump scares at you. I still want to see it, however, maybe with a pot of coffee next to me.

Cops make the best of friends, don't they? Elijah Wood and Nicholas Cage star in nihilistic buddy cop flick The Trust, where two evidence room policemen hatch a plan to rob a criminal's drug money. This could easily be a throw away VOD offering, but a review from The Guardian that describes Cage's performance as "deeply bizarre" may just be the tipping point in my decision whether to watch this film or not.

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