Monday, 29 August 2016

DVD Roundup: cat and the tin man edition

Ratchet & Clank first hit the scene in 2002 when Insomniac Games released the platformer onto the Playstation, and the world was introduced to the universe saving Lombax and his robot companion. To coincide with the re-released, updated version of the original game, a movie version of that same story was released in the cinema's. The only problem? Maybe its only fun for fans of the game, and the fact that the new game animation looks like the film doesn't really give you any special motivation to watch it. Still, Richee wants to watch it. Check out his review of the 2016 version of the game here.

It feels like the Hollywood Reporter review of Golden Years Grand Theft OAP, "Breaking Bad meets The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", might of the actual pitch for this film. There does seem to be a bit of social commentary within the plot (a retired couple rob banks when a financial crisis wrecks their chance of claiming a pension), references to old age cliches like bingo and whiffs of a lousy script make this seem like a movie to garner only the mildest of amused smiles.

I first heard of the God's Not Dead films via The Cinema Snob in his review of the first film, and now the second one is out and sets its agenda on an even bigger scale. A school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) is sued by her own school when she quotes the scriptures in class, and so the film continues with a massive, literal, persecution complex as she has to justify her religion to the courts. Is it too obvious to say that God's Not Dead 2 sounds preachy? Whatever your religious and spiritual beliefs, I can guarantee to you that an audience will not appreciate a film that smacks you over the head with its message.

Re-release of the week goes to the 30th anniversary edition of Alex Cox's Sid & Nancy, about the lives and deaths of two of punks most notorious figures, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. While a great film in its own right, with excellent performances from Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as the two leads, its proved controversial in its glamorisation of heroin use (something which pretty much doomed the punk movement for a while), and making completely dysfunctional relationships seem almost romantic (a bit like the Joker and Harley Quinn). I would still recommend it as vital edition to any punk movie mass viewing session.

I try to stay away from anything that is professes itself as "bohemian".  Especially in a movie about a teenager on a gap year that falls in love with a wild and carefree girl in the "underground" haunts of little old London town. So what I'm cynical. I don't care. This movie is quite obviously not aimed at me. Maybe the only thing worth watching Kids in Love for is Will Poulter's performance, who was pretty damn good in The Revenant.

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