Monday, 1 August 2016

DVD Roundup: Confusing dream sequence edition

What can you say about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that hasn't already been debated about? The truth is, its a tremendously boring film about two of comics most interesting and beloved characters. Its a film that promised a lot and basically delivered nothing. These characters are renowned because of their iconography, but as Nerdwriter1 argues in his video, Zack Snyder may be good at delivering all the Christ metaphors and dream sequences, but he just cannot tell a story. Surprisingly, the only good reason you'll have for buying the film is if you buy the ultimate edition, which includes a bunch of documentaries, many that sound more compelling than the actual film. Check out of podcast review in the player below.

The world has changed a lot since the release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, fourteen years ago. People just don't want the racial stereotypes any more, and rom-coms are less likely to be about finding the man of your dreams then realising you can survive by yourself. Nonetheless, we have this sequel, and the general consensus is that its tired. Tired jokes, tired stereotypes, and no real plot to go on. Sigh.

This Russian made film could just be a generic "wronged-man-goes-on-a-rampage" kind of film, but the only thing that sets Hardcore Henry about from its predecessors is its insistence on shooting in a video game style first-person view point. Personally, this would send me vomiting down the isles faster than you can say "Duke Nukem". I'll leave you with the words of Stephen Whitty of the New York Daily News: "You could go see "Hardcore Henry"  — or you could gulp down a pint of vodka, load in "Grand Theft Auto," then strap the TV to your face and throw yourself down the stairs."

Lets welcome ourselves to this weeks B-Movie corner. First up is what looks like possibly the best of the lot, K-Shop. A man takes over his dad's kebab shop, and when a customer dies, he disposes of the body by cooking it into donner meat. Lovely. Next is Shark Lake, a film riding high off the success of Sharknado, but this time with added Dolph Lundgren (note: Lundgren doesn't actually play himself in the movie, that's just this film sensational tagline). Lastly we have Queen Crab (released as Claws in the UK), a film that possibly fancies itself as a homage to the likes of Mysterious Island and Attack of the Crab Monsters, but it just looks really, really, really bad. Cool poster though.

Can you believe that Danny Trejo is 72 and still making films like Boost: Grand Theft? When other actors settle down to play the granddad, the wise old man, the curmudgeonly neighbour, Trejo is out there playing the action hero. Yeah, it may be in films that look naff as hell, but god damn it you have to admire him and his unwillingness to settle into traditional roles. You go, Trejo!

David Cronenberg is an awesome director, creating some of the most vivid and disturbing body horror in movie history. If you want to see where it all started from, it might be worth your time to check out a new box set collecting four early works of Cronenburg's, which includes the two short films Transfer and From the Drain, his first full length film Stereo, plus Crimes of the Future, about a clinic director finding their mentor after a devastating plague.

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