Monday, 8 August 2016

DVD Roundup: Jump! edition

With its timely release, Eddie the Eagle is inspired by the real life Olympic "hero" Eddie Edwards, who notoriously became the first UK competitor to take part in the ski jumping event in the 1988 Winter Olympics. A true sporting underdog, Edwards has secured his place in Olympic history, but this Dexter Fletcher directed movie does its best to play up his amateur status. Ultimately, we are left with a mediocre plot, nowhere near as inspiring as its counterpart Cool Runnings, and with a bit of an overbearing 80's soundtrack, but enough character progression and amiable acting to satisfy a family night in. Listen to our full review in the player below.

Midnight Special kind of slipped by both us, but with the success of this years big 80s love letter Stranger Things, I imagine that interest in the Jeff Nichols film may increase. Telling the tale of a father who has to protect his son from a cult and the government after it is discovered that he has special powers, this sci-fi has gathered quite a few positive reviews, but it also has seen some pretty scathing reviews too, so maybe one for those who need more Spielberg-esque stories in their lives.

Wow, its an 80s lovefest today. Sing Street, directed by John Carney, sets itself in mid-80s Ireland, where a recession plunges a private school kid into a public school. Trying to win the heart of a girl, he makes up a band so she can star in their music videos. The film is sold on its soundtrack, which includes the decades big hitters like The Jam, Spandeau Ballet and Genesis. While this may sound a little much, and a little too cute maybe, the film currently has a score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that this is a film I may want to watch.

Now this looks like a crazy ass film to counteract all the superhero films this year. Based on the original seventeenth century Italian collection of fairy tale's Pentamerone, which created the earliest incantations of Rapunzel and Cindarella, Tale of Tales stars John C. Reilly as a king who has to slay magical creatures and a womanising ruler in three interwoven stories. What excites me about this film is its labelled as fantasy/horror, meaning Tale of Tales will hopefully be more Guillermo del Toro than Disney.

Michael Moore is quite a polarising documentarian. Discussing deserving subjects, his films however always seem to be a means to justify his viewpoint, as opposed to actually raising and answering questions, and Where to Invade Next seems to be another humorous dig at American exceptionalism. Travelling around Europe as seeing what countries do better socially than the US, Moore tries to "invade" each country and take their policies. While principally aimed at an American audience, it may be fun to watch and see just how well us Europeans are doing. Apparently.

Blasphemy! This in Belgium/French/Luxembourger produced film, The Brand New Testament sees God as living in Brussels and being a bit of a waster. His daughter (yes, a daughter!) follows in the footsteps of her wayward older brother (Christ!) and gets her own apostles. Yeah, this satire may sound outrageous, but apparently this is "Terry Gilliam-light", and doesn't go nearly as crazy as what it could.

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