Monday, 22 August 2016

DVD Roundup: ooh ooh ooh edition

In Disney's quest to turn all their classic animations into mediocre live-action remakes (with Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and Dumbo still to come), we were treated earlier this year to a Jon Favreau directed CGI retelling of The Jungle Book. I admit, I'm probably the only person that dislikes this film; Richee liked it, other people I know enjoyed it, even the apparently high-and-mighty critics enjoyed it. The voice casting was spot on for most of the creatures, and animation looked awesome, if a little uncanny, but there came a point about half way through this film where it had clearly gone bonkers: Christopher Walken as King Louie. If he's not an orangutan but a gigantopithecus, then why does he still look like an orangutan? Why does he seem to keep growing in size? Why is he singing??? Whatever, you say, Bill Murray as Baloo is hilarious! Yes, I'd have to agree with you on that. Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

One of the most successful jazz musicicans ever, Miles Davis managed to make genre bending albums into commercial hits, and secured his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Miles Ahead, directed and co-written by Don Cheadle, takes a loose approach to Davis' life, with non-linear storytelling focusing on his drug addiction, his relationship with a dancer, and a plot involving a fictional reporter. While praised for his depiction of Davis, the film has been lambasted for, well, cliched. Definately one though for the fans of Miles Davis' music, at least.

Ooooh, Jane Got a Gun sounds so good but did so bad. Barely released in the UK, Gavin O'Connor's western has suffered a troubled production, with most of its primary cast, and even its director, dropping out. With Natalie Portman as a wife trying to protect her injured husband from unsavoury old-west types, the film is a basic non-starter. With reviews calling it revisionist and dull, it should at least be a half-decent edition to the genre.

Whoa, this film sounds like a piece of shit! Directed by Terence Malick, this film attempts to sound intelligent by referencing the tarot, but is full of the solipistic bullshit that the movies like to indulge in occasionally. To quote its Wikipedia page: "While he's successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted by the death of one brother and the dire circumstances of the other, he finds temporary solace in the Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to the daily pain he must endure [!!!!!], and every encounter that comes his way brings him closer to finding his place in the world." I've not seen Knight of Cups, but it sounds like trite, entitled garbage. Let me know if I'm wrong though.

Re-issue of the week goes to the Jaws box set, which includes the first film, 2, 3, 4, and the The Revenge, including a 3-D version of Jaws 3. I suppose if you want to spend one of your precious days off learning how one of the greatest horror/dramas of the 70s turned into a laughable trash then this box set is for you. If you want to see why the straight to DVD charts are filled with shark movies, this is a box set for you. The great white shark is an incredible creature, but I think there needs to be a new cinematic "killer creature": mosquito's, crane flies, penis snakes, giant sea cucumbers that eat with its butt.... doesn't really matter, I always find it very hard to sympathise with the humans in these types of films.

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