Monday, 12 September 2016

DVD Roundup: Sex, Drugs and EDM edition

The first Bad Neighbours was a funny, if unchallenging, comedy that recycled the far too common trifecta of sex, drugs and EDM, albeit with likeable characters, setting it apart from other monotonous monstrosities like 21 & Over and Project X. Bad Neighbours 2 hits the reset button, with Seth Rogen's and Rose Byrne's young family being tormented yet again when another group of college age party-ers (bad luck, right?), this time a sorority, moves in next door. Luckily for the audience, Kappa Nu are helmed by the equally-likeable Chloe Grace Moretz, which can at least guarantee that this formulaic movie will have some respectable acting chops.

Adapted on the book by John le Carre, Our Kind of Traitor sees a couple unwittingly lured into protecting a member of the Russian mafia, and trying to work with MI6 to expose corruption in the City of London while, you know, not trying to get killed themselves. With Ewan McGregor and Stellan SkarsgÄrd starring, Our Kind of Traitor seems like your standard spy thriller, and if you enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat for 110 minutes, this movie maybe for you.

Based on the diaries of Theodor Koch-Grunberg, Embrace of the Serpent steers us through two time periods as a German explorer tries to find a rare plant, and is nursed back to life by an Amazonian shaman. Ethnographic and psychedelic, I'm refraining myself from looking too much into this movie, as I really want to, *cough*, embrace whatever it has coming for me. All I can say is watch the trailer and see if its for you.

Hank Williams is an amazing musician, becoming a significant influence on the country music scene before his death at the young age of 29. Despite all his status and tragedy, it seems a shame that Hollywood would deem only a sentimental biopic suitable. With Tom Hiddleston playing Williams and Elizabeth Olsen playing his wife and manager Audrey, the acting skills in I Saw the Light are there, but none of the charisma that makes Williams appeal so enduring.

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