Monday, 5 September 2016

DVD roundup: Spiderling edition

While not a perfect film, in an industry taken over by the idea of reboots and multiverses, Captain America: Civil War gives us a master class in how to manage a huge cast, introduce new characters (Black Panther), and reintroduce a fan favourite in Spider-Man. Plus, Civil War also managed to ask (although not in huge details) what the logistics of having superhuman's in the real world would be like. Which is a real shame for DC, as Batman v Superman could of got in there first. Definitely one to watch, especially if you intend on watching the next nine films in the Marvel cinematic universe. Listen to our podcast review in the player below.

While reviews have painted this film as sentimental and bubbly, Florence Foster Jenkins still seems like a film worth watching, if only for the pure lunacy of its premise. Based on a true story, Meryl Streep plays Jenkins, a wannabe opera singer, and her husband (Hugh Grant) has to persuade everyone to enjoy her performances, because in reality she is terrible. Maybe this film is the ultimate tribute to the mediocrity we all praise nowadays.

Believe it or not, there are four Sharknado movies. Four! The 4th Awakens (check out that Star Wars pun, super clever!) stars David Hasselhoff, as you can see from the poster. And it looks like Tara Reid is back too. I don't know who that other guy is. Five sharks on that cover too. That's quite a lot! Do I have to talk about this film? Please don't make me talk about this film.

I know this film is meant to be shit, but god damn, that's a pretty cool poster. The sequel to the 1980 film, 1984's Exterminator 2 sees the streets of NYC yet again cleansed by the vigilante protagonist (Robert Ginty). Whereas the first film was produced by Interstar Pictures, and made a pretty healthy $35 million profit on a budget of $2 million, the sequel had the pleasure of being produced by cinema's notorious Cannon Group (who made the hilariously shit Superman 4). No such big profits on this sequel though, making an abysmal $3.7 million on a $3 million dollar budget. I'd recommend reading the films Wikipedia page for all the gossip, but Exterminator 2 maybe the worst worst movie you'll watch in a long time.

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