Monday, 24 October 2016

DVD Roundup: 90s fan boy edition

Surprisingly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is not an awful. Definitely nowhere near as bad as the first TMNT movie, and the main reason for that is the scaled back appearance of Megan Fox as April O'Neil, and more focus on the turtles themselves. Its actually quite funny, and includes fan favourites from the 90s Bebop and Rocksteady, as well as the bad guy Krang. Lets be clear though, this isn't a perfect film, and its dumb, but its quite enjoyable, especially if you have younger family members to entertain. Check out our podcast review in the player below.

Holey moley, lets talk about Gods of Egypt! This makes TMNT look goddamn cerebral. Re-imagining the Ancient Egyptians as metallic fighting machines, Gods of Egypt is just too much of everything; too much CGI, and just too stupid. Unfortunately, this film looks like its destined to be remembered as one of those dumb films you watch with your friends to laugh over. Listen to our podcast review in the player below.

Starring love-hate comedienne Melissa McCarthy, The Boss starts off sounding kind of serious, where McCarthy is sent to federal prison for insider trading, but then finds its absurd premise when she decides to make her money back by investing in Brownies (y'know, like Girl Guides). Maybe this films success depends on how much you enjoy McCarthy's comedy, and the consensus seems to be that she's much funnier than the film deserves.

I have been waiting for this film for years, anticipating it immensely since I found out that the film rights to Tom McCarthy's debut novel had been sold. Remainder builds itself around deja vu, where the protagonist, who gains a huge amount of money after an accident, becomes obsessed with recreating half remembered memories, resulting in increasingly more violent reconstructions. The debut film of Omar Fast, a video artist, Remainder's almost alienating tone may not be for everyone, but I'm still looking forward to it.

OK, this film is going to cause some emotions. A drama/documentary follows theologian John Hull, whose developing blindness coincides with the birth of his son. He decides to leave an audio diary for his son, and the resulting tapes are what Notes on Blindness follow, as we discover the interior world of a man recovering from one of the hugest shocks to his system. Currently with a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a film guaranteed to make you stop and think.

Re-release of the week goes to the 40th anniversary edition of the David Bowie classic The Man Who Fell to Earth. The film sees the late Starman play an alien who needs to find a way to take water back to his home planet, but is intercepted by the US government. The reissue includes a bunch of interviews, and also art cards and posters, so you recreate a 1970s teenage bedroom yourself. You can read Leigh's blog on the film here.

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