Monday, 3 October 2016

DVD Roundup: Confident Idiot edition

Uuuurrgghhh... Arrrggghhhh!... Do we have to talk about these films? Although we haven't seen this sequel to Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, Burton's version left me so disappointed that I have no desire at all to see this. Judging by the poster, Alice isn't even the main character in her own film, as we have to suffer another grinding performance from Johnny Depp's more irritating interpretations as the Mad Hatter. Also, seen as they wasted the Jabberwocky in the first film, Through the Looking Glass has its main protagonist in Sasha Baron Cohen, playing the "confident idiot", a literal personification of Time. Apologies people, I know I'm very negative about this film. I'm sure there's people out there that enjoyed it. Somewhere.

Well, When Marnie Was There is sure to bring up some stifled tears from a few people out there, being the last film released by Studio Ghibli before they went on a hiatus, following the retirement of Ghibli founder and animating genius Hayao Miyazaki. Based on the story by Joan G. Robinson, we see tomboy Anna befriend a girl called Marnie in an abandoned villa, but it seems like only Anna is able to see her. Of course, in usual Ghibli fashion, expect Marnie to be more morose and thoughtful than your average animated film.

Netflix and Marvel have had a pretty good run with their series at the moment, bringing some of the lesser known characters to a wider audience. We had Jessica Jones and now Luke Cage, but it all started with Daredevil. Similar in tone to the films, the series is both dark and comedic when it needs to be, but what it does better than the films (in my opinion) is give us a bad guy we can really get to know. Vincent D'Onofrio plays Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin and quickly became one of the most human and interesting characters in the entire show. The episode where you find out why he has that distinctive painting is just great. Check out Richee's review of the first season here.

Surely that poster says it all, right? Another edition to the pile of films I don't want to see. I'll leave it in the hands of The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, who described it thus: "It’s as feelgood and life-affirming as a fire in an asbestos factory neighbouring a children’s hospital".
Don't get me wrong, I love a good piece of speculative fiction. Hey, even some of my favourite books/films are speculative fiction. However, looking at the premise of Equals, starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart, I can't help but be left a gasp at its utterly bland plot. So this society has ridden the world of violence, but only by eliminating emotions in people. As it so happens, though, two good looking people fall in love and have to decide if they try to escape or risk dying by their captures. Sounds a lot like Brave New World and The Giver and THX 1138. Actually, Equals sounds a hell of a lot like THX 1138...

Re-release of the week goes to the 1986 movie Vamp. A comedy horror, we see a couple of fraternity kids trying to organise a party, and everything is going wrong, least not the strippers, who all seem a bit thirsty for blood. Honestly, who better to play an eccentric stripper vampire than Grace Jones. Although it hasn't gathered the highest of ratings, with only a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, Vamp seems there to purely fulfil your aesthetic needs.

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