Monday, 21 November 2016

DVD Roundup: "Players gonna play" edition

I know the summer seems so far away now, but do you remember that the most terrible thing in the world at the time was that Ghostbusters was being made with a female cast? And then the movie came out and it was just, you know, alright. Whether you gave a monkeys or not about the casts vagina's, what we got given was a genuinely funny film, with some great set pieces, but just mired by Hollywood's vain attempt for that franchise money. We were being played, everyone, we were being played! Either way, whether you're a ghosthead or just looking for a fun flick, then the oestrogen-laced Ghostbusters might just be for you. Listen to our podcast review in the player below.

One film I am struggling to understand why it is so highly rated is Star Trek Beyond. People have said it is like the TV show and, if that is the case, then great. I never could really get into it. However, for me, Beyond just seemed a bit boring and naff. Some of the plot points were cliched, and the bad guy was a let down. The best bit in my books was when the Enterprise was brutally destroyed. Maybe I just wasn't the type of person to appreciate this film. Listen to our full review in the player below.

One film I remember watching a lot when I was a child was the 1989 animated version of The BFG, with David Jason voicing the giant. In fact, I've seen it so often, I had no real desire to see Steven Spielberg's big screen version. Maybe because it looked so similar to the cartoon. Seems like a lot of other people didn't want to see it either, as its been classed as a box office disappointment, just about scraping back the money it cost to make. Still, I would recommend it to people with kids, as it is a timeless tale, although, obviously, read Roald Dahl's book too.

If you like to delve deep into the history of cinema, then you really can't go wrong with any of the BFI's releases. Their newest boxset looks into the nearly forgotten world of what was known as "race films" from the 20s, 30s and 40s, many of which were written, directed, starred, produced and distributed by African-American filmmakers. While African-American films are only now starting to become mainstream, this collection looks like a good way to educate ourselves on how these creators envisioned themselves at the time, and hopefully find a few good movies too.

 I first heard about Intruder on an upload of Jonathan Ross' excellent Incredibly Strange Film Show, where he did an episode on Sam Raimi, and showed the setting of this 1989 film. However, you only learn later that Sam and Ted Raimi, as well as Bruce Campbell, are positively bit parts in this Scott Spiegel directed slasher. Despite this blatant name dropping, Intruder has a lot going for being, being highly rated at the time, and still stands out with some of its gore, most noticeably a head cut in half then put back together again.

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