Monday, 16 January 2017

DVD Roundup: Beetlebum edition

Laika is an animation studio that deserves to be as prestigious as Pixar and Studio Ghibli. With Coraline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls being all underrated classics, Kubo and the Two Strings deserved to be a big hit, but just about scrapped back its budget in the box office. It's a horrible shame, especially when you consider that the likes of Home, a mediocre and generic hyperactive offering, managed to triple its $135 million budget, where Kubo made just £10 million on top of its $60 million budget. Listen to our review in the player below, and find out why the beautiful world of Laika needs your support.

We were not excited to see Don't Breathe, considering it was directed by Fede Alvarez, who made the thoroughly lacklustre, anti-climatic remake of Evil Dead. Luckily, Leigh reviewed it, and revealed that actually this may be a horror worth your time. With an unsuspecting twist and almost Hitchcockian suspense, this is a film I might put the effort in to watch. Read Leigh's review here.

From the guy behind the excellent What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi gives us the slightly surreal tale of Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Starring Sam Neill as the cantankerous foster father to the young Julian Dennison, they get lost the woods and and set off a huge man hunt. While this has come out to own today, its also on Netflix at the moment, so if you have the service there is no excuse not to watch it.

Was there any film out there that needed to be made less than Ben-Hur? It came out with so little fanfare that it didn't even make back its £100 million budget. It just looks so boring and desperate to edge in on the hyper-action crowd more familiar with Fast and Furious than classic Hollywood. Sad.

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