Monday, 23 January 2017

DVD Roundup: squeaky voice edition

I don't understand how the remake of The Magnificent Seven has still got a 7/10 on IMDb, as of the moment that I write this. It's mediocre at best. It has some dodgy performances, and some of the most interesting characters are sidelined. I haven't even seen the original but I can tell this was an unnecessary remake. Listen to our full review in the player below.

With a plot that sounds eerily similar to The Last of Us, The Girl with All the Gifts comes at the tale end of the latest zombie renaissance, but may still be worth a watch to those that are still interested in the living dead genre. Seen as The Last of Us and The Girl with All the Gifts is based on the same horrific fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, could this actually be a revival of the zombie genre? Instead of the mindless hoards of Dawn of the Dead and World War Z, we'll have an existential anthropocene malaise, where Mother Nature herself will turn us into mindless spore carriers, instead of mad scientists and voodoo witch doctors transforming us.

Captain Fantastic sees Viggo Mortensen play a survivalist father to a brood of kids whom he and his wife home school. When the wife dies, he is forced to take his kids into the wider world. This film is scoring highly on all the websites that keep scores, but a lone review from The Guardian's resident contrarian Peter Bradshaw, describing it as "fatuous and tiresome". I just hope its not a positive movie that accidentally makes you angry like Hector and the Search for Happiness.

Whether you loved of loathed the original 1999 version of The Blair Witch Project, you cannot deny the influence that that film had. From the effective internet campaign to the found footage style of story telling, the directors
Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez came up with a game changing winner. It begs the answer then, why did they think that 2016 would be a good time for a sequel? We, as an audience, know too much now. You cannot repeat the same steps of the original without cynically seeming like a cash grab. The only reason to see Blair Witch, in my opinion, is to see what Adam Wingard, the director, did with it, as he directed one of Richee's and I's favourite films in recent times; The Guest.

This Persian language horror seems right up my ally. Set in 1980s Tehran, Under the Shadow sees a bomb hits the protagonists apartment block, and it is suggested by a neighbour that the the bomb is inhabited by a jinn, which then proceeds to terrorise the mother and her daughter. I love a good psychological/supernatural horror (see The Babadook, The Witch, Pan's Labyrinth), and with this being on Netflix, there is no excuse not to watch it.

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