Monday, 6 March 2017

DVD Roundup: "Dormammu, I've come to bargain!" edition

The Marvel Cinematic Universe went into deep space with Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy, but they finally went full on mystical with Doctor Strange. With everyone's favourite posh British actor Benedict Cumberbatch playing an American doctor, the film goes full psychedelic in parts as it explores Strange's new found magical abilities and delves into the new direction the movies are travelling towards. Listen to our full review in the player below.

Ewan McGregor's directorial debut American Pastoral is based on the book by Philip Roth, but has drawn a lot of criticism for being a "flat" movie compare to the richness of the novel. The story focuses on how a seemingly perfect marriage falls apart when their daughter becomes a violent activist in amongst the tumultuous 1960s. Judging by the mediocre to bad reviews of the film, I think I'll search the book out instead.

Endless Poetry tells the story of legendary director Alejandro Jodorosky's youth in his stylistic, surreal style. Starring his own son Adan as himself, Jodorowsky explores the blooming art scene in 1940s Chile, and wonders about the big questions in life. If your interested in some of Jodorowsky's previous work, check out Layla's review of El Topo here.

Re-releases of the week go to King Kong and Hell Comes to Frogtown. With the new Kong movie coming out on Friday, it would make sense to go back and watch the original 1933 if you haven't already. And if you haven't, why not? Its a damn good film. Next is the 1988 Rowdy Roddy Piper cult classic, which sees Piper play a man named Hell, prisoner to some female elite after nuclear war causes mass infertility. Sent to rescue some fertile woman from a harem, whose leader looks like a frog, but he can't escape as he has a bomb attached to his junk. Sounds crazy, right?

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