Monday, 3 April 2017

DVD Roundup: Tamatoa edition

While we aren't the biggest fans of Disney, especially their live action output, their animated films can occasionally come out with a gem. While not as intense as Zootropolis, Moana is an amiable tale of discovery set amongst Polynesian islands. Noticeable for starring Dwayne Johnson, our favourite voice talent however came in Jermaine Clement, who sung the intensely catchy "Shiny" theme of gigantic decapod Tamatoa. Check out our review in the player below.

Allied seems to have everything going for it; directed by Robert Zemekis, starring Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt, and World War Two dramas, especially romances, are still quite popular. However, Allied has garnered nothing but "meh" reviews, lamenting the lack chemistry between the two leads, as well as the suspenseful plot. Zemekis's direction has been called out favourably though.

Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's mass surveillance was one of the biggest news stories to come out in recent times. We've had the documentary Citizenfour, but now we have Oliver Stone's version, which seeks to dramatise the events for a bigger audience. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, the film may draw criticism from some for being too sympathetic towards its protagonist, but others have commended it as a welcome return to form for Stone.

The Assignment (also called [Re]Assignment and Tomboy) was contested to be one of the worst films of 2016. Its about a hit man who becomes a hit woman, played by Michelle Rodriguez, after a doctor performs gender reassignment surgery without their permission. And the doctor is played by Sigourney Weaver. Its even directed by Walter Hill of The Warriors. I'll leave you with the words of The Guardian reviewer Benjamin Lee, "Tone-deaf in every possible way and made with such haphazard indolence that it feels as if it might have been made for an ambitious dare, [re]Assignment is a sewage-stained gift for bad movie fans."

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