Monday, 15 May 2017

DVD roundup: background music edition

It would be super easy to dismiss Damien Chazelle's La La Land. It's "ripping-off" of 50's Hollywood musical's, Ryan Gosling's and Emma Stone's mediocre dancing and singing skills, and of course, the absolute cock-up that was the mistaken Best Picture award faux-pas at this years Academy Awards. It may be these things, but it is ultimately much more. Chazelle manages to create a wonderfully told homage to the much maligned musical. You fall for these characters, and the ending brings an unexpected twist to the usual happy ending (although, that has managed to piss off a bunch of people too). It even made Richard cry, and he was sure he was going to hate it. Listen to our podcast review in the player below.

Is there a video game movie out there that is actually good? Assassin's Creed is a massively popular game, and Michael Fassbender is a great actor, but together they've made a lacklustre stab-fest. Lambasted for being boring and generally dull, it's probably a fan for those who like to dissect the differences between games and movies.

Manchester By The Sea has won plenty of awards and accolades for its story of grief and loss, and Casey Affleck has achieved acclaim for his central performance as a man who has to confront his past when he becomes the sole guardian of his dead brothers son. It's a movie I want to see, but the premise seems so depressing, I feel like I'm going to have to go in with a strong state of mind to avoid being overwhelmed.

Season two of Netflix's Daredevil is out now on DVD for those of you that don't have the streaming service. Bringing Elecktra and the Punisher into the mix, plus the return of Vincent D'onofrio as Fisk, one of Marvel's TV/cinema universe's better villains. Catch up on Richee's review of season two here.

Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most stellar sequels in a world of mediocre sequels, and revamped interest in the series, whose last film came out twenty years previous. The films cinematography and use of colour was a major draw, providing bold uses of colour to the normally drab apocalyptic genre, but rumour had it that a black and white version of the film existed somewhere, and that it was much better. Now, two years later, we finally get the Black & Chrome edition. While the explosions may have been diminished, the psychological aspects are played up, which is especially exciting for a film whose effects can blind its story.

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