Monday, 25 September 2017

DVD Roundup: "And not a single fuck was given" edition

Currently in England it is grey and sodden with drizzle, so if you still want to hang onto the dreams of summer you could do worse than the remake of Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. If you want a good movie though you are hell out of luck, as this version is as peurile as you imagine it is, littered with dumb jokes and and a boring plot, plus all the ogling it can get away with. Listen to our full review in the player below.

I remember watching the trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and doing an all too familiar groan of "oohh, no...". Directed by Guy Ritchie, we see ancient English legends transformed by contemporary swagger, resulting in something that seems purely hyped up for those that care nothing for the old stories. Still, I haven't seen it, so I can't judge fully, but the fact they feel the need to force David Beckham into the movie can't be a good sign.

Hayao Miyazaki's movies will always be intensely dear to me, but since his retirement (not his first, and seemingly not his last) from Studio Ghibli, the studio has given president to different styles of animation (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) and move further into co-production, the case of German produced The Red Turtle. The Ghibli name lends a heavy hand to this film, providing exposure to what might normally be a marginally recognised film. With barely any dialogue, it tells the story of a man ship-wrecked on an island and who befriends a turtle, it may be a subtle film, but one that fits in with the furious but caring aspect of nature that many Ghibli films exhibit.

Let Me Make You a Martyr has a bit of a sour reputation with Richee, as he put some money in for the Kickstarter of this film, and he still hasn't received the film yet. Anyway... Let Me Make You a Martyr stars Marilyn Manson as a hit man hired to kill the crime boss father of adopted siblings who fall in love. Perhaps more for those that are curious about Manson's acting abilities, Richee will give you his review of the film, if he ever receives it.

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