Monday, 13 November 2017

DVD Roundup: "He's a looney. Just like his tunes" edition

A cynical part of me fears that people might turn away from Baby Driver when they see the face of the recently disgraced actor Kevin Spacey on its cover. We cannot hide away from what he's done, but we cannot deny Edgar Wright and everyone else that worked on this film the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Baby Driver is a wonderfully told story that utilises it diegetic soundtrack amazingly, and Ansel Elgort gives a charismatic performance as the titular character. It is to date Wright's highest grossing film, and well earned too. Listen to our full review in the player below, and read Leigh's article on the film here.

I've never really got on with the Pixar Cars universe, as it always raises too many questions. How do these cars physically work? How do they survive? Do they build things? Or is this a Planet of the Apes kind of situation, and we're just waiting for Charlton Heston to crash land and loudly lament "You blew it up! God damn you! God damn you all to hell!" I digress. Cars 3 seems to try and correct its course from the much maligned Cars 2 and all its spy cars, as we see Lightning McQueen deal with the possibility of becoming obsolete in a vastly changing world, and utilising the help of a younger car to stay relevant. What happens when cars die? Are they crushed into cubes? Recycled? Soylent Green is sentient cars!

There was one movie I really didn't want to watch last holiday season and that was Office Christmas Party. The trailer just screamed "Look at me I'm cr-cr-cr-crazy!! And there's loads of people getting drunk and reckless to EDM, so yer know you're gonna have a good time!" *vomit sounds* I don't know... am I a humbug? Bored of the same old movies that believe things have to get out of control to be fun? That ridiculous stunts are a good replacement for a story? Yeah I know, I'm just a Grinch.

Now if you fancy something completely different, how about the re-release of Otakar Vávra's 1970 film Witchhammer. Based on the 17th century Czech witch trials as allegory for Communism in Czechoslovakia, it was later banned in its own country. Described as Vávra's "magnum opus", Witchhammer was touted in the US as erotic and shocking, but relies more on its paranoia and growing sense of doom prevalent throughout the film.

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