Monday, 20 November 2017

DVD Roundup: Summon an Army of Spiders edition

Isn't it nice when movie studios can work together. And honestly, its about time that the MCU included arguably their most famous hero. The third cinematic incarnation of Spider-Man in 15 years, Homecoming cuts out the origin story that we're all thoroughly familiar with and jumps straight to Peter Parker's existential crisis. Funny, and with a hint of John Hughes, we also get to see some of the after effects of all the explosions from previous films, as bad guy the Vulture is direct result of Tony Starks disaster capitalism, a delicious piece of continuity that I enjoy. Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

The unexpected hit of the summer, The Big Sick tells the - roughly - true story of how Kumail Nanjiani, who plays himself, met his real life wife, and how they stayed together after she fell into a coma. While I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies, The Big Sick breaks through the cliché's and delivers one of the best jokes of the year. Listen to our podcast review in the player below (a double bill podcast with Dunkirk).

I've a bit of a love/hate relationship with Sofia Coppola. She creates great looking worlds that are at once whimsical and dark, with a kind of glamour aware its in crisis. However, they always strike as slightly, well, vacant. Happy to linger on details, but uninterested in character development. The Beguiled has a great cast and an interesting premise (wounded soldier recovers in an all-female school and starts messing around with them), but considering its source materials pulpy origins, don't expect much psychological investigations.

When something is criticised for being too violent, I think "maybe this is something I want to watch". I've only seen the first episode so far, but I'm definitely interested. Kit Harington with a sword? Yes. Attractive sets? Yes. Brutally realistic torture? Huh, so that's where the phrase "hung, drawn and quartered" came from. Plus, of course, its about the motherfucking gunpowder plot of 1605, maybe one of my favourite historical events from these British Isles. Yeah, I'm looking forward to the next two episodes of Gunpowder.

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