Tuesday, 26 December 2017

DVD Roundup: IN-CAR-CE-RE-TED edition

Out this week is Steven Soderburgh's "hillbilly heist" movie with an impressive cast, including Adam Driver, Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig. Based around the NASCAR racing circuit, the heist is smart, but the movie never stretches out of its conventions, but instead derides its entertainment from its well acted cast and humour. Listen to our full review in the player below.

Based on Peter Ackroyd's 1994 novel, this adaptation places most of its bets on the its lavish Victoriana, and directly compares itself to the real life legend of Jack the Ripper. With Bill Nighy playing a detective charged with discovering the killer behind some gruesome murders, who writes clues in the victims blood, is unfortunately let down by its storytelling and a plot that has been told a thousand times before.

In the wake of Scorsese's stellar The Wolf of Wall Street, there has been a slew of movies trying to capture that comedic retelling of a monstrous figure. War Dogs failed to capture the right tone, and the trailer of American Made seemed to reiterate War Dogs failings. With Tom Cruise leading the film, American Made seems to set aside the real life horror for a vapid retelling of Barry Seal's story. Just don't think about it too hard.

Part of me struggles to see Vince Vaughn as a violent criminal, but apparently Brawl in cell Block 99 has been garnering some critical acclaim. While I would approach this movie with some trepidation, as director S. Craig Zahler's previous film Bone Tomahawk was not a favourite of ours, the buzz around this movie praises its pacing and its faithful homage to grindhouse cinema.

Another low-brow, ultra-rowdy comedy here, this time with Scarlett Johannson at the helm in a kind-of gender swapped version of Very Bad Things. I don't think there's any part of me that would want to spare the energy, let alone the time, to watch Rough Night, but I suppose if you like these comedies that try to redeem themselves at the end with a half-arsed moral, then this may be for you.

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