Monday, 5 February 2018

DVD roundup: Within cells interlinked edition

I still have mixed feeling about Blade Runner 2049. While I cannot help but be in love with the visuals and the soundtrack, the nearly three hour run time and very slow pacing made this film not exactly enjoyable, and I feel bad for saying that, because this is obviously a good film. Just don't say I didn't warn you about the running time before you settle down to watch it. Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

Taking part in DC's Elsewhere universe, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight sees The Dark Knight take on one of the trickiest foes in recent history, Jack the Ripper. With the usual smooth animation and quality voice acting, Gotham by Gaslight delivers for those that enjoy Batman, but maybe lacks for those that wish to see a cryptic portrayal for the Ripper. Listen to our full review in the player below.

Who are the market audience for films like this? These rom-coms? All happy-ever-after, I suppose? Well, I clearly have no intention of watching Home Again, staring Reese Witherspoon as a recently separated mother who moves to LA and falls for a young filmmaker. Part of me fears that I may one day turn into a woman that indulges in these films as a kind of sad escapism... *shudder*

With largely unfavourable reviews upon release, Flatliners really did strike me immediately as being just on of those dull, going through the motions kind of films, with PG-13 horror that plays more on sound cues and misdirection then any actual horror. With a shocking 5% on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment, this is a film for the truly curious only.

Directed by comic writer and artist Dash Shaw, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea features Shaw's characteristic simplistic drawings and psychedelic colouring in a coming-of-age story of two students. I've enjoyed some of Shaw's books, so I'm looking forward to watching this one.

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