Monday, 25 June 2018

DVD Roundup: "He's a wild creature. We can't ask him to be anything else." edition


A spiritual sequel to the Universal classic Creature from the Black Lagoon, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water sees Amphibian Man be saved from brutal experimentation by mute cleaner Eliza, played wonderfully by Sally Hawkins, and the two fall in love while trying to defend themselves from the evil shady government. Playing out like an adult themed fairy tale, The Shape of Water slips easily along side the likes of his previous, more magical works like Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak, and is a delight for anyone unafraid of a bit of fantastical, inter-species romance. Listen to our full review in the player below.



Nothing like the harsh world of competitive figure skating, right? Based on the true story of Tonya Harding, Margot Robbie stars as the distressed looking Olympian in a film that rings faintly of the likeable-arsehole-that-turns-nasty-arsehole trope, so perfectly depicted, and not very well imitated, by Leonardo DiCaprio in Sorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Still, I, Tonya has received a tonne of good reviews, and one that seems to happily give Robbie the acting meat she needs to chew on.




With a bit of over-done plot - a harsh enforcer has to save a girl and deal with corruption - but You Were Never Really Here stars Joaquin Phoenix in a Cannes Film Festival award winning film. Directed by Lynne Ramsay, of the tense and dark We Need to Talk About Kevin, this drama follows on in the vain of harsh, contemplative storytelling, and looks well worthy of a watch.






Returning to the rural life for the first time in 15 years, Dark River's Ruth Wilson fights for the ownership of the family farm from her brother after the death of her father. Brooding and atmospheric, Dark River strikes me as a film to let yourself slip into, and the dark skies of the countryside portray a particular type of melancholy that doesn't rear it's head too often. Also, stars a great cast, including Game of Thrones alumni Sean Bean and Joe Dempsie.

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