Monday, 30 July 2018

DVD Roundup: Mount Fuji ain't that close to Tokyo edition

While Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim may not of been the most thrilling of sci-fi action films, it at least had imagination and spectacular looking fight scenes (especially that neon-lit night time one). Pacific Rim: Uprising, however, chooses to dispense with all imagination and instead give us the laziest, blandest, most boring Transformers rip-off it can muster. Some may enjoy the mecha fights for the cgi-fest and ridiculous destruction, but this film has nothing on its predecessor, as well as another other action-fantasy flicks out there. Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

Based on the popular book by Madeleine L’Engle, directed by Ava DuVernay, and with a great cast, Disney's A Wrinkle in Time did surprisingly bad at the cinema. While the story sounded like an interesting magical story with some deep ideas, Du Vernay as choice of director left me a little puzzled, as she is more well known for her hard hitting documentaries and more "realistic" films (as opposed to high fantasy, anyway). Still, this is a film I'm interested in watching.

Written, directed and starring the excellent British actor Paddy Considine, Journeyman looks at the story of a boxer who suffers head trauma, and how that ultimately effects his home life. Also starring the new Doctor Who timelord Jodie Whittaker, expect a lot of violence and heartbreak in what looks to be an emotional movie.

I once had a colleague who was obsessed with Jeffrey Dahmer, describing him as her favourite serial killer. Well, I'd imagine she'd enjoy My Friend Dahmer, which takes a look at the high school life of the notorious killer, trying the balance the fine line between empathetic and morbid curiosity.

Layla's pick of the week goes to Lu Over the Wall, written and directed by Devilman Crybaby's Masaaki Yuasa. Telling a Little Mermaid and Ponyo-esque story of a mermaid yokai who befriends music loving introvert Kai, this animation looks fun, bright and deliriously cute, and you know damn well that I'm going to be buying this on blu-ray.

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