Monday, 23 July 2018

DVD Roundup: rambling rabbit edition

No. I'm sorry, but I'm not on board this Peter Rabbit adaptation. I loved Peter Rabbit as a child, and the voice I heard coming out of his furry scamp mouth was not James Cordon. He's a child, a kit, he shouldn't have the voice of an obnoxious adult. Plus, it's Sony Animation, and they are not exactly known for their stellar out put. I'll watch it if I have to.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Claire Foy, Unsane sees a woman who tries to seek help against a stalker, but unwittingly ends up in institutionalised and under scrutiny from the doctors. Shot in secret using an iPhone 7 Plus, Unsane sounds like an interesting psychological thriller, but also sounds like a masterclass in guerilla film-making.

Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwitel Ejiofor, Biblical drama Mary Magdalene is exactly what you think it's going to be, except trying to make Magdalene a but more sympathetic. Lauded for being a bit slow, this film may be worth a watch though because it is the last soundtrack made by the excellent Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Grimy British realism meets with vampires in Habit, about a down and out guy who meets a girl, gets a job in her families, massage parlor, and then discovers that the masseurs eat the flesh of the patrons. Gory and sexual, the realism is the thing that, for better or worse, will set this film apart.

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