Monday, 20 August 2018

DVD Roundup: "Of course the wolf can fly" edition

With the craze for big dumb action movies seemingly in full swing, Rampage seems a perfect fit for the zeitgeist. Starring Dwayne Johnson, who is increasingly playing the same character over and over again (well, he does produce these movies too), we see muscles, mass destruction, and big massive animals mutated through dubious means. Not terrible by any means, perhaps on the right side of this big budget absurdity. Listen to our full review in the player below.

You remember the trailer, right? All that standard teen horror stuff and then those massive stupid Joker-style smiles. Maybe the most disappointing thing about Truth or Dare is that it is so blase, not trying to push the boundaries in anyway, and I've heard the ending is pretty maddening, leaving little impetus to see the film.

Now Beast sounds like an interesting film. The first feature length film from Michael Pearce, Beast tells the story of a young woman who gains the confidence to leave her restrictive life from a mysterious outsider, but when the outsider is accused of a string of murders, she goes all out to protect him. With Jeannette Catsoulis of The NYTimes describing it as a "feverish fairy tale riven with dark horrors and forbidden desires", I'm all in for this film.

Re-release of the week goes to John Palmer's 1972 Ciao! Manhatten. Starring infamous Andy Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick, who died a year before the films release, she basically plays herself and looks into her darkly glamorous life, partying and doing drugs, all the stuff that lead to her depression and eventual accidental overdose. The film has received a cult fan base, displaying a fascinating slice of life in 60s New York City and Warhol's factory, as well as an uncomfortable parallel to Sedgwick's real life troubles.

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