Monday, 24 September 2018

DVD Rounup: Organic Overlord edition

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a difficult film to love. I'm not saying it's a bad film, it is certainly enjoyable, and there is some fun performances, as well as great action sequences. It's just... it's just that it doesn't really add anything, and if anything it takes away from the initial interpretation of the character from the original trilogy, as it then makes you question, retroactively, some of Han Solo's decisions. But still, an enjoyable enough film, and once to watch especially for Donald Glover as Lando and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37. Listen to our full review in the player below.

Executive produced by Angelina Jolie, and animated by the wonderful animation studio Cartoon Saloon, who did the beautiful Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner tells the story of an Afghan girl who transforms herself into a boy so that she can provide for her family. Based on the book by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner has been receiving a tonne of praise for its storytelling, and was nominated for an Oscar at the last show, losing out Pixar's Coco.

Based on a true story, A Prayer Before Dawn looks into the life of Billy Moore, a British national who moves to Thailand in search of the good life but who finds himself in jail. Trying to win his freedom, he ends up taking part in muay thai tornaments. Praised as a great piece of cinematic storytelling, it has also been noted for being extremely brutal, so just a bit of warning before you start watching.

Beirut, or The Negotiator as it is also known as, sees Josh Hamm as US diplomat in 1980s Beirut try and save a colleague from a murderous group who he has a past with. Lacking the action that sometimes peppers films like this, in order the wake the audience up, Beirut relies on a smart script and its actors to propel this political thriller. Maybe worth a watch just to see Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

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