Monday, 15 October 2018

DVD Roundup: Another day, another zombie film edition

To paraphrase Richee; another day, another bad remake of a George A. Romero film. Today sees the DVD release of Day of the Dead: Bloodline, which has been on Netflix for a while, and as you can guess, this is not one of the better remakes or spin-offs. Following loosely from the 1985 original, this one does play to its strengths by having good special effects, but the plot is as vacuous as you'd expect it to be. Read Richee's full review here.

I really loved Oscar Wilde as a teenager (I still love him now); from his ink hiding prison cape to Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations of his work to that fucking sass (or wit, whatever you want to call it), he is an illuminating figure from the staid Victorian era he lived in and, like Socrates, he was punished for being too much, no matter how much he was admired. A Rupert Everett passion project, which he directs and stars in, The Happy Prince sees Wilde reflect on his exploits during the last days of his life and all the moments that lead him to exile.

Hmmmm... Do you remember this film coming out. To be honest, The Hurricane Heist lingered in the corner of my memory, a reminder of the trend for bombastic, nonsensical , no-brained action movies that seem to becoming more and more mainstream nowadays. It's exactly what it sounds like, and if that sounds like fun to you, fill your fucking boots.

Tokyo Godfathers, directed by the late Satoshi Kon (of the amazing Perfect Blue), is getting a re-release and I think I may have to go out and buy it. First released in 2003, the film focuses on three homeless people living in Tokyo who come together to reunite an abandoned baby with its family. Exploring the idea of the pseudo-family, the family you make for yourself that isn't made of blood relatives, expect Kon's usual excellence in great storytelling and wonderful images.

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