Monday, 29 October 2018

DVD Roundup: "stylish junk" edition

The first Sicario was an interesting film. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, soundtrack by the late great Jóhann Jóhannsson, and starring the awesome Emily Blunt, while the story may of been a bit typical it at least was executed with style. The sequel, Day of the Soldado, looses all three of those elements, and so left very little reason for me to want to see it, plus mix that in with reviews that called it "stylish junk" and containing "xenophobic absurdity", it doesn't seem awfully encouraging.

Like any good horror franchise, The Purge movies managed to tap into a zeitgeist and get away with putting out mediocre outputs because of it. The First Purge takes us back to how it all started, and sees how everyone (well, the rich) got the hunger for all out crime and murder, for one night of the year at least.

Heard some interesting things about Mandy. First off, it stars Nicholas Cage, so you know it's going to be a bit mental. Secondly, the blurb describes "a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire", which sounds just bombastic and self-assured enough to be worth a watch. With a limited cinema release, Mandy clearly hopes to find its audience on the home market.

Now Edie sounds like a nice film, which isn't always a bad thing. Starring Sheila Hancock, Edie sees a recently widowed woman seek the freedom she could never have before her daughter tries and packs her off to a care home. Focusing on the beauty of the Scottish highlands. With medium scores, Edie may be a drab movie, but one that inspires encouragement.

sicario 2
the first purge

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