Monday, 12 November 2018

DVD Roundup: Racoon fight edition

Pixar deliver a sequel to one of their classics fourteen years after the release of the original. Incredibles 2 returns with more of the distinctive family dynamics of the first film, more heroes, and a nefarious, timely villain in the Screenslaver. Funny, endearing and exciting, Incredibles 2 may not reach the heights of Pixar's top classics (like Wall-E and Toy Story), but it still is a joy to watch, utilising the wonder of animation to its fullest extent. Listen to our full review in the player below.

I was somewhat dubious about this Christmas film, looking very schmaltzy and saccharine. However, Dan Stevens does star in it, so we may watch it still. The Man Who Invented Christmas sees Stevens play as Charles Dickens, struggling to come up with a hit after a run of bad luck. Reaching down inside of himself he pulls out A Christmas Carol, one of the darkest yuletide stories out there. While I don't expect this film to be dark in anyway, it may hopefully be uplifting instead.

Leave No Trace looks into the life of a father and his 13 year old daughter who live in bliss among the wilderness of a Portland nature reserve, until somebody rats them out. Interestingly, and to quote Wikipedia, "after Paddington 2, it is the second-most reviewed film to hold an approval rating of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes." High praise indeed.

Z-Movie of the week goes to Mother Krampus. Somewhat confusingly, it's based on the Germanic myth of Frau Perchta, which is only marginally related to Krampus, and of which sounds more interesting then this film.

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