A few solid flicks.

Image © 2016 Garth Jones

It wasn’t all sturm and drang on the celluloid/ telly front this year.

Here’s a a few of my reviews from ADMMXVI:

SAUSAGE PARTY

“What we have here, then, is a rambunctious animated road movie that lampoons religious dogma while also making a passionate case for tolerance and accepting others’ beliefs.

Yep. Sausage Party is puerile, it’s crass, it’s crude, and, perhaps most shockingly of all, it’s a thoughtful, humanist (you know what I mean) fable told with randy, sweary animated grocery items.”

https://medium.com/@eldepositodelplatino/sausage-party-6f8ebbc008a4#.auinnsq9a

GHOSTBUSTERS

“… apparently the 1984 original is so sacred a text to these pituitary pedants that these, if you’ll excuse me, “men’s right’s” advocating baby-men feel justified in orchestrating a full scale, gut-wrenchingly regressive GamerGate style hate campaign in defiance of this perceived affront to some weird, backwards cultural ideal.”

https://medium.com/@eldepositodelplatino/ghostbusters-2016-9015e8665e2f#.jl0qp07ln

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

“Tarantino, ever the magpie, nods as much to your Argentos or Fulcis (or even Raimis — trust me on this one) as he does Ford, Leone or, indeed, Carpenter (it’s de rigueur by now to namecheck The Thing homage, isn’t it?).”

https://medium.com/@eldepositodelplatino/the-hateful-eight-f8a992f1e8f8#.9fl297tr7

DEADPOOL

“… this celluloid translation has been mid-wifed to the big screen by an army of talent including the scribes of Zombieland, effects and games guy turned director Tim Miller, self-flagellating lead (and producer) Ryan Reynolds, and a phalanx of House of Ideas writers and artists whose work informs the fourth wall nudging, hyper-violent meta hijinks of our snarky anti-hero.”

https://medium.com/@eldepositodelplatino/deadpool-80248c43ebd1#.901n9y78c

DAREDEVIL (SEASON 2)

“And lo, Marvel’s crimson Catholic head-kicker returns to your streaming device* for a highly anticipated second season of angsty, claret-soaked pulp vigilantism.

Setting up shop squarely in The Dark Knight’s thematic bailiwick, season two is an exercise in escalation…”

https://medium.com/@eldepositodelplatino/yeah-i-absolutely-binged-daredevil-season-2-a924e31b6f2e#.vbmd3vmpr

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

“… it all sets my zero tolerance ‘contrived Wes Anderson tosh’ palate right on bloody, bile-flecked edge, it does.It would be an understatement to say I came to writer/ director Taika Waititi’s (he of 2014’s barmy vampire mockumentary, What We Do In The Shadows) fourth feature* with a reservation or two.”

https://medium.com/@eldepositodelplatino/hunt-for-the-wilderpeople-dc7062c703a3#.4f25cnhpk

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