A few solid flicks.
It wasn’t all sturm and drang on the celluloid/ telly front this year.
Here’s a a few of my reviews from ADMMXVI:
“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.”
“… 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.”
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?).”
“… 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.”
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…”
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.”