The remakes have run amuck this, and now its the turn of the Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven (itself a remake of the 1954 Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai). Antoine Fuqua's version includes a much more diverse cast seeking revenge on behalf of a bereaved widower (Haley Bennett), after her small town is threatened by a gold mine owner (Peter Sarsgaard). Also starring the likes of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Byung-Hun Lee and Ethan Hawke, we see how this version of The Magnificent Seven plays up against other contemporary Westerns, plus we discuss the strengths and weakness of the cast and its storytelling.
How can you go through life having not seen the classic 1997 action movie Con Air? Layla has her Virgin Viewings of the Nicolas Cage classic, directed by Simon West and also starring John Malkovich and John Cusack, in this weeks podcast. We discuss the films machismo, the difference between action films made in the 1990s and those made nowadays, as well as its distinct soundtrack and charismatic villains. Plus, what's Con Air's moral compass at? Listen on to find out more, and let us know what your memories of Con Air are in the comments.
Set in ancient Japan, Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings tells the melancholic tale of a young shamisen player, capable of magical powers, who has to defeat his wicked grandfather for the murder of his mum and dad, and is helped along by a monkey and a giant beetle samurai. With the voice talents of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey, Kubo sustains Laika's reputation as masters of stop motion animation, but how well does their latest compare to other animated classics, and how many "feels" can this film give us? Listen on to find out.
This week we present an Animation Double Bill, featuring Seth Rogan's passion project Sausage Party and Disney's latest success Zootropolis (or Zootopia in the US). Sausage Party, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, is a rude and brash meditation on religion and atheism, where food must realise that the gods they praise to inhumanly murder them for their own strength. Cue lots of sex and drug jokes! Second up is Zootropolis, directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush, and offers us a much more subtle examination of a society run by anthropomorphic animals which suffers from prejudice and a drugs epidemic. And this is a Disney film? Listen on for our reviews of these tonally different but deep thinking cartoons.