Netflix's latest series 13 Reasons Why is making headlines due to its graphic depiction of suicide, but in a world where self harm is one of the biggest killers of young people, is this not a good thing to discuss? Starring Dylan Minnette as Clay, an unassuming teenager, he is left a box of cassettes on his doorstep containing the thirteen reasons why his friend Hannah, played by Katherine Langford, committed suicide. This drama can be dark and brutal at times, and while it isn't perfect, it does raise a lot of questions that deserve discussion.
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Dom Toretto is back, and this time he's gone rogue! F. Gary Gray directs Fast & Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious in the US) with the usual bombastic explosions and family dynamic, but the future of their group hangs in the balance of Charlize Theron's Cipher, a nefarious hacker with blasé reasons. Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Statham, FF8 is over the top, crazy, and with just enough heart to counteract its absurdism, but has it gone too crazy this time? Listen to our podcast review for our opinions.
If you think the zombie genre is dead, then maybe you should watch South Korean horror Train to Busan. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, Gong Yoo stars as a work obsessed father who's trying to take his daughter to her mother when an outbreak of the walking dead takes over the country. Serving as an allegory of class struggles, Train to Busan is a masterful tale of suspense mixed with engaging character arcs and great set pieces. Also starring Ma Dong-Seok, Kim Ui-Seong and Yung Yu-mi.
This week we have a special double bill episode. First up is Ghost in the Shell, directed by Rupert Sanders, has suffered its fair share of criticism, but how does it really stand against the 1995 anime classic its based on. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano and Michael Pitt, we look into how the philosophy of transhumanism has changed between the different versions, and what could possibly make the remake more worthy. Next we have Ben Wheatley's latest Free Fire, starring an ensemble cast which includes Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Sharlto Copley, and takes place all in one warehouse where they all get shot. We discuss the aesthetics of violence and if this film is justified in its minimal plot.