Based on the graphic novel from 1989, and directed by Sam Liu, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight sees the Dark Knight fight off against the mysterious killer Jack the Ripper as part of DC's Elseworld series. With a bunch of familiar characters playing unfamiliar parts, Gotham by Gaslight mixes Victoriana references into a semi-steampunk world and puts Bruce Wayne's detective skills to the test, but how can he seriously expect to succeed against the notoriously anonymous Ripper? And how many heavy handed references can you force into 78 minutes. Starring Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter and Anthony Head.
Disney and Pixar have come out with another stellar, and emotional, family film in Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Focusing on young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), he has to travel through the land of the dead on Dia de Muertos to find his great-great-grandfather and gain his families blessing to take up music, which has been banned within his family for generations. With gorgeous visuals and wonderful songs, and with some added catharsis, Coco does all the things you expect from a Pixar film, but is that enough. Also starring Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Alanna Ubach.
Martin McDonagh returns with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a film that weaves themes of rape, racism and police brutality into a surprising funny flick, if darkly so. Starring Frances McDormand as a mother who loss her daughter under horrendous circumstances seven months previous, she decides the best way to get the police's and public's attention back on the case is by installing three billboards accusing the police of not caring about the case. This, of course, gets the community riled up. With a brilliant script and excellent characterisation, Three Billboards is a enjoyable movie about dark themes that doesn't attempt to emotionally manipulate.
We are easing ourselves in 2018 by chilling out and watching some Netflix (plus, we're both ill). The Vault, directed by Dan Bush, sees a city bank robbed by feuding sisters Francesca Eastwood and Taryn Manning. However, the bank has less then expected money. Cue James Franco, the banks assistant manager, who tells them the real money is in the vault in the basement, but the only problem is that the basement is haunted! A interesting premise, but how many horror cliche's should you include in your movie?
Apologies for the minor amount of coughing in this podcast. As I stated, we're both ill.
We've had our 10 Worst Films of 2017 podcast out, and now its time to looks at our favourites. This list is made up of films that we have reviewed on the podcast through 2017, and I'm happy to say that this list is made up of movies that I know we'll be raving about for years to come. Let us know what your favourite film of 2017 is in the comments below.
It's that time of year again where we want to take a reflective look back at the year past, and today we take a look back at the ten worst films of 2017. This list is made up of films that we've reviewed on the podcast through the year, so excludes obvious duds like The Emoji Movie, Transformers: The Last Night and King Arthur, as we just couldn't justify giving money to films we knew we were going to hate, so consider this an alternative list.