Mother! on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Mother

Right from the off, you know that Mother! is not going to be your usual, run-of-the-mill movie, for reasons you’ll see instantly, and which I won’t describe here.

Don’t panic early on, as it looks like the two leads – mother-to-be Jennifer Lawrence and writer Javier Bardem – are auditioning for Grand Designs, on account of fixing up the house to be their paradise.

UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e January 25th 2018

UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e January 25th 2018In the UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e January 25th 2018, Eminem and Ed Sheeran climb from No.2 to No.1 with River. Yes, just picture that. Eminem and Ed Sheeran. A little part of me has died inside.

As such, Ed Sheeran drops from No.1 to No.3 with Perfect, and on the one hand you could say it won’t change your opinion of him… or on the other, you could say it’s bloody awful.

Released this week is a new track from Kylie Minogue, with Dancing, it’s pretty good, and it’s the first track from her forthcoming album, Golden, released on April 6th:

Daphne on DVD – The DVDfever Review

Daphne

Daphne is a classic example of one of those films which really grabbed me from the trailer, below, but turned out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts.

Portrayed by Emily Beecham, the titular lead drinks, does drugs, she’s stupidly dismissive of everyone, and as the film follows her as she goes about her life – drifting between hating her job in a restaurant, hating her narcotics-fuelled social life and hating her life in general as she lives in a tiny flat where she can’t cook for herself.

Wind River on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Wind River

Wind River is centred around the Wind River Indian Reservation, in Wyoming, where Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is called to hunt a lion – which killed a horse – in teaching its young how to hunt, but as his invesrigation begins, he chances upon the body of a young woman, and no-one can figure out how she ended up there, barefoot, when the nearest house is three-and-a-half miles away, and the nearest factory is five miles away, but is closed for the winter.

Thus stirs the pot for a thriller which is also a case that’s a struggle for Cory to deal with, given how Natalie was 18, and recently, his 16-year-old daughter died in similar circumstances.

The Post – The DVDfever Cinema Review – Pentagon Papers Pish

The Post
The Post centres around US newspaper The Washington Post, and revealing deep government secrets about the Vietnam War, courtesy of military analyst Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) who’s travelled to the country in question, in 1966, to experience the war on the ground, and who – five years later – seizes this opportunity, even though it could result in a serious amount of jail time.

The New York Times has stolen a march on everyone by publishing some of the documents, but Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) now has a full set of what became known as the Pentagon Papers, and wants to put out the whole lot. The legality of the situation looks like it could only go south for The Post’s owner, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), who has just assumed running of her late husband’s paper and wants to take the company public. What could go wrong?!

Movie Charts UK and US week ending January 14th 2018

Movie Charts UK and US week ending January 14th 2018This week’s Movie Charts UK and US week ending January 14th 2018 are as follows:

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – Teaser 1

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot continues the wonderful tradition that streaming services Amazon and Netflix have managed which is making some of the most offbeat and original films around.

This one comes from Amazon and centres around John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who became paralysed after a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. Throw in a cast that includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black, all looking like they’re playing against type, and this looks fantastic.

It’s also written and directed by Gus Van Sant, based on a story by him, Callaghan, Jack Gibson and William Andrew Eatman, all based on Callahan’s novel, and also stars Beth Ditto, Olivia Hamilton, Udo Kier and Kim Gordon.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is released in the US on May 11th, and since it’s an Amazon movie, I expect the date will be the same for the UK and everywhere else.

Check out the new trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size iamge:

Beast of Burden – Trailer 1 – Daniel Radcliffe

Beast of Burden Beast of Burden stars Daniel Radcliffe as Sean Haggerty, a man who only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo… an hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong… an hour to make sure his wife survives. Plus, he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna.

I’m sure there’s more to it than this trailer suggests, but if I was solely basing my opinion on this, I wouldn’t be 100% sold on it. However, Mr Radcliffe has made some phenomenal post-Harry Potter films, such as Horns, Swiss Army Man and Imperium.

Director: Jesper Ganslandt
Screenplay: Adam Hoelzel
Also stars: Grace Gummer, Pablo Schreiber, Renée Willett, John Gettier, Alec Heroux

Beast of Burden doesn’t yet have a specific date for release, as there’s no UK date at all, while the US have it down as “February 2018”.

Check out the new trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size iamge:

Tomb Raider 2018 – Trailer 2 – Alicia Vikander

Tomb Raider 2018
Tomb Raider 2018 reboots the movie franchise with Ex Machina‘s Alicia Vikander (above) as Lara Croft, and while the first trailer quickly tangled you up in a tomb called the The Mother of Death, a sea known as The Devil Sea, I begin to quickly get the idea of how plot-by-numbers it feels.

A second trailer has now been released today, but while it shows a lot more derring-do, as AV swings about like Lara, going from one stunt to the next, I hope it holds up as a movie experience, but based on what I’ve seen – and especially comparing them to Angelina Jolie’s movies, this new film looks quite mediocre and nothing we’ve not seen before.

Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) is an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. For Lara, now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, she navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class.

Maze on DVD – The DVDfever Review

Maze

Maze is the prison, in Northern Ireland, where, in 1983, Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) ends up after ten of his friends have died from hunger strike, including Bobby Sands.

Marley’s plan is to break out, and given his previous actions, he’s given one chance at being a cleaner, after volunteering for work duty. We can tell that he clearly wants to observe other parts of the prison so he can figure out how to escape, which will partially involve trying to befriend warden Gordon (Barry Ward), although it doesn’t help when that man’s family is threatened, and it’s nothing to do with Marley.

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