Disenchantment Episodes 1 and 2 – The DVDfever Review – Netflix

Disenchantment is the latest creation from The Simpsons and Futurama head honcho Matt Groening.

Set in Medieval times, in a fantasy kingdom called Dreamland, it centres around Tiabeanie – aka Bean (Abbi Jacobson), a hard-drinking Princess, who we first meet when she’s cheating at poker in the local pub. That’s the sort of thing she enjoys, but life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and, for her, her father, King Zøg (John DiMaggio), tells her she has to get married, but doesn’t want to…

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died at the age of 76.

I first came across her as Mrs Murphy in John Landis’ incredible 1980 comedy, The Blues Brothers, where she belted out the classic track, Think, as if the Earth’s cycle of night and day depended on it.

Widows – Trailer 2 – Viola Davis

Widows adapts the 1983 Lynda La Plante TV series, but updates it by putting it in Chicago and adding in big explosions.

And now, a second trailer has been released.

Widows has been brought forward in the UK from November 9th to November 6th.

Check out the trailer below:

What Men Want – Trailer 1 – Taraji P Henson

What Men Want
What Men Want looks like the laziest possible ‘reworking’ of Mel Gibson’s so-so What Women Want, because all it does it swap genders.

At least it credits the original writer, Nancy Myers, but who was crying out for a remake? No-one, and especially in a film with an all-black cast, where black women talk in the way they only do in films… by shouting, and no doubt one will use the words, “Go on, girl!”, especially since it comes from those responsible for the dire Girls Trip.

Green Book – Trailer 1 – Mahershala Ali

Green Book
Green Book looks like a colour-swap version of Driving Miss Daisy, as working-class Italian-American bouncer Jules Podell (Viggo Mortensen) becomes the driver for African-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse‘s Mahershala Ali) on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Next Gen – Trailer 1 – Jason Sudeikis – Netflix

Next Gen
Next Gen is a forthcoming animated action/adventure movie about the bittersweet power of memories, and tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious girl and a runaway combat robot, as they unite to stop a madman’s plan for technological world domination.

Bagdad Café on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Bagdad Café
Bagdad Café is a slice-of-life drama that’s very weird. Early on, Jasmin Münchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht, below) seemingly splits from her husband after an argument, and with nothing better to do, she beds down at motel that’s part of the nearby, titular cafe until she can figure out her next move.

While there, she encounters owner Brenda (Avatar and E.R.‘s CCH Pounder, above) who hates her… but then again, Brenda hates everyone, whether they’re an employee, a guest, or just one of the drifters that frequent her establishment, such as aged hippie Rudi Cox (Jack Palance).

The Happytime Murders – Red Band Trailer 2 – The Muppets

The Happytime Murders
The Happytime Murders is still coming, whether you want it or not, and today, a new Red Band Trailer has been released.

The Happytime Murders is released in the UK on August 27th so, a bank holiday Monday. Melissa McCarthy’s Ghostbusters movie came out on a Monday. Look how well that turned out…

Check out the new trailer below:

Slaughterhouse Rulez – Trailer 1 – Simon Pegg

Slaughterhouse Rulez
Slaughterhouse Rulez takes place at an illustrious British boarding school, which becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site, unleashing unspeakable horror.

It looks okay, but while I find Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are great together in anything when they team up with Edgar Wright (eg. Spaced, Shaun of the Dead), the Pegg/Frost combo rarely works, eg. Paul.

Lizzie – Trailer 1 – Kristen Stewart

Lizzie is a forthcoming psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family, and headlines with Kristen Stewart as Bridget Sullivan, while Chloë Sevigny plays Lizzie Borden.

This film hasn’t had a rapturous welcome so far, as it only has a score of 6.2/10 on IMDB, but it looks pretty good to me, and both the two female leads are always worth a watch.


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