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Christopher Webster [DVD News 07.17.14] scifi horror action thriller

If you watch one film this week, watch Snowpiercer on VOD. If you watch two films, make sure the second is Johnothan Glazer's Under The Skin, a hypnotic, Kubrickian scifi ball buster that sees Scarlett Johansson at her most man-eaterish. Expect stillness and beauty and horror all at once. Expect something profound. This is cinema, people!

Okay, onwards!

Criterion releases what is sure to become the definitive edition of David Cronenberg's Scanners including a new 2k transfer approved by the director and some all new special features. The set also includes Cronenberg’s first feature film, Stereo (1969), which has been available before (on some Blue Underground release, I think), but is a nice perk for fans. Anyway, this seems like a no brainer. If you haven't seen Scanners, so check it out. It will blow your mind (see what I did there?).

Read read my thoughts on The Last Days for a complete picture of what the film is like. In a nutshell, it's a beautifully shot film with a unique notion at it's centre, but the story feels a bit lacking. I wished the world could have opened up more, but the film is a decent PA thriller with good momentum. I like the Pastor brothers a lot and hope to see more from them as directors soon (they have some projects as writers on the horizon).

I have a soft spot for Orphan Black for two reasons. One, because it's good, but also because it was created by a Canadian who went through hell and back to get it off the ground. Also, Tatiana Maslany who plays a number of different characters (fuck it, they're clones) is a Canadian actress who is stunning the world with her abilities. I mean, finally, we've got someone besides Colm Feore out there! Anyway, if you're looking for a heady thriller that moves at a break neck speed then Orphan Black is for you.

Open Grave looks very intriguing. Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and has to determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescues him, or if he is the killer. From the director of Apollo 18. I'm so totally in.

Honourable Mentions:
Hell on Wheels: Season 3
Deadly Eyes

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Lenny (7 years ago) Reply

Barnes and Noble has that Scanners Criterion for half off right now.
Also Open Grave is one of my fave movies this year. Must buy!


Marina (7 years ago) Reply

Good call Lenny. The B&N 50% off Criterion sale is in full swing. I didn't order Scanners but did get a few others.

Still haven't seen Open Grave. Must fix that.

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