Wednesday 31 October 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

Just because it's Halloween week don't go expecting a whole new array of horror films to enjoy, as bar one or two exceptions, we're in for a tame October 31st. It's not a bad week for fans of mumblecore, American indies and Emily Blunt though, so good news for me.

I suppose it's only right to start with a horror of sorts, Noel Clarke's sci-fi alien invasion film, Storage 24. You see, it's like Area 51, but less than half the size. I've never really understood the appeal of Noel Clarke but you can't knock the way he's made his presence ubiquitous in any British film that could be described as "urban". Storage 24 sees him trapped inside a storage facility with what appears to be a big alien beast, but luckily there's a pretty girl to keep him company too.

One of those random films that you'll gain cool points for having heard of, this sweet and likable indie does come across a little bit like a big screen version of Flight of the Conchords. Starring and directed by Ryan O'Nan and featuring Garden State's Michael Weston as his bandmate, this tale of lo-fi musicianhood should find a wider audience on DVD. There'll be a full review up in the near future.

Ahhh, Emily Blunt. Lovely, gorgeous English Rose Emily Blunt. Of all the wedding themed comedies this year, this is the one with her in it, automatically making it better than most but potentially not quite as funny as Bridesmaids. The Five Year Engagement sees her and Jason Segel play a couple who find out that life keeps getting in the way of them finally tying the knot. Don't be a fool Segel! You've got to lock that shit down. When they finally decide to take the plunge, hilarity ensues. If you have to buy one Emily Blunt film for your niece this week, make it this one.

And if you have to buy an Emily Blunt film for your spinster friends, make it this one (that's obviously a joke by the way). Starring mumblecore poster boy Mark Duplass along with Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt, the confusingly titled Your Sister's Sister sees two sisters fall into a love triangle with Duplass's schlubby indie boy. The trailer for this one has me completely sold, and whatever is left of mumblecore usually delivers some good emotional drama, so this is one I'll be checking out now it's available on DVD and Blu-ray.

And let's end like we so often do, with a film about Nazis who have also become zombies. It's never zombies who have become Nazis, is it? I wish I could tell you more about what this film is about, but an extensive internet search has only given me the trailers for Dead Snow and Outpost and all the other Nazi zombie favourites, but given that they're all basically the same film told with different levels of filmmaking ability, why don't we just watch this ridiculous, lawsuit baiting fan trailer instead?

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