We lose an hour but gain the light this weekend. I guess it’s a trade worth making as clocks move forward in the early hours of Sunday. But who really cares about that when this week’s new releases take petty revenge to extravagant levels and bring everyone’s favourite Peruvian bear into homes around the country.
What better way to ring in lighter evenings than six Argentinian tales of revenge? Oscar nominated Wild Tales offers up a delightfully dark anthology as everyday life takes some pretty bizarre turns. There’s road rage, towing truck rage and wedding rage for starters. A whole lot of rage really. Zipping through the stories, director/writer Damián Szifrón keeps the pace energetic and tone light enough to deal with the bleak subject matter. His film is great fun, though if it’s meant to hold a mirror up to modern day Argentina, living there probably isn’t.
If that’s not unsettling enough, the latest from prolific British director Michael Winterbottom might be enough to push you over the edge. His new psychological thriller, The Face of an Angel, based heavily on Amanda Knox, follows a journalist and documentary maker as they chase down a story on a murder and the suspected guilty party. Reviews have been mixed, but with Daniel Brühl included in a cast that also boasts Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne, there has to be at least a little class about it.
A change of pace for the final new release recommendation. By this stage you might be worn out by all the torment and suffering. If so, settle in for Get Hard, a comedy teaming Will Ferrell with Kevin Hart. Sentenced to prison for financial misdemeanours, Ferrell hires Hart to teach him the ways of incarceration so he can stay safe on the inside. Admittedly, it’s trailing a series of negative reviews so far, but with comic talent like these two, there must be a few laughs to share around.
If you’re looking for something both good and unambiguously uplifting, DVD is the place to turn. Paddington is out now after a hugely successful cinema run that brought Michael Bond’s famous creation to a whole new generation. Directed and co-written by Paul King who channels some of the childish madness he honed on shows like The Mighty Boosh, it’s entertaining, charming and very funny. Definitely a purchase worth making.
That’s all for now. I’ll see you next week where Vin Diesel will open the Easter holidays.