2 items from 2017
It’s exactly what you need this week.
This is fast becoming a disturbing and sad week for news, politics, and life in general. There’s no one right way to combat the insanity, although lighting your computer on fire and tossing it out a window comes close. Before you do resort to that, I offer up this absolutely delightful trailer for My Life as a Zucchini. May it sooth you as it soothed me.
If you haven’t heard of My Life as a Zucchini yet, this would be the part where I would make some sort of joke about how it isn’t about becoming a vegetable (haha!), but we’re all film fans here. It would be hard to miss this film as it’s been making incredible headlines since its debut at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes last spring.
- Siân Melton
Gas-guzzling monsters are the heroes in an over-inflated action yarn that is full of inconsistencies
You can imagine the pitch meeting that spewed out this idea: what if monster trucks were actually powered by monsters? The result is a screenplay that takes every off-road narrative short-cut available and ploughs its massive, over-inflated tyres over the clear influences that came before: Et, Gremlins and The Iron Giant, to name but a few.
A power company is drilling for oil in the hills above the small town where Tripp (Lucas Till) dreams of escape. The over-empathic score rumbles ominously when a company exec (Rob Lowe) sneers on to the screen, so it’s no surprise that he orders the drills to keep working at the expense of what might be an undisturbed ecosystem under the rocks. Three giant oil-drinking tentacled creatures escape, one of them taking up residence in Tripp’s half-built truck. »
- Wendy Ide
2 items from 2017
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