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DVD Review: Only YesterdayFan The Fire Recommends

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By Sam Bathe on 18 Aug 2016

Re-released in theatres in celebration of its 25th anniversary, Studio Ghibli’s classic, Only Yesterday, is a beautiful film about reflection of the past, and embracing the people we become. Show the rest of this post…

Unfulfilled by life in the city, Taeko (Ridley) heads home to the country for a much-needed vacation. Looking back on childhood memories, stepping back into her old way of life, and reconnecting with her old self, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams she made so long ago. With stunning hand-drawn animation that hasn’t aged a day since the film’s original 1991 release, Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel’s first ever English dub has been mastered perfectly to the original visuals. Switching between the present and the past, we follow Taeko on a journey of rediscovery; this is a slower, human Ghibli film, rather than their f antastical features like Spirited Away or Totoro. With Studio Ghibli in an indefinite haitus, we must cherish their beloved films, and this is one of the very best.

4/5

DVD Review: Hot Pursuit

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By Martin Roberts on 24 Nov 2015

You can see why Hot Porsuit might have seemed like a good idea on paper. A buddy comedy about a dedicated but inept police officer (Reese Witherspoon) escorting a preening Latina witness (Sofia Vergara) across the US to testify against a drug lord. Show the rest of this post…

There are brief instances in the film where you can see how good it might’ve been. But Anne Fletcher’s film is anodyne from start to finish, painfully lacking in laughs. It puts together two actors who have charisma together (the outtakes at the end, and on the DVD features, are much funnier than anything that made the final cut) but does nothing with them. Thankfully, it  doesn’t stick around long enough – barely one and a half hours – to get really gruelling, but you won’t laugh much, and you’re unlikely to remember it.

1/5


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