March 2015 Movie Reviews

Film Reviews

Super Sentai Zyuranger: The Complete Series
Shout Factory Street: 02.17
The Power Rangers has been a money-making show since their debut in 1993, but what’s often overlooked by fans who don’t check the Internet is that they originated in Japan as part of a bigger show, which Shout Factory has happily brought to DVD in America. To be clear (because the series’ entire history is extremely convoluted to the point where Wikipedia isn’t sure), this is Kyryū Sentai Zyuranger, which ran from 1992-93, which is the 15th incarnation of the series in Japan. The bonus to this series is that you’re getting two years’ worth of Power Rangers footage, melted down into a single consistent season that actually makes sense of why things are happening, or at least enough sense for a show about dinosaur-themed fighters battling against a space witch. I’m sure you read this all time about Japanese-imported shows, but in this case, it’s true: The original has better, more compelling stories than the American counterpart. It’s not difficult to discern, considering our version was marketed to sell 10 times as many toys as their version, but considering the source material, that’s a major feat. The downside to the show: There are a lot of cultural references and jokes that you’re just not going to understand. The end credits alone are something I could write a dissertation paper on. If you’re an adult fan and you want to see the show’s origins, you should definitely snag this. –Gavin Sheehan

What We Do In The Shadows
M Tuckman Media
Directors: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
In Theaters: 03.13
It’s an absolute travesty that it has taken more than a year since its pre- miere at the Sundance Film Festival for Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s uproarious mockumentary to reach general audiences. It even took a Kickstarter campaign fund that barely squeaked by to get the wheels moving. The film follows a documentary crew as they track and record the modern-day actions of Vladislav (Clement), Viago (Waititi) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), a company of vampires living together and doing their best to make ends meet. Not only do the directors deliver a script chock-full of witty lines of dialogue matched with hilarious visual elements, but the duo also masters the horror genre with grotesque imagery and tone. There is a small portion of the film toward the hour mark that falls flat and the jokes become fewer and farther between, which can be the death stroke for any comedy, but the finale sets everything back on its feet, leaving audiences smiling with a thirst for more blood. Fans of vampire lore will find comfort with yet another title to add for their favorite monster’s screen depiction, and fans of werewolves will find their character repre- sented hysterically by Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) as he leads his pack for their monthly transformation and steals every scene while doing so. –Jimmy Martin