Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a genre-bending gargantuan and the home entertainment arrival of a film based on a video game helmed by the director of SNOWTOWN!
Thursday April 13th
What if your bad mood turned behemoth? Wonder no more as visionary filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES, OPEN WINDOWS) has made a film about it! Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
Who would’ve thought a minor summer actioner from 2001 would go on to spawn seven sequels and become one of the highest-grossing franchises of all-time, not us but it has with the last film taking in over $1 billion worldwide at the box-office. Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
RAW (Advance Screenings)
This Good Friday April 14th, you can catch Preview Screenings of RAW in Melbourne at the Sun Theatre, Hobart at State Cinema & Auckland at Academy Cinemas, what better way to go without meat for a day than watching “the French cannibal sex movie to end all French cannibal sex movies” (Slate Magazine). Making its World Premiere at Cannes Critics Week where it won the coveted FIPRESCI Prize, RAW left audiences aghast with some of the most shocking and powerful on-screen imagery since Gaspar Noe’s IRREVERSIBLE. The atmosphere in the cinema that day was one of the most electric the Monster team had ever witnessed – from the start we could sense a nervous anticipation in the room, and then, from the very first scene, it kicks you in the head with a power that is raw and fierce. RAW is one of the finest directorial debuts in the genre space in a long time, it tells the story of a teenage girl who joins her sister at a prestigious veterinary college, and is forced to partake in a hazing ritual that sees her defying her vegan upbringing by consuming raw rabbit liver. From here she develops an insatiable desire for flesh – of all types, and what we witness is a coming-of-age like no other, an awakening that is carnal and primal and that takes its central character, and its viewing audience, on a journey that is simultaneously harrowing and beautiful. Filmmaker Julia Ducournau has made a something very special here, a gorgeous cinematic exploration of family and cannibalism, a film that’ll seep its way deep into your psyche and resonate long after the closing credits – make no mistake, this is one of the films of the year.
Wednesday April 12th
Morten Tyldum, the Oscar nominated director of 2014’s THE IMITATION GAME tries his hand at Sci-Fi with mixed results. Billed as a Sci-Fi Thriller, it plays more as a Drama with Sci-Fi backdrop than anything else. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers are onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.
Aussie director Justin Kurzel (SNOWTOWN, MACBETH) helms this adaptation of the long-running and successful video game franchise, ASSASSIN’S CREED. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
CHRISTINE (DVD Only)
If you don’t already know the story of news anchor Christine Chubbuck…don’t read any further, just watch this well-travelled on the festival circuit film! Christine (Rebecca Hall), feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn.
Are you bored? The chairman of the bored? Well look no further than legendary filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s in-depth documentary on the legendary punk act, The Stooges. Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch’s new film GIMME DANGER chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time. GIMME DANGER presents the context of the Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relates their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.