Grim Pickings for Cinema, Streaming & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of one of the most anticipated cinematic events of 2017…the latest Jarmusch film and then there’s the latest entry in a tiny franchise you’ve probably never heard of.
Thursday December 15th
You know it’s a good year when you get two Jim Jarmusch films in the one year, in fact it’s the first time we’ve ever had two Jarmusch feature-films in the one year! Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey — they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
From Disney & Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and initial reviews are praising! In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Friday December 16th
THE OA (Netflix)
Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for a secret mission.
ZIP NADA ZILCH
For the first time in a very long time, there is absolutely nothing being released to home entertainment locally this week.