Grim Pickings

Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…

13 June 2017

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a comedy that apes the time-honoured classic WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S and home entertainment taps a feel-good HIT of the winter!

In Cinemas

Thursday June 15th
After a short theatrical run back in October of last year, BOYS IN THE TREES has been in a limbo of sorts without a local home entertainment release scheduled so its great to see that it’ll play Hobart’s DARK MOFO this week. It’s Halloween 1997 – the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake. What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and magical as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears of the world around them. As they walk through their memories and ghosts of the past, Corey is surprised to discover how much he still has in common with his abandoned friend. But on the night of the grave’s delight, even the most buried truths will find a way of coming to life.
Thursday June 15th 9PM Tickets

Marketed as an ‘edgy’ new comedy, ROUGH NIGHT looks like an amalgamation of VERY BAD THINGS, THE HANGOVER, BRIDESMAIDS and WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S. Given how big a fans we are of the later, we’re sold, we need to see this! Five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

HOTEL COOLGARDIE (Limited Release)
Described as observational documentary filmmaking, HOTEL COOLGARDIE is as captivating as it is at times cringeworthy. Fresh off the plane and in need of money, two Finnish backpackers find themselves the latest batch of “fresh meat” sent to work as barmaids at the only pub in a remote Australian mining town. Confronted with a culture of alienation and impunity – in limbo between being desired and disdained, their working holiday rapidly deteriorates into a bizarre test of endurance, as they discover that to meet expectations they’ll need to do more than just pour drinks. Set deep in Australia’s harsh interior, HOTEL COOLGARDIE is a sometimes amusing, sometimes appalling, surprisingly moving portrait of small town insularity, fragile masculinity and the plight of the outsider forced to adapt or face the consequences.

Friday June 16th
Fresh from premiering at Sydney Film Festival over the weekend, SPOOKERS plays DARK MOFO. As the sun sets, a community of seemingly ordinary folk become zombies, freaks and chainsaw-wielding clowns in this documentary about the Southern Hemisphere’s largest scream park, located in New Zealand.
Friday June 16th 3:30PM Tickets

Sunday June 18th
Jai Love’s incredible and intimate portrait of the genuinely tortured and now recluse Edwin Borsheim, frontman of nineties shock-metal act Kettle Cadaver is a must-see and this DARK MOFO screening includes a Q&A with Jai moderated by PERMAFOG’s David Lohan. Thirty-eight year old Edwin Borsheim of the band Kettle Cadaver, was once known for his bizarre stage antics and brutal self-mutilation. Now, years after the bands demise, Borsheim has fallen in to complete seclusion on his acre of land in which he is surrounded by many of the horrible things he has created. As Edwin spirals further in to a hole of drug abuse and self destruction, those closest to Borsheim dissect his mental complexes as he himself reflects on his dark past. Although Borsheim finds himself trapped in his own home, he just may be saved by human interaction.
Sunday June 18th 6PM Tickets

Home Entertainment

Wednesday June 7th
The long overdue follow-up to the 1996 cult classic sees director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge and all of the original cast return for a sequel that dwells a little heavily on the nostalgia of the first to become its own film. First there was an opportunity…then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
Winner of Best Female Performance by Mackenzie Davis at last year’s MONSTER FEST, the psychological thriller ALWAYS SHINES finds its way to DVD locally this week. Best friends Anna (Mackenzie Davis) and Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald) embark on a weekend getaway, hoping to re-establish a bond broken by years of competition and jealousy. Once alone, however, tensions mount, causing them to lose grasp not just of the true nature of their relationship, but also of their own identities.
Remember in 2012 when Jackie Chan announced that he was retiring? Well he didn’t. This action-comedy caper harks back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films. Set in in China in 1941, a railroad worker (Chan) leads his ragtag group of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor. They soon find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits.