Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of Jarmusch’s THE STOOGES documentary and the home entertainment release of Australia’s most ambitious creature feature in years!
Monday December 26th
GIMME DANGER (Limited Release)
Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s second theatrical release in the space of a week is an in-depth documentary on 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.
Speaking of seconds, Robert Zemeckis returns with his second true story in-a-row, following last year’s THE WALK. ALLIED is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
DOCTOR WHO: THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MYSTERIO (Event Screenings)
BBC’s annual DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special heads to the big screen for a series of one-off event screenings across the country on Boxing Day. DOCTOR WHO: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, sees the Doctor teaming up with a comic-book superhero in New York. The cinema event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffatt. Fans throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the event in select cinemas through Sharmill Films (see list of confirmed screens below). Tickets will be on sale nationally from Wednesday 23 November. This family favourite from Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat will see the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, join up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player) and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.
It’s no secret that Cult of Monster’s Ben & Jarret are fans of almost any old MOR comedy that a studio shits out throughout the year so it’s no surprise that this one is on their viewing itinerary this holiday season, the only question is why is this being released in cinemas, it has DTV written all over it. Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
Wednesday December 21st
Australia’s most ambitious creature feature since Greg McLean’s 2007 film ROGUE arrives on DVD & Blu-ray this week courtesy of Pinnacle Films. Two estranged brothers and their friends are pulled into a world of mystery and lies when their grandfathers property is passed into their hands. As both brothers are pulled apart by different choices, one thing is clear – something sinister is going on. As people go missing the brothers learn secrets that will change their life forever, but what is out there? A myth? a hoax? or could it really be…real? Don’t forget we’re running a competition to WIN 1 of 10 RED BILLABONG Blu-ray and you can find those details right here!
After a blink and you’ll miss it theatrical run, director Brad Furman returns with the biopic crime drama, THE INFILTRATOR. Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar’s top lieutenant Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.