Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with a major studio capitalising on a modern urban legend in cinemas while home entertainment delivers arguably the best sequel to a film since EVIL DEAD 2.
Thursday August 23rd
Unfortunately the damning words toward SLENDER MAN by international critics have been met with similar disdain by local audiences who caught advance screenings of the film over the weekend. Described as dull, scare-less and ultimately disposable, our hopes aren’t particularly high but in our efforts to support horror on the big screen, we’ll be out this weekend to see it and decide for ourselves. In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS
Brian Henson, son and protege of Jim Henson, helms this comedy mystery that pairs Melissa McCarthy with a literal puppet for what looks to be most promising slice of muppetry since Peter Jackson’s classic, MEET THE FEEBLES. A filthy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.
WEST OF SUNSHINE (Limited Release)
Writer/director Jason Raftopoulos’s debut feature is a beautifully stylised slice of a desperate life in Melbourne’s westside where desire and responsibility come head to head in a day that a father and son will never forget. Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim (Hill) has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son for the day. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his addictions or a second chance at life.
Wednesday August 22nd
David Leitch, one half of the directing duo responsible for killing the dog in JOHN WICK, helms this sequel to the runaway 2016 hit and what a follow-up it is. DEADPOOL 2 ups the ante on just about everything, the ironic and meta-driven humour, the outrageous and relentless action, the ridiculous and highly-stylised set pieces but what it also adds is a degree of emotion rarely seen in superhero features. After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavour – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. Both Blu-ray and Deluxe 4K Ultra-HD releases include the Theatrical Cut and the Super Duper Cut (with an additional 15 minutes of footage) along with an audio commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel and more featurettes than you can physically store in your prison wallet.
Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.