Grim Pickings for Cinema this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week include key dates to dismember with Christmas coming early to the big screen in the shape of a surly drunk and the opening night film of MONSTER FEST that sent one audience member at TIFF to an emergency room!
Thursday November 24th
RAW (MONSTER FEST Opening Night Film)
Having made its World Premiere in 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. A teenage girl 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, an awakening that is carnal and primal that takes its central character and its viewing audience on a journey that is simultaneously harrowing and beautiful.
BAD SANTA 2
At Cult of Monster our excitement for BAD SANTA 2 is only equalled by our apprehension, you’d have to agree the recent track record for long overdue comedy sequels hasn’t been great. ZOOLANDER 2, anyone? How about ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, anyone keen to give that one another crack? For better or worse it’s here and like the riverboat gamblers we are we’ll be taking a punt on it…well straight after MONSTER FEST wraps that is. Fuelled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Kathy Bates, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behaviour. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane (Christina Hendricks) the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.
There’s been a void in Butcher Ben’s heart since McDonald’s Monopoly wrapped for the year but like a new addition to the Loose Change Menu, THE FOUNDER arrives in Australian cinemas almost two months ahead of the rest of the world and there’s some solace to be sort in that. A drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food at their San Bernardino hamburger stand and the crowds of patrons it attracted, Kroc immediately saw franchise potential and manoeuvred himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire,thus McDonald’s was born.
YOUR NAME (Limited Release)
Heralded as this decade’s SPIRITED AWAY, anime fans and cinephiles alike are chomping at the bit to see YOUR NAME. Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?