Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

27 March 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with Spielberg’s pop-culture armageddon engulfing cinema screens while home entertainment delivers one of 2017’s best films…about one of the worst films ever made!


Thursday March 29th
With promising reviews following the film’s SXSW premiere, our anticipation for READY PLAYER ONE could not be greater. A nostalgia-driven science fiction adventure directed by master filmmaker Steven Spielberg and based on the Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name. Set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Following his recent comic turn in DADDY’S HOME 2, John Cena leads a cast that includes Leslie Mann & Ike Barinholtz in an all-new comedy directed by Kay Cannon, creator of the wildly popular PITCH PERFECT franchise. When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at the high school prom, they launch an undercover one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

A funny and heartfelt coming of age story that harks back to the John Hughes era of teen dramedies and is without a doubt, one of Cultist Jarret’s favourite films of the year thus far! Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.


Wednesday March 28th 
A title change and seemingly lengthy delay later, BETTER WATCH OUT formerly known as SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD had its Australian Premiere at MONSTER FEST 2016 and now finally finds its way to home entertainment locally…the country in which the film was produced. When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she’s caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no normal home invasion. DVD & Blu-ray releases feature a 52-minute making of documentary. 

What’s worse than taking a trip to Thailand and having contraband planted on you by an international drug-trafficking syndicate?  Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN) finds out when she lands a malevolent spirit in the supernatural scare-fest, GHOST HOUSE. Jim and Julie are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in love with photographing the Thai “Ghost Houses” that are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort. A couple of British travelers take them on an adventure to the countryside with the promise of showing Jim and Julie a ghost house graveyard where the old houses are discarded. After leaving the graveyard with a souvenir, Julie becomes cursed and is increasingly plagued by visits from a malevolent spirit, Watabe, that threatens both her sanity and her life. After Julie is hospitalized in a state of terror, Jim must find a way to lift the curse in three days before Julie loses her soul to the ghost world forever. Through an act of desperation, Jim enlists the help of a shady ex-pat named Reno who takes the couple on a journey deep into the jungle in the hope that a witch doctor can provide a solution to their problem.
As hilarious as it is heartbreaking and creative liberties aside, THE DISASTER ARTIST has to be one of the best movies about making movies of all-time! James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. THE DISASTER ARTIST is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. Blu-ray features Audio Commentary (with director/actor James Franco, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero) and three production featurettes! 
Takashi Miike’s 100th feature, THE BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL is brutal, stylish and distinctly Miike! The story of fearsome samurai Manji (Takuya Kimura), who becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by his sister’s brutal murder, only by slaying 1000 evil men will Manji free himself from the curse and regain his soul. Manji also promises to help young girl Rin (Hana Sugisaki) avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu (Sôta Fukushi). This mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine. Based on the Japanese manga, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL features awe inspiring swordfights, brilliant choreography, and the wry humour that Takashi Mikke is renowned for.
Somewhere between SLIVER, VACANCY and the Netflix doco VOYEUR, exists the Nicholas Cage DTV thriller LOOKING GLASS and despite the negative reviews we’re keen to give it a watch…’cause Cage! After losing their daughter to a tragic accident, shattered couple Ray (Nicolas Cage) and Maggie (Robin Tunney) purchase a motel in the middle of nowhere in the hopes of starting a new life. But Ray begins to notice strange goings-on, and starts to piece together the history of a bizarre murder associated with the motel. Poking around in a basement one day, Ray discovers a crawl space, which leads to a two-way mirror into one of the rooms. As he becomes obsessed with the unusual activities that happen beyond the looking glass, his marriage, sanity and his very life are threatened.