Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week include key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of Fox’s latest crack at a Marvel adaptation to a heaping helping of Umbrella Entertainment’s hospitality on home entertainment!
Thursday March 2nd
Fox try their hand at another standalone Wolverine film and early press indicates that the third time may be the charm, unlike the ill-fated X3: THE LAST STAND where third time was the nard. In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
BEFORE I FALL
Based on the best-selling young adult novel by Lauren Oliver, BEFORE I FALL is fesh from Sundance and could be described as GROUNDHOG DAY played for mystery. What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her–before she runs out of time for good.
JASPER JONES (Limited Release)
Fresh from his MONSTER FEST 2016 win for Best Performance in SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD, Levi Miller returns in JASPER JONES, an adaptation of Craig Silvey’s best-selling novel. In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means be truly courageous.
Wednesday March 1st
DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM – MAXIMUM 80’S OVERDRIVE (Blu-ray Only)
Umbrella Entertainment revive their DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM series and bring it to hi-def for the first of two Blu-ray compilations streeting this week. The ultimate mausoleum of movie madness has been desecrated once again, unleashing a stupefying serving of delightfully depraved and garishly gory trailer trash from the defining decade of Decadence! Erupting with almost 4 hours of a non-stop body and breast count – DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM: MAXIMUM 80s OVERDRIVE! is a furious, foot-to-the floor, full bore high-def rampage through a cinematic era when films were proudly STALK-IER, SLASH-IER, NASTY-ER and NUDIE-ER! 116 theatrical trailers remastered in high definition – including 40+ new titles exclusive to this volume.
DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM – 60’S & 70’S SAVAGERY (Blu-ray Only)
If the eighties weren’t enough, Umbrella Entertainment are delving deep into the sixties and seventies for another fresh crop of trailers for their second DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM release this week. Take an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, mind-boggling and trouser-bulging trip back to the “gory days” of big screen exploitation with this collection of the most astounding trailer trash ever to engulf the Age of Aquarius and the Disco era in cinematic up-chuck! Bursting with over 6 hours of non-stop sex, violence, monsters and mayhem – Drive-In Delirium: 60’s & 70’s Savagery is a high-def, full-frontal retro-roadtrip through two demented decades when films were proudly faster, cheaper, bloodier and blacker!
From the best-selling novel by Austin Wright, comes a gritty and highly stylised adaptation by 2009’s A SINGLE MAN writer/director Tom Ford. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this haunting romantic thriller from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford. Susan (Amy Adams) is living through an unfulfilling marriage when she receives a package containing a novel manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The Novel is dedicated to her but its content is violent and devastating. Susan cannot help but reminisce over her past love story with the author. Increasingly she interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and reawakens a love that she feared was lost. Also starring Armie Hammer and Michael Shannon, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension.
PAWNO (DVD Only)
Despite having played numerous film festivals throughout 2015/2016 and garnering both countless positive reviews and award nominations, it was seemingly word of mouth that drove PAWNO into the stratosphere of Australian audiences and now it’s coming home to DVD. A character driven film about change, hope and identity. Within a day, an eclectic ensemble intersect as lives are examined and motives explored. At its heart lies a simple love story, yet love is rarely simple. An ageing pawn shop in Footscray is the pulse for an assortment of people attempting to survive, thrive or maintain their way of life in a world too often cruel. It is a unique and unapologetic journey into the underbelly of our society. Filled with humour, philosophy and unforgettable characters, PAWNO is not a gangster movie. It’s not an action film. It’s not a tale of redemption. It’s not political. It’s not about sex, drugs and music. It’s a captivating narrative about a day in the life of fourteen very different players.
Just as Disney continued their golden streak of Marvel adaptations, Benedict Cumberbatch also remained the least likely sex-symbol of 2016 with his turn in DOCTOR STRANGE. A tale of a world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing—and hope—in an unlikely place: a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
JESS FRANCO COLLECTION (DVD Only)
Our evil cronies over at Umbrella Entertainment have pieced together a tasty collection of features by revered and prolific genre filmmaker, Jess Franco. This controversial collection of five films highlight his predilections for tripped-out erotic tales of sadomasochism, psychedelic soft core lesbianism, babes behind bars, murdering mistress mayhem, sexual revenge and a blood drenched vampiress. This collection features EUGENIE, 99 WOMEN, VENUS IN FURS, VAMPYROS LESBOS & SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY.
BITE (DVD Only)
After premiering at MONSTER FEST back in 2015, Chad Archibald’s BITE finally arrives on home entertainment courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment. When young Casey (Elma Begovic) returns home from her Bachelorette party in Costa Rica with a seemingly innocuous insect bite, nothing prepares her for the sheer terror ahead. Subject to the stress of an over-bearing mother-in-law and myriad plans for her impending wedding Casey finds herself overwhelmed at the thought of her future. But soon the horrifying effects of the bite begin to take up all of her time, consuming her inside-out, sharpening her instincts and transforming her into a deadly insect with an unquenchable thirst.