Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of an extraordinary film about one of the all-time worst films (so great in fact that there’s talk of Oscar contention) while home entertainment dumps a Stephen King adaptation that seemed to find neither favour among critics nor fans though we kinda’ dug it.
Thursday November 30th
THE DISASTER ARTIST (Limited Release)
Opening in select theatres a week prior to going wide, Aussie Roomies can finally get a sneak peek at this crowd-pleasing adaptation of Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of the cult classic, THE ROOM. 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.
SHOT CALLER (Limited Release)
Icon Films, like Transmission try their hand at another interesting release strategy by opening their gritty crime drama, SHOT CALLER in limited release a week ahead of its premium VOD release on December 6th. Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a successful businessman who after a killing a man in a DUI car accident is sent to a maximum security prison where he soon realises he must adapt or die. SHOT CALLER explores the human condition and how far one man will go to protect his family.
Wednesday November 29th
THE DARK TOWER
It was a long and troubled road in bringing Stephen King’s literary epic THE DARK TOWER to the screen and after countless failed efforts by a number of studios to develop the source into films and television series, Sony & Media Rights Capitol finally delivered a film. Met with largely unfavourable critical reviews upon its release in international territories resulting in an aggregated rating of 16% on the Tomatometer, admittedly our expectations were relatively low but when’s all said and done we had fun with it and you may too. Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
Another film that was largely met with critical disdain but we seemed to enjoy the pants out of, was the pairing of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in the comical buddy actioner, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD. The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.