Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

01 May 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with Simon ‘LAND OF THE DEAD’ Baker’s directorial debut opening in cinemas while a double-blast of Bronson hits home entertainment!


Thursday May 3rd
Simon Baker helms this turbulent seventies-based coming of age drama, in which he also stars. Set against the backdrop of Western Australia’s beautiful coastline, BREATH is based on Tim Winton’s best-selling novel and features standout performances by two young and upcoming actors, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence. Pikelet (Coulter) and Loonie (Spence) are two teenage boys, growing up in a remote corner of the Western Australian coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando (Baker), a mysterious older surfer and adventurer, who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

Steeped in local culture and history, this New Zealand drama about an impending gang war looks to be a gritty and authentic addition to the nation’s film canon. Inspired by the true story of a young Māori girl who was murdered in the mid 1800’s. She always carried the Gospel of Luke with her until the book was stolen by her murderer from a marauding tribe. Upon reading the book, the murderer was so filled with remorse that he sought forgiveness from the girl’s father. This restored the peace between the two warring tribes and ended a cycle of war. ‘Broken’, tells the modern day version of her story. Logan, an ex-gang leader, has left the gang life to raise his daughter, Tori. But when Tori is murdered by an opposing gang in town, Logan must choose between forgiveness or revenge. Cruz, Tori’s murderer, must also choose forgiveness in order to end the cycle of hatred and revenge which is escalating into an inevitable gang war.


Wednesday May 2nd
Margot Robbie (SUICIDE SQUAD) delivers a career best as fiery US ice skater Tonya Harding in this dark comic feature from LARS AND THE REAL GIRL filmmaker Craig Gillespie, based on the unbelievably true story. Though Harding (Robbie) was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Roadshow’s Blu-ray is bursting at its ice-skating seams with special features that include an Audio Commentary with director Craig Gillespie, Deleted Scenes and five featurettes including one on the VFX.

Umbrella Entertainment release the latest in their ‘Cannon Classics’ line with a double-feature of DEATH WISH 4 & 5 for the Charles Bronson / DEATH WISH completist. DEATH WISH 4: THE CRACKDOWN: Four times the action, four times the suspense – notorious crusader Paul Kersey (BRONSON) returns to settle old scores and make new enemies in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown.With the tragic cocaine-induced death of his girlfriend’s teenage daughter, Kersey steps into the breach and faces-off against two rival drug gangs waging war in the blood-drenched inner city. Even at the best of times, the streets of LA are never safe – run by pimps and ruthless drug traffickers, they remain a melting-pot of crime and violence. But when original urban vigilante and one-man justice machine Paul Kersey reaches into his extensive arsenal of weapons to take check, it’s time to run for cover. DEATH WISH 5: THE FACE OF DEATH: After battling on the streets in cities from coast to coast, vigilante, Paul Kersey (BRONSON), has moved back to New York. But when his beautiful fiancee, Olivia is killed and her daughter kidnapped by a kingpin of the underworld, Kersey finds himself back in the war. Kersey’s plan to live anonymously is shattered when he learns that his fiancee was the victim of a protection racket run by her ex-husband, criminal Tommy O’Sheay. One by one Kersey hunts down the criminals. Once again upholding the law becomes his way of life. …And this time it’s for good. Blu-ray special features include Audio Commentaries with Bronson scholar Paul Talbot, theatrical trailers, tv spots and image galleries.
Screenwriter come director, Christian Gudegast (LONDON HAS FALLEN) helms this Gerard Butler lead Los Angeles crime saga that is based on a true story. DEN OF THIEVES follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. Blu-ray special features include Audio Commentary with director Gudegast, three featurettes and twenty-odd minutes worth of deleted, extended and alternate scenes (including an alternate ending).
Did you blink and miss FATHER FIGURES theatrical release? We did but thankfully less than three months after its brief stint in cinemas, the Ed Helms & Owen Wilson comedy hits home entertainment and its universal panning by critics only leads us to believe it may be a comedy we’ll enjoy! Peter (Helms) and Kyle Reynolds (Wilson) are two brothers whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know. Blu-ray release features Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel.

Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.