Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of the long-awaited eighth instalment in the SAW franchise and the home entertainment arrival of a toe-tapping heist extravaganza courtesy of Edgar Wright!
Thursday November 2nd
It’s been seven years between films and now Aussie genre luminaries, Michael & Peter Spierig, the writing/directing duo behind PREDESTINATION & DAYBREAKERS, have taken the reigns on this new chapter in the SAW franchise. After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own?
BAD GENIUS (Limited Release)
Fresh from Fantastic Fest, comes a clever and captivating Thai thriller that transcends its teen setting to earn a place as one of the year’s best foreign features. Lynn, a genius high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to Sydney, Australia. To complete the million-dollar task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.
Wednesday November 1st
Edgar Wright returns to the director’s chair after the creative differences that saw him depart ANT-MAN but leave his quintessential mark on the finished film and what a return it is with BABY DRIVER, a full-throttle, high-stakes and toe-tapping extravaganza! A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
HAPPY HUNTING (DVD Only)
Louie Gibson, offspring of Mel Gibson, along with co-writer/co-director Joe Dietsch, make their feature-length debut with this roadtrip turned sporting savagery in the outlands of the US of A. Warren, a degenerate drifter, suffering from debilitating alcohol withdrawals on a daily basis. On his way down to Mexico, he becomes stranded in Bedford Flats, a one-horse town nestled deep in the American desert. It was a once-prosperous hunting community that has been reduced to an impoverished dust bowl. Unfortunately for Warren, it turns out that the town’s pastime is rounding up drifters and hunting them as part of an elaborate sporting event. To make matters worse, he’ll go into alcoholic withdrawal unless he finds a way to stay loaded.
THE BIG SICK
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani (SILICON VALLEY) and co-writer Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK is an earnest dramedy that ranks among one of the best films of the year. The story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter & Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
ATTACK FORCE Z (Blu-ray Only)
Umbrella Entertainment unleash their latest 4K restoration with Tim Burstall’s 1981 World War II feature, ATTACK FORCE Z. Mel Gibson commands an elite military team dispatched during WW II to locate and rescue the survivors of a shot down plane, stranded on a South Pacific island occupied by the Japanese. One of the castaways, a defecting Japanese official, holds the secret to ending the war, and must be saved at all costs.
Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut courtesy of Shock’s Cinema Cult imprint is director Joel Schumacher’s often-brutal 1999 thriller, 8MM. One man’s obsessive search for the truth about a six-year-old crime and his ultimate discovery of the truth about himself.
Largely misunderstood upon release (perhaps due to Universal Pictures’ choice of marketing or maybe it was Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’ as the soundtrack’s key single), MYSTERY MEN has developed a cult over the years so it only seems fitting that local outfit Cinema Cult release it for the first-time to Blu-ray locally. They’re ragtag team of superhero wannabes featuring: Mr. Furious, whose power comes from his boundless rage; The Shoveler, a father who shovels ‘better than anyone’; The Blue Raja, a fork-flinging mama’s boy; The Bowler, who fights crime with the help of her father’s skull; The Spleen, whose power is pure flatulence; Invisible Boy, who’s only invisible when no one’s watching and The Sphinx, a cliche-spewing philosopher. When Captain Amazing, Champion City’s legendary superhero, falls into the hands of the evil madman Casanova Frankenstein and his disco-dancing henchmen, there’s suddenly a chance for the aspiring superheroes to show what they can do.