Grim Pickings

Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…

01 November 2016

GRIM PICKINGS this week include key dates to dismember with the limited theatrical release of Jee-woon Kim’s latest game of cat & mouse and the home entertainment invasion of one of the best genre remakes of all-time!

In Cinemas

Thursday November 3rd
THE AGE OF SHADOWS (Limited Release)
From director Jee-woon Kim (I SAW THE DEVIL) comes a period-set game of cat and mouse. Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho), a Korean police captain in the Japanese police force, is given a special mission to infiltrate the armed resistance fighting for Korean independence. He approaches Kim Woo-jin (Gong Yoo), a leader of the resistance. These two men who stand on opposite sides of their historical era, each knowing the identity and intentions of the other, become close without revealing their inner thoughts. Meanwhile intel is being leaked on both sides, and no one knows who the informants are. Members of the resistance meet in Shanghai to obtain explosives that will be used to destroy facilities of the Japanese Headquarters in Seoul, while the Japanese police follow them and gather in Shanghai. The pursued and the pursuers, locked in an operation where each side uses the other and is thrown into a confusion of secret enmity and conciliation. Meanwhile, a train carrying explosives passes the border and heads towards Seoul…

After donning the Batsuit twice this year, it’s refreshing to see Ben Affleck in a plain old suit and tie. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-townCPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian un-cooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

Mel Gibson steps behind-the-camera for his first directorial film in over a decade and the critics are raving! The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday November 2nd
After US label Twilight Time sold-through their 5,000 unit run of THE BLOB (1988) on Blu-ray in mere days, Umbrella Entertainment have come to the rescue globally with their high-definition release locally. In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon, Entourage), Meg (Shawnee Smith, SAW) and Paul (Donovan Leitch Jr, Glory) discover an unusual gelatinous substance with the ability to remove flesh off any living creatures in its path. The deadly blob-like matter infiltrates the town’s sewer system and continues to grow exponentially, threatening the lives of unsuspecting townspeople. A grisly and inspired remake of the 1958 Steve McQueen B-Movie classic, with an acute angle on horror, The Blob is directed by Chuck Russell (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) and adapted by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption).
Brace yourself for the best double-dip of 2016 as Disney unleash the 3D SKU of Episode VII on Blu-ray loaded with special feature content! Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.
gp-starwars-fwSTAR TREK BEYOND
FAST & FURIOUS franchise director, Justin Lin brings his distinct style and humour along with the best use of the Beastie Boys’ track SABOTAGE in a film ever to the third instalment of JJ. Abrams recently refreshed STAR TREK. The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
gp-startrek-fwBOTTLE ROCKET
Making it’s Blu-ray debut locally is Wes Anderson’s debut feature, BOTTLE ROCKET. The film that not only put Anderson on the map as a director but for better or worse made an actor out of once writer (and co-writer on this film), Owen Wilson. Recently released from a psychiatric institution, Anthony Adams (Luke Wilson, Roadies) is ready to turn over a new leaf. But when he returns to find his equally wayward friend Dignan (Owen Wilson, Wedding Crashers) on the cusp of an outrageous crime spree, there is nothing else for it. Dragged into the scheme, the pair recruit neighbour Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave,Drillbit Taylor) as getaway driver and embark on a road trip to track down the legendary Mr. Henry (James Caan, The Godfather) for a bit of help and guidance. But the further they travel, the more they learn and realize that they do not know the first thing about pulling off the perfect crime.