Grim Pickings

Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…

06 December 2016

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of a festive comedy lead by an all-star cast to the home entertainment arrival of not one but two zom-coms!

In Cinemas

Thursday December 8th
An all-star cast of Jennifer Aniston, Jason Batemen, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon and more lead the latest comedy outing from filmmaking duo Josh Gordon & Will Speck (BLADES OF GLORY, THE SWITCH). When CEO Carol Vanstone (Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch of the business, he (Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday December 7th
Filmmaker George Miller is on record as describing the BLACK & CROME Cut of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD as “the best version of the movie”, now you can see for yourself when it streets this week on Blu-ray & DVD. Stay tuned later in the week for a Cult of Monster giveaway courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment! Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
The US theatrical tagline for Dario Argento’s 1977 classic SUSPIRIA read “the only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 80”, similar could be said of ANTIBIRTH only with the words ‘terrifying’ switched out with ‘f*cked up’. Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Lyonne) and her best friend, Sadie (Sevigny), spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who—or what—is growing inside her? As her due date approaches with alarming swiftness, the fear, paranoia, and conspiracy theories begin to pile up. Spiked with blasts of hallucinatory color, surreal shocks, and subversive comedy, the audacious feature debut from Danny Perez is a no-holds-barred descent into delirium.
BULLETS FOR THE DEAD is the fourth entry in the Fatal Visions series, produced by Cathy Rodda (IRON SKY) and Norm Wilkinson (TIME GUARDIAN), it’s a beautifully lensed horror-western out of Queensland, created in conjunction with Griffith University, mixing professional talent with the cream of the university’s recent film graduates. Escorting fiery, young outlaw Annie Blake and her gang of bankrobbers to the sheriff in Blood Gulch, Bounty Hunter Dalton discovers the remains of a horrific massacre and rescues its sole survivor, a preacher. Before long the group are fighting for their lives against a zombie horde that walks the desert plains eating all flesh in their path. And as the preacher’s secret unravels, Dalton is forced to make allies out of this prisoners if he has any hope of surviving the rampaging undead.
ViaVision return this fortnight with not one but two Special Edition releases of classic James Caan features, first up is Norman Jewison’s ROLLERBALL. The year is 2018. There are no wars. There is no crime. There is only…the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric ‘sport is the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses. Tuned to their televisions, the people watch Rollerball : a brutal mutation of football, motocross and hockey. Jonathan E. (James Caan, Misery) is the champion player, a man too talented for his own good. The Corporation has taken away the woman Jonathan loves (Maud Adams, Octopussy) but it can’t take away his soul, even if diabolical corporate head (John Houseman, The Paper Chase) tells him he d better retire…or suffer, the old-fashioned way.With its surrealistic imagery and tense action sequences, Rollerball grips you by the heart and never lets you go!
The second Special Edition ViaVision are releasing this week is Michael Mann’s debut feature-film, THIEF. James Caan is at his very best as a tough, wisecracking professional thief trapped between Chicago organised crime families and corrupt police in this gripping drum-tight tale. Professional jewel thief Frank (Caan) needs just one more job before he can retire with his girlfriend Jessie (Tuesday Weld) and fulfil his dream of starting a family. The opportunity arrives in the form of a proposition from Chicago gangster Leo (Robert Prosky), who wants Frank to get into a high-security vault in Los Angeles. Frank agrees, enlisting the help of his friend Barry (James Belushi), but it transpires that the job is not as straightforward as it at first seemed.
At a time when zom-coms are a dime a dozen, we have to raise our steins to the brave Austrian filmmakers have taken it to the next level by clothing their undead in lederhosen and shooting the film in 16mm! Steve, a young professional snowboarder, ruins a high-paying photo shoot by playing a silly prank. He, his girlfriend Branka and fellow snowboarder Josh are left behind on the mountain. They seek shelter in an après-ski tavern that is hosting an all-night party. Things go from bad to worse when a scientific experiment unleashes an epidemic of zombies and mutant wildlife. This is mostly lost on the local drunkards, as they are not always easy to distinguish from zombies themselves. But Steve, Branka and Josh have to find a way to survive this hellish night by using their snowboarding skills to defeat the raging aprés-ski zombies once and for all.