Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with a reboot of a seventies blaxploitation classic hitting the big screen while Arnie gets un-waxed in Ultra-HD on home entertainment!
Thursday August 9th
While this remake of the cult Blaxploitation classic may not attain the sheer in-your-face style of the original, it still contains enough visual flash and heart-pumping action to hold the audience’s attention! Cocaine kingpin Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) realizes that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival. Hoping for one last score, Priest and his partner travel to Mexico to arrange a deal. The career criminal now finds himself trying to outmanoeuvre the cartel, two corrupt police officers and all the double-crossers that threaten his path to freedom.
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME
Mila Kunis & Kate McKinnon headline this comedy actioner that utlises its European setting to drive an equal measure of laughs and ambitious set-pieces, for what is marketed as a comedy, this one has some top notch fight choreography and action sequences. Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audreys ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.
Wednesday August 8th
PREDATOR – 4K ULTRA-HD
In the lead-up to the theatrical release of THE PREDATOR, 20th Century Fox have done the lords work by producing 4K restorations of the first three PREDATOR films and issuing them to 4K Ultra-HD. Fans will be pleased to hear that gone is the DNR’d to death transfer of the original PREDATOR that we suffered through on Blu-ray all these years, Arnie is now wax-free! All three 4K Ultra-HD releases include the existing commentary tracks but as Fox have not seen fit to include the Blu-ray discs as a bonus locally, unfortunately all other legacy special features are lost. PREDATOR: Nothing like it has ever been on earth before. A team of commandos, led by Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), go on a mission to rescue captured airmen from terrorists. When they discover that the airmen have been slaughtered beyond recognition, the team decimates the enemy encampment. Before they can radio for a lift-off, an invisible alien specie begins to kill the team members. Hunted like animals by an enemy they cannot see, the team must survive in the jungle before they are all killed. PREDATOR 2: It comes from a distant world to hunt people for sport. Invisible, and armed with powerful weapons unlike anything we know, it stalks its human quarry mercilessly, leaving mangled corpses in its wake. Last time, it landed in the jungle. This time, its chosen Los Angeles. Ravaged by open warfare between rival drug gangs, L.A. is the perfect killing ground for the Predator, who is drawn by heat and conflict. When the police find mutilated bodies, lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) thinks it’s the work of the feuding gangs. Then a mysterious government agent (Gary Busey) arrives and orders him to stay off the case. Instead, Harrigan sets out to learn what is really going on, and comes face to face with savage alien in a climactic, electrifying confrontation. PREDATORS: A group of elite warriors are hunted by members of a merciless alien race known as Predators. Chosen for their ability to kill without conscience, a group of killers, some trained and some who are not, must endeavour the alien race of predators that have set out to target them as prey. Dropped into the vast jungle of a distant world, these human predators must learn just who, or what, they are up against, and that their ability, knowledge and wits are tested to the limits in the battle of survival of kill or be killed.
An Agatha Christie adaptation that is likely to impress audiences with it’s daringly over-the-top style and dizzying twists-and-turns over the slightly limp mystery at the film’s heart. The incredible cast – including Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close and Christina Hendrick – also do much to increase the film’s enjoyability. When Aristide Leonides, a wealthy and ruthless tycoon is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Charles Hayward is invited to solve the gruesome crime. He is shocked to discover that one of the key suspects is Aristide’s beautiful granddaughter Sophia, his former lover. Hayward must keep a clear head to navigate the sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family in a case where nobody is above suspicion.
This low-budget sci-fi thriller is the prime example of doing a lot with a little. Cramming in a surprising amount of thrilling genre elements – including apocalypses, suspicious people from the future and cavemen – and surprisingly thick atmosphere of dread, this is exactly the thing for fans of B-movie’s done well! A group of students venture into the deep caves of remote Texas to locate a favourite archaeology professor who inexplicably has gone missing while searching for the Fountain of Youth. In the course of their pursuit, the group unwittingly rappels into a break in the space-time continuum, where time passes much slower than on the surface. With no hope for rescue, they descend further into the cave and uncover the most coveted urban legend in history and find themselves in the crossfire for its control.
A subversive thriller keyed to the darkest shade of black, THUMPER takes an uncharacteristically sympathetic look at drug pushers, creating a real sense of sympathy with the characters’ whose unfortunate situation puts the audience through emotional trauma. Reason enough to see the film is star Pablo Schreiber, who standouts out amidst the already great cast in his electric and dangerous performance. Troubled new girl Kat Carter struggles to fit in with her high school classmates in a community where drugs and violence run rampant. When she is befriended by the sweet-natured Beaver, Kat realizes that the reach of the local drug ring is far deeper than she imagined. But Kats harbouring a dark secret of her own. She soon attracts the attention of the group’s leader Wyatt, a menacing individual who would kill to protect his livelihood. Surviving in this treacherous environment is no mean feat.
Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.