Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with filmmaker Drew Goddard giving us that trademark ‘hang on…wait…what’s going on’ feeling in cinemas while home entertainment serves up a heart-pounding sequel that’s arguably better than its predecessor!
Thursday October 11th
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
Oscar-nominee Drew Goddard, the co-writer/director responsible for 2012’s brilliant THE CABIN IN THE WOODS helms this highly stylised, nostalgia-tinged, hybrid thriller that stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm. Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at a rundown Lake Tahoe hotel with a dark past. Over the course of the night, everyone will have one last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell.
LA LA LAND director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling reunite for this biopic tale of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong that succeeds more as a family drama than it does an engaging story of space exploration. Beautifully stylised both in terms in cinematography and sound design, the film sadly lacks the tension and genuine wonderment of such a historical event. The story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focuses on Neil Armstrong (Gosling) and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, it explores the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Friday October 12th (One Night Only)
Remember that road trip with the parents to visit your grandparents back in ’09? It was the thick of summer and the old man didn’t want to run the air con, your iPod was flat and your Mum was blasting the AM, your one pitstop for fuel and the servo is out of sausage rolls …it was horrible! Well imagine this…everyone you know is dead, every store is looted, murderous gangs rule the roads and you’ve got to make it cross-country in attempt to reach sanctuary…it’s THE DOMESTICS and it’s just about as brutal as a road trip can get! In a terrifying post-apocalyptic world inhabited by murderous gangs divided into deadly factions, Nina (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Tyler Hoechlin) race desperately across the lawless countryside in search of safety and must work together as they are pushed to the breaking point in order to survive.
Wednesday October 10th
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO
Maintaining the tension and gripping engagement of its predecessor, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO is a near-perfect sequel with standout performances from returning cast Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin. In the drug war, there are no rules – and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin’s daughter to inflame the conflict – but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.
Nicolas Cage proves once again he’s the hardest working actor out there with his fifth local DTV release this year, an action-thriller from director Maria Pulera (FALSEY ACCUSED). At a way station on a lonely highway, Joe meets Julie, a spiritually gifted woman who enlists him in a desperate attempt to recover the lost soul of her comatose daughter, Billie. At the hospital, Billie suddenly awakens in Joe’s presence, but she’s not herself — her body has been taken over by another soul…Mary, Joe’s dead wife, who has returned to settle her unfinished business with the living. Now that the woman who has haunted his dreams is back in his arms, Joe finds himself trapped in the dark bonds of an obsession that reaches from beyond the grave.
Those folk at Rooster Teeth, the production outfit responsible for the hugely popular RED VS BLUE series, try their hand at horror while still injecting their trademark humour. Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. s festival attendees start dying off, three teenagers more schooled in horror-film cliches than practical knowledge about neutralizing psycho killers must band together and battle through various madmen and monstrosities to survive.
Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.