Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with an action-packed genre mash-up courtesy of Australia’s Baker brothers opening in cinemas while home entertainment drops a crime caper from fellow ex-pat Nash Edgerton.
Thursday August 30th
Australian ex-pats and brothers Jonathan & Josh Baker take their 2014 short, BAG MAN, to feature with KIN. Featuring a score by Scottish post-rock act Mogwai and a stellar cast including James Franco, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quad, Carrie Coon and newcomer Myles Truitt. Chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco) and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con (Jack Reynor) and his adopted teenage brother (Truitt) are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel, CRAZY RICH ASIANS is a dramedy set against the opulent backdrop of Singapore and features an international cast of stars, led by Constance Wu (ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING), Gemma Chan (FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM), Ken Jeong (THE HANGOVER) and Michelle Yeoh (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON). The story follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.
Wednesday August 29th
Steven Soderbergh tries his hand at horror with mixed results, shot entirely on an iPhone 7, this unusual approach does add a creepy lo-fi and voyeuristic texture to its pulpy stalker narrative. While the premise is not entirely original, the set-up is promising but unfortunately the film gives up its game far too early and ultimately becomes a dull drag to the end. A young woman leaves her hometown to escape a troubled past and begin a new job. But when she is involuntarily committed to a mental institution she is confronted by her greatest fear — but is it real or just her delusion? With seemingly no-one ready to believe her and the authorities unable or unwilling to help, she must confront her fears head on.
A south of the boarder crime caper turn comedy starring Australia’s own Joel Edgerton (THE GIFT) and directed by brother Nash Edgerton (THE SQUARE), GRINGO also boasts a stellar line-up of supporting cast including Charlize Theron (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD), David Oyelowo (THELMA), Amanda Seyfried (JENNIFER’S BODY) and Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9). Mild-mannered U.S. businessman Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, local drug lords and a black ops mercenary after traveling to Mexico. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold fights to survive an increasingly dangerous situation that raises the question — is he out of his depth or two steps ahead? Blu-ray & DVD releases contain four production featurettes: ‘The Making of Gringo’, ‘Who is Harold’, ‘The Stunts of Gringo’ and ‘Filming Gringo in Mexico’. SUPER TROOPERS 2
The long-awaited and highly anticipated sequel to the 2001 cult comedy sees all major cast members return and the decade-plus that’s passed hasn’t dulled director/star Jay Chandrasekhar’s ability to dish up irreverent and surprising comedy…meow. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers- Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva, are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is…SUPER TROOPERS 2. Blu-ray & DVD releases contain: (making) SUPER TROOPERS 2 featurette, Extended/Deleted Scene and Kevin Heffernan: Method Actor.
Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.