Scream Factory has done it again and this why I compare them to Criterion. They simply handpick movies that are some unknown and lesser-known film starring well-known actors and this is no different. I have honestly never heard of Road Games until they sent me the movie to review and it was very stunning. The transfer was spot on and gorgeous the audio was also amazing to hear on my 7.1 surround system. The movie itself was a great slow-burn movie that is kind of a unique spin o ’Duel’ and ’Wake in Fright’ you could tell movies like this influenced current greats like The Coen Brothers.
If you are not already familiar with the movie the synopsis is as follows.
An Australian trucker (Stacy Keach) picks up a hitchhiking heiress (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the trail of a killer in a green van.
There are tons of new special features on the Scream Factory release including tons of interviews featuring Stacy Keach. 1980 Script Read with Stacy Keach and Marion Edwards. Composer Brian May Music Demos accompanied by stills and poster gallery, Kangaroo Hitchcock the making of Road Games, Audio interviews with Richard Franklin, Stacy Keach and Grant Page.
Once upon a time after ‘Three Kings’ Mark Wahlberg was on a misery streak in his career, misfire after misfire. Flop after flop, then it took a turn somewhere after ‘I heart Huckabees’ then his formula with flops would continue with ‘Max Payne’ and ‘The Happening’
Edgar Wright is a fascinating director who can do it all to the point I wish he would have stayed on Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Sparks Brothers will put you in that mindset that he is one of the most fresh and unique directors working today.
12 Mighty Orphan’s may be the finest family-oriented movie to come post pandemic so far. Starring a game Luke Wilson in a role that he has not done a whole lot of before being a serious role not in a horror movie ala No Vacancy. The story will also sit well with the crowd that loves Disney’s Remember the Titans.
Embattled is personally my favorite movie of the past decade or so that deals with MMA or boxing of any kind. It features a great story that you find yourself rooting for characters that has not been done in a movie like Embattled for an extremely long time. Stephen Dorff also has not been this great since ‘Felon’
Written by David McKenna who knows how to write an engrossing story. He also wrote Blow and American History X, American History X being one of his most satisfying scripts but Embattled is his best in a long time as well. IFC Films picked a keeper and a homerun here with Embattled.
The supporting cast is phenomenal, including a scene stealing Donald Faison (TV’s Scrubs) who is extremely likable as Mr. Stewart. Darren Mann gives a strong admirable performance as Cash Boykin’s son Jett who is anything but his father. Elizabeth Reaser makes everything out of her role of Susan the mother of Jett and Brain (played by Drew Scheid).
Overall, if you are already into boxing movies and MMA movies a ton then you are going to love and adore Embattled as it is rich in wearing its heart on its sleeve and having care of a genuine story that is much more than beating up characters to a bloody pulp.
Overall Grade: 3.5/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar
The Blu-Ray doesn’t come with a lot of special features only two special features are included. Which are the making of featurette a descriptive audio track and a theatrical trailer.
Percy vs Goliath is a run of the mill for the base of its courtroom drama movie genre. It feels much more like a paycheck movie for most involved, when I say that I mean a lot of people are phoning in their performances Walken probably hasn’t been in a great movie since Pulp Fiction. His string of bad performances continue here with Percy Vs Goliath.
Those who wish me dead features phenomenal acting from Angelina Jolie and May be her best role since Wanted. However, when it comes to the plot it’s rather thin and a by the numbers story we’ve all seen far too often. If it wasn’t for the performances of the cast that elevated the material it could have worked as a straight to VOD movie and we wouldn’t have batted an eye at it.
AJ got the chance to speak with Bill Morrison about how he puts old short films with music and what got him interested in doing it. Also how his relationship with the TCM Film Festival has evolved over the years.
The Mauritanian is still one of my favorite movies of the past year and it really is a shame it did not get any Oscar love that it should have. Now that it is time for its Blu-Ray and DVD release it is time the world got to see the beauty of the story behind The Mauritanian.