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.
Brian and Charles is a type of movie that depends how much you love British quirkyness to enjoy it. I rather find myself laughing at quirky British series and movies, however, Brian and Charles struggle to maintain their comedy after the extremely funny opening act. The quirky comedy is a bit too much in Brian and Charles, or maybe it just went over my head most of the time. To me, it’s a misfire by Focus Features.
Cha Cha Real Smooth is an absolutely heartwarming movie of the year, featuring knock out performances from Cooper Raiff who should find himself in a position to be nominated for a Golden-Globe nomination for best actor in Best Actor in a comedy for his portrayal of Andrew, who seems to a be a down on his luck person who may have peaked in high school. Now playing the prodigal son part and returning home to his mom, brother, and his mom’s boyfriend who he can’t seem to stand.
Synopsis: Bella Cherry arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an adult film star, but she soon learns that fame won’t come easy as she harnesses her ambition and cunning to rise to the top of this mesmerizing and singular world.
The Phantom of the Open is the best sports movie of the year and nothing else will top it, it also features an award-worthy performance from its lead Mark Rylance who stars as an everyday man who somehow managed to get himself into the Open without being a professional golfer. The story is stranger than fiction. When we think of sport-themed movies we think of Rocky, Eight Men Out, and Field Of Dreams. The Phantom of the Open doesn’t quite reach the heights of those films but it is enjoyable as hell.
Every once in a while a documentary comes along that is a breath of fresh air, Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story is that documentary this year, giving us quite the cultural experience of a lifetime that needs to be on the big screen. Releasing via Sony Pictures Classics, which has given us a few hidden gems over the past couple of years. Jazz Fest is no easy feat to accomplish, it is telling us 50 years of history in under two hours, with many musicians giving their introspective on what Jazz Fest means to them including musical giants Bruce Springsteen and Pitbull.
Summer 2022 is the perfect time to return to the danger zone. Top Gun: Maverick just released this weekend, and it is PHENOMENAL! This may be Tom Cruise’s best sequel in his career, yes even including the masterfully entertaining Mission Impossible sequels. Joseph Kosinski proves here he can finally make a solid film without it being uneven like ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Tron: Legacy’ it’s a spectacle that demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible with Dolby Atmos sound.
Synopsis: Pompo, a movie producer, has been shooting one B-grade entertainment flick after another that anyone would enjoy. However, when her assistant spots a script and is moved by the story, she tells him to direct it.
Synopsis: In 1961, a 60-year-old taxi driver steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sends ransom notes saying that he will return the painting if the government invests more in care for the elderly.
In 1971, photographer W. Eugene Smith travels to Minamata, Japan, a coastal city ravaged by mercury poisoning. Ushered by an impassioned translator and encouraged by local villagers, Smith’s powerful images expose decades of gross negligence.
Synopsis: The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Fir Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years.