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.
Chick Fight simply put, is a mess. Albeit a very watchable mess. Malin Ackerman’s career has seems to be going downhill , and in a hurry. Chick Fight won’t help her, maybe it could appear in a future episode of the hilarious podcast How did This Get Made?
Proxima is easily one of the best international dramas of the years, that also features the finest performance of Eva Green this far putting her up against an all in Matt Dillion even though if you know Matt’s work throughout his career, it’s easy to see why he’s cast as this part as it’s second nature to him.
Bill Murray and Rashida Jones are absolutely lovable to watch in On The Rocks. When I first it, I wasn’t too blown away by it but it was still rather enjoyable and better than most films this year and I think that falls on the weight of the casts shoulders. Even Marlon Wayans is fantastic in a down to earth performance that thankfully doesn’t require him to do physical humor.
The Tax Collector 4K looks stunning but the sound transfer is severely lacking in quality here. Kind of disappointing with how it sounds like the movie deserves much better for the big movie atmosphere David Ayer creates even if it is cartoonish and extremely campy.
Poor Drowning Greg is a decent comedy with a whole lot of heart put into it. Graham Sibley is a real force as Greg. He delivers a tour de force performance that really captures the heart of the film. What Graham Sidley and the director Jeffrey Scott Collins does with Poor Drowning Greg is nothing short of admirable.
Misbehaviour is a remarkable film about women rights, which is still somehow in 2020 a topic we still need to push for. Keira Knightley delivers an all-time performance as Jessie Buckley also steals the show in Misbehaviour but Jesse is known to do that win all the films she’s in including the terrific Judy in which she should have gained a best-supporting actress nomination.
Let’s ask if it were really Robin Willams wish for this documentary to come out? There was painfully cringing moments throughout the documentary that just makes the viewer want to break down. I don’t think Robin would want his audience to feel that way during a documentary about his final days and how poor in health he truly was.
The Binge is a truly awful film that is the first Must-Miss movie of the year, we as critics often talk about Must-See movies but never bring up a movie that is a Must-Miss. Now I was really looking forward to The Binge, from the trailer it looked like Vince Vaughn was at the top of game and sure this movie has its moments where you can chuckle but not even to sing it’s praises.
Fugitive Dreams May be the most beautifully made movie playing at this years Fantasia International Film Festival. If it does get eligible for Academy Awards it should be up for best cinematography. The blocking of the film is incredible and is one of the better play adaptations of the year.