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.
Oh boy, there are some stage plays that do not translate well into theatrical movies and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a perfect example of how a studio and casting director simply misfires on every step of the way.
If you’re looking for Clint’s next big movie it won’t be here with Cry Macho, instead of you’re like me and felt like Million Dollar Baby just came off as Oscar bait and didn’t do anything for you. You will find the same issue with Cry Macho.
Respect is for a certain crowd of a certain age. If you grew up with Aretha Franklin’s music then you know the story of her Gospel record, this biopic is much more than a fluff piece. In a way I am glad I let it sit with me after a night of sleep, rather than reviewing right away after viewing it. Jennifer Hudson is at an all time high as Aretha Franklin as she embodies herself in the role so much that you would have to remind yourself that it is in fact Jennifer Hudson.
Here’s the thing about Viva, it’s ultimate sleaze satire and parody of soft-core porn like movies. If you’re into stuff like Orgazmo, Viva should be up your alley. Although it is not on the same level of Orgazmo it’s similar in taste.
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.