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.
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.
The Truffle Hunters is a heartwarming interesting documentary because it explores dogs being truffle hunters, when it is typically the pig’s job to be truffle hunters. We see relationships from the dog’s owners through out the film that will put a smile on your face. I am not sure how a lot of people will react to a documentary about Truffle’s as I do not think it is such a huge thing in the states, though they are delicious.
However, it is an insightful documentary about what goes into the art of truffle’s and all its extravagant hunting which is almost like its own octoberfest. People that do seek this documentary out will rather enjoy seeing the dogs hunt all through out the film and being rewarded by their owners. There are not any gut-wrenching scenes in the documentary which Is very pleasant.
The Truffle Hunters, I think would be best suited for most viewers in the states as a streaming platform viewing. Such as Amazon prime video, Netflix or Hulu depending on which one will stream it first. I do not think it will be fun enough for a whole lot of people to go seek out desperately in theaters as of now. It will do just as fine as a home viewing.
Without Remorse in any other year(s) would have made a huge dent in the box office with fans of Tom Clancy and Michael B. Jordan alike would be in huge flocks to see one of the finest Tom Clancy adaptations in decades.
Four Good Days is a new drama about painkiller addiction, it’s probably the best one we got this year including ‘Crisis’ and ’Painkillers’. The performances are top notch and Oscar Worthy. It’s phenomenal direction by Rodrigo Garcia who also co-wrote the screenplay gave the story and characters so much depth and agony, including the side characters.
A young man drafted into South Africa’s military, but he knows he is different and must keep himself hidden. However, when another recruit develops an intimate relationship with them, they are now both in danger
The rookies, unfortunately may be a front runner for the razzies next year with some of the worst dubbing I have ever seen. Yet I’m not surprised to see Milla Jovovich do a movie like this as it is rare for me to find her a likeable actor. The roles that are tailor made for her always seem so bland and lacking personality, for instance, how most people perceive Kristen Stewart is how I perceive Milla.