Sweet Country – Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films. (CR: Mark Rogers)
A Quiet Place, a highly anticipated thriller starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, opens nationwide Friday. That film is getting a ton of great word of mouth, but on the latest episode of CinemAddicts we spotlight Sweet Country, an excellent film that also hits theaters that weekend.
Sweet Country, set in 1929 Australia, centers on an Aboriginal man named Sam (Hamilton Morris) who kills another person in self defense. Believing escape is the only way, he runs away with his wife into the Outback and is tracked down by his kindhearted boss (Sam Neill) a principled lawman (Bryan Brown). Filled with beautiful compositions, stellar acting and self-assured directing from Warwick Thornton, Sweet Country is a must see film, especially if you love Westerns.
Also covered in the podcast is the recently released Sharon Stone flick All I Wish and The House of Tomorrow, a Shout! Factory release that hits theaters April 27. We also delve into some of the bigger releases coming out this month including the aforementioned A Quiet Placeand You Were Never Really Here. Take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts below!
As always, Shout! Factory manages to pull forgotten films from the past to satiate many a cinephile. Case in point is Shakedown, a 1988 flick which, since Lethal Weapon was made the previous year, seems like a flick that tried to capitalize on the buddy/buddy crime drama dynamic. Peter Weller and Sam Elliott may not reach the cinematic heights of Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy (48 Hrs.) or Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, but they do a fine job with Shakedown. If you love this action driven genre where the two leads are seeming diametrically opposite in character, then Shakedown doesn’t disappoint.
Penned and directed by James Glickenhaus, Shakedown centers on Roland Dalton (Weller), a Jimi Hendrix loving defense lawyer who’s about to get married and settle down for a life in Wall Street. But big money dreams and a life in the suburbs isn’t what he’s all all about, and when he believes a drug dealer (Richard Brooks) killed an undercover police officer in self-defense, Roland is immediately on the case. Roland’s determination to ensure his client doesn’t receive a first degree murder charge leads him into a dangerous territory of corrupt cops, but thankfully his good buddy Richie Marks (Sam Elliott) is actually an upstanding police officer.
Roland and Richie team up to take down the police ring whose profiteering played a huge part in the criminal’s predicament, but considering it’s two men against a seemingly indestructible crew, this mission may not go as planned.
Along with featuring several show stopping action scenes (including one with Sam Elliott hoping on a plane to catch the bad guys) and infusing solid character development (though the film spends most of its time focusing on Roland’s journey, this is a well written narrative). Elliott does most of the flick’s refreshingly ambitious action sequences with Weller anchoring most of the drama).
Last, but definitely not least, there is a standout moment at a diner as Roland and Richie share their mutual heartbreaks in the love department. Richie recounts a lost love/dog story that is absolutely one of the saddest canine stories I’ve heard in cinema, and Shakedown is worth it just for that standout sequence.
Special features on the Blu-ray include audio commentary from Glickenhaus (which is moderated by an interviewer), a video introduction from Glickenhaus, theatrical trailer, photo stills and a must see segment in which the director discusses how he once saved Miles Davis’ life!!
Shout! Factory is spotlighting one of television’s more overlooked sitcoms, as Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series hits DVD for the first time on September 5. The collection encompasses all 148 episodes of the sitcoms which during its run was nominated for six Emmys and five Golden Globes.
The series centered on Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), a journalist who’s forced to work at her father’s (George Segal) fashion magazine (its memorable moniker was Blush) to make ends meet. Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), and David Spade (Saturday Night Live) co-star in the show. Debuting in 1997, Just Shoot Me! lasted seven seasons, and creator Steve Levitan went on to spearhead the beloved and award winning series Modern Family.
Extras on Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series includes select episode commentaries, “Always in Fashion: A Conversation with Steve Levitan and the Cast of Just Shoot Me!,” and the Blush covers gallery.
Cinephiles love to point out Peter Sellers chameleon-like talents by citing his works with Stanley Kubrick (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) or the first rate Being There as proof. Sellers’ most accessible work, however, comes from his fruitful collaboration with director Blake Edwards, and on June 27 Shout! Factory is releasing the 6-disc Blu-ray set The Pink Panther Collection as part of its Shout Select line.
As part of the Shout Select line, the collection contains the films The Pink Panther, A Shot In The Dark, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Revenge of the Pink Panther and Trail of the Pink Panther. With Sellers’ passing in 1980, Trail of the Pink Panther (released in 1982) features footage of Sellers (he and Edwards were working on another Panther film before he passed) that’s interwoven into the movie.
The collection comes with a 24-page book with an essay from film critic Jerry Beck plus new interviews with cast and crew, audio commentaries, still galleries and TV spots. Though it would have been great to have included 1983’s Curse of the Pink Panther, which centered on the disappearance of Clouseau, the franchise will always be known as Edwards and Sellers’ creative journey, so the omission is definitely understandable.
Are you excited for The Pink Panther Collection on Blu-ray? Feel free to comment below!!
With his recent work in Spotlight,Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Founder, Michael Keaton’s career is at an all-time high. His roots in cinema, however, began in comedy, and now Shout! Factory is releasing Mr. Mom as part of its “Shout Select” line. The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is set for a September 5 release.
Penned by director/scribe John Hughes, Mr. Mom centers on Jack (Keaton), an unemployed husband who becomes a stay at home dad while his wife Caroline (Teri Garr) re-enters the workforce. Though Jack’s previous job in the automotive industry had its challenges, being a full time daddy has its share of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
The Blu-ray comes with an all new cover illustration plus interviews with co-stars Ann Jillian, Frederick Koehler, Tailesin Jaffe, and Miriam Flynn. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, best known for her work on the X-Men movies and most recently Deadpool is also interviewed. Other special features include the original theatrical trailer plus the rarely seen TV-movie Mr. Mom (it was released in 1984) which stars Barry Van Dyke and Rebecca York.
Are you a fan of Mr. Mom and are you excited for this Blu-ray release? Feel free to comment below!