Grunting at the Screen (230)

10 May




The information age isn’t finished with us.



Blumhouse is a production company known for its hit horror pictures. Lately it has been moving sideways into science fiction. The latest such feature is something called Only You; they are calling it a “time-travel thriller”, but otherwise keeping their cards close to their chests.

David Oyelowo has been cast, Jacob Estes is to write and direct.




OK, we have a release date for Prisoner X, -Grunting (195)- it’s out on VOD and DVD on June 6, 2017.

This is about the interrogation of a time travelling prisoner who started a war.



We are hearing about “Encounter” a feature film by Paul J. Salamoff; four friends discover a crashed space-ship, rescue the alien from it and find themselves being chased by the authorities…hey that’s ET!

Luke Hemsworth is to star.

Shooting commences this month.




Apparently feature film project Gemini Man has been knocking around for two decades; a veteran assassin who has to battle his 25-years-younger clone,

Jerry Bruckheimer originated the project. Digital de-aging technology will likely be used.

The latest director to be linked to it is Ang (Hulk) Lee, but he has not quite signed on yet.

More as it develops.



After the briefest and narrowest of theatrical debuts The Void is out on DVD. And it has extras.

It is deliriously well reviewed.




We have the English subtitled version of the Fullmetal Alchemist trailer.





Marketing for Alien: Covenant is beginning in earnest. It opens in Mid-May and I honestly do not know what to say except I would not be even talking of it if it wasn’t a Ridley Scott film.

Oh, I’ll see it. And then we will know.


You know I have a thing for straight to disk science fiction movies. I live in hope. I really do.

Well, I’m scanning the shelves when I come across “The Winter Soldier”. No seriously, it is not a subtitle it’s just “The Winter Soldier”, they do know the name is somewhat already taken, do they?

Well apparently they do, because after a more than frustrating attempt to look it up, (for some reason another movie keeps coming up). I discover “The Winter Soldier” as directed by Joey Curtis was until recently known as 2307: Winter’s Dream.

Ah that makes sense. It’s another one of those name changing DVDs.

So, that confusion sorted out. I looked up what it was.

Hmme, seems like the title wasn’t all they borrowed. It has an android named Ash-393 being chased across a frozen wasteland by a character called Bishop, This feels like a sad version of Blade Runner on ice with nods to Alien, Aliens and any 80s Science Fiction Action film they can touch on the way down.

If you are jonesing for a cliché, you can find it on all good… er adequate … you can find it in supermarkets.



We finally have a release date for Wesley Snipes’ The Recall: June 16 (there is also a virtual reality release, but we can’t be bothered with that.)



This one came out of nowhere: Kill Switch directed by Tim Smit. A pilot has to save the world when an energy experiment using parallel worlds goes wrong.

it is looking at a limited theatrical release from June 16th.

Here is a typically CG heavy trailer;



Talking of the Black List, ah we weren’t, but were we back in Grunting (219).

Among the screenplays we were talking about was Mother:

“A robot Mother raises a girl in a bunker, until a stranger comes along.” We’ve got more; the earth has been depopulated and the robots are being used to raise a new generations of humans.

Well it looks like Mother is off the shelf. The writer is Michael Lloyd Green, director is Grant Sputore. Clara Rugaard has been cast and it is in preproduction to be shot in Australia.

No start date as yet.


The Black List of unproduced screenplays has a legendary status, but I’m wondering how long it can keep it, with so many of the films that make it off the list crashing and burning…





Finally after many years Upside Down has come to DVD,

“Huh?” You say. we first reported on it back in Grunting at the Screen (81)

and that was a long time ago.

“Upside Down is a romantic fantasy about two worlds inverted from each other, one down, one up, of course you have to have a romance separated by these worlds).”

It was completed and reviewed as long ago as 2013. But this is the first sight I have had of it.

You can get it in legitimate places where DVDs are sold, not just supermarkets








So we have more information on Andy (the Martian) Weir’s next book.

Hey wait a minute, this isn’t a movie!

You know what? I’ll allow it.

Its name is “Artemis” and it is based on the first city on the moon. what it looks like is a crime story with a noirish conspiracy plot attached.

And no sign or any lone spacemen needing rescue.

I like what I am hearing.

It has a publication date on November 14, 2017

… And by the way the film rights have already been sold to Fox and New Regency.

So maybe it fits in after all.






Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


…Celestial Huh! Didn’t see that coming..

Anyway, this film is almost unreviewable. Whatever anyone says it will be a huge hit.

Let’s see, the Guardians take a job protecting some sacred batteries , but instead Rocket steals them.

This leads to a deadly chase, an encounter with the past and the possible destruction of most of the universe.

Fundamentally it is story about families and the story is familiar; jut so we never have say this again, the family of choice trumps any biological connection where the connection has been broken for enough years. See. we can move on now.

OK., as expected the FX are competently executed. Baby Groot is cute and dangerous, Gamora is finally allowed to be the most dangerous woman in the universe.

However the whole tone of the film is distracted. Really. It feels like director James Gunn made it while texting, tweeting or doing something else he’d rather be doing.

The only exception is the over-long coda after the climax which becomes an uncomfortable stretch of genuflection after all of the action and clowning.

This makes it sound like I hated the film, but in fact I enjoyed it, it’s very funny and until the end does not flag.

In fact It is better than the first one.

But it’s as inconsequential as any film about the destruction of most of the universe could be. Fun but Fluff.

And yes, there are five (count them) post credit scenes. And yes they are pretty trivial (but what can you expect from the men who gave you Howard the Duck last time?)









I’m Jack Eris and if you know me, you know Jack.






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