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Infinitely Polar Bear

Summary: Told through the eyes of two young sisters, Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith Stuart (Ashley Aufderheide), Infinitely Polar Bear tells the story of just how mental illness can destroy a family. The two young girls watch in horror as their father, Cameron (Mark Ruffalo), sinks into manic depression which begins to rip their family apart.

While he works hard to try and recover their mother, Maggie (Zoe Saldana), decides to go away to Business College, meaning that suddenly Cameron has to try and straighten up his life and be a responsible father to his two young daughters.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th March, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Maya Forbes

Screenwriter: Maya Forbes

Cast: Manoah Angelo (Thurgood), Ashley Aufderheide (Faith Stuart), Beth Dixon (Pauline Stuart), Keir Dullea (Murray Stuart), Paul Elias (Dick), Muriel Gould (Gaga), Nekhebet Kum Juch (Kim), Uatchet Jin Juch (Ali), Alicia Love (Carol), Georgia Lyman (Becca), Chris Papavasiliou (Mr. Fabrini), H. Todd Randolph (Ruth-Ann),  Mark Ruffalo (Cameron), Zoe Saldana (Maggie), Imogene Wolodarsky (Amelia Stuart)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR INFINITELY POLAR BEAR REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

There is a basic rule in screenwriting – ‘just because something happened to you that is important in your life doesn’t make it worthwhile watching.’ It’s a rule that you are taught pretty early on when you study filmmaking but it seems it isn’t always a lesson that every filmmaker takes heed of. Certainly it seems that screenwriter and first time director Maya Forbes (who is mainly known for writing kids movies like Monsters vs. Aliens and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) didn’t pay much attention to the rule or she would have done some serious re-writing with Infinitely Polar Bear.

On paper Infinitely Polar Bear is a film that could have ended up being a serious and gripping look at mental illness, but something seriously got lost in translation here and if it weren’t for some amazing acting performances from its leads this is a film that narrowly misses out going on the straight to DVD pile.

While on the surface it appears that the film will be an in-depth look at a mentally ill struggling to hold his family together, the film never goes deep enough to explore the topic properly. Scenes in which Cameron’s manic depression have taken over aren’t anywhere near as confronting as they should while the fact that Maggie’s actions of abandoning her two daughters with their mentally ill father while she selfishly goes off to business school make her so unlikable that the film almost becomes a turn off for the audience. Forbes does a good job making the two daughters (which are based on her and her sister) the heroes of this story but there needs to be happening. There isn’t nearly enough scenes exploring the girl’s anger at their father’s illness or the feeling of abandonment that they must have felt from their mother leaving town. The film ends up becoming a flat drama with very little tension or suspense.

What saves this film are the performances of the main cast. The old rule of ‘actors can’t make a bad script look good’ almost goes out the window. While the performances of Ruffalo, Saldana and their two young chargers don’t exactly make the script look good they do save the film. Both Ashley Aufderheide and Imogene Wolodarsky put in performances well above their years as they portray the two damaged young girls to a tee. Meanwhile Mark Ruffalo repeats his performance from Thanks For Sharing and once again reminds audience members that there is much more in his acting repertoire than just playing big green angry men in comic movies as he puts in one of the more dramatic performances of the year playing a severely damaged man. Also stepping out of her Marvel shell with a gritty performance is Zoe Saldana. The actress who almost exclusively appear is science-fiction blockbusters these days removes the alien make-up and shows that underneath it all she is quality dramatic actress that can mix it with the best.

Infinitely Polar Bear is a classic example of a film that suffers because of a lack of re-writing. With a few more dramatic scenes inserted into it, this could have been a film that everybody was talking about, instead it’s bland script is only rescued by some top notch performances by it’s leading cast members. Even Ruffalo and Saldana great performances though won’t stop you realizing during the end credits that this is a film where nothing much happens.

 

Stars(2.5)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Infinitely Polar Bear reviews: You can also read our Infinitely Polar Bear review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast

Summary: Tinker Bell’s (voiced by Mae Whitman) good friend Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin) creates a stir when she brings a predator into Pixie Hollow to care for. The ‘Eagle incident’ soon sees her cop the wrath of Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) and the fairy in charge of security, Nyx (Rosario Dawson) which leaves the young fairy wondering whether or not her kind heart makes her act without using her brain.

She soon finds herself torn again however when she stumbles across the mysterious NeverBeast, a creature that she has never seen before. While she decides that she needs to study the creature it soon becomes apparent that the NeverBeast may not be a welcome creature in Pixie Hollow.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th March, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Steve Loter

Screenwriter: Steve Loter, Tom Rogers, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle, Kate Kondell

Cast: Pamela Adlon (Vidia (voice)), Chloe Bennet (Chase (voice)), Jeff Corwin (Buck (voice)), Rosario Dawson (Nyx (voice)), Ginnifer Goodwin (Fawn (voice)), Grey Griffin (Narrator), Danai Gurira (Fury (voice)), Megan Hilty (Rosetta (voice)), Olivia Holt (Morgan (voice)), Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion (voice)), Thomas Lennon (Scribble (voice)), Lucy Lui (Silvermist (voice)), Raven-Symone (Iridessa (voice)), Kari Wahlgren (Robin (voice)), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell (voice)),

Runtime: 76 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF  THE NEVERBEAST REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

While animated franchises like Ice Age and Madagascar have dominated the box office over the last decade or so Disney has also had a smaller franchise that has chugged along nicely and never really delivered a bad film. Sure the Tinker Bell franchise doesn’t exactly set box office records nor does it dominate headlines but then this is a series aimed at young girls who are too young to be going out and buying the latest video game or expensive electronics so it has really been a franchise that has been left to its own devices and enjoyed by its fans… and some film critics alike.

Sadly despite the fact that the Tinker Bell franchise has never had a weak spot it does look like the latest film, Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast, may be the finale as Disney is yet to commit to a seventh film. If that is the case than it will be a bit of shame seeing that fans of the star herself, Tinker Bell, might be a little miffed at why this Tinker Bell film doesn’t centre around the green fairy but instead centres around her friend, Fawn.

Despite that fact however it is hard to fault the film which was written and directed by Steve Loter (who strangely enough also worked on Kevin Smith’s Clerks animated series). Once again the film is entertaining from start to finish and while it doesn’t reach the heights that Tinker Bell And The Secret Of The Wings it still has enough charm to flow along nicely, and yes even contains an ending that may or may not bring a tear to the eyes of both adults and children alike. Like the other films in the franchise Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast is not afraid to take the young viewers on a journey that will see some well placed morals drilled into them as well. Topics such a stranger danger are there for all to see, while dig under the surface a little and you will also see the screenplay pushes across valuable lessons in preventing cruelty to animals and also not judging people (or creatures in this case) for looking a little bit different to the way you do as well.

Once again this film also manages to again bring a big name voice cast to the table as well. Mae Whitman reprises her role of Tinker Bell and franchise regulars Anjelica Houston, Raven-Simone and Lucy Liu. This time however we also see current ‘it’ girl Rosario Dawson take on the role of the tough Nyx while Once Upon A Time star Ginnifer Goodwin plays the sweet natured Fawn, revealing a natural talent as a voice actress.

If the Tinker Bell franchise is to come to a close with Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The Never Beast than it is a bit of a shame. While the film isn’t weak at all, the fact that it doesn’t centre around the main character of Tinker Bell will be a little sad for the fans of this amazing series. With suspense and emotion littered all through out the script this film once again shows one of this is one of the better franchises doing the rounds.

 

Stars(3)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Run All Night reviews: You can also read our Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Like Lambs Still

PROSPEKT is pleased to announce the post production fundraising effort for LIKE LAMBS has been selected as a ‘Staff Pick’ by KICKSTARTER. There are 25 days left to raise $27,000 and we would appreciate your pledge or ‘share’ on your social networ.
LIKE LAMBS marks the feature debut of writer, director, actor Ted Marcus and the narrative feature film debut of Australian producer/sound designer John Kassab, following the success of hit documentary 12 O’CLOCK BOYS.

LIKE LAMBS stars Liam Aiken (Ned Rifle, Lemony Snicket’s), Connor Paolo (Mystic River, Gossip Girl, Revenge), Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 and Over), Chanelle Peloso (Incredible Crew, Zapped) and Godfrey (Louie, Soul Plane, Zoolander).

LIKE LAMBS was shot on location in a Gothic Castle in New England during the Autumn of 2013 and filmed with leftover 35mm film from the sets of 12 YEARS A SLAVE and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET which is someone ironic given the subject matter.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Paramount Pictures have just released the Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation full length trailer.

The film stars Tom Cruise reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996. Returning to the franchise are Simon Pegg as Benji, Jeremy Renner as Brandt and Ving Rhames as Luther. Joining the cast are Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation finds Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an International rogue organisation, as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Jessica Stuart Few

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with Jessica Stuart to talk about the songwriter’s up coming gig at The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine. Jessica talks about it is like to be in a group with such an unique sound and what it is like to suddenly find your music making the charts in Japan.

You can listen to or download our Jessica Stuart Few interview right here.

A Royal Night Out Poster

Paramount Pictures have just released the brand new A Royal Night Out poster.

A ROYAL NIGHT OUT is a film about one perfect, glorious evening in the lives of two real-life princesses. They are Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor and the night is 8 May 1945, V-E Night.

The whole of London is on the streets to celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe. It is known the young princesses, aged 19 and 14, slipped out of the palace to join the communal euphoria and went dancing at the Ritz. They apparently returned to Buckingham Palace just after midnight. Directed by acclaimed UK director Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Brideshead Revisited), A ROYAL NIGHT OUT is an affectionate ‘what-if’ story about the adventures Elizabeth and Margaret might have had on the joyous night that brought the whole of London together.

Cast: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Jack Reynor

Director:  Julian Jarrold

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Paramount Pictures have just released the Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation trailer.

The film stars Tom Cruise reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996. Returning to the franchise are Simon Pegg as Benji, Jeremy Renner as Brandt and Ving Rhames as Luther. Joining the cast are Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson.

Christopher McQuarrie directs from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Christopher McQuarrie and Will Staples. The film is produced by Tom Cruise through Tom Cruise Productions and J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk through Bad Robot. Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger serve as executive producers.

The 4th instalment in the globally successful franchise, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, earned nearly $700 million worldwide and became Cruise’s highest grossing film to date in his storied career. The MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise has earned more than $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

“Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an International rogue organization, as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.”

 

Pixels Image

The first image and trailer from Sony Pictures’ new film Pixels has been released.

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper, has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner, now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten, a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

The film is directed by Chris Columbus and stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Brian Cox.

You can view the Pixels trailer below.