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Dinosaur Island

DINOSAUR ISLAND will be distributed exclusively by Hoyts and will screen nationally from 14 February 2015

DINOSAUR ISLAND was conceived three years ago by Emmy award winning creature effects expert MATT DRUMMOND and is a family film aimed primarily at children aged from 6 to 12 years.

The feature film came about when Australian director, Drummond was living in Vanuatu, where his company, Hive Studios worked on a string of dinosaur documentaries featuring dinosaurs for American cable networks National Geographic, History and Discovery channels.  In Vanuatu, Drummond met legendary Hollywood producer, Paul Mason who encouraged him to make his first movie.

As Drummond explains “My previous experience running a visual effects studio had taught me that every project I do has to be commercially viable, if not, it just wasn’t worth doing because the name of the game is sustainability. I did most of the visual effects myself; I have 20 years’ experience in creature effects” (he won an  Emmy Award last year for Art Direction and Graphic Design for his work on Big History for the History Channel).

The score for DINOSAUR ISLAND was composed by Australian musician, Chris Wright and the title track was recorded by Kate DeArougo (Australian Idol winner).

DINOSAUR ISLAND features two Australian acting newcomers Kate Rasmussen (Kate Thompson) and Darius Williams (Lucas Winton).

DINOSAUR ISLAND is garnering international attention from both the scientific and entertainment community with Drummond’s controversial choice to portray some of the dinosaurs as feathered, notably the Tyrannosaurus.

According to Science, “The most recent discovery of fossilized feathers on a newly identified dinosaur far removed from the bird lineage means that feathers likely were more widespread than previously thought in the dinosaur world.” These latest findings add further weight to the feathered versus non-feathered debate and could change the way scientists’ and film audiences view dinosaurs.

Fans of the film love what has been dubbed as the “fluffy t-rex.” with many referring to Director, Colin Trevorrow’s decision not to include feathered dinosaurs in the upcoming feature Jurassic World.  Noted geophysicist and science journalist, Mika Mckinnon writes that she is, “delighted that the first Dinosaur Island trailer features a fantastically fluffy T-Rex.”

In response to the renewed debate, Director Matt Drummond states, “Our Tyrannosaur is more about character…Having worked with Jack Horner, Luis Chiappe and a range of paleontologists on all sorts of documentaries and exhibits, one thing is irrefutable… none agrees with the other. It’s an ever evolving science and new discoveries trump old theories almost weekly. Hopefully what we have created sparks the imagination and provides some great entertainment.”

Arclight Films acquired the international sales rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival and it has since been one of their best-selling films. It has been acquired internationally in over 50 countries for both theatrical/DVD/VOD and network commitments. Notably, Millennium Films have recently acquired the film rights for North American release in 2015.

Pinnacle Entertainment has acquired the rights for DVD/Network and VOD platforms in Australia for release on April 1.

Rosamund Pike

We take a look at the most popular stars online over the past week.

  1. Rosamund Pike
  2. Hayley Atwell
  3. Chloe Grace Moretz
  4. Shailene Woodley
  5. Ruth Wilson
  6. Eddie Redmayne
  7. Lee Pace
  8. Benedict Cumberbatch
  9. Taylor Negron
  10. Jennifer Lawrence
  11. Maggie Grace
  12. Sienna Miller
  13. Tom Hardy
  14. Emma Stone
  15. Jamie Dornan
  16. Dakota Johnson
  17. Ellar Coltrane
  18. Evangeline Lilly
  19. Chris Pratt
  20. Jennifer Aniston
  21. Bradley Cooper
  22. Scarlett Johansson
  23. Anna Kendrick
  24. Theo James
  25. Michael Keaton

American Sniper

We take a look at the most popular movies and TV shows searched for the internet over the past week.

  1. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kye Gallner, Cole Konis
  2. Into The Woods (2014) – Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
  3. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  4. Boyhood (2014) – Ellar Coltraine, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith
  5. Taken 3 (2014) – Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
  6. The Imatation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  7. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robery Downey Knr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  8. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  9. Inherent Vice (2014) – Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Own Wilson, Katherine Waterson
  10. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  11. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  12. Whiplash (2014) – Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
  13. Unbroken (2014) – Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund
  14. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  15. Foxcatcher (2014) – Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
  16. The Theory Of Everything (2014) – Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry
  17. Selma (2014) – David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint
  18. John Wick (2014) - Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe
  19. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes
  20. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody
  22. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  23. Cake (2014) – Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington
  24. Agent Carter (2015) – Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj
  25. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) – Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Wild’, ‘The Wedding Ringer’ and ‘American Sniper′ . This episode also contains interviews with Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed, Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Uwe Boll and visual artist Ego.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Rock Star: SupernovaSubculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths recently caught up with Toby Rand while he was in Melbourne recently fronting Juke Kartel. Toby spoke about his new brand solo album that will be out really soon, what it has been liking in the U.S. working with the likes of Tommy Lee and announced that Juke Kartel have an album of ‘lost songs’ coming out as well.

You can listen to or download our Juke Kartel interview right here.

Ego

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths sat down with DJ and visual artist Ego to talk about his brand new Mix Tape, his Australian tour (dates are below) and of course his great new track Flips And Flops, Drips And Drops which is an interesting take on Where The Wild Things Are.

You can listen to/download our Ego interview right here.

 

24 Jan // The Cliff Dive // Sydney
30 Jan // Homestead // Hobart
31 Jan // Capitol // Perth
06 Feb // Cant Say // Melbourne
13 Feb // Alhambra Lounge // Brisbane

Ed Wells

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to Sydney musician Ed Wells about his brand new single Sparrow And Seed. He has also announced some tour dates which are all listed below.

You can check out Dave’s Ed Wells interview right here.

 

SATURDAY JANUARY 24 – MELBOURNE LAUNCH
Wesley Anne
250 High St, Northcote VIC
Ph: 03 9482 1333
Support Lily and King
Tix $10, doors 8pm
SUNDAY JANUARY 25
Boney
68 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC
Ph: 03 9663 8268
Tix $7, doors 6.30pm
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 – SYDNEY LAUNCH
The Vanguard
42 King St, Newtown NSW
Ph: 02 9557 9409
Support Imogen Clark
Tix $16.80 (general admission), doors 6.30pm
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14
No 5 Church St
5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
Ph: 02 6655 0155
With guests TBA
Tix $15, doors 7pm.

Transitions Film Festival

The Transitions Film Festival returns to Melbourne this February, with an expanded program of world-changing documentaries. The Festival kicks off on Friday 13th February with an open air screening of Inside Out :The People’s Art Project at Testing Grounds and runs until the first week of March. The program features a Projector Bike ride and outdoor screening at Argyle Square in Carlton, as well as free films on the Big Screen at Federation Square, and a jam-packed program at Cinema Nova, including 11 national premieres and 4 Australian documentary features.

From the towering epicentre of Hollywood to the dirt and dust of the developing world, the films in this year’s Transitions Film Festival showcase the disruptors, defenders, innovators, and champions in the ever-accelerating transition to a new way of seeing, hearing thinking and doing.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the fascinating film Inside Out:The People’s Art Project which follows the TED prize-winning artist JR on his adventure to blanket entire cities with community generated art; Black Ice, a gripping tale of the Greenpeace Arctic 30’s capture and imprisonment by the Russian authorities; Yes Men are Revolting, the long anticipated sequel from the hilariously fearless serial pranksters the Yes Men; and Merchants of Doubt, a powerful exposé of the fossil fuel industry’s employment of spin doctors to deliberately mislead all of us about climate science.

The Festival turns itself inside out with a series of Projector Bike shorts being beamed onto walls and buildings across Melbourne, a free open air screening of Within Reach at Argyle Square in Carlton, and a showing of the B-Corp film Not Business as Usual at Melbourne’s first social enterprise bar, Shebeen.

The program also features a series of films revolving around the life-cycle (and the will to transcend it) including Alive Inside, a powerful film about one man’s quest to use music to bring joy back to dementia patients; A Will for the Woods, an exploration of the green burial movement; an intimate portrait of a doctor with lymphoma and his quest to organise a green burial for himself, Immortalists which delves into the fascinating world of the brilliant and eccentric scientists who are on the cusp of making eternal life a reality; and Surviving Earth which throws its gaze at the life cycle of our entire species, highlights the severity of our predicament, and offers solutions.

Key festival guests include filmmakers: Laura Nix (Yes Men Are Revolting – USA), Heidi Douglas (Defendant Five) Peter Charles Downey (Surviving Earth) and Amy Browne (Will for the Woods)  as well as leading artists, activists and sustainability leaders including: Steven Bygrave (CEO BZE), Amanda McKenzie (CEO Climate Council), John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), David Hood, (Doing Something Good) and many more.

Discount tickets are on offer again this year for cyclists, with concession priced tickets being rewarded to patrons who ride their bike to the cinema.

The Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers that are leading the way to a better world.

Wild

Summary: Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) is a woman in crisis. Her personal life has taken a battering to the point that she never no longer knows what is going on and where she is headed. Her marriage to her husband Paul (Thomas Sadoski) is in tatters after she repeatedly cheated on him, she has been battling against a heroin addiction and the loss of her mother, Bobbi (Laura Dern) has seen her reach rock bottom.

Cheryl knows that she needs to make changes in her life but nobody expects to make the choice that she does. They are very shocked when she announces that she is going to go on a one thousand mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail in a bid to find herself. Many expect that she will fail on her journey but Cheryl decides that this is one thing that she is not going to mess up or give up on.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st January, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed

Cast: Lorraine Bahr (Lou), Charles Baker (T.J.), W. Earl Brown (Frank), Ray Buckley (Joe), Anne Gee Byrd (Vera), Jerry Carlton (Dave), Will Cuddy (Josh), Cathryn de Prume (Stacey), Cliff De Young (Ed), Laura Dern (Bobbi), J.D. Evermore (Clint), Nick Eversman (Richie), Jan Hoag (Annette), Gaby Hoffman (Aimee), Michiel Huisman (Jonathan), Bobby Strayed Lindstrom (Cheryl (6 Years Old)), Keene McCrae (Leif), Mo McCrae (Jimmy Carter), Kevin Michael Moore (Spider), William Nelson (Leif (3 Years Old)), Evan O’Toole (Kyle), Leigh Parker (Rick), Matt Pascua (Wayne), Kevin Rankin (Greg), Thomas Sadoski (Paul), Brian Van Holt (Ranger), Reese Witherspoon (Cheryl)

Runtime: 115 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR WILD REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Travelogue films have been sneaking into the cinemas at a pretty rapid rate over the last few years. Some, like the very good Secret Life Of Walter Mitty work, but a large number end up like Tracks, a dull affair that saw a woman walk across a desert with a camel for a majority of the film, or completely laughable and self-indulgent like the ridiculous male torture device known as Eat, Pray, Love. Therefore it is an absolute relief that Wild turns out to be an amazing film that is likely to take a few people by surprise with its alternative edge.

Really as a film going audience we shouldn’t have expected anything less. Director, Jean-Marc Vallee announced himself as an edgy director who can find box office suspense with the award-winning Dallas Buyers Club, but with Wild he takes that one step further and in doing so makes this a film that really will inspire those who are finding themselves on the darker side of life.

What better way to show human desperation than to take one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses and brutally show her as somebody who is really suffering. Witherspoon knows how to play rough, she did that recently in Mud, but here Vallee takes Witherspoon down even further, delivering scenes of real nastiness with scenes of injecting heroin and promiscuous sex that will be a shock to the system for anybody expecting this to be some Julia Roberts fluff.

Likewise Vallee doesn’t glam up Cheryl’s journey across the trail either. Sure he doesn’t mind showing the odd piece of beautiful scenery but it’s intercut with Cheryl having to make unglamorous toilet spots, watching her eat cold foot, pulling off toenails as her feet suffer with every step and of course the suspense of not knowing when one of the male hikers or hunters is going to see her a single female alone on the trail as a piece of bait that they just can’t pass by. Aided by a beautifully written screenplay by Nick Hornby Vallee has ended up producing a surprisingly good alternative masterpiece.

With screenwriter and director working well in tandem the last piece of the puzzle was the lead actress and Reese Witherspoon certainly doesn’t let the team down. Gone are the days when Witherspoon was known for her ‘soft’ roles in films like Cruel Intentions or Legally Blonde, now Witherspoon seems to excel when she is given the rougher roles and she backs up her recent great performances in Devil’s Knot and Mud with a stunningly good performance here. Witherspoon cops whatever Vallee throws at her and while many actresses may not have wanted to film some of the nudity that Witherspoon is called to deliver, she seems to have little or no problem with it at all. Her well-rounded performance certainly deserves the Oscar nomination that she has received and she actually does have a pretty decent chance to add to the one that she picked up for Walk The Line. While Witherspoon does steal the show she is also joined by Laura Dern for some amazingly touching and sometimes harrowing scenes together as well.

Wild is perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the year. A travelogue with the grittiness of a film like Trainspotting or 21 Grams is pretty much unheard of. With one of the best scripts to have surfaced in a long time, a performance by a lead actress that is full of grit and a director at the helm that isn’t afraid to make a ‘dirty’ blockbuster there is little wonder why Wild has turned out to be one of the best films you will see in 2015. Aside from running a little long it does absolutely nothing wrong.

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

 

IMDB Rating: Wild (2014) on IMDb

 

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

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The Wedding Ringer

Summary: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) thinks he has scooped the lottery. After years and years of being considered as a loser to all those around him he has now shown everybody by not only making it in the finance world but somehow managing to not only get the very good looking Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) to date him but now she has said yes to his wedding proposal. Yes, everything is looking up for Doug, except he goes and causes a massive amount of stress by lying about how many friends he has, when secretly he has none at all.

Now Doug’s lie is haunting him because Gretchen and her over-zealous gay wedding planner Edmundo (Ignacio Serricchio) are eagerly wanting to meet all his friends so they can be prepared to become groomsmen. As he panics to what will happen if Gretchen discovers they don’t exist Doug is forced to hire Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), the wedding ringer extraordinaire who for the right amount of money can be your best man and provide you with the wedding you need to keep your loved one happy.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st January, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jeremy Garelick

Screenwriter: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender

Cast: Karen Jin Beck (DJ Shy), Trevor Brunsink (Trevor), Patrick Carlyle (Andrew), Affion Crockett (Reggie/Drysdale), Whitney Cummings (Holly Munk), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (Gretchen Palmer), Anthony L. Fernandez (Angel), Josh Gad (Doug Harris), Jorge Garcia (Lurch/Garvey), Mimi Gianopulos (Mimi), Dan Gill (Bronstein/Dickerson), Peter Gilroy (P.J. The Waiter), Steve Greene (Chris), Kevin Hart (Jimmy Callahan/Bic), Corey Holcomb (Otis/Alzado), Ken Howard (Ed Palmer), Tray Ireland (Ray), Neal Israel (Rabbi Steinsaltz), Ashley Jones (Babs Fremont), Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones (himself), Colin Kane (Fitzgibbons/Plunkett), Cloris Leachman (Grandma Palmer), Jenifer Lewis (Doris Jenkins), Joe Namath (himself), Amy Okuda (Marci), Lindsay Pearce (Alexandra Plylow), John Riggins (himself), Alan Ritchson (Kip/Carew), Mimi Rogers (Lois Palmer), Jeffrey Ross (Hal Lane), Ignacio Serricchio (Edmundo/Dirty Eddie Sanchez),  Aaron Takahashi (Endo/Rambis), Olivia Thirlby (Alison Palmer), Robert Towers (Lou), Nicky Whelan (Nadia)

Runtime: 101 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR THE WEDDING RINGER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Kevin Hart! The name can spring fear into fans of good comedy. After all this is a man over the years who has turned out some pretty questionable film roles… yes to be honest he deserves to be included in the same sentence as Adam Sandler or Chris Rock. For that reason there is always a little bit of trepidation when you are heading into a Kevin Hart, chances are it’s going to be ordinary, but then occasionally along comes a surprise like The Wedding Ringer which actually turns out to be a pretty decent comedy… as long as you like your comedy a little out there like with films like Horrible Bosses or The Hangover franchise.

Yes there are times you are going to feel guilty laughing at The Wedding Ringer, a small part of your brain will tell you that you shouldn’t be laughing at something as juvenile as a dog becoming attached to somebody’s genitals in a Bucks’ Night prank gone wrong or that you shouldn’t be chuckling at a poor unfortunate person with a speech impediment, but the larger part of your brain will overcome that little voice and whether you want or not you are going to find yourself laughing out loud to this film… largely because the screenwriters get a lot of things right.

One of the biggest problems with comedies over the past few years has been that the main characters haven’t been likable. That certainly isn’t the case here. Doug maybe a loser, but he’s still a nice guy and he’s the kind of guy that you want to see succeed so instantly you start rooting for him, the screenplay (which was put together by director Jeremy Garelik and Jay Lavender) also sees the character of Jimmy be presented in a likable light as well. A lot of films would have had him labeled as a shyster but here he seems to embrace the job as a wedding ringer because he is making people happy. He’s funny, caring and as we see later on has a softer side so what isn’t there to like.

Sure there are some parts of this film that are extremely predictable, I mean anyone who has watched a comedy over the last decade will work out where the Gretchen’s feeling for Doug storyline is heading before the film ever gets there, but Garelick (who is a debut feature director) also manages to throw in enough side-stories and surprises to keep his audience on their toes. Having said that though, some sequences such as the football game are over long. The biggest problem for this film should have been convincing the audience that someone that looks like Gretchen would ever date a loser like Doug and even that is well and truly explained for the naysayers.

Now let’s get down to the jury decision on Mr. Hart himself. Hart is actually okay in the role of Jimmy/Bic but to be honest his delivery still needs a lot of work. At times he mumbles or speaks so fast that the audience is left scratching their heads and wondering ‘what the hell did he just say?’ Luckily Josh Gad steps up to the plate and is actually manages to take a lot of the laughs away from Hart, whether it be through an old style slapstick laugh or a well delivered line. Gad like Hart hasn’t always delivered comedy gold but here he is more than serviceable. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting doesn’t do too much away from her Big Bang Theory persona, but another television ring-in, Jorge Garcia (known to many as Hurley from Lost) steals the show with one of the funniest lines in the film (the last final line before the credits), while Ken Howard also manages to steal a laugh or two as he plays the very politically incorrect Ed.

The Wedding Ringer is very much a guilty pleasure. It is the kind of film that serious film buffs will never admit they had a chuckle to because it is expected they wouldn’t like it, when really they were laughing out loud just like the rest of the audience around them. The Wedding Ringer is outrageous but does have a touching side as well and it does more than enough to be labeled a passable comedy.

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Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s The Wedding Ringer review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(1)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)

 

IMDB Rating: The Wedding Ringer (2015) on IMDb

 

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

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