Monthly Archives: November 2012

2 Days In New York

Summary:Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus, who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion’s relatives.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd Novmeber, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: France, Germany, Belgium

Director: Julie Delpy

Screenwriter: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon

Cast: Pan Bandhu (Joe), Dylan Baker (Ron), Daniel Bruhl (The Oak Fairy), Kate Burton (Bella), Erin Darke (Cynthia (voice)), Albert Delpy (Jeannot), Julie Delpy (Marion), Arthur French (Lee Robinson), Vincent Gallo (himself), Marcus Ho (Johnny), Gregory Korostishevsky), Alexia Landeau (Rose), Carmen Lopez (Julia), Alex Manette (John Kelly), Alexandre Nahon (Manu), Petronia Paley (Carol Robinson), Bhavesh Patel (Justin), Talen Ruth Riley (Willow), Chris Rock (Mingus), Owen Shipman (Lulu), Johnny Tran (Van), Mai Loan Tran (Ahn), Emily Wagner (Susan), Malinda Williams (Elizabeth)

Runtime: 92 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘2 Days In New York’ Review: Please see episode #09 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast to hear the Subculture Media review of ‘2 Days In New York’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘2 Days In New York′: N/A.

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating: 2 Days in New York (2012) on IMDb


Pixar Animation Studios, the creator of Toy Story 3, whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition. Bursting with heart, unforgettable characters and Pixars signature humor, Brave is a rousing, gorgeously animated good time, raves Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defi es an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. When Meridas actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers to undo a beastly curse before its too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st June, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21th November, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

Screenwriter: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi, Steve Purcell

Cast: Peigi Barker (Young Merida (voice)), Robbie Coltrane (Lord Dingwall (voice)), Billy Connolly (Fergus (voice)), Steven Cree (Young Macintosh (voice)), Craig Ferguson (Lord Macintosh (voice)), Eilidh Fraser (Maudie (voice)), Sally Kinghorn (Maudie (voice)), Kelly Macdonald (Merida (voice)), Kevin McKidd (Lord MacGuffin/Young MacGuffin (voice)), Callum O’Neil (Wee Dingwell (voice)), Steve Purcell (The Crow (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Gordon (voice)), Emma Thompson (Elinor (voice)), Julie Walters (The Witch (voice))

Runtime: 100 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Brave’ Review:

Okay sit down and strap yourself in because I’m about to say something that may be a shock to some people. Brave is one of the best animated films of all time. It doesn’t take rocket science to come to that conclusion because this is one film that simply doesn’t do anything wrong.

Disney Pixar answers their critics who recently slammed the company for never creating strong female characters by revealing Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, TV’S Boardwalk Empire), one of the strongest female characters to grace our screens in a long, long time.

While Merida’s mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson – Men In Black 3, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2) wants Merida to be a good Princess and marry one of the Kingdom’s eligible batchelors her father, King Fergus (Billy Connolly – The Ballad Of Nessie, Gullivar’s Travels) encourages to follow her dreams and become a warrior.

Angry that it seems her mother will get her way Merida meets a witch (Julie Walters – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) and asks her to do a spell that will change everything… the only problem is that happens in a way that becomes life-threatening.

One of the standouts with Brave is the fabulous work put in by the film’s directors, Mark Andrews (Violet, One Man Band) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince Of Egypt). Aided by spectacular feats of animation these talented directors bring a look and feel to this film that most animated films would be envious of. The detail in the shots taken in the forest are amazing, you can even see the lines on each of the leaves.

Another brave decision by the filmmakers that really pays off is the fact that they went with Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (who most people would remember from Trainspotting) to voice Merida. Most producers would have lined up Hollywood’s latest starlet and just asked her to put on a Scottish accent, but in the case of Brave you feel that would have been something that really wouldn’t have worked.

With a brilliant script and some of the best animation work that you are ever likely to see Brave is one film that will be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Brave’:

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Brave (2012) on IMDb

Summary:You Instead is a free-wheeling rock n roll love story set against the raucous magnificence and unforgettable sounds of Scotlands leading music Festival. Global Indie star Adam, arrives at T in the Park for his gig, during an impromptu backstage fight, Adam finds himself accidentally handcuffed to punk girl-band leader Morello the two are inseparably joined together for the next 24 hours.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 21st December, 2012

Country: United Kingdom

Director: David Mackenzie

Screenwriter: Thomas Leveritt

Cast: Mathew Baynton (Tyko), Rebecca Benson (Lucie), Cora Bissett (J.J.), Kari Corbett (Kirsty), Newton Faulkner (himself), Ruta Gedmintas (Lake), Gilly Gilchrist (Bruce the Roadie), Al Green (himself), Hannah Jackson (Jenny), Kassidy (themselves), Clare Kelly (Justine), Alastair Mackenzie (Mark), Jo Mango (herself), Gavin Mitchell (Bobby), Joseph Mydell (The Prophet), Jonny Phillips (Jay), The Proclaimers (themselves), Heather Suttie (herself), Natalia Tena (Morello), Luke Treadaway (Luke), The View (themselves), Sophie Wu (Kim)

Runtime: 80 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘You Instead’ Review:

You Instead joins the ever-growing list of films released in 2012 that are guaranteed to frustrate anyone that is watching them. See as a film You Instead has more ups and downs than a rollercoaster. While this is the first film to truly capture the atmosphere of a music festival some elements of its screenplay are so bad it seriously holds back the film from becoming a great film.

The story involved in You Instead is incredibly simple. Morello (Natalie Tena – Bel Ami, TV’S Game Of Thrones) and Adam (Luke Treadaway – Cheerful Weather For The Wedding, Attack The Block) are musicians who have both been asked to perform at Scotlands ‘T In The Park’ Music Festival, but they are at opposite ends of the music sphere.

Adam is in a successful pop group with good friend Tyko (Mathew Baynton – TV’S BBC Proms & Spy) while Morello is in a struggling all female rock group. Fate brings them together when after a small scuffle a mysterious man named The Prophet (Joseph Mydell – Julius Caesar, TV’S National Theatre Live) handcuffs them together.

Unable to find anything to free them Morello and Adam realise they may have to go on stage for each other’s sets while the situation also casuses problems for them with their partners, Mark (Alastair Mackenzie – TV’S Lip Service & Skins) and Lake (Ruta Gedmintas – TV’S Lip Service, The Borgias).

Honestly, director David Mackenzie (Perfect Sense, Spread) does a wonderful job for You Instead. As he showed with films like Hallam Foe he’s not afraid to be a little edgy and that once again shows here. With You Instead he also shows that he has a brilliant cinematic eye and some of the shots he captures here are amazing and certainly capture the vibe of a music festival… something not many filmmakers have been able to do in the past.

But Mackenzie is let down by the fact that Thomas Leveritt’s (Girder) is dangerously shallow in parts while the scenes that involve the actors adlibbing with the various VIPs at the festival are even weaker. The end result is a bad taste in the mouth of the audience.

On a positive note though the acting of the film’s leads is exceptional. Natalie Tena showed in the Harry Potter series of films that she was an emerging talent and here she shows that she has really taken the next step while Adam Treadaway clearly shows that he is an actor that has a rosy future ahead of him.

You Instead is a okay film with a great soundtrack. Be prepared to be blown away by some great visuals but also be prepared for some lows due to a weakened script.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of You Instead:

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Tonight You're Mine (2011) on IMDb

Summary: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John s side ever since – a friendship that s tested when Lori, John s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th July, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21st November, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Cast: Jessica Barth (Tami-Lynn), Ryan Butcher (Callum Oldfield), Ted Danson (himself), Kristina Ellery (Heavenly), Sarah Fischer (Sauvignon Blanc), Ginger Gonzaga (Gina), Lydia Hannibal (Ellen), Norah Jones (herself), Sam J. Jones (himself), Tm Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants (voice)), Mila Kunis (Lori Collins), Katelyn Lorren (Cherene), Seth MacFarlane (Ted (voice)), Bretton Manley (Young John), Joel McHale (Rex), Ed McMahon (himself), Aedin Mincks (Robert), Melissa Ordway (Michelle), Ryan Reynolds (Jared), Ray Romano (himself), Giovanni Ribisi (Donny), Colton Shires (Teenage John), Tom Skerritt (himself), Bill Smitrovich (Frank), Chanty Sok (Angelique), Patrick Stewart (Narrator), Jessica Stroup (Tracy), Mark Wahlberg (John Bennett), Matt Walsh (Thomas), Laura Vandervoort (Tanya), John Viener (Alix), Patrick Warburton (Guy), Robert Wu (Ming)

Runtime: 106 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Ted’ Review:

When a film has the power to have a whole audience in stitches, reduce three to have asthma attacks and have others laughing so much that they are almost falling into the aisles in stitches you know that you are onto a comedy that achieves its aim. That is exactly what happened at the first screening of Ted in Melbourne.

From the pen of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane comes Ted the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg – Contraband, The Fighter) a man who as a boy wished that his teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane – TV’S Family Guy & The Cleveland Show) could talk.

In a Christmas miracle Ted to begin talk and soon became a celebrity but as the years went by his star begin to fade and he turned into a foul-mouthed, bad tempered teddy bear. Now John is faced with a challenge get rid of his life-long buddy or risk losing his beautiful girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis – Friends With Benefits, Black Swan).

Meanwhile Lori’s boss Rex (Joel McHale – TV’S Community, The Big Year) is making a play for Lori while Donny (Giovanni Ribisi – Contraband, The Rum Diary) is hell-bent on stealing Ted for his creepy son.

MacFarlane’s pen takes Ted into all kinds of areas of ‘wrong’ humor yet you can’t help but laughing at all of them – he certainly takes hold of the old saying ‘if you’re going to offend someone, offend everyone’. To be blunt MacFarlane has actually created one of the funniest scripts of all time… it’s crass but still high brow.

Lots of filmmakers have promised that their romantic comedy is going to be a ‘rom com with a difference’ but they nearly always end up following the same formula as all the ones before it, but Ted is the one that bucks that trend. Yes it has a foul-mouthed teddy bear but at the end the day this is a romance that is basically a girlfriend asking a boyfriend to change… but it’s the creative way that MacFarlane does it that makes it a winner.

The other big winners from Ted are Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. Both continue to show that they have the skills to make a comedy funny while they are brilliantly supported by the likes of Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton (Sophomore, Action Hero) who all benefit from the fact that MacFarlane realizes the importance of support characters. In fact Joel McHale just shows that his comedy timing in the hit television show Community is no fluke… he is certainly one of the comedy finds of this generation.

Ted is a sensational comedy that will have you laughing from start to finish. Just remember if your asthmatic to take along your Ventolin and maybe a sewing kit just in case you found yourself doubled over or in the aisle in stiches. To be blunt Ted is one of the funniest comedies to surface in a long, long time.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Ted’:

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Ted (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone.  They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health.  What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th November 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jack Schreier

Screenwriter: Christopher D. Ford

Cast: Bonnie Bentley (Ava), Frank Langella (Frank), Rachel Ma (Robot), James Marsden (Hunter), Susan Sarandon (Jennifer), Peter Sarsgaard (Robot (voice)), Jeremy Sisto (Sheriff Rowlings), Jeremy Strong (Jake), Liv Tyler (Madison)

Runtime: 89 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Robot & Frank’ Review:

Take a quick look at the poster for Robot & Frank and you could be excused for thinking that you are about to head into a film that is so low on the budget that they have used a dodgy robot left over from the Pixar design team. If that makes you turn around and leave the cinema though it means you’ll be missing out on seeing one of the films of the year… because Robot & Frank is an absolute gem.

Frank (Frank Langella – Unknown, The Time Being) is a former prisoner who even is his old age is finding it hard to give up the habit of having to steal every now and then. He lives a very lonely life, he’s been divorced for thirty years and his son Hunter (James Marsden – Bachelorette, TV’S 30 Rock) visits when he can and his daughter Madison (Liv Tyler – The Ledge, Super) phones in quick thirty second video calls from wherever her travels have taken her this week.

Although he would never admit it Frank does struggle with life, things like household chores become too much for him and his only escape from his life is to go to the library and visit Jennifer (Susan Sarandon – That’s My Boy, The Company You Keep) whom he has a crush on. However things are about to get a lot better for Frank when Hunter buys Frank a Robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard – Green Lantern, Knight & Day) that is supposed to make life easier for Frank… he just has to accept that.

Together director, Jake Schreier (Christopher Ford Sees A Film) and screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford (Eugene!, The Fuzz) have created a very special film indeed. Despite the fact Frank is a criminal you can’t help but feel for him, especially when you realise that he is a very lonely man indeed. The fact that you find yourself relating to him means that whether the threat is coming from the police or from the ‘evil’ Jake (Jeremy Strong – Lincoln, See Girl Run) you want to see Frank and Robot outsmart them.

The other big win that Schreier and Ford can celebrate is the fact that despite his plain look and monotone voice the character of Robot also becomes quite likable, so much so that you realise aside from its science fiction based plot this is ultimately a ‘buddy’ film… and a very good one at that.

Frank & Robot is so good that it shouldn’t be completely dismissed that Frank Langella’s name could come to the fore during Awards season. Langella puts in a truly remarkable performance that really allows him to shine as his co-stars, including Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler and James Marsden are all given limited screen time.

This little indie classic will warm the hearts of even the hardened cinema fan and don’t be surprised if it doesn’t earn itself a couple of Awards.

Other “Robot & Frank’ Reviews By Dave Griffiths:

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Robot & Frank (2012) on IMDb

Summary: In the highly anticipated final chapter of the blockbuster series The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan and the vampire Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world. Edward has finally fulfilled Bella’s wish to become immortal. But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that puts the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th November 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Bill Condon

Screenwriter: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephanie Meyer (novel)

Cast: Joe Anderson (Alistair), Marlane Barnes (Maggie), Blythe Barrington-Hughes (Renesmee (7 Years), Charlie Bewley (Demetri), James Campbell Bower (Caius), Patrick Brennan (Liam), Cameron Bright (Alec),MyAnna Buring (Tanya),  Billy Burke (Charlie Swan), Christie Burke (Renesmee (Young Woman)), Christian Camargo (Eleazar), Tate Clemons (Renesmee 5 Years), Abigail Rose Cornell (Renesmee 4 Years), Lateef Crowder (Santiago), Daniel Cudmore (Felix), Valerie Curry (Charlotte), Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Eliza Faria (Renesmee 4 Years), Noel Fisher (Vladimir), Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee), Janelle Froehlich (Yvette), Andrea Gabriel (Kebi), Maggie Grace (Irina), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Tracey Heggins (Senna), Christopher Heyerdahl (Marcus), Lisa Howard (Siobhan), Isabella Iannuzzi (Renesmee 4 Years), Julia Jones (Leah), Masami Kosaka (Toshiro), Casey LaBow (Kate), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), Amadou Ly (Henri), Rami Malek (Benjamin), Mia Maestro (Carmen), Omar Metwally (Amun), Erik Odom (Peter), Lee Pace (Garrett), JD Pardo (Nahuel), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Wendall Pierce (J.Jenks), Andrea Powell (Sasha), Marisa Quinn (Huilen), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale), Elizabeth Reaser (Esem Cullen), Anglea Renai (Minister Weber), Alex Rice (Sue Clearwater), Taylor Diane Robinson (Renesmee 5 Years), Angela Sarafyan (Tia), Michael Sheen (Aro), Judith Shekroni (Zaffrina), Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley), Rachel St. Gelais (Renesmee 5 Years), Booboo Stewart (Seth), Kristen Stewart (Bella Cullen), Kailyn Stratton (Renesmee 5 Years), Bill Tangradi (Randall), Toni Trucks (Mary), Billy Waggenseller (Vasilii), Guri Weinberg (Stefan), Milli Wilkinson (Renesmee 4 Years)

Runtime: 115 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ Review:

Whoever made the decision to split The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 into two films has a lot of answering to do. Director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Tilda) saves himself with a brilliant looking battle scene, but the damage is done, the fact that the last novel in the series had to be stretched out to four hours of screen time means there is just too much filler to make the films as good as they could have been.

Part 2 in the Twilight conclusion sees Bella Cullen (Kristen Stewart – Snow White & The Huntsman, On The Road) learning about her newly acquired vampiric skills and tendencies as she finally rises as the vampire she has wanted to be for quite a long time. However her notions that life will now be easy as she is married to Edward (Robert Pattinson – Cosmopolis, Bel Ami) are quickly broken when she learns that her fast-growing daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy – TV’S Hawaii Five-O & R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour) who has been in-printed to the ever-present werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Abduction).

Further dramas arise when the Cullen’s jealous cousin Irina (Maggie Grace – Taken 2, TV’S Californication) mistakes Renesmee for an immortal child. She then tells The Volturi that the Cullen’s have broken on of the vampiric cardinal sins and turned a child. The result is the Volturi led by vindictive Aro (Michael Sheen – Jesus Henry Christ, The Gospel Of Us) and his prized colleague Jane (Dakota Fanning – The Motel Life, Now Is Good) coming for the Cullens with death as the penalty. Not to be disturbed Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli – Loosies, TV’S Nurse Jackie) and the other Cullens search the world for vampires that believe their story and will help defend them against the Volturi.

The saving grace for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the fact that Condon has filmed an amazing battle sequence and that together with screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg (Breaking Dawn Part 1, Eclipse) has created a brilliant twist/reveal that will have anyone that hasn’t read the novels on the edge of their seats. As far as film reveals go it is right up there amongst the best.

But sadly Breaking Dawn Part 2 is dragged down by the fact that in a bid to stretch the film out both Condon and Rosenberg have had to spend way too much concentrating on things that could have been done in montages – mediocre things like Renesmee meeting all of the Cullen’s allies and Bella learning all of her vampiric skills and tendencies. There is also a small problem with the ending as their seems to be no closure for Bella with her father, Charlie (Billy Burke – TV’S Revolution & The Closer) or with any of her friends (who actually don’t appear in this film).

When it comes to the cast both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are both below par, a surprise considering both of shown in films outside of the Twilight franchise that they do have some acting ability. Taylor Lautner actually takes a huge step forward (perhaps he’s trying to make up for Abduction), but the standout is Michael Sheen who shines as Aro.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 is an okay closure for this film series but it’s sad realising that it could have been better if they had combined Part 1 and Part 2and just scrapped some of the filler.

Other The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Reviews By Dave Griffiths:

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Divorced, recently fired, terminally ill and driven crazy by his white trash neighbours, Frank (Madmen’s Joel Murray) has nothing left to live for. Instead of taking his own life he hits the road in-search of the cruelest, stupidest people he can imagine with a plan to eradicate them not only from society but also the media. Beginning with a plan to end the televisual reign of a bratty teenage star that makes the Kardashian sisters look grounded, Frank finds an unusual accomplice in high-school student Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr). Sharing Frank’s sense of disenfranchisement, Roxy and Frank fashion themselves as a modern-day version of Bonnie and Clyde before embarking on a nationwide assault on America’s most irritating celebrities.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th November 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

Screenwriter: Bobcat Goldthwait

Cast: Iris Almario (Sophia Milo), Arvis Alvardo (Steven Clark), Tara Lynne Barr (Roxy), Romeo Brown (John Tyler), Regan Burns (Michael Fuller), Michael Carbonaro (Robbie Barkley), Frank Conniff (Stan Kurtz), Paul Elioppoulos (Reverend Goran), Naomi Glick (Kimberly Black), Melinda Page Hamilton (Alison), Maddie Hasson (Chloe), Rich McDonald (Brad), Joel Murray (Frank), Lauren Benz Phillips (D0nna), Kellie Ramdhanie (Melissa), Brendalyn Richard (Karen), Mackenzie Brooke Smith (Ava), Travis Wester (Ed), Scott Zeller (Ronald)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification: MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Gold Bless America’ Review:

Bobcat Goldthwait! Most will remember him as the crazy voiced actor who made them laugh in the classic Police Academy series of films. Few will know that he has also made a career for himself as a director of both so pretty good television shows and films. Now comes God Bless America the pinnacle of his career, but does it stack up as a good watch?

God Bless America centres around Frank (Joel Murray – TV’S Mad Men & Desperate Housewives) a man whose life is slowly going downhill. As if his marriage to Alison (Melinda Page Hamilton – TV’S True Blood & Modern Family) ending and seeing his daughter, Ava (Mackenzie Brooke Smith – Deadtime Stories: Grave Secrets, TV’S Desperate Housewives) turn into a spoilt brat isn’t enough, he has now found out that he is dying from a brain tumour, has unfairly lost his job and his uncaring neighbours annoy him in every possible way.

As Frank watches a string of trashy television shows he realises just how bad the world we live in is and due to the fact that he is dying anyway decides that he is the one person that can do something about it. At first Frank decides that he will just gun down one particular annoying reality star, Chloe (Maddie Hasson – TV’S Grimm & The Finder) and that will be his work done. But after meeting Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr – TV’S The Bold & The Beautiful and The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody), a young teenager who shares a lot of the same ideas as him, they decide to go on a rampage across America ridding society of everyone that is dragging it down.

There are some parts of God Bless America that work remarkably well. Goldthwait uses this film for the same therapeutic outlet that most people use ‘Letters To The Editor’ columns for, and for the most part you find yourself agreeing with what he has to say. Yes there are some Hollywood celebrities that have done questionable things in their lives, yes reality television stars are often annoying and yes there should be special punishments reserved for those that decide to use a mobile phone in a cinema.

So technically Goldthwait is making the points that the masses want to say but Goldthwait pushes his luck too far with the character of Frank. While many can understand why he goes on his rampage the audience finds themselves pulling back from the film as Frank’s reasons for killing people start to get thinner and thinner. The film begins with everybody on side with Frank but the audience begins to lose interest when they no longer support Frank.

The one thing you can’t fault with God Bless America is the performances of the lead actors. Joel Murray shows that he is an equally good actor as his brother Bill while Tara Lynne Barr really announces herself on the acting scene. She puts in some genuine dramatic moments and is the new Ellen Page.

God Bless America holds your interest for a little while but your attention starts to drop as the movie goes on.

Other God Bless America Reviews By Dave Griffiths:

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: God Bless America (2011) on IMDb

Silence In The House Of God

Summary: Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control – the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong.

The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S.A., a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men, set out to expose the priest who had abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices “heard”. Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that shows the Pope – who must operate within the mysterious rules of the roman Curia – as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Alex Gibney

Screenwriter: Alex Gibney

Cast: Chris Cooper (Gary (voice)), Donagh Gleason (Father Murphy)), Ethan Hawke (Pat (voice)), Matthew Ryan Hughes (Young Terry), Larry Hunt (Terry), Jamey Sheridan (Terry (voice)), John Slattery (Arthur (voice)), Anton Toron (Young Terry)

Runtime: 102 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Silence In The House Of God: Mez Maxima Culpa’ Review: Please check Episode #25 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Silence In The House Of God: Mez Maxima Culpa’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Promised Land′: Nil.

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating:

Summary: Following the death of his father in suburban Sydney, Isaac (Ewan Leslie) takes the ashes back to his father’s birthplace in Greece where he finds himself on the trail of a buried family secret.

At first he dismisses the revelation as superstitious nonsense, but over the course of his travels – from Greece to Paris to Budapest – Isaac is forced to confront the anti-Semitism of the past, the embedded bigotry in the bones of Europe and the nature of inherited guilt. It is on this fateful trip that Isaac will learn the truth of his family’s migration to Australia, their refusal to ever return to Greece, and the burden he continues to bear as a consequence of acts committed years before his birth.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th November 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Tony Krawitz

Screenwriter: Louise Fox, Christos Tsiolkas (novel)

Cast: Coral Amiga (Yvette), Jean-Francois Balmer (Gerry), Ania Bukstein (Amina), Elena Carapetis (Sophie), Marton Csokas (Nico), Cory Derrick (B/D Joseph), Eugenia Fragos (Reveka), Melita Jurisic (Maria), Alex Lanipekun (Red), Francois Lebrun (Leah), Ewen Leslie (Isaac), Ilianna Mavronmmati (Eleni), Kenneth Moraleda (Heng), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Josef), Yigal Naor (Syd), Thanos Samaras (Andreas), Danae Skiadi (Giulia), Olivia Stambouliah (Phoebe), William Zappa (Vassily)

Runtime: 84 mins

Classification: MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Dead Europe’ Review: Sometimes experimental cinema in Australia works. Directors such as Jim Stamatakos and Bill Mousoulis have created some wonderful films in the genre over the years, but then along came Hail, a film that showed only too well what happens when experimental cinema goes wrong. Well fans of Aussie experimental cinema rejoice because the genre is again back on track with Dead Europe a great little film that has the audience’s attention from start to finish.

Based on a novel by Christos Tsiolkas it tells the story of Isaac (Ewen Leslie – Suspended, TV’S Devil’s Dust) a Greek Australian who despite the warnings of his mother decides to visit Europe for the first time after the death of his father, Vassily (William Zappa – Redd Inc., TV’S Devil’s Dust).

Once in Greece Isaac travels with his cousin Giulia (Danae Skiadi – The Boy And The Tree, TV’S 4) and her friend, Andreas (Thanos Samaras – Tied Red Thread, Homeland). Everywhere they go they hear about the supposed curse that is supposedly on Isaac’s family because of Vassily. Soon Isaac finds himself unable to contact his brother Nico (Marton Csokas – Dream House, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and realizes he is being haunted by Josef (Kodi Smit-McPhee – ParaNorman, Let Me In).

Dead Europe isn’t a film for everybody. Director Tony Krawitz (The Tall Man, TV’S All Saints) takes the film into some pretty dark areas. Isaac’s homosexuality is seen in graphic detail, as is a threesome between himself, Guilia and Andreas, but none of this is done for shock value and it really does move the storyline along.

What works wonderfully well with Dead Europe is the fact that the audience is given no insight into what is actually happening, and as a result you are just as in the dark as Isaac is. You find yourself desparately trying to work out whether or not the ‘curse’ is real and you will really rack your brain to try and figure out what the whole storyline around Josef is all about. What makes Dead Europe an even better watch is that Tony Krawitz also uses some creative shots and sequences to get the story up onto the screen.

Acting wise the entire cast are standouts. Ewen Leslie and Marton Csokas will be warranting some award nominations come award seasons while they are well supported by Danae Skiadi who really announces herself as an actor with a big future ahead of her. The other big surprise is Kodi Smit-McPhee, films such as Let Me In proved just how good this young actor could be, but with Dead Europe you feel that he takes another massive step forward in his career.

Dead Europe will have a few people scratching their heads but it is certainly well worth a look.

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Dead Europe (2012) on IMDb

A Lady In Paris

Summary: Jeanne Moreau illuminates this stylish comedy drama as a haughty old dame with an acid wit. Moreau turned 84 this year, but effortlessly steals the show in this elegant film from Estonian director Ilmar Raag (The Class). As the acerbic Frida, an elderly Estonian in Paris, Moreau has perfected the withering look, relishing each frosty one-liner she throws at Anne (Laine Magi), the middle-aged compatriot who must care for her. An intimate comedic portrait of two very different women, A Lady in Paris is an insight into the real dilemmas families face with aging: feisty matriarchs!

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: Nil

Country: France, Belguim, Estonia

Director: Ilmar Raag

Screenwriter: Agnes Feuvre, Lise Macheboeuf, Ilmar Raag

Cast: Corentin Lobet (Olivier), Laine Magi (Anne), Jeanne Moreau (Frida), Patrick Pineau (Stephane)

Runtime: 94 mins



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IMDB Rating: Une Estonienne à Paris (2012) on IMDb