Monthly Archives: December 2012

Summary:
Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Year: 1931

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st November, 1931

Australian DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: N/A

Country: United States

Director: James Whale

Screenwriter: John L. Balderston, Francis Edward Faragoh, Robert Florey, Garrett Fort, John Russell, Richard Schayer, Mary Shelley (novel), Peggy Webling (play)

Cast: Lionel Belmore (The Burgomaster), John Boles (Victor Moritz), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), Colin Clive (Henry Frankenstein), Francis Ford (Hans), Dwight Frye (Fritz), Marilyn Harris (Little Maria), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Frederick Kerr (Baron Frankenstein), Michael Mark (Ludwig), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman)

Runtime: 70 mins

Classification: N/A

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Frankenstein’ Review:

There are currently no reviews available for this title

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Frankenstein’: N/A

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating: Frankenstein (1931) on IMDb

Summary: A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Year: 1954

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th March, 1954

Australian DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: N/A

Country: United States

Director: Jack Arnold

Screenwriter: William Alland, Harry Essex, Arthur A. Ross, Maurice Zimm

Cast: Julie Adams (Kay Lawrence), Whit Bissell (Dr. Edwin Thompson), Richard Carlson (David Reed), Richard Denning (Mark Williams), Henry A. Escalante (Chico), Bernie Gozier (Zee), Perry Lopez (Tomas), Sydney Mason (Dr. Matos), Antonio Moreno (Carl Maia), Nestor Paiva (Lucas), Rodd Redwing (Louis)

Runtime: 79 mins

Classification: N/A

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’ Review:

There are no reviews currently available for this title.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Hope Springs: N/A

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating:Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) on IMDb

Summary: Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.

Year: 1935

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd April, 1935

Australian DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: N/A

Country: United States

Director: James Whale

Screenwriter: John L. Balderston, Josef Berne, Lawrence G. Blochman, Marton Covan, Robert Florey, William Hurlbut, Philip MacDonald, Edmund Pearson, Tom Reed, R.C. Sherriff, Mary Shelley (novel)

Cast: Reginald Barlow (Hans), Ted Billings (Ludwig), Colin Clive (Henry Frankenstein), E.E. Clive (Burgomaster), J. Gunnis Davis (Uncle Glutz), Neil Fitzgerald (Rudy), Dwight Frye (Karl), Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley), Una O’Connor (Minnie), Tempe Pigott (Auntie Glutz), Sarah Schwartz (Marta), Ernest Thesigner (Doctor Pretorius), Douglas Walton (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

Runtime: 75 mins

Classification: N/A

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’ Review:

There are currently no reviews available for this title.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’: N/A

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating:The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) on IMDb

Love Is All You Need

Summary: Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia!) and Trine Dyrholm (A Royal Affair) star in this sparkling romantic comedy from Academy Award® winner Susanne Bier (In A Better World, After The Wedding), about two very different families brought together for a wedding in a beautiful old Italian villa.

Ida (Dyrholm) is preparing to take a trip to Sorrento with her husband Leif to attend the wedding of their daughter Astrid and her fiancé, Patrick. Arriving home early one day, Ida discovers Leif has been unfaithful and makes the decision to take the trip alone.

At the airport, Ida accidently collides with brooding widower Philip (Brosnan) whom she discovers to be Patrick’s father. Cold and business-focused, Philip is unimpressed with the happy-go-lucky Ida. Forced to travel together, the two find it hard to tolerate each other and are relieved when they arrive at the villa.

Surrounded by lemon groves, cypress trees and the romance of Italy, the perfect backdrop for Astrid and Patrick’s wedding, the young couple’s future happiness is suddenly jeopardized and Ida and Philip are brought together to try to set things right.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Denmark, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany

Director: Susanne Bier

Screenwriter: Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen

Cast: Kim Bodnia (Lief), Pierce Brosnan (Philip), Marco D’Amore (Marco), Trine Dyrholm (Ida), Molly Blixt Egelind (Astrid), Micky Skeel Hansen (Kenneth), Sebastian Jessen (Patrick), Bodil Jorgensen (Vibe), Line Kruse (Bitten), Ciro Petrone (Alessandro), Christian Schaumburg-Muller (Thilde), Paprika Steen (Benedikte), Frederikke Thomassen (Alexandra)

Runtime: 116 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Love Is All You Need’ Review: 

Dave’s ‘Love Is All You Need Review’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Love Is All You Need′: Check Episode #12 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Love Is All You Need’.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:Love Is All You Need (2012) on IMDb

Rise Of The Guardians

Summary: DreamWorks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians, is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Peter Ramsey

Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire, William Joyce (novel)

Cast: Alec Baldwin (North (voice)), Jacob Bertrand (Monty (voice)), Rich Dietl (Yeti (voice)), Isla Fisher (Tooth (voice)), Dakota Goyo (Jamie Bennett (voice)), Georgie Grieve (Sophie Bennett (voice)), Khamani Griffin (Caleb (voice)), Dominque Grund (Cupcake (voice)), Hugh Jackman (Bunny (voice)), Jude Law (Pitch (voice)), Olivia Mattingly (Pippa (voice)), Kamil McFadden (Claude (voice)), Chris Pine (Jack Frost (voice))

Runtime: 97 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Rise Of The Guardians’ Review: 

You can read Dave’s review of ‘Rise Of The Guardians’ on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Rise Of The Guardians′: Check Episode #12 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Rise Of The Guardians’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Rise of the Guardians (2012) on IMDb

Paris Manhattan

Summary: Idealistic pharmacist Alice (the adorable Alice Taglioni) is totally obsessed with the works of Mr. Allen. She surrounds herself with images of him, continually quotes lines from his films and even prescribes her customers DVDs of his movies to help alleviate their ailments; it’s little wonder she’s still single in her thirties! Alice’s increasingly concerned Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but even he quickly realises that he’s no match for the man of her dreams.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: France

Director: Sophie Lellouche

Screenwriter: Sophie Lellouche

Cast: Marie-Christine Adam (Nicole), Woody Allen (himself), Patrick Bruel (Victor), Margaux Chatelier (Laura), Gladys Cohen (Mme Gozlan), Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Pierre), Marine Delterme (Helene), Arsene Mosca (Arthur), Yannick Soulier (Vincent), Alice Taglioni (Alice)

Runtime: 80 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Paris-Manhattan’ Review: 

Dave’s review of ‘Paris-Manhattan’ can be found here on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Paris-Manhattan′: Check Episode #12 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Paris-Manhattan’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Paris-Manhattan (2012) on IMDb

Summary:The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things go wrong, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory, where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – five tons of weapons-grade plutonium, more than enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary they seek revenge from.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 28th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Simon West

Screenwriter: David Agosto, Dave Callaham (characters), Ken Kaufman, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Wenk

Cast: Scott Adkins (Hector), Charisma Carpenter (Lacy), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Novak Djokovic (himself), Liam Hemsworth (Bill The Kid), Jet Li (Yin Yang), Wenbo Li (Dr. Zhou), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Alexander Moskov (Stephan), Chuck Norris (Booker), Amanda Ooms (Pilar), Arnold Schwarznegger (Trench), Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Vilain), Denis Vasilev (Jarek), Bruce Willis (Church), Nan Yu (Maggie), George Zlatarev (Bojan)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Expendables 2’ Review:

There are lots of explosions and lots of blood splatter!!! Is there anything else you really need to know before you go to see The Expendables 2. Nobody knows what action fans want as much as Sylvester Stallone (Zookeeper, The Expendables), who not only stars in The Expendables 2 but was one of the co-writers, so there is little wonder that he has created what turns out to be one of the action films of the year.

For those who didn’t see the first film The Expendables are a bunch of mecenries that basically live by the rule ‘no job too hard’. The Expendables 2 sees the old gang of Barney Ross ( Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham – Safe, Killer Elite)), Yin Yang (Jet Li – The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate, The Sorcerer And The White Snake), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren – Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning, One In The Chamber), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews – TV’S The Newsroom & Are We There Yet?) and Toll Road (Randy Couture – Hijacked, Set Up) all back together and this time they have a new sniper on their team, Bill The Kid (Liam Hemsworth – The Hunger Games, The Last Song).

After recent successes the team are on a high but Barney soon finds himself having to accept a mission in a bid to settle his debt with Government Agent Church (Bruce Willis – Fire With Fire, Moonrise Kingdom) who provides them with a suitable weapon to get the job done, Maggie (Nan Yu – Design Of Death, Yu Shi Shang Tong Ju). But the easy mission turns to tragedy and soon the team find themselves having to take on the evil, Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme – 6 Bullets, Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning) in order to get the mission done. And with the likes of Booker (Chuck Norris – The Cutter, Walker Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire) and Trench (Arnold Schwarznegger – The Expendables, Around The World In 80 Days) only too happy to help out there is going to be bloodshed.

It may come as a surprise to many but the storyline of The Expendables 2 actually ain’t that bad, not that surprising when you remember that Sylvester Stallone has won an Oscar for Screenwriting in the past. Of course the screenplay for The Expendables 2 won’t win any Oscars but it is more than enough to keep the audience’s attention and surprisingly there are some actual touching moments.

But of course people aren’t watching The Expendables 2 for the story, so how is the action? Well take any action film that you have seen in the past and multiple the amount of blood splatter and explosions that contained by ten. The action sequences do look good, but it does seem a tad lazy that characters just seem to turn up at the right time to ‘save the day’, and I must admit that the Stallone vs Van Damme epic battle was a little short for my liking.

Still The Expendables 2 does what it sets out to do and that is entertain. If you are an action junkie this is one film you don’t want to miss this year.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Expendables 2’: http://www.helium.com/items/2366302-movie-reviews-the-expendables-2-2012.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Expendables 2 (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Based on the military incursion into Bin Laden s compound from the perspective of a small contingent of Navy SEALS. The film takes a look inside their lives as tensions rise between them until they learn the identity of their latest target, whose code name is Geronimo. A break in the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden serves as the riveting backdrop for a gripping story about the combined efforts of an extraordinary group of Navy Seals. This is the story of a clandestine operation, a perfect storm of people, and the rare synergy of circumstances that would amount to the most daring military operation of our generation, inspired by the true story of how it almost fell apart.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: NA

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: John Stockwell

Screenwriter: Kendall Lampkin

Cast: Sarah Al Jabouri (Tibah), Ashima Bhlla (Sania), Harsh Chhaya (Dr. Afridi), Leonard Claps (Abrar), William Fichtner (Mr. Guidry), Tait Fletcher (D-Punch), Jenny Gabrielle (Tricia), Cam Gigandet (Stunner), Yon Kempton (Bin Laden), Jahan Khalili (Kalid), Rafaella Mark (Farah), Kenneth Miller (Sauce), Anson Mount (Cherry), Kathleen Robertson (Vivian), Freddy Rodriguez (Trench), Rajesh Shringarpore (Wasem), Maninder Singh (Malik), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Christian), Xzibit (Mule), Hani Yahya (Hamza)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ Review:

With all the publicity (and hopes of cinema goers around the world) on Kathryn Bigelow’s film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ which looks at the raid that saw Osama Bin Laden finally killed, it is easy to not realise that as far as filmmakers go she was beaten to the story by another film – a film called ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’.

Based on the actual events ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ sees the initial planning from CIA agents such as Vivian (Kathleen Robertson – Down The Road Again, TV’S Boss) and Guidry (William Fichtner – Wrong, TV’S Entourage) put together a plan when they believe they have found the hiding place of international terror suspect Osama Bin Laden. Together the pair work ahead to put together a good enough case that will get President Barack Obama to okay the raid.

The second half of the film that sees Seal Team Six which is made up of seals like Stunner (Cam Gigandet – The Tin Star, Trepass), Cherry (Anson Mount – Safe, TV’S Hell On Wheels), Trench (Freddy Rodriguez – TV’S Kaijudo: Rise Of The Duel Masters & Perception), Mule (Xzibit – Weekends At Bellevue, TV’S Detroit 187) and Sauce (Kenneth Miller – The Company You Keep, Jackie) as they prepare for the biggest mission of their careers.

Perhaps the biggest surprise when it comes to ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ is the fact that it was directed by John Stockwell a man known for making surf films (such as Blue Crush and Into The Blue) rather than ‘war’ films. However, Stockwell doesn’t do such a bad job. Yes the low budget of the film shows through in a few scenes but he certainly does keep the suspense at a high level throughout the film.

Among the better scenes in the film are the ones set during the planning of the raid in the Pentagon. As Vivian comes up with ideas that could see the raid going ahead you can’t help but feel a sense of excitement. These scenes also allow William Fichtner to shine, a rarity as he is normally an actor skulking in the shadows in films such as ‘The Dark Knight’ or ‘Black Hawk Down’. This is clearly his best work since ‘Prison Break’.

As far as television movies go ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ is a pretty good watch. It is held back by its low budget but some good scriptwriting overshadows that.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden:
http://www.helium.com/items/2394880-seal-team-six-the-raid-on-osama-bin-laden-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (2012) on IMDb

Summary:Moonrise Kingdom is the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Wes Anderson

Screenwriter: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

Cast: Bob Balaban (The Narrator), Marianna Bassham (Becky), Liz Callahan (Mrs. Billingsley), Rob H. Campbell (Deluca), Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Roosevelt), Hugo DeAscentis (Edgar), James Demler (Noah), Tanner Flood (Murray Bishop), L.J. Foley (Izod), Chandler Frantz (Gadge), Jared Gilman (Sam), Kara Hayward (Suy), Lucas Hedges (Redford), Neal Huff (Jed), Harvey Keitel (Commander Pierce), Charlie Kilgore (Lazy Eye), Frances McDormand (Laura Bishop), Bill Murray (Walt Bishop), Tommy Nelson (Nickleby), Edward Norton (Scout Master Ward), Carolyn Pickman (Mrs. Lynn), Dakota Pimentel (Acolyte), Larry Pine (Mr. Billingsley), Jean-Michael Pion ((Ham), Wyatt Raliff (Rudy Bishop), Gabriel Rush (Skotak), Jake Ryan (Lionel Bishop), Jason Schwartzman (Cousin Ben), Andreas Sheikh (Panagle), Tilda Swinton (Social Services), Bruce Willis (Captain Sharp)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Review:

If you aren’t a fan of director Wes Anderson’s (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling Limited) work then there really isn’t much of a point watching Moonrise Kingdom as it sees Mr. Anderson delve even further into his absurd brand of humor and it works remarkably well.

Set on a New England island in the 1960s Moonrise Kingdom focuses on orphan, Sam (Jared Gilman – newcomer) who organizes a brave escape from his scout troop, led by Scout Master Ward ( Edward Norton – The Bourne Legacy, Stone), so he can spend time with his to-be-girlfriend, Suzy (Kara Hayward – newcomer).

While Sam and Suzy believe they can create their own little piece of paradise they are soon being hunted down by the scouts who are after revenge, as well as local Police Officer Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis – Fire With Fire, The Expendables 2), Social Services (Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader) and Suzy’s loopy parents Walt (Bill Murray – Passion Play, Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Laura Bishop (Frances McDormand – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon).

Anderson really doesn’t hold back with the comedy. Whether it be a fake looking lame explosion or some incredibly witty dialogue he knows how to get his audience to laugh and it works throughout the film. The fact that is script follows a young Romeo + Juliet style couple involved in their own tragic romance only makes the audience fall in love even more with film.

At time the deadpan nature of the acting does jar a little, but if you’re a fan of Wes Anderson’s work then it is something that you have come to get used to over the years. To his credit Anderson also takes some remarkably risks with Moonrise Kingdom, the fact that his two leads, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, are both newcomers and therefore unknown to cinema audiences was a big call that could have massively backfired, but as luck would have it both deliver amazing performances and instead announce themselves as stars of the future.

As usual Anderson does get the best out of his cast. Bruce Willis seems to relish the fact that he gets to play a role that does demand some real dramatic acting while Bill Murray and Frances McDormand lap up the opportunity to play up the comedy with some real out-there characters. But the real stars of the show here are Edward Norton who constantly has the audience in hysterics and Jason Schwartzman (TV’S Bored To Death & Sesame Street) who may only have limited screen time but certainly makes the best of it.

The humor of Moonrise Kingdom may not appeal to all, but if you think it may then this is a film that is guaranteed to make you laugh until you cry.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Moonrise Kingdom: http://www.helium.com/items/2363846-movie-reviews-moonrise-kingdom-2012.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Moonrise Kingdom (2012) on IMDb

Summary:In the tiny town of Carthage, Texas, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede is one of the town?s most beloved residents. Bernie befriends Marjorie Nugent, a sour and affluent older widow. Soon Bernie and Marjorie become inseparable and Marjorie becomes very dependent on Bernie, stifling his extroverted personality. Bernie is forced to quit his job and philanthropic activities in the community, leaving him deflated. Then things suddenly get better for Bernie and he seems his old generous self, while Marjorie is mysteriously absent. When Marjorie is discovered to have been dead for months Bernie Tiede is charged with murder, to the great surprise of the local community. From the director of SCHOOL OF ROCK and DAZED AND CONFUSED comes a hilarious and intelligent film based on real life events that astonished the people of Carthage and made them band together in support of their small-town hero . Starring Jack Black (TROPIC THUNDER), Shirley MacLaine (TERMS OF ENDEARMENT) and Matthew McConaughey (THE LINCOLN LAWYER) BERNIE is the story of everyone’s favourite killer and how he almost got away with murder.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Richard Linklater

Screenwriter: Skip Hollandsworth, Richard Linklater

Cast: Jack Black (Bernie Tiede), David Blackwell (Mel), Brady Coleman (Scrappy Holmes), Rick Dial (Don Leggett), Larry Jack Dotson (Rev. Woodward), Julie Erikson (Mrs. Estes), Valerie Frazee (Robin), Raquel Gavia (Esmerelda), Mathew Greer (Carl), Grant James (Mr. Estes), Richard Jones (Professor Fleming), Tommy G. Kendrick (Larry Brumley), Gabriel Luna (Kevin), Shirley MacLaine (Marjorie Nugent), Merrilee McCommas (Molly), Matthew McConaughey (Danny Buck), Suzi McLaughlin (Mrs. Pebworth), Richard Robichlaux (Lloyd Hornbuckle), Brandon Smith (Sheriff Huckabee), Joe Stevens (Lewie), Charlie M. Stewart (Dwayne Jnr.), J.D. Young (Dwayne Nugent)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Bernie’ Review:

Let’s be honest Jack Black (The Muppets, The Big Year) has turned out some real turds over the years but his new film Bernie certainly isn’t one of them, in fact that this could well be the best film that Black has ever had released.

Black plays Bernie Tiede a God-fearing, well-loved funeral director that the entire township of Carthage, Texas is in awe of. There simply isn’t one person in the town who would ever say anything bad about Bernie.

Then Bernie officiates at the funeral of Marjorie Nugent’s (Shirley MacLaine – Valentine’s Day, Anne Of Green Gables: A New Beginning) husband and being his usual self decides to help out Marjorie in the weeks after the funeral. The two form a strong friendship, much to the surprise of the town’s people who consider Marjorie one of the biggest bitches to ever grace the planet.

And while it would be criminal to give away what happens next, let’s just say that soon District Attorney Danny Buck (Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike, Mud) is soon involved.

You have to hand it to screenwriter/director, Richard Linklater (Me And Orson Welles, A Scanner Darkly) with Bernie he has delivered one of the finest comedies to ever come out of America. Linklater makes the brave decision of using grabs from real residents of Carthage who knew both Bernie and Marjorie and whether or not their responses were scripted may never be known but they are some of the funniest answers you have ever heard… Texan humor at its absolute best.

The saddest thing about Bernie is that any synopsis you read or trailer you watch gives away the films big twist, something you would think that really annoyed Linklater seeing his script so carefully sets up what happens that it comes as a complete surprise for the audience. So if you’re planning on going and seeing Bernie it is recommended that you be very careful what you read.

Linklater is also blessed with an extremely talented cast. Jack Black absolutely shines as Bernie, and delivers one of the best character-driven performances that you are ever likely to see. He is well supported by Shirley MacLaine who as usual is terrific, but even she is overshadowed by Matthew McConaughey who is brilliant as Danny Buck… and once again we are reminded that when given the right script McConaughey can really deliver.

Bernie is the kind of film that has the potential to have you laughing until you cry. A brilliant comedy.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Bernie: http://www.helium.com/items/2354411-movie-reviews-benie-2011.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Bernie (2011) on IMDb