Monthly Archives: January 2013

Django Unchained

Summary: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz).  Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty.  The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways.  Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side.  Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation.  Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave.  Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them.  If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Todd Allen (Dollar Bill), Michael Bacall (Smitty Bacall), Ned Bellamy (Rice), Christopher Berry (Willard), Edwick Browne (Joshua), Kesha Bullard (Crazy Sadie), Jarrod Bunch (Banjo), Laura Cayouette (Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly), Amari Cheatom (Roy), Dennis Christopher (Leonide Moguy), David Coennen (Mr Wigglesworth), Kim Collins (Randy), John Michael Corbin (Samson), Bruce Dern (Old Man Carrucan), Leonardo DiCaprio (Calvin Candie), Omar J. Dorsey (Chicken Charlie), Jamal Duff (Tatum), Doc Duhame (Ellis Brittle), Ato Essandoh (D’Artagnan), Jamie Foxx (Django), M.C. Gainey (Big John Brittle), Nichole Galicia (Sheba), Miriam F. Glover (Betina), Walton Goggins (Billy Crash), Dana Michelle Gourrier (Cora), Gary Grubbs (Bob Gibbs), Jonah Hill (Bag Head #2), Lee Horsley (Sheriff Gus), Cooper Huckabee (Lil Raj Brittle), Samuel L. Jackson (Stephen), John Jarratt (The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee), Don Johnson (Big Daddy), Kinetic (Franklin), Rex Linn (Tennessee Harry), Escalante Lundy (Big Fred), Richie Montgomery (Overseer Johnny Jerome), Franco Nero (Amerigo Vessepi), Johnny Otto (Dr. Brown), Michael Parks (The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee), Sharon Pierre-Louis (Little Jody), James Remar (Butch Pooch/Ace Speck), Dane Rhodes (Tennesse Redfish), Kim Robillard (Saloon Keeper Pete), Sammi Rotibi (Rodney), James Russo (Dicky Speck), Lewis Smith (Jinglebells Cody), David Steen (Mr. Stonesipher), Craig Stark (Tommy Gilles/Pedestrian), Don Stroud (Sheriff Bill Sharp), Quentin Tarantino (The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee), LaTeace Towns-Cuellar (Cleo), Mark Ulano (Gabby The Banker), Misty Upham (Minnie), Christoph Waltz (Dr. King Schultz), Kerry Washington (Broomhilda), Danielle Watts (Coco), Tom Wopat (U.S. Marshall Gill Tatum)

Runtime: 165 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Django Unchained’ Review: 

Remember the Western genre? The genre of film that your Dad used to pull out and make you watch when you were a kid. A genre full of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood in his early days? Well now Quentin Tarantino has taken the whole genre and turned it on its head with ‘Django Unchained’ a sensational film that already puts its hand up for film of the year.

The film opens with Django (Jamie Foxx – Horrible Bosses, Rio) being forced to walk across a freezing landscape as part of a slave chain gang. But then he is rescued by a dentist-come-bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz – Carnage, The Three Musketeers) who wants Django to help him track down two cruel slave owners that have a bounty on their head.

Schultz offers Django a deal, if he will help point out the two wanted men he will teach him to shoot, will give him a freedom and will also help to hunt down his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington – A Thousand Words, TV’S Scandal). With the first part of the deal done Django and Schultz learn that Broomhilda is now owned by the cruel and nasty Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar, Inception) is supported by his workers including his loyal man-servant Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson – Zambezia, The Avengers) and the rough-and-ready Billy Crash (Walton Goggins – Officer Down, Lincoln).

Tarantino’s script is brilliant from start to finish. The dialogue flows so well that even dialogue scenes seem to just flow by quickly while the tension that Tarantino manages to develop throughout the film draws the audience right in. The fact that he has created ‘good guys’ that the audience can’t help but like only enhances that tension when they find themselves in danger.

‘Django Unchained’ does has your typical Tarantino style which means it is extremely violent, so violent in fact that the shootout at Calvin Candie’s mansion must have ‘bled’ dry the fake blood supply in holiday. And while some have criticized the amount of violence and the use of the magic ‘n’ word in the film it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to work out that those are two of the things that make the film’s natural feel so realistic.

Of course like many of Tarantino’s films the wonder director once again brings the best out in his cast. Christoph Waltz pulls out a remarkably display of character acting while Leonardo DiCaprio seems to morph into Jack Nicholson as he relishes the chance to play the vile Calvin Candie. And if you’ve never been a fan of Jamie Foxx then this is the film that will win you over.

‘Django Unchained’ is Quentin Tarantino at his absolute best… yes folks it’s even better than ‘Pulp Fiction’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Django Unchained′: Check Episode #17 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Django Unchained’. Dave’s other review of ‘Django Unchained’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating: Django Unchained (2012) on IMDb

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Summary: Faced with both her hot-tempered father s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th January, 2013

Country: USA

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Screenwriter: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Cast: Jonshel Alexander (Joy Strong), Windle Bourg (herself), Kaliana Brower (T-Lou), Joseph Brown (Winston), Henry D. Coleman (Peter T), Levy Easterly (Jean Battiste), Pamela Harper (Little Joe), Kendra Harris (Baby Hushpuppy), Amber Henry (LZA), Dwight Henry (Wink), Philip Lawrence (Dr. Maloney), Lowell Landes (Walrus), Gina Montana (Miss Bathsheba), Quvenzhane Wallis (Hushpuppy)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Review: 

Just when you start thinking that 2012 is going to be a year of stock standard films, along comes a film that completely changes those thoughts. The only thing is that Beasts Of The Southern Wild is also likely to frustrate. On the surface it looks like an absolutely brilliant piece of American Indie cinema, but look a little closer and it appears like director, Benh Zeitlin (Glory At Sea, The Origins Of Electricity)

Set in the southern Delta community simply known as The Bathtub, Beasts Of The Southern Wild follows a young girl known as Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis – newcomer) and her father, Wink (Dwight Henry – newcomer) who call this ‘wilderness’ home.

When a massive storm hits the area and leaves it under water the residents including an extremely sick Wink decide they are staying putting… no matter what ‘beasts’ the storm has awoken. While the rest of America tries to help the small community, the residents take things into their own hands while Hushpuppy starts asking questions about her mother.

Early on Zeitlin hits the mark. The manic style of filmmaking he uses as Hushpuppy runs through The Bathtub is creative and original; he even manages to create a fair bit of suspense as the storm hits. All the film’s problems lie after that dramatic event.

Firstly, the character of Wink becomes increasingly unlikable. There’s wanting to stay where your home is and then there is putting your child in severe risk. Sadly, his choices do the latter and as a result the audience no longer feels sorry for him, and in this kind of film that is an important thing to have happen.

It is also at this time that Zeitlin decides to introduce the ‘beasts’ to the audience. Again it is a completely creative idea, but the question must be asked, are they really necessary? After all who, if anyone, can actually explain what they are all about? In fact at times it seems like they almost get in the way of the story at hand.

At least the acting of Beasts Of The Southern Wild does in fact save the film. Dwight Henry overcomes the negative aspects of his character by putting in a fine, award deserving, performance, while young Quvenzhane Wallis shows all child actors just how to go about this acting caper. Her performance is breathtaking and she certainly shows that she has a huge career ahead of her.

Beats Of The Southern Wild is an interesting watch, just be warned that sometimes the alternative style of the film does dangerously get in the way of the story.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild′: Dave’s other review of ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) on IMDb

Compliance

Summary:  On a particularly busy day at a suburban fast food restaurant, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer reporting that a young employee, Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Commencing an investigation, Sandra follows instructions from the policeman no matter how invasive they become. Director Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound) explores a riveting true story in which the line between legality and reason is blurred by the best of intentions. Delving into the complex psychology of real-life events, Zobel shows that truth really is stranger than fiction.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Craig Zobel

Screenwriter: Craig Zobel

Cast: Michael Abbott Jnr. (Officer Jimmy Palmer), Ashlie Atkinson (Marti), Desmin Borges (Officer Morris), Bill Camp (Van), Ann Dowd (Sandra), Philip Ettinger Kevin), Amelie Fowler (Brie), Pat Healy (Officer Daniels), Nikiya Mathis (Connie), James McCaffrey (Detective Neals), Stephen Payne (Harold), Ralph Rodriguez (Julio), Matt Skibiak (Robert Gilmour), Dreama Walker (Becky)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Compliance’ Review: 

When cinema goers at the Melbourne International Film Festival walk out of a film you know it’s a hardcore watch, after all people that attend a festival like that are serious movie fans not just families cruising in to watch a film while they munch on some popcorn.

The thing about ‘Compliance’ is it might be a confronting watch that won’t be everybody’s cup-of-tea but it is still a well written and brilliantly acted crime drama/thriller that the serious cinema goer is going to be really impressed with.

Based on actual events ‘Compliance’ sees fast food restaurant manager Sandra (Ann Dowd – The Discoverers, Bachelorette) under intense stress. It is a busy Friday night, her restaurant is understaffed and one of her inept staff members left the freezer ajar the night before meaning they are fast running out of ingredients for a lot of their menu.

In the middle of it all Sandra takes a phone call. A call from a man identifying himself as Officer Daniels (Pat Healy – The Innkeepers, When You Find Me) who claims that he is currently investigating a report that a staff member called Becky (Drema Walker – Vamperifica, The Kitchen) has stolen money from a customer. He orders Sandra to conduct a strip-search on her and as the night goes on Daniels also incorporates other staff members including Kevin (Philip Ettinger – Sleepwalk With Me, Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best) and Marti (Ashlie Atkinson – He’s Way More Famous Than You, TV’S 30 Rock), as well as Sandra’s fiancee Van (Bill Camp – Lincoln, Lawless) into his perverse game. Each person completely obeys Daniels orders and the degrading experience eventually turns into Becky being sexually assaulted.

What makes ‘Compliance’ such a gripping watch is the fact that director/screenwriter Craig Zobel (Great World Of Sound) has done his job extremely well. Both the screenplay and style of the film are so naturalistic that it feels like you are a fly-on-the-wall rather than someone watching a film. To his credit however Zobel never glorifies any of the things that are occurring on the screen

At times the audience may find themselves thinking ‘would anybody really fall for this prank’ or ‘has Zobel exaggerated what really happened’, but perhaps the most scary thing is that the prank at hand was used 70 times in real life and people fell for it each time, you can’t really criticise Zobel when he is just following what really happened.

The naturalistic style of the film also carries over to the performances of the lead actors. Ann Dowd is brilliant as the flustered Sandra while Dreama Walker really announces herself as a young actress with a lot of talent.

However, the actor that really stands out is Pat Healy who gets to be ‘Compliance’s’ bad Guy. He plays the evil ‘Officer Daniels’ with eerie realism and is certainly an actor to watch in the future. ‘Officer Daniels’ is easily one of the evilest characters to ever grace the screen and Pat Healy pulls off the role with ease.

‘Compliance’ is at times a hard watch, but it is also one of the best written films that you are likely to see this year.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Compliance′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Compliance’. Dave’s other review of ‘Compliance’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Compliance (2012) on IMDb

 

Monsters Inc 3D

Summary: One of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside.

Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children – and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unrich

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Jill Culton, Pete Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Daniel Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, Andrew Stanton

Cast: Samuel Lord Black (George Sanderson), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs (voice)), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski (voice)), Daniel Gerson (Needleman/Smitty (voice)), Mary Gibbs (Boo (voice)), John Goodman (James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Flint (voice)), Frank Oz (Fungus (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Jeff Pidgeon (Bile (voice)), John Ratzenberger (The Abominable Snowman (voice)), Wallace Shawn (Rex (voice)), Steve Susskind (Floor Manager (voice)), Jennifer Tilley (Celia (voice))

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Monsters Inc (3D)’ Review: 

While the cynics are out in force and busy complaining that Pixar re-releasing ‘Monsters Inc’ in 3D is just a money grab, there is actually a reason why the film is back on the big screen. Actually there are two reasons, first of all the next film in the franchise, ‘Mosters University’, is set to be released in a couple of months time and of course seeing the last film was released over ten years ago there is no way that most of the kids these days would have seen it.

The second reason is more of a vanity thing. When ‘Monsters Inc’ first hit the cinemas everybody was saying just how far advanced the animation work on it was, people raved about the how sleek the film looked, especially Sulley’s fur, so just how imagine how good the film is going to look in 3D.

If you haven’t seen ‘Monsters Inc.’ it centers around two monsters that are best friends, the gentle giant  James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman – Flight, Trouble With The Curve) and the wise-cracking green Cyclops, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal – Parental Guidance, Small Apartments)

Sulley and Mike live in the major city of Monstropolis and they work for the city’s power company, Monsters Inc, a company that gets its power from children’s screams. Each night monsters like Sulley and his vicious rival the creepy Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi – Hotel Transylvania, On The Road) are sent out into children’s bedrooms to give them a scare.

Surprisingly the monsters are also scared of children so there is a huge uproar when Sulley accidentally brings back Boo (Mary Gibbs – The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride). And while Sulley and Mike learn that there is nothing wrong with a child their boss, Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn – American Gun, Snow Dogs) wants Boo ‘disposed’ of. Now it’s up to Sulley and Mike to find a way to get Boo home before anything happens to her.

‘Monsters Inc.’ is one animated film where everything seemed to come together perfectly. Directors Pete Docter (Mike’s New Car, Next Door), David Silverman (The Simpson: The Longest Daycare) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo) had the film looking amazing on the big screen, scenes such as the door chase are some of the best to ever feature in a animated film.

The screenwriters also came to the party with a great script that provides laughs for all ages and together they came up with a great sub-story that may go right over the heads of children but will be lapped up by any adults that share the belief that big business are all evil.

And just to finish off what makes ‘Monsters Inc.’ the greatest animated film ever made there is also the voice cast. John Goodman and Billy Crystal shine as they provide laugh after laugh and they are well supported by Steve Busscemi who plays the creepy and slimy Randall extremely well. Even two-and-a-half-year-old Mary Gibbs does a great job with Boo, and it’s a shame that she has never really voiced anything since.

If you never got to see ‘Monsters Inc.’ when it first came out then you should be heading to the cinemas and purchasing a ticket right now, and if you did see it last time around then just remember it’s going to look even better in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Monsters Inc 3D′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’. Dave’s other review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Monsters, Inc. (2001) on IMDb

This Is 40

Summary: Five years after writer/director Judd Apatow introduced us to Pete and Debbie in Knocked Up, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as a husband and wife both approaching a milestone meltdown in THIS IS 40, an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family.

After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives… before they kill each other.

In his fourth directorial outing, Apatow’s new comedy captures what it takes for one family to flourish in the middle of a lifetime together. What emerges is a deeply honest portrait of the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age. Through the filmmaker’s unblinking lens, we follow one couple’s three-week navigation of sex and romance, career triumphs and financial hardships, aging parents and maturing children.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Judd Apatow

Screenwriter: Judd Apatow

Cast: Ryan Adams (himself), Iris Apatow (Charlotte), Maude Apatow (Sadie), Billie Joe Armstrong (himself), Tim Bagley (Dr. Pellagrino), Joanne Baron (Vice Principal Laviatri), Albert Brooks (Larry), R. Matt Carle (himself), Lisa Darr (Claire), Lena Dunham (Cat), Megan Fox (Desi), Scott Wesley Hartnell (himself), Elly Kaye (Marissa), Ryan Lee (Joseph), John Lithgow (Oliver), Leslie Mann (Debbie), Melissa McCarthy (Catherine), Annie Mumolo (Barb), Chris O’Dowd (Ronnie), Ian Laperriere (himself), Graham Parker (himself), Blake Garrett Rosenthal (Thomas), Paul Rudd (Pete), The Rumour Band (themselves), Ava Sambora (Wendy), Jason Segel (Jason), Molly Shad (Grandma Molly), Robert Smigel (Barry), James F. Van Riemsdyk), Charlyne Yi (Jodi)

Runtime: 134 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘This Is 40’ Review: 

There is no doubting that Judd Apatow is one of the best comedy writers in modern cinema. The fact that he is the man responsible for films like ‘Knocked Up’ and ’40 Year Old Virgin’ proves that. But then of course he is also the man responsible for ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’.

It is because of that latter fact that whenever you hear that a new Judd Apatow movie is hitting the cinemas that you can’t help but have a little bit of nervousness in the pit of your stomach when you sit down to watch it. But Apatow fans you can breathe a sigh of relief because his new film ‘This Is 40’ certainly sits in the good column.

In a way ‘This Is 40’ is a ‘kinda’ sequel to ‘Knocked Up’ because it centres around Debbie (Leslie Mann – Para-Norman, The Change-Up) and Pete (Paul Rudd – Prince Avalanche, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), two characters we first met back in Apatow’s comedy classic. They are your typical married couple, they have two children Sadie (Maude Apatow – Funny People, Knocked Up) and Charlotte (Iris Apatow – Funny People, Knocked Up), Pete runs his own record label and Debbie runs a clothing shop aided by her employees, Jodi (Charlyne Yi – TV’S House, TV’S Love Bites) and Desi (Megan Fox – Friends With Kids, Passion Play)… one of which is stealing from her.

With both Debbie and Pete now hitting their forties Pete seems to be coping fine, but Debbie is stressing out and begins to wonder about their marriage. Making things even worse is the fact that Pete has a massive secret, because his business is failing, no matter how much co-worker Ronnie (Chris O’Dowd – The Sapphires, Friends With Kids) tries to stop it happening, and because Pete keeps giving money to his father Larry (Albert Brooks – Drive, TV’S The Simpsons) they are facing the fact they may have to sell their house.

When ‘This Is 40’ reaches its peak it has you almost falling out of your seat with laughter… Apatow really does know how to deliver the laughs, and the fact that the film centres around an ordinary family will mean that most people watching will be able to relate to it.

But that’s not to say that the film doesn’t have some weaknesses. At just on two and a half hours it does feel a little wrong and that could have easily been fixed by taking out the stories revolving around the thefts at the shop and also Debbie’s father, Oliver (John Lithgow – The Campaign, New Years Eve). With these stories omitted ‘This Is 40’ would have been a lot shorter and may have even been able to break into the ‘great comedy’ category.

When it comes to the acting everybody seems to be at the top of their game. Paul Rudd backs up from his performance in ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ with another great performance and he is well supported by Leslie Mann. However it is the subsidiary actors like Chris O’Dowd and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, TV’S Mike & Molly) that seem to steal the show… especially McCarthy whose scene in the headmasters office is one of the funniest scenes ever show in cinema (also remember to stick around when the film ends because her rant continues during the credits).

‘This Is 40’ may run a little long but you won’t mind because you’ll be laughing all the way through it.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘This Is 40′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘This Is 40’. Dave’s other review of ‘This Is 40’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating: This Is 40 (2012) on IMDb

Hotel Transylvania

Summary: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count s teen-aged daughter.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Country: USA

Director: Genndy Tartaovsky

Screenwriter: Peter Baynham, Todd Durham (story), Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story), Robert Smigel

Cast: Steve Buscemi (Wayne (voice)), Fran Drescher (Eunice (voice)), Selena Gomez (Mavis (voice)), CeeLo Green (Murray (voice)), Kevin James (Frankenstein (voice)), Jon Lovitz (Quasimodo (voice)), Andy Samberg (Jonathan (voice)), Adam Sandler (Dracula (voice)), Jackie Sandler (Martha (voice)), Sadie Sandler (Winnie/Young Mavis (voice)), Molly Shannon (Wanda (voice)), Robert Smigel (Fake Dracula/Marty (voice)), David Spade (Griffin (voice))

Runtime: 91 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Review: 

To read Dave’s review of ‘Hotel Transylvania’ review please check the Helium Entertainment Channel

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Hotel Transylvania′: Nil.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Hotel Transylvania (2012) on IMDb

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

Summary: Director Woody Allen once again assembles an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin for his comedy of two couples who find their lives turned upside down by unfulfilled longings. Alfie (Hopkins) is the husband of Helena (Gemma Jones) and the father of Sally (Watts). Sally’s marriage to Roy (Josh Brolin) is in jeopardy after she falls for Greg (Antonio Banderas). Both father and daughter find themselves running away from their romantic problems.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, Spain

Director: Woody Allen

Screenwriter: Woody Allen

Cast: Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Jonathan), Antonio Banderas (Greg), Ewan Bremner (Henry Strangler), Josh Brolin (Roy), Pauline Collins (Cristal), Anna Friel (Iris), Anthony Hopkins (Alfie), Celia Imrie (End Wicklow), Neil Jackson (Alan), Theo James (Ray), Gemma Jones (Helena), Alex Macqueen (Malcolm Dodds), Zack Orth (Narrator), Jim Piddock (Peter Wicklow), Freida Pinto (Dia), Lucy Punch (Charmaine), Naomi Watts (Sally), Fenella Woolgar (Jane)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stanger’ Review: 

Poor old Woody Allen (To Rome With Love, Midnight In Paris) while directing the brilliant ‘Midnight In Paris’ resurrected his career and once again reminded the world of the fact that he is a filmmaking genius but it has also cast a shadow of everything he has released ever since. See you make a masterpiece and nothing else quite equals it.

‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger’ was actually made before ‘Midnight In Paris’ but is only just surfacing in Australia now, and to be honest it is a pretty good romantic drama but it is nowhere near as good as ‘Midnight In Paris’.

The film’s plot follows two couples. Firstly there is Helena (Gemma Jones – The Lady Vanishes, TV’S Death In Paradise) and Alfie (Anthony Hopkins – 360, Thor) who have just become divorced after Alfie went through an old-age crisis and decided he was too young for Helena… when actually he is just refusing to admit that he is growing old.

Now Helena is trying to get her life back on track after a failed suicide attempt by listening to everything that so-called medium, Cristal (Pauline Collins – Quartet, Albert Nobbs) is telling her. Meanwhile Alfie is leaking money like there is no tomorrow in a bid to impress his younger bride, escort and sometimes actress Charmaine (Lucy Punch – Stand Up Guys, Yellow).

Then there is Helena and Alfie’s daughter Sally (Naomi Watts – Two Mothers, Movie 43) who is married to frustrated writer Roy (Josh Brolin – Gangster Squad, Men In Black 3). While neither would admit the love went out of their marriage a long time ago and now Roy is stimulated by next door neighbor Dia (Freida Pinto – Immortals, Black Gold) while Sally is developing feelings for her boss Greg (Antonio Banderas – Ruby Sparks, Haywire).

If you think you’ll settle into watching ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger’ and laugh away at Woody Allen’s usual witty comedy think again! Here Allen takes a trip down the romantic drama path and it has to be said that it works quite well. The fact that Allen has brought his usual style of characterisation to the film is what makes it work so well. Each character is unique and you are quickly drawn to them.

As a film ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stanger’ does twist and wind its way through the characters’ lives but it is not an aimless journey instead it seems as though Allen is using the film to take a fair swipe at love, suggesting that the illusion of love is better than love itself. It may be a little cynical but Allen’s good script really allows him to make a powerful statement.

As usual Allen has put together a stellar cast and once again they deliver for him. Naomi Watts as usual does a great job while it’s good to see Josh Brolin shrug off some of the cornier roles that he has done recently. It is also good to see Anthony Hopkins also take on a role where he can once again show that he can be a dramatic actor without having to go down the ‘evil’ path.

Yes ‘You Will Meet A Talk Dark Stranger’ is nowhere near as good as ‘Midnight In Paris’ but it is still a worthy romantic drama to check out.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger’. Dave’s other review of ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) on IMDb

Argo

And the winners are:

Best motion picture

Argo

Best Actor in a motion picture

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress in a motion picture

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best comedy or musical

Les Miserables

Best Actor in a comedy or musical

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Best TV series, comedy or musical

Girls

Best Director, Motion Picture

Ben Affleck, Argo

Cecile B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment

Jodie Foster

Best Actress in a TV series comedy

Lena Dunham, Girls

Best foreign film

Amour (Austria)

Best actress TV series drama

Claire Danes – Homeland

Best animated film

Brave

Best screenplay

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture

Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables

Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture

Ed Harris – Game Change

Best Actress in a motion picture comedy or musical

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor in a mini-series or telemovie

Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys

Best TV series

Homeland

Best Actor TV comedy or musical

Don Cheadle – House of Lies

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Adele – Skyfall theme

Best Actor in a television series

Damian Lewis – Homeland

Best Supporting Actor – Movies

Christoph Waltz  –Django Unchained

Supporting Actress, TV Series, Miniseries or Movie

Maggie Smith- Downton Abbey

Best Miniseries or Movie

Game Change

Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie

Julianne Moore – Game Change

Best Original Score

Michael Danna – Life of Pi