Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at  all the new films opening Easter – Zambezia, The Croods, Escape From Planet Earth, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Host, Hyde Park On Hudson, Rust And Bone, Sleepwalk With Me and Trance are all looked at. This episode also features interviews with Danny Boyle, James McAvoy, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Stephanie Meyer, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brendan Fraser and Jessica Alba.

Also just a note for our loyal fans, our next show will be online in two weeks time as we take a little break over Easter.

The Host

Summary: The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Andrew Niccol

Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol, Stephanie Meyer (novel)

Cast: Jake Abel (Ian O’Shea), Tailinh Agoyo (Seeker Robin), Phil Austin (Seeker Waverley), Marcus Lyle Brown (Healer Ford), Chandler Canterbury (Jamie), Stacey Carino (Seeker Dawn), Evan Cleaver (Seeker Pavo), Jalen Coleman (Soul Nafisa), Stephen Conroy (Seeker Sands), J.D. Evermore (Trevor Stryder), Frances Fisher (Maggie), Andrea Frankle (Healer Skye), Raedeen Greer (Lily), Lee Hardee (Aaron), Mustafa Harris (Brandt), Boyd Holbrook (Kyle), David House (Seeker Summers), William Hurt (Jeb), Max Irons (Jared Howe), Shyaam Karra (Soul Anshu), Diane Kruger (The Seeker), Scott Lawrence (Doc), Jhil McEntyre (Soul Lake), Tatanka Means (Seeker Hawke), Jaylen Moore (Seeker Song), Yohance Myles (Seeker Nova), Michael L. Parker (Seeker Wolfe), Shawn Carter Peterson (Wes), Stephen Rider (Seeker Reed), Rachel Roberts (Soul Fleur), Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wanda), Alex Russell (Seeker Burns), Eric Schultz (Seeker Zephyr), Ruby Lou Smith (Soul Pearle), Brent Wendell Williams (Soul Winters), John Wilmot (Soul Raines), Bokeem Woodbine (Nate)

Runtime: 125 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Host’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Host’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Host′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Host’.

Rating: 2/5

IMDB Rating:The Host (2013) on IMDb

G.I. Joe Retaliation

Summary: In this sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jon M. Chu

Screenwriter: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Cast: Luke Bracey (Cobra Commander), James Carville (himself), D.J. Cotrona (Flint),  DeRay Davis (Stoop), Matt Gerald (Havoc), Walton Goggins (Warden Nigel James), Ryan Hansen (Grunt), Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow), Joseph Mazzello (Mouse), Adrianne Palicki (Jaye), Jim Palmer (Clutch), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Jonathan Pryce (President), Robert Remus (Sgt. Slaughter), RZA (Blind Master), Ray Stevenson (Firefly), Nathan Takashige (Young Storm Shadow), Channing Tatum (Duke), Arnold Vosloo (Zartan), Bruce Willis (General Joe Colton), Carrie Wong (Jhankri), Elodie Yung (Jinx)

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’.

Rating: 1.5/5

IMDB Rating:G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) on IMDb

Escape From Planet Earth

Summary: The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Cal Brunker

Screenwriter: Rob Barlen, Cal Brunker, Cory Edwards, Tony Leech

Cast: Jessica Alba (Lena Thackleman (voice)), Krizia Bajos (Lena (voice)), Gregg Binkley (Ralph (voice)), Rob Corddry (Gary Supernova (voice)), Tim Dadabo (Larry Longeyes (voice)), Brendan Fraser (Scorch Supernova (voice)), Ricky Gervais (Mr. James Bing (voice)), Jonathan Morgan Heit (Kip Supernova (voice)), George Lopez (Thurman), Jane Lynch (Io (voice)), Sarah Jessica Parker (Kira Supernova (voice)), Chris Parnell (Hammer (voice)), Craig Robinson (Doc (voice)), Joshua Rush (Young Shanker (voice)), William Shatner (General Shankar (voice)), Jason Simpson (Barry (voice)), Sofia Vergara (Gabby Babblebrock (voice)), Steve Zahn (Hawk (voice))

Runtime: 89 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Escape From Planet Earth′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Escape From Planet Earth’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating:Escape from Planet Earth (2013) on IMDb

The Croods

Summary: The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders

Screenwriter: Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco, John Cleese

Cast: Nicolas Cage (Grug (voice)), Clarke Duke (Thunk (voice)), Catherine Keener (Ugga (voice)), Cloris Leachman (Gran (voice)), Ryan Reynolds (Guy (voice)), Chris Sanders (Belt (voice)), Emma Stone (Eep (voice)), Randy Thom (Sandy (voice))

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Croods’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Croods’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Crodds′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Croods’.

Subculture Media ‘The Croods’ Interviews: Interviews with various cast members of ‘The Croods’ can be found here.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating:The Croods (2013) on IMDb

Zambezia

Summary: Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon on the cusp of adulthood is bored and lonely living in a remote outpost with only his strict father, Tendai (Samuel L.Jackson), for company. Forbidden from venturing beyond the Katungu Boundary, his suspicions that there must be more to life are confirmed when Gogo, a kooky Stork and her co-pilot, a cute weaver called Tini, crash into his world. From them, Kai learns that downriver is a bustling bird city with exciting opportunities for a talented flier such as himself. In an angry exchange with his father, Kai discovers that Tendai has known all along about Zambezia and has been there himself! Hurt and angry at his father’s betrayal, Kai leaves Katungu and journeys downriver.

Arriving at the famed bird city – a majestic Baobab perched on the edge of Victoria Falls – Kai s amazed by the throngs of birds from all over Africa who are busy preparing for the Spring Celebrations. He soon befriends a fast-talking Nightjar called Ezee who knows how to enjoy the perks of community life and guides him through the city. Kai is bowled over when he meets Zoe (Abigail Breslin), a beautiful and feisty Black-Shouldered Kite who is the adopted daughter of Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy), Zambezia’s founder. Unfortunately for him, Kai doesn’t make a good first impression when he accidently ruins her Spring Celebration decorations. But he is thrilled when his skilful flying earns him a place on the Hurricanes, the elite defense patrol made up of the best fliers on Zambezia.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him and the rest of the Zambezians, Marabou Storks, tired of scavenging off the scraps of Zambezia have joined forces with Budzo, a vicious egg-eating Leguaan, and hatched a plan to take control of the island city. To make matters worse, Budzo captures Kai’s father and all of the weavers, including Tini. In order to save Zambezia and Tendai, Kai has to face his past and learn that no matter how fast and talented a flier he is, no bird is an island.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: South Africa

Director: Wayne Thornley

Screenwriter: Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, Andrew Silverston, Wayne Thornley

Cast: Abigail Breslin (Zoe (voice)), Corey Burton (Neville (voice)), Jim Cummings (Budzo/Marabous (voice)), Noureen DeWulf (Pavi (voice)), Tania Gunadi (Tini (voice)), Jeff Goldblum (Ajax (voice)), Richard E. Grant (Cecil (voice), Samuel L. Jackson (Tendai (voice)), Jenifer Lewis (Gogo (voice)), Jamal Mixon (Ezee (voice)), Leonard Nimoy (Sekhuru (voice)), Deep Roy (Mushana (voice)), David Shaughnessy (Morton (voice)), Jeremy Suarez (Kai (voice))

Runtime: 82 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Zambezia’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Zambezia’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zambezia′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Warm Bodies’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Zambezia (2012) on IMDb

Zambezia

Summary: Kai (Jeremy Suarez), a high-spirited falcon on the cusp of adulthood is bored and lonely living in a remote outpost with only his strict father, Tendai (Samuel L.Jackson), for company. Forbidden from venturing beyond the Katungu Boundary, his suspicions that there must be more to life are confirmed when Gogo, a kooky Stork and her co-pilot, a cute weaver called Tini, crash into his world. From them, Kai learns that downriver is a bustling bird city with exciting opportunities for a talented flier such as himself. In an angry exchange with his father, Kai discovers that Tendai has known all along about Zambezia and has been there himself! Hurt and angry at his father’s betrayal, Kai leaves Katungu and journeys downriver.

Arriving at the famed bird city – a majestic Baobab perched on the edge of Victoria Falls – Kai s amazed by the throngs of birds from all over Africa who are busy preparing for the Spring Celebrations. He soon befriends a fast-talking Nightjar called Ezee who knows how to enjoy the perks of community life and guides him through the city. Kai is bowled over when he meets Zoe (Abigail Breslin), a beautiful and feisty Black-Shouldered Kite who is the adopted daughter of Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy), Zambezia’s founder. Unfortunately for him, Kai doesn’t make a good first impression when he accidently ruins her Spring Celebration decorations. But he is thrilled when his skilful flying earns him a place on the Hurricanes, the elite defense patrol made up of the best fliers on Zambezia.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him and the rest of the Zambezians, Marabou Storks, tired of scavenging off the scraps of Zambezia have joined forces with Budzo, a vicious egg-eating Leguaan, and hatched a plan to take control of the island city. To make matters worse, Budzo captures Kai’s father and all of the weavers, including Tini. In order to save Zambezia and Tendai, Kai has to face his past and learn that no matter how fast and talented a flier he is, no bird is an island.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: South Africa

Director: Wayne Thornley

Screenwriter: Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, Andrew Silverston, Wayne Thornley

Cast: Abigail Breslin (Zoe (voice)), Corey Burton (Neville (voice)), Jim Cummings (Budzo/Marabous (voice)), Noureen DeWulf (Pavi (voice)), Tania Gunadi (Tini (voice)), Jeff Goldblum (Ajax (voice)), Richard E. Grant (Cecil (voice), Samuel L. Jackson (Tendai (voice)), Jenifer Lewis (Gogo (voice)), Jamal Mixon (Ezee (voice)), Leonard Nimoy (Sekhuru (voice)), Deep Roy (Mushana (voice)), David Shaughnessy (Morton (voice)), Jeremy Suarez (Kai (voice))

Runtime: 82 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Zambezia’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Zambezia’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zambezia′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Warm Bodies’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Zambezia (2012) on IMDb

Rust And Bone

Summary: Rust and Bone follows Alain (Schoenaerts) a mid-twenties dropout. Penniless and landed with a 5-year-old son to look after, he goes to stay with his sister in Antibes and starts looking for work. At a nightclub he meets Stephanie (Cotillard), a killer whale trainer at the local Marineland Water Park. Alain is fascinated by her, but Stephanie isn’t interested in him, until she suffers a tragic accident that leaves her handicapped. An unusual, physical and codified relationship develops between them. As in Audiard’s previous films, with Rust and Bone he takes two characters in an unlikely relationship, on the margins of society, plagued by their inner demons and obsessions, and delivers a deeply dramatic punch.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: France, Belgium

Director: Jacques Audiard

Screenwriter: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Craig Davidson

Cast: Yannick Choirat (Simon), Jean-Michael Correia (Richard), Marion Cotillard (Stephanie), Mourad Frarema (Foued), Bouli Lanners (Martial), Corinne Masiero (Anna), Celine Sallette (Louise), Matthias Schoenaerts (Alain van Versch), Armand Verdure (Sam)

Runtime: 122 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Rust & Bone’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Rust & Bone’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Rust And Bone′: Check Episode #26 (available 28th March, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Rust And Bone’.

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Rust and Bone (2012) on IMDb

Hyde Park On Wilson

Summary: In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Academy Award nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin’s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy – and through her, for us all – a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United Kingdom

Director: Roger Michell

Screenwriter: Richard Nelson

Cast: Nancy Baldwin (Mrs Astor), Jonathan Brewer (Ish-ti-opi), Olivia Colman (Elizabeth), Samantha Dakin (Mary), Jason Durran (Nelson)Andrew Havill (Cameron), Kumiko Konisho (Princess Te Alta), Laura Linney (Daisy), Elizabeth Marvel (Missy), Martin McDougall (Tommy), Bill Murray (FDR), Blake Ritson (Johnson,), Parker Sawyers (Thomas), Samuel West (Bertie), Olivia Williams (Eleanor), Elizabeth Wilson (Mrs. Roosevelt)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification:CTC

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Hyde Park On Hudson’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Hyde Park On Hudson’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Hyde Park On Hudson′: Check Episode #26 (available 28th March, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Hyde Park On Hudson’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating:Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) on IMDb

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films A Good Day To Die Hard, Mt. Zion, Jack The Giant Slayer, The Loneliest Planet, Promised Land, Silence In The House: Mea Maxima Culpa . This episode also features interviews with Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Bryan Singer, Te Arepa Kahi, Stan Walker and Temuera Morrison

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘The Man Inside’ on DVD thanks to Pinnacle Films.