Monthly Archives: December 2013

5 Stars

What Maisie KnewWHAT MAISIE KNEW

The Way Way BackTHE WAY WAY BACK

MudMUD

BrokenBROKEN

TranceTRANCE

Rust And BoneRUST AND BONE

West Of MemphisWEST OF MEMPHIS

Django UnchainedDJANGO UNCHAINED

 

Monsters Inc 3DMONSTERS INC

 

4.5 Stars

JobsJOBS

What's In A NameWHAT’S IN A NAME

The PaperboyTHE PAPERBOY FlightFLIGHT

Jack ReacherJACK REACHER

 

4 Stars

PhilomenaPHILOMENA

American Hustle PosterAMERICAN HUSTLE

Lygon Street Si parla ItalianoLYGON STREET: SI PARLA ITALIANO

Ain't Them Bodies SaintsAIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

Fruitvale StationFRUITVALE STATION

We're The MillersWE’RE THE MILLERS

100 Bloody Acres100 BLOODY ACRES

In The HouseIN THE HOUSE

Man Of SteelMAN OF STEEL

EpicEPIC

World War ZWORLD WAR Z

Farewell My QueenFAREWELL, MY QUEEN

Still MineSTILL MINE

The Odd Life Of Timothy GreenTHE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

Star Trek Into DarknessSTAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

The Other SonTHE OTHER SON

Jurassic ParkJURASSIC PARK 3D

The CroodsTHE CROODS

Warm BodiesWARM BODIES

War WitchREBELLE/WAR WITCH

PerformancePERFORMANCE

Hyde Park On WilsonHYDE PARK ON HUDSON

Oz The Great And PowerfulOZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Safe HavenSAFE HAVEN

Silver Linings PlaybookSILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Life Of PiLIFE OF PI

 

ParaNormanPARANORMAN

ComplianceCOMPLIANCE

The ImpossibleTHE IMPOSSIBLE

Zero Dark ThirtyZERO DARK THIRTY

 

3.5 Stars

The Secret Life Of Walter MittyTHE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Kill Your DarlingsKILL YOUR DARLINGS

Jackass Presents Bad GrandpaJACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA

LovelaceLOVELACE

TurboTURBO

The EastTHE EAST

Despicable Me 2DESPICABLE ME 2

The InternshipTHE INTERNSHIP

SinisterSINISTER

The CallTHE CALL

Olympus Has FallenOLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

OblivionOBLIVION

Escape From Planet EarthESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

Jack The Giant SlayerJACK THE GIANT SLAYER

Cloud AtlasCLOUD ATLAS

The Last StandTHE LAST STAND

You Will Meet A Tall Dark StrangerYOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER

3 Stars

Battle Of The Year PosterBATTLE OF THE YEAR

The Hunger games Catching Fire PosterTHE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

The Fifth EstateTHE FIFTH ESTATE

Percy Jackson Sea Of MonstersPERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS

Kick-Ass 2KICK-ASS 2

The WolverineTHE WOLVERINE

Monsters UniversityMONSTERS UNIVERSITY

Fast & Furious 6FAST & FURIOUS 6

Happiness Never Comes AloneHAPPINESS NEVER COMES ALONE

Dead Man DownDEAD MAN DOWN

SnitchSNITCH

The Place Beyond The PinesTHE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

Evil DeadEVIL DEAD

The Big WeddingTHE BIG WEDDING

Iron Man 3IRON MAN 3

DriftDRIFT

Return To Nim's IslandRETURN TO NIM’S ISLAND

Mt ZionMT ZION

Promised LandPROMISED LAND

A Good Day To Die HardA GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

BlinderBLINDER

Great ExpectationsGREAT EXPECTATIONS

Broken CityBROKEN CITY

Side EffectsSIDE EFFECTS

I Give It A Year Helium ReviewI GIVE IT A YEAR

Anna Karenina

ANNA KARENINA LincolnLINCOLN

HitchcockHITCHCOCK

 

 

This Is 40THIS IS 40

 

 

 

2.5 Stars

Night Train To LisbonNIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON

Runner RunnerRUNNER RUNNER

Tim Winton's The TurningTHE TURNING (2013)

The Smurfs 2aTHE SMURFS 2

PlanesPLANES

White House DownWHITE HOUSE DOWN

Paranoia PosterPARANOIA

Red 2RED 2

The Mortal Instrument City Of BonesTHE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (2013)

ElysiumELYSIUM

Mystery Road2MYSTERY ROAD

The Great GatsbyTHE GREAT GATSBY

Camille RewindsCAMILLE REWINDS

War Of The WorldsJEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL VERSION OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS ALIVE ON STAGE! THE NEW GENERATION

Spring BreakersSPRING BREAKERS

The Company You KeepTHE COMPANY YOU KEEP

Identity ThiefIDENTITY THIEF

ZambeziaADVENTURES IN ZAMBEZIA

In The FogIN THE FOG

The Incredible Burt WonderstoneTHE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

21 & Over21 AND OVER

Save Your LegsSAVE YOUR LEGS

Cirque du Soleil; Worlds AwayCIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters

 HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

Gangster SquadGANGSTER SQUAD

2 Stars

Anchorman 2ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

The CounselorTHE COUNSELOR (2013)

Insidious Chapter 2INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

Lasseter's Bones

Grown Ups 2GROWN UPS 2

One Direction PosterONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US (2013)

R.I.P.D.R.I.P.D. (2013)

SharknadoSHARKNADO

The World's EndTHE WORLD’S END

After EarthAFTER EARTH

A Haunted HouseA HAUNTED HOUSE

The Hangover Part IIITHE HANGOVER PART III

Cheerful Weather For The WeddingCHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING

Haute CuisineHAUTE CUISINE

The HostTHE HOST

Beautiful CreaturesBEAUTIFUL CREATURES

The Guilt TripTHE GUILT TRIP

1.5 Stars

Scary Movie 5SCARY MOVIE 5

G.I. Joe RetaliationG.I. JOE: RETALIATION

1 Star

Stranger By The LakeSTRANGER BY THE LAKE

0.5 Stars

Movie 43MOVIE 43

 

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Nick, Adam, Dave and Greg take a look back over 2013 and deliver their Best & Worst lists of 2013. They take a look at the Best Films, the Worst Films, the Most Overrated, the Most Underrated and of course the best performances of the year. The boys also launch a new competition thanks to The Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema.

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

 

The Shadow ElectricThanks to The Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema we have some double passes to giveaway to their screening of ‘Jackie Brown’ on the 5th January.  ‘Jackie Brown’ is directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Pam Grier, Robert De Niro and Michael Keaton.

To enter our giveaway simply go to our Facebook page and tell us what your favourite Tarantino film is.

To check what else is screening at The Shadow Electric this summer, just check out Now Showing at The Shadow Electric page.

The Shadow ElectricThanks to The Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema we have some double passes to giveaway to their screening of ‘The Big Chill’ on the 3rd January.  ‘The Big Chill’ is directed by Lawrence Kasdan and stars Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt.

To enter our giveaway simply go to our Facebook page and tell us what you love about going to open air cinemas.

To check what else is screening at The Shadow Electric this summer, just check out Now Showing at The Shadow Electric page.

Philomena

Summary: Philomena is the true story of an Irish Catholic woman (Judi Dench) who decides to find her son more than fifty years after she was forced, as an unmarried mother, to give him up for adoption. As scornful of ‘human interest’ journalism as he is distressed by the scandal that shortened his career as a political advisor, Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) reluctantly agrees to meet Philomena and hear her story . A true odd couple – the sheltered, elderly woman and the dry, world-weary ex-BBC journo – Philomena and Martin embark on a journey together that takes them from a convent in rural Ireland to the White House in Washington DC.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK, France

Director: Stephen Frears

Screenwriter: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, Martin Sixsmith (book)

Cast: Mai Arwas (Megan), Xavier Atkins (Michael Hess Aged 14), Amber Batty (Marge), Cathy Belton (Sister Claire), Saorise Bowen (Young Mary), Tadhg Bowen (Young Anthony), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Young Philomena), Steve Coogan (Martin Sixsmith), Harrison D”Ampney (Anthony 8-10 Years), Judi Dench (Philomena), Charles Edwards (David), Michelle Fairley (Sally Mitchell), Kate Fleetwood (Young Sister Hildegarde), Donal Haughey (Declan), Peter Hermann (Pete Olsson), Barbara Jefford (Sister Hildegarde), Nicholas Jones (Dr. Robert), Simone Lahbib (Kate Sixsmith), Elliot Levey (Alex), Sean Mahon (Michael), Anna Maxwell Martin (Jane), Amy McAllister (Sister Anunciata), Ruth McCabe (Mother Barbara), D.J. McGrath (John), Nika McGuigan (Bridie), Charlie Murphy (Kathleen),Ronald Reagan (himself), Charissa Shearer (Peg), Sara Stewart (Marcia Weller), Rachel Wilcock (Mamie), Mare Winningham (Mary)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:M

OUR PHILOMENA REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(4)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Philomena’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

If somebody had told me at the start of the year that British comedic actor Steve Coogan would have starred in two of the most heartfelt and emotional films of the year I would have told them they were dreaming. But cinema can be a weird thing and Coogan follows up his portrayal of the uncaring father in “What Maisie Knew” with another strong dramatic performance in one of the surprise hits of the year “Philomena.”

“Philomena” tells the true story of former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) who after finding himself unfairly publicly disgraced decides to take on one of those dreaded ‘human interest stories.’ Soon he finds himself teaming up with the sweet-but-not-so-innocent elderly Philomena (Judi Dench) who harbors a secret she’s been holding onto for years.

Unknown to her family Philomena gave birth to a son 50 years earlier, however due to the fact that she was single at the time and brought disgrace to her family she was shipped off to a convent where she was placed through an unsafe labour and then told to work off her sin while her son was sold to a well-off American couple for $1,000. As the years go on not a day goes by where Philomena doesn’t think about her lost son or what became of him, so now with Martin in tow they go in search of the son that Philomena never really knew.

To his credit director Stephen Frears (mainly known for his work on “The Queen”) doesn’t just make this heartfelt Oscar bait. Furthermore he also doesn’t full into the same trap as “Closed Circuit” and make the audience feel that they are watching a British telemovie. Instead Frears has delivered a film that does indeed cause an emotional response from the audience but also goes into that ‘buddy’ film territory… a hell of a lot better than the film “The Guilt Trip” did earlier this year.

Yes Frears does tell a story that the world needs to see and exposes yet another crime against humanity committed by the Catholic Church, but at the same time he delivers two likable characters and injects a little humor into the film as the worldly Sixsmith plays tour guide to Philomena, someone who has never ventured out of the United Kingdom before. And while I won’t give away the ending Frears sticks to the true story which may not be what Hollywood would have wanted him to do… credit must be paid for sticking to his guns.

As most film fans already know this film has Judi Dench’s name being bandied around for Oscar contention. Rightfully so as she delivers a strong dramatic performance laced with moments of comedic brilliance, but it does seem a little unfair that Steve Coogan’s name also hasn’t been mentioned in this circles and he puts in one of the few perfect performances of the year. Coogan and Dench rebound their comedy together well, but Coogan doesn’t just rest on getting laughs, no he also has to deliver some dramatic moments and he does it surprisingly well.

“Philomena” is a heartfelt film so get ready to cry when you are watching it, but once again Frears gets the best out of his cast and once again makes a film that is will stand the test of time. “Philomena” is one of the Brits’ finest films for 2013.

Stars(4)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  Philomena (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Philomena′: Please check our Philomena review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63.

Trailer:

Short Term 12

Summary: Passionate and tough, Grace (United States of Tara’s Brie Larson, in a star making performance) is a 20-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. A formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge, Grace shares her life and work with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (The Newsroom’s John Gallagher Jnr). When Jayden, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection, arrives at the facility, Grace’s own difficult past, and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself, throw her into unforeseen confusion. Grace comes to find, in both her work and the new teenager in her care, surprising sources of redemption.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Destin Cretton

Screenwriter: Destin Cretton

Cast: Bran’dee Allen (Shawnta), Angel Amaral (Trevor), Patricia Barrett (Tracy), Stephanie Beatriz (Jessica), Tanya Marie A. Bitanga (Nikki), Alex Calloway (Sammy), Kaitlyn Dever (Jayden), Lydia Du Veaux (Kendra), John Gallagher Jnr. (Mason), Elyssa Gutierrez (Anna), Kevin Hernandez (Luis), Brie Larson (Grace), Rami Malek (Nate), Michael Marto (Connor), Diana Maria Riva (Nurse Beth), Danny Roper (David), Keith Stanfield (Marcus), Franz Turner (Jack), Melora Walters (Dr. Hendler), Zoe Wilkens (Spring), Garryson Zamora (Thom)

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification:M

OUR SHORT TERM 12 REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Short Term 12’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  Short Term 12 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Short Term 12′: Nil

Trailer:

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Summary: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ben Stiller

Screenwriter: Steve Conrad, James Thurber (short story)

Cast: Marcus Antturi (Rich Melhoff), Jon Daly (Tim Naughton), Craig Dourmashkin (Curtis), Paul Fitzgerald (Don Proctor), Kathryn Hahn (Odessa Mitty), Terrence Bernie Hines (Gary Mannheim), Kai Lennox (Phil Melhoff), Shirley MacLaine (Edna Mitty), Adrian Martinez (Hernando), Nicole Neuman (Rachel), Conan O’Brien (himself), Patton Oswalt (Todd Maher), Sean Penn (Sean O’Connell), Andy Richter (himself), Adam Scott (Ted Hendricks), Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty), Kristen Wiig (Cheryl Melhoff)

Runtime: 114 mins

Classification:PG

OUR THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

Everybody knows Ben Stiller has one of modern days’ top comedic actors. What many don’t realise though is that whenever Stiller had decided to pull on the director’s cap that success has always followed. His debut directional effort ‘Reality Bites’ drew plenty of applause, while his follow ups ‘The Cable Guy,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Tropic Thunder’ were all massive commercial successes.

Now Stiller directrs and stars in the new screen adaption of James Thurber’s classic story ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.’ Now if you judged this film by its trailer you could see that this is a film that could go either way. It could fall in a heap and be a bore just like too many of Stiller’s recent films or it could be abstract and different enough to be interesting.

Stiller stars the downtrodden, lonely loser in life Walter Mitty. A man who has no personal life but lives for his job – a job that sees him looking after photographer’s negatives at ‘Life’ magazine. He also tends to ‘zone out’ from time to time and take himself on magical journeys that only occur inside his head. However, his life is turned upside down when he soon realises that job may be taken away from him when the ambitious and plain rude Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott) arrives on the scene boasting that ‘Life’ is about to go online and heads will roll. The way he bullies Walter also shows him that his will be one of those rolling heads.

Poor Walter believes his biggest problem is finding a way to impress his work colleague and love interest Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) but soon finds himself under even more pressure when he realises that the negative that is needed for the front page of the last edition of ‘Life’ has gone missing. This spurs Walter into action and soon he finds himself on a trip around the world trying to find the photographer, Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn).

Like ‘Reality Bites’ did early on his career ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ reveals Stiller as a talented director. His directional style takes this film in many different directions, from heartfelt conversations through to an action sequence (thanks to one of Walter’s zone-outs). But Stiller’s directional style really comes to the fore though when he captures some of the stunning environments that Walter visits amazingly well, and the same time lifts this above its closest rival ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’

As a film ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ really draws you in. You find yourself drawn to Walter as a character and you feel sorry for him. But as a film it goes deeper than that, the screenplay has created some interesting sub-characters including the hateable Hendricks and also eHarmony phone worker, Todd Maher (Patton Oswalt).

We all know somebody like Walter and that connection takes this film to a different level, however no matter how much human emotion is invested into the film there are times the film’s script lets it down. There are about fifteen to twenty minutes of this film that doesn’t need to be there, and it’s a shame that script editor hadn’t done a little bit of pruning.

Still that can be largely forgotten due to the fact that Stiller and his cinematographer create some amazing visuals throughout this film. They capture whatever environment they are in amazingly well, especially the barren volcanic wastelands that Stiller ends up skateboarding down. While the story does have its odd low point it clearly outguns the film most similar to it – “Eat Pray Love.”

The smooth screenplay does also allow Stiller to produce a mixture of comedy and drama and as we have learned from some of his previous roles Stiller thrives on getting to play emotionally damaged characters, and once again here he comes to the fore.

Kristen Wiig and Shirley Maclaine almost seem wasted in their roles however Patton Oswalt makes a surprising cameo that is a joy to watch but the actor who steals the show here is Adam Scott. Scott puts in one of the best performances of the year as the villainous Hendricks and while he is a source of comedic relief he also brings a sense of evil to the film.

“The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” may dip at one point but for the most part this is a good film that once again reminds cinema lovers that Ben Stiller is more than capable when he pulls on the director’s hat. As far as feel good movies go this one is a winner.

 

 Stars(3.5)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘American Hustle′: Please check our American Hustle review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 62.

Trailer:

Muscle Shoals

Summary: A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman”.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier

Screenwriter: N/A

Cast: Gregg Allmann (himself), Bono (himself), Jesse Boyce (himself), Freeman Brown (himself), Clarence Carter (himself), Jimmy Cliff (himself), Aretha Franklin (herself), Donna Godchaux (herself), Rick Hall (himself), Roger Hawkins (himself), David Hood (himself), Clayton Ivey (himself), Mick Jagger (himself), Jaimoe (himself), Jimmy Johnson (himself), Alicia Keys (herself), Ed King (himself), Martin Luther King (himself), Spooner Oldham (himself), Dan Penn (himself), Sam Phillips (himself), Wilson Pickett (himself), Billy Powell (himself), Otis Redding (himself), Keith Richards (himself), Percy Sledge (himself), Candi Staton (herself), Harvey Thompson (himself), Ronnie van Zant (himself), Jerrry Wexler (himself), John Paul White (himself), Steve Winwood (himself),

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification:TBC

OUR MUSCLE SHOALS REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(4.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Muscle Shoals’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4.5)

IMDB Rating:  Muscle Shoals (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Muscle Shoals′: Please check our Muscle Shoals review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63.

Trailer:

Drinking Buddies

Summary: Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) are colleagues at a microbrewery whose flirtation-riddled friendship oozes chemistry. With both in relationships – Luke with Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Kate with Chris (Ron Livingston) – an overnight beach trip for the foursome becomes a tipping point.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Joe Swanberg

Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg

Cast: Mike Brune (Mike), Jim Cibak (Jim), Jake Johnson (Luke), Anna Kendrick (Jill), Ron Livingston (Chris), Frank V. Ross (Frank), Callie Stephens (Callie), Jason Sudeikis (Gene Dentler), Alicia Van Couvering (Amy), Ti West (Dave), Olivia Wilde (Kate), Michael Zeller (Eli)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:M

OUR DRINKING BUDDIES REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Drinking Buddies’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Drinking Buddies (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Drinking Buddies′: Please check our Drinking Buddies review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63.

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Cheap Thrills

The trailer for the new film “Cheap Thrills” has just been released. The film is directed by E.L Katz and stars Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner and Amanda Fuller. The film opens in the U.S. on the 21st March, 2014. You can view the Cheap Thrills trailer below.