Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rob The Mob

The trailer for the new film “Rob The Mob” has just been released. The film is directed by Raymond De Felitta and stars Andy Garcia, Michael Pitt and Ray Ramano. The film opens in the U.S. during 2014. You can view the Rob The Mob trailer below.

 

Drinking Buddies

Thanks to Cinema Nova (Melbourne) we have some passes to giveaway to see “Drinking Buddies” which opens at Cinema Nova on December 26th. The film is directed by Joe Swanberg and stars Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick.

To enter our Drinking Buddies Competition simply go onto www.facebook.com/thegoodthebadtheuglyfilmshow and let us know which celebrity you would like to have as a drinking buddy. Competition closes on the 23rd December.

Sabotage

The trailer for the new film “Sabotage” has just been released. The film is directed by David Ayer and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Terrence Howard. The film opens in the U.S. on the 11th April, 2014. You can view the Sabotage trailer below.

Transcendence

The trailer for the new film “Transcendence” has just been released. The film is directed by Wally Pfister, produced by Christoper Nolan and stars Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy and Paul Bettany. The film opens in the U.S. on the 18th April, 2014. You can view the Transcendence trailer below.

 

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 at new release films ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’, ‘Drinking Buddies’, ‘Frozen’, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’, ‘Philomena’, ‘The Railway Man’, ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’. This episode also features interviews with Ben Stiller, Judi Dench, Jonathan Groff, Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellan. The boys also launch a new competition thanks to The Electric Shadow Open Air Cinema.

Please note that Part 1 of the show will be placed online after the embargo has been lifted on our review of ‘Saving Mr Banks’. All other reviews can be heard on Part 2,3,4,5 though.

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

Anchorman 2

Summary: With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Adam McKay

Screenwriter: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Cast: Christina Applegate (Veronica Corningstone), Dylan Baker (Freddie Shapp), Steve Carell (Brick Tamland), Jim Carrey (CBC News Anchor), Tom Clark (Curtis Knightfish), Sacha Baron Cohen (cameo), Marion Cotillard (CBS News Anchor), Kirsten Dunst (Alterius: Maiden Of The Clouds), Lori Beth Edgeman (Tina), Will Ferrell (Ron Burgundy), Tina Fey (Entertainment Tonight Reporter), Wilbur Fitzgerald (Dr. Brangley), Harrison Ford (Mack Tannen), Meagan Good (Linda Jackson), Jennifer Gullick (Diane Yahwea), Greg Kinnear (Gary), David Koechner (Champ Kind), Josh Lawson (Kench Allenby), James Marsden (Jack Lime), Zoe Myers (Sam), Liam Neeson (History Channel Host), Judah Nelson (Walter Burgundy), Dave Pileggi (Donna), Amy Poehler (cameo), John C. Reilly (The Ghost Of Stonewall Jackson), Paul Rudd (Brian Fantana), Clark Sarullo (Jessica), Will Smith (Sports Broadcaster), Vince Vaughn (Wes Mantooth), Kanye West (cameo), Kristen Wiig (Chani), Fred Willard (Ed Harken)

Runtime: 119 mins

Classification:M

OUR ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63

 

Greg King: Stars(4)

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

Nick Gardner: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ that is available on Southern FM

 

David Griffiths:

It was the sequel we were threatened with (er… I mean promised) for years, the sequel to “Anchorman” that would see the legendary Ron Burgundy (arguably Will Ferrell’s most famous character) return to the big screen. Now it’s happened and sadly you get the feeling that true fans of the franchise may be a little disappointed with “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

The film begins with Ron working in New York alongside his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Appelgate). In Ron’s mind everything is going well, he’s flying with his news reading and the homefront is happy as he and Veronica look after their son, Walter (Judah Nelson). But then comes the crash when veteran newsreader Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) announces his retirement. Ron and Veronica are sure they have the job but then Mack surprises everybody and hires Veronica and fires Ron. Suddenly things are no longer pretty, not on the work front or the home front.

Then comes a life-line for Ron. The chance to headline a news team at a newly founded 24 hour news station created by Australian media magnate Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson). For that to happen though Ron first of all has to put together his old team. He soon finds that Champ Kind (David Koechner) is running a fast food restaurant with a difference, that Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) is the world’s leading cat photographer and that Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) is farewelling himself at his own funeral.

But that is only the start of the hijinx as the boys soon find out they have a new enemy in the form of the smooth Jack Lime (James Marsden), that their new boss, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) is.. well… black and that they are hosting the graveyard shift.

Now I’m sure in the back of director and co-screenwriter Adam McKay’s mind “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is a well thought out satire of the news industry. But it’s not, actually it falls well short if you think back to the comedy gold that was “Frontline”, a television show that was like an early version of “The Office” set amongst a news team.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” cruises for the first half. The film provides the odd laugh here and there but never really reaches the heights it should with such a formidable comedic acting line-up, then comes the difficult second half. Here the film flounders as much as the shark that Ron tries to nurse back to the health. Excuse the pun but the film well and truly jumps the shark (and this time just like “Happy Days” a real shark is involved) with stupid and unnecessary storylines such as Ron’s blindness, shark nursing and a finale that seems to rip off events of the first film and just become a vessel to introduce a few cameos. Credit where credit is due though the cameos are pretty impressive.

One of the big let downs of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is the acting. With the likes of Ferrell, Carell and Rudd it’s like the filmmakers have got together some comedy dream team but sadly the script lets them down. They only get to deliver a couple of real laughs each and the second half really becomes the Will Ferrell Show with the others pushed firmly into the background. Even the likes of some heavyweights like Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson being around doesn’t life the film because they are hugely under used.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is a real let down that deserves to be mentioned alongside some of the ordinary stuff that Adam Sandler has released over the last few years.

Stars(2) 

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

IMDB Rating:  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues′: Please check our Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63.

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Beyonce

The fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé is now available worldwide, exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com/beyonce).  The self-titled set is the artist’s first visual album.   BEYONCÉ is infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, all before the album’s release.

“I see music,” says Beyoncé about her decision to create a visual album. “It’s more than just what I hear.  When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies.  And they’re all connected to the music.”

That the album is available on the day the world is learning about its release is an unprecedented strategic move by the artist to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter.  This unique approach allows music fans to be the first to listen, view, engage and form their own opinions void of any middleman.  In the age of social media and an insatiable appetite for direct communication, this is the answer to the question asked over and over again, when is Beyoncé’s next album coming?

“ I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she states.  “I am bored with that.  I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans.   There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans.  I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

Stripped of gimmicks, teasers and marketing campaigns, this project is truly about art before hype.

Starting now, BEYONCÉ is available globally and exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com/beyonce).

For an artist who has been the target of leaks, this is a fully designed preventative plan. The album will be offered as a cohesive body of work with every song and every video available all at once for one single purchase.

While not a concept album, the record is designed to be consumed as a comprehensive audio/visual piece from top to bottom.  The antithesis of making singles, the visual album is a non-linear journey through the thoughts and visions of Beyoncé.

Manufacturing of physical albums begins today and the double disc CD/DVD will be available at retail in time for the holidays.

Facebook exclusively premieres Part One of  “Self-Titled,” a mini doc feature that gives a glimpse into the entire project.  It details her mind-set and artistic vision throughout the making of BEYONCÉ.  By embracing an ever-evolving digital landscape, she creates an innovative, fully immersive, multiplatform experience for the first visual album of her career, completely changing the way her fans will consume music.

Not one to stand on past achievements, this is an artist who thrives on evolving, challenging herself and raising the bar. This creative process gave Beyoncé power over her music and provided an opportunity to control how the music is heard.  She is not playing by the rules and breaking what is expected, preferring to put music out as an entire body of work.

Beyoncé, wearing multiple hats as writer, producer and director, put together a genius team of artists, songwriters, producers and video directors for her visual album that include JAY Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Drake, The Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Hit Boy, Ammo, Boots, Detail, Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Åkerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Noah “40” Shebib, Francesco Carrozzini, Caroline Polachek,  Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso.

She recorded all over the world for a year and a half but the initial recording started after the writers and producers gathered under one roof in The Hamptons, New York’s beach enclave, in the summer of 2012 to live together, work together and to immerse themselves into her world and into her head.   The fans that have grown up with the performer, mature and seasoned enough to relate to the content and the shared experiences, inspire the music, with themes that explore love, loss, fear, anger, honesty, happiness, sexuality and confidence.

For the videos, some of which she co-directed, she preferred to work with a more care-free formula.  Shot primarily during her successful “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” the videos were veiled in secrecy, even though they were filmed in open places, including a beach in Brazil, the streets of NYC, on the famed Cyclone Rollercoaster in Coney Island, New York, downtown Los Angeles, a chateau in Paris, a roller skating rink in Houston, Texas where she skated as a child, and a beautiful church in South America.  She mixed up the creative, going for big and small and set out on shoots eager to capture the spontaneity and honesty in every moment.  The videos are visually stimulating, charged with visionary cinematography and clever storytelling. They capture every side of who she is, complete with vulnerability and imperfections.

BEYONCÉ is an explosive sonic and visual communiqué to music fans from an artist who has earned the right to do things on her terms.  “I just want to give my album to the people I love and respect and hope that they feel the same thing I felt when I made the music,” said Beyoncé.

You can hear the interview with Beyonce talking about her new album here.

Jennifer Lawrence Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence’s star continues to shine with the Academy Award winner starring in the top two films at the Australian box office.

After three weeks at #1, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE has grossed $31.9 million to surpass the first film’s local result.

AMERICAN HUSTLE grossed $2.16m on 325 screens across its opening weekend from Thursday to Sunday (December 12 to 15).

Earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, the David O. Russell directed film claimed the #1 spot on Saturday and Sunday with the highest screen average of all films in the top 20.

“Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress audiences with her ability to take on versatile roles. It is a rare feat for an actor to have films in the number one and two positions at the box office – those films are now critical and commercial successes and will continue to be powerful performers at the box office for many weeks to come,” Roadshow Films managing director Joel Pearlman said.

Set to feature prominently this awards season, American Hustle won awards for Best Picture and Best Screenplay by the New York Film Critics Circle with Lawrence named Best Supporting Actress. The film also received seven Golden Globe nominations including Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The Coldplay track Atlas from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was nominated for Best Original Song by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Wastelander Panda

Screen Australia today announced funding support for WASTELANDER PANDA, a multimedia project consisting of six TV/online episodes, a graphic novel and interactive website. Production will be supported by the ABC, with the episodes to premiere on the iView platform in 2014.

WASTELANDER PANDA will commence production in March 2014 and will be shot in South Australia. The project is a co-production between Madman Production Company and Epic Films. This marks the first project from Madman Production Company to receive production investment since the company’s establishment in 2012.

The team behind WASTELANDER PANDA includes writer/director Victoria Cocks, producers Kirsty Stark (Epic Films) and Nick Batzias (Madman Production Company), and additional writers Mike Jones and Matt Vesely.

Writer/director Victoria Cocks commented “After creating previous versions of WASTELANDER PANDA independently over the past two years, we feel extremely fortunate to be working alongside Madman, and to have Screen Australia and the ABC believe in the project as much as we do. I’m looking forward to going back to the Wasteland.”

Head of Madman Production Company Nick Batzias commented “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to announce WASTELANDER PANDA as our first project out of the gates. We’ve been busy behind closed doors working on this and a number of other properties on our slate, and hope to be able to announce a number of projects from Madman Production over the next 12 months.”

The new project from the team behind WASTELANDER PANDA follows a three-minute Prologue released online in 2012, which has accumulated over 100,000 views. Since releasing this initial Prologue, the team successfully raised over $25,000 via a Pozible campaign, completed three further online episodes and presented a panel on the series at South by Southwest.

Development and production partners include Screen Australia, The South Australia Film Corporation, Epic Films and Madman Production Company.