Monthly Archives: February 2014

Gary Numan

Gary Numan is a truly unique artist and everybody knows it. And he is back in black and ready to darken Australia and New Zealand once again!

Never one to let the past remain his legacy, Gary released his 20th album at the end of 2013. Splinter has been described by Filter Magazine as “mechanized, sci-fi mini-operas.. awesomely grandiose”. It can be considered one of the best albums he has ever produced and Numan shows no signs of slowing down with a return tour to Australia confirmed for May 2014!

He has influenced everyone from Trent Reznor to Prince and The Prodigy to Afrika Bambaataa, Basement Jaxx and Kayne West as you can see by their worship here.

Trent Reznor says he is “vitally important and a huge inspiration … I see me doing what I learned from him ” while Prince says that “’Replicas’ never left my turntable…there are people still trying to work out what a genius he was” Afrika Bambaataa muses that “Numan was so spooky, so spaced out and it sounded like the future of music to me. Anyone who knows hip hop will be familiar with his track ‘Films’ because that’s one of the original hip hop breaks … You’d be surprised what people like George Clinton from Parliament and Funkadelic used to listen to” and Kanye owes him a huge debt and says “I was listening to Gary Numan and I ended becoming more polished as a designer. I started to design my tracks”

The admiration comes from all corners of the music industry with David Bowie saying he has ‘has written a couple of the finest things in British pop’ while Marilyn Manson, an artist who Numan’s influence on is totally obvious, states that he ‘pioneered electronic dance music’ and Numan’s own contemporaries hold him in the highest regard with Devo stating that “The Pleasure Principle is so original and cool and ground breaking … it still sounds great today” Industrial metallers, Fear Factory also paid homage with a brilliant cover of Cars that sees Numan make a cameo in the music video and on the song itself.

Numan’s May tour will feature highlights from Splinter as well as a rich selection of material from his extensive back catalogue. Recent anthems like The Fall and A Prayer For The Unborn and the classics, Down In The Park, Metal, Are Friends Electric and of course, Cars – they’ll all be there, live and in living (dark) colour!

Combine Numan’s incredible collection of songs with his larger than life stage presence and you know you’re in for a memorable night!

TOUR DATES 2014
Friday, May 23 – The Studio, Auckland NZ
Sunday, May 25 – Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Wednesday, May 28 – Tivoli, Brisbane QLD
Thursday, May 29 – HQ, Adelaide SA
Friday, May 30 – Hi Fi, Melbourne VIC
Saturday, May 31 – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets available from metropolistouring.com and the venues
www.numan.co.uk / metropolistouring.com

Wolf Creek 2 Poster

WOLF CREEK 2 has made a killing at the Australian box office this weekend, taking in over 35% more than the original.

Wolf Creek 2 grossed $1,702,073 on 218 screens nationally across its opening weekend (Thursday to Sunday).

“The original Wolf Creek struck a real chord with Australian audiences as we finally had our very own horror icon in Mick Taylor, so the Wolf Creek 2 team and I are absolutely delighted that fans are embracing the new film with the same, if not even more, excitement. It’s also a testament to the incredible local actors and crew we are blessed with, whose talent really gets to shine in an ambitious production like this” said Director, Greg McLean.

Roadshow Films Managing Director, Joel Pearlman said “Mick Taylor is back with a vengeance. Greg McLean has crafted a great successor in Wolf Creek 2 and Australian audiences made this the #1 film at the box office this weekend, which is particularly exciting for a local production.”

Wolf Creek 2 is currently screening in cinemas nationally.

Leave The World Behind

 

Tickets are now on sale for a special Advance Preview Screening of the most anticipated music documentary of the year, capturing the final ‘electric’ moments of global music sensation Swedish House Mafia.

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND will have its Sydney premiere on March 14 2014 at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter ahead of its cinema release later this year. Limited tickets are now available through http://leavetheworldbehind.com.

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND – COMING SOON TO NATIONWIDE CINEMAS

WORLD PREMIERE:
12 March SXSW Film Festival Paramount Theatre Austin

ADVANCE PREVIEWS: ON SALE TUES 25 FEB 10am LOCAL TIME
13 March Ziegfeld Theatre – New York City
13 March Cinerama Dome – Los Angeles
14 March Odeon Leicester Square – London
14 March De Balie – Amsterdam
14 March Hoyts Entertainment Quarter – Sydney

 

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sony have just released this brand new poster and sneak peek featurette for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro. The film is directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker himself. Also returning is Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, while beginning their Spidey adventures are Jamie Fox as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin.

The film opens on April 17 in Australian and May 2 in the U.S.. Make sure you check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro sneak peek below.

 

Lone Survivor

Summary: Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture/kill al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd in late June 2005. The team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Peter Berg

Screenwriter: Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell (book), Patrick Robinson (book)

Cast: Yousuf Azami (Shah), Eric Bana (Erik Kristensen), Johnny Bautista (Lt. Edwards), Dan Bilzerian (Healy), Kurt Carlson (Captain Lovas), Paul Craig (‘EOD’ Paul),  Jerry Ferrara (Hasselert), Ben Foster (Matt ‘Axe’ Axelson), Daniel Fulcoly (Lt. Andrews), Michael P. Herrman (Wallace), Emile Hirsch (Danny Dietz), Joh Hocker (Hocker), Taylor Kitsch (Michael Murphy), Robert Loerke (Captain Jacoby), Alexander Ludwig (Shane Patton), Zabiullah Mirzai (Zabi), Henry Penzi (Penzi), Sammy Sheik (Taraq), Ali Suliman (Gulab), Rich Ting (James Suh), Mark Wahlberg (Marcus Luttrell)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR LONE SURVIVOR REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s Lone Survivor review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

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

David Griffiths:

War films are a dime-a-dozen… bad war films are even more common. It’s for that reason that is okay to be a little nervous when approaching Lone Survivor. Even the fact that it has a known actor like Mark Wahlberg in it doesn’t make necessarily a good film either… after all the man formerly known as Marky Mark has delivered some pretty bad turds over the years. Then there is the Peter Berg factor, yes Berg has shown over the years that he can create some masterpieces, just as he did with Friday Night Lights, but then he was also the man responsible for Battleship.

Luckily for movie fans out there Lone Survivor falls into the realm of good war films. So good in fact that it deserves to be mentioned alongside films such as The Hurt Locker and Black Hawk Down. Yes Peter Berg served his time with the studio and worked on Battleship and has now once again been allowed to show the world what a fine filmmaker he really is.

The film itself is based on actual events that happened to Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) during a daring raid in Afghanistan to capture notorious Taliban leader Ahmed Shah (Yousuf Azami). Soon Luttrell’s group, which also contains Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) and Matt Axelson (Ben Foster) find themselves deep under enemy fire after having to make a huge moral call. Worse still is the fact that they are cut off by their leader, Erik Kristensen (Eric Bana) as their communications have all gone down.

There is little doubt that this is film is made ten times better under the direction of Peter Berg. Just like he did with Friday Night Lights Berg makes Lone Survivor feel like you are watching a documentary. The dialogue was his script his natural and just because he has a big name like Eric Bana in a role doesn’t mean that Berg decides to give his A-lister any extra on screen.

Likewise Berg doesn’t hold back on the violence in this film. The film is set on the battlefield and it is obvious that Berg not only wants his audience to see that the men involved in this mission were not only heroes but he also wants people to realise just how tough it is for men and women on the front line. Not only does he show this with some very confronting war violence but also by some extremely intense scenes that show the moral decisions that soldiers have to make while going about their jobs.

In fact the highlight of Lone Survivor is the scene where Luttrell and co are faced with a very big ethical dilemma. Do they shoot dead some unarmed young Afghanis or do what the law says and let them go, knowing full well that the latter option is likely to bring even more repercussions for the soldiers. As the soldiers discuss what is best to do Berg heightens the tension to a level that most filmmakers can only dream about achieving.

Lone Survivor really isn’t a film about the actors in it, which is made obvious by the fact that an actor of the calibre of Eric Bana is in a pretty much ‘blink and you’ll miss him’ role while the likes of Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch are also in restricted roles. To his credit Mark Wahlberg delivers even when some of the scenes seem to be above his usual acting talent, while Taylor Kitsch again silences his critics with a worthy performance as well.

This is one film that is certainly a gripping, yet also very tough watch. The violence is unrelenting but Peter Berg does what he sets out to do and that is show the audience just how brave the men involved in this raid were. Lone Survivor is one of the finest war movies you will ever see.

Stars(4)

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

IMDB Rating:  Lone Survivor (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Lone Survivor′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68 for our full Lone Survivor review.

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The Lego Movie

Audiences are connecting with “The LEGO® Movie” in a big way, driving the first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO adventure past $200 million in worldwide box office, less than two weeks after its record-breaking release.  The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

“The LEGO Movie”, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S, made its North American debut on Friday, February 7.  It took in an opening weekend gross of $69.1 million, making it the largest February opening for any animated film and the largest opening for an animated Warner Bros. release.  It has since gone on to earn a total of $146.3 million at the domestic box office, and still building.

The film has also launched its international engagements in a number of European, Asian, and Latin American markets, including the UK, Spain, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Korea, Brazil and Mexico, earning $60.4 million to date, for a combined worldwide box office total of $206.7 million, and climbing.

Many major territories have yet to open, including Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Australia and Japan.

Stated Fellman, “‘The LEGO Movie’ is everything we hoped it would be, and then some: a big, fun, moviegoing experience for the whole family.  Congratulations to the phenomenal voice cast and to directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee for their unwavering commitment to bringing this ambitious project to the screen.  We are thrilled by the overwhelming response and early word-of-mouth that has made this movie a must-see, and we have every expectation that this is just the beginning of a long and successful run.”

Kwan Vandenberg added, “In addition to congratulating the talented filmmakers and cast, we also want to thank The LEGO Group and our partners at Village Roadshow for helping to make ‘The LEGO Movie’ such a tremendous success.  The LEGO brand has captivated generations with a focus on discovery and imagination.  By bringing those ideals to the big screen in such a fun and exciting way, ‘The LEGO Movie’ speaks to kids and adults the world over, and we believe enthusiasm will remain high as the film continues its international roll-out.”

 

“The LEGO Movie” tells an original 3D computer animated story about Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.  He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, “The LEGO Movie” stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.  Lord & Miller also wrote the screenplay, from a story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, based on LEGO construction toys.  “The LEGO Movie” is produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee.  Executive producers are Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Kathleen Fleming, Allison Abbate, Zareh Nalbandian, Jon Burton, Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Seanne Winslow, Matt Skiena and Bruce Berman; and co-producer is John Powers Middleton.  The filmmaking team includes cinematographer Pablo Plaisted, production designer Grant Freckelton, editors David Burrows and Chris McKay, and composer Mark Mothersbaugh.  Chris McKay also serves as animation co-director.

“The LEGO Movie” is a Warner Bros Pictures Presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures Production.  It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

“The LEGO Movie” will open in Australian cinemas on April 3. www.LEGOMovie.com.au

Entourage

Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Entourage,” the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series. The feature film reunites the show’s original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. Also starring are Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment as father and son, Larsen and Travis McCredle.

“Entourage” creator Doug Ellin is directing the feature film from his own screenplay. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Ellin are producing, with Wayne Carmona serving as executive producer. Returning cast from the series also includes Perrey Reeves as Ari Gold’s wife, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Sloan and Rhys Coiro as Billy Walsh.

Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

The behind-the-scenes creative team reunites several key members who worked on the original series, including director of photography Steve Fierberg, production designer Chase Harlan, and costume designer Olivia Miles-Payne.

“Entourage” is being filmed in Los Angeles, California, and on location in Miami, Florida.

“Entourage” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Home Box Office. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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 ‘Lone Survivor’, ‘Nebraska’, ‘Le Week-End’ and ‘Wolf Creek 2’. This episode also features interviews with Will Forte, Eric Bana, Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch. The boys also launch two new competitions where you can win tickets to ‘Non Stop’ thanks to STUDIOCANAL and the latest CD from The Wiggles thanks to ABC Music.

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

These Final Hours

The These Final Hours trailer has been released and you can view it right here.

THESE FINAL HOURS opens in Australian cinemas on 12th June 2014

Filmed over five weeks in Western Australia, the apocalyptic thriller won the coveted The Age Critic’s award for best Australian Feature at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival.

The film asks the hard hitting question “What would you do on the last day on Earth?”

THESE FINAL HOURS tells the story of a self-obsessed young man (Nathan Phillips) as he makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth and stars an ensemble of rising Australian acting talent. Zak Hilditch, who wrote and directed the project, is one of Australia’s foremost up and coming talents. His short film Transmission which was made as a companion piece for THESE FINAL HOURS was nominated for Best Film at the 2013 AACTA Awards and won Best Screenplay.

THESE FINAL HOURS was developed through Screen Australia’s Springboard program and with the assistance of ScreenWest.

It’s the last day on Earth, twelve hours before a cataclysmic event will end life as we know it. A troubled young man named James makes his way across a lawless and chaotic city to the party to end all parties. However, along the way he ends up saving the life of a little girl named Rose, desperately searching for her father. Stuck with the unexpected burden of responsibility, James is forced to come to terms with what really matters in life and helps Rose find her father which ultimately leads him on a path to redemption.