Monthly Archives: March 2014

Noah

The much anticipated and discussed new film from visionary director Darren Aronofsky, NOAH was the number one film worldwide this weekend with USD$77.6 million, including the top spot in both Australia and the U.S.

NOAH opened atop the Australian box office with AUD$4.5 million, almost double the total of the number two film, and 30% higher than the opening of GRAVITY. It marks the biggest non-holiday opening for 2014 and Paramount’s biggest opening for the year to-date.

The film also opened to number one in the U.S. where it grossed a stellar USD$44 million, ahead of industry estimates.

Internationally, NOAH has made USD$51.1 million from 22 markets so far including a dazzling USD$17.2 million opening in Russia, the biggest opening ever for a non-sequel there.

After the weekend the worldwide total sits at USD$95.1 million and is yet to open in  major territories including U.K., Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan.

The Lego Movie

“The LEGO Movie” continues to build a following with audiences in the U.S. and around the globe, surpassing the $400 million mark in worldwide grosses and remaining a box office draw. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

To date, the film has earned $248.3 million domestically and $152.2 internationally, for a worldwide total of $400.5 million.

Following its record-breaking February 7th North American opening, “The LEGO Movie,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S, was a huge hit with audiences and critics across the country and captured the top spot at the box office for three consecutive weeks. It also proved a crowd-pleaser internationally, entertaining moviegoers throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe, with an especially dominant UK showing that ranked number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks and has so far taken in $52.5 million.

Continuing its global expansion, “The LEGO Movie” is set to debut in additional territories in the coming weeks, including Australia on April 3rd and Germany on April 10th.

Fellman stated, “‘The LEGO Movie’ opened big and has maintained an impressive hold on the market, attracting new fans as well as repeat business from positive word of mouth. This latest milestone is a fitting testament to all the talented and dedicated people who put so much of themselves into this extraordinary film, and we congratulate them on their well-earned success.”

Said Kwan Vandenberg, “‘The LEGO Movie’ has been a strong competitor in the international arena, proving the appeal of unique, funny and creative storytelling across generations and cultures. We are confident it will continue to perform robustly in our overseas markets, including those yet to open, as people around the world discover it for themselves.”

Mrs Brown's Boys

Here it is boys and girls the Mrs Brown’s Boys D Movie trailer has just been released. The film features all your favorite characters from the television series, is directed by Ben Kellett and arrives in cinemas on the 27th June, 2014.

You can view the Mrs Brown’s Boys D Movie trailer below.

 

Aim High In Creation

Summary: Determined to stop a new gas mine near her Sydney home, director Anna Broinowski (Forbidden Lie$) goes to North Korea to learn from the masters of propaganda cinema. In a worldwide first, Pyongyang’s top directors, composers and movie stars take her to script rehearsals, Taekwondo stunt fights, group dances, drunken picnics, and a film shoot on a real-life captured US spy ship – to teach her Kim Jong Il’s techniques. Back in Sydney, Anna’s fearless cast follow the North Koreans’ instructions to produce a didactic socialist melodrama, full of song and kick-ass fights, in which “heroic workers” rise up to defeat the “evil, gas-fracking miners.” Through the shared love of cinema, AIM HIGH! forges an astonishing new bond – between North Korea’s hidden filmmakers, and their collaborators in the Free World. Revealing an unexpected truth about the most isolated nation on earth: Filmmakers, no matter where they live – are family.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan

Director: Anna Broinowski

Screenwriter: Anna Broinowski

Cast: Kathryn Beck (Sally), Anna Broinowski (herself), Peter O’Brien (Riccard), Susan Prior (Karen), Elliott Weston (Al), Matt Zeremes (Mitch)

Runtime: 94 mins

Classification:M

OUR AIM HIGH IN CREATION REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Greg King:

You can check out Greg’s The Raid 2 review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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David Griffiths:

There have been a number of documentaries made over the years that explores the problems associated with ‘fracking.’ The leader in that pack of documentaries was the magnificent Gasland that not only shows the environmental impact that fracking causes but also the major health problems caused by people who sadly live near the sites where this practice is being conducted.

Now comes Aim High In Creation a docco put together by Anna Broinowski who decides to tell the world about the fact that fracking will soon be conducted in some residential parks in the New South Wales captiol of Sydney. Anyone who has seen what fracking can do will quickly realise that this is a time bomb waiting to happen, so really Aim High In Creation should have been a powerful documentary that Broinowski could use to educate the people of Australia about what was to happen. Sadly though Broinowski seems to lose her way a little and the film never really gets its message across as powerfully as it should have done.

There are moments where Broinowski does deliver some powerful scenes of the environmental damage and health issues that fracking have called to Australians over the years but then when she realises the best way to get her message across is to follow the style of the North Korean propaganda films that have been pumped out of the country over the past few decades.

Broinowski’s idea does seem like a good one… on the surface. Sure the idea of cramming in information about fracking as well as showing what life is like for those living under the conditions of the North Korean regime might make the docco a little heavy. That doesn’t happen though because somewhere along the way Broinowski almost seems like she becomes a ‘groupie’ of the North Korean film industry and almost forgets about what the docco was meant to be about in the first place.

Getting acsess to being able to film in North Korea could have allowed Broinowski to have made a strong comment on the countries style of propaganda filmmaking and the dangers associated with it. Instead Broinowski seems to champion the way the North Koreans make their films, so much so that they are soon asking to her appear in one of their films. While the information shared about the North Korean film industry is interesting to cinema lovers it does seem to steer Aim High In Creation well and truly away from the topic it was supposed to be looking at – fracking.

Broinowski and her cast of actors, known names such as Peter O’Brien and Matt Zeremes, that she plans on using in her fracking short film spend a lot of time trying to capture the North Korean way of doing things, but watching them do so at times does lead to the audience losing interest in the film, especially when it seems like it just can’t stay on topic.

Somebody needs to make a serious film about the dangers of fracking in Australia but sadly Aim High In Creation just isn’t that documentary. Broinowski tries to use creative license to get her point across but this vanity piece seems to lose its way so much that in the end it just doesn’t end up getting many points across at all.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Aim High in Creation (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Aim High In Creation′: For our full Aim High In Creation review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 73.

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The Raid 2

Summary: Following immediately after the events of the acclaimed bone-crunching Indonesian thriller THE RAID, one-man army Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for an anti-corruption task force led by the one person he can trust, Bunawar, he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for the local underworld. Finding a way in through mob boss Bangun’s power-hungry and increasingly unhinged son Uco, Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun’s mob with police force corruption. As escalating power-plays ignite a war between factions determined to rule Jakarta, the highly-skilled Rama might be the only man capable of standing in their way.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Indonesia

Director: Gareth Evans

Screenwriter: Gareth Evans

Cast: Alex Abbad (Bejo), Donny Alamsyah (Andi), Oka Antara (Eka), Ken’ichi Endo (Goto), Julie Estelle (Hammer Girl), Epy Kusnandar (Topan), Ryuhel Matsuda (Keiichi), Tio Pakusodewo (Bangun), Arifin Putra (Ucok), Cecep Arif Rahman (The Assassin), Yayan Ruhain (Prakoso), Cok Simbara (Bunawar), Marsha Timothy, Iko Uwais (Rama), Very Tri Yulisman (Basbeball Bat Man)

Runtime: 149 mins

Classification:R18+

OUR THE RAID 2 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Adam Ross:

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You can check out Adam’s The Raid 2 review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show #73.

Greg King:

You can check out Greg’s The Raid 2 review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show #73

Stars(3.5)

Nick Gardener:

You can check out Nick’s The Raid 2 review on Built For Speed.

Stars(2.5)

David Griffiths:

The first film in The Raid franchise turned the art of the action movie on its head forever. Nobody went into it expecting much, it was a low budget Indonesian film from a director that nobody really knew. But any action film buff who saw it, came out of the cinema declaring that it was the best action films of all time and that director Gareth Evans deserved to be labelled as an absolute hero. The body count was high, the action sequences were new and different and something that is normally missing from a good action film, a decent storyline, was also present. Now comes The Raid 2 and the big question is can Evans re-capture the magic of the first film or will its fans be severely let down?

The Raid 2 kicks off pretty much where the first film leaves off. Our hero the rookie cop, Rama (Iko Uwais) is given no time to relax at all. Instead, excited about the young cop has done Bunawar (Cok Simbara) a cop hell-bent on stamping out Police corruption recruits Rama to go undercover and bring down the rest of the corrupt Police Officers in Jakarta and the two biggest crime families that fuel them.

Much to his sadness Rama has to bid his family farewell and go immediately undercover in one of Indonesia’s toughest jails so he can befriend, Uco (Arifin Putra), the son of one of Jakarta’s most notorious gangsters, Bangun (Tio Pakusodewo). Rama finds himself in a baptism of fire in the jail but it works and soon he becomes a close friend and right hand man to Uco.

On release from prison Rama’s newfound role finds him right in the middle of the turf war between the family crime syndicate run by Bangun and another run by his arch rival Goto (Ken’ichi Endo). While the two families have been at peace for years, that era is ruined by the arrival of a wannabe gangster with high ambitions, Bejo (Alex Abbad).

When thinking up the storyline for The Raid 2 director/screenwriter Gareth Evans reveals himself as a very smart man indeed. The new film means he loses one of his most important allies of the first film – the claustrophobic feel that the film delivered because it was set in the one apartment building. Evans realises that it he is going to lose that element of suspense with The Raid 2 but brilliantly weans his audience off the feeling but setting a large chunk of the beginning of the new film inside a prison. To his credit though the film also never loses any of its suspense even after Rama is outside the prison gates and that comes down solely to the fact that Evans has made Rama a character the audience really loves and that it seems that his life is constantly in danger.

As I previously mentioned one of the big things to hit the audience from the first film was the directional talents of Gareth Evans, and in The Raid 2 I am happy to say that he even surpasses the skills he showed in the first film. Once again the violence here is brutal but Evans almost makes it an art form. Not only does he make every choreographed fight scene seem like organised chaos (and almost like a ballet) but along the way he also brings in some very creative mid-action shots that are going to put some of the top Hollywood directors to shame. Two shots really stand out, the sensational shot of when Rama has just busted open the porn studio and then while fighting the studio boss he throws him through a window and the camera goes through the window with him, lands and keeps shooting. Then there is also the sensational shot during the brilliantly directed car chase sequence where it seems that the vehicle that the camera is mounted to goes straight over the top of a stuntman thrown from a vehicle.

It’s through his creative style as a director that Evans brings a whole new feeling to his audience during The Raid 2. This style of filmmaking really makes the audience feel that they are part of the events that are going on right in front of them. It makes you feel like you are not in a cinema but instead are there amongst the chaos and mayhem of Rama’s Jakarta. Yes once again Gareth Evans shows why he must now be considered one of the best action directors in the world at the moment, and all action films must eagerly await the day when he gets the chance to work with a huge Hollywood budget on an American action film.

With all the credit that is paid to Evans though a lot must also be heaped onto his leading man Iko Uwais. Evans puts Uwais through absolute hell during this film. With the amount of fight scenes he is forced to deliver this time around you can only imagine that after every day on the set his body must have been bruised and sore. Like Evans he also announces himself as a future star of the action genre and you can only wonder whether or not he may one day get a call from Sylvester Stallone about appearing in one of The Expendables film. Another cast member from The Raid 2 who deserves a mention is Alex Abbad who plays Bejo, an interesting gangster who with all his mannerisms wouldn’t have seemed out of place in a Quentin Tarrantino crime flick.

A lot of people will ask whether The Raid 2 is better than The Raid? It is a difficult question to answer because they both brilliant in their own way. The first was sensational because it was new, different and showed what a good director can do with such a small budget. The second film is also sensational because it continues to show how Evans is evolving as a director. The stunts and action sequences are bigger and that ever present suspense is still there to haunt the audience. The only way to sum up is to say that The Raid 2 is equal to The Raid and once again is going to be a film that will be adored by action film fans right around the world.

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

IMDB Rating:  The Raid 2 (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Raid 2′: Nil.

Trailer:

Nymphomaniac Volume II

Summary: Joe is a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac. Found battered and bruised in a dark laneway by the restrained Seligman, Joe is taken back to his humble apartment where she recounts a lifetime of erotic experiences over the course of an evening.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 27th March, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, UK

Director: Lars von Trier

Screenwriter: Lars von Trier

Cast: Maja Arsovic (Joe, 7 Years), Jamie Bell (K), Ananya Berg (Joe – 10 Years), Tania Carlin (Renee), Sophie Kennedy Clark (B), Willem Dafoe (L), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Joe), Mia Goth (P), Morgan Hartley (B – 12 Years), Udo Kier (The Waiter), Kookie (N), Shia LaBeouf (Jerome), Daniela Lebang (Brunhelda), Jacob Levin-Christensen (Marcel – 3 Years), Stacy Martin (Young Joe), Michael Pas (Old Jerome), Janine Romanowski (The Whore Of Babylon), Stellan Skarsgard (Seligman), Tabea Tarbiat (Verina Messalima), Uma Thurman (Mrs. H), Christine Urspruch (Little M)

Runtime: 123 mins

Classification:R18+

OUR NYMPHOMANIAC VOL II REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Adam Ross:

To read Adam’s Nymphomania Vol II review please go to The Crat.

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Greg King:

To hear Greg’s Nymphomania Vol II review please listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 73.

Stars(3.5)

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

IMDB Rating:  Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Nymphomaniac Vol II reviews: For our full Nymphomaniac Vol II review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #73.

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Nymphomaniac Volume 1

Summary: Joe is a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac. Found battered and bruised in a dark laneway by the restrained Seligman, Joe is taken back to his humble apartment where she recounts a lifetime of erotic experiences over the course of an evening.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 27th March, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, UK

Director: Lars von Trier

Screenwriter: Lars von Trier

Cast: Jens Albinus (S), Maja Arsovic (Joe – 7 Years), Jamie Bell (K), Ananya Berg (Joe – 10 Years), Christian Gade Bjerrum (G), Nicolas Bro (F), Tania Carlin (Renee), Sophie Kennedy Clark (B), Willem Dafoe (L), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Joe), Mia Goth (P), Anders Hove (Odin), Sofie Kasten (B – 10 Years), Udo Kier (The Waiter), Daniela Lebang (Bruneda), Shia LeBeouf (Jerome), Jacob Levin-Christensen (Marcel, 3 Year), Stacy Martin (Young Joe), Cyron Melville (A), Connie Nielsen (Joe’s Mother), Michael Pas (Old Jerome), Ronja Rissmann (Joe – 2 Years), Janine Romanowski (The Whore Of Babylon), Stellan Skarsgard (Seligman), Christian Slater (Joe’s Father), Hugo Speer (Mr. H), Tabea Tarbiat (Valeria Messalina), Uma Thurman (Mrs. H), Christine Urspruch (Little My)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification:R18+

OUR NYMPHOMANIA VOL 1 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Adam Ross:

To read Adam’s Nymphomania review please go to The Crat.

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Greg King:

To hear Greg’s Nymphomania review please listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 73.

Stars(3.5)

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

IMDB Rating:  Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Nymphomaniac Vol 1 reviews: For our full Nymphomaniac Vol 1 review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #73.

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