Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jason Statham

Young actors everywhere have the right to be jealous of British hard-man Jason Statham. Film lovers know Statham as one of modern cinema’s leading action heroes, a man who can kick and punch his way through any number of bad guys. He is very much the modern day Bruce Willis or Van Damme.

Statham, however, wasn’t one of those actors who worked away in small roles and built his way up. In his early days, Statham was part of the British National Diving Team (he finished 12th in the World Championship in 1992). He was also a black market salesman before beginning a career as a fashion model.

It was Statham’s modelling career that first made award winning director Guy Ritchie sit up and take notice of him. Ritchie was so impressed with Statham’s work on a French Connection modelling project the he offered him the role of Bacon in his gangster film “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.” The film was a commercial and critical success and Statham received plenty of praise. So much, in fact, that Ritchie then cast him in his next film “Snatch” alongside Brad Pitt.

From there, Statham appeared in films like “Turn It Up,” “Ghost Of Mars,” “The One” and the remake of “Mean Machine” before earning the role that made him famous – that of action hero Frank Martin in “Transporter” – a role he also followed up in the successful “Transporter 2.” In between the two films he also got to star in other notable films including “The Italian Job,” (as part of a star studded cast) “Collateral” (with Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx) and the underrated “Cellular.” During that time he also voiced characters in the popular video games “Red Fraction” and “Call Of Duty.”

After roles in the under-performing “London,” “Revolver” and “Chaos,” Statham appeared in an uncredited role in “The Pink Panther” before the surprising success of “Crank,” a film that also warranted a sequel in 2009 with “Crank: High Voltage.”

After roles in the less than impressive films like “In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” and “War,” Statham again found critical success with a role in the crime thriller “The Bank Job.” This was quickly followed by him doing what he does best and playing the action star in the remake of “Death Race” before once again playing Frank Martin for a third time in “Transporter 3.”

It was at this time that the world was left without a doubt that Jason Statham was now considered to be one of the world’s leading action heroes when Sylvester Stallone selected him to be one of the cast members of “The Expendables” – a film that saw all the greatest action heroes of now and the past pushed congregate together. Statham’s character of Lee Christmas also made the cut for “The Expendables 2” and it is strongly rumoured that he will also be in “The Expendables 3,” which is due in cinemas in 2014.

Along with roles in smaller films like “The Mechanic,” “Blitz,” “Killer Elite,” “Safe,” “Parker,” “Redemption” and “Homefront” Statham also found time to voice the character of Tybalt in the family film “Gnomeo & Juliet,” as well as join the cast of one of the hottest franchises going around when he appeared in “Fast & Furious 6.”

With another “Expendables” film and his main role in the forthcoming “Fast & Furious 7,” it seems that Jason Statham is here to stay.

The Last Impresario

Summary: Australian filmmaker Gracie Otto profiles perhaps the most famous person you’ve never heard of: Michael White. This larger-than-life theatre and film impresario single-handedly transformed the cultural scene of 1970’s London. Amongst the glitter and endless parties, White brought risqué productions such as The Rocky Horror Show to the stage, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail to the screen and introduced dance legends Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to the British masses.This is a fast and entertaining documentary with a stellar cast of famous friends and ex-lovers to boot including John Cleese, Yoko Ono, Naomi Watts, John Waters, Barry Humphries, Anna Wintour and Kate Moss.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th June, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia, UK, USA, France

Director: Gracie Otto

Screenwriter: Gracie Otto

Cast: Lou Adler (himself), Joanne Benjamin (herself), Michael Billington (himself), Gael Boglione (herself), Nell Campbell (herself), John Cleese (himself), Miranda Darling (herself), Peter Daubney (himself), Jessica de Rothschild (herself), Erro (himself), Harry Fane (himself), Alan Finkelstein (himself), Robert Fox (himself), Mirian Safia Haley (himself), Lyndall Hobbs (herself), Barry Humphries (himself), Jean-Jacques Lebel (himself), Rupert Lycett-Green (himself), Lorne Michaels (himself), Spike Milligan (himself), Kate Moss (herself), Michael Morris (himself), Richard O’Brien (himself), Bill Oddie (himself), Yoko Ono (herself), Gracie Otto (herself), Jean Pigozzi (himself), Nigel Planer (himself), Patricia Quinn (herself), Peter Richardson (himself), Julian Sands (himself), Jim Sharman (himself), Robert Shaye (himself), Meryl Tankard (herself), Jeremy Thomas (himself), Barnaby Thompson (himself), Brian Thomson (himself), Colin Vaines (himself), Leonie Van Ness (herself), John Waters (himself), Rachel Ward (herself), Naomi Watts (herself), Joshua White (himself), Michael White (himself), Anna Wintour (herself), Alan Yentob (himself), Richard Young (himself)

Runtime: 85 mins

Classification: TBA

 

OUR THE LAST IMPRESARIO REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s The Last Impresario review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(3.5)

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s The Last Impresario review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Michael White… ever heard of the name? If you are honest then the answer would be no, unless you have memorised a website like IMDB off by heart. It’s the premise that Michael White is the most famous person you’ve never heard of that actress turned filmmaker Gracie Otto uses to promote her first feature documentary The Last Impresario.

For those not in the know Michael White is a man who can walk into the Cannes Film Festival and instantly have members of the elite film groups fawn all over him. There is little chance that any serious film, theatre or television fan hasn’t seen at least one thing that he has produced at one stage in his life. From working with the likes of Yoko Ono on small alternative theatre pieces to producing the show that would eventually turn into the mammoth that we know as The Rocky Horror Picture Show it seems like Michael White has been there and worked with everyone. His work on some small theatre pieces and then television shows and films such as Monty Python also has many labelling him as one of the forefathers of modern comedy.

The White that Otto catches on film though is not the Michael White that once partied all night with the likes of Mick Jagger and Kate Moss. No the White we get to meet is a mild-mannered old man who series of strokes has left him with a speech impediment and has been lowered financially to the point of having to auction off some of his prized possessions including letters from the likes of John Cleese and Laurence Olivier. He is even coy about whether or not he still owns the rights to some of his best productions including The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

As a filmmaker Otto does a good job with The Last Impresario. Certainly any film or theatre fan is going to sit captivated as she tells the story of a man you almost feel guilty about not knowing. And while interviews with the likes of Barry Humphries, Kate Moss and John Cleese do give you a wonderful view inside both the business and personal life of Michael White you do start to get the feeling that Otto has perhaps relied too much on talking head interviews… especially when you consider just how flamboyant White was with his life.

Another really annoying trait of this documentary, and I know this is being really picky, is the way in which Otto asks the questions to White during his interviews. Because she hasn’t got a microphone near her for most of the time she simply yells the questions out. Yes it sounds like a small thing to have a gripe about, but it does become increasingly annoying and is certainly something that the top documentary film makers of our time would never, ever do.

Still The Last Impresario is a good documentary that will be loved by those who enjoy to learn a lot more about the cinema and theatre they have grown up. Cudos must be paid to Gracie Otto for being able to put together such an A-List of interviewees as well as being the first person brave enough to bring the Michael White story to the big screen. This is one for all the cinephiles out there.

Stars(2.5)

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

IMDB Rating:  The Last Impresario (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘The Last Impresario′: For our full The Last Impresario review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

Trailer:

Dracula Untold

The Dracula Untold trailer has been released. The film which is directed by Gary Shore and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper and Samantha Barks will be released in the U.S. on the 17th October, 2014.

You can view the Dracula Untold trailer below.

 

Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy

Summary: When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th June, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Peggy Holmes

Screenwriter: Jeffrey M. Howard, Kate Kondell, John Lasseter (story), Peggy Holmes (story), Robert Gannaway (story),  Lorna Cook (story), Craig Gerber (story)

Cast: Pamela Adlon (Vidia (voice)), Angela Bartys (Fawn (voice)), Jeff Bennett (Smee/Clank/Fairy Gary (voice)), Jim Cummings (Oppenheimer/Port (voice)), Grey DeLisle (MC Fairy/Gliss (voice)), Christina Hendricks (Zarina (voice)), Tom Hiddleston (James (voice)), Megan Hilty (Rosetta (voice)), Jane Horrocks (Fairy Mary (voice)), Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion (voice)), Lucy Liu (Silvermist (voice)), Jesse McCartney (Terence (voice)), Rob Paulson (Bobble (voice)), Carlos Ponce (Bonito (voice)), Raven-Symone (Iridessa (voice)), Kevin Michael Richardson (Yang (voice)), Youlika Skafida (Fawn (voice)), Kari Wahlgren (Sweetpea/Sydney (voice)), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell (voice)), Mark Wingert (Starboard (voice))

Runtime: 78 mins

Classification: G

 

OUR TINKER BELL AND THE PIRATE FAIRY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

While the whole cinema world has been flocking to the cinemas over recent years to see big franchises such as The Hunger Games and The Avengers one much smaller franchise has been chuffing along quite nicely producing enjoyable films while also managing to sell a lot of tickets and DVDs. That franchise has been Disney’s Tinker Bell franchise which is often overlooked by any cinema patron who doesn’t have small children… a shame because it has turned out to be a franchise that has produced some pretty good animated films and always seems to be able to bring an A-List guest to the table… or should that be microphone.

The latest film is the franchise is Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy a film which sees the much loved fairy Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman – American Dad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) make a much anticipated return to Never Land where most Disney buffs would have first seen her, in the tale of Peter Pan.

The story starts in Pixie Hollow where an inquisitive young fairy by the name of Zarina (Christina Hendricks – Lost River, God’s Pocket) is making a name for herself by asking way too many questions about the science involved with Pixie Dust. When one of her scientific experiment goes horribly wrong and endangers the lives of everybody in Pixie Hollow she flees from her friends to begin a new life.

Years later as Tinker Bell and her friends Silvermist (Lucy Liu – The Man With The Iron Fists, TV’S Elementary), Iridessa (Raven-Symone – Pixie Hollow Bake Off, TV’S See Dad Run), Rosetta (Megan Hilty – Lucky Duck, TV’S It Could Be Worse) and Vidia (Pamela Adlon – TV’S Californication, Louie) prepare for the Pixie Games they are horrified when it comes under attack by Zarina who uses a potion to make everybody sleep while she steals the holy grail… the Blue Pixie Dust. Tinks and her friends set off after Zarina and learn that she has now become part of a crew of Pirates that also features Captain James Hook (Tom Hiddleston – Muppets Most Wanted, Thor: The Dark World) who plan on using the Blue Pixie Dust for criminal gain while putting all fairies at risk.

Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is a film that deserves a lot more credit than it will ever get from most film buffs. Sure the animation isn’t as spectacular as what you will see in a big Pixar or Dreamworks animation but that is something that you don’t notice due to the good storyline and wonderful characters. In fact it almost feels like a bit of a journey itself being able to sit down and watch the same Disney animation style and characters that we all grew up with when we were children ourselves.

Directed by Peggy Holmes (Secret Of The Wings, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning) and put together by a long list of screenwriters Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy has the challenge of following up The Secret Of The Wings which too many fans of this franchise was the best film to date. Not to be outdone though The Pirate Fairy sees this franchise become a prequel to one of the greatest Disney films ever made Peter Pan. In a way that certainly can’t be described as disrespectful the film explores Tinker Bell’s first crossing of paths with the infamous Captain Hook who of course is one of the animated film world’s best loved villains.

Teh story works well and the decent script allows for Disney to produce the trustworthy formula that has always made their films work. Much loved characters being involved it storylines that will entertain the whole family while also throwing the odd song or two that is going to get stuck inside most audience’s member’s heads long after the credits have rolled. And unlike How To Train Your Dragon 2 the screenwriters here have managed to bring things such as sword fights without bordering into some violence that might scare younger audience members.

As has become the norm in this franchise the voice cast once again put in great performances. For the likes of Whitman, Liu, Hilty and Raven they have voiced these characters so many times that they now deliver performances so professional that they should now be considered some of the better voice actors going around. Once again some A-Listers come to this franchise as guest stars, this time Christina Hendricks voices the rough and ready Zarina while Tom Hiddleston (who most would know as Loki from The Avengers) seems to have a great deal of fun as he voices the legendary Captain Hook.

Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy once again shows that this is a franchise that can deliver quality animated entertainment. The well written script provides a story that is going to be enjoyed by children and parents alike while the fact that it serves as a prequel to Peter Pan means that this is one film that the Disney buffs out there are going to have to have in their collection. At the end of the day Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is a surprisingly good film.

Stars(3.5)

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

 

IMDB Rating:  The Pirate Fairy (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy′: For our full Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

Trailer:

12 Years A Slave

Thanks to Icon Distribution The Good The BadThe Ugly Film Show and Subculture have some copies of Oscar Award winning film 12 Years A Slave to giveaway on DVD. Three lucky will be given a copy and all you have to do to enter is to head over to The Good The Ugly Film Show Facebook page, ‘like’ the page’ and tell us why you want to win a copy of the film on DVD.

Enteries close on the 4th July, 2013 and the competition is only open to Australian residents.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave,  Nick and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Rio 2’, ‘Penguins 3D’, ‘The Last Impresario,’Transformers: Age Of Extinction,’ ‘The Volcano,’ Yves Saint Laurent’  and ‘Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy’. This episode also contains interviews with Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Mark Wahlberg and Tom Hiddleston.

Also listen for your chance to win a copy of 12 Years A Slave on DVD thanks to Icon Distribution.

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster

Paramount have just realeased a brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer as well as some character posters. The film which is produced by Michael Bay, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Minae Noji will be released on September 11th.

You can view the character posters here:

Tenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Character Poster 1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Character Poster 2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Character Poster 3Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Character Poster 4

You can also view the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer here:

Fury

The trailer for the new film Fury has just been released by Sony Pictures. Fury which is directed by David Ayer and stars Brad Pitt, Xavier Samuel, Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Scott Eastwood will be released in Australia on the 27th November.

You can watch the Fury trailer below:

Planes Fire & Rescue
These September School Holidays, Disney releases its sequel to the newly successful high-flying Disney franchise, “Planes” with “Planes: Fire & Rescue”. 
 Joining Dusty, is a whole new cast of loveable characters in this new action adventure comedy set in the exciting world of aerial fire fighters.
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. 

 

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits Australian cinemas September 18th (NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS) & 25th (WA, SA) 2014.

 

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” explores important themes such as heroism, bravery and courage and packs a punch with voice talent such as Julie Bowen, Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Curtis Armstrong, Teri Hatcher, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and many more. “Planes: Fire & Rescue” also features a voice cameo and song collaboration for the motion picture soundtrack by Country star, Brad Paisley.

 

Hannah Marshall

Australian actress Hannah Marshall (Packed to the Rafters) has won the Best Actress Award at the Inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival for her role in the time travel comedy feature film The Infinite Man. The film also screens tomorrow at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and will have its Australian Premiere at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival before releasing in Australian cinemas in September.

NIFF, founded by Bill Marshall (Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Toronto International Film Festival – TIFF), pairs premiere festival films with the premiere hospitality of the Niagara Wine Region. The festival screening, a special event with a paired three-course dinner and featuring local wines, was the Canadian Premiere of the film and Hannah was in attendance to accept the award. In a coup for Australia, the Best Actor award was won by Geoffrey Rush for his role in The Best Offer.

This is the fourth major North American screen of the film, following the recent New York premiere screening at Brooklyn’s rooftop cinema, a screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the World Premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year, which generated much critical acclaim, and saw the film make the time.com list of ‘ten films that made SXSW spectacular this year’, alongside Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, and Jon Favreau’s Chef.

Hannah Marshall is best known for her role as Loretta Schembri in Packed to the Rafters, for which she received a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent (2011).

Starring Josh McConville (The Turning), Hannah Marshall and Alex Dimitriades, The Infinite Man is a time travel comedy-romance about Dean (Josh McConville), a man whose attempts to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover Lana (Hannah Marshall) in an infinite loop.

The Infinite Man is the feature film debut for writer/director Hugh Sullivan and is produced by Kate Croser (Danger 5, My Tehran for Sale) and Sandy Cameron, executive produced by Jonathan Page and Cameron Rogers. DOP is Marden Dean (Fell).

The Infinite Man was produced by Hedone Productions in association with Bonsai Films, with investment from the South Australia Film Corporation (SAFC) through their FilmLab funding initiative, and development assistance from Screen Australia.

FilmLab is a $4.2million development initiative of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), funded by the South Australian government. Designed to develop filmmakers who have a track record in short form to take the next step into long form film production, the initiative was also built to find unique new voices in Australian cinema.

 

The Infinite Man will be released in Australian cinemas in September 2014 by Infinite Releasing with international sales handled by Shoreline Entertainment.