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Entourage

Summary: 

Entourage picks up where the television series left off but with a couple of changes. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven – Old School) takes on the new role of a studio boss and he instantly places his head on the chopping block when he gives his star client Vince (Adrian Grenier – The Devil Wears Prada) the rights to direct a mega blockbuster film called Hyde. This is a move that Hollywood quickly slams pointing out that Vince and his producer/manager Eric (Kevin Connolly – The Notebook) are ill equipped to be in charge of such a big film. The result is that soon Ari is being hauled over the coals by his boss John Ellis (Alan Dale – Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and the executive producer’s over zealous son Travis McCreadle (Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense) who decides straight away that he wants Vince’s brother, Johnny Drama’s (Kevin Dillon – Platoon) scenes cut from the movie.

Things aren’t much better on the personal front for our stars either. Vince’s marriage ends after nine days, Eric’s realationship with Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui – Wrong Turn) is strained despite the fact she is about to give birth, Johnny’s one night stand ends up in a sex tape while Turtle (Jerry Ferrara – Lone Survivor) who is now a millionaire suddenly finds himself with the hots for MMA star Ronda Rousey (herself – Furious 7).

 

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th June, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Doug Ellin

Screenwriter: Doug Ellin, Rob Weiss

Cast: Nina Agdal (Bridgite), Jessica Alba (herself), Raquel Alessi (Jennifer), David Arquette (himself), Tom Brady (himself), Warren Buffettt (himself), Gary Busey (himself), Brian Carenard (Saigon), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan), Andrew Dice Clay (himself), Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh), Common (himself), Kevin Connolly (Eric), Mark Cuban (himself), Alan Dale (John Ellis), Baron Davis (himself), Billy Dec (himself), Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama), Christine Donlon (Paula), Nora Dunn (Dr. Deanne Emily Marcus), Lucas Ellen (Jonah), Alice Eve (Sophia), David Faustino (himself), Jon Favreau (himself), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), Sabina Gadecki (Melanie), Kelsey Grammer (himself), Jim Gray (himself), Adrian Grenier (Vince), Rob Gronkowski (himself), Armie Hammer (himself), Tameka Harris (herself), Thierry Henry (himself), Terrence Jenkins (himself), Martin Landau (Bob Ryan), Matt Lauer (himself), Rex Lee (Lloyd), Chad Lowe (himself), Tim Maculan (Dr. Feldman), Sonny Marinelli (Randy),  Clay Matthews (himself), Debi Mazar (Shauna), Maria Menounos (herself), Scott Mescudi (Allen), Alyssa Miller (herself), Piers Morgan (himself), Shad Moss (Charlie Williams), Liam Neeson (himself), Ed O’Neill (himself), Haley Joel Osment (Travis McCredle), Henry Penzi (himself), Shervin Pishevar (himself), Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), Breanne Racano (Katie), Emily Ratajkowski (herself), Perrey Reeves (Mrs. Ari), Rocky (Arnold), Ronda Rousey (herself), Bob Saget (himself), David Spade (himself), Nick Smyth (Alex), T.I. (himself), George Takei (himself), Billy Bob Thornton (Larsen McCredle), Mike Tyson (himself), Dominico Vacca (himself), Scott Vener (himself), Mark Wahlberg (himself), Pharrell Williams (himself), Russell Wilson (himself), Constance Zimmer (Dana Gordon)

Runtime: 104 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR ENTOURAGE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

This is the first time ever in my career that I have ever written a biased review. See I’m not stupid enough to know that if 80% of the people on this planet walked into a cinema to watch Entourage they would not like… possibly a great deal of them would even despise it. But see I am unashamed huge fan of the television series that sparked this movie and despite a lot of press saying the opposite there is no way that anybody who had never seen (or hated) the television series would ever like this film, or even possibly understand one single thing that is going on throughout the film. So yes this is a review written by a very biased Entourage fan who was as excited about this film arriving as I was about any other blockbuster this year.

The thing that works best and is going to appeal to fans of the television series is the fact that screenwriter/director Doug Ellin (Kissing A Fool) didn’t decide to do what most television spin off movies do and make the film too different from the television series. There’s no sending the cast into space or back in time or any of that crap, no instead he literally makes the film feel like an extended television episode. To a certain extent he even has the ‘opening credits’ that true fans of the show would know and love and changing Ari and Vince’s careers isn’t exactly out of the realm of things that could have happened in the real world. Yes to be blunt Ellin makes the Entourage movie work because he keeps it realistic.

The irony of what I said before is that for all the reasons that non-Entourage fans would get lost in this film are most of the reasons that true fans will love it. Ellin doesn’t go over the top filling in character’s back stories just to appease the ‘newcomers’ to the franchise. So as a result if you take the character of Eric as an example to a newcomer he looks like a bad guy. The kind of guy who is racing off having sex with whoever he meets while his ex is pregnant… now any true fan of the series knows that Eric isn’t a bad guy and is just making some bad decisions in his life. Likewise with Turtle, how is a newcomer supposed to know he was a fat sponger for a long time, so how would they understand some of the humor aimed at him? And for that matter how would they also understand some of the jokes about Johnny or why Ari is so frustrated that Lloyd (Rex Lee – Young & Hungry) wants him to be part of his wedding? Actually how would they even know who Lloyd is? And how will they get the same laughs out of seeing Mark Wahlberg (Ted) appear in the movie if they don’t know the series was loosely based on his life? No Entourage is firmly a film only for those that fell in love with the series.

For the fans though Entourage is a real gem. Ellin’s comedic moments work a treat, especially when he isn’t trying (Ari punching a picture of a kitten while denying having an anger problem is classic) and the throwaway lines at the expense of characters or real life celebrities all hit the spot well. Ellin also loads this film with celebrity cameos that all really work, to his credit none of them seem forced not even the short ones featuring the likes of Liam Neeson or Kelsey Grammer for example, they all feel natural and will be lapped up by the audience.

What else works with Entourage is the drama and intrigue that the script and storyline manages to bring to the table. As the film goes on and Vince is more and more reluctant to show his film to anyone you actually do find yourself wondering whether he has really made a masterpiece or whether it will be a piece of rubbish. Then when things such as the sex tape and Travis’ interference into Hyde increases the sinking feeling that this film is going to see Ari and Vince have a very public fall from the Hollywood elite seems more and more likely. It is stuff like that that shows this is a classy film that really knows how to draw its audience in.

As we all learned from the television series Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven are the acting gold when it comes to Entourage. Adrian Grenier might be the public face and star of this film but Piven owns him right throughout the film. Ari is back bigger and meaner than ever and Piven lets himself run with that stealing scenes from his co-stars as he finds just the right mix of comedy and drama to really shine. Likewise Connolly who plays the ‘wet puppy’ this time around but does absolutely nothing wrong in a role that can lift his Hollywood star.

Whether you love or hate Entourage will come down solely to whether or not you were a fan of the television series. Go into this film without having ever seen an episode and you are going to be completely lost, but if you enter the cinema having watched the series throughout then this is going to feel like you are catching up with old friends. Entourage is far from the perfect film but it is a good continuation of a television series that obviously has more stories to tell. If however this is the last that we see of Entourage then I think fans will be truly happy with the one it ends. This is one for the Entourage fanboys only.

 

 

Stars(3)

 

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Entourage (2015) on IMDb

 

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Summary: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd April, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker (concept), Joe Simon (comic), Jack Kirby (comic)

Cast: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), Alan Dale (World Security Committee Member), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones), Chin Han (Councilman Yen), Maximiliano Hernandez (Jasper Sitwell), Demetrice Jakson (Marty), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Wolfgang von Strucker), Stan Lee (Guard), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/The Falcon), Callan Mulvey (Jack Rollins), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce), Garry Shandling (Senator Stern), Jon Skarloff (XO Commander Russo), Colbie Smulders (Maria Hill), Georges St. Pierre (Georges Bartoc/Bartoc The Leaper), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13), Bernard White (Councilman Nagendra Singh)

Runtime: 136 mins

Classification:CTC

OUR CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

There was a time when the original Captain America film was the weak link in the Marvel film franchise. Then came along Iron Man 3 which seemed to disappoint a lot of critics and fans alike… there were also a few (present writing company not included) that was disappointed in Thor 2 as well. So really there was a fair bit of pressure on Marvel with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, would the franchise just keep going downhill after the mountain peak that was The Avengers.

To be honest what scared me the most about going into Captain America: The Winter Soldier was who was directing it. Now I have nothing personal against Anthony and Joe Russo, in fact I admire the fact they are part of the team behind one of my favourite television shows of all time – Community, what I was more worried about was the fact that they are largely comedy directors and it didn’t seem right that the men behind You, Me And Dupree were now in charge of a big blockbuster action franchise film. Well, I’m here to admit that I was wrong, because aside from putting this franchise back on track Captain America: The Winter Soldier also reveals The Russos as a hidden talent in the action directing stakes.

The film opens with a seemingly adjusted Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) who now outwardly seems to have settled into his new role as a full-time agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. However we soon learn, that on the inside his feelings are completely different. Aside from trying to come to terms with the modern generation he is also trying to get his emotions and feelings in check after ‘thawing out’ and is having some serious trust issues with his boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

This comes to the forefront after a mission in which he learns his good friend Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) had different commands from Fury to which he had been told about and the end result is the two of them narrowly escaping with their lives. Steve’s trust in S.H.I.E.L.D. is at an all time low when a raid on the organisation, seemingly led by the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) leaves the entire team in danger and not trusting each other.

With S.H.I.E.L.D. very much divided it is up to Captain America, Black Widow and Steve’s newfound friend Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to try and piece together exactly what has happened while they try to save the world that is now treating them as fugitives.

It really does feel that the team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier have gone for the whole ‘bigger is better’ philosophy when putting together the film. Some may question the fact that many of the smart quips that worked in the previous films seem to be missing this time around but instead The Russos have completely revamped the series with a series of big action blockbuster sequences that certainly wouldn’t have looked out of place during any of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies. Surprisingly, due to their lack of action film experience, The Russos pull these scenes off remarkably well and the sight of giant flying battleships crashing into buildings isn’t going to be something that fans of the franchise are going to forget for a long time to come.

In fact in some ways it is strange the script works at all. The screenwriting team seem to pay very little regard to things such as characterisation, something that most screenwriters would have thought to be a must with the introduction of The Falcon, yet somehow as an audience you never ever really feel that it lets down the film. On the other hand though they have really upped the action and in a rarity for Marvel films there is also quite a bit of gunplay this time around. I won’t give way much but Captain America’s shield seems to be deflecting a hell of a lot of bullets this time around while Aussie actor Callan Mulvey has the dubious honor of actually holding a gun to the head of Captain America.

To pay credit to the screenwriters they also bring in some other surprises as well. The fact they dwell on Steve’s mistrust of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings a great feel of suspense to the film, while it is easy to see that one of the other storylines that surfaces during the film seems to take direct aim at Governments who believe that they have the power to be Big Brother to whomever they feel as well. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is though that even while the script works feverishly to try and introduce a romantic interest for Steve it also seems to inadvertently bring in some sexual tension between himself and Natasha, whether it was deliberate or just seemed to flow from some natural chemistry between Johansson and Evans it was certainly there for all to see.

The fact that the script didn’t go to deep of course meant that there isn’t really any scenes that are going to stretch the acting capability of the cast. Evans as usual plays the sullen Captain America well; some call him bland although I prefer to think that he has grown into the role well. Scarlett Johansson once again brings a true sexual feel to one of the toughest female characters to ever grace the screen in Black Widow while Anthony Mackie is likable as The Falcon. Mackie’s inclusion must also have fans of the franchise chapping at the bit to see what kind of quips can be created when he has to share scenes with Robert Downey Jnr.

The old brigade of Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford also bring a sense of style and respectability to the cast. Redford is playing a very against type character while Jackson seems to relish that this time around the screenwriters have brought a more ‘human’ feel to Nick Fury. Australian film lovers will also wear a smile when acting great Alan Dale appears on the screen as well, it’s not a massive role but he is there.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier certainly puts the ‘BIG’ back into big action blockbuster. Its out-of-this-world special effects and great action sequences plus this franchise back at the heights it deserves to be at.

Stars(3.5)

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

IMDB Rating:  Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier′: Nil.

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