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Top Five

The Top Five trailer has just been released. Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.  Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s IACF financed the film.

 

TOP FIVE in cinemas JANUARY 29, 2015

You can view the Top Five trailer here.

121212

Summary: A mix of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the televised benefit concert to raise relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Amir Bar-Lev

Screenwriter: Nil.

Cast: Jon Bon Jovi (himself), Steve Buscemi (himself), Eric Clapton (himself), Roger Daltrey (himself), Tony Danza (himself), Michael Dempsey (himself), James Dolan (himself), Dave Grohl (himself), Jake Gyllenhaal (himself), Mick Jagger (himself), Billy Joel (himself), Alicia Keys (herself), Chris Martin (himself), Paul McCartney (himself), Keith Richards (himself), Chris Rock (himself), Adam Sandler (himself), Bruce Springsteen (himself), Michael Stipe (himself), John Sykes (himself),, Quentin Tarantino (himself), Pete Townsend (himself), Eddie Vedder (himself), Roger Waters (himself), Charlie Watts (himself), Harvey Weinstein (himself), Kanye West (himself),
Runtime: 106 mins

Classification: M

OUR 12-12-12 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It was the night that was put together to help aid the New Yorkers that were suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, what it became was one of the biggest concerts held in music history. It was the night that saw Paul McCartney technically become the lead vocalist for Nirvana, the night that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder put his Jimmy Fallon Show faux-pas and performed with the legendary Roger Waters, the night that REM’S Michael Stipe joined forces with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and to top it off the night when legends like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and The Who looked down off the stage and saw a pit filled with the unlikely combination of Chris Rock, Quentin Tarantino, Kristen Stewart, Miles Teller and Michael Chiklis… just to name a few.

The good thing for music fans that couldn’t be at Madison Square Gardens for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert is the fact that former Beatles front man Paul McCartney knew that something big was going on and had the foresight to capture the night on video. Teaming up with documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev has seen McCartney end up being the executive producer of one of the most interesting and entertaining doccos that is likely to hit the screens in 2014.

12-12-12 isn’t simply just a re-run of the concert footage that went to air on the night of the concert, no Bar-Lev goes a lot deeper than that. The docco itself almost tells three stories, it shows the horror of the night that Sandy touched down in New York, it then tells the story of those that put their own safety last and reached out to help those affected in the tragedies aftermath and then shows all the hard work that the likes of Harvey Weinstein went into putting together this massive concert in just three weeks. The fact that of all us is intermixed with some brilliant live performances by some of the world’s greatest artists makes this a touching human interest documentary that is also likely to enthral any serious music fans.

Bar-Lev skills as a filmmaker are clearly on show for all to see in 12-12-12. Most directors would have simply just inserted some Hurricane Sandy footage into the concert footage and delivered it to the masses, but Bar-Lev goes deeper than that even showing the frantic pace that all involved in this concert went three in the days leading up to it and on the actual night. He shows the meltdown of some of the staff when it is realised that so many credit card donations are being made per second that the whole computer system is crashing, he shows the cool and calm owner of Google stepping in to fix the problem when nobody else seems able to. He also captures moments when stars became star struck themselves, moments like when Quentin Tarantino goes into complete surprise meeting Reggie Jackson and Chris Rock standing looking at the stage like a small child looking up at a Christmas Tree. Then there are the amazing interviews of those who survived Sandy, the volunteer firefighters who watched their own homes burn not being able to do a thing and an amazing insight from Tony Danza into what it means to be American. They are the things that most filmmakers would have overlooked… not so Bar-Lev.

12-12-12 is a documentary that no music fan should miss, it is also the kind of film that anyone who needs to renew their faith in mankind needs to see. It’s a film that looks at how community should pull together in the face of a tragedy whether they be your average Joe on the street or a wealthy musician… oh and this is a film that also shows us that Adam Sandler can still be funny when he wants to be. This is one documentary that shouldn’t be missed.

Stars(5)

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

IMDB Rating:  12-12-12 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘12-12-12′: For our complete review of 12-12-12 please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77.

Trailer:

Grown Ups 2

Summary: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Dennis Dugan

Screenwriter: Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

Cast: Steve Austin (Tommy Cavanaugh), Maria Bello (Sally Lamonsoff), Cameron Boyce (Keithie Feder), Steve Buscemi (Wiley), Ellen Cleghorne (Mary Fluzoo), Marilyn Cortez (herself), Peter Dante (Officer Dante), Dennis Dugan (Dr. Larry), Kaleo Elam (Ronnie Mackenzie), Georgia Engel (Mrs. Lamonsoff), Frank Gingerich (Bean Lamonsoff), Morgan Gingerich (Bean Lamonsoff), Jake Goldberg (Greg Feder),  Kevin Grady (Muzby), Paulina Gretzky (Daisy), Salma Hayek (Roxanne Chase-Feder),Erin Heatherton (Ginger),  Oliver Hudson (Kyle), Kevin James (Eric Lamonsoff), Nadji Jeter (Andre Mckenzie), Ebony Jo-Ann (Mama Ronzoni), Michael Kay (Coach Romey), Taylor Lautner (Frat By Andy), Alexander Ludwig (Braden), China Anne McClain (Charlotte Mckenzie), Kamil McFaddin (Bumpty), Tim Meadows (Malcolm), Aly Michalka (Savannah), Richie Minervini (Principal Tarrdio), Shaquille O’Neal (Officer Fluzoo), Cheri Oteri (Penny), Alex Poncio (Duffy), Colin Quinn (Dickie Bailey), Chris Rock (Kurt McZenzie), Maya Rudolph (Deanne McKenzie), Halston Sage (Nancy Arbuckle), Alexys Nycole Sanchez (Becky Feder), Adam Sandler (Lenny Feder), Jackie Sandler (Jackie Tardo), Sadie Sandler (Sadie Tardo), Sunny Sandler (Sunny Tardo), Ada-Nicole Sanger (Donna Lamonsoff), Patrick Schwarznegger (Frat Boy Cooper), David Spade (Marcus Higgins), Nick Swardson (Nick), Milo Ventimiglio (Frat Boy Milo)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:PG

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘GROWN UPS 2’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51

Nick Gardener: Stars(1.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:  Grown Ups 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Grown Ups 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51 for a more in depth review of ‘Grown Ups 2’.

Trailer:

One Direction Poster

Summary: An all-access pass to the British pop sensation One Direction live in concert. Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis’ meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Screenwriter: Nil

Cast: Sandy Beales (himself), Simon Cowell (himself), Josh Devine (himself), Niall Horan (himself), Zayn Malik (himself), Liam Payne (himself), Dan Richards (himself), Chris Rock (himself), Martin Scorsese (himself), Jon Shone (himself), Harry Styles (himself), Louis Tomilson (himself),

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:PG

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘One Direction: This Is Us’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘One Direction: This Is Us’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:  One Direction: This Is Us (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘One Direction: This Is Us′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51 for a more in depth review of ‘One Direction: This Is Us’.

Trailer:

Grown Ups 2

Sony Pictures today released the new International Trailer for their eagerly anticipated comedy ‘Grown Ups 2’. Directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson and Taylor Lautner ‘Grown Ups 2’ will be released in Australia on the 19th September.

 

Madagascar 3

Summary: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 9th January, 2013

Country: USA

Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach, Eric Darnell

Cast: Cedric The Entertainer (Maurice (voice)), Jessica Chastain (Gia (voice)), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien (voice)), Bryan Cranston (Vitaly (voice)), Nick Fletcher (Frankie The Dog (voice)), Steve Jones (Jonesy The Dog (voice)), Vinnie Jones (Freddie The Dog (voice)), Frances McDormand (Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)), Tom McGrath (Skipper/First Policeman (voice)), Chris Miller (Kowalski (voice)), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Gloria (voice)), Andy Richter (Mort (voice)), Chris Rock (Marty (voice)), David Schwimmer (Melman (voice)), Martin Short (Stefano (voice)), Ben Stiller (Alex (voice)), Conrad Vernon (Mason/Second Policeman (voice)), Frank Welker (Sonya (voice))

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ Review: 

It’s not often that three films into a franchise that the series seems to be getting stronger, but that is certainly the case with Madagascar because Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted could well be the strongest film in the series… sadly it also seems like it will be the last.

This time around begins with Alex (Ben Stiller – The Watch, Towerheist), Marty (Chris Rock – What To Expect When You’re Expecting, 2 Days In New York), Melman (David Schwimmer – The Iceman, John Carter) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith – Madagascar 2, TV’S Hawthorne) still trapped in Africa and beginning to believe that they will be stuck there forever as it is clear that the Penguins really aren’t returning for them.

Still believing there is a way back to New York they head to Europe to find the Penguins but in doing so cause a disturbance that leaves the evil Captain Chantal DuBois (Frances McDormand – Moonrise Kingdom, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon) chasing after them, eager to add a lion’s head to her trophy wall. In a bid to escape Chantal and her mad cronies the New York refugees join a circus with the likes of Gia (Jessica Chastain – Lawless, The Dark Fields), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston – Total Recall, Rock Of Ages) and Stefano (Martin Short – Frankenweenie, TV’S The Cat In The Hat Knows A lot About That), but when they lie about their circus experience they are left have to proving themselves.

There is absolutely no weakness with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at all. The screenplay works well and captivates the audience from start to finish. Even more importantly the film appeals to both adults and children alike, and despite the fact that there are jokes that are aimed for adults they certainly aren’t anything that is damaging to children.

Credit must also be given to the three directors involved – Eric Darnell (Madagascar 2, Madagascar), Tom McGrath (Megamind) and Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs Alens, Shrek 2) – who for once used the 3D technology to enhance the film and not just as a gimmick. Together these filmmakers go back and visit the original fun that 3D can create, things appearing to be flying at the audience etc while the psychedelic 3D circus that they create is some of the best 3D animation that you are ever likely to see.

The voice cast certainly come to the party as well, the usual cast are fine as always while it seems Frances McDormand really enjoyed the task of playing the ‘baddie’. The clear standouts however were Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Hugo) who seems to capture ‘fun’ in his voice like no other as well as Bryan Cranston and Martin Short who seem to enjoy playing around with some thick accents.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a sensational animation that needs to be seen on the big screen and in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted′: Dave’s other review of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) on IMDb

2 Days In New York

Summary:Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus, who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion’s relatives.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd Novmeber, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: France, Germany, Belgium

Director: Julie Delpy

Screenwriter: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon

Cast: Pan Bandhu (Joe), Dylan Baker (Ron), Daniel Bruhl (The Oak Fairy), Kate Burton (Bella), Erin Darke (Cynthia (voice)), Albert Delpy (Jeannot), Julie Delpy (Marion), Arthur French (Lee Robinson), Vincent Gallo (himself), Marcus Ho (Johnny), Gregory Korostishevsky), Alexia Landeau (Rose), Carmen Lopez (Julia), Alex Manette (John Kelly), Alexandre Nahon (Manu), Petronia Paley (Carol Robinson), Bhavesh Patel (Justin), Talen Ruth Riley (Willow), Chris Rock (Mingus), Owen Shipman (Lulu), Johnny Tran (Van), Mai Loan Tran (Ahn), Emily Wagner (Susan), Malinda Williams (Elizabeth)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘2 Days In New York’ Review: Please see episode #09 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast to hear the Subculture Media review of ‘2 Days In New York’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘2 Days In New York′: N/A.

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating: 2 Days in New York (2012) on IMDb