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Kung Fu Panda 3

Summary: Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd March 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, China

Director: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Screenwriter: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Cast: Jack Black (Po (voice)), Jackie Chan (Monkey (voice)), Radzi Chinyanganya (Mi (voice)), Bryan Cranston (Li (voice)), David Cross (Crane (voice)), Barbara Dirickson (Grandma Panda (voice)), Steele Gagnon (Bao (voice)), Willie Geist (Dim (voice)), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu (voice)), April Hong (Mrs. Chow (voice)),  James Hong (Mr. Ping (voice)), Kate Hudson (Mei Mei (voice)), Angelina Jolie (Tigress (voice)), Knox Jolie-Pitt (Ku Ku (voice)), Pax Jolie-Pitt (Yoo (voice)), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (Shuai Shuai (voice)), Zahara Jolie-Pitt (Meng Meng (voice)), Randall Duk Kim (Oogway (voice)), Liam Knight (Lei Lei (voice)), Wayne Knight (Big Fun/Hom-Lee (voice)), Lucy Liu (Viper (voice)), Seth Rogen (Mantis (voice)), Al Roker (Sum (voice)), Lindsey Russell (Peony (voice)), J.K. Simmons (Kai (voice)), Fred Tatasciore (Master Bear (voice)), Ming Tsai (Ming (voice)), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Mast Croc (voice))

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR KUNG FU PANDA 3 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

John Noonan:

Five years since he last skiddooed onto the scene, Po the Panda is back and this time, for fear of sounding like a movie poster, he’s bringing the whole family. Yes, a chance encounter at his adoptive father’s restaurant leads  Po (Jack Black) to meeting up with his long lost Dad, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston). Meanwhile, the vengeful spirit of a great warrior known as Kai (JK Simmons) has returned to the mortal realm and is seeking to steal Po’s chi.

This is the second sequel to DreamWorks’s 2008 hit and it’s amazing to see the difference between this and their previous flagship series, Shrek. By the time Shrek coughed and spluttered into his third sequel, the franchise was nothing more than weak storylines on which to pin dated pop culture references and Eel songs.

Conversely, Kung Fu Panda 3 allows Po and his pals to grow organically. Despite being declared Dragon Warrior in the previous film, there’s still much for the young panda to learn. Including it seems, that of how to be a panda. With his newly found father, Po ventures to their secret village in the hills to understand panda nature (tips include that they don’t do stairs and they don’t get up before midday) and potentially learn something that can defeat Kai.

Yes, this ‘just be yourself’ through line is a tried and tested formula, but it’s yet to feel derivate in the Panda universe. Po, despite his prowess, is a still a student. He has questions about his place in the universe that he hopes to answer. Meanwhile, there is only so many ways to you teach an ogre that’s okay to be an ogre, as long as you change yourself a bit.

Kung Fu Panda 3, as has become expected, is beautiful with traditional animation – admittedly done by computers – used for line drawn flashbacks. It’s a simple trick, but one that is used to great and emotional effect. Elsewhere the vocal talent is uniformly brilliant, with JK Simmons sounding like he’s channelling the angriest of angry John Goodmans, whilst James Hong steals every scene as Po’s adoptive father, Mr Ping; who doesn’t take kindly to others cutting his grass.

Rumours are that DreamWorks’s have at least another three chapters in the story of Po, and whilst that is a tempting offer, should they never surface, rest assured Kung Fu Panda 3 is a wonderful and joyous ending to a truly enjoyable series of films.

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

 

IMDB Rating: Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Kung Fu Panda 3 reviews: Nil

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Infinitely Polar Bear

Thanks to Icon Distribution we have some very special giveaways to celebrate the release of Infinitely Polar Bear in cinemas this week

One lucky winner will receive a pass to see Infinitely Polar Bear (starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana) in cinemas as well as an Icon Family DVD Pack that contains Dan In Real Life (Steve Carell,  Juliette Binoche), Last Chance Harvey (Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson), The Burning Plain (Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Lawrence, John Corbett) and The Beaver (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster).

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For your chance to win in our Infinitely Polar Bear giveaway simply listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #123 to see how to win.

Avengers 2

We all know that popularity is everything in the Entertainment game so what have been the Top 25 Movies and Television shows that internet users have been searching for over the past week?

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy – Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
  3. Sons Of Anarchy – Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Noel Fisher
  5. Game Of Thrones – Lean Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  6. The Walking Dead – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  7. The Giver – Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift
  8. If I Stay – Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireillle Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard
  9. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice – Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck
  10. American Horror Story – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  11. Doctor Who – Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan
  12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1- Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  13. Divergent – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
  14. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  15. Once Upon A Time – Gennifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  16. Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt
  17. Edge Of Tomorrow – Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
  18. Arrow – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  19. The Maze Runner – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie Sangster
  20. Fury – Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena
  21. Orange Is The New Black – Tayor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  22. The Fault In Our Stars – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern
  23. Chef – Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jnr, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson
  24. Outlander – Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish, Duncan Lacroix
  25. Lucy – Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

With the boys bedazzled by Christian Bale’s gut and comb-over in ‘American Hustle’ they decided it was time to deliver The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show List of Actors Who Have Undergone Extreme Makeovers For Roles (wow that title is loonnnnngggggg.)

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Edward Norton

  • Christian Bale (The Machinist)
  • Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
  • Russell Crowe (The Insider)
  • Michael Fassbender (Hunger)
  • Tom Hardy (Bronson)
  • Charlize Theron (Monster)
  • Jared Leto (Chapter 27)
  • Edward Norton (American History X)
  • George Clooney (Syriana)
  • Ben Affleck (The Town)
  • Matt Damon (Courage Under Fire)
  • Tom Hanks (Castaway)

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Noomi Rapace

  • Stephen Curry (The Cup)
  • Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street)
  • Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
  • Tom Hanks (Castaway)
  • Jared Leto (Chapter 27)
  • Curtis Jackson (Things Fall Apart)
  • Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
  • Christian Bale (The Machinist)
  • Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
  • Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
  • Charlize Theron (Monster)
  • Ashton Kutcher (Jobs)
  • George Clooney (Syriana)
  • Russell Crowe (Body Of Lies)
  • Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’ Diary)

 

GREG KING’S LIST

Johnny Knoxville

  • Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
  • Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
  • Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
  • Robert Downey Jnr. (Tropic Thunder)
  • John Hurt (The Elephant Man)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Little Big Man)
  • Johnny Knoxville (Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter franchise)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class)
  • Linda Hunt (The Year Of Living Dangerously)

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Robert Downey Jnr Tropic Thunder

  • Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder)
  • Robert Downey Jnr (Tropic Thunder)
  • Will Ferrell (Zoolander)
  • Matt Damon (The Informant)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (I’m Still Here)
  • Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
  • Peter Sellers (throughout career)
  • Cameron Diaz (Being John Malkovich)
  • John Cusack (Being John Malkovich)
  • James Franco (Spring Breakers)
  • Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast)
  • Robert De Niro (The King Of Comedy)
  • Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
  • John Hurt (The Elephant Man)

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

You know what it is like you pick up a DVD and think “hey so-and-so is in it, looks like it may be good”. Then you watch it and think “man why did they slum themselves in that awful piece of trash?” In The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep # 57 Greg, Adam Dave and Nick took a look at good actors in bad films, here’s the lists they came up with.

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Sean Connery

  • Matt Damon (Euro Trip)
  • Jeremy Irons (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Emma Thompson (Beautiful Creatures)
  • Jared Harris (The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones)
  • Uma Thurman (Batman & Robin)
  • George Clooney (Batman & Robin)
  • Entire Cast (The Counselor)
  • Robert De Niro (Rocky & Bullwinkle)
  • Liam Neeson (Battleship)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Maid In Manhatten)
  • Samuel L Jackson (Snakes On A Plane)
  • Michael Caine (Jaws: The Revenge)
  • Sean Connery (The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
  • Mickey Rourke (every second movie)
  • Nicolas Cage (every second movie)

DAVID GRIFFITHS’S LIST

Michael Shannon

  • Rose Byrne (Insidious)
  • Michael Shannon (My Son My Son What Have You Done)
  • Toni Collette (Mental)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Runner Runner)
  • Bryan Cranston (Total Recall)
  • Tom Hardy (This Means War)
  • Tom Hanks (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)
  • Ben Affleck (Daredevil)

GREG KING’S LIST

Joseph Gordon Levitt

  • Hugh Jackman (Movie 43)
  • Kate Winslet (Movie 43)
  • Liev Schreiber (Movie 43)
  • Naomi Watts (Movie 43)
  • Al Pacino (Jack & Jill)
  • Jodie Foster (Catchfire)
  • Helen Mirren (Shadow Boxer)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Shadow Boxer)
  • Stephen Dorff (Shadow Boxer)

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Robert De Niro

  • Laurence Olivier (Inchon)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar)
  • Warren Beatty (Ishtar)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Sphere)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Sphere)
  • Bridget Fonda (Lake Placid)
  • Brendan Gleeson (Lake Placid)
  • Russell Crowe (Les Miserables)
  • Michael Caine (On Deadly Ground)
  • Forest Whitaker (Battlefield Earth)
  • Kenneth Branagh (Wild Wild West)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal)
  • Willem Dafoe (Speed 2)
  • The Cast (Mamma Mia)
  • The Cast (Earthquake)
  • Al Pacino (Jack & Jill)
  • Steve Buscemi (Grown Ups)
  • Salma Hayek (Grown Ups)
  • Marlon Brando (The Island Of Dr Merrou)
  • George Clooney (Batman + Robin)
  • Uma Thurman (Batman + Robin)
  • Robert De Niro (Meet The Fockers, Little Fockers)
  • Sigourney Weaver (Abduction)

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

Recently the hosts of ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ came up with their favourite actors here’s who is made their lists.

 

GREG KING’S LIST

Jodie Foster

  • Matt Damon
  • Michael Caine
  • Charles Bronson
  • John Wayne
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Denzel Washington
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Michael Douglas
  • Sean Connery
  • Harrison Ford
  • Tom Cruise
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Robert De Niro
  • Tom Hanks
  • Jodie Foster

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Russell Crowe

  • Tom Cruise
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Liam Neeson
  • Edward Norton
  • Christian Bale
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Naomi Watts
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Al Pacino
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Arnold Schwarznegger
  • Russell Crowe

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Russell Crowe
  • Bruce Willis
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Emma Watson
  • Steve Carell
  • Michael Cera
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Emma Stone
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Tom Cruise
  • Brit Marling
  • Ben Affleck
  • Matt Damon
  • Michelle Williams
  • Christian Bale
  • Heath Ledger
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Humphrey Bogart

  • Will Ferrell
  • Larry David
  • John Cleese
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Bruno Ganz
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • John Hurt
  • Viggo Mortensen
  • Chips Rafferty
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Sean Connery
  • James Gandolfini
  • Sidney Poitiner
  • Robert Duvall
  • Michael Caine
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • John Meillion
  • Meryl Streep
  • Harvey Keitel
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Robert De Niro
  • Humphrey Bogart

Quartet

Summary: Cecily (Pauline Collins), Reggie (Tom Courtenay) and Wilfred (Billy Connolly) are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and they take part. Jean (Maggie Smith), who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on… and it does.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Dustin Hoffman

Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood

Cast: Shola Adewusi (Sheryl), Colin Bradbury (Olly Fisher) Virginia Bradbury (Daisy), Michael Byrne (Frank White), Pauline Collins (Cissy Robson), Billy Connolly (Wilf Bond), Tom Courtenay (Reginald Paget), Sarah Crowden (Felicity Liddle), Alexander Duczmal (Marta), Ania Duczmal (Eva), Ronnie Fox (Nobby), Michael Gambon (Cedric Livingston),John Georgeiadis (Bill),  John Heley (Leo Cassell), Ita Herbert (Regina), Jack Honeyborne (Dave Trubeck), Ronnie Hughes (Tony Rose), Jumayn Hunter (Joey), Dame Gwyneth Jones (Anne Langley), Denis Khoroshko (Tadek), Patricia Loveland (Letitia Davis), Iona Mathieson (Young Violinist Iona), Isla Mathieson (Young Violinist Isla), Cynthia Morey (Lottie Yates), Luke Newberry (Simon), Kent Olesen (Lars), Trevor Peacock (George), Eline Powell (Angelique), John Rawnsley (Nigel), David Ryall (Harry), Andrew Sachs (Bobby Swanson), Graeme Scott (Fred), Maggie Smith (Jean Horton), Sheridan Smith (Dr. Lucy Cogan), Patricia Varley (Octavia), Melonie Waddingham (Marion Reed), Nuala Willis (Norma McIntyre)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Quartet’ Review: 

‘Quartet’ is unashamedly aimed at an older audience, but that certainly shouldn’t put you off if you’re of the younger generation and enjoy a good film. Because age demographic aside ‘Quartet’ is an enjoyable film that is likely to provide a chuckle or two along the way.

Directed by legendary actor, Dustin Hoffman (who hasn’t directed a film since 1978’s Straight Time) Quartet’ finds three members of England’s once-most talented opera quartet living together in a retirement home for retired musicians under the charge of young doctor, Dr. Lucy Cogan (Sheridan Smith – Mr. Stink, TV’S Jonathan Creek).

The first member of the group is Reginald (Tom Courtenay – Gambit, The End Of An Era) who seems  so active and ‘with-it’ it would appear he has gone into the home too early. He is still extremely active and keeps his mind going by passing on his musical knowledge to young students. When asked why he went into the home he always says he is in there to be with his best friend, Wilf (Billy Connolly – Brave, TV’S House) who has lost the ability to censor himself after a stroke affected his brain. Rounding out the group is Cissy (Pauline Collins – Albert Nobbs, TV’S Mount Pleasant) who knows suffers from such severe dementia that she constantly needs to be reminded what she should be doing.

The trio’s world is turned upside down though when the new resident who moves in just happens to be Jean (Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TV’S Downtown Abby) – the missing member of their quartet. While Cissy and Wilf thinks it would be great to get Jean to rejoin their quartet so they can perform in a gala night being put together by the extremely bossy Cedric (Michael Gambon – Restless, TV’S Luck). It seems like a good idea however Jean seems like she is reluctant to ever perform again while poor Reginald is at a loss at what to do as Jean once broke his heart.

Hoffman brings together a wonderfully brilliant film that certainly captivates it’s audience, but that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t made a couple of mistakes along the well. On the surface the idea of having the central characters played by actors and the other residents in the home being played by some of the Europe’s finest opera performers and musicians seems like a great idea, however during the film the ‘others’ seem to get dangerously out-acted by what can only be described as an A-List of some of the United Kingdom’s finest actors.

No matter your age you will find yourself drawn to the characters of ‘Quartet’. It’s a heartfelt story and let’s be honest you don’t have to be in this film’s demographic to know what heart ache or the lack of self-worth feels like. Don’t take any notice of the advertising this really is a film that can be enjoyed by all age groups.

Of course as you would expect one of the standouts about ‘Quartet’ are the acting performances. As usual Maggie Smith is brilliant while Pauline Collins also does a fabulous job. But even they seem to be outdone by Michael Gambon who seems to embrace a slight comedic part while Billy Connolly leaves everybody in his wake and he gathers up laughs left, right and centre.

‘Quartet’ is a great little film that reminds us all that you don’t need a big budget, just a great script, to work as a cinema piece.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Quartet′: Check Episode #13 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Quartet’. Dave’s other review of ‘Quartet’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Quartet (2012) on IMDb