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Summary: Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st January 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 9th January 2020

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Greta Gerwig

Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig, Louisa May Alcott

Cast: Dash Barber (Fred Vaughn), Timothee Charlamet (Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence), Chris Cooper (Mr. Laurence), J.M. Davis (Susan Robbins), Laura Dern (Marmee March), Lilly Englert (Kate Vaughn), Sasha Frolova (Mrs. Hummel), Louie Garrel (Friedrich Bhaer), Jayne Houdeyshell (Hannah), Ana Kayne (Olivia), Tom Kemp (Asa Melvin), Charlotte Kinder (Viola), Adrianne Krstansky (Mrs. Dashwood), Tracy Letts (Mr. Dashwood), Bill Mootos (Mr. Davis), Jen Nikolaisen (Evelyn Meriweather), James Norton (John Brooke),  Bob Odenkirk (Father March), Maryanne Plunkett (Mrs. Kirke), Florence Pugh (Amy March), Abby Quinn (Annie Moffat), Jared Reinfeldt (Ned Moffat), Hadley Robinson (Sallie Gardiner Moffat), Saoirse Ronan (Jo March), Amber Leanne Rothberg (Young Meg), Eliza Scanlen (Beth March), Meryl Streep (Aunt March), Emma Watson (Meg March), Lewis D. Wheeler (Josiah Workman)

Running Time: 135 mins

Classification: G (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

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Dave Griffiths Review:

Timeless tales never die. That is the only defence you can really use against people who are convinced that the new adaption of Little Women should never have been made. Yes, there have been a number of cinematic versions of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale that have made it to the big screen over the years, but every adaption has its own tone and feel and that is what makes them unique. I can remember the same being said when Baz Luhrmann re-created Romeo + Juliet… and look how well that ended up turning out. Besides after the quirkiness of Ladybird how could anybody not be curious to see what Greta Gerwig was going to do with Alcott’s classic.

Gerwig does do little to change the basic storyline. The film is set in 1868 with Jo March (Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn), a budding young writer getting a story published by a local publisher. At the same time her work is heavily criticised by one of her co-workers and in a bid to escape how she feels about it she uses the fact that her sister, Beth (Eliza Scanlen – Sharp Objects) is sick to return home. As she spends time with her mother (Laura Dern – Wild) and her other two sisters, Meg (Emma Watson – Harry Potter & The Philospher’s Stone) and Amy (Florence Pugh – The Commuter) she reflects on their lives and the obstacles they have overcome.

A scathing critic would probably try to point out that Little Women’s main focus is on female empowerment but I would argue that Gerwig’s film goes even deeper than that. This is not simply a film about female empowerment this is the film that explores the notion of how a family pulls together to overcome some of the most turbulent and life-changing obstacles that anybody can face. From the harsh fights between Amy and Jo, through the four sisters having to face numerous struggles with their father is off at war this is more a film about family then it is anything else.

The power of this version of Little Women though is how much the film draws you into the character’s lives. At a quick glance the character of Jo could be considered cold-hearted especially towards the men in her life, including Laurie (Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy). But through the power of Gerwig’s writing and directing the audience gets to see what makes Jo this way and that is something that can’t be said for all versions of Little Women. Gerwig also allows the film to show the struggle of the artist as well – whether it be a writer, a painter or a teacher all find themselves tested during this time of war and this secondary element to the plot adds a powerful element to the film that continues to draw the audience in.

What also drives this film is a repeat of one of the strengths from Lady Bird. As a director it is obvious that Gerwig knows how to draw the best out of her cast. Here Saoirse Ronan is once again in award winning form and she is well supported by Emma Watson and Florence Pugh who both seem to have turned up their acting game several levels as well. In regards to Ronan though she is well directed by Gerwig with the scene of the final confrontation between herself and Laurie being an absolute highlight. The raw emotion that is generated from the screen during the scene is a rarity in modern day cinema and needs to be cherished.

A special mention must also be made to Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada). While she has limited screen time she managed to steal every scene she was in with a truly powerful performance. Her scenes with both Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are some of the best examples of brilliant acting you will all year. There is a real power with those scenes and neither younger actress seems to be over-awed by the fact that they are sharing the scene with acting royalty.

Every adaption of Little Women has something that sets it apart from the others but few have the sheer emotion and power that we see here with Gerwig’s interpretation. Here Gerwig uncovers secret layers to the plot that lesser filmmakers would have not noticed while at the same time she directs one of the most talented younger casts that modern day cinema has ever seen assembled. If you leave in preconceived notions you have about Little Woman at the cinema door you will find yourself totally drawn into this worthy drama.

 

 

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IMDB Rating: Little Women (2019) on IMDb

 

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Northmen - A Viking Saga

Summary: When a vicious storm sinks the sip of a group of Northmen (Vikings) the group with is led by the young but rebellious Asbjorn (Tom Hooper) finds themselves washed up on the Land of Alba… somewhere they are certainly enemies. Desperate to find a safe haven within a nearby Viking settlement the group which also features Bjorn (James Norton), Thorald (Ken Duken) and Valli (Johan Hegg) soon finds themselves at logger heads with the locals and a running battle ensues.

The tribe becomes even more unwanted when they come across Inghean (Charlie Murphy), a princess with Soothsayer abilities. With her father, King Dunchaid (Danny Keogh) desperate to get rid of her and this band of rebels he quickly calls upon determined mercenary Hjorr (Ed Skrein) to hunt them down with his Wolf Pack. Now the hunted the Viking tribe soon finds an unusual ally in the form of a sword wielding Monk, Conall (Ryan Kwanten).

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 14th April, 2015

Country: Switzerland, Germany, South Africa

Director: Claudio Fah

Screenwriter: Bastian Zach, Matthias Bauer, Claudio Fah, Adrian Jencik

Cast: Darrell D’Silva (Gunnar), Ken Duken (Thorald), Leo Gregory (Jorund), Johan Hegg (Valli), Tom Hopper (Asbjorn), Danny Keogh (King Dunchaid), Ryan Kwanten (Conall), Richard Lothian (Haldor), Charlie Murphy (Inghean), James Norton (Bjorn), Nic Rasenti (Gostun), Ed Skrein (Hjorr), Mark Strepan (Grim), Anatole Taubman (Bovarr), Joe Vaz (Murdill)

Runtime: 97 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

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David Griffiths:

Medieval times are certainly the flavor of the month at the moment in Hollywood. With shows like Game Of Thrones doing so exceptionally well on the small screen and The Hobbit crushing all before it at the cinema box office it is not surprising that everybody is clambering over each other to find the next sword-filled hit. Well now comes Northmen – A Viking Saga, an action film that is going to be lapped up by anybody that enjoys Vikings the television series.

Directed by Claudio Fah (the man responsible for films like Sniper: Reloaded and Hollow Man II) Northmen – A Viking Saga is a more than passable action film that is going to be enjoyed by those fascinated by Norse mythology. The film works because it doesn’t try to be anything that it isn’t. This isn’t high art, nor does it need to be, instead this is an action film that keeps its audience entertained with some adrenalin fuelled battle sequences and a script that certainly doesn’t hold back on the suspense, especially with the intriguing storyline around Inghean.

One of the things that will hit fans of Vikings straightaway is this film’s similarity to the hit television series… but that certainly isn’t a bad thing. Yes some people may be quick to criticize the storyline involving the ‘religious man’ Conall which is similar to the one that is told throughout Vikings it should also be pointed out that this is the kind of the film that will make fans of the television series sit up and enjoy Northmen – A Viking Saga.

The second thing that makes this a film that its audience will quickly warm to is that despite the fact the Vikings are ruthless killers the screenwriters involved have been smart enough to make them very likable. Yes they may be a little light on characterization and almost interchangeable with each other but they are so likable, and Hjorr’s group so unlikable, that you actually want to see them all survive. That instantly raises the stakes whenever a battle breaks out.

Because of the nature of the film the cast doesn’t exactly get to showcase any amazing acting skills. Ed Skrein growls and snarls his way through his role as the film’s bad guy, while Aussie Ryan Kwanten does just enough to show Hollywood that perhaps he is ready for the action hero role. However, the big winner in Northmen – A Viking Saga is Charlie Murphy, the young actress who has recently had roles in ’71 and Philomena really shines here and shows that she is capable of big things in the future.

While Northmen – A Viking Saga isn’t exactly going to win any major awards it is the kind of action film that you can simply flick on and then just sit back and relax. With enough epic sword battles to keep fans of The Lord Of The Rings’ fans happy and some classy looking scenes (especially the tower sequence) helmed by Claudio Fah this is one lower budget action film that does enough to be enjoyed.

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Northmen - A Viking Saga (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Northmen -A Viking Saga reviews: You can also find our Northmen – A Viking Saga review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Summary: An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 8th May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Amma Asante

Screenwriter: Misan Sagay

Cast: Susan Brown (Baroness Vernon), Tony Eccles (Mr. Francis), Tom Felton (James Ashford), Sarah Gadon (Elizabeth Murray), Matthew Goode (Captain Sir John Lindsay), David Grant (Zoffany), Cara Jenkins (Young Elizabeth), Alex Jennings (Lord Ashford), Lauren Julien-Box (Young Dido), Bethan Mary-James (Mabel), Alfred Mather (Mr. Francis), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Dido Elizabeth Belle), Alan McKenna (Harry), James Northcote ((Mr. Vaughn), James Norton (Oliver Ashford), Sam Reid (John Davinier), Miranda Richardson (Lady Ashford), Timothy Walker (Wimbrdige), Emily Watson (Lady Mansfield), Rupert Wickham (Reverend Davinier), Tom Wilkinson (Lord Mansfield), Penelope Wilton (Lady Mary Murray)

Runtime: 104 mins

Classification: PG

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Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s Belle review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #78

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David Griffiths:

Sometimes timing is everything when it comes to a film’s release. Twelve months ago people would have been saying that Belle was a much needed film looking at equal rights for all people, no matter their skin colour. But in a stroke of bad luck for Belle it comes out only a few months after the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave, a film that went further into the subject matter than any film before it.

Still Belle does deserve some credit, it tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Odd Thomas, TV’S Touch) a young girl who was parented by a black slave mother and her father, Navy Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode – Stoker, The Vatican). When her mother dies, her father who loves her dearly decides that it would be best for her if she was looked after by his wealthy Aunt, Lady Mansfield (Emily Watson – The Book Thief, Some Girl(s)) and Uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson – The Grand Budapest Hotel, Felony).

The plan doesn’t go completely to plan though. While Dido is loved by her adopted guardians and Lady Mary Murray (Penelope Wilton – The Girl, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) they find that no matter how hard they try society just won’t accept her the way that it accepts their own daughter, Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon – Maps To The Stars, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The divide becomes even more apparent when the two women enter the ‘dating circle.’ While the well-off James Ashford (Tom Felton – In Secret, From The Rough) pursues Elizabeth his brother Oliver (James Norton – Mr. Turner, Rush) goes against his wishes and tries to become a suitor for Belle. Their mother, Lady Ashford (Miranda Richardson – Muppets Most Wanted, TV’S World Without End) does not fully like the fact that her son may marry a ‘mixed race’ woman but certainly sees financial benefit from it.

Just to further cause problems for Dido she becomes ‘interested’ in John Davinier (Sam Reid – ’71, The Railway Man), an ambitious young law student who continuously butts heads with Lord Mansfield.

Belle is the kind of film that will slightly frustrate its audience. The story behind the film is a fascinating one and not one that most people would be familiar with and while director Amma Asante (A Way Of Life) does a good job bringing the story to the big screen there just seems to be something that stops this film from becoming a brilliant cinematic experience.

While Asante and those involved for set design and costume capture the time period that Belle is set in have made the film look as good as a classic like Pride & Prejudice the screenplay, which comes from the pen of Misan Sigay (Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Secret Laughter of Woman), sadly lets the film down a little. The script makes the film feel more like an episode of Downton Abbey rather than something people would want to pay $20 to see at the cinema.

There are a number of scenes in the film that needed to be more dramatic than they actually are. The confrontation between Dido and James Ashford needed to be a lot more suspenseful and threatening while a lot of the ‘dating circle’ scenes that feature Lady Mansfield and Lady Ashford almost seem like they were written for a soap opera rather than a big screen film. Even the scenes revolving around the whole court case never reach the dramatic peaks that they should have. Perhaps as a screenwriter Sigay should have taken another look at Lincoln to see how a good screenwriter can make scenes like that so suspenseful.

The acting in Belle is also let down by the screenplay. The talented skills of Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson are hardly even tested as they never seem to get out of cruise control throughout the film. The younger cast fair a little though. Sarah Gadon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Reid all show that they have promising careers ahead of them while it is also good to see Tom Felton being able to show his talents outside of the Harry Potter franchise.

Belle is far a disappointment but discerning film goers are likely to want a little more out of their film. Still it is good to see such an important story making it onto the big screen.

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IMDB Rating:  Belle (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Belle′: Please check our full Belle review that aired on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #78

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Cheerful Weather For The Wedding

Summary: Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Strachey, CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING follows a young woman who frets upstairs in her family’s country manor on her wedding day, fearful she’s about to marry the wrong man. Downstairs, both her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious.

On a crisp March morning in 1932, bride-to-be Dolly (Felicity Jones) is hiding in her bedroom daydreaming of the whimsical summer before, helped along by an ample jug of rum. Long-lost cousins and quirky aunts are arriving to the house every hour, and the downstairs living rooms are buzzing with speculation about the bride’s whereabouts. Exasperated by her daughter’s absence, Dolly’s scatter-brained mother Hetty (Elizabeth McGovern), is at her wit’s end, scurrying around the house trying to quell the relatives’ suspicions. Hetty has perfected all of the day’s arrangements, but her plans can’t prepare everyone for the arrival of Dolly’s unpredictable former lover, Joseph (Luke Treadaway).

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 18th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Donald Rice

Screenwriter: Mary Henely-Magill, Donald Rice

Cast: Olly Alexander (Tom), Kenneth Collard (Whitstable), Camilla Corbett (Alice), Mackenzie Crook (David Dakin), Paola Dionisotti (Mrs. Whitstable), Barbara Flynn (Aunt Bella), Oliver Gilbert (George), Ben Greaves-Neil (Jimmy Dakin), Joanna Hole (Miss Spoon), Felicity Jones (Dolly Thatcham), Ellie Kendrick (Kitty Thatcham), Elizabeth McGovern (Mrs. Thatcham), James Norton (Owen), Edward Saxby (Tony Bigham), Jonathan Saxby (Tiger Bigham), John Standing (Horace Spigott), Sophie Stanton (Millman), Zoe Tapper (Evelyn Graham), Eva Traynor (Annie), Luke Treadaway (Joseph Patten), Julian Wadham (Uncle Bob), Luke Ward-Wilkinson (Robert), Elizabeth Webster (Betty), Fenella Woolgar (Nancy Dakin)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding′: Check Episode #28 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’.

Rating: 2/5

IMDB Rating:Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012) on IMDb