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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘A Most Violent Year,’ ‘Unfished Business,’ ‘Eastern Boys,’ ‘Focus,’ ‘Lucky Them,’ ‘Seventh Son,’ ‘The Second Best Exotic Motel’ and ‘Project Almanac′ . This episode also contains interviews with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Kit Harrington, Richard Gere, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Johan Hegg.

Cult film King Zak Hepburn also stops by to talk about the release of Manborg and Emmanuelle Devanit-Feller chats about the French Film Festival.

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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 Giver

Summary: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th September, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Philip Noyce

Screenwriter: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide, Lois Lowry (book)

Cast: Jeff Bridges (The Giver), Saige Fernandes (Gabriel 6 Months), Katie Holmes (Mother), Alexander Jillings (Gabriel 12 Months), James Jillings (Gabriel 12 Months), Cameron Monaghan (Asher), Thabo Rametsi (Robbie), Odeya Rush (Fiona), Alexander Skarsgard (Father), Jordan Nicholas Smal (Gabriel 3 Months), Meryl Streep (Chief Elder), Renate Stuurman (Dinah), Taylor Swift (Rosemary), Brenton Thwaites (Jonas), Emma Trembly (Lilly)

Runtime: 97 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR THE GIVER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s The Giver review on www.filmreviews.com.au

Stars(2.5)

 

David Griffiths:

The Giver always seemed to be facing an uphill battle to try and impress film fans. I realised that from the moment I was sitting in a cinema and saw the trailer for the film and found myself thinking ‘wow the trailer for Divergent 2 is out already… but hang on where is Shailene Woodley?’ How can any film hope to make an audience for itself when it seems to be telling the same story as the film that had already received criticism for being close to The Hunger Games. The similarities between the films got even closer when I sat down to watch The Giver and realised that even the opening prologue seemed to be describing Divergent as it rambled on about a dystopian society led by elders and kids graduating their studies and then being selected to do various careers based on their personalities etc.

Based on a novel by Lois Lowry The Giver sees three young friends, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) graduate from their studies in a futuristic colony run by a Chief Elder (Meryl Streep). On the eve of their graduation the three friends decide on a pact that will see them become lifelong friends and then the next day Asher finds himself becoming a pod pilot and Fiona a nurturer –a role that sees her looking after small babies.

But the future is less clear for young Jonas who finds himself being named as the next Receiver, a task he knows very little about. Soon he finds himself under the guidance of The Giver (Jeff Bridges), a man who holds onto all the memories from before The Fall, no matter how painful they are.

As The Giver begins to educate Jonas on the ways of the world before The Fall Jonas begins to realise that there is a better way to live his life and decides to rebel against the regime something that worries his Father (Alexander Skarsgard) and Mother (Katie Holmes) as they seen previously what can happen when a Receiver goes rogue.

You would think that despite its similarities to other films The Giver would be in pretty good hands with director Philip Noyce at the helm, after all this is the man that has been responsible for films such as Salt, Rabbit Proof Fence and Patriot Games in the past. But here even Noyce struggles with a film that seems to want to tap into the Harry Potter style of filmmaking, with character set-up and a storyline building up to a dramatic action packed third act. It’s not Noyce’s fault though it is clearly the material that he has been given to work with.

What will annoy you most about The Giver is the fact that the film’s story makes no sense at all. If The Elder is so determined to keep the people from knowing about the past then why give the memories to someone new at all, wouldn’t it just be best for the memories to die with The Giver? Then there is also the fact that the screenplay provides very little suspense at all. The ‘memory wiped’ characters been making the characters likable to the audience extremely hard indeed while the dramatic chase at the end never ever becomes anywhere dramatic or suspenseful at all. When it comes to that territory both Divergent and The Hunger Games has The Giver well and truly covered. You would think that the man responsible for Salt should have been able to inject a little more action into the film… but alas no.

The poor script also doesn’t allow for anybody to put in any brilliant acting performances. Jeff Bridges is passable for the frustrated Giver while Brenton Thwaites seems to just breeze through his roles. The one-dimensional characters that litter the film though mean though that the acting talents of the likes of Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes are completely wasted though, a shame when you consider the talent at hand there.

Thankfully The Giver was nowhere near as bad as The Host – it’s watchable, but only just. It is the kind of film though that will be ripped to shreds by any young budding screenwriter out there as it’s implausible plot just makes less and less sense as the film plods along. It is little wonder that some countries hid the film away from a majority of reviewers because it is a film that does very little for its audience or cast and is likely to be a film that you forget the instant the credits have rolled.

Stars(2.5)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: The Giver (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘The Giver′: For our full The Giver review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96 . You can also read Dave’s The Giver review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on the show Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Salinger’, ‘The Smurfs 2’, ‘Blue Jasmine’, ‘Riddick’ and ‘R.I.P.D.’ . This episode also features interviews with Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Vin Diesel, Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.  The boys also have a look at the best films with a social conscious.

We also launch our competition in which you have a chance to win passes to see ‘The East’ thanks to Cinema Nova, Melbourne.

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R.I.P.D.

Summary: A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 12th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Robert Schwentke

Screenwriter: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, David Dobkin, Peter M. Lenkov (comic)

Cast: Kevin Bacon (Hayes), Jeff Bridges (Roy), Larry Joe Campbell (Officer Murphy), James Hong (Nick’s Avatar), Robert Knepper (Stanley Nawlicki), Marisa Miller (Roy’s Avatar), Mike O’Malley (Elliot),  Mary-Louise Parker (Proctor), Devin Ratray (Pulaski), Ryan Reynolds (Nick), Stephanie Szostak (Julia)

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification:M

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘R.I.P.D.’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘R.I.P.D.’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(1)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘R.I.P.D.’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

Nick Gardener: Stars(1.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘R.I.P.D.’ that is available on the Southern FM website.

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(1.5)

IMDB Rating:  R.I.P.D. (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘R.I.P.D.′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 49 for our in-depth review of ‘R.I.P.D..’

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