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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 ‘Far From A Maddening Crowd,’ ‘Zero Motivation’ ‘Minions,’ ‘Love & Mercy,’ ‘Eden,’ and ‘Ted 2′ . This episode also contains interviews with Carey Mulligan, Sandra Bullock, Seth MacFarlane, Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede III), Suumer Harris (Rites Of Passage) and Daniel De Fillippo (Rites Of Passage).

Plus we launch a great new competition this week. Thanks to eOne Entertainment we have some limited edition posters from Dolph Lundgren’s new film Skin Trade to giveaway. Make sure you listen in for your chance to win.

Also thanks to eOne Entertainment you have a chance to win a copy of Song One starring Anne Hathaway on DVD.

And you also get a chance to win passes to see Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack, in cinemas on June 25 thanks to Icon.  Five lucky people will also win The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits album to go with their passes.

Make sure you listen to this week’s show to see how to enter all these competitions.

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Love & Mercy

The music and cinemas worlds collide again on June 25 when Love & Mercy hits Australian cinemas. The film tells the story of Brian Wilson, the man behind the legendary The Beach Boys. Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti Love & Mercy is one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2015 and thanks to Icon Distribution you can have a chance to see it on us.

That’s right thanks to Icon Distribution The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show has a number of passes to Love & Mercy to giveaway. Five lucky winners will also receive a The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits CD to go with their passes.

For you chance to win in our Love & Mercy giveaway simply listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #134.

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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 ‘Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief,’ ‘Inside Out’ ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘Hot Pursuit′ . This episode also contains interviews with Pete Docter, Mindy Kaling, Sofia Vergara, Shahin Shafaei (Two Refgees And A Blonde), Travis Bain (Throwback/Starspawn), Ted Matkowski (Polish Film Festival), Jack Sargeant (Revelation Film Festival) and Malcolm Turner (Melbourne Animation Film Festival).

Plus we launch two great new competitions this week. First up thanks to eOne Entertainment you have a chance to win a copy of Song One starring Anne Hathaway on DVD.

Then seconadly you get a chance to win passes to see Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack, in cinemas on June 25 thanks to Icon.  Five lucky people will also win The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits album to go with their passes.

Make sure you listen to this week’s show to see how to enter both competitions.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Love & mercy Still

Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce that the Australian premiere of LOVE & MERCY will be held at Sydney’s State Theatre on Sunday June 7, 2015.  As announced last month, the film will be featured as part of the 2015 Sydney Film Festival with its first festival screening serving as the Australian Premiere.

We all know the music, but few know the true story of musical genius, Brian Wilson and his struggles with brilliance and balance.  Whilst his music shaped our lives, it would be the love of one special woman who saved his.

First time director, Bill Pohlad puts his experience as a producer on films such as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain to good use.  In LOVE & MERCY he paints an unconventional portrait of Wilson, interweaving seminal moments from his youth and later life.

The role of Brian Wilson is masterfully shared between Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave, Little Miss Sunshine) as the younger, 1960s Brian; and John Cusack (Maps to the Stars, High Fidelity) as Wilson in the 1980s.  The film explores the many challenges Brian has faced, both from his point of view in his younger years; and from the perspective of his now wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) when she meets Brian in his 40s and under the questionable medical care of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

The Beach Boys were already experiencing chart topping success with Surfin’ Safari, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls and Good Vibrations when Brian found himself driven to move in a new musical direction.  Whilst this would ultimately lead to the creation of what is widely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time – Pet Sounds – and songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows; it also lead to the band breaking up and Brian breaking down.

The films shows  Brian becoming more and more isolated from his family and friends to the point where he seems to have been signed over into the care of Landy who seems determined, through overmedication and other manipulations, to keep Brian away from all real connections to the world.  When Melinda Ledbetter enters his life, their mutual attraction becomes a bond that the oppressive doctor cannot break.

As few biopics about musicians do, LOVE & MERCY offers a hopeful and happy ending – one that continues to play out in reality today.  Brian Wilson’s music continues to resonate with existing as well as new audiences every day.  Wilson’s 11th solo album, NO PIER PRESSURE was released earlier this year to critical acclaim.  One Kind of Love which is featured on the new album and also in the film has just been recognised as “Best Original Song” at the Nashville Film Festival.  More importantly (and even more rare) Brian and Melinda are still together and still in love.

LOVE & MERCY debuted to a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival and has continued to garner critical acclaim including from its showings at the Berlin Film Festival and the South By Southwest Festival.

Words used to describe LOVE & MERCY include, “compelling” (Collider); “dreamy and delirious” (Indiewire); “deeply satisfying” (The Hollywood Reporter); “emotionally exhilarating” and “exquisite” (HitFix); “engrossing” (Indiewire); “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) “tender” (BBC.com) and “touching” (Screen International).

Critics have also hailed the dual performances from Dano and Cusack as, “career-topping performances”; (Indiewire); “groundbreaking” (The Washington Post); “phenomenal” (Bloody Disgusting) and “uncanny” (Mashable Australia). Best known for her work as a comedic actress, Elizabeth Banks has also attracted praise for her career-redefining dramatic performance she gives in the film.

It seems likely that its screenings at the Sydney Film Festival will no doubt attract similar accolades for LOVE & MERCY including the film’s unique style and excellent performances.
Perhaps the best reactions are those from the man who lived the story, Brian Wilson himself

Love & mercy Still

Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce the June 25 release of LOVE & MERCY starring both Paul Dano and John Cusack as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

We all know the music, but few know the true story of musical genius, Brian Wilson and his struggles with brilliance and balance.

The film paints an unconventional portrait of the artist by interweaving seminal moments from his youth and later life, as it explores how Brian came to be who he is today.

The role of Brian Wilson is masterfully shared between Dano (12 Years a Slave, Little Miss Sunshine) and Cusack (Maps to the Stars, High Fidelity) as the film explores the many challenges Brian has faced, both from his point of view in his younger years; and from the perspective of his now wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) when she meets Brian in his 40s and under the questionable medical care of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

The Beach Boys were already experiencing chart topping success with Surfin’ Safari, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls and Good Vibrations when Brian found himself driven to move in a new musical direction.  Whilst this would ultimately lead to the creation of what is widely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time – Pet Sounds – and songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows; it also lead to the band breaking up and Brian breaking down.

The film was met with a standing ovation at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and critical acclaim continues to build:

“…emotionally exhilarating… The film does an exquisite job of detailing the way an artist can get lost in the act of creation.” – HitFix

“…an engrossing portrait of Wilson’s specific artistic inclinations…” – Indiewire

“A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject’s bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.” – Variety

Musicians, critics and fans alike have consistently hailed Wilson as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in music.  His songs remain as relevant and resonant today as they were over 50 years ago; continually finding new audiences as evidenced by the 2014 BBC Music All-Star cover of God Only Knows that became an internet sensation.

The teaser trailer has just debuted online and has already gone viral. A proud Brian Wilson has also posted the teaser on his own Facebook and website.

The film release will follow the April 3 launch of Wilson’s 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure.

In addition to featuring an awesome soundtrack,  LOVE & MERCY offers an intimate and unforgettable glimpse into the musical and personal evolution of one of the greatest creative minds of our time.

You can view the Love & Mercy teaser trailer below.

Angelina Jolie

When people think of Angelina Jolie, they tend to think of her tough woman roles. Given there are a few, if you think back to her role as the no nonsense historian-come-superhero Lara Croft or when she went all gun-toting in “Wanted,” but there is also a lot more to an actress who is one of Hollywood’s most “wanted” women.

Acting was always in Jolie’s blood, after all her father is the legendary screen actor Jon Voight, while her mother Marcheline Bertrand was also an actress and producer. Just to top it off, her godmother was yet another screen legend – Jacqueline Bisset. With that in mind, Jolie began her journey into the entertainment world at the age of 11 when she began studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and was soon appearing in stage production. When she was 14, she began modelling and, by the time, she was 16 she was even appearing in music video clips.

In 1982, her feature film career started when she acted alongside her father in Hal Ashby’s “Lookin’ To Get Out” and then in 1993, her career really blossomed when she appeared in the shorts “Alice And Viril” and “Angela And Virl.” The world then began to sit up and take notice of her when she took the lead role in the science-fiction thriller “Cyborg 2,” before appearing in the video clip for rocker Meatloaf’s track “Rock And Roll Dream Come Through.”

From there, she starred in a film that created very little ripples at all “Without Evidence” before starring in her breakout role, that of computer geek Kate in Iain Softley’s “Hackers.” The role not only saw her introduced to her future husband, actor Johnny Lee Miller, but also received her critical and box office success. Jolie then worked on her craft in a number of lower grade films including “Love Is All There Is,” “Foxfire,” “Mojave Moon,” “True Women,” “George Wallace,” “Playing God,” “Gia,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Playing By Heart,” before appearing in the notable film “Pushing Tin” alongside Cate Blanchett, John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton…the latter of whom would become her real-life husband.

Since then Jolie has starred in hit film after film. Her role of a young police officer in “The Bone Collector” garnished her more critical acclaim while playing the troubled Lisa Rowe in “Girl, Interrupted” earned her the 2000 Best Actress In A Supporting Role Academy Award.

Over the years Jolie has appeared in commercially successful films like “Gone In Sixty Seconds,” the “Lara Croft” franchise, “Alexander,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Wanted” and “Salt” while also taking the time to accept more challenging roles in films like “Taking Lives,” “Beyond Borders,” “Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow,” “A Mighty Heart” and “Changeling.” Playing distraught mother Christine Collins in “Changeling” landed Jolie her second Oscar nomination in 2009 – this time for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

It was also recently announced that at the 2014 Academy Award ceremony, Jolie will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for the work that she has done with the United Nations and various charities around the world.

A quick look through Angelina Jolie’s career easily reveals that she is more than the pretty face or action hero that many label her as. Films such as “Beyond Borders” reveal her as a talented caring actress while her voice work on films such as “Shark Tale” and “Kung Fu Panda” reveals a much softer side. Yes, Angelina Jolie is a well-rounded actress in her own right.

Django Unchained

Well the sun has set on another year in cinema land. Films came, films went. Some exceeded expectations, others went away quickly never to be watched again. But if you are looking for the cream of the crop in 2013, then these are this writer’s favorite ten films.

“Django Unchained” – This is a borderline film for most people’s Top Ten lists this year. In some countries it opened in 2012, in other countries it opened in January 2013, so let’s call it a 2013 film. “Django Unchained” was director/screenwriter Quentin Tarantino at his absolute best. The script sizzled with great one liners and brilliant characterization and while the film did lapse a little (incidentally at about the time that Tarantino himself appeared on the screen), the film did more than enough to be one of this year’s best films. As if the script wasn’t enough to win you over, you then have some marvellous performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson that make this film a must see.

“The Way Way Back” – Every now and then a coming-of-age film comes along that reminds you just how good this genre can be when it is done the right way. Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash certainly go the formula right when they put together “The Way Way Back.” The film saw Steve Carell play one of the best against-type roles of all time as he played the emotional abusive father of Duncan (Liam James) while Sam Rockwell put in one of the finest performances of his career as he played the fun-loving owner of a water theme park. If you didn’t get to see “The Way Way Back” when it hit cinemas make sure you check it out when it reaches shelves on DVD.

“Mud” – There was a time when actor Matthew McConaughey was considered a joke. He acted in poorly written romantic comedies that used him more for his looks rather than acting ability. As a result people started to believe that McConaughey was a poor actor, but he turned that around with some great performances in “Bernie” and “Magic Mike.” 2013 saw McConaughey deliver another powerful performance in “Mud,” a small-time drama in which he plays an escaped convict using an island as a hideaway who uses two local boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) to help him escape. Director, Jeff Nichols, manages to make this drama an intense thriller by drawing the audience in and making them wonder exactly what Mud is hiding or willing to do in his escape.

“Rust And Bone” – When people talk about some of the acting performances of 2013, it is surprising how many people seem to skip right over Marion Cotillard’s performance in French film “Rust And Bone.” In what is at times a harrowing film Cotillard plays Stephanie, a young woman who loses her legs in an accident involving a killer whale at the marine park at which she works. In an extraordinary piece of screenwriting, Stephanie’s life is completely turned upside down when she meets Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts), an out-of-luck guy who loves to get involved in backyard fights. “Rust And Bone” may have been a gritty drama, but it is also one of the most intense romances to have surfaced in 2013, making it one of the most underrated films of the year.

“Prisoners” – One of the biggest surprises of this year has been the fact that when all the talk of Oscar nominations has been circulating, the film “Prisoners” hasn’t been getting more love. To be blunt “Prisoners” is one of the best crime thrillers to have surfaced since “Silence Of The Lambs.” Director, Denis Villeneuve makes this an intense thriller that sees Australian Hugh Jackman play Keller Dover a father who is pushed to the absolute extreme when his daughter goes missing along with her friend. Out-acting Jackman, just, is Jake Gyllenhaal who plays one of the most intriguing script cops of all time in Detective Loki. This is one crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

“Flight” – With “Flight,” cinema goers walked into the cinema expecting to see another disaster film. Denzel Washington would play a pilot who had to save a plane load of people as something went wrong … it would be a simple film right? Director, Robert Zameckis surprised everyone by delivering a film that opened with pilot, Whip Whitaker (Washington) snorting cocaine and drinking before boarding a flight. The film then became a well-written thriller after the plane crashes and the investigation tries to work out whether Whip is a hero or a villain. Sensational writing and a great performance by Washington makes for one hell of a film.

“The Paperboy” – One of the other big surprises of 2013 was the film “The Paperboy.” Zac Efron doesn’t normally spell one of the films of the year but this time the young actor really delivered. Efron plays Jack Jansen, a young boy that works at his father’s local newspaper who teams up with his older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) who is a journalist working on a racial murder case. Director, Lee Daniels, gets the absolute best out of his cast. Efron and McConaughey are sensational and are well supported by Nicole Kidman and John Cusack, who both act against type remarkably well.

“Broken” – Just when it looked like it was going to be a lean year for British films along came “Broken.” Directed by Rufus Norris “Broken” was a nasty little film that showed British society at its absolute worst. Told through the eyes of a young girl named Skunk (Eloise Laurence), “Broken” tells the story of the violent events that occur at the end of what should be quite English street. From a man who accused of being a sexual monster, to a broken marriage that is affecting some young children and a father who simply cannot cope any more, this is a film where the audience is left wondering who (if anyone) is going to be left emotionally okay (or even alive) by the final credits. “Broken” is British drama at its best.

“What Maisie Knew” – Another surprisingly good film for 2013. On the surface “What Maisie Knew” looked like it would be a film that should be on the Hallmark channel. Instead it became a gritty drama told through the eyes of a young girl named Maisie (Onata Aprile). This young girl becomes the victim of a bitter custody battle between her washed up rock star mother, Susanna (Julianne Moore), and her proud art-dealing Dad, Beale (Steve Coogan). The film had the power to emotionally affect anybody watching it as it soon becomes painfully plain that neither parents want the girl; they just don’t want their ex-partner to have her. “What Maisie Knew” delivers one of the most emotional scripts of the year.

“The Railway Man” – Rounding out the top ten is a late contender with the Australian/British co-production “The Railway Man.” Over the years a lot of filmmakers have told the story of how men cope when they return from war. Few, however, have focused on a story where a victim returns and faces the man who tortured them. Based on a hit novel, “The Railway Man” centers around Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a man whose war demons come to the surface after he has married Patricia Wallace (Nicole Kidman). As the ghosts who have haunted him since he was a POW forced to work on the Thai Burma Railway come to the fore, Patricia inspires him to return to the scene of the crime, unaware that it will result in a tense standoff with Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada). The scenes of the two men confronting each other made for some of the best cinematic moments of 2013.

It would be neglectful not to also mention the following films when talking about the best films of 2013. Also worth a look is “Thanks For Sharing” (with a surprisingly good performance by Pink), “Lygon Street: Si Parla Italiano,” “West Memphis Three,” “Trance,” “A Place Beyond The Pines,” “Performance (A Late Quartet),” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Compliance,” “The Impossible,” “Warm Bodies” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”

Now that 2013 is out of the way, it is time to wait and see what new gems film lovers can uncover in 2014. Bring it on!

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)