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What have been the most searched for television shows and movies on the Internet over the last week, we take a look at see.

 

  1. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  2. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  3. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  4. Furious 7 (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Staham
  5. Fury (2014) – Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena
  6. Nightcrawler (2014) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
  7. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  8. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  9. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  10. Big Hero 6 (2014)- Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  11. John Wick (2014) – Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe
  12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  13. Sons Of Anarchy (2008) – Katey Segal, Charlie Hunnam, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates
  14. Gotham (2014) – Cory Michael Smith, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
  15. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Grant Gustin, Rick Cosnett
  16. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  17. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  18. Ouija (2014) – Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca A. Santos
  19. Dumb And Dumber 2 (2014) – Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden
  20. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Jena Malone, Jason Momoa
  21. The 100 (2014) – Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Morley
  22. The Big Bang Theory (2007) – Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg
  23. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Noel Fisher
  24. Hercules (2014) – Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes
  25. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginniger Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

 

Hercules

Summary: Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Brett Ratner

Screenwriter: Ryan Condal, Evan Spilitopoulos, Steve Moore (graphic novel)

Cast: Joe Anderson (Phineas), Isaac Andrews (Arius), Krasen Belev (Oyley), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Atalanta), Adrian Bouchet (Zeus), John Cross (Lt. Marcos), Christopher Fairbank (Gryza), Rebecca Ferguson (Ergenia), Joseph Fiennes (King Eurystheus), Aksel Hennie (Tydeus), John Hurt (Lord Cotys), Dwayne Johnson (Hercules), Ian McShane (Amphiaraus), Nicholas Moss (Demetrius), Peter Mullan (Sitacles), Barbara Palvin (Antimache), Stephen Peacocke (Stephanos), Mark Phelan (Corsair), Reece Ritchie (Iolaus), Tobias Santelmann (Rhesus), Rufus Sewell (Autolycus), Irina Shayk (Megara), Karolina Szymczak (Alcmene), Robert Whitelock (Nicolaus), Aden G. Wright (Child Hercules)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR HERCULES REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Hercules review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

So many of the big blockbusters of this year have exceeded just how good they were expected to be. Think about films like Captain America: Winter Soldier and Edge Of Tomorrow, now add Hercules to that list because director Brett Ratner (who has had a hit and miss career to date) has certainly delivered the goods.

Based on the Marvel graphic novel rather than Greek mythology itself Hercules begins with the legend of Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) spreading across the land, but what is myth and what is truth? To some he is a fallen hero and to others he is a freedom fighter. The ultimate test comes for Hercules when he and his friends Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and Iolaus (Reece Rithcie) are hired by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to rid the Land of Thrace of a warlord who aims to enslave his people.

Obviously spurred on by what has worked in recent comic book movies like The Dark Knight and The Avengers Ratner takes the Marvel Comics’ version of Hercules and serves up a decent action film that for once seems to remember just how important things such as characterisation and a decent screenplay go in making a film watchable for its audience. Here Hercules and co are well rounded characters, and while Ratner doesn’t go into full novella style back stories he does do enough so that most of the characters aren’t simply just walking clichés that has as much life as the cardboard cut-outs in the cinema lobby.

Ratner also decides to take Hercules back into some of the old school styles of filmmaking. Instead of relying on CGI to do absolutely everything here Ratner learns from the masters of old and actually has some grand sets in the background of some of his scenes and even decides to throw some stuntmen into the furore during the battle sequences rather than allowing a computer to do the work. Even better is the fact that for once a director seems to embrace the 3D technology correctly and sometimes the audience will find themselves duckng as a sword is smashed out of The Rock’s hand towards them or when they suddenly find a spear menacingly thrust towards their faces.

Of course some of the credit for Hercules working so well has to be given to the screenwriters who have served up Ratner an absolute gem of an action script. Yes there are some heavy battle sequences that will keep the action junkies happy but they have also developed some good storylines for those of the audience who want a little more than blood and guts served up to them. The question of how much of Hercules’ past is myth or truth throws up some interesting questions for viewers, as does questions over actually what happened to his children and wife… is he a cold blooded hero? Even the screenplay’s big twist works a treat and won’t be seen by those who are expecting this to be a simple action film.

Then of course there are the actors. The inclusion of veterans such as John Hurt and Ian McShane bring a sense of credibility to the cast and both are standouts in their roles. The big surprise here though is Dwayne ‘please don’t call me The Rock’ Johnson, who really steps up in the acting stakes. Yes he has the body of a Greek God, handy when you are playing Hercules, but he doesn’t allow that to do all the talking and instead there are times in this film when he is called upon to deliver some dramatic lines and show emotion… both of which he surprisingly pulls off pretty well.

While many won’t be expecting much from Hercules it does certainly serve up the goods if you are seeking a good action film rather than a work of art. Ratner delivers some brilliant battle sequences while the storyline in the background puts waste to some of the weaker action films that we have seen on the big screen in recent years. And last but not least it’s time to admit defeat Kellan Lutz because Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules just handed you your ass on a plate.

Stars(4)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating:  Hercules (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Hercules′: For our full Hercules review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89. You can also check out Dave’s review at The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Snowpiercer

Summary: It’s been 18 years since a failed global-warming experiment froze the earth and killed off most life on the planet. The few remaining humans live on the Snowpiercer, a train on an infinite loop around the globe. For those at the front, it’s a lavish paradise of drugs and sushi in the lap of luxury; for those trapped in the tail section, life is short and cruel.  But change is in the air. Curtis (Chris Evans), desperate to escape the tail of the train, plans an uprising, aided by his mentor Gilliam (John Hurt). What begins as an isolated riot explodes into a mass revolution, an all-or-nothing push to the front of the train, and a war for humanity’s future.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, France, Czech Republic, South Korea

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Screenwriter: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson, Jacques Lob (graphic novel), Benjamin Legrand (graphic novel), Jean-Marc Rochette (graphic novel)

Cast: Luna Sophia Bar-Cohen (Magdalena), Jamie Bell (Edgar), Ana Braun (Ylfa), Ewan Bremner (Andrew), Tomas Dianiski (Dark Voice (voice)), Chris Evans (Curtis), Ed Harris (Wilford), Adnan Haskovic (Franco the Younger), John Hurt (Gilliam), Vlad Ivanov (Franco the Elder), Emma Levie (Claude), Ah-sung Ko (Yona), Paul Lazar (Paul), Thomas Lemarquis (Egg-head), Steve Park (Fuyu), Luke Pasqualino (Grey), Alison Pill (Teacher), Marcanthonee Reis (Tim),Sean Connor Renwick (Sergio), Robert Russell (Gerald), Kang-ho Song (Namgoong Minsoo), Octavia Spencer (Tanya), Paul Sungtaek (Chan), Tilda Swinton (Mason), Karel Vesely (Andy), Magda Weigertova (Doris), Tyler John Williams (Young Wilford)

Runtime: 126 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR SNOWPIERCER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Snowpiercer review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89

Stars(4)

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Snowpiercer review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89

Stars(4)

 

David Griffiths:

Sometimes being able to read how a film is going to be received by the public is as impossible as trying to show reasons why Taylor Lautner will one day win an Oscar. On paper Snowpiercer should have been a guaranteed box office success. The film is based on a popular graphic novel, director Joon-ho Bong already had a cult following thanks to his film The Host and the cast list contained the likes of Chris Evans, Ed Harris and Tilda Swinton. You would think those points alone would be enough to put bums on seats, but it didn’t and poor Snowpiercer became a box office bomb returning only about $3 million of the $39 million that it cost to make.

To be perfectly honest there is no reason why audiences should have kept away from Snowpiercer, in fact after viewing it you could well be listing this amongst your favourite films of the year as it hits with the force of The Raid and gets a powerful point across at the same time.

Set in the not too distant future Snowpiercer is set on a special train built by billionaire Wilford (Ed Harris), a man who predicted that humanity’s latest idea on ending global warming would result in the new found ice age that promptly occurred. Now we aren’t talking about some small train here, no we are talking about a train that runs on tracks that run right around the world and actually take a year to circumnavigate the planet. The train is not only home to a myriad of humans but also contains things such as its own eco-system to keep everybody alive.

Wilford though is not the kind saviour that it seems he may be. Instead his train also comes complete with its own ‘class system.’ There and he and his politicians including the power insane Mason (Tilda Swinton) then there are the poor souls that call the tail of the train home. Those such as Curtis (Chris Evans), Tanya (Octavia Spencer) and Edgar (Jamie Bell) who are there to do the grunt work and are the victims of many outrageous tortures and heinous crimes including having their children stolen off them.

Wilford and his band of cronies have always been able to put a stamp on any revolution that begins because of how hard it is to make one’s way from one end of the train to the other. But the new uprising masterminded by Gilliam (John Hurt) has two secret weapons, one of the train’s former engineers, the now imprisoned Namgoong Minsoo (Kang-ho Song) and his daughter Yona (Ah-sung Ko) who possess some special powers of her own.

Now in the wrong hands Snowpiercer could have become a slow burn that just saw countless fight after fight as the rebels went from carriage-to-carriage on their journey from the trail to the front of the train. But here the director, Joon-ho Bong, makes sure that never happens. His visual style is creative despite the set being limited to the train and even his action sequences are a little bit different. Yes he may have captured some of the violence of The Raid but at least his battles don’t become repetitive as the film goes on.

Also pushing this film into the excellent side of the spectrum is the screenplay. A script that not only brings in some truly unique characters like the completely bat-shit crazy Mason but offers up enough suspense each time a door opens to have the audience really wondering what is going to happen next. As each door opens it almost feels like a gamer completing one level and heading to the next while playing a game they know absolutely nothing about.

Likewise the screenplay works because of its obvious metaphor and this is its stance against politics and politicians in general. The class system of the train truly shows that the graphic novel and the film is trying to make a strong point to those people who believe in the oppression that many governments inflict on their people. To the screenplay’s credit it hammers the point home with all the subtly of a hammer yet never once does it get in the way of the film’s plot moving along.

Snowpiercer is also loaded up with acting talent. Tilda Swinton clearly steals the show as she seems to almost lose her own identity playing Mason. Like Helena Bonham-Carter nobody quite plays loopy like Swinton and here she is in her absolute element. She is also well supported by Chris Evans who reminds audiences everywhere that there is more in his acting armour than just playing the clean cut Captain America while Jamie Bell shrugs off all memories of Billy Elliott as he plays the vengeful and quite violent Edgar. It’s just a shame though that some of the stereotypical characters that seep into this film late hold back the acting performances of some of the actors including Ed Harris.

Despite its poor showing at the box office Snowpiercer needs to be credited as one of the better sci-fi films of this year. While the weaker ending does drag it down a little the rest of the film does enough to show that this film is destined to become one of those cult classics that film geeks are constantly telling their friends they have to watch.

Stars(4)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating:  Snowpiercer (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Snowpiercer′: For our full Snowpiercer review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89.

Trailer:

Hercules

We have just received the brand new living poster for Hercules starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. In cinemas July 24, 2014!

Synopsis:             Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne.  A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.  Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in Director Brett Ratner’s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages.

Cast:                      Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann. Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews

 

You can view the Hercules living poster below:

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)

Doctor Who

On November 23rd 2013, the world’s longest running sci-fi series celebrates 50 years with an explosive anniversary episode. Shot in 3D, “The Day of the Doctor” stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper with John Hurt. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

Fans will be able to don their 3D glasses and take their enjoyment into another dimension as Doctor Who celebrates 50 years with special 3D screenings of “The Day of the Doctor” at 100 cinemas across Australia from 24 November.

Classic Cinemas Elsternwick welcome special guest, original costume designer of the Cybermen, Alexandra Tynan, to introduce the 11am screening on 24 November.

Alexandra Tynan is a costume designer who worked on the BBC’s Doctor Who series with William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton. Tynan is best known as the costume designer of the original Cybermen in Hartnell’s final story, “The Tenth Planet”. Tynan also worked on Patrick Troughton’s first story “The Power of the Daleks”.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW at all participating cinemas showing the “The Day of the Doctor” 3D Anniversary episode. Find cinemas at http://www.doctorwho.tv/watch-the-day-of-the-doctor/

Buy tickets at the box office and online for the event screening of “The Day of the Doctor” 3D Anniversary episode with special guest introduction by Alexandra Tynan at Classic Cinemas Elsternwick: www.classiccinemas.com.au and 03 9524 7900

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th Anniversary Special: in 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

The screening of “The Day of the Doctor” includes the episode plus specially shot introductions for cinema audiences all around the world.

Participating cinemas include:

VIC: Cinema Nova, Sun Theatre Yarraville, Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton, Rosebud Cinemas, Sorrento Athenaeum, Cameo Cinemas Belgrave, Warragul Cinemas, Paramount Cinema Echuca, Deakin Cinema Mildura, Wangaratta Cinema Centre, Sun Theatre Bairnsdale

NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Palace Cinemas Byron Bay, Belgrave Cinemas Armidale, Majestic Cinemas Port Macquarie, Forum Cinemas Tamworth, Forum Cinemas Wagga, Odeon Cinemas Orange, Griffith City Cinema, Arcadia Twin Ulladulla, Fays Twin Cinema Taree, Narooma Cinema

QLD: Palace Barracks

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Mitcham Wallis Cinemas, Mt Baker Wallis Cinemas, Noarlunga Wallis Cinemas, Piccadilly Wallis Cinemas

WA: Luna Cinemas Leederville, Luna on SX Fremantle

TAS: State Cinema Hobart, CMAX Devonport

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