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Summary: From their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan, four Ninjitsu-trained turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello and their sensei, Master Splinter, battle evil.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th September, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jonathan Liebsman

Screenwriter: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Evan Daughtry, Peter Laird (characters), Kevin Eastman (characters)

Cast: Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), Alison Fernandez (Rosa Mendez), Abby Elliott (Taylor), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Paul Fitzgerald (Dr. O’Neil), Megan Fox (April O’Neil), K. Todd Freeman (Dr. Baxter Stockman), Whoopi Goldberg (Bernadette Thompson), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Chance Kelly (Mr. Rivetti), Taram Killam (McNaughton), Johnny Knoxville (Leonardo (voice)), Tohoru Masamune (Shredder), Minae Noji (Karai), Harley Pasternak (himself), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Tony Shalhoub (Splinter (voice)), Malina Weissman (Young April O’Neil), Danny Woodburn (Splinter)

Runtime: 101 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review on www.filmreviews.com.au

Stars(2.5)

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96

Stars(2.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Turtles fans beware Michael Bay is seeking to destroy your childhood the way he did for fans of the Transformers. That seemed to be the warning going around when it was first heard that Bay was set to be the producer of the re-boot of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. But perhaps the warning went out a little bit early because there is more than enough to like about this latest superhero film.

Maybe to appease the true Turtles fans but the plot here not only calls upon the stories of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series but also the popular comic book series. The film beings with New York City coming under attack by the evil Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) and his Foot Clan Soldiers. Now while most journalists are dismissing the so called Foot Clan the determined April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is doing all she can to prove their existence so she can finally become what she has always dreamed of… a crime reporter.

Her bid to find the truth though soon uncovers something else that New Yorkers should probably know about. The existence of some heroes, namely some teenage mutant ninja turtles known as Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonardo (Pete Ploszek/Johnny Knoxville) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard). These hard-shelled heroes are breaking all the rules set by their master, a mutated rat named Splinter (Danny Woodburn) and are doing all they can to help protect the city.

Now the first thing you will notice about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it is nowhere near as good as the recent Dark Knight trilogy or even most of the Marvel films, but the film still has its credits. Despite fears to the contrary the screenplay does allow for some characterization of each of the turtles (something that wasn’t the case for the robots in Transformers) while director Jonathan Liebsman does deliver some pretty intense action sequences, although that is only to be expected seeing he was the man at the helm of Wrath Of The Titans and Battle Los Angeles. The scene of the turtles, April and Vernon (Will Arnett) crashing down the side of a mountain in a truck while battling Foot Soldiers is a pretty decent scene, while Liebsman’s direction is aided by some pretty nifty special effects that bring the turtles to life.

As would be expected though the hand of Michael Bay is firmly over this film. There are a lot of loud noises and close ups of Megan Fox’s assets just as Mr. Bay likes it and while you can easily defend the much maligned storyline of April once being the owners of the turtles and Splinter by highlighting that happened in the comic book series it is harder to defend the ending of this film. Like it or not but Splinter’s grand plan at the finale of this film is way too close to what we have already seen in The Amazing Spider-Man as Dr. Curt Connors (aka The Lizard) tries to bring about his Armageddon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also seems to be damaged by some of the re-writes that the film went through. From the background ‘trained in Asia’ story set-up of Eric Sacks through to the fact that he is never seen in a scene alongside Shredder in full uniform it is obvious that at some point in this film’s production Sacks was supposed to be Shredder, which actually would have worked very well. The most obvious reason for changing that is it may have been too obvious, but hey when you have William Fichtner turn up in a film your audience is already going to be expecting for him to be playing a bad guy anyway.

As far as the acting goes no-one is in any danger of being a threat on Oscar night. William Fichtner and Will Arnett both breeze through their clichéd performances while Whoopi Goldberg’s role is almost blink and you’ll miss it. Megan Fox does enough to silence her critics, she’s not as bad as everybody was expecting her to be, but again she hasn’t been given anything gritty to work with either.

If you’re prepared to walk into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and just expect a fun action film then you aren’t going to be disappointed. The film does its best to appease both fans of the comic book series and television show but the question must be asked which demographic is this film aimed at. The current series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seems to be aimed at younger kids but most of the humor and violence of this film would suggest that it has been aimed at an older audience. Still Turtles fans can breathe a mild sense of relief, at least it didn’t turn out to be as bad as some of the later Transformer films.

Stars(3)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles′: For our full Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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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Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa

Summary: 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th March, 2014

Country: USA

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Screenwriter: Fax Bahr (story), Spike Jonze (story), Johnny Knoxville, Adam Small (story), Jeff Tremaine

Cast: Georgina Cates (Kimmie), Greg Harris (Chuck), Spike Jonze (Gloria), Catherine Keener (Ellie), Johnny Knoxville (Irving Zisman), Jackson Nicoll (Billy)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Nick Gardner: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #58

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #58

David Griffiths: 

Okay, so not everybody over the years is going to have enjoyed what the Jackass guys have delivered to cinema screens. That’s okay, everybody has their own likes and dislikes. Still, when you are approaching a film to review it, you have to take into consideration whether the film does what it sets out to do. With that in mind, it does make reviewing a film such as “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” a little easier.

While this certainly isn’t a film for the faint-hearted it does see the crew behind Jackass try something a little different to what they have done before. This time they mix up their stunts/hijinx with a narrative. It’s flimsy, but basically the film tells the story of 85 year old pensioner Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville – “The Last Stand,” “Movie 43”), who has just heard the news that his wife Ellie (Catherine Keener – “Captain Phillips,” “Can A Song Save Your Life”) has passed away.

Rather than allow the news to upset Irving decides that with her out of the way he can now live his life, however that thought is quickly extinguished when he also learns that his daughter Kimmie (Georgina Cates – “The Upshot,” TV’s “The Closer”) is going to jail for drug offenses and that he is going to have his drive his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll – “Fun Size,” “The Stand Up”) across country to his deadbeat father, Chuck (Greg Harris – “Wrong,” TV’s “The Cynical Life Of Harper Hall”).

The story is not strong and the screenplay is not great, yet “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” does more than its fair share to entertain. The story does draw in the audience and you feel close to the characters, but of course this movie is all about the practical jokes and the humour and it is here that it delivers the pay load.

As you would have seen from previous Jackass films, Johnny Knoxville will do anything for a laugh, and nothing changes here. From placing his wedding tackle in a vending machine through to severely embarrassing himself in a strip-club, nothing is taboo. To Knoxville’s credit every prank featured in the film works and even the most hardened critic who may believe themselves above this kind of humor may find themselves crying with laughter in the cinema. Knoxville knows how to make an audience and isn’t that exactly what someone wants from a comedy film?

Of course though, Johnny Knoxville couldn’t just get through this film by getting hurt and putting himself in embarrassing situations. With a script in it he has to also find the ability to act. Luckily though that is something that Knoxville is more than capable of; people forget that over his career he has appeared in films such as “The Dukes Of Hazzard” and “The Ringer” and while he certainly hasn’t had the Academy wanting to give him an award, he has shown that he can be a pretty good comedic actor. Once again, Knoxville more than handles the acting that is required of him in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.” Along with a great latex job, Knoxville morphs into Irving eerily well and it’s easy to see how so many people where conned by him as he travelled across America.

Johnny Knoxville’s partner in crime this time around is young Jackson Nicoll who sadly had to endure working on “Fun Size” previously. He was one of the highlights in that film and here in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” he certainly shows himself to be a young comedic actor who may well have a good future ahead of him. Nicoll matches the skills of Knoxville in many scenes and when he is called upon to ad lib he also does sensationally well. He is one comedic actor who certainly needs to have an eye kept on him.

If you’re looking for high art then “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” certainly ain’t there, but if you want a film that will simply make you laugh, then you’d be an idiot to miss it.

Stars(3.5)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #58

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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)

Bad GrandpaParamount have just released the first image and trailer from ‘Bad Grandpa’ the new comedy from those wild and wacky guys behind the much loved ‘Jackass’. You can check out the image and trailer below.

Release date: November 14, 2013

Official synopsis: 86 year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”. This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicholl) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera.

Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term childrearing. The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens.

 Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy.

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The Last Stand

Summary: After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jee-woom Kim

Screenwriter: Andrew Knauer, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, George Nolfi

Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Sarah Torrance), Rio Alexander (Faceburn), John Patrick Amedori (Agent Mitchell), Chris Browning (Pony Tail), James Burnett (Poyo), Richard Dillard (Irv), Eddie J. Fernandez (Agent McKay), Tait Fletcher (Eagen), Zach Gilford (Jerry Bailey), Lois Geary (Mrs. Salazar), Matthew Greer (Sam), Luis Guzman (Mike Figuerola), Daniel Henney (Phil Hayes), Kent Kirkpatrick (Agent Korman), Johnny Knoxville (Lewis Dinkum), Sonny Landham (Henry), Christiana Leucas (Christie), David Midthunder (Cohan), Eduardo Noriega (Gabriel Cortez), Kristen Rakes (Agent Devers), Genesis Rodriguez (Agent Ellen Richards), Rodrigo Santoro (Frank Martinez), Arnold Schwarznegger (Ray Owens), Mark Sivertsen (Bucho), Harry Dean Stanton (Mr. Parsons), Peter Stormare (Burrell), Jermaine Washington (McCesson), Forest Whitaker (Agent John Bannister), Kevin Wiggins (Chief Elkins)

Runtime: 107 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Last Stand’ Review: 

Please check Dave Griffiths’s review of ‘The Last Stand’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Last Stand′: Check Episode #21 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Last Stand’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating:The Last Stand (2013) on IMDb

Movie 43

Summary: Movie 43 is the outrageous new comedy from the twisted mind of Peter Farrelly and starring some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Comprised of hilarious and offensive story lines and featuring tons of familiar faces we love, Movie 43 is the first of its kind, putting each actor in crazy and unique scenarios. This isn’t spam, it’s just celebrities gone wild… or perhaps it’s just plain wrong!

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, Germany

Director: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken

Screenwriter: Steve Baker, Will Carlough, Jacob Fleiser, Patrik Forsberg, Matt Portenoy, Greg Pitikin, Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko, Elizabeth Wight Shapiro

Cast: Maria Arce (Christine), Elizabeth Banks (Amy), Kristen Bell (Fake Supergirl), Jimmy Bennett (Nathan), Halle Berry (Emily), Leslie Bibb (Fake Wonder Woman), Kate Bosworth (Arlene), Corey Brewer (Wallace), Gerard Butler (Leprechaun 1&2), Adam Cagley (JJ), Bobby Cannavale (Fake Superman), Liz Carey (Sitara), Will Carlough (Fake Riddler), Julie Claire (Pamela), Common (Bob Mone), Alex Cranmer (Sean), Kieran Culkin (Neil), Jared Dudley (Moses), Josh Duhamel (Anson), Devin Eash (Baxter), Jay Ellis (Lucious), Julie Ann Emery (Clare), Anna Faris (Vanessa), Katie Finneran (Angie), Richard Gere (Boss), Benny Harris (Blanco The Bartender), Nate Hartley (Stevie Schrader), John Hodgman (Fake Penguin), Terrence Howard (Coach Jackson), Hugh Jackman (Davis), Roy Jenkins (Ray), Aaron Jennings (Anthony), Greg Kinnear (Griffen Schraeder), Martin Klebba (Killer Chaun), Johnny Knoxville (Pete), Ricki Noel Lander (Nurse Elizabeth), Kurt Leitner (Sespin Pratt), Beth Littleford (Mrs. Cutler), Justin Long (Fake Robin), Seth MacFarlane (himself), Annie Madigan (Anna), Aasif Mandvi (Robert), Jack McBrayer (Brian), Mike Meldman (himself), Stephen Merchant (Donald), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Mikey), Chloe Grace Moretz (Amanda), George Paez (Carlos the Waiter), Jarrod Paul (Bill), Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (herself), Chris Pratt (Jason), Dennis Quaid (Charlie Wessler), Odessa Rae (Danita), Rocky Russo (Waiter Jake), Larry Eugene Sanders II (Bishop), Will Sasso (Jerry), Charlie Saxton (Jay), Liev Schreiber (Robert), Seann William Scott (Brian), J.B Smoove (Larry), Emma Stone (Veronica), Jason Sudeikis (Fake Batman), Uma Thurman (Fake Lois Lane), Matt Walsh (Amanda’s Dad), Patrick Warburton (Dad), Naomi Watts (Samantha), Jeremy Allen White (Kevin), Kate Winslet (Beth), Mark L. Young (Calvin)

Runtime: 94 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Movie 43’ Review: 

To read Dave’s review of ‘Movie 43’ review please check the Helium Entertainment Channel

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Movie 43′: Check Episode #19 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Movie 43’.

Rating: 0.5/5

IMDB Rating: Movie 43 (2013) on IMDb

Fun Size

Summary: Wren (Victoria Justice) is on the verge of moving into the high school popularity stratosphere when she is asked to go to a Halloween party with the coolest guy in school. The only thing standing in her way is her style-cramping 8 year old brother who may just turn out to be even cooler than her date.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th November, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Josh Schwartz

Screenwriter: Max Werner

Cast: Osric Chau (Peng), Patrick de Ledebur (Mike Puglio), Jeremy Isaiah Earl (Officer Savage), Abby Elliott (Lara), Annie Fitzpatrick (Mrs. Brueder), Ana Gasteyer (Jackie), Stefan Gatt (Hulk), Chelsea Handler (Joy), Victoria Justice (Wren), Kerri Kenney (Barb), Johnny Knoxville (Jorgen), Brandon Landers (Buddy D), Mariana Lessa (Lica), Jane Levy (April), Thomas Mann (Roosevelt), Thomas McDonell (Aaron Riley), Thomas Middleditch (Fuzzy), Jackson Nicoll (Albert), Holmes Osbourne (Mr. Brueder), Josh Pence (Keevin), Maria Perossa (Hailey), James Pumphrey (Brueder), Erin Scerbak (Andrea), Morgane Slemp (Melinda), Rachel Sterling (Kassi), Peter Navy Tuiasosopo (Mr. Mahani), Lori Pelenise Tuisano (Mrs. Mahani), Nicholas Varricchio (Jonathan), Allison Weissman (Mackenzie), Krista Marie Yu (Jordan)

Runtime: 86 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Fun Size’ Review: 

For Dave’s review please check http://www.helium.com/items/2396537-fun-size-review.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Fun Size′: Check Episode #10 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Fun Size’

Rating: 1/5

IMDB Rating: Fun Size (2012) on IMDb