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Scream Queens

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  2. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  3. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  5. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenze Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  6. Blindspot (2015) – Kelly P. Williams, Sullivan Stapleton, Jamie Alexander, Rob Brown
  7. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  8. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  9. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  10. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  11. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  12. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  13. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Gatlin Green, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay
  14. Limitless (2015) – Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  15. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  16. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  17. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  18. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  21. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  22. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  23. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, Alfred Eroch, Jack Flahee
  24. Empire (2015) – Terrence Howard, Taraj P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray
  25. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare

Black Mass

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  2. The Visit (2015) – Olivia Delonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  3. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio
  5. The Jungle Book (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  8. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  9. Krampus (2015) – Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony
  10. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinkalge, Kit Harington, Lean Headey
  11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  12. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  14. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  15. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  16. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  17. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  18. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  19. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson
  20. The Perfect Guy (2015) – Sanaa lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell
  21. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  22. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Marrilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

The Martian

Ridley Scott fans it is time to get very, very excited because The Martian trailer has been released.

The Martian is directed by the legendary Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan and Michael Peña. The Martian is set for release on November 25 (United States), November 27 (United Kingdom) and is currently awaiting a release date in Australia.

You can view The Martian trailer below.

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins trailer has just been released by Sony Pictures. The film which is directed by Craig Johnson and stars Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson will hit cinemas on the 12th September, 2014 in the U.S.

You can view the Skeleton Twins trailer below

Her

Summary: Set in a stylish Los Angeles of the slight future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a complex, soulful man left heartbroken after the end of a long relationship. Downloading a new, advanced computer operating system which is individual to each user, he is delighted to meet “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), a voice who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her interests and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens in unexpected ways.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th January, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Spike Jonze

Screenwriter: Spike Jonze

Cast: Amy Adams (Amy), Robert Benard (Michael Wadsworth), Laura Kai Chen (Tatiana), Brian Cox (Alan Watts (voice)), Bill Hader (Chat Room Friend #2), Sam Jaeger (Dr. Johnson), Scarlett Johansson (Samantha (voice)), Luka Jones (Lewman), Spike Jonze (Alien Child (voice)), Jen Kuhn (Kathy C.), Patrick Lander (Alan Watts), Matt Letscher (Charles), Rooney Mara (Catherine), Carol McFadden (Matilda), Rachel Ann Mullins (Giselle), Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore Twombly), Chris Pratt (Paul), Gracie Prewitt (Jocelyn), Soko (Isabella (voice)), Kristen Wiig (Sexy Kitten (voice)), Olivia Wilde (Blind Date)

Runtime: 126 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR HER REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(4)

Please check Adam’s Her review that is available on The Crat

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s Her review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

You really do have to wonder just how damaged Michelle Williams and Sofia Coppola have left director (and sometimes actor) Spike Jonze after their relationships with him. Jonze doesn’t put pen to paper very often, but he has with Her, a film that is in one way one of the most romantic love stories you are ever likely to witness, but on the other hand is also one of the most cynical films about love you are ever likely to see. The plus side is that Her is also one of the most beautiful films that you will see this year.

Set in the future Her follows Theodore Twombly, a man who has been severly damaged by his divorce with his ex-wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara) and now simply seems to exist to do his daily job of writing personal letters for other people. Outside of that he seems to only want to indulge in the various technologies located around his home. Even talking with his best friend Amy (Amy Adams) seems to be a chore that is too painful to bear.

Things however change for Theodore when he is offered a new computer program that will make his life a lot easier, what he doesn’t count on though is falling in love with the system’s operator, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), although this soon becomes reality for him.

Spike Jonze really does take his audience on a journey with Her. Strange when you consider the film really only centres around Theodore, Joaquin Phoenix is in every scene, and he rarely ever leaves the one city. The fact is though Her takes its audience on an emotional journey. It’s impossible not to like Theodore, the fact that we have all been heartbroken at sometime draws us to him and you want him to succeed. On top of that Jonze has made him an incredibly nice and down-to-earth guy.

And that is how Jonze takes you (the audience) on the journey. As Theodore falls in love with Samantha you can literally feel the same emotions in your heart. Jonze’s script tugs at the heartstrings and you don’t even realise until later on that Theodore has really fallen in love with his computer. The brilliance of the script and the beautiful voice acting of Scarlett Johansson really make the character of Samantha feel very real indeed.

Her also really announces that Spike Jonze deserves to be part of that higher echelon of modern day directors. He’s done some interesting films in the past, but even films like Where The Wild Things Are have shown that Jonze is an exceptionally visual director. Once again here with Her he captures that and at times make the film look like an artist’s canvas.

Also making Her such a fine film are the acting performances of its leads. Amy Adams has been de-beautified for this film and puts in a naturalistic performance while Scarlett Johansson seems to steal the show although she is only a voice actor. Playing Samantha says the gifted actress put in one of the finest voice acting performances of all time as she brings real emotion to every line she says. Then of course there is Joaquin Phoenix who carries this film just like Sam Rockwell in Moon. Just like his director does with this film Phoenix once again reminds audiences why he is one of the most gifted people going around in Hollywood at the moment.

Her is the kind of film that can make anybody cry. Jonze captures the highs and lows of relationships remarkably well in a film that deserves to be listed as a classic.

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

IMDB Rating:  Her (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Her′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65 for our full Her review.

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Summary: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ben Stiller

Screenwriter: Steve Conrad, James Thurber (short story)

Cast: Marcus Antturi (Rich Melhoff), Jon Daly (Tim Naughton), Craig Dourmashkin (Curtis), Paul Fitzgerald (Don Proctor), Kathryn Hahn (Odessa Mitty), Terrence Bernie Hines (Gary Mannheim), Kai Lennox (Phil Melhoff), Shirley MacLaine (Edna Mitty), Adrian Martinez (Hernando), Nicole Neuman (Rachel), Conan O’Brien (himself), Patton Oswalt (Todd Maher), Sean Penn (Sean O’Connell), Andy Richter (himself), Adam Scott (Ted Hendricks), Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty), Kristen Wiig (Cheryl Melhoff)

Runtime: 114 mins

Classification:PG

OUR THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

Everybody knows Ben Stiller has one of modern days’ top comedic actors. What many don’t realise though is that whenever Stiller had decided to pull on the director’s cap that success has always followed. His debut directional effort ‘Reality Bites’ drew plenty of applause, while his follow ups ‘The Cable Guy,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Tropic Thunder’ were all massive commercial successes.

Now Stiller directrs and stars in the new screen adaption of James Thurber’s classic story ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.’ Now if you judged this film by its trailer you could see that this is a film that could go either way. It could fall in a heap and be a bore just like too many of Stiller’s recent films or it could be abstract and different enough to be interesting.

Stiller stars the downtrodden, lonely loser in life Walter Mitty. A man who has no personal life but lives for his job – a job that sees him looking after photographer’s negatives at ‘Life’ magazine. He also tends to ‘zone out’ from time to time and take himself on magical journeys that only occur inside his head. However, his life is turned upside down when he soon realises that job may be taken away from him when the ambitious and plain rude Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott) arrives on the scene boasting that ‘Life’ is about to go online and heads will roll. The way he bullies Walter also shows him that his will be one of those rolling heads.

Poor Walter believes his biggest problem is finding a way to impress his work colleague and love interest Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) but soon finds himself under even more pressure when he realises that the negative that is needed for the front page of the last edition of ‘Life’ has gone missing. This spurs Walter into action and soon he finds himself on a trip around the world trying to find the photographer, Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn).

Like ‘Reality Bites’ did early on his career ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ reveals Stiller as a talented director. His directional style takes this film in many different directions, from heartfelt conversations through to an action sequence (thanks to one of Walter’s zone-outs). But Stiller’s directional style really comes to the fore though when he captures some of the stunning environments that Walter visits amazingly well, and the same time lifts this above its closest rival ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’

As a film ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ really draws you in. You find yourself drawn to Walter as a character and you feel sorry for him. But as a film it goes deeper than that, the screenplay has created some interesting sub-characters including the hateable Hendricks and also eHarmony phone worker, Todd Maher (Patton Oswalt).

We all know somebody like Walter and that connection takes this film to a different level, however no matter how much human emotion is invested into the film there are times the film’s script lets it down. There are about fifteen to twenty minutes of this film that doesn’t need to be there, and it’s a shame that script editor hadn’t done a little bit of pruning.

Still that can be largely forgotten due to the fact that Stiller and his cinematographer create some amazing visuals throughout this film. They capture whatever environment they are in amazingly well, especially the barren volcanic wastelands that Stiller ends up skateboarding down. While the story does have its odd low point it clearly outguns the film most similar to it – “Eat Pray Love.”

The smooth screenplay does also allow Stiller to produce a mixture of comedy and drama and as we have learned from some of his previous roles Stiller thrives on getting to play emotionally damaged characters, and once again here he comes to the fore.

Kristen Wiig and Shirley Maclaine almost seem wasted in their roles however Patton Oswalt makes a surprising cameo that is a joy to watch but the actor who steals the show here is Adam Scott. Scott puts in one of the best performances of the year as the villainous Hendricks and while he is a source of comedic relief he also brings a sense of evil to the film.

“The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” may dip at one point but for the most part this is a good film that once again reminds cinema lovers that Ben Stiller is more than capable when he pulls on the director’s hat. As far as feel good movies go this one is a winner.

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘American Hustle′: Please check our American Hustle review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 62.

Trailer:

Anchorman 2

Summary: With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Adam McKay

Screenwriter: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Cast: Christina Applegate (Veronica Corningstone), Dylan Baker (Freddie Shapp), Steve Carell (Brick Tamland), Jim Carrey (CBC News Anchor), Tom Clark (Curtis Knightfish), Sacha Baron Cohen (cameo), Marion Cotillard (CBS News Anchor), Kirsten Dunst (Alterius: Maiden Of The Clouds), Lori Beth Edgeman (Tina), Will Ferrell (Ron Burgundy), Tina Fey (Entertainment Tonight Reporter), Wilbur Fitzgerald (Dr. Brangley), Harrison Ford (Mack Tannen), Meagan Good (Linda Jackson), Jennifer Gullick (Diane Yahwea), Greg Kinnear (Gary), David Koechner (Champ Kind), Josh Lawson (Kench Allenby), James Marsden (Jack Lime), Zoe Myers (Sam), Liam Neeson (History Channel Host), Judah Nelson (Walter Burgundy), Dave Pileggi (Donna), Amy Poehler (cameo), John C. Reilly (The Ghost Of Stonewall Jackson), Paul Rudd (Brian Fantana), Clark Sarullo (Jessica), Will Smith (Sports Broadcaster), Vince Vaughn (Wes Mantooth), Kanye West (cameo), Kristen Wiig (Chani), Fred Willard (Ed Harken)

Runtime: 119 mins

Classification:M

OUR ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63

 

Greg King: Stars(4)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Philomena’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardner: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ that is available on Southern FM

 

David Griffiths:

It was the sequel we were threatened with (er… I mean promised) for years, the sequel to “Anchorman” that would see the legendary Ron Burgundy (arguably Will Ferrell’s most famous character) return to the big screen. Now it’s happened and sadly you get the feeling that true fans of the franchise may be a little disappointed with “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

The film begins with Ron working in New York alongside his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Appelgate). In Ron’s mind everything is going well, he’s flying with his news reading and the homefront is happy as he and Veronica look after their son, Walter (Judah Nelson). But then comes the crash when veteran newsreader Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) announces his retirement. Ron and Veronica are sure they have the job but then Mack surprises everybody and hires Veronica and fires Ron. Suddenly things are no longer pretty, not on the work front or the home front.

Then comes a life-line for Ron. The chance to headline a news team at a newly founded 24 hour news station created by Australian media magnate Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson). For that to happen though Ron first of all has to put together his old team. He soon finds that Champ Kind (David Koechner) is running a fast food restaurant with a difference, that Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) is the world’s leading cat photographer and that Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) is farewelling himself at his own funeral.

But that is only the start of the hijinx as the boys soon find out they have a new enemy in the form of the smooth Jack Lime (James Marsden), that their new boss, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) is.. well… black and that they are hosting the graveyard shift.

Now I’m sure in the back of director and co-screenwriter Adam McKay’s mind “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is a well thought out satire of the news industry. But it’s not, actually it falls well short if you think back to the comedy gold that was “Frontline”, a television show that was like an early version of “The Office” set amongst a news team.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” cruises for the first half. The film provides the odd laugh here and there but never really reaches the heights it should with such a formidable comedic acting line-up, then comes the difficult second half. Here the film flounders as much as the shark that Ron tries to nurse back to the health. Excuse the pun but the film well and truly jumps the shark (and this time just like “Happy Days” a real shark is involved) with stupid and unnecessary storylines such as Ron’s blindness, shark nursing and a finale that seems to rip off events of the first film and just become a vessel to introduce a few cameos. Credit where credit is due though the cameos are pretty impressive.

One of the big let downs of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is the acting. With the likes of Ferrell, Carell and Rudd it’s like the filmmakers have got together some comedy dream team but sadly the script lets them down. They only get to deliver a couple of real laughs each and the second half really becomes the Will Ferrell Show with the others pushed firmly into the background. Even the likes of some heavyweights like Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson being around doesn’t life the film because they are hugely under used.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is a real let down that deserves to be mentioned alongside some of the ordinary stuff that Adam Sandler has released over the last few years.

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

IMDB Rating:  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues′: Please check our Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63.

Trailer:

Despicable Me 2

Summary: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Screenwriter: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

Cast: Moises Arias (Antonio (voice)), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario (voice)), Benjamin Bratt (Eduardo/El Macho (voice)), Steve Carell (Gru (voice)), Pierre Coffin (Kevin The Minion/Bob The Minion/Stuart The Minion (voice)), Steve Coogan (Silas (voice)), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo (voice)), Elsie Kate Fisher (Agnes (voice)), Dana Gaier (Edith (voice)), Ken Jeong (Floyd (voice)), Nasim Pedrad (Jillian (voice)), Kristen Schaal (Shannon (voice)), Kristen Wiig (Lucy (voice)),

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:PG

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘DESPICABLE ME 2’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Despicable Me 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Despicable Me 2’ that is available on the Built For Speed website

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  Despicable Me 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Despicable Me 2′: Please check episode #37 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘Despicable Me 2’.

Trailer:

Paul

Summary: Nick Frost and Simon Pegg star as two science-fiction freaks who, while on a quest to discover what lies at the heart of Nevada’s infamous Area 51, cross paths with an alien (voice of Seth Rogen) on the run from earthly authorities.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th April, 2011

Australian DVD Release Date: 17th August, 2011

Country: USA/UK

Director: Greg Mottola

Screenwriter: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg

Cast: Nelson Ascencio (Jorge), Jason Bateman (Agent Zoil), Blythe Danner (Tara Walton), Nick Frost (Clive Gollings), Bill Hader (Haggard), Brett Michael Jones (Keith Nash), David Koecher (Gus), Paula LaBaredas (Princess Leia), Jane Lynch (Pat Stevens), John Carroll Lynch (Moses Buggs), Simon Pegg (Graeme Willy), Jesse Plemons (Jake), Phoebe Price (Princess Lea), Seth Rogen (Paul (voice)), Steven Spielberg (himself (voice)), Mia Stalland (Young Tara), Jeffrey Tambor (Adam Shadowchild), Joe Lo Truglio (O’Reilly), Sigourney Weaver (The Big Guy), Kristen Wiig (Ruth Buggs)

Runtime: 104 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PAUL’:

David Griffiths:Stars(3)

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Paul’ Review: Move over Ricky Gervais, the true Kings of Comedy want their throne back. While Paul isn’t as good as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it once again shows that when it comes to comedy nobody really knows the game like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. While it isn’t as good as their previous efforts, it is still a million times better than a lot of the films served up in cinemas these days.

Paul tells the story of English comic book nerds Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) as they arrive in the U.S. to attend Comic Con and to also take a journey through the Extraterrestrial Heartland of America. However, their journey doesn’t go as planned when they run into Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), an alien who is desperately trying to get back to his home planet. Just to add to their concerns, they soon find themselves being chased by the authorities, led on the ground by Agent Zoil (Jason Bateman) and then running into religious nut, Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig).

Greg Mottola really does earn his keep as director of Paul. While many may say that the director, who has brought movies such as Superbad and Adventureland to the world, is in his element directing a comedy, you really do need to sit back and take a look at what Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s script called for him to do.

It called him to direct a comedy with some science fiction and action sequences thrown in for good measure that also has a dramatic storyline at the centre. That and he has to direct Paul, a CGI character that for obvious reasons was never on set to take his place in scenes. Luckily Mottola was up to the task, and what you are left with is a film that seamlessly welds nearly all of the film genres together. Frost and Pegg also need to be congratulated for the fact that they remembered that even though they were writing a comedy, the audience does in fact enjoy having some character development.

Aside from their script, Frost and Pegg also put in relatively good performances in the lead roles. As usual they are certainly on top of the comedic scenes, and to their credit, they also pull off the dramatic scenes surprisingly well. Gone are the days when a comedy actor can just rely on being funny to be great in a role.

Honorable mention must also be made of Kristen Wiig who steals many a scene with an amazingly hilarious portrayal of Ruth, while Jason Bateman also does a fine effort playing Agent Zoil. It really is a pity we don’t get to see him in more films.

If you loved Fanboys, you’ll love Paul. It is a terrific comedy that is a must see for all of the fanboys out there!

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

IMDB Rating: Paul (2011) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Paul′: This review was first published in Buzz Magazine.

Sometimes when you are successful you unintentionally set yourself up for a fall. That is certainly the case for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, when you are the creative minds behind brilliant films like Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz people expect something amazing every time you put pen to paper. Paul is nowhere near as good as the previously mentioned films, but having said that it is still ten times better than most of the films around today.

Paul tells the story of English comic book nerds, Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg – The Chronicle Of Narnia – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, Burke And Hare) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost – TV’S Money, The Boat That Rocked) as they arrive in the U.S. to attend Comic Con and to also take a journey through the ‘Extraterrestrial Heartland Of America’. However their journey doesn’t go as planned when they run into Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen – Fight For Your Right Revisited, The Green Hornet), an alien who is desperately trying to get back to his home planet. Just to add to their concerns they soon find themselves being chased by the authorities, led on the ground by Agent Zoil (Jason Bateman – The Switch, TV’S Sit Down Shut Up) and then running into religious nut, Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig – TV’S Saturday Night Live, Funny Or Die Presents…).

Greg Mottola (Adventureland, Superbad) was the right choose as a director for Paul. Using Frost and Pegg’s script as a guidance he does a wonderful job mixing outrageous comedy while not forgetting that there is also a dramatic storyline also going on. Poor Mottola certainly gets his directional skills tested as he practically has to weld all genres together (apart from drama and comedy there is also sci-fi and action to throw into the mix) seamlessly, as well as direct, Paul… a character that is never present on the set. Luckily, he is up to the task and what you are left with is a film that a pure joy to watch.

Once again Nick Frost and Simon Pegg show why they are the two best comedic actors going around at the moment. Their comedy scenes are impeccable while much to their credit they can also pull-off dramatic scenes with ease. Credit must also be paid to Jason Bateman who is excellent as the deliberately rubbery Agent Zoil and Kristen Wiig who steals the show on a number of occasions with her over-the-top portrayal of Ruth.

Paul is a terrific comedy that is a must see for comic book fans out there. It is the best fanboy comedy since… well Fanboys.

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