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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.

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Madagascar 3

Summary: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 9th January, 2013

Country: USA

Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach, Eric Darnell

Cast: Cedric The Entertainer (Maurice (voice)), Jessica Chastain (Gia (voice)), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien (voice)), Bryan Cranston (Vitaly (voice)), Nick Fletcher (Frankie The Dog (voice)), Steve Jones (Jonesy The Dog (voice)), Vinnie Jones (Freddie The Dog (voice)), Frances McDormand (Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)), Tom McGrath (Skipper/First Policeman (voice)), Chris Miller (Kowalski (voice)), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Gloria (voice)), Andy Richter (Mort (voice)), Chris Rock (Marty (voice)), David Schwimmer (Melman (voice)), Martin Short (Stefano (voice)), Ben Stiller (Alex (voice)), Conrad Vernon (Mason/Second Policeman (voice)), Frank Welker (Sonya (voice))

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ Review: 

It’s not often that three films into a franchise that the series seems to be getting stronger, but that is certainly the case with Madagascar because Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted could well be the strongest film in the series… sadly it also seems like it will be the last.

This time around begins with Alex (Ben Stiller – The Watch, Towerheist), Marty (Chris Rock – What To Expect When You’re Expecting, 2 Days In New York), Melman (David Schwimmer – The Iceman, John Carter) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith – Madagascar 2, TV’S Hawthorne) still trapped in Africa and beginning to believe that they will be stuck there forever as it is clear that the Penguins really aren’t returning for them.

Still believing there is a way back to New York they head to Europe to find the Penguins but in doing so cause a disturbance that leaves the evil Captain Chantal DuBois (Frances McDormand – Moonrise Kingdom, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon) chasing after them, eager to add a lion’s head to her trophy wall. In a bid to escape Chantal and her mad cronies the New York refugees join a circus with the likes of Gia (Jessica Chastain – Lawless, The Dark Fields), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston – Total Recall, Rock Of Ages) and Stefano (Martin Short – Frankenweenie, TV’S The Cat In The Hat Knows A lot About That), but when they lie about their circus experience they are left have to proving themselves.

There is absolutely no weakness with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at all. The screenplay works well and captivates the audience from start to finish. Even more importantly the film appeals to both adults and children alike, and despite the fact that there are jokes that are aimed for adults they certainly aren’t anything that is damaging to children.

Credit must also be given to the three directors involved – Eric Darnell (Madagascar 2, Madagascar), Tom McGrath (Megamind) and Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs Alens, Shrek 2) – who for once used the 3D technology to enhance the film and not just as a gimmick. Together these filmmakers go back and visit the original fun that 3D can create, things appearing to be flying at the audience etc while the psychedelic 3D circus that they create is some of the best 3D animation that you are ever likely to see.

The voice cast certainly come to the party as well, the usual cast are fine as always while it seems Frances McDormand really enjoyed the task of playing the ‘baddie’. The clear standouts however were Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Hugo) who seems to capture ‘fun’ in his voice like no other as well as Bryan Cranston and Martin Short who seem to enjoy playing around with some thick accents.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a sensational animation that needs to be seen on the big screen and in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted′: Dave’s other review of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) on IMDb

Les Miserables

Summary:Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cossette, their lives change forever.

LES MISÉRABLES is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in The King’s Speech’s Academy Award-Winning director, Tom Hooper’s, sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production with international superstars and beloved songs – including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own” – LES MISÉRABLES, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United Kingdom

Director: Tom Hooper

Screenwriter: Alain Boublil (book), James Fenton, Victor Hugo (novel), Herbert Kretzmer (lyrics), Jean-Marc Natel, William Nicholson, Claude-Michel Schonberg (book)

Cast: Isabelle Allen (Young Cosette), Samantha Barks (Eponine), George Blagden (Grantaire), Julian Bleach (Clacquesous), Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier), Alastair Brammer (Prouvaire), Bertie Carvel (Bamatabois), Heather Chasen (Madame Magloire), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thenardier), Richard Cordery (Duc De Raguse), Russell Crowe (Javert), Killian Donnelly (Combeferre), Tim Downie (Brevet), Fra Fee (Courfeyrac), Georgie Glen (Madame Baptistine), Patrick Godfrey (Gillenormand), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Andrew Havill (Cochepaille), Daniel Huttlestone (Gavroche), Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Stuart Neal (Lesgles), Adam Pearce (Brujon), Mark Pickering (Montparnasse), Ian Pirie (Babet), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Michael Sarne (Father Mabeuf), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), James Simmons (Champmathieu), Hugh Skinner (Joly), Stephen Tate (Fauchelevent), Aaron Tveit (Enjolras), Gabriel Vick (Feulilly), Natalya Angel Wallace (Young Eponine), John Warnaby (Majordomo), Colm Wilkinson (Bishop)

Runtime: 158 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Les Miserables’ Review: 

Like so many directors before him Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, The Damned United) finds himself at that point in his career when he has to find a project that will match the brilliance that he obtained with his previous project, in Hooper’s case the Oscar winning ‘The King’s Speech’.

Hooper surprised everybody by taking on the massive task of trying to pull off an all-singing (and I mean all-singing there is no single line of dialogue in this film) version of the much loved theatre show ‘Les Miserables’. Pull it off and Hooper would be considered one of the great filmmakers of this generation, fail and he’s at risk of becoming just another one-hit wonder director.

Luckily for Hooper ‘Les Miserables’ does enough to show that Hooper is a fine filmmaker. It has its faults but does okay them with ease.

For those that have never seen the stage show ‘Les Miserables’ is set in 19th-century France and sees a prisoner by the name of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman – Movie 43, Rise Of The Guardians) break parole and then re-emerge years later as a Mayor who cares about the people of his town. His caring nature is shown even more so when he promises a dying mother named Fantine (Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises, One Day) that he will look after her daughter, Cosette (Isabelle Allen – newcomer).

Valjean rescues Cosette from the devious Thenardier (Sacha Baron Cohen – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, The Dictator) and Madame Thenardier (Helena Bonham Carter – Great Expectations, Dark Shadows) and then once disappears as a bid to escape the clutches of determined Police Officer Javert (Russell Crowe – Broken City, The Man With The Iron Fists).

Years later the pair surface again when Cosette (now played by Amanda Seyfried – Gone, The End Is Love) spots Marius Pontmercy (Eddie Redmayne – My Week with Marilyn, TV’S Birdsong) a young revolutionary that is determined to bring down the monarchy and is unaware of the fact that he is breaking the heart of his close friend, Eponine (Samantha Barks – TV’S Groove High). Marius and Cosette fall instantly in love and soon Valjean finds himself fighting alongside Marius and once again trying to avoid capture.

Early on it does seem like Hooper has failed to make ‘Les Miserables’ a great film. The film seems to chop and change between time periods with just a brief ‘eight or nine years later’ appearing on the screen. The result is that you never really find yourself warming to or caring for Jean Valijean in the way you are supposed to, but cinema lovers will soon see that Hooper had another card up his sleeve.

The card is the fact that the second half of ‘Les Miserables’ is absolutely faultless and the scenes around the barricades are some of the finest pieces of cinema that you will see this year. Early on the fact the film has every line sung sometimes stood out but in the second half of the film the music comes to the fore and ‘Les Miserables’ deserves to be called one of the finest musicals ever made.

When it comes to the acting there are a few surprises. Hugh Jackman is okay and while some of Russell Crowe’s voice, it does match that of his character very well, and at times Crowe portrays Javert so well that you find yourself liking him more than you like Valijean. Both Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway’s roles in ‘Les Miserables’ are largely over-rated and they are both left far behind in the acting stakes by the relatively fresh Samantha Barks as well as Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter who steal every scene they are in.

If you are willing to endure a seriously lackluster first half then ‘Les Miserables’ will reward you with a second half that makes this one of the finest movies of 2012.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Les Miserables′: Check Episode #13 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Les Miserables’. You can also check out our other review on Helium

Rating: 4.5/5

IMDB Rating: Les Misérables (2012) on IMDb