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Walking With Dinosaurs

Children have been fascinated with dinosaurs for years and years. Watch as a school group gets taken into a museum and see how the children’s eyes light up as they see a skeleton of these giant monsters from a time long ago. Aside from the skeletons that are there to educate the children, there will also be dinosaur toys, because let’s face it, children and adults alike are totally fascinated by dinosaurs. It’s for that reason that Hollywood (and other film industries) have also seen the benefit it making dinosaur films over the years, so let’s take a look at which dinosaur movies your kids will really enjoy.

“Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs” (2009): The successful “Ice Age” series has had its fair share of prehistoric creatures over the journey. From the cute Woolly Mammoth Manny (voiced by Ray Ramano) to the nut obsessed Scrat (whatever creature he is supposed to be) the series have always had entertaining stories, with humor to boot, that also educate young viewers about the Prehistoric Age. Then came “Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs,” which was every young dino lovers dream as Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo) finds and decides to protect some dinosaur eggs, while their parents also came along for the ride. Yes, if your kids love dinosaurs “Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs” is certainly worth a look.

“Journey To The Center Of The Earth” (2008): Remakes often suck, but that wasn’t the case when they decided to redo Jules Verne’s famous novel for the big screen. While “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” looked good, this was more than a visual spectacular full of special effects; it was more than that as it also served up a valuable lesson about father and son bonding. As it happened, the bonding between son, Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), and father, Professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), happens when the pair suddenly find themselves on a journey to the center of the earth, a place where dinosaurs are still very much alive. If you ever find yourself at Movie World on the Gold Coast (Australia) and get a chance to see the film in their 4D cinema, then give it a shot watching it that way as well.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012): Okay, sequels often suck as well, but again that isn’t the case for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Brendan Fraser may not have been anywhere in sight but instead the filmmakers brought in Sean’s (Josh Hutcherson) step-father, Hank (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). The pair go to a mysterious island, with Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) in tow as they get stuck in another Jules Verne’s tale to find Alexander (Michael Caine) who believes all of Verne’s stories were true. Again, there were more dinosaurs (and giant lizards) along the way, meaning that once again dinosaur fans will again be very happy.

“Jurassic Park” (1993): Okay this is one that more for the older children, but nevertheless, “Jurassic Park” is the greatest dinosaur movie of all time – just remember that there are a couple of scares along the way. Based on a Michael Crichton novel, “Jurassic Park” is still very much the jewel in Steven Spielberg’s crown. Even years later, the T-Rex is still an impressive sight as it appears on the screen and chases Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and co across the island… then there are also those cheeky raptors. If you want to impress your children even more, you may even want to let them check out the 3D version of “Jurassic Park,” which will have everybody thinking that the T-Rex is jumping right off the screen.

“Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie” (2013): When directors Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale were given the task of bringing the famous BBC television series “Walking With Dinosaurs” to the big screen, there were a lot of people asking “how would that work?” The BBC series was certainly not a drama with a storyline, it was a documentary series that wowed people because of how it really made the dinosaurs come to life on the screen. The movie tells a story following Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), a young dinosaur who is an underdog, but faces the challenges of the prehistoric age alongside his brother Scowler (Skyler Stone) and friend Juniper (Tiya Sircar). “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie” both entertains and educates children (and adults) as it mixes the storyline with facts about the various species of dinosaurs with which Patchi came into contact. The fact that the film also contains a strong lesson about never giving up on your dreams is also a good learning curve as well.

If your child loves dinosaurs, then they certainly won’t be disappointed with any of the previously mentioned films. Just remember, a love of dinosaurs can always be a great tool to a child opening up their imagination.

Machete Kills

Summary: Recruited by the President of the United States, Machete is given a mission that would be impossible for any mortal man. He must take down an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he is hunted at every turn by an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd October, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th March, 2013

Country: Russia, USA

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Screenwriter: Kyle Ward, Robert Rodriguez (story), Marcel Rodriguez (story)

Cast: Jessica Alba (Sartana), Edgar Arreola (Esteban), Electra Avellan (Nurse Mona), Elise Avellan (Nurse Lisa), Antonio Banderas (La Camalean 4), Demian Bichir (Mendez), Billy Blair (Billy Blair), Pablo Bracho (Bartender Carlos), Jason Christopher (Lieutenant Brass), Samuel Davis (Clebourne), Pablo Esparza (Grasa), Heaven Elizabeth Fearn (Miss Amarillo), Mel Gibson (Voz), Walton Goggins (La Camalean 1), Cuba Gooding Jnr (La Camalean 2), Amber Heard (Miss San Antonio), David C. Heard (Doctor Villachez),  Sophia Hoang (Miss Houston), Vanessa Hudgens (Cereza), Lady Gaga (La Camalean), Elle LaMont (Dollface), Marci Madison (Nurse Fine), Elon Musk (himself), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Chepo), Alexa PenaVega (Killjoy), Eduardo Renteria (Doctor Goodbar), Emmy Robbin (Pris), Michelle Rodriguez (Luz), Felix Sabates (Doc Felix), Tom Savini (Osiris Amanapur), Charlie Sheen (Mr. President), Bobby Tamayo (Stuttering Tito), Danny Trejo (Machete), Sofia Vergara (Desdemona), Mark Zaror (Zaror)

Runtime: 107 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR MACHETE KILLS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It’s funny how some people expect that every single film they see be of a high artistic quality. Whatever happened to the notion of just watching a film for fun? Or simply watching a film just for its entertainment value? Take Machete Kills for example, it’s not exactly high art but it is the kind of film that is fun to watch and reminds you that there still are directors out there, in this case the great Robert Rodriguez, who are not afraid to simply make a film for entertainment value.

Machete Kills follows on from the events of 2010’s Machete and begins with the hardened hero Machete (Danny Trejo) facing his worst nightmare when he watches as his latest love-of-his-life, Sartana (Jessica Alba) is murdered during what they believe is a routine border raid.

In the wake of her death Machete is called upon by President Rathcock (Charlie Sheen) to hunt down a known criminal, Mendez (Demian Bichir), who has threatened the security of the U.S.A. with a bomb. The case soon steps up to a whole new level however when Machete learns that the orders given to him by the very sexy Miss San Antonio (Amber Heard) don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the a case that soon also involves the evil Voz (Mel Gibson). Then there are of course the ever-growing list of people who want Machete dead, which includes Desdemona (Sofia Vergara) and La Camaleon (Lady Gaga).

Machete Kills is not a film that should be written off too quickly. Even the most uneducated film fan must be able to see that with the Machete franchise Robert Rodriguez is trying to bring fun back into the cinema. This time around there isn’t even the hint of seriousness in the film. What with celebrity train-wreck Charlie Sheen playing the president and Sofia Vergara playing a character with a machine-gun Madonna-inspired bra the fact that this is supposed to be a fun film.

To Rodriguez’s credit though his mission to recapture the old B-Grade action film and bring in a little fun doesn’t seem to do anything to harm the suspense of the film. Machete is a likable character so it isn’t hard for the script to make the audience not want anything to happen to him. The fact that he loses Sartana early on the film seems to make him even more vulnerable.

As the film goes on it becomes obvious that Rodriguez is really trying to see just how far he can stretch the imagination of the audience, which will be important seeing it seems likely that Machete 3 will be set in space, although you can’t help but think under all the ludricious fight scenes and far-stretched scenarios is still a strong message about the way the world treats its refugees.

As was the case with the first Machete film Machete Kills works well because of it’s amazing cast. Once again Danny Trejo leads the way playing the tough Machete brilliantly well, while he is well supported by a plevvy of beauties including Amber Heard, Lady Gaga and Sofia Vergara all of which who seem to be having a ball in their roles.

By far though the two standouts amongst the cast of Machete Kills are Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson. Rightfully no director should touch these two, they should be considered box office poison. But here the two seem to relish their roles. Sheen seems to turn the clock back to Hot Shots with his smooth portrayal of a U.S. President while Mel Gibson seems to really enjoy becoming evil incarnate as he portrays an evil dictator.

If you’re looking for a fun action film that doesn’t demand too much of its audience than Machete Kills is a film that you must check out. Suspense and laughs go hand-in-hand with a film that will certainly guarantee that this franchise becomes a cult favourite in the years to come.

Stars(3)

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

IMDB Rating:  Machete Kills (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Machete Kills′: Please check Subculture Ep 001 for our full Machete Kills review.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

The boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best films performances when an actor has gone against type.

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Jim Carrey Eternal

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Now You See Me’
  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Nurse Betty’
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘Horrible Bosses
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘We’re The Millers
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained
  • Don Johnson – ‘Django Unchained
  • Vanessa Hudgens – ‘Spring Breakers’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Kisten Dunst – ‘Melancholia’
  • Cameron Diaz – ‘Being John Malkovich
  • John Wayne – ‘The Conqueror’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robert De Niro – ‘Meet The Parents’
  • Christopher Walken – ‘Hairspray’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Collateral’
  • James Stewart – ‘Vertigo’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Desperate Measures’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Vince Vaughn – ‘Domestic Disturbance’
  • Adam Sandler – ‘Punch Drunk Love’

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Tom Crusie Interview With

  • Ben Kingsley – ‘Sexy Beast’
  • Edward Norton – ‘American History X’
  • Jack Nicholson – ‘About Schmidt’
  • Sean Penn – ‘Milk’
  • Michael Douglas – ‘Behind The Candelabra’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Harrison Ford – ‘What Lies Beneath’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Interview With The Vampire’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • John Travolta – ‘Pulp Fiction’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘A Beautiful Mind’
  • Pierce Brosnan – ‘The Matador’
  • Halle Berry – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugh Grant – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Tom Hanks – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugo Weaving – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘To Die For’

GREG KING’S LIST

Henry Fonda

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Hard Rain
  • Vince Vaughm – ‘Psycho’
  • Gary Oldman – ‘Prick Up Your Ears’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Big Country’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Boys From Brazil’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Omen’
  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Ashton Kutcher – ‘Jobs’
  • David Koencher – ‘Cheap Thrills’
  • John Travolta – ‘The Punisher’
  • John Travolta – ‘Broken Arrow’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘The Paperboy’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘Stoker’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Batman’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘Double Indemnity’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘The Apartment’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Maniac’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Sin City’
  • Jack Palance – ‘City Slickers’
  • Michael Cera – ‘Youth In Revolt’
  • Brad Pitt – ‘Inglorious Basterds’
  • Ernest Borgnine – ‘Marty’
  • Albert Brooks – ‘Drive’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Killer Joe’

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained

  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Man On The Moon’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Bill Murray – ‘Get Low’
  • John Stamos – ‘Captive’
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained’
  • Ewan McGregor – ‘Moulin Rouge!’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘Les Miserables’
  • Michael Cera – ‘This Is The End’
  • Ben Affleck – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Matt Damon – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Melissa Gilbert – ‘Ice House’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Mud’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Magic Mike’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Bernie’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Rock Of Ages’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Seth Rogen – ‘Take This Waltz’
  • Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight
  • Liam Neeson – ‘Batman Begins’
  • Robert De Niro ‘Stardust’

The Frozen Ground

A new clip has surfaced for Nicolas Cage’s new film ‘The Frozen Ground’.

An Alaskan police detective pursues an elusive serial killer who abducts women, and frees them in the wilderness to hunt in this thriller starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack. A madman has been on the loose in Anchorage for over 13 years. Every attempt to capture him has only led to frustration for the local police, but Sgt. Jack Halcombe (Cage) is certain he can success where his colleagues have failed. Later, Sgt. Halcombe gets the break of a lifetime when terrified teen Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens) manages to beat the killer at his own game. Cindy’s struggle, however, has just begun. Now the closer she and Sgt. Halcombe come cracking the case, the more cunning their sadistic target seems to grow. 50 Cent and Radha Mitchell co-star.

Spring Breakers

Summary: Four students struggle to concentrate on their studies, worried they lack the funds to join-in the seaside celebration of sex and drugs. When a petty crime provides the means to travel to Miami Beach, they have no idea they will be seduced into the world of unhinged white rapper Alien.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Harmony Korine

Screenwriter: Harmony Korine

Cast: Ashley Benson (Brit), James Franco (Alien), Selena Gomez (Faith), Emma Holzer (Heather), Vanessa Hudgens (Candy), Rachel Korine (Cotty), Ash Lendzion (Forest), Gucci Mane (Archie), Heather Morris (Bess), Cait Taylor (Tiffany)

Runtime: 94 mins

Classification:R18+

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘SPRING BREAKERS’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Spring Breakers’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Greg King: Stars(1)

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

Average Subculture Rating: Stars(1.5)

IMDB Rating: Spring Breakers (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Spring Breakers′: Check Episode #31 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Spring Breakers’.

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