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Stan announced today it will exclusively premiere HEATHERS, a pitch-black satirical comedy series based on the cult classic film, on September 28 with all episodes dropping at once.

 The ten-part series is set in the present day and follows Veronica Sawyer as she deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers, led by the fashionable yet cutthroat Heather Chandler and her sidekicks Heather Duke and Heather McNamara. The much-anticipated reboot perfectly blends drama, love, rivalry and comedy into a modern-day masterpiece.

The series stars Melanie FieldJasmine Mathews and Brendan Scannell as the new group of Heathers, Grace Victoria Cox as Veronica and James Scully as J.D. Shannen Doherty, who portrayed Heather Duke in the film, has a guest role in the series. Selma BlairKurt Fuller, Jamie KalerWallace LanghamDrew DroegeTravis Schuldt and Deanna Cheng also star.

Jason Micallef (Butter), who wrote the pilot script, will serve as executive producer and showrunner, and Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other PeopleBachelorette) directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.

 

HEATHERS will premiere September 28 exclusively on Stan, with all ten episodes dropping at once

Transcendence

Summary: A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th April, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK, China, USA

Director: Wally Pfister

Screenwriter: Jack Paglen

Cast: Johnny Bautista (Scott), Xander Berkeley (Dr Thomas Casey), Paul Bettany (Max Waters), Fernando Chien (Heng), Clifton Collins Jnr. (Martin), Johnny Depp (Dr. Will Caster), Morgan Freeman (Joseph Tagger), Lukas Haas (James Thomas), Rebecca Hall (Evelyn Caster), Corey Hardrict (Joel Edmund), Cole Hauser (Colonel Stevens), Falk Hentschel (Bob), Wallace Langham (Dr. Strauss), Steven Liu (Chiu), Kate Mara (Bree), Cillian Murphy (Agent Buchanan), Akshay Patel (James), Luce Rains (Roger), Josh Stewart (Paul)

Runtime: 119 mins

Classification: M

OUR TRANSCENDENCE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Transcendence review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Transcendence review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Transcendence review on Southern FM

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David Griffiths:

Transendence is one of those films that a first time director can only dream about being at the helm at for their debut. Just think about it, it’s an intriguing very modern story and then you find out that the likes of Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Paul Bettany are queuing up for roles. It is no secret that the true cinemaphiles have been waiting for the day that cinematographer Wally Pfister steps up to the director’s seat. After all this is a man who has worked on some of the most iconic films of the modern age – films like Memento, Insomnia, Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy. Pfister has more than done his time as the ‘apprentice’ and when his mentor Christopher Nolan decided to pass on the Transendence project he was the perfect man for the job, but sadly he is let down by a script that never really gave this film a fighting chance.

The film takes it audience deep into the world of artificial intelligence by following Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp – Lucky Them, The Lone Ranger), his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall – A Promise, Closed Circuit) and his co-worker Max Waters (Paul Bettany – Iron Man 3, Blood). The together the three of them have been taking the science world by storm as they come closer to closer in bridging the gap between computers and humans.

While there work has impressed rivals such as Joseph Tagger (Morgan Freeman – The Lego Movie, Last Vegas) it has also warranted the attention of a renegade group of vigilantes, which includes Bree (Kate Mara – Deadfall, TV’S House Of Cards), who believe that science is going too far. The result is that one of these group members guns down Will with a radioactive bullet. Evelyn and Max then work hard to bring Will online before he dies while Agent Buchanan (Cillian Murphy – Aloft, The Dark Knight Rises) tries to hunt down those responsible.

The second half of the film that takes a completely different tack. With Will online and working with Evelyn, Max has now teamed up with the vigilantes and believes the work is evil and needs to be stopped. Together with Agent Buchanan and Joseph Tagger they all work at a way to stop Will from taking over the world.

If that synopsis sounds ridiculous then it goes part of the way of explaining just how hard it is to watch Transcendence. The film starts well enough but by the time the lone gunman guns down Will with a radioactive bullet rather than just simply killing him you begin to realise that this is a film that jumps the shark at every possible chance.

At a glance Jack Paglen’s screenplay seems intelligent but after giving the film much thought you soon begin to realise that the plot makes no sense at all and that he has simply tried to use techno babble throughout, that actually makes no sense. Honestly at times it does seem like the actors have no idea what they are reading at all.

Then there is the plausibility of what actually happens. Nothing ever seems to be fully explained, not even simple things such as Max’s defection to ‘the other side.’ One moment he is kidnapped and the next moment he is working with the group, what was it that he was shown that made him change his mind, or was it just simply a case of Stockholm Syndrome… we don’t know because we are never told. Paglen can’t even work out whether he is for or against such technology at all, this is evident by the fact that the film just seems to skirt around the edges and never make a serious stance either way.

Even the top notch cast here cannot save Transcendence. Johnny Depp once again shows that when he is away from his Pirates Of The Caribbean his lack of acting ability is evident for all to see while the likes of Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman are simply wasted in their roles. In fact you can only wonder why the three of them even decided to sign on for the film in the first place. The only cast member who does get a chance to show anything at all is Rebecca Hall, but then even she isn’t really a standout.

Transcendence will go down as one of the biggest cinema failures of 2014, and rightfully so. The wishy-washy script makes for a dull watch that even seemed to bore its cast.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating: Transcendence (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Transcendence′: Please check our full Transcendence review that aired on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77

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Hitchcock

Summary: HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife and partner Alma Reville (Dame Helen Mirren). The film is but a snapshot of their journey through the making of Hitchcock’s seminal film ‘Psycho’.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th January, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Sacha Gervasi

Screenwriter: John J McLoughlin, Stephen Rebello (book)

Cast: Jessica Biel (Vera Miles), Gerald Casale (David Kirkpatrick), Richard Chassler (Martin Balsam), Melinda Chilton (Margo), Cinderella (Stanley), Toni Collette (Peggy Robertson), Frank Collison (Henry Gein), James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins), Leni Ford (Lady Chicago), Spencer Garrett (George Tomasini), David Hill (Leonard J. South), Judith Hoag (Lillian), Anthony Hopkins (Alfred Hitchcock), Danny Huston (Whitfield Cook), Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh), Wallace Langham (Saul Bass), Spencer Leigh (Nunzio), Kai Lennox (Hilton Green), Ralph Macchio (Joseph Stefano), Craig Meier (William Russell), Helen Mirren (Alma Reville), Richard Portnow (Barney Balaban), Terry Rhoads (Jack Russell), Paul Schackman (Bernard Herrmann), Kurtwood Smith (Geoffrey Shurlock), Mark Stuhlbarg (Lew Wasserman), Tara Summers (Rita Riggs), London Vale (Myra Davis), Michael Wincott (Ed Gein), Josh Yeo (John Gavin)

Runtime: 99 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Hitchcock’ Review: 

Over recent years ‘My Week With Marilyn’ and ‘Me And Orson Welles’ have both shown that a movie about the making of another movie can make for some great storytelling and can also allow for an actor to step up and brilliantly portray a past cinematic legend.

Now comes ‘Hitchcock’ a film that centres around the life of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins – 360, Thor) while he is trying to put together his greatest film of all time ‘Psycho’. Hitchcock is at a loss at what to do after the release of his film ‘North By Northwest’. Much to the surprise of his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren – The Door, Arhtur) and assistant Peggy Robertson (Toni Collette – Mental, Jesus Henry Christ) instead of choosing from some of the great stories that are flying around he settles on a trashy novel called ‘Psycho’ and decides to turn it into a film.

With the studios refusing to back the film Hitchcock decides to self-fund the film, but while he is busy working with his cast which includes Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson – The Avengers, We Bought A Zoo), Vera Miles (Jessica Biel – Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes, Playing For Keeps) and Anthony Perkins (James D-Arcy – The Making Of A Lady, The Domino Effect) he is horrified to see how close Alma is getting to fellow writer, Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston – Stolen, TV’S Magic City).

To his credit director, Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story Of Anvil) certainly doesn’t make ‘Hitchcock’ a fluff piece about the great film. Instead he shows a warts and all view of Hitchcock, a man who never paid enough attention to his wife and could be an absolute bastard to his leading ladies… what it did show however was just how determined he was to see a film through and that he was a man that certainly loved cinema.

So good is the writing of ‘Hitchcock’ that it is the kind of film that really captivates its audience despite the fact that most film fans would know that yes ‘Psycho’ did eventually make it to the cinema and became a big success. Audience members beware though you will certainly get a lot more out of the film if you know a little bit about Hitchcock’s career, otherwise things such as the crow landing on Hitchcock will have no kind of meaning at all.

Perhaps the best part of ‘Hitchcock’ though is the acting of the leads. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant as Hitchcock while he is well supported by Helen Mirren. Also impressive is Jessica Biel (who reminds audiences that she can in fact act after the woeful ‘Total Recall) and Scarlett Johansson who seem to both thoroughly enjoy getting to play a couple of screen legends.

‘Hitchcock’ is a great film that is a must see if you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock and his film ‘Psycho’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Hitchcock′: Check Episode #15 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: 3/5

IMDB Rating: Hitchcock (2012) on IMDb