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Performance

Summary:  Set in contemporary Manhattan, PERFORMANCE tells the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and a long, faithful collaboration. The celebrated string quartet struggles to stay together as they mark their 25th anniversary.

When their dignified patriarch and cellist, Peter (Walken) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it throws the future of the group into question. His attempt to find a replacement player and organise rehearsals for their upcoming concert bring up unresolved issues and grievances.

Daniel (Ivanir) is the first violin. Robert (Seymour Hoffman) plays second violin, but longs to be the lead. Juliette (Keener) plays viola and is married to Robert, and steadfastly refused to consider the quartet without Peter.

Alliances are forged, egos bruised and passions flare as the dysfunctional family of artists begin to implode. Can they pull together for one final great performance – of Beethoven’s Opus 131 at Carnegie Hall?

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Yaron Zilberman

Screenwriter: Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman

Cast: Liraz Charhi (Pilar), Philip Seymour Hoffman (RobertGelbart), Mark Ivanir (Daniel Lerner), Madhur Jaffrey (Dr. Nadir), Catherine Keener (Juliette Gelbert), Nina Lee (Nina Lee), Megan McQuillan (Brenda), Imogen Poots (Alexandra Gerbert), Wallace Shawn (Gideon Rosen), Anne Sofie von Otter (Miriam), Christopher Walken (Peter Mitchell), Andrew Yee (Steve)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Performance’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Performance’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Performance′: Check Episode #24 (available 14th March, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Performance’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating:A Late Quartet (2012) on IMDb

Monsters Inc 3D

Summary: One of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside.

Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children – and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unrich

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Jill Culton, Pete Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Daniel Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, Andrew Stanton

Cast: Samuel Lord Black (George Sanderson), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs (voice)), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski (voice)), Daniel Gerson (Needleman/Smitty (voice)), Mary Gibbs (Boo (voice)), John Goodman (James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Flint (voice)), Frank Oz (Fungus (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Jeff Pidgeon (Bile (voice)), John Ratzenberger (The Abominable Snowman (voice)), Wallace Shawn (Rex (voice)), Steve Susskind (Floor Manager (voice)), Jennifer Tilley (Celia (voice))

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Monsters Inc (3D)’ Review: 

While the cynics are out in force and busy complaining that Pixar re-releasing ‘Monsters Inc’ in 3D is just a money grab, there is actually a reason why the film is back on the big screen. Actually there are two reasons, first of all the next film in the franchise, ‘Mosters University’, is set to be released in a couple of months time and of course seeing the last film was released over ten years ago there is no way that most of the kids these days would have seen it.

The second reason is more of a vanity thing. When ‘Monsters Inc’ first hit the cinemas everybody was saying just how far advanced the animation work on it was, people raved about the how sleek the film looked, especially Sulley’s fur, so just how imagine how good the film is going to look in 3D.

If you haven’t seen ‘Monsters Inc.’ it centers around two monsters that are best friends, the gentle giant  James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman – Flight, Trouble With The Curve) and the wise-cracking green Cyclops, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal – Parental Guidance, Small Apartments)

Sulley and Mike live in the major city of Monstropolis and they work for the city’s power company, Monsters Inc, a company that gets its power from children’s screams. Each night monsters like Sulley and his vicious rival the creepy Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi – Hotel Transylvania, On The Road) are sent out into children’s bedrooms to give them a scare.

Surprisingly the monsters are also scared of children so there is a huge uproar when Sulley accidentally brings back Boo (Mary Gibbs – The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride). And while Sulley and Mike learn that there is nothing wrong with a child their boss, Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn – American Gun, Snow Dogs) wants Boo ‘disposed’ of. Now it’s up to Sulley and Mike to find a way to get Boo home before anything happens to her.

‘Monsters Inc.’ is one animated film where everything seemed to come together perfectly. Directors Pete Docter (Mike’s New Car, Next Door), David Silverman (The Simpson: The Longest Daycare) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo) had the film looking amazing on the big screen, scenes such as the door chase are some of the best to ever feature in a animated film.

The screenwriters also came to the party with a great script that provides laughs for all ages and together they came up with a great sub-story that may go right over the heads of children but will be lapped up by any adults that share the belief that big business are all evil.

And just to finish off what makes ‘Monsters Inc.’ the greatest animated film ever made there is also the voice cast. John Goodman and Billy Crystal shine as they provide laugh after laugh and they are well supported by Steve Busscemi who plays the creepy and slimy Randall extremely well. Even two-and-a-half-year-old Mary Gibbs does a great job with Boo, and it’s a shame that she has never really voiced anything since.

If you never got to see ‘Monsters Inc.’ when it first came out then you should be heading to the cinemas and purchasing a ticket right now, and if you did see it last time around then just remember it’s going to look even better in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Monsters Inc 3D′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’. Dave’s other review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Monsters, Inc. (2001) on IMDb

Performance

Summary: Set in contemporary Manhattan, PERFORMANCE tells the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and a long, faithful collaboration. The celebrated string quartet struggles to stay together as they mark their 25th anniversary.

When their dignified patriarch and cellist, Peter (Walken) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it throws the future of the group into question. His attempt to find a replacement player and organise rehearsals for their upcoming concert bring up unresolved issues and grievances.

Daniel (Ivanir) is the first violin. Robert (Seymour Hoffman) plays second violin, but longs to be the lead. Juliette (Keener) plays viola and is married to Robert, and steadfastly refused to consider the quartet without Peter.

Alliances are forged, egos bruised and passions flare as the dysfunctional family of artists begin to implode. Can they pull together for one final great performance – of Beethoven’s Opus 131 at Carnegie Hall?

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Yaron Zilberman

Screenwriter: Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman

Cast: Liraz Charhi (Pilar), Philip Seymour Hoffman (RobertGelbart), Mark Ivanir (Daniel Lerner), Madhur Jaffrey (Dr. Nadir), Catherine Keener (Juliette Gelbert), Nina Lee (Nina Lee), Megan McQuillan (Brenda), Imogen Poots (Alexandra Gerbert), Wallace Shawn (Gideon Rosen), Anne Sofie von Otter (Miriam), Christopher Walken (Peter Mitchell), Andrew Yee (Steve)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘A Late Quartet’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘A Late Quartet’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘A Late Quartet′: Check Episode #24 (available 14th March, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘A Late Quartet’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating:A Late Quartet (2012) on IMDb