This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The Emporer’s New Clothing,’ ‘Marshland’ ‘Jurassic World’ ‘The Mafia Only Kills In Summer,’ ‘Slow West’ and ‘54: The Director’s Cut′. This episode also contains interviews with Russell Brand, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Speilberg, coln Trevorrow, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Enzo Tedeschi (Deadhouse Films) plus Rain Fuller and Osamah Sami stop by to talk about their new web series Two Refugees And A Blonde.
Plus make sure you listen to the show this week for your chance to win a copy of Laggies starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley on DVD thanks to eOne Entertainment.
Entourage picks up where the television series left off but with a couple of changes. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven – Old School) takes on the new role of a studio boss and he instantly places his head on the chopping block when he gives his star client Vince (Adrian Grenier – The Devil Wears Prada) the rights to direct a mega blockbuster film called Hyde. This is a move that Hollywood quickly slams pointing out that Vince and his producer/manager Eric (Kevin Connolly – The Notebook) are ill equipped to be in charge of such a big film. The result is that soon Ari is being hauled over the coals by his boss John Ellis (Alan Dale – Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and the executive producer’s over zealous son Travis McCreadle (Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense) who decides straight away that he wants Vince’s brother, Johnny Drama’s (Kevin Dillon – Platoon) scenes cut from the movie.
Things aren’t much better on the personal front for our stars either. Vince’s marriage ends after nine days, Eric’s realationship with Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui – Wrong Turn) is strained despite the fact she is about to give birth, Johnny’s one night stand ends up in a sex tape while Turtle (Jerry Ferrara – Lone Survivor) who is now a millionaire suddenly finds himself with the hots for MMA star Ronda Rousey (herself – Furious 7).
Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th June, 2015
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Doug Ellin
Screenwriter: Doug Ellin, Rob Weiss
Cast: Nina Agdal (Bridgite), Jessica Alba (herself), Raquel Alessi (Jennifer), David Arquette (himself), Tom Brady (himself), Warren Buffettt (himself), Gary Busey (himself), Brian Carenard (Saigon), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan), Andrew Dice Clay (himself), Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh), Common (himself), Kevin Connolly (Eric), Mark Cuban (himself), Alan Dale (John Ellis), Baron Davis (himself), Billy Dec (himself), Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama), Christine Donlon (Paula), Nora Dunn (Dr. Deanne Emily Marcus), Lucas Ellen (Jonah), Alice Eve (Sophia), David Faustino (himself), Jon Favreau (himself), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), Sabina Gadecki (Melanie), Kelsey Grammer (himself), Jim Gray (himself), Adrian Grenier (Vince), Rob Gronkowski (himself), Armie Hammer (himself), Tameka Harris (herself), Thierry Henry (himself), Terrence Jenkins (himself), Martin Landau (Bob Ryan), Matt Lauer (himself), Rex Lee (Lloyd), Chad Lowe (himself), Tim Maculan (Dr. Feldman), Sonny Marinelli (Randy), Clay Matthews (himself), Debi Mazar (Shauna), Maria Menounos (herself), Scott Mescudi (Allen), Alyssa Miller (herself), Piers Morgan (himself), Shad Moss (Charlie Williams), Liam Neeson (himself), Ed O’Neill (himself), Haley Joel Osment (Travis McCredle), Henry Penzi (himself), Shervin Pishevar (himself), Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), Breanne Racano (Katie), Emily Ratajkowski (herself), Perrey Reeves (Mrs. Ari), Rocky (Arnold), Ronda Rousey (herself), Bob Saget (himself), David Spade (himself), Nick Smyth (Alex), T.I. (himself), George Takei (himself), Billy Bob Thornton (Larsen McCredle), Mike Tyson (himself), Dominico Vacca (himself), Scott Vener (himself), Mark Wahlberg (himself), Pharrell Williams (himself), Russell Wilson (himself), Constance Zimmer (Dana Gordon)
Runtime: 104 mins
OUR ENTOURAGE REVIEWS & RATINGS:
This is the first time ever in my career that I have ever written a biased review. See I’m not stupid enough to know that if 80% of the people on this planet walked into a cinema to watch Entourage they would not like… possibly a great deal of them would even despise it. But see I am unashamed huge fan of the television series that sparked this movie and despite a lot of press saying the opposite there is no way that anybody who had never seen (or hated) the television series would ever like this film, or even possibly understand one single thing that is going on throughout the film. So yes this is a review written by a very biased Entourage fan who was as excited about this film arriving as I was about any other blockbuster this year.
The thing that works best and is going to appeal to fans of the television series is the fact that screenwriter/director Doug Ellin (Kissing A Fool) didn’t decide to do what most television spin off movies do and make the film too different from the television series. There’s no sending the cast into space or back in time or any of that crap, no instead he literally makes the film feel like an extended television episode. To a certain extent he even has the ‘opening credits’ that true fans of the show would know and love and changing Ari and Vince’s careers isn’t exactly out of the realm of things that could have happened in the real world. Yes to be blunt Ellin makes the Entourage movie work because he keeps it realistic.
The irony of what I said before is that for all the reasons that non-Entourage fans would get lost in this film are most of the reasons that true fans will love it. Ellin doesn’t go over the top filling in character’s back stories just to appease the ‘newcomers’ to the franchise. So as a result if you take the character of Eric as an example to a newcomer he looks like a bad guy. The kind of guy who is racing off having sex with whoever he meets while his ex is pregnant… now any true fan of the series knows that Eric isn’t a bad guy and is just making some bad decisions in his life. Likewise with Turtle, how is a newcomer supposed to know he was a fat sponger for a long time, so how would they understand some of the humor aimed at him? And for that matter how would they also understand some of the jokes about Johnny or why Ari is so frustrated that Lloyd (Rex Lee – Young & Hungry) wants him to be part of his wedding? Actually how would they even know who Lloyd is? And how will they get the same laughs out of seeing Mark Wahlberg (Ted) appear in the movie if they don’t know the series was loosely based on his life? No Entourage is firmly a film only for those that fell in love with the series.
For the fans though Entourage is a real gem. Ellin’s comedic moments work a treat, especially when he isn’t trying (Ari punching a picture of a kitten while denying having an anger problem is classic) and the throwaway lines at the expense of characters or real life celebrities all hit the spot well. Ellin also loads this film with celebrity cameos that all really work, to his credit none of them seem forced not even the short ones featuring the likes of Liam Neeson or Kelsey Grammer for example, they all feel natural and will be lapped up by the audience.
What else works with Entourage is the drama and intrigue that the script and storyline manages to bring to the table. As the film goes on and Vince is more and more reluctant to show his film to anyone you actually do find yourself wondering whether he has really made a masterpiece or whether it will be a piece of rubbish. Then when things such as the sex tape and Travis’ interference into Hyde increases the sinking feeling that this film is going to see Ari and Vince have a very public fall from the Hollywood elite seems more and more likely. It is stuff like that that shows this is a classy film that really knows how to draw its audience in.
As we all learned from the television series Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven are the acting gold when it comes to Entourage. Adrian Grenier might be the public face and star of this film but Piven owns him right throughout the film. Ari is back bigger and meaner than ever and Piven lets himself run with that stealing scenes from his co-stars as he finds just the right mix of comedy and drama to really shine. Likewise Connolly who plays the ‘wet puppy’ this time around but does absolutely nothing wrong in a role that can lift his Hollywood star.
Whether you love or hate Entourage will come down solely to whether or not you were a fan of the television series. Go into this film without having ever seen an episode and you are going to be completely lost, but if you enter the cinema having watched the series throughout then this is going to feel like you are catching up with old friends. Entourage is far from the perfect film but it is a good continuation of a television series that obviously has more stories to tell. If however this is the last that we see of Entourage then I think fans will be truly happy with the one it ends. This is one for the Entourage fanboys only.
The makers of recent Australian horror feature Throwback have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new feature Starspawn. The sci-fi/horror thriller from Queensland writer/producer/director Travis Bain is about a TV current affairs journalist who uncovers evidence of an imminent alien invasion whilst on assignment to interview some Outback survivalists. The 40-day crowdfunding campaign is aimed at raising $30,000 to allow the filmmakers to commission alien puppets and costumes and shoot a proof-of-concept excerpt from the full feature in Northwestern Queensland. Vernon Wells from Mad Max 2, Commando and Bain’s previous feature Throwback has signed on to play a key role, and other name actors are said to be “circling” the project.
Cairns-based filmmaker Travis Bain says he drew inspiration for Starspawn from the films of John Carpenter and the works of cult horror author H.P. Lovecraft.
“I’ve been a huge Lovecraft fan since I was a teenager in the ’80s,” Bain says, “but I’ve always found it hard to find satisfying film versions adapted from—or inspired by—his mythos, so I decided to try to make one myself. Starspawn will be a film made by Lovecraft fans for Lovecraft fans, and we’re hoping to put some of his most iconic monsters on screen in a way they’ve never been seen before, using old-school practical effects.”
Bain adds that the campaign has a stretch goal of $100,000, which, if reached, will allow him and his team to produce the entire feature rather than just a proof-of-concept excerpt.
Bain’s previous feature Throwback was released on DVD in Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Turkey earlier this year and is due for DVD release in the US on June 23rd. A third and final trailer for the film has been unveiled to support the US release: http://youtu.be/irRi0CZSSQo
The Starspawn Kickstarter campaign will conclude on 19 July 2015. For more information, please visit the Starspawn Kickstarter Page.
Jurassic World sees John Hammond’s dream from Jurassic Park finally come true. Owned by the world’s eighth richest man, Masraini (Irrfan Khan) Jurassic World is a fully functional theme park (that looks alarmingly like Sea World from the air) where people of all ages can come and see all kinds of dinosaurs up close and in more importantly… alive.
The park is kept operational by the hard work of marketing manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Navy man turned dinosaur whisperer Owen (Chris Pratt) who have been able to find a medium that allows the park to be financially stable and also a lot safer for those visiting the Park.
However as is the case with all movies in the Jurassic franchise something has to go wrong. And here in Jurassic World we learn that the park has genetically invented their own new specie of dinosaur by mixing and matching DNA from various other kinds of dinosaur. While Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) sees this creation as a massive step-forward for science and Claire sees it as a great way to attract more sponsorship and people to the Park, only Owen seems to realise the dangerous situation that this has put them in – there is now a genetically modified dinosaur around that nobody has any idea what is capable of. That of course is something that impresses the gruff Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) who plans on turning dinosaurs into weapons for the military, but sadly soon places the lives of all at the park, including Claire’s nephews Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson), in real danger.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th June, 2015
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Screenwriter: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, Michael Crichton (characters)
Cast: Andy Buckley (Scott), Tom Bui (Austin), Matthew Burke (Jim Drucker), Heather Ashley Chase (Emily), Vincent D’Onofrio (Hoskins), James DuMont (Hal Osterly), Jimmy Fallon (himself), Judy Greer (Karen), Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire), Bomber Hurley-Smith (O’Hara), Jake Johnson (Lowery), Brent Kappel (Dr. Ryan Crest), Irrfan Khan (Masrani), Christian LaBella (Joey), Lauren Lapkas (Vivian), Rebecca Maltby (Charlotte), Katie McGrath (Zara), Moses Munoz (Charlie), Chris Pratt (Owen), Emilio Reynoso (Doctor Sanchez), Brandon Richardson (Christopher), Nick Robinson (Zach), Ty Simpkins (Gray), Omar Sy (Barry), Anna Talakkattour (Erica Brand), Brian Tee (Hamada), Colin Trevorrow (Mr. DNA), Yvonne Welch (Gabriella), BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)
Runtime: 124 mins
OUR JURASSIC WORLD REVIEWS & RATINGS:
22 years ago this week we were all walking into cinemas expecting to be wowed by the fact that visionary director Steven Spielberg had brought dinosaurs to life on the screen in a way that nobody would have predicted. Here we are two decades later and once again the expectation of getting to see dinosaurs on the big screen has our cinematic pulses beating in a mammoth way.
The big question you ask yourself when heading into Jurassic World is what can we expect this time around? To be honest this is the fourth installment in a franchise, that let’s be honest peaked with the first film, so we shouldn’t be expecting much, right? Wrong!!! Maybe it is the fact that I’m one of the those people that can spend hours staring at dinosaur bones in a museum and feel like a little kid again but Jurassic World has breathed some life back into this franchise in such a way that I’m now eager to see where they will go next time around.
There are positives and negatives with Jurassic World but first let’s kick off the big plus – the director. Handing Colin Trevorrow the keys to one of the biggest franchises in the world was a massive risk for Steven Spielberg to make. We knew Trevorrow was a great director, that was very, very clear with his feature debut Safety Not Guaranteed, but at the end of the day that was a small indie sci-fi so it was a real unknown how Trevorrow would react working on a film that cost $100s of millions more to make.
The answer to be brutally honest is that Trevorrow is exactly what this franchise needed. Okay so maybe he doesn’t make this film ‘family friendly’ like the ‘political trendys’ would want him to do, but what he does deliver is some truly memorable scenes. The pterodactyl attack on the park visitors is one of the best feathered creature aerial attacks that we have seen since Hitchcock’s iconic The Birds, while Trevorrow will please serious movie fans with some pretty gruesome dinosaur attacks on humans and dinosaurs alike. And while I don’t want to spoil the great finale let’s just say that is a battle scene that will please dinosaur fans and monster movie geeks to the core… suck it up Godzilla you just got owned. Trevorrow takes some massive risks and to his credit they really pay off.
Sadly though there is also a downside to Jurassic World and it lies right at the feet at the screenwriters. Sure this screenplay got the tick of approval from Steven Spielberg but like so many of his recent films Jurassic World falls into the trap of having clichéd characters. Movie lovers see the too-busy-for-children-or-a-partner business woman like Claire in every second film these days, while on the other hand it seems like Owen may have been based on one of Spielberg’s other great creations, Indiana Jones. From his wardrobe down Owen is a screaming Indy clone… not that that is a bad thing because he is still one of the most likable characters in the film.
The other big weakness is the fact that even though Trevorrow sets up pretty early on that he is not afraid to allow his dinosaurs to be a little full-on with their attacks there is a real feel that aside from the clichéd bad guys nobody that the audience really likes amongst the characters are going to meet their deaths today and that sadly takes away from some of the suspense that Trevorrow worked so hard to build up.
Having pointed out those two things though the pluesses of Jurassic World do outweigh the negatives. There are small things all throughout this film that are going to impress fans of this franchise to no end. First of all the filmmakers have chosen to celebrate and pay tribute to the film that kicked this all off rather than ignore it. There is nothing more annoying about a reboot then when you are told as an audience you are supposed to ignore that films have been set in this world before. In Jurassic World you are quickly shown that this isn’th the case here. From a well placed Hammond statue at the park to a employee showing Claire his Jurassic Park T-Shirt he found online and the old park itself playing an important part later on it is easy to see that Jurassic World embraces its predecessor rather than ignoring it.
This might be really film geeky but the other thing that I really enjoyed about Jurassic World was the fact that the film didn’t mind making fun of itself. Lines such as ‘I can’t wait to tell Mum about this’ being responded to with ‘Don’t you DARE tell your Mum about this’ actually make characters like Claire likable, while a character turning to their co-worker for a kiss during a stressed situation only to be told ‘umm…I have a boyfriend’ show that the filmmakers were more than aware that they were making a popcorn action movie and this wink to the audience shows that they were perfectly happy to do that.
While the clichéd characters do make it hard for the actors to really stand out Jurassic World does once again show us what Guardians Of The Galaxy already screamed from the rooftops – Chris Pratt is the your perfect leading man. He can be funny, the ladies seem to like him, he’s blokey enough for guys to love as well and he is a more than capable action hero. At the moment if you want to put bums on seats than Pratt is your go to guy. The people responsible for casting also need to be congratulated for putting ‘serious’ actors into even some of the smaller roles because it is a lot more refreshing to watch talented actors like Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and Vincent D’Onofrio in roles that many may feel is beneath them than it is to watch blow-ins deliver bad performances. Also Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson also reveal themselves as young stars to watch in the future.
The key to enjoying Jurassic Park is to go into the cinema just expecting your normal popcorn action movie. There is nothing in Jurassic Park that is going to make it one of the best action movies of all time but it is still enjoyable and does more than enough to keep its audience interested one hundred per cent of the time. The nods to Jurassic Park will keep fans of the franchise happy while Trevorrow’s eagerness to bring in some more dinosaur brutality does more than enough to please the monster movie fans out there. Not high art but still the best Jurassic movie since the original.
Andrew McMahon is someone who needs no introduction. From his work as the lead singer of Something Corporate to Jack’s Mannequin through to his solo career Andrew McMahon has certainly made a name for himself.
Now Andrew is about to head to Australia for a tour so Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths sat down and talked to him about everything from what it feels like being able to write from personal experiences, his battle with cancer and what it was like receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on Smash.
You can listen to or download our Andrew McMahon interview right here.
Melbourne band Graveyard Train are playing at this year’s Reclink Community Cup at Elsternwick Park on Sunday 21st June.
Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths decided to talk to Nick from Graveyard Train to find how this awesome fundraiser manages to marry football and music so well and what the 1000s of people who are expected to attend on the day are in for.
You can listen to or download our Graveyard Train interview right here.