Today, Disney+ announced that this holiday season, “Solar Opposites” will return with an all-new episode “A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special” premiering Monday, November 22nd on Disney+, under the Star banner.
In this festive episode, The Solars don’t understand the holidays, but that won’t stop them from trying! Co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) and Mike McMahan (ex-writer’s assistant on Rick & Morty), “Solar Opposites” centres around a team of four aliens who escape their exploding home world only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love humans and all their TV, junk food and fun stuff. Their mission: protect the Pupa, a living super computer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth. On season two of “Solar Opposites”, the Solar Opposites take it bigger, funnier, and more opposite than ever before.
“Solar Opposites” is executive produced by Roiland, McMahan and Josh Bycel. The series is produced by 20th Television.
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.
Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon with Marisa Tomei
Directed by Jon Watts
Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Summary: An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief.
Cinema Release Dates: 5th November 2021 (Australia), 5th November 2021 (UK), 5th November 2021 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: 12th November 2021 (Australia), 12th November 2021 (Thailand), 12th November 2021 (UK), 12th November 2021 (USA)
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Vincenzo Amato (Director Gallo), Ritu Aya (Inspector Urvashi Das), Daniel Bernhardt (Drago Grande), Robert Clotworthy (Opening Narrator), Chris Diamantopoulos (Sotto Voce), Gal Gadot (The Bishop), Ethan Herschenfeld (Aranoub Magdy), Dwayne Johnson (John Hartley), Ivan Mbakop (Tambwe), Brenna Marie Narayan (Cleopatra), Rafael Petardi (Security Chief Ricci), Ryan Reynolds (Nolan Booth), Ed Sheeran (himself)
Running Time: 118 mins
Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)
OUR RED NOTICE REVIEWS
David Griffiths’ Red Notice Review:
It is perhaps a sign of the times when the biggest film to be released in Phuket this week is on a streaming platform despite the fact that cinemas are open. And when we say big – we mean big in every single way. Not only is Netflix’s Red Notice starring three of the biggest names in Hollywood at the moment – the film itself is the most expensive Netflix film ever made with a budget of around US$160 million. The good news is that this time we also have a big budget film that works in every single way.
Directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Skyscraper) Red Notice begins with Special Agents John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson – Moana) and Urvashi Das (Ritu Arya – The Umbrella Academy) hot on the heels of notorious art and relic thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool) as he is about to steal one of Cleopatra’s rare golden eggs.
However when Hartley suddenly finds himself named as an accomplice of Booth’s he suddenly has to find himself teaming up with Booth and going up against his arch rival, The Bishop (Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman), in a bid to find the other golden eggs and clearing his name.
The plot of Red Notice seems simple but it’s not. Thurber’s screenplay is intricate with twists and turns galore that are forever catching their audience off guard. You could forgive a film starring three big names if it decided to become a walking cliché but that is something that Red Notice certainly never does. Instead it becomes a smart film that seems like a cross between Ocean’s Eleven and Indiana Jones and somehow manages to work to the point that it is sure to become one of the most memorable films of 2021.
As a film it is sleek – really sleek. The screenplay delivers a believability to it while its action set pieces look so good they could have been taken straight from a Bond film – there are fast cars, ritzy locations and chases galore, and somehow it all comes together to create something quite magical. Some people maybe a little worried about seeing Rawson Marshall Thurber’s name as director given that his last action film – Skyscraper – was such an awful clichéd mess, but Thurber has obviously learnt from his mistakes because Red Notice is flawless.
In fact one of the things that makes this film so special is the fact that Thurber has mixed genres so well together his past. While everybody wants to forget Skyscraper we need to remember that Thurber is also the man responsible for the best comedies of the last decade – We’re The Millers. That brilliant comedic timing is certainly present here in Red Notice, the film contains some absolute zingers with dialogue – and this is one time when outside the Deadpool universe where Ryan Reynolds smart-ass routine actually works well and enhances his character. You get a strong feeling while watching the film part of Reynolds’ performance working so well most likely comes back to Thurber’s screenplay.
The other thing that makes Red Notice work so well are the performances of its stars. Gadot, Johnson and Reynolds have a special magic between them that makes them one of the best ensembles we have seen over recent years. Whether it be delivering comedic lines between each other and locked in battle with some spectacular fight sequences these three work together brilliantly well. Gadot cements herself as a screen siren who can deliver both action and drama with her role of The Bishop while Johnson once again mixes action and comedy together brilliantly well and shows why he deserves to be called the biggest star in Hollywood at the moment.
Red Notice is perhaps one of the biggest surprises of 2021. This is one slick action/crime flick that also contains just the right amount of humour without tripping itself it. Its three leads bring their A-Game and they are working with a screenplay that delivers a truly memorable heist film. This is an amazing film and once again Netflix have delivered a game-changer in the cinematic universe.
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon with Marisa Tomei
Umbrella Entertainment in association with Monster Fest Presents are pleased to announce the release of BEYOND THE WASTELAND, launching with the World Premiere on February 5th.
BEYOND THE WASTELAND is a new Australian documentary that examines the culture rooted in MAD MAX (1979) and MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981), both of which became instant international cult films during the 1980s, examining the influence that they have had on contemporary culture by featuring the fans that live and breathe all that is MAD MAX.
Director/Producer Eddie Beyrouthy and Producer Phil Lambert of The Picture Lot travel the world in search of the ultimate MAD MAX fans and explore the level of obsession these true believers have, from costumes to cars to entire lifestyles.
BEYOND THE WASTELAND will have its World Premiere on Saturday 5th February at Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In in Melbourne, Victoria.
Following the Premiere, BEYOND THE WASTELAND will travel around Australia in a series of special fan-based event screenings that will feature Q&As with Cast & Crew from both the documentary and the original films, along with MAD MAX-inspired vehicles and cosplayers.
2022 SCREENING DATES
SATURDAY 5TH FEB 8.45PM VIC: Coburg Village Drive-In [World Premiere] w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer) & Phil Lambert (Producer) Tickets
SUNDAY 6TH FEB 7PM VIC: Village Cinemas Morwell w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer) & Phil Lambert (Producer) Tickets
FRIDAY 11TH FEB 8.30PM SA: Mainline Drive-In Adelaide w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer) & Phil Lambert (Producer) Tickets
SATURDAY 12TH FEB 7PM NSW: Silver City Cinema Broken Hill w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer) & Phil Lambert (Producer)
SATURDAY 19TH FEB 8.30PM VIC: Showbiz Cinemas Drive-In Ballarat w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer) & Phil Lambert (Producer)
SATURDAY 26TH FEB 8PM NSW: Event Skyline Drive-In Blacktown Sydney w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer), Phil Lambert (Producer), Roger ‘Fifi’ Ward (Actor, MAD MAX) and Paul ‘Cundalini’ Johnstone (Actor, MAD MAX) Tickets
Summary: Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.
Cinema Release Dates: 21st October 2021 (Australia), 10th September 2021 (UK), 10th September 2021 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: TBA
Country: USA, China
Director: James Wan
Screenwriter: Ingrid Bisu, Akela Cooper, James Wan
Cast: Jake Abel (Derek Mitchell), Amir AboulEla (Dr. Gregory), Andy Bean (Frank), Zoe Bell (Scorpion), Ingrid Bisu (CST Winnie), Jon Lee Brody (Officer Lee), Ray Chase (Gabriel (voice)), Christian Clemenson (Dr. Victor Fields), Mercedes Colon (Mendez), Patrick Cox (Mr. Stanley), McKenna Grace (Young Madison), Renee Harbek (Caroline), Maddie Hasson (Sydney Lake), Janet Hsieh (Nurse J. De Marco), Shaunte Lynette Johnson (Beta), Jean Louisa Kelly (Jane Doe/Serena), Paula Marshall (Beverly), Marina Mazepa (Gabriel), Jacqueline McKenzie (Dr. Florence Weaver), Ruben Pla (Officer Rubin), Dan Ramos (Basco), Natalia Safran (Nurse Annie), Susanna Thompson (Jeanne), Halston Van Atta (Child Madison), Patricia Velasquez (Nurse Velasquez), Annabelle Wallis (Madison Mitchell), Michole Briana White (Regina Moss), Rachel Winfree (Mrs. Ryerson), Madison Wolfe (Young Serena), George Young (Kekoa Shaw)
Running Time: 111 mins
Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)
OUR MALIGNANT REVIEWS
David Griffiths’ Malignant Review:
I love horror and there are some horror film directors that cause me to have a reaction like a kid on Christmas morning when I walk into a cinema to watch their latest film. James Wan (Saw) is certainly one of those directors and given that his latest film Malignant received its worldwide premiere while we were still in lockdown I was pretty much like a kid expecting to get a new PlayStaton for Christmas by the time I sat down to watch the film, sadly though I left the film feeling like a kid that had just opened his presents and got socks instead.
The premise behind Malignant is a pretty decent one. The film begins in 1992 with Dr Florence Weaver (Jacqueline McKenzie – Romper Stomper), Dr. Victor Fields (Christian Clemenson – Apollo 13) and Dr John Gregory (Amir AboulEla – Why Women Kill) treating a psychiatric patient named Gabriel (Ray Chase – Final Fantasy XV) in a facility. Gabriel suddenly shows that he has special abilities and is able to broadcast his thoughts through speakers. Then he turns violent and kills several staff members.
The film then flashes forward 27 years and we find a pregnant Madison Lake (Annabelle Wallis – Annabelle) stuck in a relationship with her abusive partner, Derek (Jake Abel – Supernatural). After Derek assaults her during an argument he is attacked by an intruder in the home who kills him. The intruder then attacks Madison killing her unborn baby.
With the help of Madison’s sister, Sydney (Maddie Hasson – God Bless America), soon she finds herself talking to two Police Detectives, Kekoa Shaw (George Young – Home) and Regina Moss (Michole Briana White – Encino Man), and as they work on the case she finds herself having visions of murders that all seem to be connected while also learning about secrets from her life that she has never known.
The story behind the ‘horror’ of Malignant is creative and brilliant but for some reason this time around Wan lets small things get in the way of his storytelling. Some of the special effects throughout the film look a little dodgy, and I am not buying the whole ‘it’s an ode to schlock horror’ excuse, while the screenplay itself seems to let the film down from time to time by trying to put some wise cracks and humour into scenes where it doesn’t seem to work.
A great example to me was the character of Regina Moss. Okay, by all means create a hard-assed Police Detective who takes no crap from anybody. But why did it have to be done in almost comical way? Why not instead make her more like the character of Trudi in Chicago P.D. Every other character in that show knows Trudi can be a bitch and she will shoot down anybody with her vicious words, but at least there it is done without the writers ever going into the comedy side of things.
To me it felt like such a shame that things like that held back Malignant because on every other level this film worked. The twists and turns with secrets being exposed everywhere is classic James Wan story-telling and to a certain extent Akela Cooper’s (The 100) captures that vision well, if they had just lost the attempted B-Grade mood and out of place moments of humour then this could have been one of the best horror films of the last decade.
To the film’s credit the casting works. Madison Mitchell does more than enough to show that she is more than capable of carrying a film while Maddie Hasson often steals the scenes that she is in. George Young shines as Detective Young and I can only hope that I see the three of them in more roles in the future.Malignant is far from one of Wan’s best films. To me it felt like a good story trapped behind a filmmaker wanting to pay too much of an ode to horror films of the past. Malignant certainly won’t bore any horror fans out there but it certainly isn’t a highlight of the year either.
Filming has commenced on the latest feature film aimed at tweens from The Steve Jaggi Company, The Mystery of Dolphin Bay, with US actor Izabela Rose (Upside-Down Magic,Secrets of Sulphur Springs) starring in the lead role. The film is shooting in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and is written by Jacob Stock. Christine Luby (This Little Love of Mine, Dive Club) is directing.
The Mystery of Dolphin Bay follows 15-year old Quinn Perkins (Izabela Rose), who is ecstatic to be spending the summer working as an intern with her best friend Daniela (Ella Proberts) and marine biologist father Charlie (Rowan Chapman). The besties haven’t seen each other since Daniela moved to Dolphin Bay, Australia, where her father Charlie inherited a research centre. When Quinn arrives, she is surprised to learn that there are other interns joining them – Daniela’s new best friend Jennifer (Allegra Teo), and the adventurer wannabe Teddy (Jayden McGinlay).
Quinn is thrilled to be researching the reef’s unnatural shift in biodiversity, but things feel different between Quinn and Daniela, and it’s not long before Quinn agrees to join Teddy on a treasure hunt as a distraction. Mysterious events start to occur, and the teens assume that they are being haunted by local legend Everly Fallow. After receiving Everly’s journal from his daughter, the teens discover a treasure map and must work to uncover the truth about the mysterious Everly Fallow and what or who, is responsible for the problems on the reef.
Izabela Rose comments “I’m excited to be out of quarantine, and filming here in Queensland. I can relate to my character having to fly to the other side of the world for a new adventure, and I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks has in store for me.”
Director Christine Luby comments “With themes of environmentalism, friendship and mystery, the scene is set for this wonder-filled story set here in Australia. For me, it’s the spirit of independence that drives the story along. The ways in which our young characters rely on their instincts and never give up, is a great message for audiences, and I’m thrilled to be working on this project.”
Producer Steve Jaggi comments “It’s fantastic to be back here in South East Queensland shooting our next feature film. The Gold Coast is the perfect location to create our fictional Dolphin Bay setting, and the region has everything on offer that we could need for the shoot. We’ve assembled a talented young cast led by Izabela Rose, and I’m looking forward to seeing our cast and crew bring this intriguing story to life.”
The Mystery of Dolphin Bay is produced by Steve Jaggi and Kelly Son Hing, with Kylie Pascoe co-producing. Executive Producers are Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment and Lee Matthews. Athabasca Film will manage the domestic theatrical release, while international sales and distribution will be handled by MarVista Entertainment out of Los Angeles, California. The Mystery of Dolphin Bay is financed with the assistance of Different Films and Asia Pacific Film Investment Group, with the support of Screen Queensland.
James Bond fans could be forgiven for getting a little bit impatient in their wait for the latest film in the franchise – No Time To Die. Due to a worldwide pandemic the film has ended up coming nearly 18 months later than it was supposed to and of course this isn’t just any Bond film – this is the final film for the man that many say has played the best version of Bond – Daniel Craig.
That is something that is certainly not lost on Craig himself. “I’ve spent the last 16 years of my life playing James Bond,” he says as he rubs his brow deep in thought. “That is almost impossible to imagine now because it only feels like yesterday that I started it. It has been phenomenal – an incredible experience on both a professional level and a personal level.”
“It really has been a privilege to be part of the Bond universe and to play James Bond,” he says continuing and it is easy to see that he is lost for words. “I still don’t believe that I am James Bond today and I guess that just goes to show that it is beyond my imagination.”
Of course James Bond fans are getting ready for that moment that will be Daniel Craig’s last moment on screen as Bond but for the actor himself he had to prepare himself for that final day of shooting after which he had to hand back his license to kill.
“On set my final day as at Pinewood,” he explains. “It was actually my last night because it was the middle of the night and it was raining. It was cold and I thought everybody would just want to go home and I was expecting for it to be a quick goodbye but then all of the cast and all of the crew, even some came down out of the offices to say goodbye and it was very emotional. I had to make a speech and I’m not very good at making speeches because I don’t like giving them. But I really had to try and keep it together and it was difficult because I felt very emotional.
It is also obvious through chatting to Craig that is well aware of the legacy that he is now part of. “Way back when Sean Connery first appeared in Bond movies there was no such thing as a blockbuster,” he explains. “I mean there were big, big movies but there was no such things as big action, adventure movies – there were war movies but there was nothing quite like them and they have kind of set a tone for cinemas since then and they have been an event whenever they have come out. There has been a song, there has been fashion, there has been politics and all of the things that go along with a Bond movie. I think Fleming’s novels put them on their way but I think it is how they have been produced over the years that has kept them an exciting thing to look forward to for families and everybody.”
One of the big questions that had been circulating around Hollywood was who would the person be that would bring Daniel Craig’s last Bond film to the big screen and in the end that role was given to director Cary Joji Fukunaga who was known for films such as Sin nombre and Beasts Of No Nation. It is easy to see from listening to Craig that he believes Fukunaga was the right man for the job.
“Cary has brought a unique sense of style to the film,” says Craig after thinking for a moment. “He is very different from the other directors that we have had before and I was really keen for somebody different to come on board so the look and feel of the movie would be very unique, but foremost he is a Bond fan so he understood the importance of the tropes and of the gags that everybody is used to. He has also put his own particular spin on them which is more than I could have ever hoped for.”