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Jem And The Holograms

Summary: As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 24th March, 2016

Country: USA

Director: Jon M. Chu

Screenwriter: Ryan Landels

Cast: Justin Alastair (Esteban), Ken Baker (Donnie The Reporter), Nicholas Braun (Brad), Barnaby Carpenter (Emmett Benton), Jimmy Fallon (himself), Katie Findlay (Stormer), Eiza Gonzalez (Jetta), Ryan Guzman (Rio), Dwayne Johnson (himself), Djoir Jordan (herself), Jason Kennedy (Jason Kennedy), Kesha (Pizazz), Alicia Keys (herself), Hayley Kiyoko (Aja), Hana Mae Lee (Roxy), Juliette Lewis (Erica Raymond), Christy Marx (Lindsey Pierce), Nathan Moore (Zipper), Aubrey Peeples (Jerrica/Jem), Aurora Perrineau (Shana), Chris Pratt (himself), Isabella Kai Rice (Young Jerrica), Molly Ringwald (Aunt Bailey), Stefanie Scott (Kimber), Jackie Tohn (Rebecca)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Harley Woods:

Jem And The Holograms is a film based on Hasbro’s super popular doll line of the Eighties, which had a cartoon series still loved to this day. The screenplay of this film was written by Ryan Landels and the film was directed by Jon M Chu.

The story revolves around the orphaned Jerrica who grows up with her little sister, Kimber, and 2 adoptive sisters, Shana and Aja, in a house where music is cultivated as a way to bond. She becomes an online sensation overnight when she dons a pink wig and performs a song under the name ‘Jem’.

When I heard that Jem was going to be done as a live action movie I was so excited. I loved the cartoon when I was a child. I t was the essential Eighties cartoon – full of music, colour, crazy style but with real heart at its centre.

Then I saw the trailer for the movie. What was being advertised was absolutely nothing like Jem – it was just using the name. I’m pretty sure this pissed-off a lot of people and the film’s release suffered for it.

However, having just watched the DVD release, I have to say it was not as horrible as I feared. Synergy was there as a character, albeit a little different to the original, as was Jerrica’s backstory, slightly tweaked…

So why was I shown a completely boring ‘I-want-to-be-on-American-Idol’ type trailer to advertise the movie – with almost none of the classic Jem elements and characteristic details?

Despite this, the film does offer good fan-service throughout the film; a lot of characters and elements from the show appear. Some elements are not used enough, such as the classic Jem “truly outrageous” style. This appears briefly at the start and gets our hopes up… only to be watered down when they hit stardom.

The filmmakers have created a story about finding the ‘real you’ and being courageous enough to be yourself and follow your dreams. To sell this, we not only follow Jerrica’s journey to becoming Jem via her online video, but other ‘everyday people’ are shown throughout the film with their video uploads. This is meant to be an inspirational “we are all Jem” idea, showing that everyone can make their dreams come true.

Whilst I applaud the idea and lesson, I have to say that all those videos were annoying and detracted from the narrative. More time spent ‘showing’ Jem’s effect rather than a bunch of low-quality home video scenes of people saying how inspired they are would have been more beneficial.

Overall, the story was good and engaging but suffered from lazy and predictable moments later on. At one point the band falls apart, but all is forgiven without any kind of prompting a few minutes later. Character-wise, the movie starts good and builds each of the main characters, then becomes all about Jem and the others start to become background elements.

Jerrica’s biological little sister, Kimber, is the catalyst for the events and is built up at the start. Jerrica finds clues left by their father and follows them as her personal journey and, apparently, is nothing to do with Kimber. A message from their father at the end is all directed at Jerrica, only acknowledging Kimber at the very end.

Fans of Jem will have been wanting to see the Misfits in the movie. They’re not the main antagonists as you might have hoped, but do appear in a mid-credits bonus scene (with Pizazz played by Kesha) obviously intended to set-up a sequel. Their absence did not bother me, though, as it made sense to set Jem up as a star before introducing rivals.

I hope we actually do get a sequel, but with stronger writing (I’ll do it!) and ‘style’ showing it to be a bit more faithful to the franchise – especially in how it’s advertised. I hope they make the effort to set it straight and actually make Jem ‘truly outrageous’, which she really wasn’t in this film.

A nice touch might have been to update the old theme-tune. The music was good in the movie, but it should have been more striking and utilised more than it actually was for a film about a musician. It was disappointing to see her turned into a Lady-Gaga-clone at one stage – although this could have been a device used to show her becoming unpopular when they tried to change who she fundamentally was; you missed something there, Hasbro Studios!

Performances by the cast were generally strong, given what they had to work with. At times the film did not know if it wanted to be funny or feely and could have been executed better. Our heroine played her part well but we would like to see more opportunity to be the striking character and talent that she is built up to be (more the script’s fault than the actress’).

This film deserves 3.5 out of 5, with plenty of room left to be truly, truly, truly outrageous.

 

Stars(3.5)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  Jem and the Holograms (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Jem And The Holograms Reviews: Nil

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121212

Summary: A mix of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the televised benefit concert to raise relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Amir Bar-Lev

Screenwriter: Nil.

Cast: Jon Bon Jovi (himself), Steve Buscemi (himself), Eric Clapton (himself), Roger Daltrey (himself), Tony Danza (himself), Michael Dempsey (himself), James Dolan (himself), Dave Grohl (himself), Jake Gyllenhaal (himself), Mick Jagger (himself), Billy Joel (himself), Alicia Keys (herself), Chris Martin (himself), Paul McCartney (himself), Keith Richards (himself), Chris Rock (himself), Adam Sandler (himself), Bruce Springsteen (himself), Michael Stipe (himself), John Sykes (himself),, Quentin Tarantino (himself), Pete Townsend (himself), Eddie Vedder (himself), Roger Waters (himself), Charlie Watts (himself), Harvey Weinstein (himself), Kanye West (himself),
Runtime: 106 mins

Classification: M

OUR 12-12-12 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It was the night that was put together to help aid the New Yorkers that were suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, what it became was one of the biggest concerts held in music history. It was the night that saw Paul McCartney technically become the lead vocalist for Nirvana, the night that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder put his Jimmy Fallon Show faux-pas and performed with the legendary Roger Waters, the night that REM’S Michael Stipe joined forces with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and to top it off the night when legends like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and The Who looked down off the stage and saw a pit filled with the unlikely combination of Chris Rock, Quentin Tarantino, Kristen Stewart, Miles Teller and Michael Chiklis… just to name a few.

The good thing for music fans that couldn’t be at Madison Square Gardens for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert is the fact that former Beatles front man Paul McCartney knew that something big was going on and had the foresight to capture the night on video. Teaming up with documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev has seen McCartney end up being the executive producer of one of the most interesting and entertaining doccos that is likely to hit the screens in 2014.

12-12-12 isn’t simply just a re-run of the concert footage that went to air on the night of the concert, no Bar-Lev goes a lot deeper than that. The docco itself almost tells three stories, it shows the horror of the night that Sandy touched down in New York, it then tells the story of those that put their own safety last and reached out to help those affected in the tragedies aftermath and then shows all the hard work that the likes of Harvey Weinstein went into putting together this massive concert in just three weeks. The fact that of all us is intermixed with some brilliant live performances by some of the world’s greatest artists makes this a touching human interest documentary that is also likely to enthral any serious music fans.

Bar-Lev skills as a filmmaker are clearly on show for all to see in 12-12-12. Most directors would have simply just inserted some Hurricane Sandy footage into the concert footage and delivered it to the masses, but Bar-Lev goes deeper than that even showing the frantic pace that all involved in this concert went three in the days leading up to it and on the actual night. He shows the meltdown of some of the staff when it is realised that so many credit card donations are being made per second that the whole computer system is crashing, he shows the cool and calm owner of Google stepping in to fix the problem when nobody else seems able to. He also captures moments when stars became star struck themselves, moments like when Quentin Tarantino goes into complete surprise meeting Reggie Jackson and Chris Rock standing looking at the stage like a small child looking up at a Christmas Tree. Then there are the amazing interviews of those who survived Sandy, the volunteer firefighters who watched their own homes burn not being able to do a thing and an amazing insight from Tony Danza into what it means to be American. They are the things that most filmmakers would have overlooked… not so Bar-Lev.

12-12-12 is a documentary that no music fan should miss, it is also the kind of film that anyone who needs to renew their faith in mankind needs to see. It’s a film that looks at how community should pull together in the face of a tragedy whether they be your average Joe on the street or a wealthy musician… oh and this is a film that also shows us that Adam Sandler can still be funny when he wants to be. This is one documentary that shouldn’t be missed.

Stars(5)

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

IMDB Rating:  12-12-12 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘12-12-12′: For our complete review of 12-12-12 please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77.

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TONIGHT ALIVE have today released their electrifying new single “The Edge,” written exclusively for the Australian release of the new movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro, opening in Australia on April 17th. The highly anticipated official music video for “The Edge” has just premiered on VEVO – check it out below.

Since teasing the track online since the single announcement on March 21st, Tonight Alive fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of the single and accompanying video in its entirety, with the band’s social media accounts exploding and the teaser itself receiving in excess of 160K streams. The hype has been garnering the band attention not just domestically but around the world, helped along by their sold out tour across the UK with All Time Low, and throughout the US with Taking Back Sunday and The Used.

With “The Edge” being written by Tonight Alive exclusively for the movie, the song will be featured on The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland.

“The Edge” sits amongst top level global talent on the soundtrack, alongside “It’s On Again” by Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamar, written exclusively for the film by Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer and Kendrick Lamar, and produced by Pharrell Williams.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is released in Australia on Friday, April 18th on Columbia Records and Madison Gate Records, through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

With the track now available to purchase globally, Tonight Alive explain their excitement as they prepare to be launched further into the international spotlight. ““The Edge” is a song we’re really proud of and as a band we are very flattered to be a part of such a huge legacy that is The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro. It is our hope that not only Tonight Alive fans, but all fans of the comic and movies will enjoy the track too!”

About The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. Directed by Marc Webb. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro is in Australian cinemas from April 17th #SpiderMan
www.theamazingspiderman2.com.au.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available to purchase in
Australia from April 18th.

 

Muscle Shoals

Summary: A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman”.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier

Screenwriter: N/A

Cast: Gregg Allmann (himself), Bono (himself), Jesse Boyce (himself), Freeman Brown (himself), Clarence Carter (himself), Jimmy Cliff (himself), Aretha Franklin (herself), Donna Godchaux (herself), Rick Hall (himself), Roger Hawkins (himself), David Hood (himself), Clayton Ivey (himself), Mick Jagger (himself), Jaimoe (himself), Jimmy Johnson (himself), Alicia Keys (herself), Ed King (himself), Martin Luther King (himself), Spooner Oldham (himself), Dan Penn (himself), Sam Phillips (himself), Wilson Pickett (himself), Billy Powell (himself), Otis Redding (himself), Keith Richards (himself), Percy Sledge (himself), Candi Staton (herself), Harvey Thompson (himself), Ronnie van Zant (himself), Jerrry Wexler (himself), John Paul White (himself), Steve Winwood (himself),

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification:TBC

OUR MUSCLE SHOALS REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(4.5)

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

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4.5)

IMDB Rating:  Muscle Shoals (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Muscle Shoals′: Please check our Muscle Shoals review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 63.

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