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Dakota Johnson

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

 

  1. Dakota Johnson
  2. Amber Heard
  3. Jamie Dornan
  4. Margot Robbie
  5. Rosamund Pike
  6. Mila Kunis
  7. Chloe Grace Moretz
  8. Shailene Woodley
  9. Chris Pratt
  10. Gemma Arterton
  11. Emilia Clarke
  12. Emma Watson
  13. Emma Stone
  14. Channing Tatum
  15. Felicity Jones
  16. Tom Hardy
  17. Eddie Redmayne
  18. Jennifer Lawrence
  19. Lizzy Caplan
  20. Bridget Regan
  21. Bradley Cooper
  22. Scarlett Johansson
  23. Sienna Miller
  24. Tiffani Thiessen
  25. Eva Green

Rosamund Pike

We take a look at the 25 Most Popular Stars on the Net this week.

1. Rosamund Pike

2. Sarah Danielle Goldberg

3. Stephen Collins

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5. Natalie Grossman

6. Chloe Grace Moretz

7. Luke Evans

8. Jennifer Lawrence

9. Jan Hooks

10. Ben Affleck

11. Emily Ratajkowski

12. Evan Peters

13. Nicola Peltz

14. Scarlett Johansson

15. Sam Heughan

16. David Fincher

17. Faye Grant

18. Tom Hardy

19. Analeigh Tipton

20. Camren Bicondova

21. Emily Blunt

22. Amber Heard

23. Dylan O’Brien

24. Danielle Panabaker

25. Blake Lively

Subculture DVD + Blu Ray

Welcome to Subculture, the brand new podcast hosted by Dave Griffiths which each week takes a look at all the new DVD and Blu-Ray releases for that week.

On Subculture Ep 001 Dave takes a look at new films Zombie Hunter and Machete Kills. He also has a chat to the man himself Danny Trejo. Also make sure you take a listen for your chance to win a copy of Zombie Hunter (thanks to Transmission Films) and Machete Kills (thanks to Icon Films).

You can hear Subculture Ep 001 right here.

Machete Kills

Summary: Recruited by the President of the United States, Machete is given a mission that would be impossible for any mortal man. He must take down an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he is hunted at every turn by an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd October, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th March, 2013

Country: Russia, USA

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Screenwriter: Kyle Ward, Robert Rodriguez (story), Marcel Rodriguez (story)

Cast: Jessica Alba (Sartana), Edgar Arreola (Esteban), Electra Avellan (Nurse Mona), Elise Avellan (Nurse Lisa), Antonio Banderas (La Camalean 4), Demian Bichir (Mendez), Billy Blair (Billy Blair), Pablo Bracho (Bartender Carlos), Jason Christopher (Lieutenant Brass), Samuel Davis (Clebourne), Pablo Esparza (Grasa), Heaven Elizabeth Fearn (Miss Amarillo), Mel Gibson (Voz), Walton Goggins (La Camalean 1), Cuba Gooding Jnr (La Camalean 2), Amber Heard (Miss San Antonio), David C. Heard (Doctor Villachez),  Sophia Hoang (Miss Houston), Vanessa Hudgens (Cereza), Lady Gaga (La Camalean), Elle LaMont (Dollface), Marci Madison (Nurse Fine), Elon Musk (himself), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Chepo), Alexa PenaVega (Killjoy), Eduardo Renteria (Doctor Goodbar), Emmy Robbin (Pris), Michelle Rodriguez (Luz), Felix Sabates (Doc Felix), Tom Savini (Osiris Amanapur), Charlie Sheen (Mr. President), Bobby Tamayo (Stuttering Tito), Danny Trejo (Machete), Sofia Vergara (Desdemona), Mark Zaror (Zaror)

Runtime: 107 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR MACHETE KILLS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It’s funny how some people expect that every single film they see be of a high artistic quality. Whatever happened to the notion of just watching a film for fun? Or simply watching a film just for its entertainment value? Take Machete Kills for example, it’s not exactly high art but it is the kind of film that is fun to watch and reminds you that there still are directors out there, in this case the great Robert Rodriguez, who are not afraid to simply make a film for entertainment value.

Machete Kills follows on from the events of 2010’s Machete and begins with the hardened hero Machete (Danny Trejo) facing his worst nightmare when he watches as his latest love-of-his-life, Sartana (Jessica Alba) is murdered during what they believe is a routine border raid.

In the wake of her death Machete is called upon by President Rathcock (Charlie Sheen) to hunt down a known criminal, Mendez (Demian Bichir), who has threatened the security of the U.S.A. with a bomb. The case soon steps up to a whole new level however when Machete learns that the orders given to him by the very sexy Miss San Antonio (Amber Heard) don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the a case that soon also involves the evil Voz (Mel Gibson). Then there are of course the ever-growing list of people who want Machete dead, which includes Desdemona (Sofia Vergara) and La Camaleon (Lady Gaga).

Machete Kills is not a film that should be written off too quickly. Even the most uneducated film fan must be able to see that with the Machete franchise Robert Rodriguez is trying to bring fun back into the cinema. This time around there isn’t even the hint of seriousness in the film. What with celebrity train-wreck Charlie Sheen playing the president and Sofia Vergara playing a character with a machine-gun Madonna-inspired bra the fact that this is supposed to be a fun film.

To Rodriguez’s credit though his mission to recapture the old B-Grade action film and bring in a little fun doesn’t seem to do anything to harm the suspense of the film. Machete is a likable character so it isn’t hard for the script to make the audience not want anything to happen to him. The fact that he loses Sartana early on the film seems to make him even more vulnerable.

As the film goes on it becomes obvious that Rodriguez is really trying to see just how far he can stretch the imagination of the audience, which will be important seeing it seems likely that Machete 3 will be set in space, although you can’t help but think under all the ludricious fight scenes and far-stretched scenarios is still a strong message about the way the world treats its refugees.

As was the case with the first Machete film Machete Kills works well because of it’s amazing cast. Once again Danny Trejo leads the way playing the tough Machete brilliantly well, while he is well supported by a plevvy of beauties including Amber Heard, Lady Gaga and Sofia Vergara all of which who seem to be having a ball in their roles.

By far though the two standouts amongst the cast of Machete Kills are Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson. Rightfully no director should touch these two, they should be considered box office poison. But here the two seem to relish their roles. Sheen seems to turn the clock back to Hot Shots with his smooth portrayal of a U.S. President while Mel Gibson seems to really enjoy becoming evil incarnate as he portrays an evil dictator.

If you’re looking for a fun action film that doesn’t demand too much of its audience than Machete Kills is a film that you must check out. Suspense and laughs go hand-in-hand with a film that will certainly guarantee that this franchise becomes a cult favourite in the years to come.

Stars(3)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Machete Kills (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Machete Kills′: Please check Subculture Ep 001 for our full Machete Kills review.

Trailer:

 

3 Days To KillSummary: A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 27th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: 27th June, 2014

Country: USA

Director: McG

Screenwriter: Adi Hasak, Luc Besson

Cast: Marc Andreoni (Mitat Yilmaz), Big John (Louis), Jonas Bloquet (Hugh), Scott Burn (The Butcher), Kevin Costner (Ethan Renner), Eric Ebouaney (Jules), Romane Ferreira (Young Zooey), Amber Heard (Vivi Delay), Tomas Lemarquis (The Albino), Connie Nielson (Christine Renner), Philippe Reyno (Young Agent Vivi), Bruno Ricci (Guido), Richard Sammel (The Wolf), Joakhim Sigue (Abbate), Hailee Steinfeld (Zoey Renner), Alison Valence (Sumia), Michael Vander-Meiren (Jacques), Omid Zader (Sergei)

Runtime: 117 mins

Classification:M

OUR 3 DAYS TO KILL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King:

Greg’s 3 Days To Kill review can be found at www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(3)

 

David Griffiths:

Not long ago it seemed that the Kevin Costner bubble had burst. The success of films like The Bodyguard and Dances With Wolves were completely forgotten about and he was literally box office poison. Actually he was worse than poison because most of his films never even made it to the cinema – instead they copped the dreaded straight-to-DVD tag. But the past few months have seen Costner return to the past box office success as he has had starring roles in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Man Of Steel, and now he’s back bigger and better than ever in 3 Days To Kill.

Here Costner plays Ethan Renner a CIA Agent who is good… damn good… at his job, so good in fact that nobody seems to be worried that Ethan is feeling ‘off-colour’ while being involved in a sting to bring down two of the world’s biggest terrorists – The Albino (Tomas Lemarquis) and The Wolf (Richard Sammel). However, things go horribly wrong when The Albino works out that something is up and Ethan collapses while going after him.

With both men gone Ethan’s bad news gets worse when he is diagnosed with a form of brain cancer that will kill him within 3-5 months. After he is stood down as an Agent Ethan decides to try and repair his relationship with his ex-wife Christine (Connie Nielsen) and the daughter he has never really known Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld).

Just as he is beginning to repair these two relationships Ethan receives another surprise when a mysterious (yet incredibly sexy) agent called Vivi (Amber Heard) shows up saying she has an experimental drug that will keep Ethan alive but she will only give it to him if he agrees to keep going after The Albino and The Wolf. As she so elegantly puts it ‘KILL OR DIE!!!’

One of the things that no doubt scares people about 3 Days To Kill is the fact that McG is at the helm. Let’s not forget that this was the man that once directed the Charlie’s Angels films and This Means War. However, on the plus side he was also the man behind the underrated Terminator Salvation and this time he is working with a script that was written by Luc Beeson… a man who certainly knows his way around an action film.

The film itself has a strange feel around it. At times it seems that McG can’t work out whether he wants the film to take an in-depth look at a father and daughter repairing a fractured relationship or whether he wants it to be a straight-out action thriller like the Taken franchise. While pondering this the audience soon becomes aware of the fact that the film’s mood simply mirrors the thoughts going through Ethan’s mind – does he want to be a family man or does he want to remain with the CIA? With that in mind the film works although McG should have had the sense to keep the little bits of humor right out of the film.

3 Days To Kill also sees Kevin Costner take back his mantle of a leading man. Here Costner mixes action with drama in the same way that Liam Neeson has in his recent films. It’s an obvious bid for Costner to try and boost his current on-the-rise-popularity and to be quite honest he does it here with ease. He has charisma, plays the downtrodden man well and any movie buff will see the obvious similarities to the character he played in The Bodyguard, especially when he is carrying Zoe out of the club after she has almost been date raped.

True any actor playing a ‘baddie’ in this film is seriously stereo-typed while Connie Nielson should rightfully feel like she has been ripped off by her character not being fully explored but on the flipside both Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld really get to show some skill. Steinfeld shows she is really maturing and while her performance here is nowhere near the effort she put in when doing True Grit she again reminds audiences that when she is called to deliver she does. Then there is Amber Heard who continues her recent sexpot role in Machete Kills with an alluring role that would normally go to the likes of Angelina Jolie. The ending of this film suggests that perhaps they are trying to create a franchise around Heard’s character of Vivi and that certainly wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

At the end of the day 3 Days To Kill is not a masterpiece but if you are looking for an action film that also calls upon a little emotion from its characters then you could do a lot worse.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating: 3 Days to Kill (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘3 Days To Kill′: Nil.

Trailer:

Paranoia Poster

Summary: An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss’s old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, France

Director: Robert Luketic

Screenwriter: Jason Dean Hall, Barry Levy, Joseph Finder (novel)

Cast: Emberth Davidtz (Dr. Judith Bolton), Brendan Dooling (Dylan Goddard), Richard Dreyfuss (Frank Cassidy), Haley Finnegan (Chelsea), Harrison Ford (Jock Goddard), Amber Heard (Emma Jennings), Liam Hemsworth (Adam Cassidy), Charles Hofheimer (Richard McAllister), Josh Holloway (Agent Gamble),  Kevin Kilner (Tom Lungren), Guy Lemaitre (George Gardelo), Christine Marzano (Nora Summers), Julian McMahon (Miles Meechum), Mark Moses (Dr. Butson), Gary Oldman (Nicolas Wyatt), William Peltz (Morgan), Angela Sarafysn (Allison), Lucas Till (Kevin), Karen Vicks (Lydia)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:M

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PARANOIA’:

Dave Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Paranoia’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Paranoia’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Paranoia’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 48

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Paranoia (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Paranoia′: For more in-depth reviews of ‘Paranoia’ please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 48

Trailer:

Paranoia Poster

A new featurette has just been released for the forthcoming ‘Paranoia’

An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss’s old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.

Cast: Liam Hemsworht, Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz, Richard Dreyfuss

Director:
Robert Luketic

Paranoia

The official trailer for PARANOIA (in cinemas AUGUST 15) was released in Australia today coinciding with its worldwide debut.

Starring Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Expendables 2), Harrison Ford  (ENDER’S GAME, COWBOYS VS. ALIENS), Gary Oldman (TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) and Amber Heard (ZOMBIELAND, THE RUM DIARY), PARANOIA is a high-stakes thriller based on the novel by Joseph Finder.

Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a charming, blue collar guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Telecom. He starts by bending the rules, but it’s not long before harmless rule breaking turns into breaking the law. Adam makes a costly mistake and is confronted by ruthless CEO Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) who agrees not to turn Adam in, on one condition: Adam must agree to infiltrate the competition as a corporate spy.

Adam becomes a willing pawn in a billion dollar power play, working his way up the ladder at the opposition and into the prime position to spy on Wyatt’s old mentor, Jack Goddard (Harrison Ford). It isn’t long before Adam realises that he’s nothing more than a pawn in his boss’ dangerous game and his only way out – may be to go in deeper.

 

Icon Film Distribution will be releasing PARANOIA in cinemas on AUGUST 15

Releasing on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from DECEMBER 20