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Summary:Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21st December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: David Frankel

Screenwriter: Vanessa Taylor

Cast: Becky Ann Baker (Cora), Rogina Bedell-O’Brien (Rogina), Steve Carell (Dr. Feld), Rony Clanton (Ronnie), Lee Cunningham (Lee), Patch Darragh (Mark), Stephen Lee Davis (Steve), Daniel Flaherty (Danny), Jack Haley (Jack), Ann Harada (Ann), Marin Ireland (Molly), Tommy Lee Jones (Arnold), Paul Jude Letersky (Paul), Susan Misner (Dana), Ben Rappaport (Brad), Brett Rice (Vince), Mimi Rogers (Carol), Madeline Ruskin (Maddie), Elisabeth Shue (Karen), Jean Smart (Eileen), John Srednecki (John), Meryl Streep (Kay), Charles Techman (Charlie), Damian Young (Mike)

Runtime: 100 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Hope Springs’ Review:

There is little point two stellar actors turning up and delivering brilliant performances if they are going to be let down by a film that may indeed have heart but lacks any real creativity. That is the sad fact about new romantic comedy (for the older generation), Hope Springs.

Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor (The Amazing Mrs. Novak, TV’S Game Of Thrones) sets a pretty simple story. Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones – Men In Black 3, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Kay (Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady, TV’S Web Therapy) have been married for thirty years and now the kids are out of the house they should be having the time of their lives but they aren’t. There is no passion left in their marriage, they don’t even sleep in the same beds – each day has become a grind that Arnold doesn’t seem to mind but has Kay at wit’s end.

Annoyed with how things are going Kay decides to take action. After reading a book by relationship expert Dr. Feld (Steve Carell – Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, Crazy Stupid Love) she decides to pay the $4000 and travel to his relationship centre so she and Arnold can undertake his marriage-saving course. The only trouble is at first Arnold does want to go, and even after Kay has convinced him to take the trip he is sure there is nothing wrong with their marriage and that Dr. Feld is a shark out to make some quick money.

Director David Frankel (The Big Year, Marley & Me) really did nothing to try and save Hope Springs from becoming a tiresome watch. Taylor’s script sets a lot of the film in Dr. Feld’s office and while the dialogue is good it certainly isn’t great enough to make these scenes flow, there is almost a collective sigh from the audience every time the film goes back to the office. The sad fact is that these scenes could have been made more interesting either by Taylor doing a rewrite or Frankel being adventurous enough to change the setting.

The second major fault of the script is not giving Kay and Arnold someone to talk to other than Dr. Feld. Kay mildly opens up to Karen (Elisabeth Shue – TV’S C.S.I. & American Dad) which works well, but then after that scene Karen disappears, never to be seen again. As for Arnold well it’s left up to the audience to try and figure out what is going on inside his head.

Having said that the acting of both Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones is sensational but you do have to feel for poor Steve Carell who is completely wasted in his role. He rarely leaves his chair and despite the fact Carrel has shown in the past that he is brilliant at comedy and can hold his own with drama, here is called upon to do neither.

Hope Springs fails miserably due to the fact that it is such a tedious watch. The acting may be great but the script certainly isn’t.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Hope Springs: http://www.helium.com/items/2364180-movie-reviews-hope-springs-2012.

Rating: 2/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Hope Springs (2012) on IMDb

Super 8

Summary: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th June, 2011

Australian DVD Release Date: 17th November, 2011

Country: USA

Director: J.J. Abrams

Screenwriter: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Jack Axelrod (Mr. Blakely), Caitriona Balfe (Elizabeth Lamb), Gabriel Basso (Martin), Dan Castellaneta (Izzy), Kyle Chandler (Deputy Jackson Lamb), Graham Clarke (Airforce Airman Korne), Joel Courtney (Joe Lamb), Michael Crawley (Airforce Airman Taylor), Dale Dickey (Edie), Jonathan Dixon (Airman Nevil), Thomas F. Duffy (Rooney), Ron Eldard (Louis Dainard), Noah Emmerich (Colonel Elec), Elle Fanning (Alice Dainard), Britt Flatmo (Peg Kaznyk), Amanda Foreman (Lydia Connors), David Gallagher (Donny), Ben Gavin (Deputy Milner), Michael Giacchino (Deputy Crawford), Bruce Greenwood (Cooper), Jade Griffiths (Benji Kaznyk), Riley Griffiths (Charles Kaznyk), Tony Guma (Sergeant Walters), James Landry Hebert (Deputy Tally), Michael Hitchcock (Deputy Rosko), Richard T. Jones (Overmyer), Beau Knapp (Breen), Ryan Lee (Cary), Teri Clark Linden (Mrs. Babbit), Kate Lowes (Tina), Scott A. Martin (Sal), Jake McLaughlin (Merrit), Koa Melvin (Baby Joe), AJ Michalka (Jen Kaznyk), Andrew Miller (Kaznyk Twin), Jakob Miller (Kaznyk Twin), Joel McKinnon Miller (Mr. Kaznyk), Zach Mills (Preston), Alex Nevil (Rick), Bingo O’Malley (Mr. Harkin), Tom Quinn (Mr. McCandless), Brett Rice (Sheriff Pruitt), Marco Sanchez (Hernandez), Jay Scully (Deputy Skadden), Jessica Tuck (Mrs. Kaznyk), Glynn Turman (Dr Thomas Woodward)

Runtime: 112 mins



David Griffiths: Stars(4.5)

It’s funny that Steven Spielberg is attached to the movie Super 8 because one of the things that hits you during the movie is that same feeling you felt the first time you saw E.T. The fresh-faced kids, a young actress that you know is going to be a star and even an alien that just wants to get home. It’s all there, but you can’t really say that J.J. Abrams has copied a single thing from the classic… because what he has done is create an individual film that shines for about 90% of its running time.

Super 8 sees a group of kids, led by Charles (Riley Griffiths) and Joe (Joel Courtney) trying to make a zombie film, but in doing so they accidentally catch a massive train crash on camera. However, this isn’t any ordinary train crash because soon the town is haunted by the disappearance of people, dogs and lots of things made by metal. Convinced that something is going on the kids decide to investigate. Meanwhile Joe’s father, Jackson (Kyle Chandler) is called to investigate the crash. He also suspects the military is covering up something but is also worried about his son’s budding relationship with Alice (Elle Fanning)

J.J. Abrams really has outdone himself here. He doesn’t fall into the trap of introducing the alien too early… after all the main part of this story is the relationship between Joe, his friends, Alice and his father. To his credit Abrams never lets the sci-fi aspect of the film overshadow those relationships… perhaps the right way to describe this film is a drama with some sci-fi thrown in. The train crash scene is enough to show anyone that J.J. Abrams is one of the finest directors we have around at the moment. It’s intense and stunning (without going over the top) and you do genuinely find yourself worried about the characters as they run through it. The only let down is the final 15 minutes of the film. The flowery end has ‘Spielberg’ written all over it and is ultimately what prevents Super 8 from being one of the finest films to surface over the last couple of years.

The other stroke of genius Abrams reveals is in his casting. Those who are fans of the TV series Friday Night Lights know what Kyle Chandler is capable of, and he certainly doesn’t fail to deliver here. Chandler is brilliant and it is a shame that his character kind of fades away into nothing towards the end of the film. But where Abrams really has made the right choice is with the kids. They are all brilliant but Joel Courtney seems to be the one that will have the massive career ahead of him… he is a natural talent. He is also well supported by Elle Fanning who seems to be following in her sister’s footsteps and is blossoming into a fine actress.

The first 90% of Super 8 are brilliant and Abrams really needs to be congratulated for his skill and vision, but the last 15 minutes of this film really do leave a bad taste in your mouth, it’s a shame it ends with such a PG ending rather than live up to its convictions. Still, Super 8 does more than enough to impress and is certainly worth a look.

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

IMDB Rating:Super 8 (2011) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Super 8′: Nil.