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Summary: Miles is stuck in a dead-end job, still in love with his ex-girlfriend Nova. Unbeknownst to him, a gang called Skizm is running a deadly competition within his city in which complete strangers fight to the death for the entertainment of an online audience of millions. Miles soon finds himself caught up in the game and forced to fight in a battle to the death. Initially, Miles’ lifetime of running from his problems pays off as he manages to elude his first opponent but when Nova is kidnapped, he must finally stop running and overcome his fears to fight for the girl he loves.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 9th April 2020

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand

Director: Jason Lei Howden

Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden

Cast: Anne Alexander-Sieder (Martha Seabert), Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Nova), Grant Bowler (Degraves), Milo Cawthorne (Hadley), Logan Cole (Daddy Doubletaps), Rhys Darby (Glenjamin), Ned Dennehy (Riktor), Hanako Footman (Ruby), Stephen Grey (Vadim), Jacqueline Lee Guerts (Irine Degraves), Aaron Jackson (Clement), Richard Knowles (Xander), Aaron McGregor (Jock), Colin Moy (Clive), Racheal Ofori (Effie), Bella Paddin (Young Nix), Daniel Radcliffe (Miles), Jack Riddiford (Shadwell), Mark Rowley (Dane), Set Sjostrand (Fuckface), Josh Thomson (Grim), Janos Tiborcz (Graveworm), Samara Weaving (Nix), Joe Witkowski (Longshot), Edwin Wright (Stanton)

Running Time: 95 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

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Dave Griffiths’ Guns Akimbo Review:

I have always felt for young actors and actresses who seem to have their careers tarnished by the very role that made them famous. A lot of people seem to disagree that it even happens but then how many times did you hear ‘not that guy from Twilight’ when Robert Pattinson was recently cast as Batman?

What the actor really needs is a role that is so far removed from their early career that it makes audiences see them in a different light, why do you think so many young stars try to do a role that involves nudity as soon as they turn eighteen?

One actor that has been desperately trying to break the mould set for him by his breakout role is Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe has tried so valiantly to try and shake off the Harry Potter tag – he’s done Australian films, gone to the dramatic extremes in Kill Your Darlings but the tag only seemed to lift a little when he stunned cinema-goers with the obscure but brilliant Swiss Army Man. Now Radcliffe hopes to shrug off the rest of that tag with a sheer brilliant performance in a film that is guaranteed to become a cult classic – Guns Akimbo.

Here Radcliffe plays Miles, a games programmer who is stuck in a dead-end job that he loathes with a boss who is nothing but a bully. While he hates his job, he hates his life even more as his recent separation from his girlfriend Nova (Natasha Liu Bordizzo – Hotel Mumbai) only seems to remind him just how in love with her he was.

In a state of boredom one night he leaves a trolling comment on the website of a popular death match reality game that is being run by an extremely violent organisation called Skizm. Angered by the comment the group’s leader, the psychopathic Riktor (Ned Dennehy – Mandy) has Miles captured and then has his goons bolt weapons to his hands. He then places Miles in the game and has him compete against the reigning champion, the criminally insane Nix (Samara Weaving – Ready Or Not), who believes one more kill will see her free of the game and then finally able to live her life the way that she wants to.

If the plot sounds insane it is because that is exactly what it is. It is the last kind of film that you would ever expect Radcliffe to want to be cast in yet somehow his performance grouped together by the fact that the film is in the capable hands of Deathgasm director Jason Lei Howden sees it become a cult classic that cinema lovers are going to lap up right away.

One of the keys to the film working is the fact that Howden is a cult film lover himself. His love for video games and 1980s action films here is so obvious. The film almost seems to have ‘levels’ that the characters have to get past while the fact that his graphic violence was certain to attract a R Rating also didn’t seem to scare him. At times it feels like as a director he was saying ‘let’s put another headshot in there’ and see what they do. Then there is also a killer soundtrack that features everyone from Dead Or Alive to Cypress Hill and even Iggy Pop. What Howden has made here is a film that he himself would want to watch and the result is one of the best action films of the past few years.

That is further enhanced by the fact that as a filmmaker Howden doesn’t try to make Guns Akimbo anything that it’s not. It’s a basic shoot-‘em up with a little bit of humour thrown in for good measure. And while the film doesn’t strive to be anything else it does end up making a lot of commentary about the morals of modern day reality television and delivering a better female hero than even Birds of Prey could manage.

Yes, we may have been blown away by Samara Weaving’s recent performances in The Babysitter and Ready Or Not but here she takes her acting to a whole new level. Weaving doesn’t just stop at having fun during some daring action sequences instead she brings real characterisation to a character that could have easily become a one-dimensional anti-hero. Even when she is trying to hunt down and kill everyone’s favourite loser – Miles – you can’t help but feel a little bit of remorse for Nix, despite her being a bad-ass.

Then there is Radcliffe who seems to embrace the fact that he is given the opportunity to play such an off-beat character. Like Weaving he mixes characterisation with action and seems to deliver just the right amount of method acting to show that perhaps a lot of cinema-goers have misjudged Radcliffe on just how good his acting ability can be. His scene with Rhys Darby in this film shows he also has a flair for comedy as well.

If you like your action flick to be a little left of centre and bordering on the gruesome then Guns Akimbo is the film for you. The fresh creative nature of the film shows why Jason Lei Howden is a director who can potentially breathe a new sense creativity into the action genre, while the film itself is the perfect vehicle to show that world that Daniel Radcliffe has well and truly outgrown his Harry Potter wand.

 

 

 

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They say that the lights never go out in Hollywood. Well if they aren’t fully out at the moment then they are certainly very, very dim. As the Covid-19 virus goes on its deadly wave right across the planet Hollywood and the world’s film industry has become one of its biggest victims.

Right now as i write this this most of the world’s cinemas are in darkness – the projectors have stopped and the doors are closed. In Thailand cinemas are closed until April 1st while in America the cinemas are closed indefinitely. In Australia the cinema chains desperately tried to keep the doors open, but finally the week came where only one new film opened in cinemas and as people had started to fear going out in public the film was playing to empty cinemas. When you consider that film was The Current War starring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Tom Holland the fact it wasn’t drawing an audience just went to show how afraid people really were. Luckily the nation’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the decision for the cinema bosses when he included cinemas in the list of non-essential services that had to close as the nation went into a Stage One lockdown.

For the rest of the world the first inkling that Covid-19 was going to hit the cinema industry hard was when Sony Pictures made the announcement that they were postponing the release date of the latest Bond film No Time To Die. Sony, it seemed made the right call especially after we all saw the hit that the much-hyped Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel took upon its released. Its studio decided to brave the Covid affected cinema numbers and released the film amidst the chaos – the result was taking just nine million dollars at the box office in its first week of release in the USA. Desperate not to see the same fate happen to Diesel’s other blockbuster – Fast & Furious 9 – its studio decided to push its release back to 2021.

Some companies decided to get creative. Realising that they were going to have a captive housebound audience for potentially the next few months Universal Pictures have decided to chance its arm and in some territories has released potential blockbusters The Invisible Man and Trolls World Tour onto streaming services. It now seems likely that Disney will do the same with the eagerly anticipated Pixar animation Onward.

While the release dates of some of the year’s biggest films seem to be moving around like chess pieces on a board it leaves us with one big question – if Thailand’s cinemas do re-open on April 1st what do audiences have to look forward to? While films such as Daniel Radcliffe’s all action affair Guns Akimbo and new horror film Fantasy Island are slated for release not long after the doors open for several months audiences will have to watch locally made films and smaller international films while Hollywood prepares to re-launch itself with their all-conquering blockbusters. That is not necessarily a bad thing though as it means for awhile locally made films will have very little competition at the box-office for awhile.

Of course box office aside Covid-19 has also had catastrophic affect on the people of Hollywood and film industries right around the world. At the moment every major studio in America has shutdown production meaning that hundreds of thousands of people are currently out of work – many not knowing when those studio doors will open again.

The human side of Covid-19 in Hollywood became even more apparent when two of its biggest stars tested positive to the deadly virus. In Australia working on a new movie about the life of Elvis Presley Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracted the virus resulting in Australia’s Nine Network television network having to place some of their on-air talent in isolation after they had come in contact with the pair. It was later proven that Nine’s head Entertainment Reporter Richard Wilkins had actually contracted Covid-19 after interviewing Wilson.

The next Hollywood celebrity to test positive to Covid-19 was Thor: Ragnarok and Star Trek Beyond star Idris Elba and only a few hours ago it was confirmed that former Hollywood producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has tested positive to the virus in prison.

Globally nobody has been able to safely predict when the Covid-19 crisis might be over but the one thing we do know is it is going to take a long time for Hollywood to recover from cinema’s darkest days.

After working in the visual effects department on massive blockbuster movies like Avengers and The Hobbitt filmmaker Jason Lei Howden went out on his own in 2015 and made the cult classic action horror film Deathgasm. The film became a fan favourite at festivals right around the world and now Howden returns with his latest film – Guns Akimbo – which is going straight into Australian cinemas on February 28th.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving Guns Akimbo follows the story of a young games developer who suddenly finds himself in a cat and mouse game of survival with a psychopath after his interactions with an online, reality game go horribly wrong.

“The idea came from my love of 80s action movies,” says Howden when I get the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about all the ins and out of Guns Akimbo. “There were movies like Commando and Rambo of course, there were always those movies with the big buff action hero and they would be shooting like fifty people.”

“So I wanted to make an over-the-top action movie but instead of having Arnie as a hero I wanted to have the total opposite. So I ended up with a programming nerd with the guns on the hand. When I thought about I thought he would sit back or run away but then I thought what if he has the guns bolted to his hands so it is either shoot or die, it all kind of came from that.”

Then there is the smart-mouth psychopath Nix played by Samara Weaving who Howden also let his creativity run wild with. “I didn’t want her to be the standard femme fatale,” he explains. “I wanted her to be cool and fun but I felt her being a female baddie should not be her defining trait. I feel so many times when a female character is depicted that becomes the defining trait of the character, but she is not just a person she is a fucking psychopath.”

“Then there was some pressure from the producers to make her more sexy or to make her like Harley Quinn,” he goes on to say. “I had to keep saying ‘but she isn’t Harley Quinn, she hasn’t got time to sit there and make colourful clothes all day’, she puts on her jacket and jeans and goes and shoots fuckers all day. We ended up bleaching her eyebrows and putting tattoos and piercings on her and the producers were really freaking out and saying ‘she looks really un-appealing.’ But Samara and I just stuck to our guns… that is an awful pun… and I am glad we did.’”

That leads me to ask whether Samara Weaving was always in mind to play Nix. “No, we shopped around a little bit,” he admits. “I don’t think Nix was really written with anyone in mind because originally she was going to be a male character and I figured out really on that that didn’t really suit the story that I wanted to tell, it seemed to work better with Miles up against a female character. I had seen Samara in a couple of things – I thought she was great in The Babysitter so I knew she would bring something different to the role and that she had a great comedic timing which was cool.”

Of course the other big casting news around Guns Akimbo was Daniel Radcliffe being cast as Miles. And while some people maybe a little surprised that the actor who portrayed Harry Potter is now in an action film they should be reminded that this is the same actor who did films like Horns and Woman In Black. “I had a short list of about five actors and Dan was on the top of that list,” says Howden as we talk about how Radcliffe won the role. “I was really excited about Dan, but not because of the Harry Potter movies. I mean I like the Harry Potter movies but I loved him in Woman In Black, The Horns and especially Swiss Army Man which is a fantastic movie. So, I guess I really don’t get the whole Harry Potter thing around this film, but I see it has become a meme and we had people yelling it out on the street when we were trying to film which was really annoying.”

“But yeah I think he is like Elijah Wood,” he goes on to explain. “Or maybe it is a little worse for Dan because he did nine Harry Potter movies, Elijah Wood did three Lord Of The Rings movies and Kristen Stewart did five Twilight films but they don’t seem to be as related to their roles, plus Harry Potter movies were such a huge part of people’s childhoods as well. But as far as casting goes we went to Dan first and I heard back that he was interested which was quite mind-blowing because the casting process is a bit of a wing and prayer. You got out to people and they pass, so yeah it was a surprise that he was so excited by us and when I Skyped him he was like ‘dude I fucking love this movie man.’”

That statement alone shows what kind of man Daniel Radcliffe is because that seems to be what most people are saying after they have seen Guns Akimbo as well. It is a cult classic in the making and Howden has made another winner.

 

Swiss Army Man

Thanks to Melbourne’s Cinema Nova we have a very special giveaway this week – a Swiss Army Man giveaway.

If you’re a Melbourne listener of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show make sure you take a listen this week if you would like to win a double pass to a special screening of ‘Swiss Army Man’ starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. The screening will be held in Melbourne on Thursday the 7th July. If you can make the screening and would like a chance to win the tickets just listening to this week’s show and answer the question Dave asks by sending us a private message at either our Facebook or Twitter page.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The BFG,’ ‘The Measure Of A Man,’ ‘Central Intelligence,’ and ‘The Wait’. This episode also contains interviews with Steven Spielberg, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, John Cabrera (Melbourne WebFest), Thomas Caldwell (MIFF), Jack Sargeant (Revelation Film Festival), Emma Vestrheim (Scandinavian Film Festival), Em Baker (‘Spoke’ ), Jason Burrows (‘The Member’), Nora Niasari (‘The Phoenix’), Jeff Hann (‘The Coffee Man’), Kier-La Janisse (Monster Pictures), Perri Cummings (‘Trench’) and Paul Anthony Nelson (‘Trench’).

If you’re a Melbourne listener of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show make sure you take a listen this week if you would like to win a double pass to a special screening of ‘Swiss Army Man’ starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. The screening will be held in Melbourne on Thursday the 7th July. If you can make the screening and would like a chance to win the tickets just listening to this week’s show and answer the question Dave asks by sending us a private message at either our Facebook or Twitter page.

You can listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show or download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Queen Of The Desert,’ ‘Money Monster,’ ‘Now You See Me 2’  and ‘Neon’. This episode also contains interviews with Lawrence Johnston, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman.

Also make sure you listen to this week’s episode to see how you can win a copy of Jason Schwartzman’s new film ’7 Chinese Brothers’ thanks to our good friends at eOne Entertainment. Once you’ve heard the question on the show you can enter on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

And we have a bonus giveaway on this weeks’s episode. Make sure you listen to see how you can win a copy of  ’Blood Punch’  on DVD thanks to our good friends at Bounty Films…. but wait there’s more your DVD will be signed by the star of the film Milo Cawthorne. Once you’ve heard the question on the show you can enter on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Alex Russell

Australian actor Alex Russell has starred in Hollywood movies like ‘Chronicle’, the ‘Carrie’ remake and ‘The Host’, as well as local movies like ‘Bait’ and Ivan Sen’s new thriller ‘Goldstone’. He is currently in Queensland shooting Greg McLean’s latest film ‘The Jungle’, in which he appears alongside Daniel Radcliffe. He also appears in the short film ‘Oranges Don’t Grow On Trees’, which is screening at the St Kilda Film Festival. Greg King spoke to Alex about his career and his many films.

You can listen to or download our Alex Russell interview right here.

 

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Straight Outta Compton

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
  2. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicica Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  3. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  4. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  7. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  8. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  9. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
  10. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  11. The Witch (2015) – Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings
  12. Victor Frankenstein (2015) – Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott
  13. Sinister 2 (2015) – James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan
  14. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  15. American Ultra (2015) – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo
  16. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  17. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  18. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Roben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  19. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen
  20. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Syler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  21. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  22. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  23. Dark Places (2015) – Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. The Hateful Eight (2015) – Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins

Gone Girl PosterSo who was talking about what on the net this week. These are the most popular movies and television shows on the net this week.

1. Gone Girl (2014): Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler perry

2. American Horror Story (2012) : Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy

3. Annabelle (2014): Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola

4 Dracula Untold (2014): Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson

5. The Walking Dead (2010): Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen

6. The Maze Runner (2014): Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie Sangster

7. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015): Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

8. The Equalizer (2014): Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour

9. Gotham (2014): Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee

10. Once Upon A Time (2011): Gennifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

11. The Flash (2014): Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett

12. Arrow (2012): Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

13. Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014): Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci

14. Game Of Thrones (2011): Lena headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke

15. Supernatural (2005): Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

16. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016): Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa

17. Fury (2014): Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michal Pena

18. Lucy (2014): Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

19. Sons Of Anarchy (2008): Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan

20. Homeland (2011): Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin

21. Horns (2013): Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham, Kelli Garnder

22. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014): Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

23. Sex Tape (2014): Jason Segal, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper

24. Left Behind (2014): Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson, Chad Michael Murray

25. The Judge (2014): Robert Downey Jnr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton