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Summary: 
A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 15th July 2021 (Australia), 2nd September 2021 (Thailand), 16th July 2021 (UK), 16th July 2021 (US)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Screenwriter: Celeste Ballard, Keenan Cooglar, Jesse Gordon, Terence Nance, Tony Rettenamier, Juel Taylor

Cast: Harper Leigh Alexander (Xosha James), Kenny Apel (Albus Dumbledore), Eric Bauza (Daffy Duck/Porky Pig/Foghorn Leghorn/Elmer Fudd/Marvin The Martian (voice)), Bob Bergen (Tweety Bird (voice)), Jeff Bergman (Bugs Bunny/Slyvester/Yosemite Sam/Fred Flinstone/Yogi Bear (voice)), Sue Bird (herself), Don Cheadle (Al G. Rhythm), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman (voice)), Anthony Davis (himself), Kris Davis (Malik), Draymond Green (himself), Jalyn Hall (Young Malik (13 Years)), Wood Harris (Coach C), Gabriel Iglesias (Speedy Gonzales (voice)), LeBron James (himself), Cedric Joe (Dom James), Michael B. Jordan (himself), Stephen Kankole (Young LeBron (13 Years)), Damian Lillard (himself), Sonequa Martin-Green (Kamiyah James), Candi Milo (Granny (voice)), Nneka Ogwumike (himself), Justin Roiland (Rick/Morty (voice)), Xosha Roquemore (Shanice James), Sarah Silverman (Warner Bros. Executive), Mike Strong (Jim West), Fred Tatasciore (Taz (voice)), Diana Taurasi (herself), Klay Thompson (himself), Aja Wilson (himself), Ceyair J. Wright (Darius James), Steve Yuen (Warner Bros. Executive), Zendaya (Lola Bunny (voice))

Running Time: 115 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

OUR SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Space Jam: A New Legacy Review:

If you a fan of NBA basketball you will know that over the past few years there has been a huge debate over who deserves to be called the greatest basketballer of all time. Is the great man of the 80s and 90s – six time championship winner Michael Jordan. Is it the sadly deceased Koby Bryant or is it the man quickly closing in on Jordan’s championship and MVP records – LeBron James.

Well know Warner Bros. have entered a new chapter into that debate. First Michael Jordan was the star of the orginal Space Jam movie back in 1996 and now they have made LeBron James the star of its sequel – Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Storywise the brand new film is pretty basic. James plays himself although in this world he is at logger-heads with his youngest son Dom (Cedric Joe – Loving Him). Dom is a gifted young video game maker who wants to attend an elite Gamers Camp while LeBron wants his son to follow in his footsteps and to attend a Basketball Camp.

Those two worlds then collide when Warner Bros. high successful algorithm, literally a digital figure named Al G. Rhythm (Don Cheadle – Crash), makes the decision that the company needs to hire LeBron and digitally insert him into some classic shows and movies. LeBron laughs and rejects the idea and in anger Al G. Rhythm lures both he and his son into the Warner Bros. world where he challenges him to a basketball game to show who has the ‘skills.’

Al G. Rhythm then sets out to create a super-team using the nearly unbeatable players that Dom has created for his game while LeBron is reduced to putting together a team with the forgotten Looney Tunes stars – including the fan favourites Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Roadrunner.

The premise behind the film is basic but somehow director Malcolm D. Lee (Girl’s Trip) manages to make it all work. It is obvious that the film is supposed to be a vehicle to not only bring the Looney Tunes back to into popularity with a younger generation but to also showcase the entire WB World. There are a plethora of characters appearing from other WB franchises throughout this film so no you aren’t seeing things if you suddenly see King Kong or Voldermort appear… and at times the film itself plays up to that with heavy references to films such as The Matrix.

While some may view that as a negative it does actually become a positive for the film because it ends up meaning that this is a film that can be enjoyed by the whole family. In fact you could argue that while this is clearly a film aimed at kids it is a film that will largely be loved by adults because of the nostalgia factor. If your kids are not fans of basketball or haven’t raided your own Looney Tunes VHS collection then chances are they are going to wonder what on Earth is happening throughout the film.

Of course what WB is actually hoping for is that your kids will fall in love with the good old Looney Tunes characters off the back of this film and that is something that could certainly happen. The animation team behind the film do change-up things up during the film and try to make the Looney Tunes characters look more modern and to a certain extent it does work.

The other big question that people are going to wonder going into this film is does LeBron James have the acting ability to pull off a movie like this. The simple answer to that is yes, the long answer is don’t expect to see him in any Oscar winning roles anytime soon. James does what it takes to make this film work and he is more than passable even in scenes where he has to reach for his emotions. The man who steals the show though is Don Cheadle who seems to be channelling Jack Nicholson’s performance in The Witches Of Eastwick throughout the film.

To sum up Space Jam: A New Legacy is not a waste of time but be prepared as an adult to get more out of this film than your kids will. It’s loud, it’s funny and at times is a walk down memory lane.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Other Subculture Till Death Reviews:

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Planes

Summary: Dusty is a crop-dusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Klay Hall

Screenwriter: Jeffrey M. Howard, John Lasseter (story), Klay Hall (story)

Cast: Carlos Alazraqui (El Chupacabra), Cedric The Entertainer (Leadbottom (voice)), Priyanka Chopra (Ishani (voice)), John Cleese (Bulldog (voice)), Dane Cook (Dusty Crophopper (voice)), Colin Cowheard (Colin Cowling (voice)), Anthony Edwards (Echo (voice)), Brad Garrett (Chug (voice)), Teri Hatcher (Dottie (voice)), Gabriel Iglesias (Ned/Zed (voice)), Oliver Kalkofe (Franz/Fliegenhozen (voice)), Stacy Keach (Skipper (voice)), Val Kilmer (Bravo (voice)), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Rochelle (voice)), Danny Mann (Sparky (voice)), Jessica Marais (Rochelle (voice)), Brent Musburger (Brent Mustangburger (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Harland (voice)), Sinbad (Roper (voice)), Roger Craig Smith (Ripslinger (voice)), Filip Watermann (Grimm)

Runtime: 91 mins

Classification:G

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PLANES’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

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

Greg King: Stars(2)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Planes’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Film Show Episode 50

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Planes’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Film Show Episode 50

 

 

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

IMDB Rating:  Planes (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Planes′: Nil

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Summary: Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike as he takes a young dancer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th July, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th November, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Screenwriter: Reid Corolin

Cast: Daria Badanina (Stephanie), Matt Bomer (Ken), Reid Carolin (Paul), Erica Day (Carla), Kate Easton (Liz), Caitlin Gerard (Kim), Cody Horn (Brooke), Eric Ian (Eric), Gabriel Iglesias (Tobias), Micaela Johnson (Portia), James Martin Kelly (Sal), Riley Keough (Nora), Melissa LeEllen (Sarah), Joe Manganiello (Big Dick Richie), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas), Olivia Munn (Joanna), Kevin Nash (Tarzan), Alex Pettyfer (Adam), Michael Roark (Ryan), Adam Rodriguez (Tito), George A. Sack (George), Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), Jennifer Thompson (Penelope), Denise Vasi (Ruby)

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification: MA+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Magic Mike’ Review:

Magic Mike became a whipping boy before it even reached the cinema. There wasn’t a comedian or even film-lover who wasn’t cracking jokes about how bad a film that tells the story of Channing Tatum’s life was going to be. But one man has saved this film from becoming a complete joke, that man is director Steven Soderbergh (Haywire, Contagion). With Magic Mike Soderbergh once again shows that no matter what the topic he can make a film look good.

As previously mentioned Magic Mike is a semi-autobiographical look at Channing Tatum’s (21 Jump Street, The Vow) time spent as a stripper. Here Tatum plays Magic Mike the lead star of Dallas’s (Matthew McConaughey – Mud, The Paperboy) crew of strippers that are quickly raking in the big bucks for him.

After meeting him on a worksite Mike introduces Adam (Alex Pettyfer – In Time, Beastly) to the crew and soon he too finds success. But as the dark side of stripping raises his head and Mike finds himself attracted to Adam’s sister, Brooke (Cody Horn – Occupant, Violet & Daisy), Mike wonders if it’s time to start a new career path.

There is no point saying Magic Mike is a terrific film, it’s not as it has some major flaws, but it is still a lot better than the train-wreck many predicted it would be. Soderbegh uses his alternative style of filmmaking to achieve the best effect out of the sometimes dramatic storyline but still the film falters as it relies too heavily on dance scenes to move the story along, and then frustratingly seems to hold back when the storyline begins to delve into some of the more gritty elements.

For example Dallas is set up as a somewhat dangerous guy. There is a brilliant scene where he confronts Mike about his intentions yet when called upon to do so the threats seem to go nowhere which seems completely out of line with Dallas’ character. Likewise the drug-side of the storyline is just skirted on when it really should have been a main focus.

The one thing you can’t fault Magic Mike for however is the acting. Channing Tatum finally steps up and shows that he does have some acting talent to go along with his dancing ability while Cody Horn shows that she is certainly an actress to watch in the future. But the star of Magic Mike is Matthew McConaughey who puts in a blinding dramatic performance (and shows that he is well ripped for a 40-year-old) that shows as a character actor he is certainly back in the game.

Magic Mike isn’t as cheesy as some would have expected. It’s a good watch that you feel could have been even better.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Magic Mike’: http://www.helium.com/items/2353007-movie-reviews-magic-mike-2012.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Magic Mike (2012) on IMDb