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Summary: An ‘average’ woman suddenly finds herself being followed by an A.I. who informs her that by watching her he will decide whether he is going to end humanity or not.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 17th December 2020 (Australia)11th December 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 26th November 2020 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Ben Falcone

Screenwriter: Steve Mallory

Cast: Usman Ally (Sergei), Mac Alsfeld (Fletcher Dobbs), Sarah Baker (Emily), Michael Beach (General Saul Gomez), Patrick Bristow (Digitel Superintelligence (voice)), Tommy Campbell (Army Major Irvine), Bobby Cannavale (George), James Corden (Voice Of Superintelligence/himself), Nigel Crocker (Airman (Birdman) Brayton), William Daniels (KITT (voice)), Ben Falcone (Agent Charles Kuiper), Eduardo Franco (Todd), Ken Griffey Jnr. (himself), Bryan Tyree Henry (Dennis), Damon Jones (Victor), Jay Lay (Jay), Andrew Tinpo Lee (Mr. Peacock), Steve Mallory (Dean), Melissa McCarthy (Carol), John McKissic (Rico), Courtney Patterson (Carla), Jenny Perusich (Helga), Greg Puckett (Sergeant Cross), Sam Richardson (Agent John Donahue), Jean Smart (President Monahan), Karan Soni (Ahmed), Octavia Spencer (Female Superintelligence (voice)), Jessica St. Clair (Leslie), Rachel Ticoton (Director Tyson), Caroline Trahan (Waitress Debbie)

Running Time: 106 mins

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

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David Griffiths’ Superintelligence Review:

I will always be the first to admit that I am somewhat of a hard marker when it comes to comedy. I love stand-up comedy –  I can watch it for hours – yet when it comes to comedy in cinema a majority of films just don’t do it for me. For some reason most of the comedies watch don’t even get a chuckle out of me… and it is normally because they are trying too hard to get their audience to laugh.

That is why it surprises me when very, very simple comedies like Superintelligence work for me. The plot for this film is so simple it is ridiculous yet somehow the film worked for me, largely due to the fact that it never pushes too hard for a laugh yet somehow made me chuckle once or twice anyway.

Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy) Superintelligence centres around Carol (Melissa McCarthy – Brides Maids) who since losing her job at Yahoo has done what she has can to help a number of charities. During that time she also broke up with the love of her life, the baseball mad writer George (Bobby Cannavale – Ant-Man), and that is something she deeply regrets. Despite how hard her best friend, the very kind Dennis (Brian Tyree Henry – Widows), pushes her Carol just can’t get her life back together.

Her life is then turned completely upside down though when she is suddenly stalked by an A.I (voiced by James Corden – Trolls) who announces that he is going to watch her to learn about humanity. If he likes what he sees he will spare humanity and if he doesn’t he is more than willing to wipe out the entire planet.

Despite the fact the film is a comedy Steve Mallory’s (Life Of The Party) screenplay does take the audience through a wave of emotions. Yes there are times during this film when you will laugh, but there will also be times when you are close to tears and even on the edge of your seat. While this doesn’t seem like the kind of film that I would normally describe this way – this is a very well-rounded film.

There is a really natural feel to this film and McCarthy is a good enough actress to further enhance that feeling. She doesn’t try to overact or work too hard to get a laugh here. Yes, she does her ‘talk to herself’ stick that seems to follow her into every film but for the most part she plays the well-meaning Carol exceptionally well and the scenes that she shares with Bobby Cannavale are filled with emotion. Given the circumstances that the two characters find themselves in, those are the scenes that will see you reaching for the nearest packet of tissues.

What surprised me the most about this film though was the suspense that was generated throughout the film. By the time you reach the half-way mark of this film you soon start to realise that this is not going to be a film where the ending is easily predictable. In a lot of ways that sense of suspense and emotion that this film created reminded me a lot of the Steve Carrell film Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, and yes that was another film that I fell in love with.

I guess the best way for me to sum up how I felt about Superintelligence was surprised. I expected absolutely nothing from this film but somehow it ended up giving me a delightful afternoon filled with emotion. You certainly wouldn’t be wasting your time giving this film a viewing.

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A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Year: 2018

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th October 2018

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Damien Chazelle

Screenwriter: Josh Singer, James R. Hansen (based on the book by)

Cast: Christopher Abbott (Dave Scott), Mark Armstrong (Paul Haney), Chandler Barron (Scott Carpenter), Skyler Bible (Richard Gordon), Connor Colton Blodgett (Mark Armstrong), Leon Bridges (Gil Scott-Heron), Callie Brown (Young Bonnie White), Kyle Chandler (Deke Slayton), Jason Clarke (Ed White), Steve Coulter (Guenter Wendt), Ethan Embry (Pete Conrad), J.D. Evermore (Chris Kraft), Ryan Clay Forbes (Bill Anders), Claire Foy (Janet Armstrong), Patrick Fugit (Eliott See), Matthew Glave (Chuck Yaeger), Ryan Gosling (Neil Armstong), Edmund Grant (Older Ed White Jnr.), Choppy Guillotte (John Young), Lukas Haas (Mike Collins), Oliver Hamilton (Pat White), James R. Hansen (Dr. Kurt Debus), Robert Hatch (Joe Schmitt), Braydyn Nash Helms (Young Eddie White Jnr.), Ciaran Hinds (Bob Gilruth), Helen S. Jackson (Louise Sheron), Brian d’Arcy James (Joe Walker), Shaun Eric Jones (Wally Schirra), Jonathon Kankolenski (Young Edward Higgins II), John F. Kennedy (himself – archive), Michael Lee Kimel (Bill Moon), William Gregory Lee (Gordon Cooper), Dutin Lewis (Ralph Morse), George Linkenback (Col. Frank Borman), Ben Owen (John Hodge), Greg Puckett (Charles Berry), Willie Repoley (Jim Fucci), Kermit Rolison (George Mueller), Pablo Schreiber (Jim Lovell), Margo Schroeder (June Hoffman Armstrong), Brady Smith (Butch Butchart), Claire Smith (Older Bonnie White), Corey Michael Smith (Roger Chaffee), Lucy Brooke Stafford (Karen Armstrong), Andrew Stahl (Ken Mattingly), Jim Stearns (David Hammock), Corey Stoll (Buzz Aldrin), Kris Swanberg (Marilyn See), William G. Tomek (Donald Babbitt), Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (himself – archive), Kent Wagner (Fred Haise), Gavin Warren (Young Rick Armstrong), John David Whalen (John Glenn), Shea Whigham (Gus Grissom), Luke Winters (Older Rick Armstrong), Perry Zulu Jnr. (Robert Lawrence)

Runtime: 141 mins

Classification: M

 

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When you think of space exploration we now days think of the romanticised Hollywood version of space travel. Unless you can think back to realistic movies like Apollo 13 it is easy to forget that it only takes a second for space exploration to become a nightmare for all involved. Sure we have sci-fi movies like Aliens that enhance the extra-terrestrial horror that many believe might be out there, somewhere, but very few films capture the horrors of the unknown and the impact it had on its first explorers like First Man does.

Director Damian Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) doesn’t have to develop scary looking aliens in order to create horror for intrepid test pilot and engineer Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling – Drive, Blue Valentine) and his wife Janet (Claire Foy – Season Of The Witch, Vampire Academy). Like he did with Whiplash Chazelle just shows human life in its purest form… which for this family provided more horror than most couples could withstand. From the loss of their daughter which led to Armstrong joining the NASA Space Program in the first place, dangerous test missions that place Neil’s life in danger nearly every day through to the anguish that Janet endures on the days she knows that her husband is doing such tests. Chazelle just stirs the pot and lets the human emotions in the film bubble and boil until they explode.

Neil and Janet’s solace come from their best friends Ed White (Jason Clarke – Zero Dark Thirty, Terminator Genisys), his wife Pat (Olivia Hamilton – Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, The Last Tycoon) and Neil’s immediate boss the caring yet determined Deke Slayton (Kyle Chandler – Friday Night Lights, Argo). Even so Pat and Janet’s ‘talking’ is normally disguised as children’s play dates, Neil seems happy to talk to Ed about the mission but pushes him away when the talk turns personal and while Deke does what he can to help his test pilots at the same time he is the man who has to make tough calls like switching off intercoms so wives can’t hear their husbands in peril and writing death announcements for missions he has to appear to be ‘confident’ for.

First Man could have easily suffered from Titanic-syndrome, a film where the audience knows the ultimate outcome and therefore just sits on the edge of their seat waiting for the expected finale but here Chazelle, who is aided brilliantly by his screenwriter Josh Singer (The West Wing, The Post), takes the audience on a different kind of journey. He captures moments they never told us about during our High School science classes. The raw, claustrophobic feel a test pilot feels as he hurled into orbit in what seems like a sardine can that they aren’t even sure will make the journey, the moments that wives find out that their husbands haven’t returned from a flight and the protests that occurred in America when the loss of life made people realise that these test pilots were really guinea pigs in what seemed like a cruel experiment. Then of course there is the tension an astronaut’s job puts on his family life and here we see painful moments such as the one where Janet has to plead with Neil to tell his children that he may not come back from his moon mission.

Just like he did with Whiplash Chazelle also brings out the best in his cast and helps them bring their character’s pain and anguish to the fore. Claire Foy delivers her best role to date and if she doesn’t at least receive an Oscar nomination for this performance then something is seriously wrong. As an actress she delivers on every level as Janet is put through an emotional ringer and these are the kinds of performances that the Academy should be applauding – ones that test an actress and her acting abilities. Equally good is Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. When cast as an All-American hero, a real life Captain America if you will, you wouldn’t expect an actor to have to become emotional dark and foreboding, but that is exactly what is expected of Gosling here. Forget his pretty boy looks because here Gosling calls on the acting skills that saw him create memorable characters in films like Drive or The Place Beyond The Pines… he is absolutely brilliant.

First Man is the first film of 2018 that I have seen where my thought throughout was ‘this needs to be an Oscar film.’ From start to finish it felt like the film was taking me on a claustrophobic ride with its characters. The sequences in which the pilots are conducting test flights are moments of sheer cinematic masterpiece, where visuals and sound effects come together in a way that creates a horror that you never expected. This combined by outstanding dramatic acting performances from its leads and again I find myself putting the five stars down on a Damian Chazelle film. First Man is sheer brilliance, a lesson in dramatic filmmaking.

 

 

 

 

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