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Monsters University

Summary: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Dan Scanlon

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon

Cast: Beth Behrs (PNK Carrie (voice)), Steve Buscemi (Randy (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike (voice)), Charlie Day (Art (voice)), Nathan Fillion (Johnny (voice)), Dave Foley ((voice)), John Goodman (Sullivan (voice)), Bill Hader (Referee/Slug (voice)), Sean Hayes (Terri (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Mrs. Graeves (voice)), Noah Johnston (Young Mike (voice)), John Krasinski (Frank McCay (voice)), Helen Mirren (Dean Hardscrabble (voice)), Alfred Molina (Professor Knight (voice)), Bobby Moynihan (Chet (voice)), Joel Murray (Don (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Aubrey Plaza (Claire Wheeler (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Yeti (voice)), Peter Sohn (Squishy (voice), Julia Sweeney (Ms. Squibbles (voice))

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification:G

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘MONSTERS UNIVERSITY’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

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

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Monsters University’ that is available on the Built For Speed website

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

IMDB Rating:  Monsters University (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Internship′: Please check episode #37 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘The Internship’.

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The Internship

Summary: Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Shawn Levy

Screenwriter: Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern

Cast: Bruno Amato (Sal), Eric Andre (Sid), Molly Brady (Waitress Jennifer), Josh Brener (Lyle), Rose Byrne (Dana), Mickey Cole Jnr. (Marty), Anna Enger (Eleanor), Will Ferrell (Sleaze), Josh Gad (Headphones), John Goodman (Dodgy Boss), Sean Goudling (Snitch), Harvey Guillen (Zach), Ashley Heath (Jeanie), Linda ‘Lil’ Johnston (Lorraine), Martha B. Knighton (Rose), Michael D. Layden (8 Year Old Nick), Aasif Mandvi (Mr. Chetty), Max Minghella (Graham Hawtrey), Jarion Monroe (Not Professor X), Dylan O’Brien (Stuart), Jimmy Ouyang (Wa Zao), Tobit Raphael (Yo-Yo Santos), Rob Riggle (Randy), Tiya Sircar (Neha), Zane Stephens (Frankie), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Megan), Jessica Szohr (Marielena), Vince Vaughn (Billy McMahon), Gary Anthony Williams (Bob Williams), Callan Wilson (Cole), Owen Wilson (Nick Campbell)

Runtime: 119 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE INTERNSHIP’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3.5)

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

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Internship’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘The Internship’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Episode 36

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

IMDB Rating:  The Internship (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Internship′: Please check episode #36 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘The Internship’.

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The Hangover Part III

Summary: The Hangover Part III is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Todd Phillips

Screenwriter: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin, Jon Lucas (characters), Scott Moore (characters)

Cast: Zoe Aggeliki (Sandra), Sasha Barrese (Tracy), Justin Bartha (Doug), Peter Chao (himself), Jamie Chung (Lauren), Bradley Cooper (Phil), Jonny Coyne (Hector), Sondra Currie (Linda), Mike Epps (Black Doug), Harrison Forsyth (Timothy), Zach Galifianakis (Alan), John Goodman (Marshall), Heather Graham (Jade), Ed Helms (Stu), Grant Holmquist (Tyler), Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow), Casey Jones (Sarah), Melissa McCarthy (Cassie), Jeffrey Tambor (Sid), Oscar Torre (Officer Vasquez), David Weasal (Jesse), Mike Vallely (Nico), Gillian Vigman (Stephanie)

Runtime: 100 mins

Classification:MA15+

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE HANGOVER PART III’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Hangover Part III’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel.

Adam Ross: Stars(2)

Please check Adams review of ‘The Hangover Part III’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast

Greg King: Stars(2)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Hangover Part III’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:The Hangover Part III (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Hangover Part III′: Check Episode #33 (available late on 23rd May) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Hangover Part III’.

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Flight

Summary: In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award® winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 31st January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Screenwriter: John Gatins

Cast: Michael Beasley (Officer Edmonds), Garcelle Beauvais (Deana), Ron Caldwell (Trevor), Don Cheadle (Hugh Lang), Dane Davenport (Derek Hogue), Brian Geraghty (Ken Evans), Peter Gerety (Avington Carr), John Goodman (Harling Mays), Bruce Greenwood (Charlie Anderson), Rhoda Griffis (Amanda Anderson), Tommy Kane (Mark Mellon), Ravi Kapoor (Dr. Kenan), Melissa Leo (Ellen Block), Bethany Ann Lind (Sheila), Justin Martin (Will), E. Roger Mitchell (Craig Matson), Piers Morgan (himself), Tom Nowicki (Len Caldwell), Conor O’Neill (Kip), Kelly Reilly (Nicole), Will Sherrod (Schecter), Gregory Marshall Smith (Greg), Jim Tilmon (himself), Adam Tomei (Fran), Tamara Tunie (Margaret Thomason), Nadine Velazquez (Katerina Marquez), Shannon Walshe (Tilda Banden), Denzel Washington (Whip Whitaker), Darius Woods (Young Will), Boni Yanagisawa (Camelia Satou)

Runtime: 139 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Flight’ Review: 

Look no further ‘Flight’ is the best disaster film that you are ever likely to see. Director Robert Zemeckis breaks his string of animation films (that have included ‘Polar Express’, ‘Beowulf’ and ‘A Christmal Carol’) with ‘Flight’, a film that centres more on its flawed hero rather than the actual disaster at hand.

The hero that Robert Zemeckis decides to concentrate on is long-time pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington – Safe House, Unstoppable) a drug-taking alcoholic who after a rough night on the substances with air-hostess Katerina Marquez (Nadine Velazquez – TV’S The League, TV’S Hart Of Dixie) ends up boarding a ill-fated jet-liner that literally breaks-up in mid-air. Despite being well under the weather Whip works frantically with his flight crew, Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty – Ass Backwards, Refuge) and Margaret Thompson (Tamara Tunie – Missed Connections, TV’S Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit) to miraculously ‘crash’ the plane in such a way that they have minimal deaths.

While the media at first labels Whip as a hero (until they start to wonder why he isn’t allowed to talk to them), behind the scenes things are very different indeed. At first it seems that Whip union representative Charlie Anderson (Bruce Greenwood – The Place Beyond The Pines, TV’S Young Justice) is going to help him but soon Anderson realizes that this is going to turn into a defence case when it is discovered that Whip had both cocaine and alcohol in his system.

Anderson brings in lawyer, Hugh Lang (Don Cheadle – Captain Planet 3, TV’S House Of Lies) to defend Whip as he heads into an investigation led by the experienced Ellen Bock (Melissa Leo – Dwegons, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman). But while Lang and Anderson try to help Whip clean up his life before the hearing he heads into a dangerous relationship with recovering addict Nicole (Kelly Reilly – Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, TV’S Above Suspicion: Silent Scream) while drug dealer and close friend Harling Mays (John Goodman – Trouble With Curve, ParaNorman) is always lurking in the shadows.

Robert Zemeckis seems to break every rule of your typical ‘disaster’ movie. Firstly, the hero here is also the anti-hero, the audience is introduced to him in a scene that consists of full frontal nudity and drug use, he’s not your squeaky clean hero but such is the power of the script by John Gatins (Real Steel, Dreamer) no matter how dirty Whip’s life is you can’t help but want to see him come out of this hearing unscathed.

The second rule that Zemeckis breaks is that the film itself focuses around the hero rather than the disaster. The plane crash scene is nothing compared to the one in ‘Final Destination’ but that won’t let you disappointed because Zemeckis and Gatins get suspense out of this films in other ways – ways that include the audience wondering whether Whip will be able to clean up his life before the hearing and then the actual suspense as you wait for Whip’s all important answer during the hearing.

Adding to the power of ‘Flight’ is the terrific acting performances of its main cast. Denzel Washington really laps up getting the chance to play a somewhat unlikable character while Don Cheadle and Kelly Reilly are more than serviceable in their roles. John Goodman also backs up his recent good performances with a role that sees him mix comedy and drama together brilliantly.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Flight′: Check Episode #18 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Flight’. Dave’s other review of ‘Flight’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4.5/5

IMDB Rating:Flight (2012) on IMDb

Monsters Inc 3D

Summary: One of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside.

Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children – and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unrich

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Jill Culton, Pete Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Daniel Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, Andrew Stanton

Cast: Samuel Lord Black (George Sanderson), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs (voice)), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski (voice)), Daniel Gerson (Needleman/Smitty (voice)), Mary Gibbs (Boo (voice)), John Goodman (James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Flint (voice)), Frank Oz (Fungus (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Jeff Pidgeon (Bile (voice)), John Ratzenberger (The Abominable Snowman (voice)), Wallace Shawn (Rex (voice)), Steve Susskind (Floor Manager (voice)), Jennifer Tilley (Celia (voice))

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Monsters Inc (3D)’ Review: 

While the cynics are out in force and busy complaining that Pixar re-releasing ‘Monsters Inc’ in 3D is just a money grab, there is actually a reason why the film is back on the big screen. Actually there are two reasons, first of all the next film in the franchise, ‘Mosters University’, is set to be released in a couple of months time and of course seeing the last film was released over ten years ago there is no way that most of the kids these days would have seen it.

The second reason is more of a vanity thing. When ‘Monsters Inc’ first hit the cinemas everybody was saying just how far advanced the animation work on it was, people raved about the how sleek the film looked, especially Sulley’s fur, so just how imagine how good the film is going to look in 3D.

If you haven’t seen ‘Monsters Inc.’ it centers around two monsters that are best friends, the gentle giant  James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman – Flight, Trouble With The Curve) and the wise-cracking green Cyclops, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal – Parental Guidance, Small Apartments)

Sulley and Mike live in the major city of Monstropolis and they work for the city’s power company, Monsters Inc, a company that gets its power from children’s screams. Each night monsters like Sulley and his vicious rival the creepy Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi – Hotel Transylvania, On The Road) are sent out into children’s bedrooms to give them a scare.

Surprisingly the monsters are also scared of children so there is a huge uproar when Sulley accidentally brings back Boo (Mary Gibbs – The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride). And while Sulley and Mike learn that there is nothing wrong with a child their boss, Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn – American Gun, Snow Dogs) wants Boo ‘disposed’ of. Now it’s up to Sulley and Mike to find a way to get Boo home before anything happens to her.

‘Monsters Inc.’ is one animated film where everything seemed to come together perfectly. Directors Pete Docter (Mike’s New Car, Next Door), David Silverman (The Simpson: The Longest Daycare) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo) had the film looking amazing on the big screen, scenes such as the door chase are some of the best to ever feature in a animated film.

The screenwriters also came to the party with a great script that provides laughs for all ages and together they came up with a great sub-story that may go right over the heads of children but will be lapped up by any adults that share the belief that big business are all evil.

And just to finish off what makes ‘Monsters Inc.’ the greatest animated film ever made there is also the voice cast. John Goodman and Billy Crystal shine as they provide laugh after laugh and they are well supported by Steve Busscemi who plays the creepy and slimy Randall extremely well. Even two-and-a-half-year-old Mary Gibbs does a great job with Boo, and it’s a shame that she has never really voiced anything since.

If you never got to see ‘Monsters Inc.’ when it first came out then you should be heading to the cinemas and purchasing a ticket right now, and if you did see it last time around then just remember it’s going to look even better in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Monsters Inc 3D′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’. Dave’s other review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Monsters, Inc. (2001) on IMDb

ParaNorman

Summary: In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman , who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Screenwriter: Chris Butler

Cast: Casey Affleck (Mitch(voice)), Tucker Albrizzi (Neil(voice)), Tempestt Bledsoe (Sheriff Hooper (voice)), Alex Borstein (Mrs. Henscher (voice)), Jodelle Ferland (Aggie (voice)), Jeff Garlin (Perry Babcock (voice)), John Goodman (Mr. Prenderghast (voice)), Bernard Hill (The Judge (voice)), Bridget Hoffman (Crystal (voice)), Anna Kendrick (Courtenay Babcock (voice)), Leslie Mann (Sandra Babcock (voice)), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Alvin(voice)), Hannah Noyes (Salma (voice)),  Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman Babcock (voice)), Elaine Stritch (Grandma (voice))

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘ParaNorman’ Review: 

There have been some pretty good animated ‘horror’ films surface this year with the adequate ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and of course the brilliant ‘Frankenweenie’. Now comes ‘ParaNorman’ a lovely to look at animated film with a story that is guaranteed to captivate people of all ages.

‘ParaNorman’s’ plot centers around Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee – ‘Dead Europe’, ‘Let Me In’) a young loner who feels that is Mum, Sandra (Leslie Mann – ‘This Is 40’, ‘The Change-Up’), and father, Perry (Jeff Garlin – ‘Sin Bin’, ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’), don’t understand him and that his sister, Courtney (Anna Kendrick – ‘Pitch Perfect’, ‘End Of Watch’) hates him for being a freak. In fact Norman is in fact easy pickings for bullies like Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse – ‘Movie 43’, ‘Pitch Perfect’) because he appears to be a weirdo that talks to himself, but instead Norman sees the dead, like his Grandmother (Elaine Stritch – Romance & Cigarettes, TV’S 30 Rock), and can have conversations with them.

To Norman it’s always just been an annoying curse his life but when his banished uncle, Mr. Prederghast (John Goodman – ‘Trouble With The Curve’, ‘Argo’) warns him that upon his death he will be the only one that will be able to prevent the evil witch Aggie’s (Jodelle Ferland – ‘Midnight Rider’, ‘Home Alone: The Holiday Heist) curse from coming to life and wreaking havoc on his town he can’t help but wonder what trouble his gift is going to get him into.

When the curse does begin to work Norman, his new best friend Neil (Tucker Albrizzi – TV’S ‘Good Luck Charlie’ & TV’S ‘Lab Rats’), Courtney and high school jock Mitch (Casey Affleck – ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, ‘Tower Heist’) soon have their hands full with a group of zombies.

The key to ‘ParaNorman’ working so well is because the directors Chris Butler (newcomer) and Sam Fell (‘The Tale Of Despereaux’, ‘Flushed Away’) have made it look absolutely amazing by using the modern version of stop animation but also embracing a look that matches so many of the old style horror movies that it pays tribute to.

Likewise the story works well and it will appeal to an audience of all ages, although parents of young children should be warned that some of the more supernatural scenes are likely to scare the younger audience members. In some ways ‘ParaNorman’ is an animated films for adults and you can’t really complain about that.

The voice cast also do a sensational job. Aussie Kodi Smit-McPhee does well putting on an American accent and falls into character well although the standout is clearly John Goodman who takes his role of Mr. Prenderghast and really runs with it.

‘ParaNorman’ is the kind of film that will be loved by anyone that enjoys a good animated film or has an interest in old school horror film.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘ParaNorman′: Check Episode #15 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘ParaNorman’. Dave’s other review of ‘ParaNorman’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating:ParaNorman (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus—who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat—refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career.

He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country’s hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey has never been close to her father, who was ill-equipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game.

Against her better judgment, and over Gus’s objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

Timberlake is Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcer’s booth…and has eyes for Mickey.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: N/A

Country: United States

Director: Robert Lorenz

Screenwriter: Randy Brown

Cast: Amy Adams (Mickey), Norma Alvarez (Grace Sanchez), Rus Blackwell ((Rick), Matt Bush (Danny), Karen Ceesay (Carol), Tom Dreeson (Rock), Brian F. Durkin (Matt Nelson), Clint Eastwood (Gus), Scott Eastwood (Billy Clark), Louis Fox (Lloyd), James Patrick Freetly (Todd), Jay Galloway (Ringo Sanchez), Jack Gilpin (Schwartz), John Goodman (Pete Klein), Bob Gunton (Watson), Clifton Guterman (Neil), Kevin Harrison (Young Gus), Peter Hermann (Greg), Ed Lauter (Max), Matthew Lillard (Phillip Sanderson), Joe Massingill (Bo Gentry), Seth Meriwether (Wilson), Ricky Muse (Jimmy), Robert Patrick (Vince), Chelcie Ross (Smitty), Bud Selig (himself), Tyler Silva (Carlos Sanchez), Raymond Anthony Thomas (Lucious), Justin Timberlake (Johnny), Julia Walters (Young Mickey), George Wyner (Rosenbloom)

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification: CTC

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Review:

‘Trouble With The Curve’ desperately wants to be as good as ‘Moneyball’, yet at the same time wants to take a swipe at its main belief… that modern day baseball scouts can now be replaced by a computer. Sadly though the writer of ‘Trouble With The Curve’ hasn’t developed a script just as good, despite that though the film remains a good watch.

Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood – Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby) is one of the finest baseball scouts that America has ever had. His track record speaks for himself and he feels that he is safe in his job with the Atlanta Braves despite the fact that he is keeping a big secret – the fact that he is slowly losing his eyesight.

But when the likes of Phillip Sanderson (Matthew Lillard – Deep Dark Canyon, TV’S Criminal Minds) begin to put pressure on Gus’ immediate boss, Pete Klein (John Goodman – Flight, Argo) it seems that Gus’ days in his job may be numbered. Phillip keeps on saying that computers can now determine whether a player should be drafted or not and when Gus’ ideas on a rumoured number one picks seems to be different to everyone else’s it looks like Phillip may be right.

Despite the fact that Gus’ daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams – The Master, On The Road) feels that her father has neglected her over the years she travels to be with him when she learns about his failing eyesight. While the two scope the new recruit they are surprised to find help in the form of Johnny Flanagan (Justin Timberlake – In Time, Friends With Benefits), a player that Gus once scouted but was injured thanks to a mistake by team management.

The major weakness with ‘Trouble With The Curve’ is that screenwriter, Randy Brown has just made too many of the major storylines in the film too obvious to pick where they are going and then in similar fashion made the so called ‘evil’ characters such as Phillip so one dimensional that they just become the token bad guy… almost unbelievable.

But then on the other hand Brown gets a lot of things right. The secret that has caused tension between Gus and Mickey for so many years is brilliant (and certainly can’t be picked early on) while the fact that Brown has also written the scenes between Mickey and Johnny in such a way that the film has a romantic drama storyline rather than making it a stock standard romantic comedy also shows great skill.

Anyone expecting a huge acting effort from veteran Clint Eastwood shouldn’t get their hopes up, he simply plays the grumpy old man role that he has been doing so well over the past few years. Instead the winners here are Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake again shows why he deserves respect as an actor while Adams puts the past sin (known as ‘The Muppets’) behind her with a serviceable performance.

‘Trouble With The Curve’ is nowhere near as good as ‘Moneyball’ but is still a good watch and will be enjoyed my males and females alike even if they know nothing about baseball.

Other ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Reviews By Dave Griffiths: http://www.helium.com/items/2397762-trouble-with-the-curve-review

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Trouble with the Curve (2012) on IMDb

Argo

Summary:As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian Ambassador. They must shoot a film in Iran.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 25th October, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ben Affleck

Screenwriter: Joshuah Bearman (article), Chris Terrio

Cast: Omid Abtahi (Reza Borhani), Ben Affleck (Tony Mendez), Ryan Ahern (Sgt. Sickmann), Alan Arkin (Lester Siegel), Adrienne Barbeau (Nina), Kerry Bishe (Kathy Stafford), John Boyd (Lamont), Rob Brownstein (Landon Butler), J.R. Cacia (Brice), Kyle Chandler (Hamilton Jordan), Rory Cochrane (Lee Schatz), Bryan Cranston (Jack O’Donnell), Kelly Curran (Princess Aleppa), Christopher Denham (Mark Lijek), Danilo Di Julio (Sgt. Gauthier), Richard Dillane (OSS Officer Nichols), Tate Donovan (Bob Anders), Clea DuVall (Cora Lijek), Nikka Far (Tahran Mary), Victor Garber (Ken Taylor), Roberto Garcia (Sgt. William Gallegos), Lindsay Ginter (Hedley Donovan), Matthew Glave (Col. Charles W. Scott), John Goodman (John Chambers), Bob Gunton (Cyrus Vance), Zeljko Ivanek (Robert Pender), Bill Kalmenson (Hal Saunders), Richard Kind (Max Klein), Jon Woodward Kirby (Fred Kupke), Page Leong (Pat Taylor), Barry Livingston (David Marmor), Karina Logue (Elizabeth Anne Swift), Victor McCay (Malick), Scoot McNairy (Joe Stafford), Jamie McShane (William J. Daugherty), Chris Messina (Malinov), Araz Vahid Ebrahim Nia (Moradi), Matt Nolan (Peter Genco), Michael Parks (Jack Kirby), Tim Quill (Alan Sosa), Ali Saam (Ali Khalkhali), Yuri Sardarov (Rossi), Taylor Schilling (Christine Mendez),  Christopher Stanley (Thomas L. Ahern Jnr.), David Sullivan (Jon Titterton), Aidan Sussman (Ian Mendez), Keith Szarabajka (Adam Engell),  Bill Tangradi (Alan B. Golacinski), Shelia Vand (Sahar), Titus Welliver (Bates)

Runtime: 120 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Argo’ Review: 

Ben Affleck may as well start preparing room on one of his shelves because he’ll soon be bringing home a new friend named Oscar. While many films are dubiously called ‘film of the year’ Argo isn’t just one that truly deserves that title, it actually deserves to be called one of the films of the generation.

Based on real events Argo is set in late 1979 and early 1980 when a group of American Embassy workers are taken hostage during a revolution in Iran (then called Tehran). What worries the American Government even more is the fact that some of the workers escaped the embassy and need to be rescued from where they are hiding in the Canadian Ambassador’s House. With their lives in danger the government wants them rescued as quickly as possibly but with guards patrolling all the airports it is going to take a very special story to get past them.

Enter CIA Agent Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston – Total Recall, Rock Of Ages) who turns to one of his top operatives, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck – To The Wonder, The Town) to come up with a believable story. However when Tony gets famous producer John Chambers (John Goodman – Flight, Trouble With The Curve) and director Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin – Arigo, The Muppets) on board to try and trick the Iranian Government into thinking that Hollywood is about to film a sci-fi blockbuster in their country it is up to O’Donnell to try and get a list of people including Hamilton Jordon (Kyle Chandler – Super 8, TV’S Friday Night Lights) to see that this far-fetched plan could actually work.

While many have criticized Ben Affleck for some of the poor acting roles he has filmed over the years you certainly can’t criticise his directing skills. With films like Gone Baby Gone and The Town under his belt Affleck cemented himself as one of the most exciting directors going around. Argo tops any of them though and shows Affleck is in fact one of the most talented directors that Hollywood has ever seen.

Few directors manage to present suspense to their audience in the way that Affleck does with Argo. So tense are the scenes at the airport that the audience are on the edge of their seat yet Affleck still makes the film completely natural, he never milks it for theatrical effect and as a result the audience at the Melbourne media screening was so impressed they broke out into a round of applause… something that rarely happens with modern films.

The naturalistic feel to Argo enhances many scenes and when you see photographs of the actual events (and the people that took part in them) you can see that Affleck has gone for a brand of perfection that just goes to show what a fine director he really is.

Argo is a guaranteed Oscar winner and will go down in history as one of the finest movies ever made.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Argo′: http://www.helium.com/items/2384900-movie-reviews-argo-2012 Also check Episode #5 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Argo’

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating: Argo (2012) on IMDb