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The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films Cloud Atlas, Side Effects, I Give It A Year, Save Your Legs!, The Imposter and The Paperboy. Plus they took an in depth look at all The Oscars wrap-up and have Part 1 of their look at the 2013 Alliance French Film Festival. This episode also features interview with Zac Efron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Scott Burns, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Minnie Driver, Dan Mazer, Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemying, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, Lana Wachowski and the cast of Housos vs Authority.

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ on Blu-Ray thanks to Madman Entertainment.

Side Effects

Summary: Side Effects is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Screenwriter: Scott Z. Burns

Cast: Sasha Bardey (Dr. Peter Joubert), David Costabile (Carl), Victor Cruz (NYPD Officer Beahan), J. Claude Deering (Zach), Susan Gross (Susan), Mamie Gummer (Kayla), Russell G. Jones (Jeffrey Childs), Timothy Klein (Transporting Officer Klein), Jude Law (Dr. Jonathan Banks), Rooney Mara (Emily Taylor), Mitchell Michalisyzn (Ezra Banks), Michelle Vergara Moore (Joan), Vinessa Shaw (Diedre Banks), Channing Tatum (Martin Taylor), Vladimi Verssailles (Augustin), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Dr. Victoria Siebert)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Side Effects’ Review: 

Director Steve Soderbergh (‘Magic Mike’, ‘Haywire’) has been pretty vocal about the fact that his latest release ‘Side Effects’ will be his final feature film and that he will now turn to a career in television. It seems an abrupt ending for a person that has been one of the most prolific filmmakers of the last decade, and if ‘Side Effects’ is to be his last film it will be a real shame as it is one of the very few average films he has released during his career.

‘Side Effects’ sees Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara – ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is struggling with life, it seems that her constant battle with depression has once again returned and she is also not coping with the fact that her husband Martin (Channing Tatum – ‘Magic Mike’, ’21 Jump Street’) has been released from prison after serving a term for insider trading.

After a suicide attempt in an underground car park Emily is referred to Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law – ‘Rise Of The Guardians’, ‘Anna Karenina’) who tries to help the young woman get her life back on track. Determined to help her he seeks out her old doctor, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones – ‘Broken City’, ‘Playing For Keeps) who suggests that he try some of the new medications that are on the market. It soon begins to look like Emily is on the road to recovery but that soon ends when it seems the side effects of one of the drugs results in her murdering Martin.

As a film ‘Side Effects’ is likely to frustrate a lot of it’s audience. While the closing credits are rolling you are likely to find yourself thinking ‘that was a pretty decent crime film’, but when you start to really think about it later on you find yourself pulling apart the plot and you soon realise that the ‘crime element’ of the story falls into place way too easily and that it is highly unbelievable. In fact after much though you’ll realise that ‘Side Effects’ is pretty much just an extended (and rather poor) episode of ‘Law & Order’.

It is a real surprise that Steven Soderbergh has realised such a slack thriller. In the past Soderbergh has released suspenseful action films such as ‘Haywire’ while even his more experimental films like ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ have had a real edge to them… something that ‘Side Effects’ certainly doesn’t have, hence it’s television movie feel.

In another surpise for a Soderbergh film the performances of most of the cast are bland to say the least. Rooney Mara really had the chance to step-up and deliver a powerful performance but she doesn’t, while it seems that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum simply breezed their way through their roles without really trying. The only person who seems to make an effort is Jude Law who is a lot better than what he was in ‘Anna Karenina’.

‘Side Effects’ is a real disappointment, it may entertain you while you are in the cinema but you are guaranteed to think ill of it once you’ve had a chance to really think about it.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Side Effects′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Side Effects’. Dave Griffiths also has another review of ‘Side Effects’ available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating: Side Effects (2013) on IMDb

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week on the show Greg, Dave and Nick take a look at ‘West Of Memphis’, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Safe Haven’ and ‘The Sweeney’.

This episode also features interviews with the stars of ‘Anna Karenina’ Jude Law and Keira Knightley and Melbourne filmmaker Zev Howley.

The boys also discuss the best and worst movies to watch on Valentine’s Day and look at new DVD releases that include Lore, On The Road, To Rome With Love and Lawless.

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Anna Karenina

Summary: The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning boxoffice successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart.

Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina (Knightley) enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky (Johnson). As Anna questions her happiness and marriage to Alexei Karenin (Law), change comes to all around her.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Joe Wright

Screenwriter: Tom Stoppard, Leo Tolstoy (novel)

Cast: Marine Battier (Mlle. Roland), Max Bennett (Petritsky), Bodil Blain (Princess Sorokina Senior), Nicholas Blatt (Major Domo), Antony Byrne (Colonel Demin), Tannishtha Chatterjee (Masha), Kenneth Collard (Prince Tverskoy), Sam Cox (Kapitonich), Buffy Davis (Agafia), Cara Delevingne (Princess Sorokina), Michelle Dockery (Princess Myagkaya), Steve Evets (Theodore), Emerald Fennell (Princess Merkalova), Aruhan Galieva (Aruhan), Freya Galpin (Masha Oblonsky), Domhnall Gleeson (Levin), Tillie-Bett Grant (Baby Anya), Carl Grose (Korney), Holliday Grainger (Baroness), Paul Ham (Michael), Byran Hands (Mikhail Slyudin), Hera Hilmar (Varya), Thomas Howes (Yashvin), Giles King (Stemov), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Jude Law (Karenin), Henry Lloyd-Jones (Burisov), Susanne Lothar (Princess Scherbatsky), Kelly Macdonald (Dolly), Matthew Macfadyen (Oblonsky), Eric MacLennan (Matey), Jude Monk McGowan (Tuskevitch), Oskar McNamara (Serhoza), Beatrice Morrissey (Vasya Oblonsky), Cecily Morrissey (Lili Oblonsky), Octavia Morrissey (Tanya Oblonsky), Theo Morrissey (Grisha Oblonsky), Luke Newberry (Vasily Lukich), Raphael Personnaz (Alexander Vronsky), Alexandra Roach (Countess Nordston), Guro Nagelhus Schia (Annushka), Bill Skarsgard (Makhotin), Kyle Soller (Korrsunsky), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Vronsky), Pip Torrens (Prince Shcherbatsky), Alicia Vikander (Kitty), Eros Vlahos (Boris), Emily Watson (Countess Lydia Ivanova), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronsky), David Wilmot (Nikolai), Ruth Wilson (Princess Betsy Tverskoy)

Runtime: 130 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Anna Karenina’ Review: 

Yet another classic masterpiece of literature finds its way onto the big screen with the ambitious project from director Joe Wright (‘Hanna’, ‘The Soloist’) and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (‘Enigma’, TV’S ‘Parade’s End’), a project that has seen them turn Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel ‘Anna Karenina’ into a two-hour film.

For those who have never been forced to read the novel at school the story Based on the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy the film sees Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley – ‘Stars In Shorts’, ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’) become involved in an intense love triangle with her wealthy husband, Karenin (Jude Law – ‘Side Effects’, ‘Rise Of The Guardians’) and a young soldier, Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson – ‘Savages’, ‘Albert Nobbs’). While her relationship with Karenin seems steady, Anna must face potential status ruin if she wants to pursue this new exciting love.

Meanwhile Levin (Domhnall Gleeson – ‘Dredd’, ‘Shadow Dancer’) finally plucks up the courage to ask the beautiful Kitty (Alicia Vikander – ‘A Royal Affair’, ‘The Crown Jewels’) to marry him, but because she is also wrapped up in Vronsky she says no, which in turn shatters Levin and has him sadly wasting away.

To his credit Joe Wright doesn’t exactly rest on his laurels and produce yet another period film, no he instead decides to be a little creative and film most of ‘Anna Karenina’ inside a theatre, the end result is a film in the vein of ‘Moulin Rouge!’ that seems to suggest that this is a very public love affair that needs an audience. This inventive style, which includes sets changing in front of the audience’s eyes, does take a little while to get used to but once you feel that you are in line with the flow it actually ends up looking pretty sensational.

Still Wright is let down a little by Stoppard’s work. The original ‘Anna Karenina’ meanders through a lot of characters lives and sadly it seems that Stoppard seems to include too many of these characters in this film version. The main emphasis needs to on Anna/Karenin/Vronsky love triangle, but while the Levin and Kitty romance is entertaining to watch it seems that throughout the film it gets in the way of the main story, especially when those characters are geographically removed from being anywhere near Anna.

The big plus side to ‘Anna Karenina’ is the acting. Keira Knightley puts in one of her best performances in years and she well supported by Aaron Taylor-Johnson who although very removed from the role that made him famous, in ‘Kick-Ass’) puts in a wonderful performance… as does Alicia Vikander who on the back of her performance in ‘A Royal Affair’ indicates that she has a very big future ahead of her.

Sadly these performances are dragged down by Jude Law who surprisingly puts in one of his few poor performances. It seems as though he feels that the character of Karenin should never show emotion on his face, which seems like a poor choice seeing Karenin shows emotion in the film a lot – whether it be sadness or anger.

As far as modern blockbusters go ‘Anna Karenina’ is well worth a look. Wright’s interesting and inventive visual styling certainly brings something to the film, although there are a couple of lulls in the film that have been known to put audience members to sleep.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Anna Karenina′: Check Episode #20 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Anna Karenina’. Dave Griffiths also has another review of ‘Anna Karenina’ available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:Anna Karenina (2012) on IMDb

Rise Of The Guardians

Summary: DreamWorks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians, is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Peter Ramsey

Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire, William Joyce (novel)

Cast: Alec Baldwin (North (voice)), Jacob Bertrand (Monty (voice)), Rich Dietl (Yeti (voice)), Isla Fisher (Tooth (voice)), Dakota Goyo (Jamie Bennett (voice)), Georgie Grieve (Sophie Bennett (voice)), Khamani Griffin (Caleb (voice)), Dominque Grund (Cupcake (voice)), Hugh Jackman (Bunny (voice)), Jude Law (Pitch (voice)), Olivia Mattingly (Pippa (voice)), Kamil McFadden (Claude (voice)), Chris Pine (Jack Frost (voice))

Runtime: 97 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Rise Of The Guardians’ Review: 

You can read Dave’s review of ‘Rise Of The Guardians’ on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Rise Of The Guardians′: Check Episode #12 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Rise Of The Guardians’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Rise of the Guardians (2012) on IMDb