Over the past weekend, Australian Indie film ‘Occupation: Rainfall’ enjoyed a top 10 position in North America across VOD and home release platforms. Distributed in America by Saban Films, the dystopian sci-fi is set for global distribution including the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Middle East, Scandinavia, South Korea, Taiwan, Spain and Vietnam.
With VFX done by the same team behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049, Luke Sparke’s Occupation: Rainfall delivers a thrilling sci-fi epic that is firmly set to impress audiences all over the world. Starring Ken Jeong, Temuera Morrison, Daniel Gillies and Jason Isaacs and directed and written by Luke Sparke, produced by mother and daughter team Carly & Carmel Imrie (Occupation, Red Billabong) and co-executive producer Todd Williams (The Nun, Alex and Me), the action packed film showcases the scenic hills of Australia’s Blue Mountains to the war-torn streets of Sydney.
Leading entertainment review website, Flickering Myth claims, “It’s War of the Worlds meets Terminator: Salvation spliced with Guardians of the Galaxy…..if you want a science fiction action film then this delivers”.
Occupation: Rainfall will have its home release in Australia through Umbrella Entertainment and Monster Pictures on June 16. The film will be available on Blu-Ray (featuring audio commentary tracks and deleted scenes), DVD, Foxtel Store, iTunes, Google Play and more. The UK release in cinemas and on demand is July 9 by Signature Entertainment. The Europe and Asian markets will then follow.
With three years in production, Occupation: Rainfall features over 1,500 special effects, and stars a brilliant multicultural ensemble cast of Australian and international talent. Due to its international success, a sequel, ‘Rainfall: Chapter 2’, is in active development, with the script completed and international casting already commenced.
Summary: A chaotic battle ensues between Jerry Mouse, who has taken refuge in the Royal Gate Hotel, and Tom Cat, who is hired to drive him away before the day of a big wedding arrives.
Cinema Release Dates: 1st April 2021 (Australia), 26th February 2021 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: 25th March 2021 (USA)
Country: UK, USA
Director: Tim Story
Screenwriter: Kevin Costello
Cast: Janis Ahern (Mrs. Jacobson), Daniel Adegboyega (Gavin the Doorman), Camilla Arfwedson (Linda Perrybottom), Jordan Bolger (Cameron), Joe Buck (himself), Bobby Cannavale (Spike (voice)), Ajay Chhabra (Mr Mehta), Christina Chong (Lola), Somi De Souza (Mrs Mehta), Rob Delaney (Mr. Dubros), Eleanor Fanyinka (Sadie (voice)), Patsy Ferran (Joy The Bell Girl), Spank Horton (Ash (voice)), Nicky Jam (Butch (voice)), Ken Jeong (Chef Jackie), Colin Jost (Ben), Edward Judge (Leo The Sous Chef), Lil Rel Howery (Angel/Devil (voice)), Na’im Lynn (Meathead (voice)), Chloe Grace Moretz (Kayla), Michael Pena (Terrence), Patrick Poletti (Mr. Jacobson Snr.), Harry Ratchford (Topsy (voice)), Bernardo Santos (Aaron Merritt), Pallavi Sharda (Preeta), Joey Wells (Lightning (voice))
Running Time: 101 mins
Classification: G (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)
OUR TOM AND JERRY REVIEWS
David Griffiths’ Tom And Jerry Review:
When I first heard that a new Tom & Jerry movie was on the way, my first thought was – how could this possibly work? Yes the mischievous mouse and cat have been entertaining audiences for over 70 years, but I have come to realise over recent years that what the new generation finds funny compared to what I found funny as a child 30 years ago is vastly different. So, I’ll be completely honest – I thought the chances of this being a Tom & Jerry film that would appeal to all ages was next to zero.
But I am happy to say that I am going to have to eat my words with this one because director/screenwriter Tim Story (Fantastic Four) has created a world for Tom and Jerry that I am sure even their creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera would be very proud of.
The key thing to making Story’s version of Tom & Jerry work is that he has made it universal and timeless. As usual Tom chases Jerry right around the city and Jerry finds himself moving into the Royal Gate Hotel just as the world’s most popular couple, Preeta (Pallavi Sharada – Lion) and Ben (Colin Jost – How To Be Single), have arrived at the Hotel in preparation for their wedding.
The approaching wedding has the Hotel’s Events Manager, Terence (Michael Pena – Ant-Man), completely stressed out and he not impressed when his boss, Mr Dubros (Rob Delaney – Deadpool 2), hires the very inexperienced Kayla (Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick-Ass) to help him out.
Adding to Terence’s stress is the fact that suddenly he has the crazy pair of Tom and Jerry running around the hotel and fighting at every opportunity, just when he wants everything to be perfect. Despite him predicting it will end in disaster he can only sit back and watch as Kayla drums up a plan to hire Tom to try and capture Jerry.
There is a tonne of fun and comedy throughout the film but what impressed me the most was how Tim Story managed to mix old with new. The old school animation that brings Tom, Jerry and a cast of other animals including the famous bulldog Spike (Bobby Cannavale – Blue Jasmine), to life is mixed well with the modern day shots – so well in fact that the only film I think I ever seen that has such a seamless animation and real life mix is Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Likewise the story itself. This is a timeless tale, the events that happen at the Hotel could easily have happened in the 1930s and that is one of the reasons why the characters of Tom and Jerry slip so well into this ‘new world’. Even the hotel itself looks like it has been plucked from a 1930s film noir flick so again lends itself to the world of Tom and Jerry perfectly.
As a storyteller Story also comes to the fore with his characters. Dubros and Terence are perfectly over-acted and enhanced while the smart Kayla is written as a strong and caring lead that the audience quickly wants to support. Story has even written Preeta and Ben in such a way that they are likable, move the story along but never over-stay their welcome or over-shadow the characters that are the centre-piece to the plot. The only character I feel Story should have done more with was Chef Jackie who is seriously under-used especially given that he has played by comedic genius Ken Jeong (Community) but still does very little to move the story along.
That is the only blemish though when it comes to the acting. Moretz quickly shows the audience that she can add comedy to the list of things that she excels while Pena again does what he did in Dora The Explorer and brings his A-Game to a family film. It probably doesn’t look like it on paper but Moretz and Pena are the perfect comedy duo here are one of the reasons why the film works so well.
Tom & Jerry goes very close to being the perfect family film – funny throughout and sensitive when it needs to be this is the kind of film that will be loved by any generation of the family. For kids it is something new and fresh and for Mum and Dad (and even Grandpa and Grandma) this is a trip down memory lane with a modern twist. I still can’t believe I am saying this but you will find very few films as enjoyable as Tom & Jerry this year.
Summary: A CIA Agent must befriend a young girl after she works out his occupation while he watches her family.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th January 2020
Thailand Cinema Release Date: 5th June 2020
Australian VOD Release Date: 15th April 2020
Country: USA, Canada
Director: Peter Segal
Screenwriter: Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber
Cast: Darrin Baker (Dr. Weller), Dave Bautista (JJ), Greg Bryk (Marquez), Laura Cilevitz (Ms. Besser), Chloe Coleman (Sophie), Nicola Correa-Damude (Christina), Chris D’Silva (Andre), Noah Dalton Danby (Todd), Basel Daoud (Hassan), Olivia Depatie (Selma), Emily Anne Dupere (Emily), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Kate), Ali Hassan (Azar), Ken Jeong (David Kim), Vieslav Krystyan (General Gregovich), Benjamin Luborsky (Trent), Charlie Luborsky (Brad), Rakhee Morzaria (Tina), Jean-Michel Nadeau (Koll), Karen O’Keefe (Pauline), Ace O’Spades (Ozzie), Devers Rogers (Carlos), Kristen Schaal (Bobbi), Kellar Viaene (Emmy)
Running Time: 99 mins
Classification: PG (Australia), 13 (Thailand)
OUR MY SPY MONSTER REVIEWS & RATINGS:
Dave Griffiths’ My Spy Review:
There seems to come a time in every action hero’s career when they decide it might be time to make a family film. For some it works really well! Say what you like about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Kindergarten Cop but it still a film that will always bring a smile to your face whenever you go back and give it a watch. But the hits for action heroes deciding to deliver a family film though are usually very few and far between. Has anyone ever tried to go back and watch Vin Diesel’s The Pacifier after enduring it the first time?
Still that path full of our action stars’ most cringe worthy moments has not frightened wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista from deciding that it his turn to try and create a family favourite. Sure Bautista has already endeared himself to many younger audience members with his portrayal of the gruff but loveable Drax in the Marvel universe but with My Spy there is no costume to hide behind – this is Bautista trying to make people of all ages laugh using just his acting and comedic abilities.
In My Spy Bautista plays JJ, a hardened special-forces soldier who is trying his hardest to become a CIA Agent. The transition isn’t successful though as JJ lacks all the class of James Bond and hits anybody that stands in his way with the subtleness of a sledgehammer. He can’t even put an accent that works well enough to fool the bad guys. When he blows his first major case his boss David Kim (Ken Jeong – Community) teams JJ up with a tech expert named Bobbi (Kristen Schaal – Toy Story 3) and has them watch the widow and child of a deceased arms dealer whom Kim believes may hold the secret of their next case.
Through his sheer bumbling nature the young daughter, Sophie (Chloe Coleman – Big Little Lies) picks JJ as a spy pretty much straight-away and then blackmails him teaching her to become a spy or she will expose his true identity to her mother, Kate (Parisa Fitz-Henley – Fantasy Island).
While a brief look at the plot of the film does make My Spy seem pretty simplistic although to give the film some credit it does actually go a little deeper than expected and it is that depth that makes the film not only watchable but also enjoyable.
Where a lot of these kinds of comedies decide the best way to get a laugh from the action heroes is to use slapstick and physical comedy the team behind My Spy decide to give Dave Bautista a little bit more credit than that. Together director Peter Segal (Get Smart) and his screenwriting team put Bautista and Coleman to the test with a storyline that mixes drama, comedy and action together as it depicts Sophie as a girl whose life is very much in danger while she battles with issues including bullying and dealing with her father’s death.
Bringing themes like that in the storyline allows young Chloe Coleman to show that she is an actress with a big future ahead of her and reveals why she has been cast in Avatar 2. At the same time it also leads to some emotional and touching moments between JJ and Sophie. While JJ may be a bumbling mess with his work life he is willing to go above and beyond in order to protect and help a young girl that is desperate for his help.
Parents of young children should be warned though that at times Peter Segal does seem to forget that he is directing a family film in 2020. There are times throughout the film where it feels like the film is a throwback to the family action films of the 80s and 90s where it was more than acceptable to point a gun at a child actor and throw them head first into action sequences. While those scenes here do add to the surprising realism and believability of the film some parents may wish to be a little cautious when it comes to the age of the children that they are allowing to watch the film.
My Spy is perhaps one of the biggest surprises of 2020. Many may have expected this to be a film that would have made a few people’s Worst Films Of The Year list but instead it is an action comedy with real heart. Bautista it seems has more acting cred then many would have expected.
Warner Bros. will make its new animated feature film “SCOOB!” available for both Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) and for premium digital ownership in Australia and New Zealand from today, providing high-quality family entertainment in the home just in time for school holidays.
“We know ‘SCOOB!’ has been highly anticipated in Australia and New Zealand, so we’re pleased we can deliver this action-packed movie for families to experience at home during the school holidays,” said Joel Pearlman, CEO of Roadshow Films.
“SCOOB!” will be available to premiere at home for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand or premium digital ownership beginning on Wednesday, July 1. The title will be available on participating digital platforms.
A fully animated, full-length Scooby-Doo action adventure for the whole family, “SCOOB!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.
“SCOOB!” features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker.
The film was directed by Warner Bros. animation stalwartTony Cervone, an Annie Award nominee for the feature film “Space Jam,” two-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Duck Dodgers” and one of the creators of the popular Scooby-Doo series “Mystery Incorporated.” It was produced by Pam Coats and Allison Abbate. Adam Sztykiel, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Jesse Ehrman, Dan Povenmire, and Chris Columbus served as executive producers. The “SCOOB!” screenplay was by Adam Sztykiel and Jack C. Donaldson & Derek Elliott and Matt Lieberman, story by Matt Lieberman and Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart, based on characters created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Cervone’s creative team included editors Ryan Folsey and Vanara Taing, and composer Tom Holkenborg.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “SCOOB!” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and by Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand.
Summary: You’ve all come to know the cute but wise-cracking Penguins from the hit Madagascar franchise of films, but now is the time to learn a little more about them as they have their own film. The film shows how Skipper (voiced by Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller) and Rico (Conrad Vernon) first come to ‘adopt’ the baby of the bunch, Private (Christopher Knights) and also shows how in their own minds they have become an ‘elite’ squadron… who can’t fly.
Things turn really nasty for the Penguins though when they decide it is time to leave their Madagascar buddies but soon find themselves being hunted by the evil Dave (John Malkovich), a shape shifting squid who has a serious vendetta against the flippered quartet. The Penguins seem even more in danger when they can’t bring themselves to work with an elite animal protection squad called The North Wind, led by the smart agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA
Australian DVD Release Date: 1st January, 2015
Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Screenwriter: John Aboud, Michael Colton, Eric Darnell (characters), Tom McGrath (characters), Brandon Sawyer, Alan J. Schoolcraft (story), Brent Simons (story)
Cast: Sean Charmatz (Cricket (voice)), Benedict Cumberbatch (Classifed (voice)), Werner Herzog (Documentary Filmmaker (voice)), Danny Jacobs (King Julien (voice)), Ken Jeong (Short Fuse (voice)), Christopher Knights (Private (voice)), Annet Mahndru (Eva (voice)), John Malkovich (Dave (voice)), Tom McGrath (Skipper (voice)), Chris Miller (Kowalski (voice)), Andy Richter (Mort (voice)), Peter Stormare (Coroporal (voice)), Conrad Vernon (Rico (voice))
Spin-offs from successful franchises often fall by the wayside. Anyone remember how spectacularly Joey failed after the demise of Friends, or seen your local store littered with DVDs in the bargain bin of characters such as Stitch or Pumba who have failed to reach the popularity that the franchise they were lifted from managed over time. Even Disney learnt that Planes couldn’t capitalise on the success of Cars before it. Now the brains behind Madagascar try to do the same with Penguins From Madagascar and while the film is likely to put bums on seats it is highly unlikely that fans of the franchise will be as impressed as they have been previously.
Perhaps the biggest problem for this film is that it follows hot on the heels of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, a film that many fans say is the clear best in the series. Penguins Of Madagascar had a lot to live up to but sadly fails on most levels… a fault that sadly falls at the feet of the screenwriters.
First the screenwriting team have decided to bring out the tired old cliché of introducing a James Bond style character into the cartoon world. Here it is Classified the suave talking Brit (who happens to be a wolf) who is always able to save the day, except here he seems to fail on a number of levels. It’s as if the screenwriters have just chosen to ignore how many cartoons and animations have done this over the years, including Cars 2 which was released not all that long ago. Recycled plot lines are never a good idea in a movie.
Even Dave the ‘baddie’ seems to be a re-hash of the bad guys we have seen previously in much better films like Despicable Me or Planet 51. It almost seems like the writers decided that there was no need to actually come up with anything creative at all when developing the script, that the name Madagascar being in the title would be enough to ensure that this film would put bucks in the bank regardless. In fact the only thing you could even say the screenwriters get remotely right is that they push the edict that everybody is important no matter how they look, which is a more than worthy life lesson for the kiddies watching.
Then there is the fact that many of the so called jokes written into the Penguins Of Madagascar script just end up becoming unfunny and going nowhere. The idea of throwing an actor’s name into the ring to get a laugh, eg ‘Let’s save Kevin’s Bacon’ gets tired really, really quickly and is never fully explained to why it is there… are the penguins closet cinephiles? We don’t know because we are never told anything that in depth about the characters.
Sure some of the chases and moments of supposed peril that the penguins find themselves in may be enough to impress the littlies that go along to see this film (and most likely pester their parents to buy them the toys from whatever fast food restaurant has them on offer) but this is hardly going to be a film that even kids are going to want to watch over and over and it is bland and predictable. And well if you are a parent who is being forced to go along and watch this with your tikes be prepared for a film that is likely to put you to sleep very, very quickly as it is nowhere near as exciting as the previous films in the Madagascar universe.
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Other Subculture Entertainment Penguins Of Madagascar reviews: You can hear our full Penguins Of Madagascar review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #111. You can also read our Penguins Of Madagascar review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.
This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’, ‘The Imitation Game,”Big Hero 6,’ ‘The Water Diviner,’ ‘Night At The Museum 3: Secret Of The Tomb’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies′. This episode also contains interviews with Ken Jeong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett.
Summary: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: David Soren
Screenwriter: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren
Cast: Michael Patrick Bell (White Shadow (voice)), Aaron Berger (Danny (voice)), Paul Dooley (The Foreman (voice)), Paul Giamatti (Chet (voice)), Luis Guzman (Angelo (voice)), Bill Hader (Guy Gagne (voice)), Samuel L. Jackson (Whiplash (voice)), Richard Jenkins (Bobby (voice)), Ken Jeong (Kim Ly (voice)), Michael Pena (Tito (voice)), Will Power (Australian Anchor (voice)), Ryan Reynolds (Turbo (voice)), Michelle Rodriguez (Paz (voice)), Maya Rudolph (Burn (voice)), Ben Schwartz (Skidmark (voice)), Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move (voice)),
Summary: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th June, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Screenwriter: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Cast: Moises Arias (Antonio (voice)), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario (voice)), Benjamin Bratt (Eduardo/El Macho (voice)), Steve Carell (Gru (voice)), Pierre Coffin (Kevin The Minion/Bob The Minion/Stuart The Minion (voice)), Steve Coogan (Silas (voice)), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo (voice)), Elsie Kate Fisher (Agnes (voice)), Dana Gaier (Edith (voice)), Ken Jeong (Floyd (voice)), Nasim Pedrad (Jillian (voice)), Kristen Schaal (Shannon (voice)), Kristen Wiig (Lucy (voice)),
Runtime: 98 mins
SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘DESPICABLE ME 2’:
This week on the show Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Dead Man Down‘, ‘Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds Alive On Stage! The New Generation’, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and ‘The Hangover Part III’. This episode also features interviews with Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Niels Arden Oplev. The boys also take a look at what cult movies you need to see as they celebrate the launch of Cultrastrophe on Friday nights at Cinema Nova.