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The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  3. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  4. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  5. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  6. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  7. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  8. Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Amas, Aaron Burns
  9. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
  10. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  11. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  12. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  13. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  14. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  15. Stars Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  16. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  17. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  18. Dope (2015) – Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise
  19. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  20. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  21. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  22. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  23. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  24. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  25. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. American Horro Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  3. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  6. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  7. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  8. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  9. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  10. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  11. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  12. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  14. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  15. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  16. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  18. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jamimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  21. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  22. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane
  23. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  24. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  25. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Summary: When The Diary Of A Teenage Girl begins it opens with Minnie (Bel Powley) a 15 year old teenager who is very excited about the fact that she has found a guy who wanted to have sex with her. As the story pans out we soon learn that aspiring artist Minnie lives with her hippie-like mother, Charlotte (Kristen Wiig), and her slightly dorky younger sister, Gretel (Abby Wait), who likes to spy on what Minnie is doing.

So who is the guy that Minnie has lost her virginity to? Well that is soon revealed to be Charlotte’s thirty-five year old boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), who convinces Minnie that he is in love with her and that it is okay for them to start a relationship. Once Minnie has her sexual awakening it then starts her and her best friend Kimmie (Madeleine Waters) on a destructive path of sex and drugs.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th September 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Marielle Heller

Screenwriter: Marielle Heller, Phoebe Gloeckner (characters)

Cast: Miranda Bailey (Andrea), Davy Clements (Arnie), Domino The Cat (Willie), Douglas Gawoski (John), Margarita Levieva (Tabatha), Austin Lyon (Ricky Wasserman), Christopher Meloni (Pascal), Carson Moll (Michael Cocaine), Quinn Nagle (Chuck), John Parsons (Burt), Bel Powley (Minnie), Susannah Schulman (Aline Kominsky (voice)), Alexander Skarsgard (Monroe), Abby Wait (Gretel), Madeleine Waters (Kimmie), Kristen Wiig (Charlotte), Anthony Williams (Frankie)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Take note – The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is one of the most surprising films of 2015. A click glance of the cast and seeing Kristen Wiig mentioned would have you excused for thinking that this is the latest coming-of-age comedy about the young unattractive teenager trying to impress the boy she likes. Even the film’s poster backs this up and yes I found myself sitting down in the cinema expecting another film in the vein of The Way, Way Back. What I got instead was a really eye-opener of a film that dares to be gritty and different and propels itself into deserving the description – one of the films of the year.

Directed by first time director Marielle Heller and based on a novel by Phoebe Gloeckner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is a brutally frank look at what happens to a young girl when she is molested by a person that she is supposed to trust. Heller makes a brave decision with this film, she could have made this a dark confronting film like a filmmaker such as Lars Von Trier or Larry Clarke would have, but instead Heller does something different. She instead tell the story of Monroe and Minnie’s relationship in the same way any romance film would. She shows the young girl besotted by her lover and follows their relationship so intently we even see some pretty graphic sex scenes, graphic in the sense of nudity not in the sense of violence. As Minnie tells the story of her first love it is up to the audience to pass the judgment of how wrong the relationship is because for the narrator (Minnie) this is the love affair of a life time. The fact that Heller takes this path makes the Diary Of A Teenage Girl a brilliant film that for once does something different without using that as a marketing ploy.

Heller also brings other things to the table that makes this film a gem. She capitalizes on the fact that Minnie is an aspiring artist and at times during the film brings the artwork to life in animation, a move that only enhances the fact that this sweet and innocent teenager is really creating some pretty confronting and sexual sketches. This style of filmmaking allows the audience to take an occasional break from the fact that a character they love is soon being reduced to low acts of $5 prostitution sex.

The brilliant script (which is also written by Heller) does a great job in giving the audience a view of the goings on straight from Minnie’s innocent point-of-view. We never really get to see Monroe as the stereotypical pedophilic monster that a lot of films would have used to portray him while we also get to see how he is able to get to Minnie as the fact that she sees herself as a fat and unattractive teen is subtly fed to the audience without the use of a sledgehammer. The story also provides moments of great drama. You are forever wondering what will happen when Charlotte learns about Minnie and Monroe, while some of the other characters introduced into Minnie’s life, like Tabatha (Margarita Levieva), also have you wondering exactly what they are planning on doing with Minnie.

When it comes to the cast The Diary Of A Teenage Girl also packs a lot of surprises. For a start there is no sense of comedy at all around Kristen Wiig as she portrays Charlotte, a mother who wants to experiment with drugs and live the hippy lifestyle while always on the lookout for a man who is going to take care of her. At times Wiig is virtually unrecognizable as the same actress who made us laugh so hard in Bridesmaids. Then there is  Alexander Skarsgard who portrays Monroe as your typical everyday lovable loser, the kind of guy you know is never going to amount to anything but certainly wouldn’t suspect of sleeping with a 15 year old girl. Skarsgard turns creepy without turning up the creepiness factor if that makes sense?

Then there is the acting performance of young Bel Powley who deals with a lot in this film. From scenes consisting of her standing naked for a few minutes at a time to the constant barrage of put downs about her appearance this is one role that Powley needs to be rewarded for. A relative unknown until she played Princess Margaret in A Royal Night Out earlier this year Powley’s strong dramatic and daring performance here not only deserves to win her awards but should also be a breakout performance for her in the same way Juno was for Ellen Page. Powley announces herself as an actress to watch in with one hell of a performance.

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is a must for anyone that likes alternative cinema and doesn’t mind making some brave descisions. The film will be hard to watch for some but is also a fim that will completely stun its audience. Thought provoking and confronting The Diary Of A Teenage Girl not only reveals Bel Powley as an actress to watch but also announces Marielle Heller as a filmmaker to watch.

 

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

 

IMDB Rating:  The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment The Diary Of A Teenage Girl reviews: You can listen to our full The Diary Of A Teenage Girl  review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147. You can also read our The Diary Of A Teenage Girl review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  3. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  4. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  5. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett SMith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, THomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezana
  8. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  9. Jessica Jones (2015) – Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
  10. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  11. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie ALexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  12. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  14. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  15. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  16. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) – Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James
  17. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  18. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  19. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  20. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  21. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  22. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  23. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Godron-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  24. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, ALfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
  25. The Revenant (2015) – Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Scream Queens

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  2. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  3. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  5. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenze Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  6. Blindspot (2015) – Kelly P. Williams, Sullivan Stapleton, Jamie Alexander, Rob Brown
  7. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  8. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  9. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  10. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  11. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  12. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  13. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Gatlin Green, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay
  14. Limitless (2015) – Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  15. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  16. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  17. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  18. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  21. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  22. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  23. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, Alfred Eroch, Jack Flahee
  24. Empire (2015) – Terrence Howard, Taraj P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray
  25. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare

Black Mass

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  2. The Visit (2015) – Olivia Delonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  3. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio
  5. The Jungle Book (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  8. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  9. Krampus (2015) – Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony
  10. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinkalge, Kit Harington, Lean Headey
  11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  12. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  14. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  15. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  16. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  17. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  18. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  19. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson
  20. The Perfect Guy (2015) – Sanaa lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell
  21. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  22. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Marrilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

The Martian

Ridley Scott fans it is time to get very, very excited because The Martian trailer has been released.

The Martian is directed by the legendary Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan and Michael Peña. The Martian is set for release on November 25 (United States), November 27 (United Kingdom) and is currently awaiting a release date in Australia.

You can view The Martian trailer below.

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins trailer has just been released by Sony Pictures. The film which is directed by Craig Johnson and stars Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell and Luke Wilson will hit cinemas on the 12th September, 2014 in the U.S.

You can view the Skeleton Twins trailer below

Her

Summary: Set in a stylish Los Angeles of the slight future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a complex, soulful man left heartbroken after the end of a long relationship. Downloading a new, advanced computer operating system which is individual to each user, he is delighted to meet “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), a voice who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her interests and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens in unexpected ways.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th January, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Spike Jonze

Screenwriter: Spike Jonze

Cast: Amy Adams (Amy), Robert Benard (Michael Wadsworth), Laura Kai Chen (Tatiana), Brian Cox (Alan Watts (voice)), Bill Hader (Chat Room Friend #2), Sam Jaeger (Dr. Johnson), Scarlett Johansson (Samantha (voice)), Luka Jones (Lewman), Spike Jonze (Alien Child (voice)), Jen Kuhn (Kathy C.), Patrick Lander (Alan Watts), Matt Letscher (Charles), Rooney Mara (Catherine), Carol McFadden (Matilda), Rachel Ann Mullins (Giselle), Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore Twombly), Chris Pratt (Paul), Gracie Prewitt (Jocelyn), Soko (Isabella (voice)), Kristen Wiig (Sexy Kitten (voice)), Olivia Wilde (Blind Date)

Runtime: 126 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR HER REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(4)

Please check Adam’s Her review that is available on The Crat

Greg King: Stars(3)

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

David Griffiths:

You really do have to wonder just how damaged Michelle Williams and Sofia Coppola have left director (and sometimes actor) Spike Jonze after their relationships with him. Jonze doesn’t put pen to paper very often, but he has with Her, a film that is in one way one of the most romantic love stories you are ever likely to witness, but on the other hand is also one of the most cynical films about love you are ever likely to see. The plus side is that Her is also one of the most beautiful films that you will see this year.

Set in the future Her follows Theodore Twombly, a man who has been severly damaged by his divorce with his ex-wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara) and now simply seems to exist to do his daily job of writing personal letters for other people. Outside of that he seems to only want to indulge in the various technologies located around his home. Even talking with his best friend Amy (Amy Adams) seems to be a chore that is too painful to bear.

Things however change for Theodore when he is offered a new computer program that will make his life a lot easier, what he doesn’t count on though is falling in love with the system’s operator, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), although this soon becomes reality for him.

Spike Jonze really does take his audience on a journey with Her. Strange when you consider the film really only centres around Theodore, Joaquin Phoenix is in every scene, and he rarely ever leaves the one city. The fact is though Her takes its audience on an emotional journey. It’s impossible not to like Theodore, the fact that we have all been heartbroken at sometime draws us to him and you want him to succeed. On top of that Jonze has made him an incredibly nice and down-to-earth guy.

And that is how Jonze takes you (the audience) on the journey. As Theodore falls in love with Samantha you can literally feel the same emotions in your heart. Jonze’s script tugs at the heartstrings and you don’t even realise until later on that Theodore has really fallen in love with his computer. The brilliance of the script and the beautiful voice acting of Scarlett Johansson really make the character of Samantha feel very real indeed.

Her also really announces that Spike Jonze deserves to be part of that higher echelon of modern day directors. He’s done some interesting films in the past, but even films like Where The Wild Things Are have shown that Jonze is an exceptionally visual director. Once again here with Her he captures that and at times make the film look like an artist’s canvas.

Also making Her such a fine film are the acting performances of its leads. Amy Adams has been de-beautified for this film and puts in a naturalistic performance while Scarlett Johansson seems to steal the show although she is only a voice actor. Playing Samantha says the gifted actress put in one of the finest voice acting performances of all time as she brings real emotion to every line she says. Then of course there is Joaquin Phoenix who carries this film just like Sam Rockwell in Moon. Just like his director does with this film Phoenix once again reminds audiences why he is one of the most gifted people going around in Hollywood at the moment.

Her is the kind of film that can make anybody cry. Jonze captures the highs and lows of relationships remarkably well in a film that deserves to be listed as a classic.

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 Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  Her (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Her′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65 for our full Her review.

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Summary: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ben Stiller

Screenwriter: Steve Conrad, James Thurber (short story)

Cast: Marcus Antturi (Rich Melhoff), Jon Daly (Tim Naughton), Craig Dourmashkin (Curtis), Paul Fitzgerald (Don Proctor), Kathryn Hahn (Odessa Mitty), Terrence Bernie Hines (Gary Mannheim), Kai Lennox (Phil Melhoff), Shirley MacLaine (Edna Mitty), Adrian Martinez (Hernando), Nicole Neuman (Rachel), Conan O’Brien (himself), Patton Oswalt (Todd Maher), Sean Penn (Sean O’Connell), Andy Richter (himself), Adam Scott (Ted Hendricks), Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty), Kristen Wiig (Cheryl Melhoff)

Runtime: 114 mins

Classification:PG

OUR THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

Everybody knows Ben Stiller has one of modern days’ top comedic actors. What many don’t realise though is that whenever Stiller had decided to pull on the director’s cap that success has always followed. His debut directional effort ‘Reality Bites’ drew plenty of applause, while his follow ups ‘The Cable Guy,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Tropic Thunder’ were all massive commercial successes.

Now Stiller directrs and stars in the new screen adaption of James Thurber’s classic story ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.’ Now if you judged this film by its trailer you could see that this is a film that could go either way. It could fall in a heap and be a bore just like too many of Stiller’s recent films or it could be abstract and different enough to be interesting.

Stiller stars the downtrodden, lonely loser in life Walter Mitty. A man who has no personal life but lives for his job – a job that sees him looking after photographer’s negatives at ‘Life’ magazine. He also tends to ‘zone out’ from time to time and take himself on magical journeys that only occur inside his head. However, his life is turned upside down when he soon realises that job may be taken away from him when the ambitious and plain rude Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott) arrives on the scene boasting that ‘Life’ is about to go online and heads will roll. The way he bullies Walter also shows him that his will be one of those rolling heads.

Poor Walter believes his biggest problem is finding a way to impress his work colleague and love interest Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) but soon finds himself under even more pressure when he realises that the negative that is needed for the front page of the last edition of ‘Life’ has gone missing. This spurs Walter into action and soon he finds himself on a trip around the world trying to find the photographer, Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn).

Like ‘Reality Bites’ did early on his career ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ reveals Stiller as a talented director. His directional style takes this film in many different directions, from heartfelt conversations through to an action sequence (thanks to one of Walter’s zone-outs). But Stiller’s directional style really comes to the fore though when he captures some of the stunning environments that Walter visits amazingly well, and the same time lifts this above its closest rival ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’

As a film ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ really draws you in. You find yourself drawn to Walter as a character and you feel sorry for him. But as a film it goes deeper than that, the screenplay has created some interesting sub-characters including the hateable Hendricks and also eHarmony phone worker, Todd Maher (Patton Oswalt).

We all know somebody like Walter and that connection takes this film to a different level, however no matter how much human emotion is invested into the film there are times the film’s script lets it down. There are about fifteen to twenty minutes of this film that doesn’t need to be there, and it’s a shame that script editor hadn’t done a little bit of pruning.

Still that can be largely forgotten due to the fact that Stiller and his cinematographer create some amazing visuals throughout this film. They capture whatever environment they are in amazingly well, especially the barren volcanic wastelands that Stiller ends up skateboarding down. While the story does have its odd low point it clearly outguns the film most similar to it – “Eat Pray Love.”

The smooth screenplay does also allow Stiller to produce a mixture of comedy and drama and as we have learned from some of his previous roles Stiller thrives on getting to play emotionally damaged characters, and once again here he comes to the fore.

Kristen Wiig and Shirley Maclaine almost seem wasted in their roles however Patton Oswalt makes a surprising cameo that is a joy to watch but the actor who steals the show here is Adam Scott. Scott puts in one of the best performances of the year as the villainous Hendricks and while he is a source of comedic relief he also brings a sense of evil to the film.

“The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” may dip at one point but for the most part this is a good film that once again reminds cinema lovers that Ben Stiller is more than capable when he pulls on the director’s hat. As far as feel good movies go this one is a winner.

 

 Stars(3.5)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) on IMDb

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