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Transcendence

The trailer for the new film “Transcendence” has just been released. The film is directed by Wally Pfister, produced by Christoper Nolan and stars Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy and Paul Bettany. The film opens in the U.S. on the 18th April, 2014. You can view the Transcendence trailer below.

 

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

Recently the hosts of ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ came up with their favourite actors here’s who is made their lists.

 

GREG KING’S LIST

Jodie Foster

  • Matt Damon
  • Michael Caine
  • Charles Bronson
  • John Wayne
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Denzel Washington
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Michael Douglas
  • Sean Connery
  • Harrison Ford
  • Tom Cruise
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Robert De Niro
  • Tom Hanks
  • Jodie Foster

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Russell Crowe

  • Tom Cruise
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Liam Neeson
  • Edward Norton
  • Christian Bale
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Naomi Watts
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Al Pacino
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Arnold Schwarznegger
  • Russell Crowe

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Russell Crowe
  • Bruce Willis
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Emma Watson
  • Steve Carell
  • Michael Cera
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Emma Stone
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Tom Cruise
  • Brit Marling
  • Ben Affleck
  • Matt Damon
  • Michelle Williams
  • Christian Bale
  • Heath Ledger
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Humphrey Bogart

  • Will Ferrell
  • Larry David
  • John Cleese
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Bruno Ganz
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • John Hurt
  • Viggo Mortensen
  • Chips Rafferty
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Sean Connery
  • James Gandolfini
  • Sidney Poitiner
  • Robert Duvall
  • Michael Caine
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • John Meillion
  • Meryl Streep
  • Harvey Keitel
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Robert De Niro
  • Humphrey Bogart

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

The boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best films performances when an actor has gone against type.

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Jim Carrey Eternal

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Now You See Me’
  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Nurse Betty’
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘Horrible Bosses
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘We’re The Millers
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained
  • Don Johnson – ‘Django Unchained
  • Vanessa Hudgens – ‘Spring Breakers’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Kisten Dunst – ‘Melancholia’
  • Cameron Diaz – ‘Being John Malkovich
  • John Wayne – ‘The Conqueror’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robert De Niro – ‘Meet The Parents’
  • Christopher Walken – ‘Hairspray’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Collateral’
  • James Stewart – ‘Vertigo’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Desperate Measures’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Vince Vaughn – ‘Domestic Disturbance’
  • Adam Sandler – ‘Punch Drunk Love’

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Tom Crusie Interview With

  • Ben Kingsley – ‘Sexy Beast’
  • Edward Norton – ‘American History X’
  • Jack Nicholson – ‘About Schmidt’
  • Sean Penn – ‘Milk’
  • Michael Douglas – ‘Behind The Candelabra’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Harrison Ford – ‘What Lies Beneath’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Interview With The Vampire’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • John Travolta – ‘Pulp Fiction’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘A Beautiful Mind’
  • Pierce Brosnan – ‘The Matador’
  • Halle Berry – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugh Grant – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Tom Hanks – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugo Weaving – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘To Die For’

GREG KING’S LIST

Henry Fonda

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Hard Rain
  • Vince Vaughm – ‘Psycho’
  • Gary Oldman – ‘Prick Up Your Ears’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Big Country’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Boys From Brazil’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Omen’
  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Ashton Kutcher – ‘Jobs’
  • David Koencher – ‘Cheap Thrills’
  • John Travolta – ‘The Punisher’
  • John Travolta – ‘Broken Arrow’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘The Paperboy’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘Stoker’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Batman’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘Double Indemnity’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘The Apartment’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Maniac’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Sin City’
  • Jack Palance – ‘City Slickers’
  • Michael Cera – ‘Youth In Revolt’
  • Brad Pitt – ‘Inglorious Basterds’
  • Ernest Borgnine – ‘Marty’
  • Albert Brooks – ‘Drive’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Killer Joe’

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained

  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Man On The Moon’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Bill Murray – ‘Get Low’
  • John Stamos – ‘Captive’
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained’
  • Ewan McGregor – ‘Moulin Rouge!’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘Les Miserables’
  • Michael Cera – ‘This Is The End’
  • Ben Affleck – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Matt Damon – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Melissa Gilbert – ‘Ice House’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Mud’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Magic Mike’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Bernie’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Rock Of Ages’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Seth Rogen – ‘Take This Waltz’
  • Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight
  • Liam Neeson – ‘Batman Begins’
  • Robert De Niro ‘Stardust’

Now You See Me

Hopscotch have just released the following clip from ‘Now You See Me‘.

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: 8 August, 2013
OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/nowyouseeme-movie/
Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a magic super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, and then funnel the millions of stolen profits into their audiences bank accounts, while staying one step ahead of the law.
FBI Special Agent Dylan (Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes-and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma (Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to Thaddeus (Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that…

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Nick, Dave, Adam and Greg take a look at  all the new films opening this week – No, The Other Son, Cheerful Weather For The Wedding and The Other Son are all looked at. This episode also features interviews with Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart. The boys also made the bold statement last week ‘that Tom Cruise rarely makes bad movies’ so this week we get them to sit down and work out what are their Best Tom Cruise Movies of All Time.

Olympus Has Fallen

Summary: When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 18th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Screenwriter: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt

Cast: Phil Austin (Vice President Charlie Rodriguez), Angela Bassett (Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs), Freddy Bosche (Diaz), Lance Broadway (O’Neil), Gerard Butler (Mike Banning), Rick Chambers (himself), Dorothy Deavers (Mrs. Mosely), Aaron Eckhart (President Benjamin Asher), Shanna Forrestall (Mary Jane Fuller), Robert Forster (General Edward Clegg), Morgan Freeman (Speaker Trumbull), Cole Hauser (Roma), James Ingersoll (Admiral Nathan Hoenig), Finley Jacobson (Connor), Ashley Judd (Margaret Asher), Tory Kittles (Agent Jones), Shane Land (Agent Davis), Malana Lea (Lim), Melissa Leo (Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan), Hamish MacDonald (himself), Dylan McDermott (Forbes), Sam Medina (Yu), Radha Mitchell (Leah), Kevin Moon (Cho), Sean O’Bryan (Rick Monroe), Lawrence O’Donnell (himself), Keong Sim (Lee Tae-Woo), Rick Yune (Kang)

Runtime: 119 mins

Classification:MA

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Olympus Has Fallen′: Check Episode #28 (available 18th April, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Warm Bodies’.

Subculture Interviews for ‘Olympus Has Fallen’: Various interviews with cast members of ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ can be found here.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Olympus Has Fallen (2013) on IMDb

Oblivion

Summary: On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Screenwriter: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt, Arvid Nelson (graphic novel)

Cast: Zoe Bell (Kara), Nickolaj Coster-Waldau (Sykes), Tom Cruise (Jack), Morgan Freeman (Beech), Olga Kurylenko (Julia), Melissa Leo (Sally), Andrea Riseborough (Victoria)

Runtime: 125 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Oblivion’ Review:

There seems to be some people out there that are wanting to give ‘Oblivion’ a wide berth simply because Tom Cruise is in it. If that’s the case for you then ask yourself the following questions. Would you not go and see a film because the lead actor was Jewish? When was the last time Tom Cruise made a bad movie?

The second question is really worth pondering, because the last average film that Cruise made was ‘Knight And Day’ and even that was passable and enjoyable. And once again Cruise has chosen well with ‘Ovlivion’ being so good it also proofs that Joseph Kosinski is certainly one of the best young directors going around at the moment.

Firstly, this is going to be a review that doesn’t give away any of the major twists or turns that the film takes. Even the fact that the trailer reveals that Morgan Freeman (‘Olympus Has Fallen’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) is in the film is a major spoiler that I wish I could have blocked out of mind before I saw the film.

‘Oblivion’ opens on a desolate Earth, an Earth that sixty years earlier was left broken and shattered after the it was attacked by a race of aliens known as Scavs. The Scavs blew up the moon and then stormed onto Earth and resulting nuclear war left Earth devastated.

Most of humanity has been shipped off to a new location but some ‘workers’ such as the effective team of Jack (Tom Cruise – ‘Jack Reacher’, ‘Rock Of Ages’) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough – ‘Welcome To The Punch’, ‘Disconnect’) have been left behind in a bid to follow the orders of Command, a straight-forward woman named Sally (Melissa Leo – ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, ‘A Single Shot’). Their tasks include defending the large rigs that are being used to draw up water to be used at their new home and also repairing the droids that are used to protect the rigs from the marauding Scavs.

Just as it looks like Jack and Victoria are about to get their wish and be transported to their new home the sudden appearance of Julia (Olga Kurylenko – ‘Seven Psychopaths’, TV’S ‘Magic City’), a woman that haunts Jack in his dreams and also seems to pose more questions than answers.

Apart from a well-written and slick science-fiction film ‘Oblivion’ really does reveal the talents of Joseph Kosinski, a director who with just his second film has revealed that he is already capable of delivering a film visually looks equal t anything that James Cameron or Stephen Spielberg has delivered. Kosinski’s landscape shots look like something from ‘Dune’ while his droid vs Jack dog fights look like something from ‘Star Wars’. Kosinski showed with ‘Tron Legacy’ (which was his first work as a director) that he had talent, but it is ‘Oblivion’ that shows that he is set to become of the greatest directors of our time.

As far as ‘Oblivion’s’ story goes it will really mess with any audience member. Kosinski keeps back his all his twists and turns until the moment he wants to reveal to the audience exactly what is happening. There are some he breadcrumbs enough that you get a feeling something is suss, but it is rare in this film that you are ever likely to totally predict what is going to happen next, the fact that Kosinski is a good storyteller and also a very visual director just goes to show that one day he is going to make the perfect film.

As usual Tom Cruise puts in a solid performance as he plays a character that is made interesting by the fact that the audience is left asking more questions about him than is actually answered. On paper the idea of Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko should sound freaky (because of their ages) but together on screen they have the perfect chemistry. Andrea Riseborough also rises to the occasion and she plays the cold (yet filled with emotion) Victoria remarkably well. This could her big breakout movie that makes the world realise just how good she is.

If you love science-fiction then you are never going to be disappointed by ‘Oblivion’. It is one of the better science fiction films to have been released over the last few years and I can’t wait to see what Joseph Kosinski chooses to do next.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Oblivion′: Check Episode #27 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Oblivion’. Please also check Dave’s review of ‘Oblivion’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Oblivion (2013) on IMDb

Summary: Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th July, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 28th November, 2012

Country: United States/United Kingdom

Director: Christopher Nolan

Screenwriter: David S. Goyer, Bob Kane (characters), Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Cast: Alon Aboutboul (Dr. Pavel), Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Rob Brown (Allen), Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (Miranda), Marvin Duerkholz (Logan), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent), Chris Ellis (Fr. Reilly), Will Estes (Officer Simon Jansen), Tyler Dean Flores (Mark), Morgan Freeman (Fox), Gus Lewis (Bruce Wayne Age 8), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Blake), Burn Gorman (Stryver), Tom Hardy (Bane), Anne Hathaway (Selina), Reggie Lee (Ross), Ben Mendelsohn (Daggett), Matthew Modine (Foley), Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow), Liam Neeson (Ra’s Al Ghul), John Nolan (Fredericks), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Josh Pence (Young Ra’s Al Ghul), Daniel Sunjata (Captain Jones), Juno Temple (Jen)

Runtime: 165 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Review:

Let’s be honest when director Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight) created The Dark Knight he set the bar pretty high for his Batman trilogy. How do you put together a finale when the second film of the trilogy is globally described as a cinematic masterpiece? With The Dark Knight Rises Nolan had his work cut out for him, but so talented is he that he yet again manages to create a film that is a serious contender film of the year.

The Dark Knight Rises is set eight years after the finale of The Dark Knight. While Gotham remembers Harvey Dent as a hero Batman (Christian Bale – The Flowers Of War, The Fighter) is remembered as a murderer and is still considered an outlaw. Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman – Lawless, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) knows the truth but doesn’t have the courage to speak out.

Meanwhile Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has hidden himself away from the public, the only person he allows to see him is the trusty butler, Alfred (Michael Caine – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Car 2). Bruce is unaware that he still has supporters out there though, people like young police officer Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50, Inception) who are just waiting for the day for their hero to rise.

Bruce’s interest in the world returns when he meets a cat burglar, Selina (Anne Hathaway – One Day, Rio) who seems to be a small part of a scheme put together by the extremely dangerous Bane (Tom Hardy – Lawless, This Means War).

Nolan brings an entirely different feeling to The Dark Knight Rises then what he allowed to come through in The Dark Knight or Batman Begins. While The Dark Knight focused on the psychological (like its ‘bad guy’ The Joker) The Dark Knight rises mirrors Bane with its focus on violence mixed with a sensationally creative storyline that has its audience guessing at every turn.

Like he did with Inception Nolan also allows the visuals of The Dark Knight Rises to visually stimulate his audience. The early shots from the plane look amazing, as does many of his cityscape shots. As a director/screenwriter he really is someone he has realised that even action movies need to have substance if they are to be taken seriously.

Christian Bale, as usual, puts in a dominant performance as Bruce/Batman, but even he is overshadowed by a brilliant performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Despite his performance in Inception he is still underrated, yet here he once again shows the world just how good he really is.

The actor you have to feel sorry for is Tom Hardy. He is seriously held back by his character, Bane. He looks physically intimidating but a lot of his characterization is ripped away by the fact that the mask he has to wear completely denies him the opportunity to use his voice or facial expressions to show emotions.

Of course many eyes are on Anne Hathaway as Selina/Catwoman. She does an okay job but you can only wonder whether someone like Angelina Jolie would have done a better job. Michael Caine also does some wonderfully emotional acting but poor old Morgan Freeman (The Magic Of Belle Isle) and Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone, Contagion) seems underused in their roles.

The Dark Knight Rises is a film that must be seen on the big screen, once again Christopher Nolan has delivered a film that can instantly be filed under film classics.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’: http://www.helium.com/items/2350626-movie-reviews-the-dark-knight-rises-2012.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Dark Knight Rises (2012) on IMDb