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Summary: 
Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 5th August 2021 (Australia), 2nd September 2021 (Thailand), 30th July 2021 (UK), 6th August 2021 (US)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: James Gunn

Screenwriter: James Gunn

Cast: Steve Agee (John Economos/On-Set King Shark), Dee Bradley Baker (Sebastian), Ray Benitel (Coronel), Stephen Blackehart (Briscoe), Flula Borg (Javelin), Juan Diego Botto (Presidente General Silvio Luna), Alice Braga (Sol Saria), Peter Capaldi (Thinker), John Cena (Peacemaker), Joaquin Cosio (Mayor General Mateo Suarez), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Giovannie Cruz (Isabella), David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Gerardo Davila (General Vera), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Idris Elba (Bloodsport), Nathan Fillion (T.D.K.), Jared Leland Gore (Double Down), Sean Gunn (Weasel/Calendar Man), Ray Hernandez (Teniente), Quasheem D. Herring (Co-Pilot Lt. Glass), Jennifer Holland (Emilia Harcourt), Mikaela Hoover (Camila), Alexander Christopher Jones (Sgt. Chavis), Tinashe Kajese (Flo Crawley), Joel Kinnaman (Colonel Rick Flag), Maya Le Clerk (Young Cleo), Fernando Martinez (Sliced Dome Soldado), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher 2), Mayling Ng (Mongal), John Ostrander (Doctor Fitzgibbon), Storm Reid (Tyler), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Michael Rooker (Savant), Julio Cesar Ruiz (Milton), Natalia Safran (Kaleidoscope), Sylvester Stallone (King Shark), Freddie Stroma (Adrian Chase/Vigilante), Taiki Waititi (Ratcatcher), Victoria Paige Watkins (Tiff)

Running Time: 132 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE SUICIDE SQUAD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Suicide Squad Review:

The original Suicide Squad movie may have ben much maligned, although the Director’s Cut version certainly didn’t deserve to be, but it did show the world that DC did know how to mix their darkness with some good times and surprising humour. But like Green Lantern before it it did split DC movie fans over whether it was a good or bad film, so much so that I doubt many people would have ever expected that there would be a follow film.

But here we are in 2021 and The Suicide Squad is back with Hollywood’s ‘he can make anything look cool’ director James Gunn (Guardians Of The Galaxy) at the helm and boy does he make a difference. It is almost like Gunn sat down and watched the original film and said to himself “right I’ll change everything this one did wrong and make this old school.” He did that and yes it works.

Remember the long character introductions from the first film Yeah well Gunn doesn’t do that here. Director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis – The Help) hastily puts together her squad which includes inmates like special force veterans Bloodsport (Idris Elba – Thor: Ragnarok) and Peacemaker (John Cena F9), the mysterious Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian – Prisoners), the sweet but dangerous Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior – Massa Fresca), the very familiar Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie – Bombshell), and then puts them in the safe hands of Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman – RoboCop) and sends them to a jungle trouble spot to bring down an evil regime and scientific experiment led by Thinker (Peter Capaldi – Doctor Who).

Gunn doesn’t muck around here he keeps the story to The Suicide Squad basic and simple but it works. Instead he engages his audience with some amazing action sequences, actual characterisation (a rarity in comic book movies… right?) and some pretty witty dialogue between the characters throughout the film. As a director Gunn also demands the attention of the audience like a teacher whacking a table with a ruler by very quickly showing that not every character is going to make it through to the end credits alive, in a twisted way he also makes these inmates likable so their deaths hit you like one of Peacemaker’s specially designed exploding bullets.

As director Gunn doesn’t only learn from past sins to make The Suicide Squad work, he also leans heavily on movies that have got it right over the years. At times during this film you can sense the throw-backs to films like Rambo or Inglorious Basterds while the whole feel of the squad at hand (and the film’s poster) feels like it is inspired by famous war films like The Dam Busters or The Bridge On The River Kwai. Whatever the inspirations it certainly does work because even when the heroes here are battling a giant starfish that wouldn’t seem out of place in Ghostbusters somehow it all works.

Then there is the quirkiness to the film. Gunn reveals himself as a visionary here by throwing in little odd bits here and there, from interesting forms of titling throughout the film to going inside the head of Harley Quinn during one of her fight sequences and showing that amidst all the violence Quinn is visualising flowers and petals instead of blood.

That leads us into the violence and action sequences throughout the film. Yes The Suicide Squad is insanely violent, if you can’t stand seeing blood and brain splatter then this isn’t the film for you, but even with that Gunn almost does it in a comical way. Like what was said earlier this film captures the darkness of a DC film but does it in a fun way. A great example being early on this film Bloodsport and Peacemaker conducting a massacre of troops while ‘competing’ to see who has the better kill. Yes The Suicide Squad is a throwback to the violent action films of the 80s but it is a hell of a fun ride as well.

That also shows in the acting side of things. Idris Elba and John Cena just take their characters and run with them, they are obviously having a fun time but when the screenplay calls for heart they deliver that is well… in spades. Likewise David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior bring a sensibleness to everything with measured performances that allow their characters to be shocked by the going ons of the supposed heroes around them. At the same time Melchior announces herself as a future star.

Viola Davis also seems to relish bringing out the darker side of Amanda Waller, almost to the point where she is one of the villains of this film, while Margot Robbie once again delivers the goods as Harley Quinn. She is witty, shows true emotion at times amongst the insanity and shows that through this franchise she has become an expert at fight sequences now.

There is little doubt that The Suicide Squad is a crazy ride. Yet somehow among a storyline that involves a giant starfish, a confused Weasel (James Gunn), a man-eating shark who walks on land (Sylvester Stallone – The Expendables) and a cute waving rat called Sebastian the audience finds a group of characters that they care about enough to want to see them get through all of us. At the same time the filmmaker at hand knows how to deliver twists and turns that will shock and stun the audience while totally engrossing them in a completely crazy world and scenario. Take your hat off Mr. Gunn because you have delivered a cult classic here.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Trailer:

From writer/director James Gunn comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “The Suicide Squad” featuring a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC line up.

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A.  Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X.  Today’s do-or-die assignment?  Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn.  Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement.  And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself).  If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

The film stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker,” “Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise), Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” BBC’s “Doctor Who” ), David Dastmalchian (upcoming “Dune,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Joaquín Cosio (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” TV’s “Narcos: Mexico”), Juan Diego Botto (“The Europeans”), Storm Reid (“The Invisible Man,” “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Euphoria”), Nathan Fillion (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” TV’s “The Rookie”), Steve Agee (“Brightburn,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), Sean Gunn (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, the “Avengers” films), Mayling Ng (“Wonder Woman”), Flula Borg (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”), Jennifer Holland (“Brightburn,” upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker”) and Tinashe Kajese (TV’s “Valor,” “The Inspectors”), with Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky,” “Rambo” and “Expendables” franchises), and Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Suicide Squad”).

Gunn (the “Guardian of the Galaxy” films) directs from his own screenplay, based on characters from DC.  The film is produced by Charles Roven and Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, Nikolas Korda and Richard Suckle executive producing.

Gunn’s creative team includes director of photography Henry Braham (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), production designer Beth Mickle (“Captain Marvel”), editors Fred Raskin (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood”) and Christian Wagner (the “Fast & Furious” films) and Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).  The music is by John Murphy (“Kick-Ass”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents An Atlas Entertainment/Peter Safran Production, A James Gunn Film, “The Suicide Squad.”  The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Only In Cinemas August 5.

Jericho

It’s funny that whenever a list gets put together of the best science fiction television shows of all time it always seems like people gravitate towards programs like “Star Trek,” “Babylon 5” and “Stargate” – all the predictable ones. But what about those great shows that always get forgotten about. The ones that you watched religiously when they on television, you may have even bought them on DVD, but always seem to be forgotten during the traditional ‘best of’ discussions and debates. Well let’s take a look at some of those forgotten greats.

“Firefly” (2002) – From the ultra-creative mind of Joss Whedon (yes the same man that is now mostly known for “The Avengers” movie) came “Firefly.” This short lived series came at the height of Whedon’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” period… the man could do no wrong. Well that’s what people thought but Firefly kind of proved he could – the show never really gained any traction and the network axed it after just one season. But then the show found a new life on DVD and quickly became one of the highest selling DVD box sets of all time.

“Firefly” is an absolute gem of a science fiction series, Whedon wrote it as a space western with the cowboy being Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), a virtual outlaw who was always up for doing something a little dodgy if it meant money for himself and his trust crew/passengers which included a prostitute, a preacher and a number of ‘gunslingers’. With some great dialogue, entertaining story-lines and amazing characterization, this is one sci-fi show that all fans of the genre must sit down and enjoy.

“Dark Angel” (2000-2002) – With so many big name directors and producers making their presence felt on the small screen it seemed only fitting that one of the best minds behind sci-fi would bring something to the table. In 2000 James Cameron introduced the world to “Dark Angel”, a television show that revolved around the character of Max (Jessica Alba) a genetically-enhanced human that lives in the real world after escaping from the lab where she was born. With the help of the dogged Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) helping her out part of the fun of the show was watching as Max learnt more about what had happened to her while she avoided capture and made moves to expose her plight to the world.

“Farscape” (1999-2003) – When you first think of quality science-fiction television you don’t immediately think of Australia – yet that is where one of the finest sci-fi shows was made and produced. “Farscape” first hit television screens in 1999 and revolved around the adventures of astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) who found himself going through a wormhole and finding himself in a part of the universe that he never knew existed.

While trying to find his way home he lived on a ‘living’ ship with crew that included many alien beings and the very human-like Officer Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) with whom there was constant ‘will-they-won’t-they’ moments.

“Farscape” was always one of those shows where you would never know what to expect from any given episode. Some would be funny, some would be action packed while others would be extremely dark and make you really think. The show also included one of the most evil ‘baddies’ of all time the mysterious Scorpius (Wayne Pygram).

“Smallville” (2001-2011) – The character of Clark Kent/Superman has fascinated a number of generations now, so it was very little surprise when in 2001 DC Comics allowed Superman to once again hit the small screen. This time Clark was played by Tom Welling  and the show was much darker than its predecessor “The Adventures Of Lois & Clark”. “Smallville” allowed viewers to watch as Clark battled with everyday things such as high school with friends such as Chloe (Allison Mack) while also learning about his super powers and trying to work out his feelings for friend Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk). Fans of the series also got to watch his rivalry with arch-enemy Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) from day one.

“Jericho” (2006-2008) – Perhaps the most underrated sci-fi series of all time, though, is “Jericho.” The screenwriting and characterization on this show was top-notch and it was one of those shows where you simply could not miss the next episode. The show originally aired in 2006 and was centered in the township of Jericho, a township that is not even damaged when nuclear blasts hit most major American cities. Episodes looked at the problems that this caused for local residents as they were now cut off from everything but also looked at how it impacted on family and of course local politics. The brilliance of this show though was that the storylines also made the audience wonder what involvement two of the main characters – Jake Green (Skeet Urlich) and Robert Hawkins (Lennie James) – had in the terrorist attacks.

Just how much “Jericho” was loved by its fans was evident when the show was originally cancelled after its first season and the fans lobbied the television network until a shortened second season was made. Even after that season folded the show continued on in the form of comics.

As you can see there are a tonne of good science fiction shows out there that need to be explored if you have never had the time to sit down and watch them. Sometimes the underrated shows are just as good as those deemed to be the leaders in their fields.

Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters

Summary: In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Screenwriter: Marc Guggenheim, Rick Riordan (novel)

Cast: Jake Abel (Luke), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Orcale (voice)),Sean Ban (Zeus), Mary Birdsong (Grey Sister #1), Samuel Braun (Young Luke), Yvette Nicole Brown (Grey Sister #2), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Grey Damon (Chris Rodriguez), Connor Dunn (Tereus), Nathan Fillion (Hermes), Anthony Head (Cheron), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover), Robert Knepper (Kronos), Paloma Kwiatkowski (Thalia), Danny Le Boyer (Ethan Nakamura), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Katelyn Mager (Young Thalia), Robert Maillet (Polyphemus/Laistrygonian), Alisha Newton (Young Annabeth), Ron Perlman (Polyphemus (voice)), Missi Pyle (Grey Sister #3), Leven Rambin (Clarisse), Christopher Redman (Reardon), Craig Robinson (George (voice)), Douglas Smith (Tyson), Octavia Spencer (Martha (voice)), Stanley Tucci (Mr. D), Jordan Weller (Ichneutae), Bjorn Yearwood (Young Grover), Richard Yearwood (Ganymede)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:PG

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50 for our more in-depth review of ‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’.

Trailer:

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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Much Ado About Nothing

Sharmill Films is thrilled to announce its latest acquisition, Joss Whedon’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The film is set for release later in 2013.

 Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, Cabin in the Woods, Toy Story) acclaimed modern re-telling of the Bard’s comedic play stars Whedon film and television regulars Amy Acker (‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’), Alexis Denisof (‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Nathan Fillion (‘Buffy’, ‘Firefly’, Serenity).

 Using the original text, adapted by Joss Whedon, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Acker) and Benedick (Denisof) offers a dark, sexy, funny and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

 Much Ado About Nothing was shot in and around Joss Whedon’s own home in Santa Monica, California, while he was still working on the blockbuster superhero film The Avengers. Co-produced by Whedon’s wife Kai Cole, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Australian theatrical release date will be announced soon.

The last major film version of Much Ado About Nothing was actor/director Kenneth Branagh’s large scale production 20 years ago starring Branagh and Emma Thompson.

Whedon’s fresh take on the play has received rave reviews and sold-out festival screenings overseas. Trailers for the film have gone viral online as fans of Whedon’s work and Shakespeare alike anticipate the cinema release.