Tagged: Total Recall

 

STUDIOCANAL, Lionsgate, Fathom Events and Rialto Pictures today announce the 4K, Ultra High Definition™ restoration of Paul Verhoeven’s (ROBOCOP, BASIC INSTINCT, STARSHIP TROOPERS) sci-fi classic TOTAL RECALL (1990) which was undertaken by STUDIOCANAL and supervised by the renowned director himself. 

 

The film has been selected to premiere at the upcoming Deauville American Film Festival (4-13 September 2020) as well as Sitges, International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (8-18 October 2020).

 

Director Paul Verhoeven says of the restoration: “I just saw the 4K presentation of my movie and it’s absolutely wonderful what STUDIOCANAL and the restoration team have done. There is so much detail you could say it is three-dimensional. Bravo! I hope many people go and see the movie.” 

 

In celebration of the film’s 30th Anniversary, the film will premiere theatrically in France on September 16 2020 followed by the US, where Fathom Events and Rialto Pictures are partnering with STUDIOCANAL to bring the restored classic back to cinemas this fall. Fathom’s screenings will feature an exclusive introduction from Paul Verhoeven.

 

STUDIOCANAL will also launch a series of new home entertainment editions in France, the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand later this year.  Additionally, Lionsgate will release a 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack and Steelbook in the US on December 8 2020.

 

A brand-new poster and trailer have been created to promote the release. Notably, the poster was designed by British illustrator and movie poster artist, Kyle Lambert. Lambert has previously designed the iconic key art for STRANGER THINGS and is renowned in the industry for his distinctive retro style. 

 

Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short novel, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, TOTAL RECALL is a truly visionary film ahead of its time. Featuring a career best performance from the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film was restored in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative and was made at Technicolor LA in tiff 16 bits format. Colour-grading was supervised by Jérome Bigleur at Hiventy. The restoration crew paid particularly high attention to preserve special effect continuity. One of the earliest films to use computer generated-images, TOTAL RECALL was honoured with the Academy Award® for Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects in 1991, and those effects have impressively stood the test of time. The original soundtrack, composed by Jerry Goldsmith, also greatly benefited from digital restoration. This exceptional restoration in its Dolby HDR version will make it possible for all generations to enjoy TOTAL RECALL both in theatres with the 4K cinema version, and on Home Entertainment with the new UHD™  Blu-ray edition.

 

TOTAL RECALL will be released on Ultra HD™, Blu-Ray and DVD.  Extra bonus content includes an exclusive documentary feature, TOTAL EXCESS: HOW CAROLCO CHANGED HOLLYWOOD, as well as two additional featurettes on the soundtrack and the development of the film.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES available on Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD

  • Total Excess: How Carolco changed Hollywood
  • Open your mind: Scoring Total Recall
  • Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall 

 

Theatrical release date:

AUSTRALIA: 29th October 2020 – Monster Fest 2020

https://www.monsterfest.com.au/

 

Home Entertainment release date:

AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: 25th November 2020

 

Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST, returns to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November for 2020: MONSTER FEST – WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE.

Once again in partnership with EVENT CINEMAS and CINEMA NOVA2020: MONSTER FEST will see all five cities play host to four days of diverse and highly imaginative film programming; a celebration of the latest and greatest genre cinema from around the world.

Following its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it was met with universal praise, we are pleased to announce that the sci-fi/horror POSSESSOR will be our Opening Night Film of the festival, in its Australian Premiere. Abstract, immersive and unflinchingly brutal, POSSESSOR is the sophomore feature of Brandon Cronenberg (ANTIVIRAL) and is a truly remarkable work of cinema that reaffirms Brandon’s status as a visionary filmmaker. Christopher Abbott (IT COMES AT NIGHT) and Andrea Riseborough (MANDY) give exceptional performances in this sophisticated story of a corporate assassin who may have inhabited the wrong body in which to enact her next mission.

For the first-time in MONSTER FEST history, we are excited to announce that we will host the World Premiere of OCCUPATION: RAINFALL simultaneously across all five festivals. Filmmaker Luke Sparke‘s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 Aussie sci-fi blockbuster sees Ken Jeong (THE HANGOVER Trilogy) and Daniel Gillies (THE ORIGINALS) join a returning cast that includes Temuera Morrison (AQUAMAN), Dan Ewing (BEAST NO MORE) and Trystan Go (THE FAMILY LAW). Picking up two years after the events of OCCUPATION, the war for earth rages on, however the alien invaders are no longer our only threat as factions form between survivors and the race to save mankind is on.

Steven Kostanski, formerly of Canadian film collective Astron-6, follows up his acclaimed 2016 Lovecraftian love letter THE VOID with the light-hearted and ultra-violent slice of cosmic comedy/adventure, PSYCHO GOREMAN, making its Australian Premiere. This small-town tale of intergalactic proportions follows two kids who are in possession of a highly coveted magical amulet that allows them the ability to control an ancient alien overlord.

Modern takes on the works of William Shakespeare were all the rage in the nineties with films such as Baz Luhrmann’s highly-stylised ROMEO & JULIET, the Heath Ledger breakout hit 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU and of course the dirty granddaddy of them all Lloyd Kaufman‘s TROMEO & JULIET. If you thought that TROMEO & JULIET was the greatest Shakespearean adaptation ever committed to celluloid (yes, even above Kenneth Branagh), prepare yourself for #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM, as Lloyd and the Troma team go back to the Bard for their latest outing. #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST but with the drier aspects removed and/or improved upon by the inclusion of excess bodily fluids, hyper-violence, gore and in fact anything that could potentially be deemed offensive, in fact we’ll be surprised if this film isn’t #cancelled before its Australian Premiere at MONSTER FEST.

Following up an instant cult classic like ROBOCOP is no mean feat but filmmaker Paul Verhoeven is no ordinary filmmaker, not only did he rise to the challenge, he crushed it with his fearless, subversive and visionary take on legendary author Phillip K. Dick’s classic tale of caveat emptor. Join Arnie and the gang as we go a vicarious vacay to Mars to celebrate Quaid’s divorce and of course the 30th Anniversary of this sci-fi/action classic with the Australian Premiere of an all-new 4K Restoration of TOTAL RECALL.

 

POSSESSOR
Brandon Cronenberg | Canada / UK  2020 | Australian Premiere

From the mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi/horror about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough). Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind (Christopher Abbott) that threatens to obliterate her.

 

OCCUPATION: RAINFALL
Luke Sparke | Australia 2020 | World Premiere

OCCUPATION: RAINFALL occurs two years into an intergalactic invasion of earth, while survivors fight back in a desperate ground war. As casualties mount by the day, the resistance and their unexpected allies uncover a plot that could see the war come to a decisive end. With the alien invaders hell-bent on making Earth their new home, the race is on to save mankind.

 

PSYCHO GOREMAN
Steven Kostanski | Canada 2020 | Australian Premiere

Siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord (Matthew Ninaber). Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues’ gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia.

 

#SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM
Lloyd Kaufman | United States 2020 | Australian Premiere

Prospero (played by director/co-writer Lloyd Kaufman), a brilliant and generous pharma-scientist, has had his life and career ruined by blind, greedy, perverted pharmaceutical execs, causing him and his very hot daughter Miranda to flee from NYC to Tromaville, New Jersey. When the evil execs and their elite guests take a celebratory luxury cruise to North Korea, Prospero uses his science, magic, and a load of whale laxative to create the titular Shitstorm, wrecking the cruise ship and causing its execs to wash up on the shores of Tromaville. Prospero’s planned a brutal revenge – with all the sex, mutations, musical numbers, and violence that Shakespeare always wanted but never had!

 

TOTAL RECALL – 4K RESTORATION
Paul Verhoeven | United States 1990 | Australian Premiere

Haunted by recurring dreams of another life on Mars, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is drawn to Rekall Incorporate to implant virtual vacation memories of Mars, using a special program with the identity of a secret agent. Something goes wrong and the procedure is interrupted. The life of Douglas turns upside down, and he travels to the red planet trying to discover who he is.

WHEN:
Thursday 29th of October – Sunday 1st of November, 2020

WHERE:ADELAIDE: Event Cinemas Marion
BRISBANE:
 Event Cinemas Myer Centre
MELBOURNE: Cinema Nova 
PERTH: Event Cinemas Innaloo
SYDNEY: Event Cinemas George Street

TICKETS:

VIP Passes (14 films) $220 – $224

Cinema Nova Ticketing
Event Cinemas Ticketing

VIP Passes are strictly limited, with the initial allocation being 20 per location, with no guarantee of further VIP Passes being available at a later date. The VIP Pass gains all-access to all Monster Fest screenings and events from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November.

5 Film Passes & Individual Session Tickets will go on sale upon final program launch.

Sandra Bullock

It must be an exciting time for an actress when she is sent a script to read, it must even be more exciting when the script she is sent is one for a blockbuster film that may change her career forever. For that reason, it is almost unfathomable how an actress can read a blockbuster script but then decline the role. But is has happened, so let’s take a look at the actresses who have turned down blockbuster roles.

Nia Long – Nia who? Yes sometimes a decision that an actress can make about her career can be the difference between one day getting a star on a Hollywood pavement or career suicide. Back in 2000 when the producers were putting together a dream cast for the big screen adaptation of “Charlie’s Angels,” they had one actress say no to a role that would have seen her acting in one of the biggest action blockbusters of all time alongside the likes of Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. Actress Nia Long was actually approached about playing the role of Alex Munday, but when she turned it down to be in “Big Momma’s House” the role instead went to Lucy Liu. The decision was pretty much career suicide for Long who, since “Big Momma’s House,” has pretty much been restricted to doing just television roles.

Sandra Bullock – Okay, so Sandra Bullock has enough brownie points in her bag to show that it probably didn’t matter that she passed on a movie role once, but there is another actress out there who is very thankful that she did. Back in 2004 when legendary director Clint Eastwood was putting together the cast for boxing flick “Million Dollar Baby,” the role of Maggie Fitzgerald was actually offered to Sandra Bullock first, but she declined the role saying she couldn’t work with Eastwood. Instead, the role went to Hilary Swank who had impressed everybody with her performance in “Boys Don’t Cry” five years earlier. Swank probably still thanks Bullock for the opportunity because playing Maggie saw Swank pick up an Oscar.

Jada Pinkett – Can making bad decisions about movie roles run in the family? It’s common knowledge that Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix” but his wife Jada Pinkett also made a terrible decision about a role as well. Getting offered a role in a franchise based on a comic book is now like a badge of honor, but back in the year 2000, it was less so. It is perhaps only a little surprise that Pinkett was not quick to snap up the role of Storm for the “X-Men” film when it was first offered to her. Pinkett turned down the role and instead it went to Halle Berry, who used it to catapult her career into a new atmosphere of stardom.

Michelle Pfeiffer – “Pretty Woman,” love it or loathe, it but it is still one of the most watched films of all time. It was also the film that introduced the world to Julia Roberts and made her a superstar. Yes, it was Roberts who played the role of fun-loving escort, Vivian Ward, in this Cinderalla story. At the time Roberts was a virtual unknown with “Steel Magnolias” being the only film of note under her belt. She should consider very lucky to have won the role in “Pretty Woman,” because the role was first offered to Michelle Pfeiffer who was hot property after just working on “Dangerous Liaisons.” Pfeiffer turned down the role and Roberts used it to become a star.

Demi Moore – Yes, it maybe news to all of you out there that ever decided to hit the pause button during a certain scene in the erotic thriller “Basic Instinct,” but it almost wasn’t Sharon Stone who took the lead role opposite Michael Douglas. When director Paul Verhoeven was first putting together the cast for “Basic Instinct,” his first choice of leading lady was in fact Demi Moore who was the toast of Hollywood after her lauded performance in “Ghost.” When Moore said no to the role of “Basic Instinct’s” relative vixen, Catherine Tramell, the role was instead offered to Sharon Stone who was mainly known for her role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Total Recall.”

Some may say that their decision was wise, some may say that their decision was one of the stupidest decisions they ever made in their lives. But for one reason or another the woman above all said no to a blockbuster. Thankfully, not too many have lived to regret to the decision.

Godzilla

A few of us from Subculture Media were lucky enough to attend a special screening of some of the footage from the forthcoming film Godzilla from the very talented director Gareth Edwards. The screening itself was really a bit of a teaser as it baited us just enough for us to really want to have a look at this film.

The fact that Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards the man who delivered the very fine Monsters back in 2010 is obvious. For those that saw Monsters you will quickly remember that this was a monster film that was more about characterisation and drama than the monsters at hand. He also showed a great talent for dramatic action sequences and while the sequences they showed us of Godzilla wasn’t really enough for us to make up our minds on too much of the film it was enough to suggest that this film is going to be a lot better than the one that surfaced in 1998 and starred Matthew Broderick.

From what we saw Edwards has gone for a Battle: Los Angeles feel to this film, realistic looking battle sequences from the military’s point of view that looks so real you could be excused for thinking that it’s actual footage. There also seems to be a main plot thread that follows Joe Brody (Bryan Cranstan) a scientist that works at a nuclear power plant that is hit by a series of earthquakes. With his wife dying in the disaster and the fact he doesn’t believe it was an earthquake he returns to the scene of the accident and soon learns that things aren’t what they seem.

We were shown the scenes of Joe trying frantically to rescue his wife and while they were suspenseful there was a bit of a concern that perhaps Cranston may be more like he was in Total Recall than Breaking Bad. Still it wasn’t enough to make a fair judgement on, and to be honest the scenes of him returning to the scene-of-the-crime and the footage of the destruction of capital cities with tsunamis etc did actually look bloody good.

We’d love to be able to tell you what Godzilla himself looked like, but sadly just like Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen we didn’t see much of him. Just a quick glance that actually made him look pretty fearsome, certainly no cute looking dinosaur creature here.

To sum up Godzilla looks like a disaster film with the brute force that only Gareth Edwards can bring to a film. The ideas of military and Government conspiracies does look like it brings a nice edge to it… so I guess now we just wait and see how Godzilla turns out when we get a chance to review the full the thing.

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The 2012 Golden Razzie Nominations are in… here they are:

Worst Picture
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Director
Sean Anders – That’s My Boy
Peter Berg – Battleship
Bill Condon – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Good Deeds / Madea’s Witness Protection
John Putch – Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Worst Actress
Katherine Heigl – One for the Money
Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil: Retribution
Tyler Perry – Madea’s Witness Protection
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and Snow White and the Huntsman
Barbra Streisand – The Guilt Trip

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance / Seeking Justice
Eddie Murphy – A Thousand Words
Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Alex Cross / Good Deeds
Adam Sandler – That’s My Boy

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel – Playing For Keeps / Total Recall
Brooklyn Decker – Battleship / What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Ashley Greene – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Jennifer Lopez – What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Rihanna – Battleship

Worst Supporting Actor
David Hasselhoff – Piranha 3-DD
Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Liam Neeson – Battleship / Wrath of the Titans
Nick Swardson – That’s My Boy
Vanilla Ice – That’s My Boy

Worst Screen Ensemble
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea’s Witness Protection

Worst Screenplay
Atlas Shrugged Part II
Battleship
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance
Piranha 3-DD
Red Dawn
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea’s Witness Protection

Worst Screen Couple
Any two cast members from Jersey Shore in The Three Stooges
Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry and his drag in Madea’s Witness Protection
Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, or Susan Sarandon in That’s My Boy

5 STARS

The AvengersTHE AVENGERS

Monsier LazharMONSIEUR LAZHAR

ArgoARGO

A Royal AffairA ROYAL AFFAIR

BERNIE

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

TED

PAUL KELLY: STORIES OF ME

BRAVE

JACKPOT

4.5 STARS

ROBOT AND FRANK

 

Les MiserablesLES MISERABLES

 

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

THE SAPPHIRES

4 STARS

SightseersSIGHTSEERS Madagascar 3MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED

FrankenweenieFRANKENWEENIE

 

IN DARKNESS

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

3.5 STARS

Seven PsycopathsSEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Rise Of The GuardiansRISE OF THE GUARDIANSQuartetQUARTET

The HobbitTHE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

 

DEAD EUROPE

MOONRISE KINGDOM

THE BOURNE LEGACY

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

THE CAMPAIGN

3 STARS

 LoreLORELove Is All You Need

 LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

 

Celeste & Jesse ForeverCELESTE & JESSE FOREVER

 

Here Comes The BoomHERE COMES THE BOOM

 

SKYFALL

MAGIC MIKE

PITCH PERFECT

AND IF WE ALL LIVED TOGETHER

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

YOU INSTEAD

ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

2.5 STARS

Hotel TransylvaniaHOTEL TRANYLVANIA

Paris ManhattanPARIS-MANHATTAN

Beasts Of The Southern WildBEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

STEP UP 4: MIAMI HEAT

THE EXPENDABLES 2

TOTAL RECALL

GOD BLESS AMERICA

2 STARS

Wreck-It RalphWRECK-IT RALPH

Parental GuidancePARENTAL GUIDANCE

HOPE SPRINGS

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

1.5 STARS

COSMOPOLIS

1 STAR

 

Fun SizeFUN SIZE

 

Summary:A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 20th December, 2012

Country: United States/Canada

Director: Len Wiseman

Screenwriter: Mark Bomback, Philip K. Dick (short story), Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povil, Ronald Shusett, Kurt Wimmer

Cast: Kate Beckinsale (Lori Quaid), Jessica Biel (Melina), Emily Chang (Newscaster Lien Nguyen), John Cho (McClane), Bryan Cranston (Cohaagen), Colin Farrell (Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser), Will Yun Lee (Marek), Bill Nighy (Matthias), Simon Sinn (Murray), Dylan Smith (Hammond), Bokeem Woodbine (Harry)

Runtime: 113 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Total Recall’ Review:

It seems most sci-fi fans are worried that the 2012 remake of Total Recall will be nothing like the original because it doesn’t have Arnie. Perhaps what they should be more worried about is the fact that the remake doesn’t seem to have a soul. Changes are most cinema goers will be won over by its sleek production design but if they dig a little further they’ll soon realise that this film has as much heart as the Tinman.

Total Recall is set in the future at a time when the Earth only has two countries fit for habitat, The Colony (Australia) and The United Federation of Britain. The two ‘colonies’ are on the brink of war with each other with Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston – Rock Of Ages, TV’S Breaking Bad) from the UFB claiming that Matthias (Bill Nighy – Wrath Of The Titans, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) from the Colony is a terrorist hell-bent on destruction. In the middle of the disagreement are people such as Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell – Fright Night, Horrible Bosses) a factory worker who travels from the Colony through the Earth to the UFB for work each day.

Quaid’s mundane life with his wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale – Underworld: Awakening, Contraband) soon gets a jolt of it’s own however as he tries to find some meaning for his life by going to a place called Rekall (despite advice from his best friend Harry (Bokeem Woodbine – Letting Go, TV’S Southland) not to), a centre that provides memories for a cost. Quaid’s attempt soon sees him being accused of being a spy and then being hunted down by his wife while being helped by the mysterious freedom-fighter Melina (Jessica Biel – The Tall Man, New Years Eve).

Director Len Wiseman (Die Hard 4.0, Underworld: Evolution) does a great job making this film look good. He goes for the similar always raining, always dreary look that he did so well with the Underworld franchise. He also directs the fight scenes in the same Underworld style, Kate Beckinsale’s groin take-down of Colin Farrell is a ripper, but it does feel that Wiseman is the only one lifting his weight.

The production design team seem to have been doing a lot of DVD watching because they have ‘borrowed’ a stack of things from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Blade Runner and The Fifth Element while the quite large script writing team did no service to Philip K. Dick’s short story at all. Instead of having the audience in suspense over whether the events that are occurring on screen are really happening or are just part of Douglas’s Rekall experience the script literally screams “THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING, YES IT IS!!!” while Lori may be set up as a top notch cop but most of the time throughout the film she seems inept at her job and seems to mutter ‘shit’ hell of a lot.

The poor actors really had very little to work with at all. Beckinsale’s talents are completely wasted while poor Jessica Biel’s character of Melina had no characterization whatsoever, despite the fact she is one of the film’s most important characters. The only member of the cast to get anything out of Total Recall at all was Colin Farrell who at last got the opportunity to remind the world that he is an action hero who is capable of delivering dramatic lines… sadly cheesy ones seem to outnumber his dramatic ones here though.

Total Recall does win you over with its great visuals but the fact it has no substance will most likely mean you won’t be watching it over and over.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Total Recall: http://www.helium.com/items/2366190-movie-reviews-total-recall-2012.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:Total Recall (2012) on IMDb