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Summary: An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th October 2019

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 16th November 2019

Australian Home Entertainment Release Date: 22nd January 2020

Country: United States, China

Director: Ang Lee

Screenwriter: David Benioff, Billy Ray, Darren Lemke

Cast: E.J. Bonilla (Marino), Justin James Boykin (Connor), Ralph Brown (Del Patterson), Marc Demeter (Agent Demeter), Christopher T. Elliott (John), Linda Emond (Janet Lassiter), Douglas Hodge (Jack Willis), Clive Owen (Clay Verris), Will Smith (Henry Brogan/Junior), Igor Szasz (Valery Dormov), Ilia Volok (Yuri Kovacs), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Danny Zakarewski), Benedict Wong (Baron)

Running Time: 117 mins

Classification: M (Australia) 15 (Thailand)

 

 

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Dave Griffiths Review:

Know your limits! It is the kind of thing that would expect to say to a first time director who wants to bury themselves in an overly-ambitious cinematic project that is destined to fail. It is hardly the kind of thing that you would think a studio or producer would have to tell an experienced, Oscar winning director like Ang Lee.

As far as filmmaking goes Lee has always been someone that has never been afraid to push the envelope. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon saw him bring Asian cinema to the American mainstream, while Brokeback Mountain tackled taboo topics in such a way it once again showed why cinema plays an important part in opening up discussions in society. Then there was Life Of Pi   – a film which used CGI in a way that no other director had ever dared to imagine.

Therefore it probably shouldn’t have been a surprise when it was announced that Lee’s new film Gemini Man would once again attempt to use cutting edge technology to bring its audience something new and fresh. The technology that Lee decided to use saw the film shot digitally at an extra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second and then modified to 3D. Lee thought the finished product would make audiences feel like they were standing right there amongst the action, instead what has been delivered is a film that is such a terrible cinematic experience it is on par with M. Night Shyamalan’s fall with grace when he helmed the ill-fated The Last Airbender.

When it comes to plot Gemini Man is made up of a story that action heroes like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger would have fallen over themselves to be involved with back in the 1990s. Will Smith plays Henry Brogan one of the Government’s top hitmen. After a hit becomes too close for comfort for Brogan he decides to retire but when he learns a painful secret about his career he suddenly finds another agent, Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), is sent to kill him. Then after explaining to her that she is mistaken an even deadlier enemy arrives to finish off the job –a clone of Brogan’s younger self.

With a plot a lot like that you could easily imagine a film that could well deliver an intense exploration of a topic like cloning while delivering all the suspense of a big action blockbuster, sadly though Gemini Man just doesn’t deliver at all. First of all it looks bad. You may remember that this type of extra-high frame rate film technique failed miserable when it was trialled on The Lord Of The Rings franchise and here it does exactly the same thing for exactly the same reason. The problem is it leaves the image way too clear, that results in a sun-drenched look that you would normally see on a television soap like The Bold And The Beautiful. And while some may say that yes that does make the audience feel part of the action that crystal clear vision also means that the filmmaker can no longer ‘hide’ all the magic of cinema. Suddenly fake blood is identifiable as fake blood and as we see here a stunt-man filling in for Will Smith is forced to cover his face in an absolutely ludicrous way so the audience can’t tell that he isn’t Smith. Yes, for the motorcycle sequence you will be gasping in wonder but for the rest of the film you will be groaning with disappointment.

If the visual aspects of Gemini Man doesn’t have you groaning I can guarantee that some of the cheesy lines and woeful dialogue certainly will. There is a scene in this film between Danny, Brogan and the clone where the dialogue is so bad that you would swear that it had been lifted from some terrible family soap opera. Then there is the cheesy dialogue throughout the film that feels like the screenwriter was desperate to try and deliver a catch-phrase but fails miserable. Hearing Brogan declare that he is from Philadelphia as he gives his life story does for once get the audience to laugh, but for all the wrong reasons as they recall the lyrics that Smith sang during the title credits of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

It is easy to see that what Ang Lee wanted to deliver with Gemini Man was an action film that went down in history for changing the face of cinema, what he has created though is a film so bad that it is likely to become a cult classic for the same reason The Room has become a must-see film – a film that shows young filmmakers how to make a film and has them laughing at the film from start to finish. Perhaps one day a filmmaker will take a look at something as serious as cloning in a way that can open up discussion for the audience but Gemini Man certainly isn’t that film. Like Ang Lee Will Smith rarely delivers a flop but somehow them working together has resulted in one of the worst films of the year.

 

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:  Gemini Man (2019) on IMDb

 

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Our Gemini Man review that appeared in ‘The Phuket News’ can be read at this link – https://www.thephuketnews.com/double-trouble-will-smith-meets-will-smith-in-sci-fi-flop-gemini-man-73603.php

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It is that time of the year when we reflect on what was good and what was bad in 2019. We start with the worst films of 2019.

  1. Black Christmas

The first dud from the Blumhouse house of horror. Black Christmas tried to be political with the gender game but ended up being so offense even the female audience found it deplorable.

  1. Little

This alleged comedy starring Regina Hall took the old ‘older person becomes younger self to learn a lesson’ Hollywood trope and completely killed it…unfunny in every sense.

  1. After

Based on a hit novel doesn’t necessarily mean success and that was certainly the case for the teenage romance After. Good girl meets bad guy with a reputation but with zero chemistry on screen and a story so transparent anybody could see through it, this was a real stinker.

  1. Gemini Man

Will Smith and director Ang Lee teamed up with what should have been one of the action films of the decade. But the new crystal clear technology only damaged an already flawed film.

  1. Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

You can argue this was a film for kids and shouldn’t be rated so harshly. But even kids struggled with a film that made its lead character seem childish instead of the hero that she should have been.

  1. What Men Want

A switch on the classic Mel Gibson film What Women Want. Re-make, re-boot… whatever this one was unfunny and missed its mark.

  1. Us

Once again Jordan Peele tried to be a little bit different with his horror film and once again it is left floundering with anything but a smart horror.

  1. Poms

Another ill-fated comedy, this time starring Diane Keaton who tries to introduce a cheerleading team to her local retirement home. While the film tries to expose some of the downsides of retirement villages it completely misses its mark and become a nothing film.

  1. It: Chapter Two

Early on it promised to be a hard-edged horror film but then it just fell away to be an ordinary horror film that seemed to mirror the first film.

  1. Godzilla: King Of Monsters

After the original film and Kong proved to be interesting this one just seemed to fall apart and become boring battle sequence after battle sequence with an out of the ordinary storyline that was nearly laughable.

Summary: When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st January 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 9th January 2020

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

Screenwriter: Brad Copeland, Lloyd Taylor

Cast: Rachel Brosnahan (Wendy (voice), Jarrett Bruno (Young Walter/Pigeon Voice (voice)), Min-Hyuck Jang (Joon (voice)), DJ Khaled (Ears (voice)), Karen Gillan (Eyes (voice)), Tom Holland (Walter (voice)), Carla Jimenez (Geraldine (voice)), Rashida Jones (Macy (voice)), Peter S. Kim (Joon (voice)), Reba McEntire (Joyless (voice)), Ben Mendelsohn (Killian (voice)), Masi Oka (Kimura (voice)), Will Smith (Lance (voice)), Youn So (Soo-Min (voice)), Randy Trager (Terrance/Pigeon Voice (voice)),

Running Time: 102 mins

Classification: PG (Australia) G (Thailand)

 

 

OUR SPIES IN DISGUISE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths Review:

A film where a super-hero turns into a pigeon shouldn’t work, no even the notion of such a film would probably have you laughing and wondering whether or not the film deserves to be placed in the same pile as the ridiculous Sharknado. But let the laughter subside because somehow Spies In Disguise not only works but is pure entertainment from start to finish.

The fact that the film works is probably good news for Will Smith (Men In Black) who certainly needs a winner after the absolute shocker that was Gemini Man. In this animation Smith voices Lance Sterling, the greatest spy the world has ever seen. However Sterling’s career is placed in jeopardy when he comes up against arch-villain Killian (Ben Mendolsohn – Ready Player One) who frames Sterling and makes it look like he is using a killer drone to do his own dirty work.

Sterling vows to clear his name when he is confronted by an eager young agent named Marcy Kappel (Rashida Jones – The Social Network) who is hellbent on arresting him. However when Sterling is escaping he is forced to take the nerdy and socially inept inventor Walter (Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home) with him after he accidentally drinks a liquid that turns him into a pigeon. Now with the lives of many in danger it is up to the Sterling pigeon and the out-of-his-depth Walter to try and save the day.

Like we mentioned previously the whole film’s premise sounds so far out of this world that it simply wouldn’t work, but somehow the screenplay by Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs) and Lloyd Taylor (The Wild) pulls everything together and has it work perfectly. To put it simply the film works because Copeland and Taylor never try to make this film anything that it’s not. They know the premise of the film is ridiculous and they simply go with that ‘flow.’ When Sterling is in human form they make the film a serviceable James Bond parody and when he is pigeon form they are gifted enough comedy writers to be able to introduce an influx of bird jokes and slap-stick comedy that is actually funny.

Perhaps the most important thing though is that Copeland and Taylor alongside the film’s two directors Nick Bruno (first time director) and Troy Quane (The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol) have given this film heart. Never at any time when you watch this film do you feel that this was a film made just to generate some cash at the box office. Yes despite the whole ridiculous nature of the film’s premise from start to finish this feels like a film that was made by a group of people who genuinely believed in the story at hand. The result is a film that will be lapped up by its audience as it goes from a moment of true comedy through to a far-fetched action sequence that totally works and will then rest for a moment as it explores the notion that Walter is actually emotionally hurt by some of the more traumatic events that have occurred during his life. It is moments like that that makes Spies In Disguise resonate so well with its audience.

The team behind this film also completely nailed the voice casting of the film. Will Smith is the absolute perfect choice to play a cooler-than-cool spy while Tom Holland shows real style as he branches out and gives Walter real characterisation through his vocal work alone. At no point in the film did his unique Spider-Man voice become apparent which was something I was worried about when first sitting down to watch the film.

While expecting very little from Spies In Disguise this was one animation that really surprised me. Like Teen Titans Go To The Movies and Planet 51 before it Spies In Disguise manages to overcome the obstacle of having a ridiculous premise and somehow becomes a film that reminds you just how magical cinema can be sometimes. While some of the violence of the film may not make it friendly for younger children this is certainly a film that will be enjoyed by kids who are older enough to sit down and enjoy something like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Maybe you still think Spies In Disguise sounds like a ridiculous waste of time but trust me you write off this film at your own peril.

 

 

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IMDB Rating:  Spies in Disguise (2019) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Spies In Disguise Reviews:

You can read our Spies In Disguise review that appeared in ‘The Phuket News’ using this link – https://www.thephuketnews.com/spies-in-disguise-with-no-egrets-74415.php

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Check out the brand new teaser trailer for Disney’s “Aladdin,” the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic. Be sure to take a look and don’t forget to see “Aladdin” when it hits cinemas on May 23, 2019.

      

“Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the film is written by John August and Guy Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”

 

“Aladdin” stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and two new songs written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer Gemma Jackson and costume designer Michael Wilkinson.

 

GEMINI MAN, starring Will Smith & directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ang Lee, has officially started production!
Check out the first look from set shared by Will Smith on his Instagram page.

Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move. The film is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ang Lee and produced by renowned producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison. Also starring are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

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GEMINI MAN in cinemas OCTOBER 3, 2019

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,’ ‘Truman,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’  and ‘The Clan’. This episode also contains interviews with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Damian Power (The Killing Ground), Neill Triffett (Emo The Musical), David Farrier (‘Tickled’), Kim A. Snyder (‘Newtown’), Abe Forsythe (‘Down Under’) and Andrew Wiseman (‘On Richard’s Side’).

You can listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show or download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘45 Years,’ ‘Trumbo,’ ‘Concussion,’ ‘How To Be Single,’ ‘Risen’  and ‘Ride Along 2’. This episode also contains interviews with Tom Courtenay, Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Jay Roach, Will Smith, Dr. Bennett Omalu, Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie, Joseph Fiennes, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Olivia Munn, Sarah Jayne (Made In Melbourne Film Festival), Tim Parrish (Transitions Film Festival), Michael Gosden (Watch The Sunset), Tristan Barr (Watch The Sunset) and Terri Nunn (Star Wars/Top Gun).

Also listen for your chance to win tickets to a special premiere screening of Triple 9 thanks to our good friends at Roadshow. Listen for the question that Dave G asks and then private message us the answer on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Triple 9 will be released on March 3 and stars Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejifor, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer and Anthony Mackie.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad trailer has landed. Here is all you need to know, plus the trailer itself.

From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes SUICIDE SQUAD starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (“Run All Night,” “The Killing”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”) and Scott Eastwood (“Fury”). It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

The film will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia on August 4, 2016.

Check out the Suicide Squad trailer below.

 

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The 2016 Golden Razzie nominations have just been announced. The biggest winners (ah…losers) are Fifty Shades Of Grey (with 6 nominations), Jupiter Ascending (6), Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (6), Pixels (6) and Fantastic Four (5).

And the nominations are:

 

WORST ACTOR

Johnny Depp (Mordecai)

Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Kevin James (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler (The Cobbler + Pixels)

Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine 2 + Vacation)

Josh Gad (Pixels + The Wedding Ringer)

Kevin James (Pixels)

Jason Lee (Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip)

Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST ACTRESS

Katherine Heigl (Home Sweet Hell)

Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending)

Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Mortdecai)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting (Alvin & The Chipmunks Road Chip + The Wedding Ringer)

Rooney Mara (Pan)

Michelle Monaghan (Pixels)

Julianne Moore (Seventh Son)

Amanda Seyfried (Love The Coopers + Pan)

WORST DIRECTOR

Andy Fickman (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Tom Six (Human Centipede 3 Final Sequence)

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Josh Tank (Fantastic Four)

Andy & Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending)

WORST PICTURE

Fantastic Four

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Jupiter Ascending

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Pixels

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip

Fantastic Four

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO

All Four Fantastics (Fantastic Four)

Johnny Depp + His Glued On Mustache (Mortdecai)

Jamie Dornan + Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Kevin James + His Glued On Mustache + His Segue (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler + Any Pair Of Shoes (The Cobbler)

WORT SCREENPLAY

Fantastic Four

Fifty Shades of Grey

Jupiter Ascending

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

Pixels

REDEEMER AWARD

Elizabeth Banks (Movie 47 to Pitch Perfect 2)

M. Night Shyamalan (Previous Winner to The Visit)

Will Smith (After Earth to Concussion)

Sylvester Stallone (All Time Razzie Champ to Creed)

Narcos

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

  1. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Maurice Compte, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal
  2. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  3. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  4. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  5. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  6. Max Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  7. Southpaw (2015): Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forrest Whitaker
  8. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklade, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. No Escape (2015) – Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Thanawut Kasro
  11. The Transporter Refueled (2015) – Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson, Lenn Kudrjawizki
  12. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  13. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
  14. We Are Your Friends (2015) – Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston
  15. Macbeth (2015) – Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris
  16. A Walk In The Woods (2015) – Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen
  17. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Gatlin Green, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay
  18. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  19. Suits (2011) – Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty
  20. War Room (2015) – Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore
  21. Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  22. The Danish Girl (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Eddie Redmayne, Matthias Schonaerts
  23. Self/less (2015) – Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley
  24. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  25. Concussion (2015) – Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje