Archive | August, 2009

Get your tickets to Avatar Day!

20th Century Fox have announced how you can be among the first people in the world to catch James Cameron‘s Avatar on the big screen! On Friday the 21st August, fifteen minutes of exclusive footage from the long-awaited sci-fi epic will screen at selected cinemas in three glorious dimensions. The locations are as follows: SYDNEY: […]

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Streep, Baldwin and Martin in a love threesome?

source: youtube.com Nancy Meyers has brought together the previously untested comedy triumvirate of Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin to star in her latest romantic comedy It’s Complicated. Normally we wouldn’t get excited about the latest Meyers film, but it’s impossible to deny that this cast doesn’t have us interested. Also, I might be […]

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Confessions of a film reviewer – Confessions of a Shopaholic DVD review

Confessions of a Shopaholic – Starring Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy and John Goodman. Directed by P.J. Hogan. Rated PG for mild coarse language. 104 mins. Originally published March 16, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Confession #1: Despite all reasonable logic and preconceived expectations, I enjoyed Confessions of a Shopaholic. And believe me, that is a ringing […]

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See the short film that inspired District 9!

source: youtube.com I’ve kind-of fallen in love with Neill Blomkamp‘s debut feature film District 9. Before it hits cinemas on Thursday, I thought I’d share Blomkamp’s short film that acted as the inspiration. CHECK OUT MY REVIEW OF DISTRICT 9 HERE (4.5/5 stars). Alive in Joburg shares the same central premise of District 9: the […]

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GI Joe sequel is coming

source: latimesblog.com Brace yourselves. GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra survived the onslaught of bad buzz and worse reviews to score a $US100 million opening weekend worldwide. And we all know what that means: sequel. CHECK OUT MY REVIEW OF GI JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA (2/5 stars). Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore told the […]

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The Green Hornet gets its Kato!

source: slashfilm.com Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou has nabbed the role of Kato in the upcoming Michel Gondry-directed action flick The Green Hornet. He will star as the famous bodyguard of billionaire playboy/vigilante avenger Britt Reid (A.K.A. The Green Hornet). Reid will be played by writer/star Seth Rogen. Check out a brief history of The Green […]

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Is Spielberg bringing Halo to the big screen?

source: iesb.com Halo fans rejoice! Steven Spielberg is trying to make that feature film adaptation you’ve been dreaming of. IESB are reporting that Spielberg is in active negotiations to develop a feature film based on the highly successful video game. According to the report, the legendary director has fallen in love with Aussie Stuart Beattie’s […]

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Paul Giamatti in Three Stooges flick; Jim Carrey out!

source: boston.com There are some crazy musical chairs going on behind the scenes of The Farrelly Brothers‘ Three Stooges film. The original cast of Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro has been significantly altered, with Paul Giamatti replacing Penn and Carrey potentially dropping out. Peter Farrelly told The Names Blog that Paul Giamatti […]

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Heath Ledger’s final film trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com The first trailer for Heath Ledger‘s final film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has finally debuted online. The film had its premiere at Cannes earlier this year, where it was received with mixed reviews. Imaginarium is directed by King of the Oddballs Terry Gilliam. It stars Christopher Plummer as the 1,000-year-old Doctor Parnassus. […]

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Let the wild rumpus start! Where The Wild Things Are feature trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com Wowza. The full length trailer for Spike Jonze‘s upcoming adaptation of the classic picture book Where The Wild Things Are has debuted online. When the teaser trailer was released earlier this year, we were all pretty much blown away. Now this new trailer is set to do the exact same. This time around […]

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John Hughes passes away

source: ninemsn.com Beloved writer/director John Hughes has died after suffering a heart-attack while visiting family in Manhattan. The iconic filmmaker was 59. His Los-Angeles based publicists made the announcement earlier this morning. Hughes was most famous for writing and directing the Brat Pack films The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Weird […]

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Aliens are people too – District 9 review

District 9 – Starring Sharlto Copley. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Rated MA. 112 mins. By Simon Miraudo. If aliens ever visit our lovely planet, do you think they would be impressed or disgusted by the human race? I don’t mean in regards to our rampant, illogical racism or our obsession with killing one another. I’m […]

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More vampires please – Cirque Du Freak trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com The trailer for Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant has debuted online. The $80 million production is directed by Paul Weitz, and stars John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe and newcomer Chris Massoglia. Based on the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author, ahem, Darren Shan, the film will focus […]

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Take on our Quickflix reviewers and WIN!

Quickflixers, we’re calling you out! And we’re calling you out in A BIG, BAD WAY!!! You can win FREE MOVIE TICKETS by sending us mini-reviews of the movies you love (or love to hate)! Any film is on the table. Nothing is off limits. Be brave! Be daring! Be controversial! Defend the films no one […]

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Inner ugliness – The Ugly Truth review

The Ugly Truth – Starring Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler and Cheryl Hines. Directed by Robert Luketic. Rated MA. 96 mins. By Simon Miraudo. For as long as there has been romance, there have been romantic comedies. It all began in the Bible, with a cheeky nude romp starring sensible Adam and his zany, spontaneous girlfriend […]

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Heavenly trailer for The Lovely Bones debuts!

source: apple.com Peter Jackson has premiered the trailer for his long-awaited adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones on Apple. The Lovely Bones stars Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered by her next-door neighbour (Stanley Tucci). Caught between heaven and Earth, Susie watches over her father (Mark […]

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Cute as a button – Coraline review

Coraline – Starring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman. Directed by Henry Selick. Rated PG for menacing themes and scary scenes. 100 mins. By Simon Miraudo.The tagline to Coraline reads “be careful what you wish for”; a sentiment no doubt shared by countless parents eager to take their kids to an entertaining family film. […]

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Ship the light fantastic – The Boat That Rocked DVD review

The Boat That Rocked – Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost and Rhys Ifans. Directed by Richard Curtis. Rated M for coarse language, sexual references and nudity. 129 mins. By Simon Miraudo. I remember the exact moment I fell in love with rock and roll. Following my grandfather’s passing, I was sent into […]

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Sexy Avatar poster and toy unveiled!

source: impawards.com The trailer debut for James Cameron‘s long-awaited Avatar creeps closer and closer. As a way of temporarily quenching our insatiable thirst, we are taking a look at the first few pieces of marketing materials of what is sure to become a blinding marketing onslaught over the next few months. Above is the first […]

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Head to Head – Babel

Welcome to the second edition of our newly revamped Head to Head feature, in which our Quickflix critics take on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight! This week we received a gushing review of Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s film Babel from Nichole Overall. For […]

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Head to Head – Australia

Welcome to the first edition of our newly revamped Head to Head feature, in which our Quickflix critics take on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight! This week we received a stunning attack on Baz Luhrmann’s epic film Australia by Mr. Chris Pudney. […]

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Wes Anderson gets animated in Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer

source: traileraddict.com The trailer for Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox has debuted online … and oh boy, this is going to divide people. Adapted from the beloved Roald Dahl book by Noah Baumbach and Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox features the stellar vocal talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason […]

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Is Jeremy Renner the new Mad Max?

source: modbee.com The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner is in consideration to star in George Miller’s potential Mad Max sequel. In an interview with his hometown paper The Modesto Bee, the indie star mentioned in passing that he was “fighting to do the new Mad Max film with George Miller.“ Now here is what we […]

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Bran Nue Dae to close MIFF

source: bndthemovie.com The highly anticipated Australian musical Bran Nue Dae has been selected to close the Melbourne International Film Festival on Saturday the 8th of August. Bran Nue Dae is based on the musical of the same name written by Jimmy Chi and his band Kuckles. When it debuted in the early 1990’s, it was […]

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Spielberg to make film about giant imaginary rabbit

source: variety.com Steven Spielberg’s next project will be an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey. It is the story of a charming eccentric and his friendship with a giant, imaginary bunny rabbit. The original play was penned by Mary Chase and collected the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. It was turned into a feature film […]

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Not suitable for adults – GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra review

GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra – Starring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Marlon Wayans. Directed by Stephen Sommers. Rated M for action violence. 118 mins. By Simon Miraudo. Can Hollywood studios please withdraw all their tent-pole blockbuster releases for the next few years and not bring them back until they come up with some […]

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Ever wanted to star in Mad Men?

source: amctv.com AMC have released a pretty funky little online application for fans of Mad Men to celebrate its imminent third season premiere. You can hop on over to this little site and create your own Stirling Cooper avatar. I’ve already done mine: “Peggy, hold all my calls. I’ve got to go sleep with my […]

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The Coen Brothers return with A Serious Man

source: traileraddict.com The trailer for The Coen Brothers latest feature, A Serious Man, has debuted online. A Serious Man tells the story of Jewish academic Larry Gopnik, a conflicted man looking to find clarity in 1960’s America. This is one of the more interesting trailers I’ve seen of late, and it certainly capitalises on the […]

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Quickflix Charts – The top rentals for July

Alright gang; here are the top 10 DVD rentals for the month of July, as Queued up by you. 1. He’s Just Not That Into You 2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button3. Burn After Reading4. Body of Lies5. Rachel Getting Married6. Slumdog Millionaire7. The Dark Knight8. Marley and Me9. Gran Torino10. Australia So, what […]

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Alien prequel to be directed by Ridley Scott!

source: slashfilm.com Ridley Scott has signed up to direct the upcoming prequel to Alien. Ridley’s brother Tony Scott previously confirmed the prequel was in development back in June. At that time, The Brothers Scott were slated to produce while commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch was tipped to direct. It looks as if Fox Studios weren’t […]

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