Archive | January, 2010

Golden Globe winners!

source: goldenglobes.org Today we will be live-blogging the results of the 67th Golden Globe Awards. Did Avatar win big? Did Mo’Nique or Christoph Waltz feign surprise at their victory? Did Michael Haneke take to the stage and lecture the audience on their participation in the fetishisation of violence? Read on to find out! BEST FILM […]

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Kick Ass poster debut!

source: hitfix.com The poster for Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming superhero flick Kick Ass has debuted online. Quick, lock up your kids!!! They’ve already seen it?! Burn their eyes!!! If you want to learn more about Kick Ass, please visit this previous posting here. But be warned! Reading the plot synopsis, or even glimpsing a moment from […]

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The most complained about films of 2009!

Here’s a question: Which film received the most complaints from Australians in 2009? Was it Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for its cruel depiction of ‘ethnic’ robots? The Ugly Truth for its overall demeanor towards women? Or perhaps it was The Final Destination, simply for existing? I contacted the Office of Film and Literature Classification […]

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Moving is living – Up in the Air review

Up in the Air – Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rated M. Originally published January 6, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. George Clooney’s smile is pretty much the only thing a film needs to be an enjoyable experience. An entire trilogy of near-plotless heist movies were built entirely on […]

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Australian family groups decry Kick Ass

source: dailytelegraph.com Australian family groups are outraged with the upcoming superhero flick Kick Ass. Why? Well, why not! Australian Family Association spokesman John Morrissey told The Daily Telegraph that family groups are upset with the film’s MA15+ rating. “The language is offensive and the values inappropriate – without the saving grace of the bloodless victory […]

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Fairy movie – Tooth Fairy review

Tooth Fairy – Starring Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant and Julie Andrews. Directed by Michael Lembeck. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. To call Tooth Fairy a bad film is like calling star Dwayne Johnson a big guy. Both statements are accurate, but neither actually conveys the degree to which they are true. Dwayne Johnson isn’t just […]

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Rudd and Galifianakis team up with Little Miss Sunshine directors

source: slashfilm.com Paul Rudd and Zack Galifianakis are set to star in Will, a new comedy penned by Demetri Martin and set to be directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Demetri’s script was featured on the 2007 Black List, which is a recount of the most popular screenplays compiled by film executives and high-level […]

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Rotten Tomatoes best and worst reviewed films of 2009

source: rottentomatoes.com Rotten Tomatoes has handed out their 11th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, recognising the best reviewed films of 2009. The site provides an aggregate score based on the film’s reviews. For instance, if a film receives a score of 99%, it means 99% of critics on the site gave the film a positive write-up. […]

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Ivan Reitman to direct Ghostbusters 3

source: mtv.com Ghostbusters 1 and 2 helmer Ivan Reitman has confirmed he will return to the director’s chair for the third installment of the hit comedy franchise. In an interview with MTV, Reitman said he would be both producing and directing the upcoming film, currently slated for a 2011 release. It will be Reitman’s first […]

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A dream time – Bran Nue Dae review

Bran Nue Dae – Starring Rocky McKenzie, Ernie Dingo and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Rachel Perkins. Rated PG. Originally published December 16, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Bran Nue Dae is so spectacularly cheerful and effervescent it has successfully wrestled my practical criticisms and deemed them irrelevant. Rachel Perkins’ latest film has bound and gagged the […]

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Golden Globe predictions!

source: goldenglobes.org The winners of the 67th Golden Globes will be announced in Los Angeles on Sunday the 17th January (Monday morning in Australia). It will be here that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reveal their favourite films, filmmakers, actors and television programs of 2009. Of course, no one really respects the Golden Globes, […]

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Peter Sarsgaard in to play Green Lantern villain?

source: heatvisionblog.com Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to play the villain in Warner Bros upcoming superhero flick The Green Lantern. Ryan Reynolds is set to play Hal Jordan, the test pilot who happens upon a powerful ring enabling him to join the intergalactic police force known as The Green Lanterns. Sarsgaard is considering the role […]

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I have just met you and I love you – Up DVD review

Up – Featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Petersen. Rated PG. Originally published September 8, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. It’s never easy to admit when a movie has brought you to tears. Some people relish the opportunity for a good sob in the cinema. […]

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Is it? – It’s Complicated review

It’s Complicated – Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Directed by Nancy Meyers. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The only thing complicated about Nancy Meyers’ latest rom-com is its depiction of familial relationships. Why do Meryl Streep’s adult children keep on cuddling and squeezing one another? Why does her 21-year-old son climb into […]

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Fast and Furious 5 and 6 in development?

source: facebook.com Vin Diesel has revealed on his Facebook page that Universal are developing two more Fast and Furious films. I’ll hand it over to the man’s meticulously crafted “press release” for further information. “If 2009’s ‘Fast and Furious’ was chapter one, what writer Chris Morgan just delivered is Chapter 2 and chapter 3. I […]

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WGA nominees announced!

source: wga.org The Writers Guild of America have announced their nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. The usual suspects are here, along with some glaring omissions and a couple of surprises too. Check out the nominees below! Best Original Screenplay (500) Days of Summer – Scott Nuestadter and Michael H. WeberAvatar – […]

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Spiderman 4 is no more; Sony preps series reboot!

source: deadline.com Well, this was a surprise. Spiderman 4 is dead in the water and Sony Pictures have announced that they will launch a series reboot in 2012. Mike Fleming and Nikke Finke at Deadline first broke the news that Sony would NOT move forward with director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire on a […]

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The Room heads to Australia!

source: cinemanova.com One of the most notorious films in modern cinema history is finally heading to Australia. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room will debut at Cinema Nova in Melbourne on February 6th. What is The Room you say? Well… The Room tells the story of a love triangle between Johnny, his future wife Lisa and his […]

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Blake Lively cast in The Green Lantern

source: thr.com Gossip Girl star Blake Lively has been cast opposite Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming adaptation of the DC comic The Green Lantern. The 22-year-old Lively beat Keri Russell and Jennifer Garner to the role of Carol Ferris, an aerospace company exec who hires test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds). Unbeknownst to her, Jordan is […]

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The A-Team trailer debut

source: traileraddict.com The first footage from Joe Carnahan‘s adaptation of the classic television show The A-Team has landed online. We recently crowned The A-Team the 19th most exciting film of 2010 and the trailer does nothing to soften our anticipation. It’s as perfectly shiny and explodey as we had hoped. Looks like it could be […]

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Avatar becomes highest grossing film in Aus history

Twentieth Century Fox have announced that James Cameron‘s Avatar has become the highest grossing film in Australian cinema history. It usurped the position from Cameron’s previous film Titanic. In just 22 days, Avatar has grossed $AUS63.1 million at the local box office, breaking Titanic’s record of $AUS57.65 million. It has also claimed a number of […]

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By the flaming sword of Michael Cera! First official images from Scott Pilgrim!

source: slashfilm.com Universal pictures have released the first images from Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. We recently called this the most exciting upcoming release of 2010. These images only confirm our claim. Allow me to simply reprint my hyperbolic rave from that aforementioned article: “Much like last year’s number 1 film, my most […]

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To laugh and die in L.A. – Funny People DVD review

Funny People – Starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann. Directed by Judd Apatow. Rated MA. Originally published September 19, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Everyone can tell a joke, but only a select few can do it well. It’s a genuine art form and it requires complete care and attention from the comedian from […]

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The 25 most exciting movies of 2010!

The 25 most exciting movies of 2010. By Simon Miraudo. So long 2009! We appreciate everything you gave us, from long overdue adaptations of Watchmen and Where The Wild Things Are, surprise hits like District 9 and The Hangover, to the film we’ve spent the last three years talking about, dreaming about and salivating over […]

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Steven Soderbergh’s surprise Australian film

source: smh.com.au Steven Soderbergh is flirting dangerously close to self-parody. The Sydney Morning Herald have revealed the director secretly filmed a movie while in Sydney late last year. The Oscar-winning filmmaker was in the country directing the documentary-style play Tot Mom for the Sydney Theatre Company. He reportedly enlisted the cast of Tot Mom, including […]

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Moving is living – Up in the Air review

Up in the Air – Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. George Clooney’s smile is pretty much the only thing a film needs to be an enjoyable experience. An entire trilogy of near-plotless heist movies were built entirely on the foundation of his cheeky […]

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I drink your bloodshake – Thirst DVD review

Thirst – Starring Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-bin and Shin Ha-kyun. Directed by Park Chan-wook. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It must be difficult for a filmmaker to make their mark in the vampire genre these days. I had assumed that surely every possible angle had already been covered by directors as diverse as Murnau, Herzog, […]

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Head to Head – Year One

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight! This week, Chris Richardson unleashed his unholy wrath upon Harold Ramis‘ Year One. For his troubles, he picked up a double […]

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Head to Head – Dogville

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight! This week, U.S. correspondent C. Fitzpatrick Biggs gave us a 5 star review of one of his favourite films of the […]

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A conversation with the cast of Bran Nue Dae

A conversation with the cast of Bran Nue Dae – By Simon Miraudo. Rachel Perkins’ latest film Bran Nue Dae is the first cinematic adaptation of Jimmy Chi’s classic West Australian stage musical of the same name. The film is goofy, chaotic, brimming with laughter and filled with touching moments. Fittingly, so was my interview […]

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