Archive | April, 2012

Soul man – We Have a Pope review

We Have a Pope – Starring Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti and Margherita Buy. Directed by Nanni Moretti. Originally published December 19, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. We Have a Pope arrives on DVD in Australia April 25, 2012. Ever wondered what goes on inside the Vatican when the cardinals from around the world assemble – like some […]

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The top 10 end of the world movies

The top 10 end of the world movies. By Simon Miraudo. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine! And why wouldn’t we, when there are these great apocalyptic flicks to enjoy in the lead up to Earth’s eventual shuttering? The old girl still may have a little life […]

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When worlds collide – The Avengers review

The Avengers – Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by Joss Whedon. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo.  The Avengers is a toybox come to life, and Joss Whedon is the precocious, imaginative, quick-witted scamp entrusted by Marvel to pose their action figures in ways pleasing to our eager eyes. Hulk fights […]

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Trailer Debut: Magic Mike

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived! The trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike has slid down the stripper pole and into our laps. The film stars Channing Tatum as Mike, and is based on his own experiences as a male stripper prior to becoming a film star. Alex Pettyfer joins him as his protégé, […]

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Trailer Debut: Your Sister’s Sister

The trailer for Your Sister’s Sister, Lynn Shelton‘s follow up to the marvellous mumblecore flick Humpday, has arrived online. The pic stars Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt as sisters Iris and Hannah, who wind up embroiled in a complicated, semi-romantic entanglement with the befuddled Jack (Mark Duplass). This isn’t your traditional love triangle however; Iris is the […]

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Steve Carell and Toni Collette set to reteam

Steve Carell and Toni Collette will reteam for the first time since Little Miss Sunshine, Variety reports. The ex-star of The Office and the woman of multiple personalities from United States of Tara are said to be joining forces in Jim Rash and Nat Faxon’s The Way, Way Back. Rash and Faxon last collaborated as […]

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Darren Aronofsky plots George Washington biopic

Darren Aronofsky is set to produce and direct a biopic about the first President of the American States, George Washington, says Variety. The director who gave us Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan is already in pre production on Noah, his epic retelling of the biblical story starring Russell Crowe. Reports suggest […]

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Uncomfortable together – Romantics Anonymous review

Romantics Anonymous – Starring Isabelle Carré and Benoît Poelvoorde. Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris. Rated M. Originally published February 13, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Romantics Anonymous is now showing in select cinemas across Australia. Those with hearts of stone, read no further. Jean-Pierre Améris‘ delightful French comedy Romantics Anonymous is about emotional-cripples who find love in one another’s awkward embrace. They’re cutesy. They’re clumsy. They’re […]

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Woman of peace – The Lady review

The Lady – Starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. Directed by Luc Besson. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Luc Besson’s first collaboration with Michelle Yeoh isn’t a no-nonsense martial-arts spectacular, despite The Lady being a quietly chilling title for such a feature. It wouldn’t even be the least descriptive appellation from his oeuvre, what with the […]

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Michael Fassbender introduces us to his android in Prometheus

The Prometheus viral videos have been coming thick and fast, but we’ve finally found one worthy of sharing, courtesy of Slashfilm. Here, we are introduced to the David (Michael Fassbender), the helpful android who can blend into your workplace and complete any tasks humans may find “distressing or unethical.” Another brilliant innovation from Weyland Industries! […]

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Vince Vaughn to star in Rockford Files movie

Vince Vaughn will take on the role made famous by James Garner in a big screen adaptation of the TV show The Rockford Files. According to Deadline, David Levien and Brian Koppelman have been tasked by Universal Pictures to pen the feature as a vehicle for Vaughn (who will also produce). The show ran from […]

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Mr. Toad will ride again

Disney is keen to make a feature film out of their legendary theme park attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Deadline reports. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel The Wind in the Willows, the ride takes participants through Toad Hall, into an oncoming train, and eventually to hell. It’s a bit dark. It has been a […]

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Interview: Felicity Price (Wish You Were Here)

Interview: Felicity Price (Wish You Were Here). By Simon Miraudo. There’s no better way to ensure you get a juicy role in a movie than by writing it yourself. Felicity Price has done just that with Wish You Were Here, which tells of a dream holiday gone nightmarishly wrong. Co-written and directed by her husband Kieran Darcy-Smith, Price stars alongside Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, and Antony […]

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Picture imperfect – Wish You Were Here review

Wish You Were Here – Starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price, and Teresa Palmer. Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Wish You Were Here is a slick, solid, and unsettling drama that plays right into Australians’ joint love and fear of travelling abroad. The opening moments of Aussie holidaymakers at a Cambodian rave […]

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Emily Blunt joins Tom Cruise for Kill

Emily Blunt will star opposite Tom Cruise in Doug Liman‘s anime adaptation All You Need Is Kill, Variety reports. The rights to Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s comic – about “a young Army recruit who, despite being killed in the first day of intergalactic alien invasion of Earth, is continually resurrected Groundhog Day–style” – were picked up for seven-figures in 2010. Blunt will likely play The […]

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Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska to make directorial debut

Aussie starlets Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are set to direct segments of a new omnibus film produced by Robert Connolly. According to The Australian, they will be among a number of filmmakers bringing Tim Winton’s short-story collection The Turning to the big screen. Also joining them: AACTA winning helmer of Snowtown, Justin Kurzel, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der […]

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DreamWorks has the Need for Speed

DreamWorks is closing a deal to make the feature adaptation of Electronic Arts’ video game Need for Speed, despite the fact the Fast and the Furious films are basically exactly that. According to Deadline, DreamWorks are the likeliest studio to produce the project, which was brought to the market last week with Real Steel screenwriter […]

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Home alone – This Is Not a Film review

This Is Not a Film – Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Rated G. Originally published March 5, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. This Is Not a Film arrives on DVD in Australia April 18, 2012. Jafar Panahi may claim his latest isn’t a film, but it certainly says more about the craft of cinema, as well as the human compulsion to […]

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Play It Again – The Birds

Play It Again – The Birds. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, and Jessica Tandy. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. By Jess Lomas. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which classic-film connoisseur Jess Lomas revisits a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has […]

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Teaser Debut: Kath and Kimderella

The teaser trailer for Kath and Kim’s first big screen adventure – the somewhat clumsily titled Kath and Kimderella – has debuted online. Noice? Well… Let it be known that I find the characters of Kath, Kim, Kel, Sharon, Brett, Prue, Trude, and even Sandy Freckle incredible, and I can’t wait to see their latest collaboration […]

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Tina Fey gets an Intern in new Nancy Meyers flick

Nancy Meyers has secured Tina Fey as the lead in her upcoming comedy The Intern. The news is exclusive to Deadline, who report that Paramount Pictures is looking to finance and distribute the pic. Fey will play the founder of an e-business “with a fashion focus” who gets a 70-year-old widower as an intern. Meyers’ […]

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Steve Carell makes an offer we can’t refuse

Steve Carell and New Girl‘s Jake Johnson are set to star in a new mob comedy for Warner Bros. According to Deadline, the pitch is based on an original idea by Johnson and Max Winkler, for which WB paid six figures. There are no further details on the currently untitled project, though Letterman writer Rodney […]

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Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake bet on Runner Runner

Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake will join forces for the thriller Runner Runner, Deadline reports. Why Jeremy Renner was not approached for the uniquely titled flick, we are not sure. The film concerns the world of “offshore online gaming” and will feature Affleck as a business founder and Timberlake as his increasingly antagonistic protege. The […]

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Two serious men – Footnote review

Footnote – Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi. Directed by Joseph Cedar. Rated PG. Originally published March 12, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Footnote opens in select Australian cinemas on April 19, 2012. Joseph Cedar’s Footnote is easily one of the most exciting and creatively executed films about Jewish academics poring over the Torah ever made, excluding perhaps Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man (which really does […]

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She once had me – Norwegian Wood review

Norwegian Wood – Starring Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, and Kiko Mizuhara. Directed by Tran Anh Hung. Rated MA. By Hilary Simmons. When I worked in a bookstore, one of the authors customers would reliably rave about was Haruki Murakami. They always listed Norwegian Wood as one of his best novels. I haven’t read it – […]

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Carry that weight – Melancholia review

Melancholia – Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Lars von Trier. Originally published August 6, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Melancholia arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia on April 18, 2012. People don’t realise that Lars von Trier has quite a sense of humour, which is why he gets into so much trouble at press conferences when he tries to crack wise. […]

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The top 10 sports movies

The top 10 sports movies. By Simon Miraudo. The general consensus is that movie critics aren’t the biggest sports fans in the world, what with them spending most of their time indoors, on the couch, and living vicariously through their screen idols. But then, that’s exactly what most sports fans do too! Though this writer […]

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Teaser Debut: Looper

The teaser trailer for Rian Johnson‘s time travel flick Looper has arrived online, with plenty of mind-bending logic to twist your mind into all kinds of knots. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same character in Looper; an assassin that is tasked with killing his older self. Let the teaser describe it further: You […]

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Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem in talks for Ridley Scott’s Counselor

A-list actors are clamouring to star in Ridley Scott‘s upcoming thriller The Counselor. Earlier this week it was reported Angelina Jolie might have a small role in the flick. Now comes news from Deadline that her partner Brad Pitt is in talks to play the picture’s antagonist, alongside Javier Bardem. Michael Fassbender is set to play […]

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Sin City 2 officially in the works

After years of rumours, a sequel to Sin City is officially in the works. The announcement was made via press release (courtesy of Slashfilm), as opposed to director Robert Rodriguez‘s traditional method, which is by speaking off the cuff and making up posters for things that never actually eventuate. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame […]

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