Archive | October, 2012

Back from the dead – Frankenweenie review

Frankenweenie – Featuring the voices of Charlie Tahan, Martin Landau, and Catherine O’Hara. Directed by Tim Burton. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. When I declared Dark Shadows “Tim Burton‘s best film in a decade,” I didn’t expect to go back on my word a mere five months later. No, my affection for that nutso soap-opera […]

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Michael Bay is sick of his actors complaining about Transformers

Brace yourselves, because you are about to read something that positions Michael Bay as both reasonable and perhaps even respectable. Earlier this week, Hugo Weaving revealed that he is yet to see any of the Transformers movies in which he provided the voice of Megatron, and that he considered the gig “meaningless.” He is now the […]

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Tom McCarthy takes on controversial tale

Writer-director Tom McCarthy is best known for his sweet dramedies Win Win, The Visitor, and The Station Agent (as well as for co-writing Up), but he’s set to take on much darker subject matter with his newie. According to Variety, McCarthy has been quietly working on a project regarding the Catholic Church’s cover-up of numerous […]

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American remake of Gavin & Stacey going ahead

British comedy series Gavin & Stacey is all set for a U.S version according to reports in Deadline. Fox recently closed the deal announcing David Rosen as the writer of this American adaptation. Rosen is only known for his recently cancelled hipster MTV series I Just Want My Pants Back. It’s unclear what role original […]

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Amy Adams attached to rival Janis Joplin biopic

If you are going to do something right, then you may as well do it twice.  Living up to the classic Hollywood tradition of duelling projects Vulture recently announced a second Janis Joplin biopic may be moving ahead. Titled Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, this project has Amy Adams attached to the titular role […]

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The top 10 paranormal investigation films

The top 10 paranormal investigation films. By Simon Miraudo. “If there’s something strange, in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Fully insured and registered Fortean phenomena detectives!” Alright, it’s not as catchy as “Ghostbusters,” but hey, if we’ve learnt anything from this week’s selection of titles, better safe than sorry. Besides, that Ray Parker Jr. […]

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What Katie did – Paranormal Activity 4 review

Paranormal Activity 4 – Starring Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, and Katie Featherston. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Well, it was fun while it lasted kids. The ghost train shudders to a halt with Paranormal Activity 4, the first entry in the usually innovative series unable to produce any […]

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Teaser Debut: Carrie

The first teaser for Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie remake offers only a glimpse of the prom night from hell, ending in a blood-soaked Chloe Grace Moretz. The film is among a growing list of remakes fans didn’t ask for, but the Boys Don’t Cry director is betting all her chips on the casting of young Moretz, […]

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Jim Carrey set to steal Loomis Fargo

Jim Carrey is in negotiations to star in action-comedy Loomis Fargo helmed by Napolean Dynamite director Jared Hess. According to THR, the film is based on the 15-year-old true story of a $17 million heist involving an armoured car in North Carolina, with screenwriters Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Jody Hill (Observe & Report), Emily […]

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Television Revision: The Mighty Boosh – Season 1

Television Revision: The Mighty Boosh  – Season 1. Starring Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, and Rich Fulcher. Rated M. By Andrew Williams. Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning […]

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More beautiful – Margaret: Extended Cut review

Margaret: Extended Cut – Starring Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, and Jeannie Berlin. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Before being granted a theatrical release in Australia, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret screened on international Qantas flights; a comically fitting yet wildly unfair outlet to complement the feature’s pitiful roll-out in a handful of American cinemas […]

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Life is bearable – To Rome With Love review

To Rome With Love – Starring Woody Allen, Judy Davis, and Roberto Benigni. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The release of a new Woody Allen film is a special event in the sense that each breath is a special event; we’re used to them, we assume the next one isn’t far behind, […]

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Wicked Whedon – The Cabin in the Woods review

The Cabin in the Woods – Starring Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by Drew Goddard. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The Cabin in the Woods feels like a very special episode of Buffy. No, not ‘very special’ like the one where all the Scoobies discovered that beer was in fact bad, but […]

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Play It Again – Friday the 13th

Play It Again – Friday the 13th. Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Robbi Morgan. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham. Rated R. By Simon Miraudo. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or […]

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Agent Coulson lives in Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series

The prayers of many have been answered by Marvel, who will resurrect Clark Gregg’s much-loved Agent Coulson for their upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. At the New York Comic Con, The Avengers director Joss Whedon and Marvel president Kevin Feige announced that Coulson would indeed come back from the dead. When we spoke to Gregg a few months ago, he […]

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Ewan McGregor Australia-bound for Son of a Gun

Ewan McGregor has been cast in the upcoming West Australian production Son of a Gun, Inside Film reports. The Scot will head to WA in early 2013 for the shoot. Writer-director Julius Avery makes his feature debut with the flick, which tells of a master thief who recruits a protégé for a gold heist. It does not […]

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Poster Debut: Carrie

Chloe Moretz’s face is strewn with blood on the international teaser poster for the Carrie remake, which ominously insists “You Will Know Her Name.” Of course, you should already know her name. It’s Carrie. She comes from a pretty-famous Brian De Palma movie. Though we’d traditionally be hesitant to anticipate a remake of a horror classic, this new take is being […]

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Trailer Debut: Flight

Robert Zemeckis returns from the dead-eyed darkness of motion-capture hell with Flight, a high-stakes drama starring sure-fire Academy Award contender Denzel Washington. The second feature trailer for the flick has arrived online, which puts a greater emphasis on the air-crash sequence in which Washington’s substance-abusing pilot miraculously manages to keep everyone on board alive. However, when his […]

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The top 10 money movies

The top 10 money movies. By Simon Miraudo. “In this country, you got to make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.” Wise words from Tony Montana, taken to heart by the subjects of Andrew Dominik‘s commentary on […]

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Shailene Woodley might be Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is moving ahead at… well, an amazing pace really, and Variety recently revealed that the Mary Jane character is set to appear and also speculated on possible villains. Shailene Woodley is apparently the top choice to play the role of Peter Parker’s infamous crush after Kirsten Dunst defined the character in […]

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Trailer Debut: Hitchcock

“All of us harbour dark recesses of violence and horror. I’m just a man hiding in the corner with a camera, watching,” says Anthony Hopkins as famed director Alfred Hitchcock in the first trailer for the biopic Hitchcock. Directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil), with a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin (Black […]

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Beyoncé exits Clint Eastwood’s A Star is Born

Beyoncé Knowles will no longer play the female lead in Clint Eastwood’s troubled remake of A Star is Born, Variety reports. Knowles had been onboard with the film prior to Eastwood’s involvement in early 2011, for what would be the fourth incarnation of the story following features in 1937, 1954 and 1976. The singer looked set […]

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Trailer Debut: Django Unchained (with our first look at Sam Jackson and Jonah Hill)

Another trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained is released, giving us the best look at this audacious film yet. This exciting trailer shows us a much wider picture of the world the film is set in, showcasing several scenes with a greying Samuel L Jackson doing his best wise old Morgan Freeman impression. We […]

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Blame it on the alcohol – Lawless review

Lawless – Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Guy Pearce. Directed by John Hillcoat. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. John Hillcoat‘s Lawless is so low-key it’s practically infrasonic. Utterly untroubled by any expectation to entertain – or even mildly engage – the audience, Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave take a stroll through 1930s Virginia with […]

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Television Revision: Gavin & Stacey – Season 3

Television Revision: Gavin & Stacey – Season 3. Starring Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, and James Corden. Rated M. By Andrew Williams. Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning […]

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Taken 3 is inevitable

Liam Neeson and his Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton both suggest the adventures of unlucky CIA agent Bryan Mills have come to a close. However, the recent box office success of the sequel has suddenly inspired the creatives behind the film to think of another scenario in which someone close to him could be, well, taken. Screenwriter […]

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The driver from Drive may return, just not in Drive 2

Drive author James Sallis suggested earlier in the year that a film sequel was being developed based on his own literary follow-up, Driven. Needless to say, everyone began to furiously collate all the French electro they could find for an anticipatory and celebratory iTunes playlist. Director Nicolas Winding Refn has since told The Evening Standard that another Drive movie “is never […]

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Armie Hammer could be the new Batman (again)

As exclusively reported in Moviehole, Armie Hammer may don Batman’s cape in an upcoming Justice League film. Previously nabbing the role of Batman in George Miller’s Justice League Of America, a doomed production that fell apart literally days before shooting in 2007, Hammer apparently is up again for the role in another take on the […]

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Trailer Debut: Not Fade Away

The trailer for The Sopranos’ creator David Chase’s feature film debut, Not Fade Away, hit the internet recently and surprised everyone with its conventionality. Still set in New Jersey but with no gangsters, Not Fade Away stars James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett, and new faces Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston. The movie seems to be like […]

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The lying game – Shadow Dancer review

Shadow Dancer – Starring Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, and Domhnall Gleeson. Directed by James Marsh. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. James Marsh, not content with being regarded as one of the finest working documentarians in the business, proves with Shadow Dancer he can still spin a compelling yarn in narrative features too. Having won an […]

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