Archive | June, 2013

Terminator 5 to start shooting in January

Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed last week the long-gestating Terminator 5 would finally begin shooting in January of 2014. According to Deadline, the reason this sci-fi sequel has finally gotten off the ground involves its interesting funding structure. Megan Ellison, who bought the rights to the franchise for $20 million back in 2011, will pony up 33 […]

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John C. Reilly joins Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Well! Here’s an unconventional new Marvel hero. Adorable character actor John C. Reilly will play Rhomann Dey in upcoming team-up flick Guardians of the Galaxy, a representative for the actor confirmed to The Wrap. Dey also goes by the alias Nova Prime, leader of the Nova Corps. Reilly joins Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del […]

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Only God Forgives wins top prize at Sydney Film Festival

Nicolas Winding Refn’s ultraviolent collaboration with Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives, has taken the top prize at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival. Jury president Hugo Weaving announced the Official Competition winner on the closing night of the fest, declaring it “a visually mesmerizing and disturbing film which polarised our opinions.” Only God Forgives trumped 11 other movies for […]

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Sydney Film Festival – The Past review

By Simon Miraudo June 16, 2013 Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is taking his victory lap. He’s earned it. After winning the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar for the universally-adored crossover hit A Separation, he’s wisely replicated the formula for his follow-up, The Past. It similarly deals with a divorce, also amongst hugely reasonable parties. There […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Only God Forgives review

By Simon Miraudo June 16, 2013 If a boy’s best friend truly is his mother, this guy is seriously screwed. In Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn’s laboriously paced follow-up to Drive, Ryan Gosling plays Julian, a drug-dealer based in Bangkok, seemingly hiding out from his American tiger mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas). When his brother Billy is brutally murdered, Crystal comes […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Stories We Tell review

By Simon Miraudo June 16, 2013 Stories We Tell is just about the loveliest portrait of a family I’ve seen. A documentary similar in structure to Capturing the Friedmans – but ultimately more joyful and less concerned with harrowing tales of paedophilic clowns – it explores the family history of Canadian director Sarah Polley through […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Upstream Color review

By Simon Miraudo June 16, 2013 Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color might even be better than his previous effort, Primer. In the world of micro-budgeted science fiction flicks, that is akin to a miracle. The magic of Primer, however, is that it seems to improve on each subsequent viewing; its intricately engineered time-travel plot making more […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Frances Ha review

By Simon Miraudo June 15, 2013 I’ll enjoy Greta Gerwig in quite anything – even that Arthur remake – and I’m discovering that the same goes for Adam Driver, of Girls (and one particularly uncomfortable sex scene) fame. So, director Noah Baumbach wasn’t fighting an uphill battle with this particular viewer of Frances Ha. His previous efforts […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Borgman review

By Simon Miraudo June 15, 2013 How do you solve a problem like Borgman? A puzzle movie from the Netherlands with seemingly no key, it frustrates and intrigues in equal measure. Well, maybe not equal measure. Much more of the first thing. I left the cinema mostly feeling fooled, and it’s always nicer to think […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: 300: Rise of an Empire

This is… the poster and trailer for Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire . Originally set for release in August, its launch was delayed until March of 2014 when Warner Bros panicked over the stacked slate of blockbuster releases during the American summer. Though Gerard Butler is nowhere to be seen in this prequel to Zack […]

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Teaser Debut: Diana

The teaser trailer for Diana, starring Naomi Watts as Princess Di, has debuted online. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the film focuses on the last two years of Diana’s life, before it was cut short by a 1997 car accident in Paris. The wordless trailer reveals little, except that it will be fairly messianic portrait of the Princess of Wales, […]

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Sandra Bullock in talks for Annie remake

Sandra Bullock is in talks to play Miss Hannigan in the upcoming remake of Annie, The Wrap reports. The part was made famous by Carol Burnett in the 1982 original. Bullock had initially turned the offer to star down, but has reportedly returned to the negotiation table. Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis is set to play […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Prince Avalanche review

By Simon Miraudo June 14, 2013 What a lovely, lyrical wonder David Gordon Green‘s Prince Avalanche is. A remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way, it transplants the tale of two poorly-paired road workers to East Texas, circa 1988, shortly after wildfires have ravaged the terrain. Their task is to paint those yellow lines on […]

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Sydney Film Festival – The Bling Ring review

By Simon Miraudo June 14, 2013 If it was Sofia Coppola‘s intention to portray Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Audrina Patridge as the unfortunate, sympathetic victims of teens run rampant in The Bling Ring, then, great work? Based on the real-life crime spree that saw Hollywood’s best – if not brightest – fall victim to […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Mood Indigo review

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2013 Everything wilts, but not Michel Gondry‘s talents as an imaginative, inimitable, and incisive storyteller. With Mood Indigo, he tracks a relationship’s birth to its ultimate dissolution. Romain Duris stars as Colin, a wealthy Frenchman who spends every last cent on treatment for his ailing wife, Chloé (Audrey Tautou). Suffering […]

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Sydney Film Festival – For Those In Peril review

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2013 Grief strikes in your gut, and then lingers for a lifetime. It can dull, or grow exponentially. There’s no way of knowing how you’ll handle it, until you’re in the midst of it. It’s kind of like love’s awful cousin. And like love, it’s a tough thing to evoke […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Behind the Candelabra review

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2013 Crossing the Rubicon of wealth and fame must be a hell of a thing. Michael Jackson arguably lived the strangest life in human history. Tom Cruise enjoys the dual pleasure of being Hollywood’s most bankable star, and perhaps the one famous person everyone is really unsettled by. Kanye West’s […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Monsoon Shootout review

By Simon Miraudo June 12, 2013 Once, twice, three times a disappointment, Amit Kumar‘s Monsoon Shootout offers us three variations on the same cataclysmic event in the life of a rookie homicide detective. Officer Adi (Vijay Varma) corners Indian gangster Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in a back-alley at the end of a foot-race through the rain, […]

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Teaser Debut: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Earlier this week we saw the poster, and now we have the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In it, we get our first glimpse of the titular dragon, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, not to mention new cast-members Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Lee Pace (Thranduil), and Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman). I suppose […]

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Dumb and Dumber sequel dropped by studio

Bad news for fans of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. That long-gestating Dumb and Dumber sequel, titled Dumb and Dumber To (sic), has been dropped by Warner Bros. For a while it seemed the follow up to 1994’s hit Dumb and Dumber was a go, with Bobby and Peter Farrelly spruiking their completed script, and […]

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Man of Steel sequel in the works, already

Warner Bros. feel confident of Man of Steel’s success (their head, just last week, predicted it will become their biggest ever hit). The studio is putting their money where their mouth is, and have already set director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer to start work on the sequel, Deadline reports. This would mark […]

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Television Revision: The Sopranos – Season 6 Part 1

By Andrew Williams June 11, 2013 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 you away from the specific episodes – or even seasons! – that might have ruined […]

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Crash and reboot – The Internship review

By Jess Lomas June 11, 2013 The dynamic teaming of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson helps The Internship scrape by as an enjoyable comedy, although we’d be reluctant to offer it a full time job. It’s surprising to realise eight years have passed since their last hilarious collaboration, Wedding Crashers. This time around, slightly older but not much wiser, they play whizz […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Lovelace review

By Simon Miraudo June 11, 2013 Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are fine documentarians. They struggle, however, to breathe life into their narrative features. Howl, a portrait of Allen Ginsberg and the publishing of his incendiary book of poetry, was basically turned into a drab courtroom drama, and not even some animated illustrations of Ginsberg’s […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Monsters University review

By Simon Miraudo June 11, 2013 You can’t go home again, but you can go back to school, and that’s precisely what Pixar have done in Monsters University. They’ve taken characters we’ve long loved and plonked them in the middle of a raucous college comedy. The result is one of the funnier films the studio […]

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Talk Hard – Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters)

Something wicked this way comes. Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo speaks to Tommy Wirkola, director of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, before delivering his review of that new DVD/Blu-ray release. [audio https://qfxblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/talk-hard-tommy-wirkola.mp3] Show Notes: Thanks, as always, for listening! Please subscribe to us on iTunes and leave a review. Or, follow our RSS feed. Remember to send all thoughts, comments, […]

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Sydney Film Festival – The Rocket review

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2013 Crowd-pleasers come in many mysterious packages, and there might not be a bigger crowd-pleaser this year than The Rocket; a disarming fable about a makeshift family desperately seeking a place to live in a ravaged Laos. Australian writer-director Kim Mordaunt continues the work he started with 2007’s documentary Bomb […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Closed Curtain review

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2013 We accuse directors who indulge in metatextual moviemaking of disappearing up their own rear ends. In the case of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, it’s a choice between there and prison. Panahi was put under house arrest by the Iranian government for producing, in their eyes, “propaganda against the Islamic […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Stoker review

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2013 Stoker. Finally, a family name that can be worn as proudly as Bates, Lecter, Torrance, and Lohan. An odd bunch, they are. Even the non-murderers. Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut introduces us to this curious clan, and hopefully it will, in turn, introduce the acclaimed Korean director to those who […]

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Poster Debut: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Warner Bros has unveiled the first poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug via the film’s official Twitter page. The second of Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit features, this one sees Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his merry band of dwarves face off against the titular, insanely wealthy dragon (voiced by Freeman’s Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch). […]

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