Archive | September, 2013

Diary of a mad blue woman – Blue Jasmine review

By Simon Miraudo September 13, 2013 What a relief it must be for an actor to realise they’re in one of Woody Allen‘s good movies; a biennial event! Allen is still a prolific talent in his 70s, churning out a new film each year, and it would be unwise for any performer to turn down […]

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J.K. Rowling writing Harry Potter spin-off film for WB

Warner Bros studio has smartly extended the Harry Potter gravy train by recruiting J.K. Rowling to write the screenplay for a new spin-off. In an official statement, Rowling explained how her Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would become “the first picture in a new film series.” She will adapt “Newt Scamander’s” […]

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Entourage movie delayed on account of its cast wanting more money

The Entourage movie has been delayed, thanks to ongoing pay disputes from two of its stars, Page Six reports. Though production was set to begin on the film adaptation of the hit HBO show during the American summer, it is now unknown when – if ever – those cameras will start rolling. You can blame […]

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Trailer Debut: Grudge Match

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are headed back to the boxing ring, but not as Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta. In Grudge Match, they play former adversaries who, in their 60s, agree to a 30-years-in-the-making, well, grudge match. The sports comedy also stars Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, and Kim Basinger, and comes from director […]

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Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul actually happening

Though Breaking Bad is a few weeks away from being over forever (forever!), AMC and Sony Pictures Television have a plan to keep the flame alive for just that little bit longer. Following months and months of speculation, they have announced honest-to-goodness intentions to make a spin-off TV series concerning skeezy lawyer Saul Goodman, titled […]

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Djimon Hounsou joins Fast & Furious 7

Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou has joined the ever-expanding cast of Fast & Furious 7, Variety reports. Though the details of his part are unknown, he joins other series newcomers Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, and Ronda Rousey. Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson will all return for the …. whatever-you-call-a-seventh-instalment-quel. James Wan takes over directorial […]

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Teaser Debut: Escape from Tomorrow

Escape from Tomorrow, the daring ‘Disney movie’ that isn’t a Disney movie at all, has a brand new teaser trailer. Filmed on the sly in both Disney World and Disneyland, Randy Moore’s surreal, guerrilla-thriller Escape from Tomorrow tells of a family man who loses his mind while on vacation in the Haus of Maus. After making […]

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Television Revision: Curb Your Enthusiasm – Season 1

By Andrew Williams September 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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Pirates 5 pushed to 2016

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 won’t arrive on our shores in 2015, as originally promised by Disney. The sequel – subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales – will now likely hit cinemas in the American summer of 2016. Deadline suggests the delay is due to the studio’s dissatisfaction with the script (or, at the very least, […]

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Teaser Debut: The Double

Richard Ayoade’s second film, The Double, gets a trailer, and it looks as far from his debut Submarine as one could possibly get. Based on a novella by literary grandmaster Dostoevsky, The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg as an awkward young man who works a menial office job. As he becomes more and more invisible to […]

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The Rocket to be Australia’s great Oscar hope

The Rocket will be Australia’s entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards, The Australian reports. This heart-warming coming of age story set in Laos comes from Australian director Kim Mordaunt, and has been winning over viewers around the globe. Snagging Audience Awards at the Tribeca, Sydney, and Melbourne Film Festivals […]

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New York Stories – Adore / The Lifeguard / Touchy Feely

By Glenn Dunks September 11, 2013 The Manhattan Report: Look, I don’t mean to make readers jealous, but living in New York – hell, even visiting for a brief time – offers you some really great cinema-going opportunities. Currently playing over two whole months at the Museum of the Moving Image is a full career […]

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The 10 most exciting spring films

By Simon Miraudo September 11, 2013 Winter’s gone, and with it the blockbuster season. We bid a fond adieu to the barrage of comic book adaptations, sequels, and debates about the destruction in Man of Steel and say bonjour to some more interesting fare. Yes, spring has sprung, and beside the blooming flowers come thoughtful […]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild director discusses follow-up

Benh Zeitlin’s feature film debut, Beasts of the Southern Wild, claimed prizes at Sundance and Cannes, before earning four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Needless to say, that’s going to be a tough act to follow. He has revealed details of that difficult second album to The New York Times. “The new […]

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Will Smith might return for Independence Day 2 after all

Following the monumental flopping of his passion project, After Earth, Will Smith is suddenly interested in maybe coming back for that Independence Day sequel. Director Roland Emmerich, speaking to Digital Spy, confirmed that he and Smith will soon meet to discuss the project, despite Smith having previously shunned the prospect of a sequel. Emmerich had […]

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Trailer Debut: Robocop

The trailer for Jose Padilha’s long-delayed remake of Robocop has arrived. It stars Joel Kinnaman as Officer Alex Murphy, a maimed cop kept alive by his department solely for experimentation purposes. With his wife’s (Abbie Cornish) blessing, they turn Murphy into the latest crime-fighting weapon in a dystopian Detroit: Robocop. Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, and […]

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Trailer Debut: Neighbors

Zac Efron and his frat-house buddies cause nothing but trouble for Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne in the new comedy Neighbors. Rogen and Byrne (keeping her Aussie accent, for once!) play a married couple with a young baby whose suburban life is turned upside down when a raucous Fraternity house sets up shop next door. […]

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Blue Is The Warmest Colour’s stars pledge to never work with director again

Despite receiving unanimous praise for their performances in the Palme d’Or winning Blue Is the Warmest Colour, stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux have pledged to never work with director Abdellatif Kechiche ever again. Speaking to The Daily Beast, the actors described the shoot as “horrible,” and Kechiche’s tactics as being potentially illegal, citing lengthy work […]

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Poster Debut: Transformers 4 – Age of Extinction

The official subtitle of Transformers 4 has been revealed on its very sandy teaser poster. It’s been christened: Age of Extinction. This title – and the general fossilised nature of the one-sheet – seems to confirm those rumours that Dinobots would share the screen with the Autobots and Decepticons this time around. Great news for […]

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Talk Hard – Enlightened Season 2

In its second season, did Enlightened become the best show on TV? Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo certainly thinks so. Can he convince Television Revision writer Andrew Williams? They continue their epic chat about the axed HBO series (available on Quickflix). A spoiler-free review is followed by a spoiler-filled discussion of the second season. [audio https://qfxblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/talk-hard-enlightened-s2.mp3] Show […]

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Humdrum shake – Aftershock review

By Richard Haridy September 4, 2013 Eli Roth seems determined to make a bad film in every country around the world. After trashing Europe in his Hostel saga and co-writing the bizarre Chinese kung-fu The Man With The Iron Fists with RZA, he now sets his sights on South America with the earthquake based, survival […]

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Play It Again – The Bonfire of the Vanities (Flop Edition #2)

By Jess Lomas September 4, 2013 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 if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Mia Wasikowska’s Tracks scores U.S. distribution

Mia Wasikowska’s new film, Tracks, has been acquired by The Weinstein Company for U.S. distribution. Deadline first broke the news, which was later confirmed by TWC. This is great news for the John Curran-directed feature, which details the true trek of Robyn Davidson across the Australian desert following the dissolution of her marriage and death […]

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Teaser Debut: Under the Skin

Ever wanted to see Scarlett Johansson as an alien who feeds on hitch-hikers? Your chance has arrived! The teaser trailer for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin has arrived, in time for the film’s debut at the Telluride Film Festival. Though it’s hard – well, impossible – to discern the plot from this collage of imagery, there […]

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Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson cast in Fifty Shades of Grey

Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have scored the hotly contested lead roles in the upcoming film adaptation of the saucy novel Fifty Shades of Grey. After many months of speculation, Universal confirmed the casting of Johnson (The Social Network, Ben & Kate) as Anastasia Steele, the college student who becomes enraptured by 27-year-old, S&M loving […]

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The lady is a vamp – Byzantium review

By Richard Haridy September 3, 2013 Nearly 20 years after his all-star horror blockbuster Interview With The Vampire, director Neil Jordan returns to the genre with this boldly classical take on one of fiction’s ever-present tales. Byzantium is an elegant spin on vampire mythology seemingly designed to act as a reactionary statement against the trite, […]

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Page turner – Tim Winton’s The Turning review

By Simon Miraudo September 3, 2013 Anthology films are almost always made up of near-misses, prematurely aborted successes, and absolute abominations that are mercifully euthanised by the strict time-restrictions of the genre. The magical thing about Tim Winton’s The Turning is how consistently good it is. That it occasionally touches greatness makes it miraculous. A […]

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Television Revision: Coupling – Season 1

By Andrew Williams September 3, 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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Talk Hard – Enlightened Season 1

Tranquillity. Contentment. Peace. Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams enjoy none of those feelings when they go to war over Laura Dern and Mike White’s short-lived HBO series Enlightened (available on Quickflix). A spoiler-free review is followed by a spoiler-filled discussion of the first season. Tune in later this week for their take on Season […]

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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki set to retire

Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary filmmaker behind such Studio Ghibli classics as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, is retiring. The announcement was made by Ghibli president Hoshino Koji at the Venice Film Festival, where Miyazaki’s last film, The Wind Rises, is playing in competition. According to Twitch, Koji […]

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