Archive | December, 2013

Disney takes over the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise

Disney, obsessed with owning everything you love, has taken over the Indiana Jones franchise. According to Variety, Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have “reached a distribution and marketing agreement” for the series. That agreement? Disney can distribute and market future films, and retain the ownership rights they secured back when they acquired Lucasfilm. Paramount hold onto the distribution […]

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Trailer Debut: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Rise of Electro’

The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 shows Peter Parker facing off against no less than three dastardly villains, because obviously replicating the formula of everyone’s favourite superhero movie, Spider-Man 3, is a can’t-lose gambit. See Andrew Garfield’s Spidey battling the blue-tinged Electro (Jamie Foxx), maniacal Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and old friend Harry Osborn, aka, Lil’ Goblin […]

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La la land – Twenty Feet from Stardom review

By Simon Miraudo December 9, 2013 Twenty Feet from Stardom is the latest documentary to burrow into the deeper recesses of the music industry, with the intention of setting the record straight and giving unsung heroes their due. We’ve previously seen forgotten folkster Rodriguez, would-be metal-heroes Anvil, and proto-punks Death given their big-screen close up, […]

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Still classy – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues review

By Simon Miraudo December 9, 2013 The inspired lunacy of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is downgraded to calculated silliness in its long-gestating sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but hey, that is barely cause for complaint. This thing almost didn’t get made at all, and though it’s always unlikely for a beloved cult […]

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New York Stories – Philomena / Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

By Glenn Dunks December 6, 2013 The Manhattan Report: The two films we’re discussing today are an interesting look at the dynamics of awards season. Philomena and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom are two of Harvey Weinstein’s horses in the Oscar race, but he is a smart man and he knows his audiences. Philomena, for […]

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Fast & Furious 7 delayed indefinitely

Fast & Furious 7 will not meet its July 2014 release date, with Universal putting the production on an indefinite hold in the wake of star Paul Walker’s death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the heads at Universal and the film’s creative team – led by director James Wan – are considering how best to […]

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Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in the Batman vs. Superman movie

Wonder Woman will indeed appear in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, and she’ll be played by Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot. The news comes from Deadline, who has a quote from Snyder on the casting: “We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character,” suggesting her […]

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Play It Again – Children of Men

By Jess Lomas December 5, 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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Ben Affleck regrets ‘Daredevil’ (obviously)

Ben Affleck has told Playboy Magazine (for those who just read the articles) that Daredevil is “the only movie” he “actually regrets.” The, ahem, revelation comes in the wake of his casting as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. “I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, […]

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Trailer Debut: Mia Wasikowska’s ‘Tracks’

Mia Wasikowska goes walkabout in the trailer for her new film, Tracks. Directed by John Curran, it details the true trek of Robyn Davidson (played by Wasikowska) across the Australian desert following the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother. Adam Driver (Girls) stars the National Geographic photographer who captured her journey. The cinematography here is […]

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‘The Rocket’ chases ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the AACTA awards

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby will go into the 3rd AACTA Awards as the movie to beat, but it faces fierce competition from plucky upstart The Rocket. Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, was awarded 14 gongs by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, while Kim Mordaunt’s crowd […]

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Nice package – Delivery Man review

By Jess Lomas December 4, 2013 Lightning doesn’t strike twice for director Ken Scott, whose American remake of his own French-Canadian film, Starbuck, delivers charm but few laugh-out-loud moments. David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is a forty-something screw-up in Delivery Man. He works as a delivery driver for his father’s delicatessen, is in debt to the […]

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Lesson learned – The English Teacher review

By Richard Haridy December 4, 2013 The English Teacher is a bizarrely homogenised film that strangely advocates artistic compromise. In a perfect encapsulation of form and content, Craig Zisk‘s The English Teacher tells a story of an artist who reluctantly adds a happy ending to his play while the movie itself forces a happy ending […]

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Talk Hard – Eric Bana (Closed Circuit)

We hop off the grid to speak with Aussie thesp Eric Bana about conspiracy thriller Closed Circuit, as well as his super-serious reputation in the States, and the late Chopper Read. A review follows. It hits cinemas December 5. Show Notes: Apologies for the audio quality of the interview. If you listen closely, you can […]

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Television Revision: Eastbound and Down – Season 2

By Andrew Williams December 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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The Top 10 Australian Films of 2013

By Simon Miraudo December 3, 2013 December: for avid list-makers, it’s the cinematic equivalent of Thunderdome. (Hundreds of movies go in. Only one comes out.) We’ve spent the past eleven months reviewing 2013’s releases as fairly and thoughtfully as possible, but that veneer of considerate criticism will be dropped in favour of sweet, sweet chart-making. […]

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Mama drama – Pieta review

By Simon Miraudo December 3, 2013 A vicious, torture-happy debt collector with some severe sexual peccadilloes is, erm, softened by the return of his estranged mother in Kim Ki-duk’s deeply unsettling Pieta (as we’re reminded by the opening credits, his eighteenth effort).Whether or not she’s actually of any relation to him is the pivot on […]

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The Top 10 Foreign Language Films of 2013

By Simon Miraudo December 2, 2013 December: for avid list-makers, it’s the cinematic equivalent of Thunderdome. (Hundreds of movies go in. Only one comes out.) We’ve spent the past eleven months reviewing 2013’s releases as fairly and thoughtfully as possible, but that veneer of considerate criticism will be dropped in favour of sweet, sweet chart-making. […]

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Trailer Debut: ‘The Legend of Hercules’

There are two Hercules movies coming out in 2014: one that stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role, and one that stars The Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz. This is the trailer for the latter, The Legend of Hercules. It’s going to be hard for anyone to muster excitement for this particular re-telling of the Greek legend. […]

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Is Sony prepping a ‘Last of Us’ movie?

Sony has registered a number of website domains for the hit PS3 video game The Last of Us, suggesting they’re getting ready to make a film adaptation. IGN advises us to take this with a “giraffe-sized grain of salt,” and it’s probably good advice. Still, Sony’s online brand protection agency MarkMonitor purchasing the domains “TheLastOfUs-Movie.com” and “TheLastOfUsMovie.net” […]

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R.I.P. Paul Walker

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker perished in a car accident over the weekend. He was 40 years old. According to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred around 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon, in Valencia, California. The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, was being driven by his friend Roger Rodas. Minutes earlier, they had attended a […]

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Mild horse – Jappeloup review

By Simon Miraudo December 2, 2013 Not every athlete’s triumph needs its own cinematic adaptation. Not even the animal ones. A series of very ordinary events unfurl in Christian Duguay‘s Jappeloup, based on the true story of the horse of the same name, who was small or something. Despite his diminutive stature and a poor […]

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London eye – Closed Circuit review

By Simon Miraudo December 2, 2013 How much do we value our privacy? Is it worth more than our safety? Should a government be allowed to operate outside the margins of a so-called free society, so that it may – perhaps paradoxically – remain free? These are the questions being pondered in TV shows like […]

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Highly evolved – The Croods review

By Simon Miraudo December 2, 2013 Father doesn’t always know best. If your dad is a caveman – or Nicolas Cage – that can be especially the case. In DreamWorks Animation’s offbeat effort The Croods, teenage troglodyte Eep (Emma Stone) grows tired of her overprotective pop, Grug (Cage), keeping her hidden from the outside world. […]

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