Archive | May, 2014

Joel and Ethan Coen prep ‘Hail Caesar’ as their ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ follow-up

Joel and Ethan Coen will follow-up Inside Llewyn Davis with Hollywood satire Hail Caesar, Deadline reports. The directorial duo will return to their Barton Fink/Hudsucker Proxy roots, it seems, with Hail Caesar, a “comical yarn” that centers on a famed 1950s muckraker who spies on Hollywood celebs for a gossip magazine. Now, just because Deadline […]

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Richard Linklater scores Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis for ‘Larry’s Kidney’

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are set to reteam, though not for a sequel to The Campaign. According to The Wrap, the duo will take the lead roles in Richard Linklater’s upcoming adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose’s reportedly “touching” memoir Larry’s Kidney. Ferrell would play author Daniel Asa Rose, who ventured to China with his cousin […]

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Proclaimer mia! – Sunshine on Leith review

By Simon Miraudo May 19, 2014 There is nothing quite as alarming as sitting down to a film and only then discovering it’s a musical, to say nothing of the confusion that comes with the realisation it’s comprised entirely of Proclaimers songs. And yet, that is precisely the experience Sunshine on Leith delivered. (In fairness, […]

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Television Revision: The West Wing – Season 1

By Andrew Williams May 15, 2014 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 the rest). Now, this is a story all about how… Newly elected Democratic President Josiah ‘Jed’ […]

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Monster mash – Godzilla review

By Simon Miraudo May 15, 2014 Less is more, except when it comes to Godzilla, when more is perceived to be the whole damn point. That’s the conventional thinking, anyway, and there might not be a more conventional cinematic thinker than Roland Emmerich, whose 1998 attempt to bring the Japanese icon to the screen substituted […]

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Talk Hard – Zoe Bell, Godzilla, Short Term 12

Strap yourself into – or on top of – the nearest car and listen to our interview with Death Proof and Raze star/stunt-woman extraordinaire Zoe Bell. Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo also reviews Godzilla (now in cinemas) and new DVD/streaming release Short Term 12. Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to […]

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Your first look at Ben Affleck as Sad Batman, as well as the brand new Batmobile

Here is your first look at Ben Affleck in the Batsuit, standing – so forlornly! – alongside his Batmobile. The pic was snapped by director Zack Snyder and shared via Twitter. First, the car: certainly a far cry from Christopher Nolan’s Tumbler, it harks back to the earlier Tim Burton beast (though maintaining some of […]

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Channing Tatum to play Gambit in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Unexpected! Channing Tatum is set to take on the role of Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse before getting his own standalone feature. The news was first broken by producer Lauren Shuler Donner while spruiking the impending X-Men: Days of Future Past. THR confirmed his casting. Though the latest X-Men feature will see old and new cast […]

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Jessica Chastain offered ‘Mission: Impossible 5’

Jessica Chastain has been offered a leading role in Mission: Impossible 5, Deadline reports. That’s pretty much the extent of Deadline’s scoop. It’s not even known if she’s likely to accept. Still, an exciting prospect. It was revealed earlier this week that director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise had tapped Will Staples, the writer […]

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Oscar-winning ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ director Malik Bendjelloul dead at 36

Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul has died, aged 36. Police did not provide any details on the death, except to reveal he had passed away in the Stockholm area. The police are reportedly not treating his death as suspicious. Searching for Sugar Man, which documented the mysterious disappearance and sudden resurgence of folk legend […]

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‘Star Trek 3’ gets a new, non-J.J. Abrams director

After months of rumours and flirtatious glances, Paramount and Skydance have locked down Roberto Orci as director of Star Trek 3, Variety reports. Better known for his partnership with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (the two penned both Star Trek reboots, Cowboys & Aliens, and the first two Transformers movies), this will mark Orci’s directorial debut. The […]

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Octavia Spencer joins ‘Insurgent’ cast

Now a bona fide hit franchise, the all-stars are lining up for Divergent‘s sequel, Insurgent. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is the first to jump on the bandwagon, joining Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet for the second instalment of the four-part saga. According to EW, Spencer will play Johanna, “leader of the Amity faction.” […]

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Wild at art – Cutie and the Boxer review

By Richard Haridy May 14, 2014 Cutie and the Boxer is a slice of cinematic magic that manages to turn a simple documentary portrait of a Japanese artist living in New York into a transcendently relatable examination into how long-term relationships function. Ushio Shinohara is a Japanese artist who moved to NY in the 1960s. […]

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Play It Again – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

By Glenn Dunks May 13, 2014 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. It […]

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Life is inscrutable – The Zero Theorem review

By Simon Miraudo May 12, 2015 The future has come and gone in Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem. Well, that’s if you ask the omnipresent talking billboards of his dystopia, who loudly shout such inane, “obey”-style advertisements to deadened passers-by. To think: the chattiness of marketing isn’t even the most depressing part of this universe. […]

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night, ‘Mother – The Babadook review

By Simon Miraudo May 12, 2014 You may not believe in bogeymen, but you better believe The Babadook is the best Australian film in years. Jennifer Kent’s feature debut is wholly inventive and original, while still calling to mind Drag Me To Hell, The Entity, Repulsion, The Shining, and Carrie. I don’t list its (possible) […]

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Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara team-up for buddy comedy

Reese ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am?’ Witherspoon is set to team up with Sofia Vergara in a new action comedy, THR reports. Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) is tapped to direct the flick, currently untitled but previously christened Don’t Mess With Texas. Once in development at MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. now have the […]

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Alec Baldwin joins Warren Beatty’s ‘Howard Hughes’ flick

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard any news on Warren Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes biopic, but here’s something to sate your appetite. According to Deadline, Alec Baldwin will play Hughes’ lawyer Bob Maheu in the flick. Funnily enough, Baldwin also starred in Martin Scorsese’s Hughes biopic The Aviator, playing the eccentric billionaire’s frenemy Juan Trippe. […]

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‘Call of Duty’ screenwriter retooling ‘Mission: Impossible 5’

Mission: Impossible 5 is getting a rewrite courtesy of Will Staples, the screenwriter behind video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount, Skydance, director Christopher McQuarrie and star/producer Tom Cruise recruited Staples to retool a draft by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Though much of Staples public work is in […]

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Franco files – Tar review

By Richard Haridy May 12, 2014 Apart from mythological epics like Troy or Beowolf, it’s rare to see poems adapted to film. Tar is unusual, not just because it’s based on the work of contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams but also in how it was developed. Completed by twelve student filmmakers, Tar is virtually […]

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Bloody is the new black – Raze review

By Glenn Dunks May 12, 2014 ‘Lean, mean fighting machine’ is an apt way to describe both Josh C. Waller’s Raze and the characters populating it. It’s a slickly produced, no holds barred action film that puts flesh to flesh in a violent frenzy of faux female empowerment and quickly loses whatever pulpy, sleazy grindhouse […]

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Fry and lorry – Chef review

By Simon Miraudo May 9, 2014 Chef is the most unremarkable film to ever be considered a ‘bridge-burner’, but that it is. Writer-director Jon Favreau revisits his acting roots as, well, a chef who turns his back on high-priced, uninventive gourmet food and earns back artistic credit in a dingy sandwich truck. No doubt the […]

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Sydney Film Festival unveils its 2014 program

The Sydney Film Festival’s 2014 program has been loosed upon the world, boasting the Australian debut of David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom follow-up The Rover and Richard Linklater’s decade-spanning Boyhood, as well as hotly anticipated international titles such as Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language effort, Snowpiercer, and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard. All four of those features will screen in SFF’s official competition, alongside 20,000 Days on […]

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ gets a predictably enticing, mysterious poster

The intricacies of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar are still being kept under wraps, but at least now we have a nice-looking poster to distract us until a proper trailer drops. The teaser, released in December of 2013, was especially inscrutable, made up of real-life footage from NASA expeditions, with a voice over from star Matthew McConaughey lamenting the […]

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Prepare thyself for ‘Spring Breakers: The Second Coming’

Harmony Korine’s instant-cult favourite Spring Breakers didn’t exactly lend itself to a sequel, but that’s precisely what producers are planning on shopping at the Cannes film market. According to Screen Daily, production company Wild Bunch will try to sell Spring Breakers: The Second Coming at the festival, boasting already-attached director Jonas Åkerlund and a script from Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh. Though […]

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“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” The most memorable movie mums.

By Simon Miraudo May 7, 2014 Cinema history is littered with memorable movie mums, from the nurturing to the smothering to… well, whatever you call the son-swapping ladies in Adoration. Here are five of my favourite, all with their own unique personalities and peculiarities. With the exception of maybe one, they’re certain to make you […]

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Talk Hard – Don Hany, Veronica Mars, Saving Mr Banks

Offspring star Don Hany talks all about his new Aussie drama Healing and Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo reviews new DVDs Veronica Mars and Saving Mr. Banks (they’re both available to stream on Quickflix too). Tune in!   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, follow our RSS […]

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Spidey fans start petition for Amazing Spider-Man 2 director’s cut (that may not exist)

This is a bewildering one. Indian Spidey-fan Muhesh Spaleesh has started a petition on Change.org begging Sony Pictures and Marc Webb to release a director’s cut of The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro. Citing the sequel’s bleak Rotten Tomatoes score, Spaleesh suggests a director’s cut would enhance critical reception and be “beneficial to the franchise.” […]

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Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell find murderous love in ‘Mr. Right’

Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell are set to star as fated-lovers – if not age-appropriate ones – in black comedy Mr. Right, Deadline reports. Kendrick will play a woman who finally finds, well, ‘Mr. Right’ (Rockwell), only to discover he’s a reformed hit man. Scripted by Chronicle‘s Max Landis, Paco Cabezas is attached to direct. Cabezas’ last effort was […]

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Jacki Weaver and Michael Caton set for ‘Last Cab to Darwin’

Shooting has commenced on Jeremy Sims’ Last Cab to Darwin, starring Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, FilmInk reports. The film stars Caton as a cabbie who decides to drive across Australia after receiving a fatal medical diagnosis. Weaver – in her first major Australian role since scoring two Oscar nominations for Animal Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook – will play his doctor, while Ningali […]

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