Archive | June, 2014

Russian lark – Tokarev review

By Richard Haridy June 16, 2014 In Jason Statham‘s Homefront, it was clearly established that it’s always a bad idea for a villain to mess with our hero’s daughter. In Tokarev, Nicolas Cage gets to play the angry father in a story so formulaic I’m pretty sure a computer wrote the screenplay. He plays a […]

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No country for big feet – Willow Creek review

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2014 Notorious comic Bobcat Goldthwait, once the bane of any ear-haver’s existence, has been steadily building a solid career for himself as a director, but whodathunk a mostly terrifying mockumentary would wind up bettering his black comedies? His 2009 cult favourite World’s Greatest Dad boasted an incredible first act, only […]

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One shot – Fish and Cat review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2014 The first name that came to mind during Fish & Cat, a two-hour and fourteen-minute Iranian film shot in just a single take, was Samuel Beckett. The next was Shane Carruth. That was not a jump I was expecting to take. Promoted as a “slasher flick,” Fish & Cat […]

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Heartbreak kid – Mommy review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2014 Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy has one of the year’s best movie moments. Two even. Maybe three. Look… it’s all great. Those who’ve seen one of the sickeningly-talented 25-year-old filmmaker’s previous works could have predicted that. His camera moves so fluidly, as if in a dream, and here, contained within an […]

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Teenage dream – Palo Alto review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 12, 2014 Much wailing and gnashing of teeth awaits any film adaptation of a beloved novel, but what welcomes the cinematic retelling of a despised one? James Franco’s unintentionally-LOL-worthy collection of short stories, Palo Alto, has been condensed, refined, and infinitely bettered by writer-director Gia Coppola, who, as you can imagine […]

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Body movin’ – The Two Faces of January review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 12, 2014 The Two Faces of January, based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel and set in 1962, comes from an era in which espionage thrillers needed only an enigmatic man in a linen suit to arouse suspicion. That might still be a recipe for dramatic tension in 2014. Just not this […]

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‘Sexpionage’ thriller ‘Red Sparrow’ arouses David Fincher and Rooney Mara

You had us at ‘sexpionage’. According to Deadline, Fox has hired American Hustle screenwriter Eric Warren Singer to adapt Jason Matthews’ novel Red Sparrow for the screen. Though he’s yet to start work, the suggestion of David Fincher and Rooney Mara being interested in the flick should put some fire under his feet. Mara would star as a Russian spy who […]

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is getting his own movie (one per year, actually)

Sonic, beloved video game character and bane of egg-shaped doctors around the world, is ready for his close-up. Deadline reports a new partnership between Sony and SEGA, which will result in one new feature film based around Sonic the Hedgehog per year. That’s the plan anyway, with each movie focusing on SEGA legend Sonic facing off […]

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Persistence is futile – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 11, 2014 David Zellner‘s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a real find; a curio about a collector and obsessive made for collectors and obsessives. It begins with the camera trained on a scratchy VHS tape of Fargo, and the remainder of the movie lives up to the promise of it being […]

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George Clooney and Josh Brolin join the Coens’ ‘Hail Caesar!’

The Coens are recruiting some of their favourite featured players for their upcoming comedy Hail Caesar! According to Variety, Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, True Grit) and George Clooney (O Brother, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading) will star in the pic. It was previously reported that Hail Caesar! will be a “comical yarn” concerning a famed 1950’s muckraker who spies on […]

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The road worrier – The Rover review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2014 The Rover is a hugely stressful tone poem in which on-screen characters are constantly being shot and killed by off-screen characters. That precise trick made for a startling capper to David Michôd‘s breakout hit Animal Kingdom, and he trots it out again several times in his theatrical follow-up. It’s […]

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Talk Hard – John Michael McDonagh, Calvary

Fresh from the Sydney Film Festival, a chat with Calvary and The Guard director John Michael McDonagh. But first: how long has it been since your last confession?   Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Please tell your friends to subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, follow our RSS feed. You […]

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Drag race – How to Train Your Dragon 2 review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2014 Dragons don’t kill people. Bad people with dragons kill people. So goes the lesson of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s only great movie. Kids can do with that metaphor what they will, except, hopefully, apply it to drugs or guns. Written and directed […]

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Compassion play – Two Days, One Night review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2014 Two Days, One Night is paced like a joke, but it plays like a prayer. Writer-directors the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, spend the movie repeating the setup over and over again. Marion Cotillard‘s Sandra, recovering from a nervous breakdown, has a single weekend to convince each of her […]

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The Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ delayed from July to February 2015

Warner Bros has pushed their upcoming Wachowski-directed sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending from July of this year to February of 2015, THR reports. February is basically ‘the morning after’ for studios; the month they dump all their regrets. But with a price tag of $150 million, Jupiter Ascending can’t exactly go gently into the good night without […]

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Lupita Nyong’o to produce and star in ‘Americanah’

Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave actress and now Star Wars cast-member Lupita Nyong’o is set to produce and play the lead in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. According to The Hollywood Reporter, rights to the book were picked up by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B, who were also responsible for bringing 12 […]

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Seth Rogen considers sequel to ‘Bad Neighbours’

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have revealed they’re taking meetings about a potential sequel to their surprise hit Bad Neighbours (simply called Neighbours in the US). Just don’t expect anything to come of it. Speaking at the Produced By conference over the weekend, the screenwriters-producers discussed the success of their $18 million comedy, which has so far […]

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Losing it at the movies – Life Itself review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 9, 2014 Roger Ebert, lover of women, alcohol, cinema, and life itself, is seen at the conclusion of Steve James‘ new documentary making peace with his impending death, calling it a satisfying conclusion to his narrative. He would have hated being robbed a “third act” through sudden death. That’s remarkable chutzpah […]

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Peyton Reed takes over for Edgar Wright on ‘Ant-Man’

Edgar Wright’s out, and Peyton Reed is in on Ant-Man. Following weeks of speculation as to who would take over for the exiting Wright, Marvel has revealed Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up) would step in. Adam McKay, who had previously been linked to the gig, will retool the script, suggesting there was an even greater […]

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Marvel wants Tom Hardy or Benedict Cumberbatch for ‘Doctor Strange’

With director Scott Derrickson now attached to direct Doctor Strange, Marvel is on the lookout for an actor to play the comic-book sorcerer. According to Deadline, the studio’s wish list resembles that of every hormonal teenager on Tumblr, and includes Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch. The two of them have played villains in geek properties […]

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You get what you give – Begin Again review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 9, 2014 It’s called Begin Again, but why, when once was probably enough? Keira Knightley stars as heartbroken English singer-songwriter Greta, still reeling from a break-up with a newly-minted rock star (Adam Levine) whose increasing douchebaggery can be measured by the growth of his beard and widening of his shirts’ v-necks. […]

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Gone in 85 minutes – Locke review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 8, 2014 Steven Knight‘s Locke makes us ride ‘shotgun’ with Tom Hardy for 85 minutes and doesn’t let us out until the final credits roll. There are worse people to be stuck in traffic with. Carrot Top. Piers Morgan. Literally any Jenner. The makers of 1996 flop Carpool tested the limits of […]

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Bless this mess – Love is Strange review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 7, 2014 Love is Strange but the housing situation in New York is stranger. “Like something out of Kafka” is how Alfred Molina‘s character, George, describes it. Suddenly made homeless, music teacher George and his partner of 39 years, painter Ben (John Lithgow), have the unenviable task of begging their extended […]

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The young and the rest of us – Boyhood review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 7, 2014 Richard Linklater spent 12 years making the bittersweet Boyhood, shooting it piecemeal with actors Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, as well as newcomers Ellar Coltrane and Linklater’s real-life daughter Lorelei. The elders play the divorced parents, and the youngers their children, lugged around Texas as their mother seeks new […]

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Sister Kristen – The Skeleton Twins review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 7, 2014 Everyone’s doing it. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort have done it. Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are about to do it. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader have just finished it. Call it Hollywood’s hottest and grossest new fad: incesting. It’s that thing where actors play both siblings and lovers […]

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Talk Hard – Lenny Abrahamson, Frank

Meet the director responsible for making Michael Fassbender wear a giant fake head throughout Frank (debuting at the Sydney Film Festival and opening in cinemas June 19.) Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo catches up with Lenny Abrahamson and reviews Frank.   Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Please tell your friends to subscribe to us on iTunes and […]

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Twee at last – God Help the Girl review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 6, 2014 Finally, an answer to the question of what it would look like if a Belle & Sebastian album cover came to life, and under which reasonable circumstances a girl might bathe with a toy tiger, rest her head on a stack of books, or chill coquettishly on a Scottish […]

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Unknowing me, unknowing you – The Unknown Known review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 6, 2014 Not even Errol Morris‘ infamous Interrotron – a camera-rig that gazes right into the subject’s freaking soul – can pierce an unyielding Donald Rumsfeld in The Unknown Known. Morris’ latest documentary isolates the former U.S. Secretary of Defence and sees him grilled on topics ranging from the World Trade […]

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Piety party – Calvary review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 5, 2014 Those devilish McDonagh boys, always zigging when you think they’ll zag. John Michael McDonagh – brother of Oscar-winning In Bruges director Martin – follows up his dirt-black buddy comedy The Guard with despairing anti-hymn Calvary. It plays out like a parable, or, maybe, some half-remembered joke, with Brendan Gleeson‘s generous Father James learning of a mysterious parishioner’s desire to murder him; […]

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Lose your head – Frank review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 5, 2014 Michael Fassbender covers up in Frank, though you could say that of any film he’s done in the years since Shame. The pants stay on, and now, a papier-mâché head has been added to the mix, obscuring the Irish actor’s handsome visage for the majority of the movie. Though […]

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