Archive | July, 2014

Talk Hard – Greg Sestero, The Room, All is Lost

Oh, hi listener. Wondering what it’s like to star in maybe the worst movie ever made? In this episode, Greg Sestero, aka Mark from The Room, reveals all to Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo. A review of All is Lost, available now in NZ and next week in AU, follows.   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Please tell […]

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Ape expectations – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review

By Simon Miraudo July 9, 2014 If we should take anything away from the terse title characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it’s the power of brevity. So, here’s my review: Apes together strong. Sequel merely solid. (The rest is for the human readers, sticklers for protraction.) This laboriously-titled follow up to […]

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Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton go to war in ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ trailer

Bible movies are so hot right now, and Ridley Scott’s Exodus (newly renamed with the subtitle Gods and Kings) hopes to be the hottest. Following in the wake of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Exodus stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and documents Moses’ attempt to free 600,000 slaves from his adoptive brother, the Pharaoh. Unglimpsed in the trailer: […]

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J.K. Rowling debuts new ‘Harry Potter’ short story

A new Harry Potter short story by J.K. Rowling has reinvigorated speculation about further adventures featuring the boy wizard, and though we’re talking about the world of literature here, whenever Harry is concerned, a film can’t be far behind. The new story, published on Pottermore, takes the shape of a Daily Prophet column by the barb-tongued Rita Skeeter. (Spoilers for the […]

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The makers of ‘Transformers’ and ‘Tron: Legacy’ get to work on a live-action ‘Dumbo’

Ehren Kruger, the screenwriter responsible for most of the Transformers movies, is taking the next logical step in his career: penning a live-action Dumbo remake. According to THR, Disney have tapped Kruger and Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer to adapt their 1941 flying-elephant classic into, presumably, an explosive sci-fi extravaganza. (That last bit we’re just supposing.) Seeing as the original Dumbo is only 64 minutes […]

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Public frenemies – Lawrence and Holloman review

By Simon Miraudo July 9, 2014 More anti-human than Antichrist, Matthew Kowalchuck‘s beyond-black comedy Lawrence & Holloman asks us to revel in the largely-unsuccessful emotional torture of a jerk by a sociopath. And they said cinema had run out of heroes. Based on the stage play by Canadian Morris Panych – a fan of Neil […]

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Soul food – The Lunchbox review

By Jess Lomas July 8, 2014 Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station, and sometimes the wrong lunchbox will lead you to the right person. Writer-director Ritesh Batra makes his feature debut with The Lunchbox, an impressive romantic drama in the vein of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner (or […]

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Television Revision: The West Wing – Season 5

By Andrew Williams July 8, 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… the kidnapping of Zoey Bartlet  (Elisabeth […]

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Smile! David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ gets a proper trailer

A feature trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl has arrived online. Though it’s not quite as ambiguous and unsettling as the ‘She’-scored teaser, it skilfully navigates around the source novel’s major twists, highlighting the impressive supporting cast. It also further makes the case that Ben Affleck might be perfectly cast as the widely-despised, suspicious husband of a missing woman (Rosamund Pike), […]

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‘The Conjuring’ spin-off, ‘Annabelle’, set to hit cinemas later this year

Horror movies are usually reliable money-spinners, but even The Conjuring astounded when it grossed more than $300 million worldwide off a $20 million budget in 2013. So, it comes as no surprise to hear that Warner Bros. has set for release a spin-off titled Annabelle later this year, ahead of next year’s official Conjuring sequel. Annabelle, based on the very creepy doll […]

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‘Clerks 3’ faces a Weinstein-sized roadblock

Kevin Smith has been trumpeting Clerks 3 for some time, but it may have faced an insurmountable obstacle: the Weinsteins. Smith revealed to Screen Daily (recounted by IndieWire) his $6 million budget for the sequel was deemed too high by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who were planning to make and distribute the film. “I went in with a […]

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Girl, incubated – Wetlands review

By Simon Miraudo July 7, 2014 Wetlands takes a gross thing, teenagerdom, and makes it grosser, which is like setting out to make an especially revolting movie about your last bout of conjunctivitis: any memory of the experience is probably potent enough. Still, credit to director David Wnendt, adapting Charlotte Roche’s controversial, conservative-enraging novel, for […]

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Say yes to the undressed – Under the Skin review

By Simon Miraudo July 4, 2014 Sensory experiences such as Under the Skin defy mere words, which is going to make enthusiastically recommending it a tricky task indeed. The picture stars Scarlett Johansson as an extra-terrestrial who seduces Glaswegian men as a means of harvesting their organic material, for some alien mission we’re never made […]

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Photo sensitivity – Finding Vivian Maier review

By Simon Miraudo July 4, 2014 Separating the art from the artist – or the sandwich art from the sandwich artist – is sticky stuff. Maybe impossible. Inappropriate, even. But what if the art has separated itself from the artist; is lost and only found after the artist has abandoned their creative pursuits, and appreciated […]

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Still burns – Endless Love review

By Glenn Dunks July 4, 2014 If Hollywood insists upon remaking movies left and right, then it makes more sense for them to do it to the likes of Endless Love. The original, a button-pushing romance best remembered for its famous theme song, has been remade by Shana Feste in the sun-drenched style of a clothing […]

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‘Sherlock’ to return for Christmas special in 2015; Season 4 follows in 2016

Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will play another. BBC One’s Twitter account has made flesh the dreams of Tumblr’s collective hivemind: more episodes of Sherlock. Creator Steven Moffat added in an official statement that Sherlock and Watson would first return with a Christmas special in December of 2015, to be followed by a fourth season, […]

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Channing Tatum and Steve Carell go for Oscar gold in ‘Foxcatcher’ teaser

The long-awaited Foxcatcher – a film I prematurely added to my Most Anticipated of 2012 list – is finally hitting cinemas this December. To tide over our ravenous anticipation, here’s another teaser trailer. Steve Carell stars as schizophrenic billionaire John du Pont, a chemical heir who tried to train wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) ahead of […]

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Tina Fey to star in ‘Untitled Witch Comedy’ for Disney

If your Nostalgia Sensor started flashing this morning, it was likely due to the internet becoming abuzz with news of Tina Fey developing a sequel to Hocus Pocus. Her reps have since shot down that claim, but a source has clarified to The Wrap that the 30 Rock star is indeed working on a similar-sounding Disney movie, being developed under the name Untitled […]

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Bill Murray stars in ‘St. Vincent’ trailer, sadly, not about the singer

If only Bill Murray could have babysat us all. In the trailer for Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent, Murray stars as a grouchy, down-on-his-luck gentleman who takes a job babysitting his neighbour’s son. Now, Melfi had us at “Murray stars,” but the additional promise of having him play opposite Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts is pretty […]

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‘Shrek’ screenwriters (happy) working on ‘Enchanted 2’ for Disney

Disney, finally listening to your Vision Boards, have set screenwriters to work on a sequel to Enchanted. According to Deadline, Shrek 2 scribes J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have begun penning the script for Enchanted 2. The first Enchanted, released a long, long time ago (2007, specifically), saw Amy Adams play Giselle, a Disney princess who accidentally wandered into New […]

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Jennifer Aniston seduces Jason Bateman, grossly, in Horrible Bosses 2 trailer

If you ever wanted to see Jennifer Aniston offer to be Jason Bateman’s waste receptacle, well, here is your chance! The trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 sees would-be criminals Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day seeking advice from their former (failed) assassination targets (Aniston, Kevin Spacey) as well as murder consultant “Motherf***er” Jones (Jamie Foxx) for a brand new sting. […]

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Flying high – Non-Stop review

By Richard Haridy July 2, 2014 Non-Stop is another entry in Liam Neeson‘s late-career shift towards gruff, sombre action pictures. Teaming up again with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, after the surprisingly engaging Unknown, Neeson offers up a compelling turn in a film that is fast-paced and filled with satisfying twists. The less said about the […]

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Dog on wheels – Belle and Sebastian review

By Jess Lomas July 2, 2014 In some ways, Belle & Sebastian feels like Lassie meets The Sound of Music; at other times, the absurdity of the plot conjures memories of Charlie the Wonder Dog (for fans of The Late Show’s ongoing sketch starring the late Bud Tingwell). It’s at once sweet and endearing before […]

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Hicker than your average – Joe review

By Simon Miraudo July 2, 2014 Nicolas Cage is as if the question “Turn down for what?” took human form and then starred in a bunch of direct-to-DVD thrillers. For him, there is no such thing as a ‘phoned-in’ performance. Performances should be delivered with gusto, peppered with screaming fits. It’s become harder and harder […]

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Bloodless – Vampire Academy review

By Glenn Dunks July 1, 2014 Rarely have I felt such disconnect between material and the actors tasked with performing it as I did with Mark Waters’ Vampire Academy. A little bit Mean Girls (which Waters directed) and a whole lot Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but sadly nowhere near as good as either, this weak […]

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Talk Hard – The Lego Movie, Jersey Boys

Everything is awesome! Well, almost everything. In this episode, Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo reviews The Lego Movie (on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia) as well as Jersey Boys (in cinemas July 3).   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Please tell your friends to subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, follow […]

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That thing they did – Jersey Boys review

By Simon Miraudo July 1, 2014 Here’s what’s interesting about Jersey Boys (and pay attention now because little else is): the Broadway sensation and now Clint Eastwood movie, based upon the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is the rare music biopic to have zero interest in the quest for artistic perfection. It […]

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