Forecast – Week 13 2011

Every Tuesday a forecast will be released focusing on the Movies coming out in Cinemas and the DVD’s that will hit your local shelves this week.

CINEMA

Just Go With It

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston star in what could possibly be one of the worst rom-coms of the year. I’m not ever a huge fan of Rom-Coms and I believe one decent comes out once a year. In the US the film had a modest opening weekend but dropped after. The film is based on a film thats based on something else so it’s no different to every other film that is out at the moment.

The Lincoln Lawyer

Matthew McConaughey plays a Los Angeles criminal defence attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller. “The Lincoln Lawyer” based on the best-selling Michael Connelly novel of the same name.

Never Let Me Go

I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while. Fantastic British cast in Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield whose characters become entangled in a love triangle and are scientific specimens, created in a laboratory and raised in order to provide their organs to severely ill patients. It looks like a beautiful British film and I can’t wait to see it. Never Let Me Go is also based on a book.

Kaboom

This is another film I’ve been looking forward to… Smith (Thomas Dekker – Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles) is an 18-year-old film student who identifies sexually as “undeclared” with a strong sexual appetite. His best friend Stella, a lesbian, is every bit as eager to obtain new partners. Smith begins having recurring dreams featuring two beautiful women, one dark and one with red hair. The women from his dreams begin appearing in his waking life, leading Smith to wonder whether he has discovered a potentially world altering conspiracy, or is just dealing with the consequences of hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party. The trailer puts across a Donnie Darko-esque feel to it and I think it could be pretty damn amazing. Kaboom is being released in limited cinemas around the country check your local guides for details.

Brisbanites, Kaboom will be screening at the Tribal Theatre 7th-20th of April!

See these films on your screens Thursday, 31st of March.

DVD’s

Bambi – Diamond Edition

As morning light breaks across the meadow, a new prince of the forest is born. Soon Bambi emerges from the thicket on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the shy yet lovable skunk.

Devil

From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan… (Oh Boy!). A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. It’s pretty much a clostra-thirller.

These you will find these DVD’s at your local store on Wednesday, 30th of March and Friday, 1st April respectively.

 

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FNF – Week 12 2011

Film News Friday, March 25th

  • The writer of The Amazing Spider-Man, James Vanderbilt has been reported to have signed on for the sequel. Sony Pictures seems to want to get the next movie underway soon after the July, 2012 release.
  • Feature Length Film to feature Micky, Donald & Goofy being developed at Disney.
  • A “PG-13” version of The King’s Speech is being released in America. This is in response to the R rating on the regular release. – This version set for Australia?… Maybe on a DVD release but certainly not in cinemas.
  • New ‘Bourne’ film (that will not have Matt Damon) in talks to cast Joel Edgerton (forthcoming remake of The Thing), Dominic Cooper (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), and Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans) in the lead role, a character that isn’t Jason Bourne, but is somehow affected by the events of the trilogy. It’s being billed as a ‘side-quel’.

The Week That Was

The news the made the headlines this week since the last FNF.

Saturday, March 19th

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt now confirmed for The Dark Knight Rises, along with Juno Temple.
  • S.H.E.I.L.D website launched > http://www.joinshield.com/.
  • Jodie Foster to direct a Sci-Fi Thriller.
  • Adrianne Palicki: the new Wonder Woman… >First Pictures.
  • Billy Bob Thornton to return in Bad Santa 2.
  • Kevin Costner to play Jonathan Kent in The Man of Steel.

Sunday, March 20th

  • Joseph Gordon-Levit’s Dark Knight Rises role revealed, Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character Tom Wilkinson played in Batman Begins.
  • New Hugh Jackman movie, Real Steel – New viral videos released of a few of the fighting robots central to the storyline. Check out wrb.com or Coming Soon.net.
  • US Ticket sales are down 20% on the first quarter of 2010. Why? A series of 3-D flops are to blame. Disney’s Mars Need Moms the most recent to bomb out and is one of Disney’s worst opening weekends in years.
  • Brian Naylor, director of the new Ghost Rider movie “The Spirit of Vengence” talks about the story the characters and more. Check out Collider.com for the full article.
  • Tim Burton to direct a stop motion version of The Addams Family for 2014.

Monday, March 21st

  • Production on The Hobbit begins. Facebook page launched for the film.
  • New Pirates 4 trailer is released.
  • Zack Snyder, talks more on Superman… “real(-est) film he’s ever done”.

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • Batman Begins, Speculation… Again: Joseph Gordon-Levitt may not be playing Falcone. Entertainment Weekly has announced that the statement of the character he will be playing was wrong.
  • New footage of Captain America to be released tomorrow on Entertainment Tonight.
  • The script for an american live-action Akira have been sent out to prospective leads. Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy all possible for Tetsuo.
  • Poster for the new Antonio Banderas movie comes out… The Big Bang! (Read the plot line of this movie you will think “what the?!?!”

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Next Narnia movie to be produced… The Magicians Nephew
  • Clash of the Titans 2 goes into production… I’m sure none of you can wait for this.
  • Captain America trailer released.
  • Harry Houdini movie in the works by Sony Pictures.
  • The Wolverine on hold, no director and Japan crisis.

Thursday, March 24th

  • Dame Elizabeth Taylor Dies age 79.
  • Paramount Reveal the first 20 mins of Super 8.
  • Zack Snyder reveals Superman begins shooting in August.
  • Battle: Los Angeles Tops Australian Box Office

TV News

  • Torchwood to premiere July 8.
  • Fringe to give the green light for a new season.
  • Futurama renewed for two years.
  • CBS seem as though the may want their cash-cow, Charlie Sheen back… he is still winning.
  • TV Series not returning to American screens next season so far…
    • Friday Night Lights
    • Life Unexpected
    • Live to Dance
    • Lone Star
    • Medium
    • My Generation
    • Outlaw
    • Running Wilde
    • Skating with the Stars
    • Smallville
    • Supernanny
    • The Cape
    • The Good Guys
    • The Whole Truth
    • Undercovers

Youtube

Captain America Trailer

The Big Bang Trailer

The Big Bang Poster

And thats the News, this week.

Box Office – Week 12

Top 5 (Australian Box Office):

(Ranking#. Movie Title – Takings in Australian Dollars)

  1. Battle: Los Angeles – $3,218,424
  2. Rango – $2,585,917
  3. Limitless – $2,508,498
  4. Hall Pass – $1,213,725
  5. The Adjustment Bureau – $1,117,604

Full Box Office – Week Running: March 17-23

#

Title

*(A) Denotes Australian Film

Week Total Screening Weeks

Total Revenue

(In Australia)

1 BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

$3,218,424

1

$3,218,424

2 RANGO

$2,585,917

2

$6,142,654

3 LIMITLESS

$2,508,498

1

$2,508,498

4 HALL PASS

$1,213,725

3

$5,871,060

5 THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

$1,117,604

3

$5,520,487

6 THE KING`S SPEECH

$768,883

13

$29,616,270

7 I AM NUMBER FOUR

$476,543

4

$6,895,522

8 GNOMEO AND JULIET

$459,541

5

$6,537,399

9 THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET`S NEST

$382,152

3

$1,800,032

10 THE RITE

$266,640

2

$845,414

11 UNKNOWN

$247,425

5

$5,364,045

12 BLACK SWAN

$183,845

9

$14,369,462

13 TRUE GRIT

$131,763

8

$8,236,150

14 THE COMPANY MEN

$122,737

2

$280,440

15 NO STRINGS ATTACHED

$113,647

6

$7,674,158

16 CONVICTION

$105,960

4

$2,097,576

17 GRIFF THE INVISIBLE (A)

$90,026

1

$93,967

18 BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

$77,704

5

$2,377,018

19 THE REEF (A)

$77,686

1

$77,686

20 INSIDE JOB

$76,363

5

$413,141

 

For more info on the Australian Box Office takings for this week or any other week go to Urban Cinefile’s Box Office Page.

Machete – Review

Grindhouse returns in Robert Rodriguez’s exploitation extravaganza, Machete.

Machete Cortez (the totally bad-ass Danny Trejo) is an ex-federale who was betrayed by his own police force chief. His wife and daughter are murdered during a set-up raid. Machete is thought to be killed. Three years later Machete now lives across the boarder in Texas as an illegal immigrant working the day to day jobs of a Mexican in America. He is caught up in a web of chaos when he is hired to kill the state senator, John McLaughlin (played by Robert De Niro). Jessica Alba plays a mexican born department of immigration agent who investigates a boarder crossing operation known as ‘The Network’. ‘The Network’ is run by Luz – a.k.a the infamous “She” (Michelle Rodriguez) who works in a taco trailer as a front for her operations with ‘The Network’. The man who hired Machete and got the ball rolling into this total bullet and blood-fest is Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey), whose model/socialite, drug-doing daughter (Lindsay Lohan (didn’t have to act all that much for this character, did she?)) also plays a roll in the war. Cheech Marin plays Padre, the preist seen in the trailer with one of the most awesome lines in the film “I took a vow of peace… and now you want me to kill all these men? I’ll see what I can do”. Steven Segal rounds off the main cast as the drug-lord, Rogelio Torrez.

You will laugh at how over the top some of the scenes and some of the weapons used in this movie. Rodriguez’s style of filmmaking is second to none. His “low budget” movies, I believe top some movies that spend millions more. He is a god at making things out of nothing. I also recommend for any filmmakers out there to check out his 10-minute film school segments that you can find on his dvd’s or on youtube.

Machete is out now on DVD and Blu Ray from all good DVD stores.

1 Star

Forecast – Week 12 2011

Every Tuesday a forecast will be released focusing on the Movies coming out in Cinemas and the DVD’s that will hit your local shelves this week.

CINEMA

Barney’s Version

An adaptation of the 1997 novel of the same name. Barney’s Version is a biography of the fictional character Barney Parnofsky. This film has a big and good cast and it was nominated for a golden lion at Venice last year. All in all not for the general audience.

Red Riding Hood

Twilight without vampires. Sorry I shouldn’t be so critical… But in all honesty this movie has so far been billed the worst movie of 2011 (and it’s only March). It is based looseley on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Amanda Seyfried is apparently the best part of this film but she is tragically let down by the poor effort of the leading males and a truly useless and cliched storyline. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

The Mechanic

A re-make of the 1972 film of the same name, Jason Statham stars as a ruthless serial killer who specialises in making his hits look like accidents and suicides. This, to me looks like every other assassin film… so its probably a bit of fun to watch. Expect shit to go down and probably explosions.

Waiting For ‘Superman’

Winner of the best Doco at Sundance and directed by the guy who brought you An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for ‘Superman’ is a documentary about the struggling educational system in America… sorry but from an Australian perspective… whoop-de-friggen-do. Unless you’re an avid doco watcher this is probably not one to watch in a cinema.

Biutiful

Three words would probably draw the primary Australian audience to this film, Ladies, Javier Bardem. This movie is about this one man’s life and how everything turns to shit. To be honest, I don’t know very much about this film. However it did win, Ladies, Javier Bardem a best actor at Cannes.

See these films on your screens Thursday, 24th or March.

DVD’s

Due Date

High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.

Machete

After being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Saw: The Final Chapter

As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror

These you will find these DVD’s at your local store on Wednesday, 23rd of March.

Griff The Invisible – Review

Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is an office worker by day and a superhero by night. He has a very hi-tech set up in his apartment where he monitors the his suburb and fights off any wrongdoers and attackers. He has a Superman/Clark Kent sort of alter ego-ality (yes its now a word) where regular Griff is picked on at work and is very shy and incredibly awkward, while when he wears his suit he is the other extreme, he is strong and brave, he is Griff The Invisible (though the name is never revealed, he toys around with a few name ideas). His brother, Tim (Patrick Brammall) has moved from Adelaide to help out the troubled Griff. In the process he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody) and the two begin dating. But when Melody meets Griff she is immediately attracted to him and upon realising who he ‘really’ is she wishes to help him and become his sidekick. Unfortunately things take a turn for the worse and Griff has to look at himself and see if it’s time to grow up.

This movie is such a good and cute film. The character of Griff is so awkward you can’t help but fall in love with him. The tale is whimsical and charming, the acting is decent and usual for an Australian film. Unfortunately I have a bone to pick with others who have reviewed this film. It’s clear to me, through reviews, that some Australians are far too critical of this industry and have rated this movie poorly while it’s others from other countries that find it a very good movie. People are critical of the acting in these films but as I have noticed, people don’t like seeing themselves in film, Aussie films these days are almost mirror images of who we are and how we act. In fact I think they are very good representations of our way of life and encourage the Australian Film Industry to continue. Ryan Kwanten is a very successful actor in the states and has returned, in his breaks on True Blood, to do local films like Red Hill and Griff, again I applaud this move. This movie overall is sweet and is definitely one to see with your partner.

2.5 Stars

Griff The Invisible is in Selected Cinema Release now.

The Loved Ones – Review

Aussie Horror at it’s best!

Now I am not a huge fan of the sadistic horror films but I had to see this one because it was Australian and it got a lot of good reception. The Loved Ones is about Brent (Xavier Samuel), a high school kid who six months prior to the end of school dance is involved in a car accident that kills his father. Brent’s girlfriend, Holly (Victoria Thaine) seemed to be his girlfriend at the time of the accident and at the time of the main story (although it’s not clear), she is very pretty and seems to be the perfect girl for a tortured soul like Brent. Enter Lola Stone (Robin McLeavy), the social outcast at school she asks Brent to the dance, he declines, saying he’s going with Holly. Lola gets angry and her psychopathic father (John Brumpton) kidnaps Brent and sets up the school dance from hell for his little “princess” and her new ‘toy’. Things go bad to worse when it turns out that the sadistic apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as Lola and her father brutally torture Brent and attempt to turn him into a lobotomised prisoner just like the ones she keeps under her trapdoor.

This film seems to tread an incredibly fine line as to what is entertainment and what is just down right insane. Never have I seen a seventeen(ish) year old girl be so deranged and demented. That being said Robin McLeavy is fantastic as Lola Stone and has been recognised by folks in the US for her acting ability (lets hope it’s acting, cause she scares the shit out of me!). The film was a financial flop taking in a small amount on the first weekend. But it has received very strong reviews from the many festivals it has screened at.

If you love immensely gory, incredibly insane, and (for want of a better phrase) completely fucked-up movie… this one is for you. If however you are weakhearted and the idea of hammering knives into peoples feet and power-drilling in to someones head makes you want to throw-up… perhaps watch something else.

4 Stars

The Loved Ones is out now on DVD and Blu Ray from all good DVD stores.

First Film News Friday

Every Friday you will get to see up to date film news on movies in the works and movies out now.

FILM NEWS

Pretty self explanatory, news about movie.

  • Darren Aronofsky, director of Black Swan, has pulled out of the next instalment of the Wolverine franchise, “The Wolverine”. He stated that it would require him to spend too much time away from his family (aww, what a softy). 20th Century Fox and Hugh Jackman are still very committed to the film being made.
  • Michael Gough dies age 94, he was best known for playing Alfred Pennyworth in the Burton & Schumacher Batman films.
  • Awesome News for Superman fans! Zack Snyder has stated that Superman: Man of Steel (Working Title) is to have no trace of the older movies. He is going to keep true to the comic books. Could we have a Superman movie worth seeing?
  • Third Harold & Kumar movie to arrive around November/December, “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas”.
  • In a last ditch attempt to keep rights to Daredevil, Fox have slated David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight: Eclipse) to direct the new Daredevil movie. If they do not have a film in production soon the rights go to Marvel studios (now owned by Disney).
  • The troubled remake of Red Dawn (an American “Tomorrow, When the War Began” (Strangely starring a few Aussie actors)) has had to change the villains from Chinese to North Korean to appeal to the very lucrative Chinese film market. This film was pushed back from a September 2010 release… who knows when it will be released.

TV NEWS

Again. This will make sense, news about TV.

  • ABC reboot of Charlie’s Angels starring Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh.
  • NBC shoots pilot for a Wonder Woman reboot. Elizabeth Hurley stars as the villain while Adrianne Palicki plays the Princess of the Amazon.

youNEWS

In this section you will find the latest trailers and videos of upcoming movies.

  • Conan the Barbarian Teaser Trailer: Jason Momoa of Stargate Atlantis fame plays the old Arnie Character… Conan.
  • Sucker Punch: The Trenches:  An animated short that ties in to the soon to be released movie.
  • Simon Pegg & Nick Frost: On the set of Paul recreated a scene from Star Wars. 

Wasted on the Young – Review

Wasted on the Young is an Australian film from first time feature director Ben C. Lucas.

Wasted on the Young is a film that begins with a jumpy timeline, centring around the fateful party where Xandrie (Adelaide Clemens) is drugged and raped, while showing before, for example the meeting of Xandrie and the protagonist, Darren (Oliver Ackland) and after the party, where Xandrie wakes up traumatised on the beach. The rest of the film deals with the events that follow that night. In the end everyone is involved because as Xandrie says, “If you see something and do nothing, you’re not a witness… you’re an accomplice.” All hell breaks loose when Zack (Darren’s step-brother) (Alex Russell) believes he’s gotten away with what he did to Xandrie on the night of the party and decides to throw another party to keep his “loyal followers” entertained. Darren has other plans and seeks “justice” for the crimes Zack committed.

This movie has a heightened sense of reality, there are no adults present (with the exception of a teacher’s voice on one occasion) and so it gives you a feeling that there are only these young people in this world, almost a Lord of the Flies feeling. They rule and justice and punishment is handed down their way. It can be looked at as a reflection of the issues plaguing youth these days and in a world without adults, who knows, this could be the way things would be handled. The acting in Wasted on the Young is very strong, Adelaide Clemens handled her difficult role of Xandrie incredibly well. The character of Darren reminds me a lot of the character of Simon in the british tv series Misfits and Oliver Ackland struck a cord with me, he could resonate this rage-ful helplessness that really connected with me. The whole young unknown cast did a fantastic job of making this “parallel world” come to life.

Wasted on the Young’s techniques are what sets this apart from other Aussie films, is high-contrast, and exclusive and selective shots contribute to this feeling that something is wrong with this world, you can tell that it’s not quite real. The director, Ben C. Lucas has this film planned and executed perfectly. It really made me think if this was the world we live in today, would this be the end result, is life truly Wasted on the Young?

4 Stars

Swimfan – Review

Swimfan tells the story of Ben Cronin (played by Jesse Bradford) an ex-drug addict who has found his life again by swimming, he now has the perfect life, perfect girlfriend, etc. But that gets turned upside down when Maddison Bell (Erika Christensen) comes to town. Ben and Maddison hook up and get it on nautical style in the school pool. Ben tries to forget the night at the pool and return to  his relationship with his girlfriend Amy, but Maddison has other plans. She comes on a little strong, going to his house, leaving things in his locker, and interfering in his life until, ultimately people start dying.

This psycho-thriller (emphasis on the Psycho) is aimed at an older teenage market and can be seen as a little intense. This is one of my favourite films of all time. One of the reasons for this is that the actors in this film are relatively unknown and its refreshing to see a cast like this be in such a fantastic film. As someone who swum in primary school and high school the swimming element in this film and other films get to me… See The Covenant & Wasted on the Young… and like those other films Swimfan has a very blue atmosphere which adds to the darkness of the storyline. Overall a visually and narratively appealing film.

4 Stars