Forecast – Week 26, 2011

CINEMA

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime “Transformers” character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

Mr. Popper’s Penguins follows the story of Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey), a high-powered New York business man who suddenly inherits six penguins and finds his life turned upside down. Taking care of the animals is no easy matter, and he quickly hits major hurtles both at home and at work. But along the way, he learns the value of family and friendship – human and otherwise.

THE TRIP

When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country’s finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation.

DVD

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

BIG MOMMA’S: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his 17-year-old son, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS – THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY: LIMITED EXTENDED EDITION (BLU-RAY)

Finally, for the first time, all three original extended editions of The Lord Of The Rings come alive in high definition Blu-ray!

See the epic trilogy the way it was meant to be seen with the complete box set containing The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King!

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Film News Friday – Week 24, 2011

Here’s what’s been happening in the movie world this week…
  • Benedict Cumberbatch joins the Hobbit cast as the voice of Smaug. Thats right, the Sherlock star is going to be the voice of the deadly dragon.
  • Universal have announced release dates for three movies…

The studio is targeting a September 28, 2012 release for Oliver Stone’s Savages, starring Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. In the adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel, two friends from Laguna Beach share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.

Universal is looking to release Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 on July 3, 2013. The first movie has earned an impressive $543.1 million worldwide on a budget of just $69 million.

The studio has also set a July 19, 2013 release date for Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi pic Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise. The film is set in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. When surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.

  • James Mangold is at the top of the short list for director of Wolverine. Mangold directed Walk the Line and Knight and Day.
  • In other Wolverine news, well sort of, Hugh Jackman has been announced to star in a movie adaptaion of Les MiÈrables. First time Jackman has performed in a movie-musical.
  • LEGO Star Wars is going to be released in a TV Special coming possibly late September. George Lucas has also announced a second animated series.
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 NEW TRAILER RELEASED!!!

Forecast – Week 24, 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

BRIDESMAIDS

This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

LITTLE WHITE LIES

Guillaume Canet assembles an outstanding cast of some of France’s finest actors – lead by the incandescent, Academy Award-winning Marion Cotillard – for this entertaining and acutely observed drama of manners.

A gathering is hosted every year by a couple at their beautiful beach house where they kick-off the summer holidays with a group of close friends. Fun, fine wine and seafood mix with sun and sand as they all leave their city stresses behind. But this year is different. One friend has been badly injured in a motorcycle accident just as they are about to leave Paris. After being assured that there is nothing they can do, they decide that by the time they return he should be able to receive visitors so they decide to embark on their annual trip, but tensions are simmering just under the surface, waiting to erupt…

Canet’s third film couples moments of crisp comedy with poignant drama as we move through a succession of incidents as the friends struggle with their ties of loyalty and marriage.

See these films on your screens Thursday, 16th of June.

DVD

FAMILY GUY SEASON 10

The most outrageous and irreverent show on TV is back for its tenth season! Family Guy Season 10 comes to DVD and includes the hour long, real time 150th episode, as well as more ‘too rude for TV’ scenes than ever before!

In the unforgettable 150th episode, diabolically evil baby Stewie Griffin and sarcastic hound Brian take centre stage when they find themselves trapped in a bank vault. With nowhere to turn, they’re forced to get to know each other on a whole new level and finally reveal their true feelings for one another, with some interesting home truths that no one saw coming!

In the latest installment of the hit animated series, the residents of Quahog even find themselves mixed up in murder in And Then There Were Fewer Part 1 and 2, when a soirée at James Woods Mansion turns into a real ‘whodunit’. With the finger of blame changing direction with each death, it’s every man and woman for themselves as Peter and Lois desperately try to solve the murder…

Meanwhile, in Dial Meg for Murder, Meg becomes a hardcore criminal after she spends time banged-up for harbouring her fugitive boyfriend!

127 HOURS

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?

YOGI BEAR

Jellystone Park is celebrating its 100 anniversary, however it may be for the last time, because attendance is down and Mayor Brown wants to close the park and sell the land. If the park is closed, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo will lose their home. They join forces with Ranger Smith to save Jellystone from closing forever. Yogi must really prove in this endeavor that he is “smarter than the average bear”.

These movies will hit your shelves on Wednesday the 15th of June.

X-Men: First Class – Review

X-Men returns in this prequel that could be the best film in the franchise… Directed by Brit, Matthew Vaughn (known for directing Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Kick-Ass) and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon, this movie takes a look at the early days of Professor X and Magneto… It’s another X-Men Origins story but this one shits all over Wolverine!

First Class opens in 1944 with Erik Lehnsherr, a young boy whose parents were taken away and killed during the Holocaust. His powers were enhanced by Schmidt when he killed Erik’s mother in front of his eyes. Also during 1944 in New York, a young Charles Xavier meets Raven a ten year old shapeshifter, the young Mystique. Years later, Erik has honed his powers and is going around seeking vengeance against former soldiers of the Nazi Party. Meanwhile Charles, a graduate at Oxford University, and Raven, a waitress live together while Xavier finishes his thesis on Mutation and becomes a proper Professor. In the US, a man by the name of Sebastian Shaw, who hasn’t aged since he was a soldier during the Second World War… named Schmidt… is gearing up to start World War Three by positioning nuclear missiles in Turkey and Cuba, aimed at the Soviets and the US respectively. With the help of the CIA, Charles along with Erik and Raven seek and recruit fellow mutants to try to stop Shaw in his plot to rid the world of humans and advance the Mutant Race.

The film has received very positive reviews despite the disappointing box office results. Matthew Vaughn, has done very well making this movie and he has put himself in a position as a great Superhero Filmmaker. Good points of X-Men: First Class include the montages, first when Charles and Erik are recruiting (including a brilliant cameo from Hugh Jackman, Wolverine) and secondly when Charles trains his First Class at his old mansion, the site for Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, these two montages were beautifully done the latter featuring very effective split screen techniques. Down sides include as with almost all superhero movies is the part where they come up with their superhero names (seriously, look at almost every movie, that part is always shit) other than that I can’t fault the first instalment in what Fox foresee as a possible trilogy. It was humorous at points and it’s good humour, not crappy american humour… because it’s directed by a Brit. Intellectual and Action-Packed, X-Men: First Class is and will be the Best Superhero movie of the year!

X-Men: First Class

4 Stars

Film News Friday – Week 23, 2011

Here’s what has been happening in the movie world this week…
  • John Hlavin to write Risk the adaptation of a board game… WTF?
  • Roland Emmerich has been offered to direct the adaptation of another game… Asteroids.
  • Jesse Eisenberg to star in FBI vs. Illusionist flick Now You See Me… also in talks is Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • God Forbid… a new Hangover movie is on it’s way… but it’s not all bad news, the plot is not going to be a carbon copy like the rueful Part II… “They want to do a Hangover III,” Galifianakis says. “I’m getting fricking phone calls already.” According what he’s heard, the plot ditches the format of the first two and focuses on his character escaping from a mental institution with help from the wolf pack.
  • Disney Hires a writer for the next Tron movie.
  • Angelina Jolie is to return in a Salt sequel, the film is currently in development.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in his new movie, The Dictator. The Dictator tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel “Zabibah and The King” by Saddam Hussein.

Baron Cohen’s New Character

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Title This Week’s Gross Week’s In Release
Total Gross
1 THE HANGOVER PART II 7,207,722 2
21,835,963
2 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS 6,134,163 1
6,212,729
3 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3,479,024 3
22,125,920
4 WATER FOR ELEPHANTS 985,217 4
9,639,245
5 SOURCE CODE 261,876 5
5,432,555
6 THOR 202,155 7
18,815,964
7 FAST AND FURIOUS 5] 187,434 7
25,110,074
8 SNOWTOWN 176,647 3
625,184
9 READY 167,659 1
167,659
10 HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL 159,595 5
1,622,942

Super 8 – Review

Super 8 is written and directed by J. J. Abrams, the brain behind movie and tv shows like Cloverfeild, Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Alias and Lost. This guy is no stranger to the high concept film and blockbusters, and Super 8 is no exception. Originally believed to be a sequel or a prequel to Cloverfeild, and while some elements of the films are similar, I found Super 8 much more enjoyable. Another trait Abrams is famous for is his promotional campaigns, the viral marketing released before the trailer conveyed a very different movie and had me thinking, “Oh great, another Cloverfeild. Come on J.J., pull your head in.” But when a hidden ‘playable’ trailer appeared on Portal 2, I was thinking, “Hmm what an interesting way to market a film, look out Nolan (but i’m still not sure what this is about)”. Finally the trailer came out which revealed the true plot and look of the film… changed my perception of the film and boy was I interested.

Four months after Joe’s mum dies, he and his friends are working on a short zombie flick for a Super 8 film festival. While filming a scene at a train station, shit goes down… A wayward car runs into a train and after a truly epic crash scene a door flings open and something escapes one of the train carridges. The only sighting of what escaped was recorded on the Super 8 camera. The story continues as mysterious happenings start hitting the town, people going missing, dogs running away to neighbouring towns, and electrical equipment just vanishing. It’s not until the US Air Force start hiding everything from the sheriff’s department and the town that the kids who stumble on the secret try to find out more. The Air Force commence ‘Operation Walking Distance’ and evacuate the town… Only one problem, the object of Joe’s affection, Alice, goes missing, Joe and his friends go back into town to save his young love and find the secret of what was in that carridge.

The cast is prodominatley children and they do very brilliantly… I suppose maybe these kids appeal to me becuase they are filmmakers and i would wish that this story could happen to me but who knows… The stand out character was the comic relief and eventual hero, Ryan Lee, a slightly pyromanicle teenager who also has a knack for playing a zombie. The lead, Joel Courtney, and his love, Elle Fanning (Dakota’s little sister), also do a good job, and are apart of (in my opion) a proper relationship for their age. They never kiss, they take things slow, their like 13, and I think it’s good to finally see a relationship like this. Very impressed J. J.!

Ultimately, Super 8 is a great movie for the family with the execption of 1 f-word being dropped so probably an older family with kids no younger than 12. This movie I hope will cement J. J. Abrams in his rightful place as a storytelling master and a true filmmaker for the 21st century. I want to see more like this… Mr. Abrams, keep it up! It’s a new age E.T. and with the Executive Producer Steven Spielberg on board it generates more of that feeling. The Lens Flare Is Back In A Big Way!!!

3.5 Stars

P.S.

Keep an eye out for the the short zombie flick during the end credits entitled ‘The Case’, it’s the competed film that the kids were working on and it’s a lot of fun.

And, for a little bonus, the ‘Playable’ Trailer…

Forecast – Week 23, 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

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE

Rating: M (Mature themes and coarse language)

Length: 105mins

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson, David Wenham

Director: Jim Loach

The story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organised deportation of children from the UK to Australia during the 40s and 50s, some without their parent’s knowledge.

Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own wellbeing, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

 

SUPER 8

 

Rating: M (Science fiction themes, violence, coarse language and drug use)

Length: 111 mins

Cast: Elle Fanning, Gabriel Basso, Riley Griffiths, Zach Mills, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Noah Emmerich and Ron Eldard.

Director: J.J. Abrams

In 1979, the US Air Force closed a section of Area 51. All materials were to be transported by train to a secure facility. In the darkness of night, the cargo train endures a spectacular crash before it reaches its final destination; the cargo and its fate remains a mystery. A mysterious supernatural force is now lurking in this normal town – is it a force for good or evil? What does it want? Strange, unexplainable things begin to happen. A shadowy government agency arrives – for what purpose? Do they want to capture the force, protect the town, or make sure the witnesses are kept quiet? Our ordinary family is trapped in the middle of these extraordinary events.

See these films on your screens Thursday, 9th of June.

DVD 

HOW DO YOU KNOW

Rating: M

Length: 121 mins

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson

Director: James L. Brooks

Star softball player, Lisa, has just been cut from the national team; Scholarly business man, George, has just been indicted from his father’s company. With everything that they know in their lives taken from them, Lisa and George attempt to find romance. Lisa’s potential boyfriend, Matty, however, is as clueless and perpetually single as they come, and George’s girlfriend just dumped him. A chance hook-up through mutual friends, Lisa and George may be able to form a friendship, or more, that can help them climb out of the piles of lemons that life has handed to them.

This movie will hit your shelves on Wednesday the 8th of June.

 

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Rating: MA 15+

Length: 110 mins

Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline

Director: Ivan Reitman

Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) are life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning. In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly “no strings attached.” “No strings” means no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no baby voices. It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public place they want, as long as they don’t fall in love. The question becomes – who’s going to fall first? And can their friendship survive?

REVIEW

TRUE GRIT

Rating: M

Length: 110 mins

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld

Director: The Coen Brothers (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen)

True Grit is a powerful story of vengeance and valor set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), is determined to avenge her father’s blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn (Academy Award® Winner Jeff Bridges), a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Academy Award® Winner Matt Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.

REVIEW

These movie will hit your shelves on Thursday the 9th of June.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2011

Düsseldorf played host to the 56th Eurovision Song Contest which brought together talent from the European Broadcasting Union’s member states. Alongside promising newcomers, some of the most respected names in the field of international entertainment competed on the same terms, presenting brand new songs in a friendly but tough competition. The triple DVD of 2011 contains footage of the Eurovision Song Contest final, Sem-finals, interviews with the participants and much more…!

These movie will hit your shelves on Friday the 10th of June.