Forecast – Week 1, 2012

Well, here we are… According to Roland Emmerich, 2012 is The Day After, The Day After Tomorrow. So we have until Samuel L. Jackson’s birthday to enjoy the world of films. Good News is most of the anticipated movies will have come out by now… The bad news… Two Words… The Hobbit. But with any luck it’ll all be as much of a wind up as 2011’s Sucker Punch.

So without any further ado… Lets look at this week’s Forecast… the first for 2012!

ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED

Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. I honestly can not believe that these high-pitched rats are still making money. I mean surely, kids have realised that the real versions of the songs they cover are ten times better. Personally I would avoid this like the plague, and if your kids are begging you… take ear plugs.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. That’s right, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back in action as the Dynamic Duo of the Edwardian Era. This should be a good film marking the beginning of a brilliant year. Look forward to seeing Robert Downey Jr. later in the year in The Avengers and next year is expecting big ones for him too with Iron Man 3 and a third Sherlock Holmes.

DVD

THE SMURFS

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack bang in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

THE CHANGE-UP

Growing up together, Mitch and Dave were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they’ve slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave’s worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other’s bodies and proceed to freak out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other’s lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed.

SUPER

Super is a comedy that takes aim at the superhero genre. An average guy takes on the pseudo-superhero alter ego of the Crimson Bolt, after watching his wife fall under the spell of a charming drug dealer. Lacking super powers, he compensates by swinging a trusty wrench.

Happy New Years to Everyone!

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Sucker Punch on DVD

With the release of Sucker Punch on DVD this week how about we re-live the review of quite possibly the most hyped-up movie of the year…

It’s incredibly hard to describe this film. I saw it on Thursday and I’ve had to give it this long too sink in. This movie improves with age. It starts out with a five minute dialogue-less scene where where the story is set, A woman dies and has left everything she owns to her two young daughters, the girl’s jealous step father decides to take what he wants and he attacks the girls. In the process the younger sister is killed and in an act of self defence the older sister, “Baby Doll” (Emily Browning) points a gun at her evil step father. Baby Doll is framed for the murder of her sister and is sent to an asylum for the insane.

There, Baby Doll meets Rocket, Sweet Pea, Blondie and Amber and thats where things start getting interesting. Baby Doll’s imagination turns the asylum into a club where the inmates are the dancers. Baby Doll’s dancing mesmerises people and allows her and the other girls to experience awesome new worlds and crazy scenarios.

This film provides a look inside the mind of a crazy person. But is the crazy person Baby Doll or Zack Snyder? Let your imagination run wild and you might get this movie straight away. The soundtrack and visual effects are amazing and Zack’s use of his favourite special effect, slow motion shots make this movie a dream come true… Literally, this movie is more dream like than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Despite what others say Zack Snyder is a talented director and he has made a good movie here. Although it’s a bit of a mess, Sucker Punch gets my vote!

2 Stars

Ultimately, the film only raked in $89 Million world-wide, in Australia, it pulled about $4.5 Million. The film never quite broke as good as the production company was hoping for. The budget of $82 Million was only just met in it’s theatrical life and unfortunately, Sucker Punch, missed the mark. Zack Snyder will return to the screen as director in 2013 with Man of Steel.

Sucker Punch is available on DVD and BluRay in all good video stores.

                   

Film News Friday – Week 16, 2011

Here’s what has been happening in the movie world this week…

  • Aussie Joel Edgerton rumoured to be the star of the new Bourne movie.
  • M. Night Shyamalan Fans Raise Money For the Director to Return to Film School.
  • Gordon-Levitt’s character in The Dark Knight Rises finally revealed… He will play John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.
  • The Crow is currently in legal limbo as The Weinstien Company file a lawsuit against Relativity Media over distribution rights.
  • Ben Affleck is now not signing on for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Luhrmann has now set Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan to play Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire for the role of Nick Carraway.
  • Writers hired to work on the script for J. J. Abrahms project, ZANBATO. The site says the script involves Japanese history and robotics: “swashbuckling robots with swords”.
  • New trailer for Jessie Eisenberg film, 30 Minutes Or Less. Check it out below.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING TRAILER CONTAINS CORSE LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES.

Australian Box Office – April 14-20, 2011

#

Title

*(A) Denotes Australian Film

Week Total

Screening Weeks

Total Revenue

(In Australia)

1

RIO

$5,644,374

2

$10,152,582

2

HOP

$4,127,223

2

$7,234,867

3

PAUL

$3,144,250

1

$3,237,193

4

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2

$2,749,130

1

$3,295,516

5

SCREAM 4

$2,495,522

1

$2,495,522

6

FAST AND FURIOUS 5

$2,155,375

1

$2,155,375

7

JUST GO WITH IT

$1,618,143

3

$7,237,269

8

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

$1,402,160

2

$3,449,246

9

SUCKER PUNCH

$1,271,886

2

$3,681,875

10

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

$901,573

3

$3,823,010

Sucker Punch – Review

It’s incredibly hard to describe this film. I saw it on Thursday and I’ve had to give it this long too sink in. This movie improves with age. It starts out with a five minute dialogue-less scene where where the story is set, A woman dies and has left everything she owns to her two young daughters, the girl’s jealous step father decides to take what he wants and he attacks the girls. In the process the younger sister is killed and in an act of self defence the older sister, “Baby Doll” (Emily Browning) points a gun at her evil step father. Baby Doll is framed for the murder of her sister and is sent to an asylum for the insane.

There, Baby Doll meets Rocket, Sweet Pea, Blondie and Amber and thats where things start getting interesting. Baby Doll’s imagination turns the asylum into a club where the inmates are the dancers. Baby Doll’s dancing mesmerises people and allows her and the other girls to experience awesome new worlds and crazy scenarios.

This film provides a look inside the mind of a crazy person. But is the crazy person Baby Doll or Zack Snyder? Let your imagination run wild and you might get this movie straight away. The soundtrack and visual effects are amazing and Zack’s use of his favourite special effect, slow motion shots make this movie a dream come true… Literally, this movie is more dream like than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Zack Snyder is a talented director and here, he has made a good music video.

2 Stars

Sucker Punch is in cinema’s now.

Forecast – Week 14 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

SUCKER PUNCH IS HERE!!

Thats right, Zack Snyder’s new movie will hit our screens on this thursday. For those of you who are living under a rock, Sucker Punch is about a young girl, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), who is sent to an insane asylum. There her and her gal pals use their imagination to find a way out. See It, See It, See It!!!

Hop

An Easter movie… Hmmm. It has done very well in the States. It strikes me as a film along the same line as Alvin and the Chipmunks. It did very well on its U.S. opening weekend because it was up against Source Code and Insidious. Let’s see how it does against SUCKER PUNCH!

Justin Beiber: Never Say Never

What can I say that won’t sound biased? Nothing Really… Never Say Never? Never See This Ever! It’s a documentary about a kid who started out living a mundane life. He then gets swept up by a guy who saw this kid sing on youtube. Hmm sounds exciting… if your 8 to 12 and a girl.

Rio

Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) who is one of a rare species of a spix Macaw, who is a resident at a bookstore in Moose Lake, Minnesota, and the last male of his kind. There’s a big adventure. Sounds like it might work out

SPECIAL RELEASE: ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THE PRODIGY: WORLD’S ON FIRE

Recorded before 65,000 fans, World’s On Fire is the debut live film documenting The Prodigy’s biggest concert to date. The incendiary performance – including Firestarter, Breathe, Invaders Must Die, Out of Space and Omen – will be screened for one night only featuring audio engineered by the band themselves in 5.1 surround sound. Directed by award winning director Paul Dugdale, the full length feature was devised with close direction from the band throughout, and features a short film of previously unseen footage taken on tour in Brazil. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness their untouchable live performance in a unique cinematic surround.

The Prodigy: World’s On Fire will be screened on the 7th of April, 2011 at the following cinemas.

ACT

    • Hoyts Woden, Philip

NSW

    • Hoyts Broadway
    • Hoyts Penrith
    • Hoyts Chatswood

QLD

    • Hoyts Stafford

SA

    • Hoyts Norwood

VIC

    • Hoyts Chadstone
    • Hoyts Highpoint, Maribyrnong
    • Hoyts Victoria Gardens

WA

    • Hoyts Carousel, Cannington

See these films on your screens Thursday, 7th of April.

DVD’s

Megamind

Megamind is the most brilliant super villain ever known… and the least successful! Over the years Megamind has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a collosal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man” (Brad Pitt), until Megamind (Will Ferrell) actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day?

These you will find these DVD’s at your local store on Thursday, 7th of April.

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. 

Current Top 15 Movies of All Time

So to start this all off I’d like to present a top 15 list of my favourite movies of all time.

1. The Lion King

2. Kill Bill (1&2)

3. Inception

4. Fight Club

5. V for Vendetta

6. Donnie Darko

7. (500) Days Of Summer

8. The Dark Knight

9. Shutter Island

10. Dead Poets Society

11. Kick-Ass

12. Brick

13. Batman Begins

14. North By Northwest

15. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Honourable Mention: Swimfan

This list is subject to change and if you haven’t seen these films before I would suggest you do. These films are really good if I do say so myself.

To finish off this post, here is a trailer for a film that may make it into my list… directed by Zack Snyder, and billed as ‘Inception with Babes’, the one, the only, SUCKER PUNCH!