Archive | October, 2009

It really is – This Is It review

This Is It – Starring Michael Jackson. Directed by Kenny Ortega. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. In March of 2009, Michael Jackson emerged from a long period of seclusion to announce a final comeback tour. “This is it,” he declared; it was the name of the show, an exclamation of excitement, and a nod towards […]

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Adam Sandler to play his own sister in Jack and Jill

source: variety.comAdam Sandler will star in an upcoming romantic comedy entitled Jack and Jill, in which he will play both Jack and his sister Jill. Little else is known about the project, except that it will begin shooting next year for a 2011 release. The screenplay was written by former Saturday Night Live scribe Steve […]

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Balibo, Samson and Delilah lead AFI nominations

source: afi.org.au A great year in local cinema has being capped by the announcement of the 2009 Australian Film Institute Award nominees. Let us know in the comments what flicks you tip for victory! Robert Connelly‘s Balibo, which told the story of the 1975 murder of six Australian journalists killed in East Timor led the […]

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Title of new Woody Allen film reassuringly aggressive

source: thr.com For the past few months we have heard about the impressive cast of Woody Allen‘s latest London-based film, including Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto. Well, now we know the title, and it is… You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. As I mentioned during my review of […]

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Damon, Brolin in talks to join Coen Brothers’ True Grit

source: variety.com Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are in discussions to join The Coen Brothers‘ upcoming re-imagination of the classic 1969 western True Grit. Jeff Bridges is already attached to play Rooster Cogburn, the role for which John Wayne nabbed his only Oscar. Damon is being considered for the role of La Boeuf (no, not […]

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First look at the New A-Team!

source: slashfilm.com The cast of Joe Carnahan‘s upcoming film adaptation of The A-Team have donned their respective costumes and struck a pose for the camera. Enjoy. Click on the image to see a hi-res shot. From left, Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton ‘Face’ Peck, Quintin ‘Rampage’ Jackson as B.A. Baracas, Sharlto Copley (District 9) as […]

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Keira Knightley to star in My Fair Lady remake?

source: thetelegraph.co.uk The Telegraph are reporting that Keira Knightley will portray Eliza Doolittle in a remake of the classic film My Fair Lady. According to the report, she beat Scarlett Johansson to the part. Knightley revealed in 2006 that she had auditioned for the role and begun singing lessons. Looks like they paid off! The […]

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Paranormal Activity the most profitable movie of all time?

source: latimes.com The ultra low budget fright-fest Paranormal Activity has collected an astounding $62 million after five weeks of limited release in the U.S. The film, which only cost a measly $15,000 to make, is now on track to become the most profitable film of all time. The Oren Peli directed feature about a couple […]

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Lost and loster – Land of the Lost DVD review

Land of the Lost – Starring Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride. Directed by Brad Silberling. Rated PG. Originally published June 10, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Land of the Lost is a terrible family film – let’s just get that out there – but it is certain to live on as a staple of […]

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Tom Cruise: American Psycho?

source: blackbookmag.com This one makes so much sense we cannot believe we didn’t piece it together sooner. Director Mary Harron has revealed that Christian Bale‘s terrifying performance in American Psycho was inspired by Tom Cruise. The 1999 film was based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, in which a smiling yuppie named Patrick […]

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Mary and Max wins top prize at animation festival

source: ca.reuters.com Australian claymation film Mary and Max was named Best Animated Feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. It is yet another accolade for the story of a pen-friendship between an adult New Yorker with Asperger’s Syndrome and a lonely young Australian girl. The film was directed by Oscar winner Adam Elliot and features […]

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Carey on campus – An Education review

An Education – Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina. Directed by Lone Scherfig. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. “Action is character,” announces Jenny, the literature loving, French speaking, cello playing, Audrey Hepburn-evoking leading lady of An Education. She’s spouting one of the oldest rules of writing, but it’s something that continues to be […]

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Head to Head – Cloverfield

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight! This week, a reigning victor returned to take on the Cloverfield monster. Rohan Daenke previously took on DVDman (and won) by […]

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Trek it out – Star Trek DVD review

Star Trek – Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Eric Bana. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Rated M. Originally published May 5, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Well, it looks like the curse is broken. The theory goes that the odd-numbered installments of the Star Trek franchise are significantly worse than their even-numbered brethren. Of course, the […]

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Head to Head – 2001: A Space Odyssey

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight! This week, Tom Clift took down the monolith known as 2001: A Space Odyssey. For his troubles, he received a free […]

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Now is the season of our discontent – The Damned United review

The Damned United – Starring Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney. Directed by Tom Hooper. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Ask any soccer fan and they’ll tell you the same thing: You’ll find more drama in one season of football than in any of Shakespeare’s artsy-fartsy works. Take the story of Brian Clough; the […]

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The Devil in M. Night Shyamalan

source: slashfilm.com Details on M. Night Shyamalan‘s latest project, Devil, have emerged. Could this be one of the best nail-biters of the next decade? Will it be a return to form for the much maligned filmmaker? Check out details after the jump. When M. Night Shyamalan emerged on the scene with The Sixth Sense under […]

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Wog Boy 2 wraps in Greece

source: twitchfilm.net Filming of the upcoming Wog Boy 2: The Kings of Mykonos has wrapped in Greece following a two-month shoot that began in the streets of Melbourne. Nick Giannopoulos and Vince Colosimo reprise their roles as Steve and Frank in the sequel to the 1999 hit. In The Kings of Mykonos, Steve discovers that […]

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Raimi agrees with the "criticism" of Spiderman 3

source: coventrytelegraph.net Sam Raimi has admitted that he agrees with some of the criticism against his 2007 blockbuster Spiderman 3. Despite grossing $891 million worldwide, Spiderman 3 became the scorn of many fans of the Marvel web-slinger due to an overly complicated plot. The film featured three villains, not including the evil version of Spidey […]

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Pen friends forever – Mary and Max DVD review

Mary and Max – Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette and Barry Humphries. Directed by Adam Elliot. Rated PG. Originally published April 14, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. The universe that is inhabited by Mary and Max is breathtaking and must have required years of painstaking attention to detail to forge. The story however, is magical, […]

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Would you like to go Head to Head?

Hey you! Yeah, you at the computer! We got a bone to pick with you! At least, we think we do. We’re challenging you to a fight; a war of words over the one topic we feel confident enough to argue about – movies! Who hasn’t entered into a spirited argument with a friend (or […]

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A slow death – The Final Destination review

The Final Destination – Starring Bobby Campo, Nick Zano and Krista Allen. Directed by David R. Ellis. Rated R. By Simon Miraudo. The Final Destination is a groundbreaking piece of cinema. There is no other way to put it. Imagine a film that features an endless cavalcade of people being eviscerated in the bloodiest and […]

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Captain Kirk to play Jack Ryan?

source: weblogs.variety.com Chris Pine is in talks with Paramount Pictures to star as Jack Ryan in an upcoming reboot of the franchise based on the popular Tom Clancy novels. Pine became one of the breakout stars of 2009 by starring as Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek. Trek, also produced by Paramount […]

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Minor Woody is still major cinema – Whatever Works review

Whatever Works – Starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Woody Allen recently told English newspaper The Telegraph how to pick his good films from his bad. “I never title a movie until it’s finished because if I look at the film and it’s […]

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X-tra, X-tra – X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD review

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber and Danny Huston. Directed by Gavin Hood. Rated M. Originally published April 29, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. So much for a clean slate. After the immensely negative fan reaction towards the 3rd instalment of the X-Men franchise, Fox Studios decided to go back to square one […]

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Toy Story 3 trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com The trailer for Disney Pixar‘s Toy Story 3 has debuted online! What else could I possibly say to get you even more excited! It was first screened in American cinemas last week during the 3D re-release of Toy Story 1 and 2. I won’t spoil the trailer for you, so I’ll let you […]

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Uncensored version of Bruno heading to DVD

Back in June we reported that a censored version of the Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentary Bruno was being screened in Australian cinemas. Well, you’ll be happy to know that the full uncut version will be released on Blu-ray in November. We do not yet know if the uncut version will be made available on DVD. […]

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This mess we’re in – Synecdoche New York DVD review

Synecdoche, New York – Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Catharine Keener and Michelle Williams. Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Rated MA. Originally published May 6, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Choosing to watch Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is probably the bravest decision a film-goer can make. Seeing it is succumbing to it. I can’t imagine […]

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Arrested Development movie OFFICIALLY in the works – Maebe.

source: thr.comDon’t lie to us Hollywood Reporter! We’ve been hurt too many times before. Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and co-executive producer James Vallely are officially working on the screenplay for the long-gestating feature film of the classic cult television show. Hurwitz previously announced that he would not start working on a script until the […]

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Transformers 3 is coming. Yay?

source: michaelbay.comMichael Bay has confirmed on his official website that he will begin work on Transformers 3, which is set to hit cinemas July 1st, 2011. Paramount and Dreamworks previously made this announcement back in March, but Bay responded by saying that he was going to take a year off and deliver the sequel in […]

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