Archive | December, 2009

Pure wild animal craziness – Fantastic Mr. Fox review

Fantastic Mr Fox – Starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Jason Schwartzman. Directed by Wes Anderson. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. To say that Wes Anderson has a very particular, very identifiable film style is like saying that Woody Allen films often feature a neurotic protagonist. No duh. Anderson is perhaps one of the most […]

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Quickflix Charts – The top rentals of 2009

2009 has been a big year for movies. Every few weeks, movie lovers have gathered at the cinema to enjoy the latest event films such as Avatar, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – and each have made an absolute killing at the box office. But perhaps the […]

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Tripping up – Taking Woodstock DVD review

Taking Woodstock – Starring Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton and Liev Schreiber. Directed by Ang Lee. Rated MA. Originally published August 25, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. If Woodstock represented the coming-of-age of an entire generation, then surely Taking Woodstock is the ultimate coming-of-age film. Right? Well, not so much. Ang Lee’s latest is a mostly pleasant, […]

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Quickflix Charts – The top rentals for December

Alright gang; here are the top 10 DVD rentals for the month of December, as Queued up by you. 1. Angels and Demons 2. Terminator: Salvation3. The Ugly Truth4. Twilight 5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen6. Night at the Museum 27. Public Enemies8. Bruno9. He’s Just Not That Into You10. The Curious Case of Benjamin […]

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Aliens are people too – District 9 DVD review

District 9 – Starring Sharlto Copley. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Rated MA. Originally published August 6, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. If aliens ever visit our lovely planet, do you think they would be impressed or disgusted by the human race? I don’t mean in regards to our rampant, illogical racism or our obsession with killing […]

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Is Avatar the leading Best Picture contender?

On the 28th of December, 5777 nomination ballots were sent out to all voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Actors, writers, directors, producers and many others involved in each aspect of the filmmaking industry will decide on the films most worthy of Oscar glory. The mailing of ballots is perhaps […]

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Kevin Smith’s Cop Out trailer debut

source: traileraddict.com It seems lately that filmmakers only make movie trailers – especially if the onslaught of recent trailer debuts is anything to go by. The latest 2-minute film comes from Kevin Smith. The short picture is called Cop Out (formerly known as A Couple of Dicks) and stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. I […]

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New Inception trailer is exciting/confusing

source: traileraddict.com A second teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming thriller Inception has debuted online. Submit yourself to it and have your mind bended accordingly. The first trailer for this mysterious film had us perplexed, but the new footage is something else. Little is known about the plot, except for the oft-repeated logline that Inception […]

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Saving Sherlock – Sherlock Holmes review

Sherlock Holmes – Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Well, well, well, what’s all this then? A smart action movie? I’m already suspicious. Just what are you hiding Holmes? Padding in the second act? A lazy dénouement? Come on, out with it! Since […]

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Come on! Let’s go HEAD TO HEAD!

We’re not big on bragging here at Quickflix, except when it comes to our HEAD TO HEAD feature, which is, without question, the best thing to ever happen to the internet. Want to learn more about how to join in on the festivities? Scroll past the ninja cats and find out! With our HEAD TO […]

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Fantastic Mr. Fox statistics!

source: awardsdaily.com The Oscar campaign for Wes Anderson‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox is focusing on the spectacular statistics surrounding the making of the stop-motion animated film – and it seems to be working. Click on the poster below to see it in hi-res. How about those stats! Although Pixar’s Up has long been considered a shoo-in […]

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Overkill – The Lovely Bones review

The Lovely Bones – Starring Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci and Mark Wahlberg. Directed by Peter Jackson. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Peter Jackson is no stranger to the pressures of adapting a book to film. His last effort at such a task earned him a number of Academy Awards, millions of dollars at the box […]

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Would you like to star in the new Coen Bros film?

source: truegritcasting.com Are you a 12 to 16 year old girl with a penchant for existential dramas with a twinge of black comedy? You are?! Good news! The Coen Brothers want you to star in their upcoming remake of True Grit! Paramount Pictures have put out a casting call for any young girl eager to […]

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Hellish delight – Drag Me To Hell DVD review

Drag Me To Hell – Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long and Lorna Raver. Directed by Sam Raimi. Rated MA. Originally published July 21, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. To describe Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell as “kind-of scary” is like describing Bruno as “kind-of funny” or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as “kind-of stupid.” Some […]

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First look at The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

source: ropeofsilicon.com New Moon was so last month. Summit Entertainment have released the first official still from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon poses a good question: how can Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) sit in the sunlight with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and not go all sparkly? This is really weird. […]

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Sex and the City 2 trailer debut!

source: hitfix.com Yep, another trailer debut. This time, it’s for the highly anticipated sequel to the 2007 megahit Sex and the City. Not really much to say about this one. It pretty much shows your favourite New York foursome in various outfits. Check out the trailer and let us know your thoughts! http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/1861161894?isVid=1&publisherID=1861160391 Wow, the […]

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The Karate Kid trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com As all of these holiday films head into cinemas, they come equipped with brand new trailers for some of the big releases of 2010. It’s been a smorgasbord of trailer debuts this week – today we are given our first look at the upcoming remake of The Karate Kid. The Harold Zwart directed […]

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The Hurt Locker receives early Australian release date

Roadshow have decided to bring the Australian release of Oscar favourite The Hurt Locker forward a month. It will now arrive in Australian cinemas on the 25th of February, 2010. The Hurt Locker opened in the United States back in June and was originally slated to go direct-to-DVD in Australia. However, thanks to an overwhelmingly […]

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The Runaways trailer debut!

source: youtube.com The Twilight Saga’s New Moon stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have teamed up for the rock’n’roll biopic The Runaways in which they play Joan Jett and Cherie Currie respectively. Wouldn’t you know it, you can watch the teaser trailer below! The film is based on Currie’s book Neon Angel and will be […]

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Shrek Forever After trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com The trailer for Shrek Forever After, the fourth installment of the Shrek franchise, has debuted online. This trailer really caught me by surprise. Not in terms of quality, because I think we can agree there’s nothing really new to see here. Just in terms of the fact that there is a trailer for […]

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Avatar destroys Aussie box office

UPDATE (22/12/09): The final weekend tally has been revised. Avatar actually grossed $242 million worldwide. Avatar grossed a massive $12.895 million at the Australian box office over the weekend. All that Aussie coin contributed to its hefty worldwide tally of $232.2 million. Avatar now holds the record for the largest non-franchise non-sequel opening at the […]

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King of the new world – Avatar review

Avatar – Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by James Cameron. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. James Cameron’s Avatar may not change your life, but it will likely make your day. The director’s long-gestating opus has finally arrived, nearly crushed by overwhelming hype, nay-saying critics and a price tag the equivalent of […]

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R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

source: guardian.co.uk Brittany Murphy has died of a heart attack at her home in Los Angeles. She was 32 years old. An emergency call was placed by her husband at 8am Sunday morning when Murphy’s mother had found the actress unconscious in the shower. Paramedics attempted to revive her at the scene. She was later […]

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Iron Man 2 trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com The trailer for Iron Man 2 has debuted online! … what you want me to write a novel about it? You know you’ve been looking forward to it and you know it’s going to be incredible. Go watch it already! http://www.traileraddict.com/emd/17044 Indeedy. Iron Man 2 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, […]

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The 10 best films of 2009!

The Best Films of 2009. By Simon Miraudo We made it everyone! 2009 (in fact, the entire decade) is coming to a close – and right on schedule! We’ve shared some wonderful moments together this year: we couldn’t move for quality Australian films, long-anticipated book adaptations finally reached the big screen, and one micro-budget horror […]

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Head to Head – Where The Wild Things Are

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, regular contributor Rohan Daenke ignited a wild rumpus by expressing his disappointment with Where The Wild Things Are. For […]

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The Quickflix Awards!

If there is one thing the world needs, it’s another awards ceremony. Sure, the Academy Awards are respectable. And yes, lots of celebrities attend the Golden Globes. But we at Quickflix believe neither are quite as truthful or honest as they could be. So, it is my pleasure to introduce you to THE 2009 QUICKFLIX […]

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A dream time – Bran Nue Dae review

Bran Nue Dae – Starring Rocky McKenzie, Ernie Dingo and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Rachel Perkins. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Bran Nue Dae is so spectacularly cheerful and effervescent it has successfully wrestled my practical criticisms and deemed them irrelevant. Rachel Perkins’ latest film has bound and gagged the sensible reviewer within me, leaving […]

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Tarantino’s pride – Inglourious Basterds DVD review

Inglourious Basterds – Starring Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The following is not a formal review, but instead a casual conversation about what I believe to be the best film of 2009. That being said, I have still awarded it 5/5. Go figure. Please […]

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Head to Head – Terminator: Salvation

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, Nigel Bridgeman went back in time to save Terminator: Salvation from a critical evisceration. For his troubles, he picked […]

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