Archive | January, 2010

Australian film takes top prize at Sundance

source: parkrecord.com The winners of this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been announced, with Australian film Animal Kingdom taking one of the top prizes. The David Michôd directed crime drama, which stars Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Jackie Weaver, won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic. You can read more about Animal Kingdom […]

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R.I.P. Miramax

source: variety.com The inevitable has come to pass. Miramax Films is no more. The specialty label’s New York and Los Angeles offices have closed their doors for good, leaving 80 staff members jobless and six films in distribution limbo. Walt Disney Studios, who acquired the company in 1993, claim that Miramax will now consolidate its […]

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Avatar fun facts! Just how much beer CAN you buy with its box office gross?

The team at 20th Century Fox have put together a lovely little press release full of Avatar fun facts. It couldn’t have come sooner, because frankly, it’s about time that film got some attention. Despite the Avatar-over-saturation that I’m sure we’re all experiencing, there are some nifty little tidbits about the film’s Australian box office […]

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Aussie drama Animal Kingdom kills at Sundance

source: traileraddict.com Samson and Delilah was so 2009. It looks like the next big Australian export will be David Michôd’s crime drama Animal Kingdom, which is getting some rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film stars James Frecheville as a 17-year-old who must navigate survival amongst a criminal family. It co-stars Guy […]

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Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.comThe trailer for Oliver Stone‘s highly anticipated sequel to Wall Street has debuted online. Michael Douglas reprises his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. He’s joined by an impressive cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Eli Wallach and Susan Sarandon. I’m ashamed […]

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Oscar wishlist! What would YOU like to see nominated?

The nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced in Los Angeles next Tuesday at 5:30AM (Tuesday night in Australia) by a very tired Anne Hathaway. No doubt there will be the requisite number of surprises and overwhelming disappointments that come with every Oscar nomination announcement. (Seriously, The Reader for Best Picture!) I considered […]

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When good engineers go bad – Law Abiding Citizen review

Law Abiding Citizen – Starring Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx and Colm Meaney. Directed by F. Gary Gray. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It’s hard not to like a film as ballsy as Law Abiding Citizen; so brazen that it actually revels in its ridiculousness. It’s exactly the kind of film the phrase “by-the-numbers” was invented […]

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Saw director bags out own film

source: slashfilm.com Jigsaw‘s house is in disarray. Saw 6 director Kevin Greutert has taken to the interwebs to discuss his displeasure with the long-running horror franchise … right before he begins shooting the seventh installment. Before we get to Greutert’s blog entry, Slashfilm have the details that brought us to this point. Greutert was the […]

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Ease on down – The Road review

The Road – Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Charlize Theron. Directed by John Hillcoat. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Why do cannibals travel in groups? If the world as we know it does indeed come to an end, and people are driven to eating their fellow man to stay alive, what is the advantage […]

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Sam Worthington to play Dracula?

source: latinoreview.com Avatar star Sam Worthington is in negotiations to play The Great Fanged One in fellow Aussie Alex Proyas‘ upcoming flick Dracula: Year Zero. The film explores the origin of Dracula, combining traditional vampire mythology with the history of notorious Prince Vlad the Impaler (pictured above, kinda). Dracula will be the flawed hero of […]

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Avatar becomes highest grossing film of all time

source: boxofficemojo.com James Cameron‘s Avatar has done the unthinkable and sunk the Titanic to become the highest grossing film of all time. Cameron now holds claim to directing the two biggest films of all time. On Monday, the sci-fi epic’s worldwide tally hit $US1.859 billion, trumping the $US1.843 billion gross of Cameron’s previous film Titanic. […]

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The Hangover goes for Best Picture at Oscars!

source: awardsdaily.com There are only 8 days to go until the Academy announce their 82nd batch of nominees and Warner Bros is keen to have their surprise comedy hit The Hangover named amongst usual suspects such as Avatar, The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air. In honour of The Hangover’s recent Best Film (Comedy […]

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The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture at PGA

source: producersguild.org Avatar doesn’t have the Oscar race all wrapped up quite yet. Kathryn Bigelow‘s Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker has been named Best Picture by the Producers Guild of America. The winner of the PGA is one of the strongest precursors of the Oscar season, having correlated with the Academy Awards’ Best Picture […]

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Inglourious Basterds triumphs at SAG awards

source: sag.org Quentin Tarantino’s motley crew of Inglourious Basterds took the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday. The films’ cast, including Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent and, hilariously, Mike Myers, were awarded Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock received Outstanding Actor and Actress […]

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Ryan Reynolds goes underground in Buried

source: traileraddict.com One of the more exciting films to debut at Sundance this year is the Ryan Reynolds‘ thriller Buried, directed by Spaniard Rodrigo Cortes. Reynolds stars as a U.S. contractor in Iraq who is taken hostage and buried alive in a coffin, armed with only a knife, a torch, and a mobile phone. The […]

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John C. Reilly vs. Jonah Hill in Cyrus!

source: foxsearchlight.com Earlier today we looked at some of the more exciting films to debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. One of those films was the new comedy from mumblecore pioneers The Duplass Brothers, Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill. Well, much like a basket of kittens from the heavens, […]

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2010 Sundance Film Festival kicks off!

source: festival.sundance.orgRobert Redford‘s independent cinema gala the Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday in Park City, Utah. There will be more than 100 films from around the world on display, including the tale of an ecstasy smuggling Hasidic man (Holy Rollers), a biopic on the poet Allen Ginsberg (Howl) and the story of two […]

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Avatar, Hurt Locker, An Education lead BAFTA nominations!

source: bafta.org The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the nominees for their 2010 awards ceremony. Avatar, An Education and The Hurt Locker lead the pack with 8 nominations each. They will compete for Best Film against Up in the Air and Precious. BEST FILM AVATARAN EDUCATIONTHE HURT LOCKERPRECIOUSUP IN THE AIR […]

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Would you like to see yourself as a Na’vi?

source: mcdonalds.ie It made Sam Worthington blue. It gave Sigourney Weaver dreadlocks. Now you can find out what YOU would look life if you had your own Na’vi Avatar. McDonald’s Ireland have a funky little app in which you can upload a photo of yourself onto the face of an Avatar. Click the image below […]

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This is the way the world ends – In The Loop review

In The Loop – Starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander and Chris Addison. Directed by Armando Iannucci. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop has been praised as one of the funniest films of the past few years, but surely it deserves to be recognised for also being one of the scariest. With […]

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Samson and Delilah makes Oscar shortlist

source: incontention.com Warwick Thornton‘s AFI-award winning film Samson and Delilah has inched closer to an Academy Award nomination, having made it onto the shortlist of films eligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. We reported back in September 2009 that the film would be Australia’s official entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category. […]

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And the director of the new Spider-Man trilogy is…

source: vulture.com Last week we reported on the unexpected breakdown of Spider-Man 4, which saw Sony boot director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire from their billion-dollar franchise. The studio is now prepping a reboot, and although a new Spidey has not been named, it looks as if a deal has been struck with one […]

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Killing the dream – Nine review

Nine – Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz. Directed by Rob Marshall. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Remaking Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ is about as necessary as fashioning an umbrella out of rainwater. Director Rob Marshall (I can only assume a glutton for punishment) takes on this very task with Nine. The result […]

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15 movies we DEMAND get an Australian release!

Here at Quickflix, we get a lot of title suggestions from members. Often it is an inquiry regarding a film not available on DVD in Australia, and we must sadly reply that “we just don’t know if the film you are after will ever be available in Oz!” The inexplicable lack of Robert Altman films […]

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A conversation with the makers of Up

A conversation with the makers of Up – By Simon Miraudo If there are any filmmakers worth delving into the seemingly vast and infinite imaginations of, it is the crew at Pixar. In the past two decades they have created universes as disparate and unique as the most inventive child could forge. They’ve made rats […]

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Head to Head – Land of the Lost

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, Steve Brady told Will Ferrell to disappear into another dimension by attacking his film Land of the Lost. For […]

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Head to Head – All About Eve

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, Adrian Phoon celebrated the cinematic classic All About Eve. For his troubles, he picked up a double pass to […]

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Made in Australia – Mary and Max 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. In honour of Australia Day, I am republishing the review for my favourite Aussie film of the last 12 months, Mary and Max. The universe that is inhabited […]

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Bring it! 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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Avatar takes top Golden Globes

source: goldenglobes.org Box office sensations proved to be the overwhelming victors at the 67th Golden Globe Awards. James Cameron‘s billion dollar grossing Avatar was the big winner, taking home Best Film: Drama and Best Director. The Hangover was named Best Film: Comedy or Musical. British comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony in Los Angeles. The […]

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