Archive | July, 2011

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Ten

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day 10. By Simon Miraudo. Only yesterday I was lamenting the fact that I had hit the proverbial wall in my attempt to watch 60 films during the 17 days of the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival. Well, like a bolt from the blue, my singular brand of melancholia was […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Nine

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Nine. By Simon Miraudo. So this is what it feels like to hit the wall. It had to happen eventually. The mental exhaustion, poor diet, and lack of both sunlight and sleep have proven to be too much for me, a small man with almost no muscle mass. I’m […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Project Nim review

Project Nim – Directed by James Marsh. By Jess Lomas. Project Nim plays the Melbourne International Film Festival Sunday 31 July. “It was the seventies!” Is a line used in this documentary, to justify what was known as Project Nim; the forceful taking of a baby chimpanzee from its mother for the purpose of science. […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Eight

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Eight. By Simon Miraudo. I’m writing this very sentence to you at 2:32am on Friday evening (or rather, Saturday morning), on this, the eighth night of the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival. You’ll forgive me if I end my introduction here and get right on to discussing the movies, […]

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Trailer Debut: New Year’s Eve

Everyone in Hollywood is falling for everyone else in Hollywood, in the first trailer for New Year’s Eve. The producers of Valentine’s Day have reunited with their director Garry Marshall to bring us another one-night-only tale in which seemingly the entire constellation of celebrities attempt to hook up with one another. VD alum Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel and Hector Elizondo are […]

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First look at Hutcherson and Hemsworth in The Hunger Games

It’s been a big few weeks for Hunger Games fans, with the release of the film’s teaser poster and our first official look at Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale, courtesy of EW. In these images, we see Peeta and Gale walking through the forest, Peeta outside his family’s bakery, holding the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Take Shelter review

Take Shelter – Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham. Directed by Jeff Nichols. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. Take Shelter plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on Saturday 6 August. Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ sophomore film, Take Shelter, is a slow-burn mix of family drama and thriller driven by the mental breakdown of its […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Seven

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Seven. By Simon Miraudo. Well, that’s one week down. To think it was only seven days ago that I arrived in Melbournetown and trekked to the Greater Union on Russell Street for the very first time. 168 hours later (give or take), and I’ve seen 24 films at the […]

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Poster Debut: Red State

UPDATE: We’ve been contacted by the Australian PR team handling Red State‘s release, and they’ve alerted us that the film will now open late October, as opposed to September 22nd as originally reported. As Kevin Smith’s horror flick Red State nears its official release, a brand new poster has debuted online. Although Smith has been […]

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Trailer Debut: The Ides of March

The trailer for George Clooney‘s highly anticipated new drama (and dare we say it, Best Picture Oscar contender) The Ides of March has debuted online. Based on Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, The Ides of March stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen, the man behind the next president of the United States (played by Clooney). As Stephen navigates an […]

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Trailer Debut: Happy Feet Two

A new trailer for Happy Feet Two has arrived online. Although it recycles much of the footage seen in the original teaser, it offers us a slightly better look at the film’s plot. Slightly. Happy Feet Two focuses on the son of Mumble (Elijah Wood), a teensy penguin named Erik. According to the official plot synopsis… […]

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Teaser Debut: Battleship

The first teaser trailer for Peter Berg‘s $200 million film adaptation of the board game Battleship has docked online. As befits a movie based on a board game, the premise is exceptionally simple: a naval fleet discovers aliens lying in wait beneath the water. They fight. You can watch it in HD over at Yahoo. […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Submarine review

Submarine – Starring Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige and Sally Hawkins. Directed by Richard Ayoade. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. Submarine plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on Thursday 28 July. The feature directorial debut for actor Richard Ayoade is an impressive though familiar exploration into the coming of age for one awkward teenager. Based on […]

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Ron Howard abandons Dan Brown trilogy

Ron Howard will not direct the feature film adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol, despite helming its predecessors The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. According to Deadline, Howard will still produce the flick, which follows Robert Langdon on yet another symbology-related mystery. A studio insider claims Howard “”didn’t want to do that […]

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Cusack and Cage to star in serial killer flick

John Cusack and Nicolas Cage are in discussions to star in the serial killer movie The Frozen Ground. According to Deadline, Cusack would play real-life Alaskan predator Robert Hanson, “a respected family man who for over 12 years abducted more than 24 women and flew them into the Alaskan wilderness to be hunted. Cage would […]

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Limitless director to remake Bonnie and Clyde

Limitless director Neil Burger is in discussions to helm a remake of Arthur Penn‘s legendary New Hollywood flick Bonnie and Clyde. According to Deadline, Burger is looking to team up with Up in the Air screenwriter Sheldon Turner for an even grittier take on the real-life Depression Era bank robbers. The project is inspired by Jeff Gunn’s recently […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Six

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Six. By Simon Miraudo. Sweet release! After days of endless movie watching, I felt the need to temporarily take a break from the cinema and recalibrate my now-square eyes to their traditional circular form. Don’t get me wrong … I still went to the movies (there ain’t no real […]

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Nation’s pride – Captain America: The First Avenger review

Captain America: The First Avenger – Starring Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell and Hugo Weaving. Directed by Joe Johnston. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. When it was announced that Marvel Studios would begin production on a Captain America movie, the idea seemed ludicrous. Captain America is the paragon of all things ‘USA’, and in this ultra-cynical […]

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Killing a legend – The Conspirator review

The Conspirator – Starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright and Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Robert Redford. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Conspirator begins with two injured Yankee soldiers – having barely survived a nasty battle against the Confederate army during the American Civil War – clinging to life and sharing a joke. The first, Frederick […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Five

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Five. By Simon Miraudo. Today a woman approached me outside of The Forum – one of the primary cinemas screening features at MIFF – and asked if I was from Melbourne. Blush! Had it only taken me five days to acclimatise? Was my super cool sweater/jacket/scarf combo convincing everyone […]

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Rogen and Efron to co-star in raunchy frat comedy

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are set to star in a raunchy new comedy in the vein of Animal House and Old School, Deadline reports. Universal Pictures paid screenwriters Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien seven-figures for their script; the studio is no doubt eager to recapture the success of their last American R-rated comedy Bridesmaids.  […]

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Unclean – The Housemaid review

The Housemaid – Starring Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jung-Jae and Seo Woo. Directed by Im Sang-soo. Rated MA. Originally published April 11, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid either doesn’t know what it wants to be, or is trying to be too many things at once. Few films can claim to be over-ambitious and […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Four

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Four. By Simon Miraudo. 25%. One quarter. Half a half. That is how far I am into the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival 60 Films in 17 Days challenge. Thankfully, only a fifth of the films I’ve seen so far have been out and out clunkers, whilst a number […]

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Spielberg says Jurassic Park 4 only “two to three years” away

Steven Spielberg has officially confirmed that he is working on Jurassic Park 4 while speaking on a panel at Comic Con over the weekend. According to Slashfilm, Spielberg said that a writer (likely Mark Protosevich) is currently working on the screenplay, and it should be ready in “the next two to three years”. Discuss: Good news […]

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First look at Lily Collins in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White

We’ve seen Kristen Stewart in character as a gritty Snow White in Rupert Sanders Snow White and The Huntsman. Now comes the first official photo of Lily Collins as Snow in Tarsem Singh‘s own take on the classic fable, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. And it’s certainly got a different look! Singh’s version will star […]

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First look at Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in Snow White and The Huntsman

The first official images of Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in character for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman debuted at Comic Con over the weekend, and have made their way online for your visual pleasure (courtesy of Slashfilm). As you can see from the above pic of Stewart as Snow White, […]

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Nic Cage, Jack Black and Steve Carell teaming with Charlie Kaufman

Well, alright! Not only is Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s upcoming collaboration with director Spike Jonze picking up some speed, but so is his directorial follow-up to Synecdoche, New York, titled Frank or Francis. According to Deadline, Nicolas Cage and Jack Black are attached to Kaufman’s next project, while Steve Carell is in talks to star. […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Three

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Three. By Simon Miraudo. We’re three days into the MIFF Blog-A-Thon challenge (in which myself and five other bloggers attempt to watch/review 60 films in 17 days), and I realise I’ve yet to offer a status report on my state of mind and physical wellbeing. In regards to the […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Two

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day Two. By Simon Miraudo. Beasts, and guards, and Michael Shannons, oh my! My second day of movie-watching at the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival was a packed one; so much so, I don’t even have time to write a proper introduction to this diary entry. Instead, I’m just going […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival – Day One

Melbourne International Film Festival – Day One. By Simon Miraudo. So it begins! Kinda! Although yesterday was technically the opening night of the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival, I was too busy chatting with Geoffrey Rush on the red carpet, and having John Safran compliment my hair to see the first film of the fest, […]

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