Archive | December, 2011

The Top 10 Films of 2011

The Top 10 Films of 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s the final week of 2011, so we’re sharing with you, once again, our end-of-year lists. This was originally published on December 22, 2011. That’s all she wrote. The end is nigh. And despite what Lenny Kravitz might sing, it is indeed over. 2011 is rapidly coming […]

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The 10 worst films of 2011

The 10 worst films of 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s the final week of 2011, so we’re sharing with you, once again, our end-of-year lists. This was originally published on December 15, 2011. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks celebrating all-things-cinematically-awesome from 2011, reflecting on the most impressive Aussie films, as well as the 20 finest male and female performances. […]

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The 10 best male performances of 2011

The 10 best male performances of 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s the final week of 2011, so we’re sharing with you, once again, our end-of-year lists. This was originally published on December 8 2011. Acting! It’s perhaps the most subjective craft in the entire moviemaking process. What better way to celebrate its unquantifiable nature than by […]

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The 10 best female performances of 2011

The 10 best female performances of 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s the final week of 2011, so we’re sharing with you, once again, our end-of-year lists. This was originally published on December 8, 2011. Acting! It’s perhaps the most subjective craft in the entire moviemaking process. What better way to celebrate its unquantifiable nature than by […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – The First Grader review

The First Grader – Starring Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The First Grader plays the Perth International Arts Festival from December 26 2011 to January 8 2012. Click here for more details. The First Grader stars Oliver Litondo as late Kenyan Kimani Maruge, the Guinness World […]

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The 10 best Australian films of 2011

The 10 best Australian films of 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s the final week of 2011, so we’re sharing with you, once again, our end-of-year lists. This was originally published on December 1, 2011. It’s officially December – let the end-of-year list onslaught begin! With the announcement of the AACTA nominations yesterday, we thought it best […]

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Your 2011 Boxing Day Viewing Guide

Your 2011 Boxing Day Viewing Guide. By Simon Miraudo. In case you couldn’t tell by the fact a bajillion movies are coming out this week, Boxing Day is kind of a big deal for Australian film-lovers. In fact, December 26th is the biggest day on the cinema-going calendar. What is it about that post-Christmas comedown […]

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Gremlins 3 in the works?

Warner Bros has renewed their purchase of the domain Gremlins3.com – just in time for Christmas! – Moviehole reports.  Although this would seem to indicate at least a hint of interest from WB in producing another Gremlins movie, Moviehole rightfully implores us to take that news with a pinch of salt. They do note, however, […]

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Buffy reboot staked through the heart?

Remember that new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie Warner Bros was trying to get off the ground without the involvement of the original film’s writer and TV series creator Joss Whedon? It looks like it may be dead (and not undead dead but actually dead). According to Hero Complex, screenwriter Whit Anderson has been fired […]

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Teaser Debut: Prometheus

The teaser trailer for Ridley Scott‘s ‘don’t call it an Alien prequel’ Prometheus has debuted online. Fans of the original, iconic Alien teaser however will notice a few similarities. We’re still not sure if Prometheus actually has any aliens in it or not, but based on this teaser, it doesn’t look like things are going too well […]

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She wears a mask – The Skin I Live In review

The Skin I Live In – Stars Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The Skin I Live In certainly puts the ! in ALMODOVAR! The Spanish auteur’s latest film is particularly melodramatic, bizarre, and visually sumptuous, even by his already heightened standards. It establishes one […]

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The ice queen cometh – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo review

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig and Christopher Plummer. Directed by David Fincher. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Lisbeth Salander chows down on not one but two Happy Meals; a sadistic murderer listens to Enya’s ‘Orinoco Flow’ as a means of psyching himself up for a kill; and the opening credit sequence is a super-sexy, ultra-violent, James Bond-esque […]

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The Top 10 Films of 2011

The Top 10 Films of 2011. By Simon Miraudo. That’s all she wrote. The end is nigh. And despite what Lenny Kravitz might sing, it is indeed over. 2011 is rapidly coming to a close, and after having sat through almost 250 films, I have selected a top ten (plus 20 honourable mentions) to put […]

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God save the equine – War Horse review

War Horse – Starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and Peter Mullan. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. At its core, War Horse is an anti-combat film about the cowardice of man in comparison to the bravery and unflinching determination of animals. It sounds like it were tailor-made for Werner Herzog. In actuality, it’s […]

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Teaser Debut: The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings fans, your time has come! The trailer for The Hobbit - Peter Jackson‘s highly anticipated return to Middle Earth – has arrived online. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in the epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s LOTR prequel. Check it out in HD over at Apple. The Hobbit will be split into two films, […]

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Blacklisted Roman Holiday screenwriter has credit restored

The Writers Guild of America has officially credited blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s for the Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck classic Roman Holiday, 58 years after its release. According to the WGA’s press release, the lobby for Trumbo’s recognition was sparked by his dying son Chris and the son of credited screenwriter Ian McLellan Hunter. Trumbo Senior was […]

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James Franco in talks to play Hugh Hefner

James Franco might cameo as Playboy founder and generally creepy person Hugh Hefner in the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace. According to Variety, Franco is merely in talks for the part, though it helps directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman had previously recruited him to play Allen Ginsberg in their indie drama Howl. Amanda Seyfried […]

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Poster Debut: 21 Jump Street

The first official poster for the Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum headlined 21 Jump Street flick has arrived online with a fairly cheeky tagline. What more can be said? Well, the following: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller direct Hill and Tatum as young police officers who go undercover at a high school to bust a drug ring. […]

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Trailer Debut: Wrath of the Titans

The trailer for the Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans has arrived online, set to the tune of Marilyn Manson’s cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Titans 2 sees a permed Sam Worthington return as Perseus, a decade older since the events of Clash. Although the demigod just wants to […]

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Outside the box – The Adventures of Tintin review

The Adventures of Tintin – Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Great snakes, I hope they left some exposition for the second Tintin film! A feature adaption of Hergé’s beloved Belgian comic book hero has been a long time coming, but he could hardly […]

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Play It Again – It’s A Wonderful Life

Play It Again – It’s A Wonderful Life. By Jess Lomas. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which classic-film connoisseur Jess Lomas revisits a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a […]

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Trailer Debut: Any Questions for Ben

The first official trailer for Working Dog’s newie Any Questions for Ben? has arrived online. It’s their first film since The Dish in 2000. Josh Lawson stars as 27-year-old commitment-phobe Ben, who becomes enchanted by a young woman (Rachael Taylor) amidst something of a quarter-life crisis. Watch it here! Written by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Sitch, Any Questions […]

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The Academy would like to remind you that Abduction and Big Mommas are eligible for Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have reminded its members of all 265 feature films eligible for recognition at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in 2012, via a handy list on their official website. The usual suspects are all there: The Artist, The Tree of Life, The Descendants, Hugo and so on. But, […]

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Trailer Debut: The Dark Knight Rises

A brand new teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has debuted online, giving us a proper glimpse of Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and what looks to be a football match set to rival any in film’s history. Look out behind you! A crying Alfred! A soon-to-be-deposed Commissioner Gordon! A super-sad (even more […]

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Talk to the animals – We Bought a Zoo review

We Bought a Zoo – Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. If you had hoped writer-director Cameron Crowe would return from his six-year hiatus having shed the demons of Elizabethtown, well, I’ve got some bad news for you: We Bought a Zoo is […]

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Bloody glee – The Guard review

The Guard – Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Rated MA. Originally published July 24, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Here’s an understatement: Brendan Gleeson is one of the most reliable and enjoyable actors working today. I have trouble recalling a film he didn’t steal. Needless to say, he kills in The Guard, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. Gleeson stars as Boyle, […]

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Eva Green in talks for 300: Battle of Artemisia

Former Bond girl Eva Green is in talks to star in the 300 prequel Battle of Artemisia. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Green would play Artemisia herself, “a ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle”. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are still looking for an actor to […]

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Clive Owen, Mia Wasikowska offered Oldboy roles

Clive Owen and Mia Wasikowska have been targeted to star opposite Josh Brolin in Spike Lee‘s upcoming Oldboy remake. According to Twitch, Owen has been offered the role of primary antagonist. Colin Firth and Christian Bale both turned down the part prior. Meanwhile, Aussie Wasikowska is being courted to take on the lead female role. Rooney Mara was originally suggested to be a contender, but passed […]

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Animal Kingdom to be developed into American TV series

The hit Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom is to be turned into a TV show by producer John Wells (The West Wing, E.R.), Deadline reports. David Michôd‘s 2010 film concerned an Australian family of bank-robbers in Melbourne, presided over by one creepy matriarch (Jacki Weaver, in an Oscar-nominated performance). Though it isn’t stated explicitly in Deadline’s report, […]

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Walk like a man – Albert Nobbs review

Albert Nobbs – Starring Glenn Close, Janet McTeer and Mia Wasikowska. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. I’m afraid that before I can begin to thoughtfully unpack and deconstruct Rodrigo Garcia’s cross-dressing drama Albert Nobbs (and I may not even get that far), I’m going to have to address the giant elephant […]

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