Archive | December, 2012

See you in the New Year!

The Quickflix editorial elves are taking a short break over Christmas and into the New Year, but there are plenty of great reviews, interviews, and Top 10 lists to keep you entertained in our absence! We’re sure you’ll spend much of Boxing Day in the cool comfort of the cinema. Find out which films to […]

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You’re kidding me – Parental Guidance review

Parental Guidance – Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei. Directed by Andy Fickman. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. It is with deep regret that the last film I review for 2012 be Andy Fickman’s Parental Guidance, wherein Billy Crystal is struck in the testicles with a baseball bat, and then proceeds to vomit […]

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Interview: James Marsh (Shadow Dancer)

Interview: James Marsh (Shadow Dancer). By Simon Miraudo.  James Marsh won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2008 for his literally-buoyant Man on Wire, and followed it up with the doco Project Nim, a startling tale of animal cruelty towards an adorable chimp that may in fact justify any future Rise of the Planet of the […]

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Television Revision: The Wire – Season 1

Television Revision: The Wire – Season 1. Starring Dominic West, Idris Elba, and Wood Harris. Rated MA. By Andrew Williams. Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning you […]

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Play It Again – The Man With Two Brains

Play It Again – The Man With Two Brains. Starring Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, and David Warner. Directed by Carl Reiner. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… […]

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Trailer Debut: Pain & Gain

See Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in all their brawny glory in the trailer for Michael Bay’s black comedy Pain & Gain. Wahlberg and Johnson star in the flick as ‘roided-up gym junkies who get tangled up in a blackmail scheme. You may not believe it after watching the trailer, but it’s based on a true […]

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Trailer Debut: To The Wonder

Swooping, ethereal camera angles! Running through fields! Enigmatic narration! Yes, the trailer for Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder has arrived. The picture ostensibly tells the story of Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Neil’s (Ben Affleck) doomed relationship. However, reviews following its debut at the Venice Film Festival suggested this was even more abstract than your typical Malick film, so […]

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Trailer Debut: The Great Gatsby

A brand new feature trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has arrived. And good news: the modern music is intact! Though Jay-Z and Kanye West’s track No Church in the Wild was previously featured in the first teaser, this new clip has plenty of brand new footage to sate fans disappointed by […]

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Universal meeting with stars for Pitch Perfect sequel

Pitch Perfect has been one of the surprise hits of the year, so it’s no surprise to learn Universal is taking meetings with the stars regarding a potential sequel. Male lead Skyler Astin told Movieweb that he has “a meeting with a Universal representative next week” to discuss the follow-up. He also suggested the pic’s breakout performer Rebel […]

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Four voices are better than one – Quartet review

Quartet – Starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, and Billy Connolly. Directed by Dustin Hoffman. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. Hot on the heels of the success of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes Quartet, another Maggie Smith-led movie about the twilight years. Sure to draw in a more mature crowd, there’s plenty to enjoy for […]

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Little wonder – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage. Directed by Peter Jackson. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Peter Jackson didn’t particularly want to direct The Hobbit, and I didn’t particularly want to be bored to tears, but there we both were, fulfilling what could only be described as some […]

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The Top 10 Films of 2012

The top 10 films of 2012. By Simon Miraudo. With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s cinematic treats, and then crowbar each work of art into a numerical position on a comparative chart. Comedies versus dramas! Thrills versus chills! The great versus the very good! This is the business […]

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Poster Debut: The Great Gatsby

Though its release was delayed a worrying six months – from Christmas 2012 to mid-2013 – a couple of posters for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby have been unveiled, reigniting our anticipation. The posters prominently feature two of the picture’s Australian cast-members: Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan (the cruel husband of Carey Mulligan’s Daisy), and […]

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Ricky Gervais in talks for The Muppets sequel

Ricky Gervais is in talks to star opposite Ty Burrell and a whole bunch of felt in Disney’s sequel to The Muppets. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gervais is in negotiations for one of the three major human parts. Burrell was previously announced as a cast-member, replacing Christoph Waltz as “a lazy Interpol inspector.” Gervais, […]

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James Franco probably won’t be in the Apes sequel

Though his character’s relationship with super-smart chimp Caesar formed the backbone of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, James Franco doesn’t think he’ll be involved with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Speaking to MTV, Franco said: “My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.” He’s referring […]

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Be our ghost – Silent House review

Silent House – Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, and Eric Sheffer Stevens. Directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. Rated M. By Richard Haridy. High concept genre flicks are always hit-or-miss ventures, sometimes elevating a gimmick into the sublime (Buried , set entirely in a coffin); other times turning a curious device into a maddeningly […]

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Crime cop – Jack Reacher review

Jack Reacher – Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, and Werner Herzog. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Jack Reacher is trash, but since when is that a bad thing? Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of Lee Child’s One Shot follows in the footsteps of those convoluted John Grisham and Dan Brown books that are […]

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Eternal flame – Hope Springs review

Hope Springs – Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Directed by David Frankel. Rated M. By Richard Haridy. Don’t be fooled by the promotional material; Hope Springs is not a comedy. It’s actually something much more interesting: an adult drama dealing with adult issues in a minimalist way. Unlike the cloying contrivances […]

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Tiger blood – Life of Pi review

Life of Pi – Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Rafe Spall. Directed by Ang Lee. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Ang Lee attempts a Hail Mary pass with his adaptation of Yann Martel’s parable Life of Pi. No one could reasonably suggest the Oscar winning director’s good name has been tarnished in recent years, […]

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Dream on – Les Misérables review

Les Misérables – Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. Directed by Tom Hooper. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Tom Hooper‘s cinematic adaptation of Les Misérables touches greatness more often than most of the movies released in the past calendar year, which is why it’s so disappointing whenever the film returns to its more […]

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The 10 Worst Films of 2012

The 10 Worst Films of 2012. By Simon Miraudo. With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s cinematic treats, and then crowbar each work of art into a numerical position on a comparative chart. Comedies versus dramas! Thrills versus chills! The great versus the very good! This is the business […]

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Jack White no longer scoring The Lone Ranger

There was a time when it didn’t seem Gore Verbinski’s ambitious, super-expensive Lone Ranger would ever see the light of day. Though Disney eventually gave it the green light, and production is now almost completed, we still won’t see Verbinski’s dream version of the project. Jack White was originally confirmed to compose music for the […]

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Teaser Debut: I’m So Excited

A teaser trailer for Pedro Almodovar (sorry, ALMODOVAR!’s) latest comedy, I’m So Excited, has arrived online. Unsurprisingly, this vibrant, colourful clip features a stirring rendition of that very Pointer Sisters’ song. The picture looks like a cross between Pedro’s very special brand of telenovelas and Flying High. It will feature “special collaborations” with Penelope Cruz, Antonio […]

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The Top 10 Female Performances of 2012

The Top 10 Female Performances of 2012. By Simon Miraudo. With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s cinematic treats, and then crowbar each work of art into a numerical position on a comparative chart. Comedies versus dramas! Thrills versus chills! The great versus the very good! This is the […]

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The Top 10 Male Performances of 2012

The Top 10 Male Performances of 2012. By Simon Miraudo. With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s cinematic treats, and then crowbar each work of art into a numerical position on a comparative chart. Comedies versus dramas! Thrills versus chills! The great versus the very good! This is the […]

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Lincoln leads, Salmon scores, Aussies appear, and chaos reigns in 70th Golden Globe nominations

Ah, the Golden Globes. Where Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is considered one of the 10 best films of the year and shows like Mad Men and Louie are inferior to Smash! The nominations for the 70th Golden Globes Awards were announced last night, and the enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association reminded us what hilarious scamps they are! Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln dominated the […]

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Trailer Debut: Pacific Rim

The feature trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s epic aliens vs. robots flick Pacific Rim has crash-landed. It tells of human kind’s apocalyptic battle with ocean monsters. Their primary line of defence: giant robots. It looks like a cross between Transformers and Akira and Godzilla and Cloverfield and Aliens and your teenage brother’s fantasies. Some of those things are good! The flick was recently post-converted to 3-D. Pacific Rim […]

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Aussie Brenton Thwaites cast in Transformers 4

For those concerned Michael Bay’s fourth Transformers flick wouldn’t have gorgeous teenagers to lust over, calm those nerves! Australian Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away) and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) have scored plum roles in the feature. According to Twitch, Peltz will play Mark Wahlberg’s daughter in the flick, while Thwaites will appear as her biker boyfriend. Radical! […]

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Trailer Debut: Man of Steel

A proper trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has arrived online, expanding on the surprisingly Terrence Malick-esque first teaser. Here, we start to see the influence of producer Christopher Nolan. It’s so grim! Obviously, there are still plenty of Snyder’s visual flourishes on display. This thing might actually work… Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy […]

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Animators, assemble – Rise of the Guardians review

Rise of the Guardians – Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, and Chris Pine. Directed by Peter Ramsey. Rated PG. By Jess Lomas. ’twas several nights before Easter when all through the land, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and Sandman gathered to make a plan. Children had stopped believing as the […]

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