Archive | March, 2013

All of we – The Host review

By Simon Miraudo March 28, 2013 Of the three handsome, indistinguishable bachelors in The Host, two viciously strike our heroine, while the other settles on strangulation. That she is merely an alien inhabiting a human body doesn’t make the acts – or their frequency – any less jarring to a reasonable viewer. Several “make-out” sequences […]

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Trailer Debut: The Wolverine

The first teaser trailer for James Mangold’s The Wolverine has been released online, featuring Hugh Jackman’s much-loved X-Man battling a bunch of ninjas in Japan. Mangold and screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback have smartly separated Jackman’s Logan from the rest of his mutant buddies and placed him in Japan, paying tribute to the comic character’s most […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: White House Down

Our first look at White House Down (aka: Die Hard in the White House), gives us the requisite amount of explosive images of America’s presidential palace burning. King of disaster films Roland Emmerich is the director behind this blockbuster and from 2012 to Independence Day it seems he definitely has a knack for destroying the […]

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A Royal Affair director to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca

It’s a brave director who takes on a remake of a Hitchcock film and Deadline recently revealed Danish director Nikolaj Arcel to be very brave indeed. Arcel, coming off international success with his Oscar nominated drama A Royal Affair, is taking on Alfred Hitchcock’s sole Best Picture winner Rebecca, which is based on the Daphne […]

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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore to reunite once again

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are looking to recapture that Wedding Singer – and to a lesser extent, 50 First Dates – magic with a third feature film collaboration. According to Variety, they’ll play a couple of blind-daters who wind up at a family resort with their children from previous marriages. Frank Coraci, director of their previous pairings, will […]

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Trailer Debut: Pain & Gain (Red Band)

A new trailer for Michael Bay’s (relatively) low budget black comedy Pain & Gain has arrived online. This one shows off its gorier aspects, hence the Red Band. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson star in the flick as ‘roided-up gym junkies who get tangled up in a blackmail scheme. It’s based on a fantastically compelling true story […]

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Play It Again – Lawrence of Arabia

By Simon Miraudo March 27, 2013 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… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Talk Hard – Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)

Talk Hard with Simon Miraudo is the official podcast of Quickflix.com.au Can we offer you a free personality test? Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo speaks with Paul Thomas Anderson, the writer and director of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, and most recently, The Master. Simon also delivers his verdict on the Scientology-inspired picture (though you […]

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Talk Hard – Julia Loktev (The Loneliest Planet)

Talk Hard with Simon Miraudo is the official podcast of Quickflix.com.au In this episode, we are catching that Midnight Train to Georgia. Well, the one near Russia, anyway. Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo speaks with Julia Loktev, director of The Loneliest Planet. He also delivers his verdict on what she calls a dangerous date movie. Show […]

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Talk Hard – Adrianne Palicki and Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation)

Talk Hard with Simon Miraudo is the official podcast of Quickflix.com.au How is your kung-fu grip? In this episode, Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo speaks with Adrianne Palicki and Jon M. Chu, the star and director, respectively, of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also delivers his verdict on the sequel to Rise of the Cobra. Show Notes: […]

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The king and I – Hyde Park on Hudson review

By Jess Lomas March 26, 2013 When a hot dog becomes a repeated point of conversation in a film, it might be an indication that all is not well. Such is the case in Hyde Park on Hudson, the somewhat historical drama directed by Roger Michell. Narrated by Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney), the distant […]

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Interview: Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation)

By Simon Miraudo March 26, 2013 Adrianne Palicki is practically the lone female in all of G.I. Joe: Retaliation; required to hold her own in scenes opposite Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and a bunch of ninjas. Of course, anyone who was a fan of her stint as the fiery Tyra Collette on Friday Night Lights knows […]

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Interview: Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation)

By Simon Miraudo March 26, 2013 Jon M. Chu’s directorial credentials didn’t necessarily suggest he’d be the best director for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. We suspect it was his enthusiasm for the Hasbro universe that got him the gig. And good thing too: the resulting product is a lot of fun. Having cut his teeth on […]

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A few good ninjas – G.I. Joe: Retaliation review

By Simon Miraudo March 25, 2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation is easily the best film produced under the Hasbro banner, clearing the lowest cinematic bar perhaps ever known to humanity. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu has been subbed in for the outgoing Stephen Sommers (who helmed predecessor Rise of the Cobra), while […]

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The (Pod) Casting Couch – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone / A Good Day to Die Hard

Looking for a film podcast to whisper sweet cinematic nothings in your ear? Only one features Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams, as well as reviewer Shannon Harvey. That’d be The (Pod) Casting Couch, where each week the latest releases are analysed within an inch of their life, outrageous digressions are indulged, and flights of fancy are flown. […]

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Robert Redford in talks for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Film legend Robert Redford is in talks to appear in Marvel’s Captain America sequel The Winter Soldier, Deadline reports. Redford would play a senior leader in S.H.I.E.L.D., though it’s unknown if his character outranks Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Chris Evans is set to reprise the role of the good Captain. Community alumni Joe and Anthony Russo direct a script from Christopher Markus […]

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Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell working on Welcome to Me

Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are reported to be reteaming on the indie comedy Welcome to Me, according to The Hollywood Reporter. We say “re-team” but we are yet to see their first pairing, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, which hits cinemas at the end of the year. Still, the prospect of two of Hollywood’s funniest […]

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Seth Rogen and James Franco likely to reteam for The Interview

The Hollywood Reporter confirms funny-man Seth Rogen will star in, produce, and co-direct The Interview for Columbia Pictures. Rogen will share his director duties with long-time pal and collaborator Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express) and may even re-team with his Freaks and Geeks co-star James Franco. Goldberg and Rogen co-wrote the screenplay based on a story […]

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Christina Applegate might join Ed Helms for Vacation reboot

You knew it was bound to happen at some point. The Hollywood Reporter recently announced a sequel/remake/reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation, the classic Chevy Chase film that ushered several sequels of diminishing returns. Christina Applegate is in talks to play the role of beleaguered wife and the production team of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis […]

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Poster Debut: Now You See Me

Now You See Me is a soon to be released thriller based around the world of magic, yet its first poster is strangely subdued. From action director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Clash Of The Titans), this heist film follows a group of big name magicians who manage to pull off a huge bank robbery as […]

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Lost in translation – Casa de Mi Padre review

By Richard Haridy March 25, 2013 If you’ve ever wished Will Ferrell would make a spoof of Mexican soap operas – mixed with a bit of spaghetti western and performed entirely in the Spanish language – then do I have news for you! Casa de Mi Padre is without a doubt the strangest, most niche […]

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Talking cure – The Patience Stone review

By Simon Miraudo March 25, 2013 Are the navel-gazing antics of HBO’s Girls less significant than the tortured trials undertaken by the unnamed Afghan woman in Atiq Rahimi‘s The Patience Stone? Well, yes, obviously. But do the gravity of those trials make the latter automatically a more worthwhile work? Not necessarily. Rahimi’s dramatically inert Patience […]

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Speak no evil – Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God review

By Simon Miraudo March 22, 2013 Alex Gibney isn’t casting the first stone at the Vatican with his documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. But, God willing, it will be the most effective in shattering their narrative of blissful ignorance. For decades, the Church has seemed to employ the ‘three monkeys’ […]

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Jude Law exits Jane Got a Gun after director Lynne Ramsay fails to show up for work

Things are happening on the set of Natalie Portman’s western Jane Got a Gun. Deadline yesterday revealed that director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) failed to show up for the first day of work on her new film. Producer Scott Steindorff – who, it should be said, is the only person from the picture to […]

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel in the works

Despite being met with a collective shrug by American cinemagoers (and almost all critics), Paramount has given the green light to a Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel. According to Deadline, the announcement coincides with the picture crossing the $200 million mark at the international box office. Seems there were some nations that weren’t totally bored […]

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Argo team of Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio head to Bunker Hill

It seems Argo inspired Ben Affleck to continue covering important moments in America’s history, as Deadline reveals he recently squired the rights to a novel called Bunker Hill. Written by Nathaniel Philbrick, the book takes us to Boston in 1775, where a clash between locals and British troops kicked off the American Revolution. The story […]

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Trailer Debut: Mood Indigo

The trailer for Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo delights and confuses (unless you happen to speak fluent French). My high-school French is a little rusty, but luckily we have the film’s official synopsis. Based on the novel L’Ecume des jours by Boris Vian, Mood Indigo follows the unusual love story between Nicholas (Romain Duris) and Chloe […]

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Tom Cruise might be The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Tom Cruise is in early talks for the lead in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E, according to Deadline. The spy thriller has spent years in development hell, passing from Matthew Vaughn to David Dobkin and Steven Soderbergh before Ritchie signed on to direct in 2011. If Cruise signs on to the film, he’ll play […]

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Trailer Debut: Alan Partridge is in Alpha Papa

The long-awaited Alan Partridge movie is getting closer and our first taste of the project is this goofy teaser. It’s hard to tell how much of this trailer is actually pointing towards content in the film; all it comprises of is Alan and others discussing what the title should be. They decide it will be […]

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The harder they fall – A Good Day to Die Hard review

By Simon Miraudo March 19, 2013 A Good Day to Die Hard is merely masquerading as a Die Hard sequel, much in the same way Hans Gruber once tried to fool John McClane by pretending to be innocent American hostage Bill Clay. John Moore helms the latest failed re-incarnation of Bruce Willis‘ signature franchise, proving […]

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