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Talk Hard – Zak Hilditch, These Final Hours

It’s anarchy in the WA! This week, we review the Perth-based apocalypse movie These Final Hours, now in Australian cinemas, and speak to writer-director Zak Hilditch. Get the party ended!   Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Apologies for the audio quality of the interview… and the chatty bystanders. Tell your friends to subscribe to Talk Hard on iTunes and […]

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The Top 10 ‘Orange is the New Black’ Inmates

By Simon Miraudo July 30, 2014 Every sentence is a story, Orange is the New Black‘s tagline punnily promises, and it ain’t lying. Jenji Kohan’s spunky black comedy concerns the highs and lows (okay… mostly lows) of the populace in a female prison seen through the eyes of Taylor Schilling‘s Piper Chapman, a waspy, artisanal […]

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Anarchy in the W.A. – ‘These Final Hours’ Review

By Simon Miraudo July 29, 2014 There’s never been an end-of-days movie quite like These Final Hours before, an anything-goes orgy of grief, savagery, and sex, with just enough humanity to remind us why maybe farewelling mankind would be a shame after all. Zak Hilditch‘s major feature debut makes Perth the final destination for an […]

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Talk Hard – Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant

Sit down, kids, as we share the fable of The Selfish Giant. Simon Miraudo reviews this acclaimed English drama, in Australian cinemas July 31, and then interviews its director and writer, Clio Barnard.   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Do tell your friends to subscribe to Talk Hard on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, follow our RSS […]

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer promises non-stop carnage

Almost – almost – confirming that the long-delayed, production-plagued Mad Max: Fury Road actually exists and will be fit for release is this new teaser trailer, fresh from Comic Con. The clip is just a short excerpt of the lengthy sequence played at the Con, where director George Miller revealed that the entire movie would be one long […]

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Walrus? Yes! Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ trailer revealed

The trailer for Kevin Smith’s podcast-born horror flick – his first since 2011’s Red State – has arrived online, following its premiere at Comic Con. Inspired by a Gumtree post and discussed on Smith and Scott Mosier’s Smodcast, Tusk will concern a podcaster (Justin Long) who answers a classified ad from a lonely former seaman (Michael Parks), looking for an […]

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Unexpected ‘King Kong’ prequel, ‘Skull Island’, set for 2016

Among the things no one expected to be announced at Comic Con: a remake of Kazaam, a live action adaptation of the ill-fated comic hero Arm-Fall-Off-Boy, and a prequel to King Kong. So, you can imagine Con-goers surprise when the teaser for a new King Kong movie was played at the conclusion of Legendary’s panel. Titled Skull Island, the picture […]

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Quentin Tarantino is making ‘The Hateful Eight’ after all

Quentin Tarantino, that tease, revealed at Comic Con he is indeed moving forward with The Hateful Eight, despite suggesting he would abandon the film after the script leaked early this year. According to Deadline, Tarantino made the confirmation after being prodded by a fan’s question at his Django/Zorro crossover comic panel. In an earlier report, Deadline suggested QT was […]

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Marvel reveals ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ concept art, announce ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ at Comic Con; Joaquin Phoenix in talks for ‘Doctor Strange’

Marvel, the reigning kings of Comic Con, selfishly dominated the weekend’s news cycle with some juicy new details about their upcoming slate. First, over the course of the Con they unveiled some concept art character posters, which, when “assembled” make up the above image, showing the Avengers (plus newbies Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Vision) in serious […]

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman debuted at Comic Con

The first image of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (fitted out in full Wonder Woman garb) has been released online, following its debut at the Batman V Superman Comic Con panel. Her character portrait joins the previously released posters for Bats (Ben Affleck) and Supes (Henry Cavill), though neither was quite as rapturously received as this one […]

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The Top 25 Films of 1989

By Simon Miraudo July 28, 2014 Every year is a good year for cinema, however, few can boast about having as many memorable movies – certainly ones that remain ingrained in our collective consciousness – as 1989 can. With that in mind, I dug into the Quickflix data bank to see which had been deemed […]

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Look but don’t touch the saucy ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer

Have that fainting couch at the ready! The scandalous trailer for e-book sensation Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived online. Dakota Johnson plays sexually inexperienced uni student Anastasia Steele in the flick, ultimately seduced by BDSM-loving billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). The teaser – tease being the key phrase here – for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation is […]

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ trailer full of ‘Back to the Future 2′-style shenanigans

The sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine you didn’t realise you had asked for hits cinemas next January. For those who are eagerly waiting for it – okay, I’m one of them – this new Red Band trailer should suffice. The picture sees Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke reeling from the events of […]

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3′ delayed until 2018

Following the disappointing box office returns for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro, Sony has delayed the release of its sequel from 2016 to 2018. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 does not have a specific date in 2018, suggesting that perhaps the studio is waiting to see how their still-slated villain team-up flick Sinister Six fares […]

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ poster indicates this thing might actually come out someday

Despite being in production for approximately, oh, seventy years, Mad Max: Fury Road might actually be nearing release. That is, if its newly debuted teaser poster isn’t outright lying to us. Though it boasts 2015 as its release date, I’ll only believe this thing exists when I’m sitting down to watch it. Plagued with delays, […]

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Robert Downey Jr. might be up for ‘Iron Man 4′ after all

Robert Downey Jr. may not hang up the Iron Man outfit so quickly, says the man who makes close to $50 million a pop for playing Iron Man. Speaking to EW from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Downey Jr. indicated he wasn’t entirely opposed to a fourth Iron Man film (he’s only contractually […]

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Here’s what SpongeBob Squarepants looks like in real life, kinda

A new SpongeBob Squarepants movie is in the works and OH GOD WHAT IS GOING ON? In the first official image, released at ComicCon, we see SpongeBob and his pals in live-action, kinda, not really. The movie, subtitled Sponge Out of Water, will see the characters interact in both live-action and animated environments. So much […]

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Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook loop-de-loop in time-skipping ‘Predestination’ trailer

The Spierig Brothers – those rascally twins responsible for Aussie genre fare Undead and Daybreakers – are set to debut their new film Predestination at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala. But why wait until then when you can, at least, watch the trailer right now? Starring Ethan Hawke as a “temporal […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Oscar game in trailer for ‘The Imitation Game’

Benedict Cumberbatch will likely find himself in the Oscar game thanks to his starring role in The Imitation Game, if the newly released trailer is any indication. Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing – the brilliant, difficult scientist who helped crack the German Engima Code for the Allies – in this Morten Tyldum-directed flick. The trailer seems […]

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First look at Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’

The first image from Judd Apatow’s latest directorial effort has been shared by the New York Times, in a profile on its writer and star, Amy Schumer. Of course, that’s not an image from within their movie, titled Trainwreck, unless Apatow has cast himself as Schumer and Bill Hader’s buddy, and they are at some […]

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Angelina Jolie to star opposite and direct Brad Pitt in ‘By the Sea’

Auteur Angelina Jolie will slum it on-screen with actor Brad Pitt in upcoming film By the Sea. Oh, and apparently they are an item, too. Jolie and Pitt will reunite for the first time since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in what Universal called in their press release an “intimate, character-driven drama.” Jolie will direct the flick, […]

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Matthew McConaughey might be The Company Man

Matthew McConaughey would seem to have his pick of the litter when it comes to selecting a new project, regardless of whether or not he’d be appropriate for the part. Coming off his Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-win, True Detective Emmy nomination, and upcoming starring role in eventual blockbuster Interstellar, if he wanted to play Shirley Temple, […]

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Amy Ryan the latest amazing person to join Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg/Coen brothers collaboration

Amy Ryan, an Oscar nominee for Gone Baby Gone and essential supporting player in most everything else, is set to star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming, untitled Cold War thriller. As if the flick didn’t already have an impressive pedigree, Matt Charman’s screenplay was recently retooled by the freaking Coen brothers. Based on […]

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Talk Hard – Eric Bana, Deliver Us From Evil

What an excellent day for an exorcism! This week we chat with returning guest Eric Bana all about his first venture into horror cinema, Deliver Us From Evil, in Australian cinemas July 24, and New Zealand July 31. A review from Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo follows.   Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Please tell your friends […]

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Devil may care – Deliver Us From Evil review

By Simon Miraudo July 21, 2014 Deliver Us From Evil is this year’s exorcism movie. (Hollywood is considerate in few ways, but at least it knows to spread these things out every twelve months.) To spare us from boredom, writer-director Scott Derrickson adds the crinkle of it also being a police-on-the-beat movie, with Eric Bana […]

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Talk Hard – Greg Sestero, The Room, All is Lost

Oh, hi listener. Wondering what it’s like to star in maybe the worst movie ever made? In this episode, Greg Sestero, aka Mark from The Room, reveals all to Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo. A review of All is Lost, available now in NZ and next week in AU, follows.   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Please tell […]

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Ape expectations – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review

By Simon Miraudo July 9, 2014 If we should take anything away from the terse title characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it’s the power of brevity. So, here’s my review: Apes together strong. Sequel merely solid. (The rest is for the human readers, sticklers for protraction.) This laboriously-titled follow up to […]

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Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton go to war in ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ trailer

Bible movies are so hot right now, and Ridley Scott’s Exodus (newly renamed with the subtitle Gods and Kings) hopes to be the hottest. Following in the wake of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Exodus stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and documents Moses’ attempt to free 600,000 slaves from his adoptive brother, the Pharaoh. Unglimpsed in the trailer: […]

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J.K. Rowling debuts new ‘Harry Potter’ short story

A new Harry Potter short story by J.K. Rowling has reinvigorated speculation about further adventures featuring the boy wizard, and though we’re talking about the world of literature here, whenever Harry is concerned, a film can’t be far behind. The new story, published on Pottermore, takes the shape of a Daily Prophet column by the barb-tongued Rita Skeeter. (Spoilers for the […]

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The makers of ‘Transformers’ and ‘Tron: Legacy’ get to work on a live-action ‘Dumbo’

Ehren Kruger, the screenwriter responsible for most of the Transformers movies, is taking the next logical step in his career: penning a live-action Dumbo remake. According to THR, Disney have tapped Kruger and Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer to adapt their 1941 flying-elephant classic into, presumably, an explosive sci-fi extravaganza. (That last bit we’re just supposing.) Seeing as the original Dumbo is only 64 minutes […]

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