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Box Office Gross: $864,131,942 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Craig T. Nelson - Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible
Holly Hunter - Helen Parr/Elastigirl
Sarah Vowell - Violet Parr
Huck Milner - Dashielle Parr (Dash)
Samuel L. Jackson - Lucius Best/Frozone
Brad Bird - Edna Moda (E)
Bob Odenkirk - Winston Deavor
Catherine Keener - Evelyn Deavor
Jonathan Banks - Rick Decker
Sophia Bush - Voyd
Michael Bird - Tony Rydinger
Isabella Rossellini - Ambassador
Phil LaMarr - Krushaer/Helectrix
John Ratzenberger - Underminer
Bill Wise - Screenslaver/Pizza Guy
Writer/Producer - Brad Bird
Executive Producer - John Lasseter
Producers - John Walker and Nicole Paladis Grindle
Story Supervisor - Ted Mathot
Story Consultants - Peter Sohn,
Mark Andrews and Michael Arndt
Additional Story Artist/
Character Designer/Supervising Animator - Tony Fucile
Production Designer - Ralph Eggleston
Character and Costume Designer - Deanna Marsigliesse
Character Supervisor - Bill Wise
Director of Photography: Camera - Mahyar Abousaeedi
Director of Photography: Lightning - Erik Smitt
Film Editor - Stephen Schaffer
Second Film Editor - Anthony Greenberg
Music - Michael Giacchino
It's been 14 years since Pixar released THE INCREDIBLES (click here) and the stakes have never been higher. After such a long waiting period, a sequel has been released and it has met all expectations. Brad Bird has revisited his own cinematic creations and is again doing the impossible by putting them into this new installment with twice the fun and action as its predecessor. He even went back to his roots in 3D animation in the wake of the box office fiasco that was his second live-action feature TOMORROWLAND. My small concern on INCREDIBLES 2 is that it doesn’t deliver as much of a original story and some bits were all too vaguely familiar from the original. However, it’s nice to get away from the excitement of the Marvel movies and that it is a rare opportunity to see the whole superhero family fight crime while trying to balance it in living with a normal life.
One of the reasons that this film had brought me here is the whimsical joy of the humour and some of which has come from the antics of the baby Jack-Jack who has recently discovered his super-powers. Added to the movie was its message that promotes gender equality; probably because Elastigirl was the centre of attention and since Pixar nowadays has shifted lead characters from traditional male-dominated world of animated movies.
Now it seems that INCREDIBLES 2 won’t be up there with the sequels that Pixar has made for the original TOY STORY, but I admit, it has been a fun, thrill ride and it would be more exciting if I have to see these two animated movies in a mini-marathon. WARNING!: Viewers with epilepsy are cautioned that due to several of the movie’s sequences containing flashing lights as a risk of seizures.
23rd century, Luc Besson's visually arresting The Fifth Element takes us to a world vastly different from that which we know today. For ex-Marine Korben Dallas, life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living and eats take-away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra- terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg and threatens to destroy the Earth, an event which can only be prevented by combining the four Earthly elements with an alien "Fifth" element. Soon, Korben finds himself a pivotal figure in saving the Earth when a beautiful alien, Leeloo falls through the roof of his cab and turns out to be the elusive fifth element. In the ultimate battle of good versus evil, only Korben and Leeloo control the key to humanity's survival. And the clock is ticking...
Bruce Willis - Korben Dallas
Milla Jovovich - Leeloo
Gary Oldman - Zorg
Chris Tucker - Ruby Rhod
Ian Holm - Cornelius
Luke Perry - Billy
Maïwenn - Diva Plavalaguna
Brion James - General Munro
Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister - President Lindberg
Lee Evans - Fog
Charlie Creed-Miles - David
Tricky - Right Arm
John Neville - General Staedert
John Bluthal - Professor Pacoli Matthieu Kassovitz - Mugger Christopher Fairbank - Mactilburgh
Maïween - Diva Kim Chan - Thai Clifton Lloyd Bryan - Mangalore Aknot/Various Vladimir McCrary - Human Aknot
Story/Screenplay/Director - Luc Besson
Screenplay - Robert Mark Kamen
Producer - Patrice Ledoux
Co-Producer - Iain Smith
Production Designer - Dan Weil
Designers - Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud and Jean-Claude Mézières (Uncredited)
Creature Design Supervisor - Nick Dudman
Costume Designer - Jean-Paul Gaultier
Director of Photography - Thierry Arbogast
Stunt Coordinator - Marc Boyle
Special Effects Supervisors - Nick Allder and Neil Corbould
Special Visual Effects Supervisor - Mark Stetson
Digital Effects Supervisor: Digital Domain - Karen E. Goulekas
Editor - Sylvie Landra
Music - Éric Serra
1998 Academy Awards
Best Sound Effects Editing - Mark A. Mangini (Nominated)
Originally conceived decades ago by French filmmaker Luc Besson when he was about 16 years of age, but now THE FIFTH ELEMENT is a colourful and entertaining sci-fi movie that was made after the success of his groundbreaking 1994 masterpiece LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL. Some moviegoers claimed that it was a dumb and cheesy film, others thought it was truly impressive. I actually thought so myself and there’s nothing wrong with this movie that came out in the same year as the STAR WARS special editions and James Cameron’s TITANIC (click here), all except for one defect. In my opinion, this may have prevented THE FIFTH ELEMENT from being accomplished as the best movie of 1997. Immersive visuals, city landscapes and masterful concepts, all of which are designed beautifully with a touch of regal splendour as Luc Besson interpreted the future for the sci-fi loving audiences. It may have inspired George Lucas to create more of this city scenery for one of the less fortunate STAR WARS prequels, ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
The cast is no bigger than the extraordinary visuals that were in the left side of a plate. Bruce Willis was a multi-talented actor who ended up in this farce, even though he wasn’t my favourite action star in my opinion. His performance was convincing as the ex-military turned cab driver Korben Dallas who finds himself in a predicament to save the universe. Milla Jovovich was pleasant to watch as the actress fits the bill of the love interest of Korben’s and is also the key to everything. Gary Oldman enjoys getting the villainous roles and doing so without being managed to be actually typecast. Here, he portrays the immorally corrupt businessman Zorg who speaks with a Southern accent as it differs to Oldman’s English tone of voice and is over-the-top than being serious. All the actors are good but one particular performance of an actor I did not like in the movie is Chris Tucker, whose musician character Ruby Rhod is acting like a prima donna and is extremely annoying.
Humorous, imaginative and explosive, these are the three simple words I describe THE FIFTH ELEMENT as another good space opera with a few marks of potential. It’s been good to re-watch this movie again but I know it’s a bit cheesy, most moviegoers would agree this is a semi-decent feature.
In 1870, a Macaw parrot is
captured by a pirate in the
Amazon jungle and taken
aboard his ship, along with
priceless treasure stolen
from a temple. After a fallen
lamp sets the ship afire, the
pirate, bird and treasure are
set adrift somewhere in the
South Pacific Ocean. The
parrot watches as the
wounded pirate buries the
treasure on a deserted isle,
then dies beside it...
It is 1997 in Sydney and the
same parrot! Mac, is now 149 years old and lives with
his old buddy, the loveable
Grandpa. His 15-year old
grandson, Sam, also dotes on
Grandpa, but their fun-filled
world is shattered when Sam’s
father discovers Grandpa is in
serious debt and organises to
sell his lifetime home and
move him to a “pet-free”
The prospect of being separated from Grandpa is too much
for Mac, who reveals to a
speechless Sam that he can
talk. Really talk! What’s more,
he knows where the buried
treasure is! So Sam and the
eccentric Mac run away on
a treasure hunt...
Jamie Croft - Sam Girdis
Daniel Murphy - Mac (Voice)/Pet Shop Owner
Jason Robards - Grandpa Girdis
Joe Petruzzi - Rick Girdis
John Waters - Dr. Lance Hogan
Deborra-Lee Furness - Beth Girdis
Gerry Connolly - Lou Rickets
Robert Coleby - Mr. St. John
Petra Yared - Kathy Girdis
Nathan Kotzur - Scarlatta
Director - Mario Andreacchio
Based on a Original Story/Screenplay/
Co-Producer - Bruce Hancock
Based on a Original Story/Screenplay -
Executive Producer - Richard Becker
Producer - Margot McDonad
Co-Producers - Tim Prescott and
Macaw Trainer - Peter Gregg
Production Designer - Ross Major
Director of Photography - David Foreman
Editor - Edward McQueen Mason
Music - Bill Conti
Greetings, everyone, here’s another review, a family movie this time! When we think about family movies that featured live animals as they take up the spotlight from human actors, BABE is a worthy example of a film that is a rising success in both worldwide and Australia where the majority of it was filmed in the latter and even took place there. However, few of its competitors filmed in Australia did not achieve that same recognition and each of these were left out financially at the box office. South Australian filmmaker Mario Andreacchio was in a tough time that his all-animal kid-flick NAPOLEON (click here) wasn’t a success as he had hoped, nevertheless had tapped in to direct the feature while an another bird-centric film named PAULIE is about to make its way in theatres for that same year. THE REAL MACAW didn’t do so well with its low box office receipts and was shipped into direct-to-video packaging for American audiences. Though nothing in the film was altered and re-edited in that continent except that the macaw’s voice was re-dubbed by John Goodman.
THE REAL MACAW is too predictable for a family movie and addresses some themes that were all tried and true, especially the inner turmoil of family is probably one of its main issues. Fortunately, the movie directs the viewers’ attention to its delighted comedy as well as its feathered main star who is a wisecracking bird full of personality and spunk and is voiced by the ad-libs of the original actor Daniel Murphy. I have to say, this actor is much better at giving the parrot its squawk than John Goodman had poorly done for the American version.
All the cast were spearheaded by some unrecognisable film talent in Australia with the exception of Jason Robards who is the only American actor in the movie and to a lesser extent, Jamie Croft. In my opinion the late actor is so out of place in this movie that even his role as the grandfather couldn’t save him in a forgettable movie that was forcibly marketed to international audiences. The young actor Croft gives a solid performance as the young boy who was desperate to save his grandpa from being sent into a retirement community as well as financial problems.
THE REAL MACAW is just too average, it’s much harder to find in a bargain bin on a second-hand retail store as if it was a very rare bird indeed (no pun intended). All of you bird lovers out there will understand this critique that this whole movie isn’t good enough for the entire family audience.
Box Office Gross: $339,545,087 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)
Following the adventures of a young Han Solo and his faithful companion Chewbacca as they travel in a galaxy far, far away.
Alden Ehrenreich - Han Solo
Joonas Suotamo - Chewbacca
Donald Glover - Lando Calrissian
Emilia Clarke - Qi’ra
Woody Harrelson - Beckett
Paul Bettany - Dryden Vos
Thandie Newton - Val
Phoebe Waller-Bridge - L3-37
Jon Favreau - Rio Durant (Voice)
Linda Hunt - Lady Proxima (Voice)
Ian Kenny - Rebolt
John Tuin - Korso
Warwick Davis - Weazel
Charlotte Louise - Margo
Sema-Tawi Smart - Chanteuse
Clint Howard - Ralakili Dee Tails - Quay Tolsite
Attila Vajda - Sagwa
Anthony Daniels - Tak (Cameo)
Kiran Shah - Karjj
Lily Newmark - Lexi
Samantha Colley - Ottilie
Dave Chapman - Rio Durant & Lady
Proxima Lead Peformer
Katy Kartwheel - Rio Durant Performer
Harley Durst - Moloch Performer
Andrew Jack - Moloch (Voice)
Ray Park - Maul (Cameo)
Sam Witwer - Maul (Voice) (Cameo)
Director - Ron Howard
Based on Characters - George Lucas
Producer - Lawrence Kasdan
Screenplay/Co-Producer - Jonathan Kasdan
Executive Producers - Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Jason D. McGatlin
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Simon Emanuel
Producers - Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur
Co-Producers - Will Allegra and John Swartz
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Supervisor - Rob Bredow
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Susan Towner
Production Designer - Neil Lamont
Costume Designers - David Crossman and Glyn Dillon
Creature and Special Make-up Effects Creative Supervisor -
Make-up Designer - Amanda Knight
Director of Photography - Bradford Young
Second Unit Director/Action Designer/Stunt Coordinator -
Bradley James Allan
Action Designer - Christopher Clark Cowan
Stunt Coordinators - Mark Ginther and
Stunt Coordinator/Performer - Roy Taylor
Special Effects Supervisor - Dominic Tuohy
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Matt Shumway
Film Editor - Pietro Scalia
Score Composer and Adapter - John Powell
Han Solo Theme and Original Star Wars - John Williams
Fans are worried that this new anthology film may be an unnecessary addition to the STAR WARS lore after a behind-the-scenes drama which began with the original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller being fired by the producer, allowing the production to fall into the hands of a more capable Ron Howard who re-shot the picture in 75%. Even the controversy from THE LAST JEDI (click here) has left some loyal fans befuddled and concerned about the future of the franchise.SOLO wasn’t much of a box office success partly because of this disinterest, though the film wasn’t a total failure for both Disney and Lucasfilm, they need to re-think their strategies before they can go up against another hugely successful movie and this may have been the first time in the series however.
Having read much of Han Solo’s original backstory from only one book of the non-canon Expanded Universe as well as learned its few facts. This feature unravels much of the character’s backstory and some bits that were already explored from the novel are changed for the better, like Han saving Chewbacca’s life and Han making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and so forth. I liked the script-writing father and son duo Lawrence & Jon Kasdan for adapting the story of the notorious smuggler than came to be Han Solo, though I’m a little disappointed how there are a few discrepancies in the story-line that would seriously hurt the movie.
Alden Ehrenreich has outdone himself in portraying a young Han Solo and though he isn't trying to emulate Harrison Ford's older impression and doesn't have his rugged good looks or his improvisation. He has done the integrity that he needs to be his own role and that's what you get paid for being the titular character he really likes. Donald Glover is perfect as the smooth-talking, charismatic Lando Calrissian since he took over the character from Billy Dee Williams. I haven't watched any of the Game of Thrones series, not because I'm unfamiliar with the actress Emilia Clarke since she hasn’t had the privilege to portray Sarah Connor in TERMINATOR: GENISYS. Quite frankly, she's doing much better than her previous role but otherwise did okay. Other particular actors that have standout roles include Woody Harrelson as Han's mentor Beckett and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Lando's sassy droid companion L3-37.
That being said, SOLO is a feel good science-fiction movie, not the best but near-perfect to everyone's opinion. While this standalone feature does very little to contribute to the franchise, I am really satisfied how it has turned out. Longtime fans and cinema-goers would definitely watch this movie in order to check their expectations of it.
Silents are giving way to Talkies - and a hoofer-turned-matinee-idol is caught in that bumpy transition, as well as his buddy, prospective ladylove and shrewish co-star.
Gene Kelly - Don Lockwood
Debbie Reynolds - Kathy Selden
Donald O'Connor - Cosmo Brown
Jean Hagen - Lina Lamont
Millard Mitchell - R.F. Simpson
Douglas Fowley - Roscoe Dexter
Rita Moreno - Zelda Zanders
Cyd Charisse - Dancer
King Donovan - Rod (Uncredited)
Judy Landon - Olga Mara (Uncredited)
Kathleen Freeman - Phoebe Dinsmore (Uncredited)
Madge Blake - Dora Bailey (Uncredited)
Directors - Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen
Story/Screenplay - Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Producer/Songs: Lyrics - Arthur Freed
Art Directors - Randall Duell and Cedric Gibbons
Director of Photography - Harold
Film Editor - Adrienne Fazan
Songs: Music - Nacho Herb Brown
Musical Director - Lennie Hayton
1953 Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actress - Jean Hagen (Nominated)
Best Music: Score of a Musical Picture - Lennie Hayton (Nominated)
When SINGIN' IN THE RAIN was released in 1952, it was Gene Kelly's finest hour in one of his best musical performances in cinema history. It didn't even get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and was a mild showcase until in later years when it was finally recognised as a movie classic. However, I was able to watch the film for the second time and revisited it for the late Debbie Reynolds who passed away two years earlier before I was to complete this review. A triumphant musical comedy from Kelly, co-director Stanley Donen and producer Arthur Freed who have much in common in handling this film the way Kelly and Freed did it with Vincente Minnelli in the Oscar-winning AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (click here). It reminiscences back to the golden years when movies have transitioned into the sound era and were now called the ‘talkies’ back then.
This would explain how much the producer has been through this experience where he had his roots as a lyricist co-writing songs for earlier musicals at MGM that he later borrowed for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN as a homage of that period. Kelly’s enthusiasm has combined with Donen’s co-supervision and Freed’s experience of that era made this movie as an all-singing and all-dancing extravaganza. There are bits of slapstick comedy and the sequences are based in firm routine as Kelly sang and choreographed most of them including the famous number that everyone is humming for a tune.
The cast was full of natural talent including the players such as the aforementioned Kelly who is the standout actor of the movie than a highly-coordinated dancer and prolific director he was. The young actress Reynolds was doing a fine performance as the loveable sweetheart Kathy Selden and Donald O’Connor brings the joy and laughter into his character role of Don Lockwood. Jean Hagen is more interesting as she plays the vain and self-centered actress Lina Lamont as her bad Brooklyn accent is not suited for any of the ‘talkie’ pictures.
There is so much singing and dancing that would live up to this kind of picture, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is a golden oldie and a must-see feature for all and it will attract a new generation of musical-goers. I’ll look forward in seeing more classic musicals and I intend to review a few in the near future.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
De Line Pictures
Runtime: 140 minutes
Box Office Gross: $576,892,094 (Worldwide)(This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)
Plot Summary In 2045, a teenager enters a treasure hunt inside a virtual reality universe called OASIS after its creator dies and the fortune that he leaves behind is the grand prize.
Tye Sheridan - Parzival/Wade
Olivia Cooke - Art3mins/Samantha
Ben Mendelsohn - Sorrento
Mark Rylance - Anorak/Halliday
Simon Pegg - Odgen Morror
T.J. Miller - I-R0k
Lena Waithe - Aech/Helen
Philip Zhao - Sho Win Morisaki - Daito
Hannah John-Kamen - F'Nale Zandor
Ralph Ineson - Rick
Susan Lynch - Alice
Clare Higgins - Mrs. Gilmore
Laurence Spellman - Lame Tattoo Guy (Reb)
Perdita Weeks - Kira
Producer/Director - Steven Spielberg
Based on Novel/Screenplay - Ernest Cline
Screenplay - Zak Penn Executive Producers - Bruce Berman and Christopher DeFaria
Executive Producer/Production Manager - Daniel Lupi
Executive Producer/First Assistant Director - Adam Somner
Producers - Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Producer - Jennifer Meislohn
Production Designer - Adam Stockhausen Costume Designer - Kasia Walicka-Maimone
Cinematography - Janusz Kaminski
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Gary Powell
Special Effects Supervisor - Neil Corbould
Special Effects Co-Supervisor - Keith Dawson
Visual Effects Supervisors:
ILM - Roger Guyett and
Visual Effects Supervisor: Digital Domain - Matthew E. Butler
Associate Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Daniele Bigi
Animation Supervisor - Kim Ooi
Animation Supervisor: ILM - David Shirk
Film Editors - Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn
Music - Alan Silvestri
Review READY PLAYER ONE has every fanboy’s dream of having each of their favourite works of popular culture blend with a dystopian setting and elements of a virtual online role-playing game into a huge crossover. I’m surprised that Steven Spielberg is still the world’s most legendary filmmaker and he hasn’t slowed down despite his advanced age. He is slowly regaining his balance at helming what is to become his biggest sci-fi movie ever. The visuals were amazing and so does the brisk pace but the huge surprise for us is the endless list of pop cultural references of films, music, literature and video games. I liked how the movie has contained so much that includes THE IRON GIANT to HALO as each had come from a variety of nostalgia, even Spielberg lend a few self-references of film series like BACK TO THE FUTURE and JURASSIC PARK. However, the lack of character development prevents this feature from escalating into this year’s best film list. This particular flaw didn’t stop the movie from being lauded by critics as having improvements to the story-line which are not used in the original book.
The actors had some unique talent when being in a star-studded cast and their acting has been ranged from decent to terrific. Actors like Ben Mendehlson and Mark Rylance are no exceptions when they were truly capable on their own performances. Tye Sheridan remains the best of these performers and somehow he just went from being Cyclops of X-MEN to a non-superhero role of the main protagonist in a sci-fi film.
Spielberg isn’t ready to retire just yet and READY PLAYER ONE is his new captivating masterpiece. It's not so much a good feature but actually worth-seeing and therefore is semi-decent. Many pop-cultural fans are excited to see the film again and so am I, you may have to wait until in the near future when the film comes out on Blu-ray, DVD and net-stream.
The actress Margot Kidder has passed away in her sleep on May 14th 2018 at the age of 69. She was notable for her portrayal as Lois Lane in the original film series of 'Superman' and we always remember as the one and only actress who is capable of playing this sassy female character.
In her 20s, she started her acting career in television before venturing in cinematic roles. In 1978, she became famous as the ace reporter of the Daily Planet in 'Superman' opposite Christopher Reeve. Kidder and Reeve were largely unknown for these two leading characters and according to what she said in a 2004 interview that she and Reeve were like brother and sister and displayed both in affection and animosity for each other. Still, it would have been interesting for these two actors to have actually being wed as opposed to an on-screen chemistry that they’re having and this would have surprised all the moviegoers. She reprises the role again in three more movies before ending it with 'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace'. Other of her film roles include ‘Sisters’, ‘The Great Waldo Pepper’, ‘The Amityville Horror’, ‘Trenchcoat’, ‘Heartaches’, etc.
Over the years, Margot has appeared on television for smaller roles, guest appearances and voice-overs in shows include ‘Captain Planet’, ‘Phantom 2040’, ‘Smallville’ and ‘The Haunted Hour’. Unfortunately, she had some troubled experiences including her mental breakdown in 1996 which affected her acting career as it was slowly declining. It's a slight cruel world to miss such an actress whom despite her shortcomings, is really good at portraying some strong-willed female characters. She will be deeply missed and there’s no other actress who could portray Lois Lane better than Margot can.