Monday, 28 March 2011

Kangaroo Jack Review (Updated)













Kangaroo Jack


Release Date: 10th April 2003 – Australia


Production Companies
Castle Rock Entertainment
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Warner Bros. Pictures


Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 89 minutes


Budget: $60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $88,929,111
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
He put the money in his
jacket... and the jacket
on a kangaroo... and
now it's gone! The chase
is on and so is the fun
when two Brooklyn buddies
sent to Australia to deliver
$50'000 cross paths with
Kangaroo Jack, a prankster
of a 'roo who sprints off
with the loot. Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer
(Armageddon, Remember
the Titans) brings his
adrenaline-rush style to this
family crowd-pleaser.


Cast
Jerry O'Connell – Charlie Carbone
Anthony Anderson – Louis Booker
Estella Warren – Jessie
Michael Shannon – Frankie Lombardo
Christopher Walken – Salvatore “Sal” Maggio
Marton Csokas – Mr. Smith
Bill Hunter – Blue
David Ngoombujarra – James “Mr. Jimmy” Inkamala
Dyan Cannon – Anna Carbone
Robert Reid – Young Charlie
Shawn Smith – Young Louis
Brian Casey – Young Frankie
Adam Garcia – Kangaroo Jack (Voice) (Uncredited)

Crew
Director – David McNally
Story/Screenplay – Steve Bing
Story – Barry O'Brien
Screenplay – Scott Rosenberg
Producer – Jerry Bruckheimer
Production Designer – George Liddle
Director of Photography – Peter Menzies, Jr, A.C.S
Editors – John Murray & William Goldenberg, A.C.E
Creature Designer – Chris Clarke
Visual Effects Supervisor – Hoyt Yeatman
Music – Trevor Rabin


Review
KANGAROO JACK is not only terrific, but it is a very special treat that we Aussies watch and is a one of a kind of hopping comedy films. I enjoyed the hilarious part where Charlie and Louis put the jacket on the kangaroo that they mistakenly run over and then Charlie gets kicked in face by the same animal.

Although it was mistaken as a taking animal feature for kids because of its trailer, yet KANGAROO JACK wasn't average, its hysterical and it's my fourth favourite comedy film that I really enjoyed.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 21 March 2011

Rango Review (Updated)













Rango


Release Date: 10th March 2011 – Australia


Production Companies 
Industrial Light & Magic
Blind Wink
GK Films
Nickelodeon Movies

Distribution 
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 107 minutes


Budget: $135,000,000

Box Office Gross: $245,724,603
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Rango is the story of a lonely
chameleon who can play any
role, yet doesn’t know who
he is. His journey takes him
from the solitude of a
terrarium to the vastness
of the Mojave desert
where he adopts the
persona of vigilante lawman
Rango, convincing the
occupants of the town of
Dirt that he is the solution to
their looming hydration
problem. Rango is forced to
confront his identity issues as
the townsfolk, including love
interest Ms. Beans, begin to
actually believe in him and the
role he has concocted thrusts
him into an uncertain reality.
Rango must learn the
meaning of friendship,
complete his quest and
uncover the conspiracy
behind the town’s missing
water.


Cast 
Johnny Depp – Rango
Isla Fisher – Beans
Abigail Breslin – Priscilla
Alfred Molina – Roadkill
Bill Nighy – Rattlesnake Jake
Harry Dean Stanton – Balthazar
Ray Winstone – Bad Bill
Timothy Olyphant – Spirit of the West
Stephen Root – Merrimack
Claudia Black – Angelique
Ian Abercrombie – Ambrose
Gil Birmingham – Wounded Bird
James Ward Byrkit – Waffles
Ned Beatty – The Mayor
Blake Clark – Buford
Lew Temple – Furgus
Alex Manugian – Spoons
Joe Nunez – Rockeye
John Cothran Jr. – Elgin

Crew 
Story/Producer/Director – Gore Verbinski
Story/Screenplay – John Logan
Story – James Ward Byrkit
Producers – Graham King & John B. Carls
Co-Producers – Shari Henson, Adam Cramer
& David Shannon
Executive Producer – Tim Headington
Production Designer – Mark 'Crash' McCreery
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM – Tim
Alexander
Visual Effects Supervisor – John Knoll
Animation Supervisor – Hal T. Nickel
Film Editor – Craig Wood
Music – Hans Zimmer


Awards

2012 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature (Won)


Review
RANGO is sort of like an animated version of BLAZING SADDLES, but is a pretty good movie that is not shot in 3D and it has interesting animation filled with many funny scenes. I praise Johnny Depp for his performance as Rango because he does it so wonderfully than the other actors and he's a brilliant man.

I'm surprised that RANGO won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and is probably the amazing thing that happened in my entire life.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Monday, 14 March 2011

Avatar Review (Updated)










Avatar 


Release Date: 17th December 2009 – Australia

 
Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Dune Entertainment (in 

association with)
Ingenious Film Partners (in 

association with)
Lightstorm Entertainment

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 162 minutes

               171 minutes (re-
               release)
               178 minutes (extended)  


Budget: $237,000,000

Box Office Gross: $2,787,965,087
(Worldwide) 


Plot Summary
We enter the alien world 

through the eyes of Jake 
Sully, a former marine 
confined to a wheelchair. 
But despite his broken 
body Jake still a warrior 
at heart. He is recruited 
to travel light years to 
the human outpost on 
Pandora where corporations 
are mining a rare mineral 
that is the key to solving 
Earth's energy crisis. 
Because the atmosphere 
of Pandora is toxic, they 
have created the Avatar 
program, in which human 
“drivers” have their 
consciousness linked to 
an avatar, a remotely-
controlled biological body 
that can survive in the lethal 
air. These avatars are 
genetically engineered 
hybrids of human DNA 
mixed with DNA from the 
natives of Pandora... the 
Na'vi. Reborn in his avatar 
form, Jake can walk again. 
He is given a mission to 
infiltrate the Na'vi, who 
have become a major 
obstacle to mining the 
precious ore. 

But a beautiful Na'vi 
female, Neytiri, saves 
Jake's life, and this 
changes everything. 
Jake is taken in by her 
clan, and learns to 
become one of them, 
which involves many 
tests and adventures. As 
Jake's relationship with 
his reluctant teacher 
Neytiri deepens, he 
learns to respect the Na'vi 
way and finally takes his 
place among them. Soon 
he will face the ultimate 
test as he leads them in 
an epic battle that will 
decide nothing less than 
the fate of an entire world.


Cast 

The Humans
Sam Worthington – Corporal Jake Sully 
Stephen Lang – Colonel Miles Quaritch
Sigourney Weaver – Dr. Grace Augustine
Michelle Rodriguez – Trudy Chacon
Giovanni Ribisi – Parker Selfridge
Joel David Moore – Dr. Norm Spellman
Dileep Rao – Dr. Max Patel


The Na'vi
Zoe Saldana – Neytiri 

C.C.H. Pounder – Mo'at
Wes Studi – Eytukan
Laz Alonso – Tsu'tey


Crew
Writer/Producer/Director/

Editor – James Cameron
Executive Producers – Laeta Kalogridis & Colin Wilson
Producer – Jon Landau
Co-Producer – Brooke Benton
First Assistant Director/Co-Producer – Josh McLaglen
Alien Language Creator – Paul R. Frommer
Production Designers – Rick Carter Robert Stromberg
Concept Illustrators – Dorian Bustamante, 
Ryan Church, James Clyne, Barry Howell, 
Victor James Martinez, Steven Messing, 
Craig Shoji & Daphne Yap
Concept Art Directors  Dylan Cole, 
Seth Engstrom & Ben Procter
Concept Art: Character/Costume and 
Specialty Props – Richard Taylor
Lead Characters Designer – Jordu Schell
Costume Designers – Mayes C. Rubeo & 
Deborah Lynn Scott 
Lead Creature Designer  Neville Page
Initial Creature Concepts – Wayne D. Barlowe
Vehicle Designer – TyRuben Ellingson
Cinematography – Mauro Fiore
Stunt Coordinator – Garrett Warren
Special Effects – Stan Winston (Uncredited)
Visual Effects Supervisor  John Bruno 
Second Unit Director: New Zealand Live Action Unit/
Visual Effects Supervisor – Steven Quale
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM – John Knoll
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor – Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisors: Weta Digital  Dan Lemmon, 
Stephen Rosenbaum, Eric Saindon, Erik Winquist, 
Wayne Stables, R. Christopher White & Guy Williams
Motion Capture Supervisor: Weta Digital  Dejan Momcilovic
Virtual Production Conceiver/Visual Effects 
Pipeline Engineer (Uncredited) – Robert Legato
Choreographer/Motion Capture Performer/
Movement Coach – Terry Notary
Animation Supervisors  Richard Baneham 
& Andrew R. Jones
Film Editors – John Refoua & Stephen E. Rivkin
Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor/
Re-Recording Mixer - Christopher Boyes
Music – James Horner


Awards

2010 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Rick Carter, Robert 
Stromberg & Kim Sinclair (Won)
Best Cinematography - Mauro Fiore (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Joe Letteri, 
Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham & 
Andrew R. Jones (Won)
--------------------
Best Director - James Cameron (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Stephen E. Rivkin, John 
Refoua & James Cameron (Nominated)
Best Original Score - James Horner (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Christopher Boyes & 
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle (Nominated)
Best Sound Mixing - Christopher Boyes, Gary 
Summers, Andy Nelson & Tony Johnson
(Nominated)
Best Picture (Nominated)


Review
AVATAR is an environmental sci-fi movie that was screened in the end of 2009. Though the plot is completely borrowed from some movies, the 
best feature for me was that it was released in 3D. It was James Cameron's return to feature directing after TITANIC (click here). The things that I praise in the film are its fantasy elements like the floating islands. The Na'vi which they look very realistic due to the film's groundbreaking effects of motion-capture and the flawless acting by Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang.

It is absolutely one of my favourites that I've watched, but is Cameron's best movie that he ever made since TERMINATOR 2.

Star rating: 
(5/5) Best Movie Ever



The Matrix Review (Updated)












The Matrix


Release Date: 8th April 1999 – Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
Village Roadshow Pictures (in 
association with) 
Groucho II Film Partnership (in association with)
Silver Pictures

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 136 minutes


Budget: $63,000,000

Box Office Gross: $463,517,383
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
There are two realities: one 
that consists of the life we 
live every day - and one that 
lies behind it. One is a 
dream. The other is The 
Matrix. What is The Matrix? Neo believes that Morpheus, a person he knows only through legend, an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can give him the answer.


Cast
Keanu Reeves - Thomas A. Anderson/Neo
Laurence Fishburne - Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss - Trinity
Hugo Weaving - Agent Smith
Joe Pantoliano - Cypher
Julian Arahanga - Apoc
Anthony Ray Parker - Dozer
Marcus Chong - Tank
Matt Doran - Mouse
Gloria Foster - The Oracle
Belinda McClory - Switch
Paul Goddard - Agent Brown
Robert Taylor - Agent Jones

Crew
Executive Producers/Writers/
Directors - Andy & Larry Wachowski
Executive Producers - Bruce Berman, Andrew Mason, Barrie M. Osborne and Erwin Stoff
Producer - Joel Silver
Co-Producer - Dan Cracchiolo
Production Designer - Owen Paterson
Costume Designer - Kym Barrett
Special Makeup Effects Designer and Creator - Bob McCarron
Cinematography - Bill Pope
Kung Fu Choreographer - Woo-ping Yen
Kung Fu Coordinator: Hong Kong - Carol Kin
Stunt Coordinator - Glenn Boswell
Special Effects Supervisors - Steve Courtley and Brian Cox
Visual Effects Supervisor - John Gaeta
Visual Effects Supervisor: Animal Logic - 
Lynne Cartwright
Editor - Zach Staenberg
Music - Don Davis


Awards

2000 Academy Awards
Best Film Editing - Zach Staenberg (Won)
Best Sound - John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudolf, 
David E. Campbell & David Lee (Won)
Best Sound Editing - Dane A. Davis (Won)
Best Visual Effects - John Gaeta, Janek Sirrs, 
Steve Courtley & Jon Thum (Won)


Review
THE MATRIX is a pure and awesome science-fiction film that takes you on a journey beyond your imagination. This complex, woven storyline has loads of action, visual effects, camera angles and amazing stunts. I praise everything in the entire feature such as the acting of Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving and two of its impressive scenes such as the one where the main hero Neo and Trinity break into the lobby and the other where Neo dodges the bullets. 

THE MATRIX remains as one of my favourite movies that I've watched and while none of the two sequels have ever followed or matched the same approach. Its predecessor still lives up to me personally and to all viewers.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Monday, 7 March 2011

Transformers Review (Updated)










Transformers


Release Date: 28th June 2007 – Australia


Production Companies 
DreamWorks SKG (presents)
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Hasbro (in association with)
Di Bonaventura Pictures 

Amblin Entertainment (uncredited)
SprocketHeads


Distribution 
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 144 minutes



Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $709,709,780
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
From director Michael Bay 
and executive producer 
Steven Spielberg comes 
a thrilling battle between 
the heroic Autobots® and 
the evil Decepticons®. 
When their epic struggle 
comes to Earth, all that 
stands between the 
Decepticons® and 
ultimate power is a clue 
held by young Sam 
Witwicky. Unaware that 
he is mankind’s last chance 
for survival, Sam and 
Bumblebee, his robot 
disguised as a car, are in a 
heart-pounding race against 
an enemy unlike anything 
anyone has seen before.


Cast

Humans
Shia LaBeouf – Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox
Mikaela Banes
Josh Duhamel
Captain 
William Lennox 
Tyrese Gibson – USAF 
Tech Sergeant Robert Epps 
John Turturro Agent Reggie 
Simmons 
Rachael Taylor Maggie Madsen
Anthony Anderson
Glen Whitmann
Kevin Dunn
Ron Witwicky
Julie White
Julie Witwicky
Jon Voight
 Defense Secretary John Keller 
Michael O'Neill – Tom Banachek
Bernie Mac – Bobby Bolivia
Amaury Nolasco – ACWO Jorge "Fig" Figureoa
Zack Ward First Sergeant Donnelly
W. Morgan Sheppard – Captain Witwicky
John Robinson – Miles Lancaster
Travis Van Winkle – Trent DeMarco
Glenn Morshower – Colonel Sharp

Autobots
Peter Cullen – Optimus Prime (Voice)
Mark Ryan
 Bumblebee (Voice)
Darius McCrary
 Jazz (Voice)
Jess Harnell
Ironhide (Voice)
Robert Foxworth
 Ratchet (Voice)

Decepticons
Hugo Weaving – Megatron (Voice)
Charles Adler
 Starscream (Voice)
Jess Harnell
 Barricade (Voice)
Reno Wilson
 Frenzy (Voice)
Jimmie Wood
 Bonecrusher (Voice)


Crew
Executive Producer/Director Michael Bay
Executive Producers  Steven Spielberg, 
Brian Goldner & Mark Vahradian
Story John Rogers
Story/Screenplay Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Producers Ian Bryce, Tom De Santo, 
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Lorne Orleans (IMAX Version) 
& Don Murphy
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager  Allegra Clegg
Co-Producer/Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator  
Kenny Bates
Production Designer  Jeff Mann
Costume Designer – Deborah Lynn Scott
Director of Photography Mitchell Amundsen
Special Effects Supervisor – John Frazier
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM Scott Farrar
Visual Effects Supervisor – Richard Kidd
Animation Supervisor: ILM – Scott Benza
Sound Designer  Erik Aadahl
Film Editors Tom Muldoon, Paul Rubell & 
Glen Scantlebury
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan
Music Steve Jablonsky


Awards

2008 Academy Awards
Best Sound Mixing – Kevin O'Connell, 
Greg P. Russell & Peter J. Devlin (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing – Ether Van der Ryn 
& Mike Hopkins (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects – Scott Farrar, 
Scott Benza, John Fraizer & Russell Earl (Nominated)


Review
The live-action Michael Bay movie adaptation of TRANSFORMERS is definitely a must-see for all the fans of the toy-line franchise and those who have seen the classic 80s television cartoon of Generation One (G1) will be amazed by its huge impact. I'm a big fan of Transformers and I've seen most of the episodes of G1 along with its original film adaptation THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (click here). I'm also a fan of its other and recent TV animations. I am surprised that Peter Cullen has returned to voice Optimus Prime since G1, but I'm a little disappointed that Hugo Weaving is actually doing the voice of Megatron in the films instead of his original vocal artist Frank Welker. 

I praise the Transformers including the heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons because they looked advanced in their machinery, thanks to the CGI effects done by VFX studio Industrial Light & Magic. Aside from the visual design of the robots, the film includes neat acting by Shia LaBeouf and impressive action sequences.

Now I have to say that this funny, action-packed blockbuster of a movie might appeal to those who have watched the TRANSFORMERS cartoons and used to play its action figures as kids. It launched two sequels such as REVENGE OF THE FALLEN and DARK OF THE MOON which is currently heading into its release.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Winners of the 83rd Academy Awards (Updated)





Actor in a Leading Role

  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
Actress in a Leading Role
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Animated Feature Film
  • “Toy Story 3” - Lee Unkrich
Art Direction
  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
Cinematography
  • “Inception” - Wally Pfister
Costume Design
  • “Alice in Wonderland” - Colleen Atwood
Directing
  • “The King's Speech” - Tom Hooper
Documentary (Feature)
  • “Inside Job” - Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Documentary (Short Subject)
  • “Strangers No More” - Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Film Editing
  • “The Social Network” - Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Foreign Language Film
  • “In a Better World” (Denmark)
Makeup
  • “The Wolfman” - Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Music (Original Score)
  • “The Social Network” - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Music (Original Song)
  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Best Picture
  • “The King's Speech” - Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
Short Film (Animated)
  • “The Lost Thing” - Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Sound Editing
  • “Inception” - Richard King
Sound Mixing
  • “Inception” - Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
Visual Effects
  • “Inception” - Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  • “The Social Network” - Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Writing (Original Screenplay)
  • “The King's Speech” - Screenplay by David Seidler