Monday, 25 April 2011

Mrs. Doubtfire Review (Updated)

Mrs. Doubtfire

Release Date: 16th December 1993 – Australia

Production Companies
Blue Wolf
20th Century Fox (presents)

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 125 minutes

Budget: $25,000,000

Box Office Gross: $441,286,195

Plot Summary
Daniel Hillard is no ordinary
father, so when he learns his
ex-wife needs a housekeeper,
he applies for the job. With
the perfect wig, a little make-
up and a dress for all
occasions, he becomes Mrs.
Doubtfire, a devoted British
nanny who is hired on the
spot. Free to be the "woman"
he never knew he could be,
the disguised Daniel creates a
whole new life with his entire

Robin Williams – Daniel
Hillard/Mrs. Euphegenia
Sally Field – Miranda Hillard
Lisa Jakub – Lydia “Lydie”
Matthew Lawrence –
Christopher “Chris” Hillard
Mara Wilson – Natalie “Nattie”
Pierce Brosnan – Stuart Dunmire
Harvey Fierstein – Uncle
Frank Hillard
Scott Capurro - “Aunt” Jack

Based on Novel "Madame 
Doubtfire" Anne Fine
Director – Chris Columbus
Screenplay – Randi Mayem Singer
& Leslie Dixon
Producers – Marsha Graces
& Robin Williams & Mark Radcliffe
Co-Producer – Joan Bradshaw
Animation Producer – Linda Jones Clough
Animation Supervisor – Chuck Jones
Production Designer – Angelo P. Graham
Special Makeup Designer – Greg Cannom
Costume Designer – Marit Allen
Cinematography – Donald McAlpine
Film Editor – Raja Gosnell
Music – Howard Shore


1994 Academy Awards
Best Makeup - Greg Cannom, Ve Neill &
Yolanda Toussieng (Won)

MRS. DOUBTFIRE is a pretty humorous movie that will keep audiences laughing when they see that Robin Williams is dressed up as an old lady in drag. I loved the funny parts where the kids see Daniel dresses up, then he drops the face mask into the ground and it gets run over by the truck and the other part where Daniel has trouble cooking and gets his woman-shirt on fire.

No wonder that Pierce Brosnan played a supporting role in this movie, but it has been a great effort from Williams and Chris Columbus.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Independence Day Review (Updated)

Independence Day

Release Date: 29th August 1996 – Australia

Production Companies
Centropolis Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 145 minutes
               154 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $817,400,891

Plot Summary
One of the biggest box office
hits of all time delivers the
ultimate encounter when
powerful aliens launch an
invasion against the human
race. The spectacle begins
when massive spaceships
appear. Wonder turns to
terror as the ships blast
destructive beams of fire
down on cities all over the
planet. Now the world's
only hope lies with determined
survivors, uniting for one
last strike against the
invaders - before it's the
end of mankind.

Will Smith – Captain Steven Hiller
Jeff Goldblum – David Levinson
Bill Pullman – President Thomas J. Whitmore
Margaret Colin – Constance Spano
Robert Loggia – General William Grey
Randy Quaid – Russell Casse
James Duval – Miguel Casse
Judd Hirsch – Julius Levinson
Mary McDonnell – Marilyn Whitmore
Vivica A. Fox – Jasmine Dubrow
James Rebhorn – Albert Nimzicki
Harvey Fierstein – Marty Gilbert
Adam Baldwin – Major Mitchell
Brent Spiner – Dr. Brackish Okun
Harry Connick, Jr. – Captain Jimmy Wilder
Kiersten Warren – Tiffany
John Storey – Dr. Isaacs
Frank Novak – Teddy
Devon Gummersall – Phillip
Mae Whitman – Patricia
Ross Bagley – Dylan Dubrow
Lisa Jakub – Alicia Casse
Giuseppe Andrew – Troy Casse
Bill Smitrovich – Captain Watson
Corin Nemec – Connor McGrady
Gary A. Hecker – Alien Vocal Effects
Frank Welker – Special Vocal Effects

Executive Producer/Writer/
Director – Roland Emmerich
Writer/Producer – Dean Devlin
Production Designer – Oliver Scholl
Production Designer/Supervisor: Alien Creature Effects –
Patrick Tatopoulos
Cinematography – Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Stunt Coordinator Dan Bradley
Mechanical Effects Supervisor  Clay Pinney
Mechanical/Pyrotechnic Effects Supervisor (Uncredited) – 
Joe Viskocil
Visual Effects Supervisors  Volker Engel & 
Douglas Smith
Film Editor – David Brenner
Music – David Arnold


1997 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects – Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, 
Joe Viskocil & Clay Pinney (Won)
Best Sound – Chris Carpenter, Bill W. Benton, 
Bob Beemer & Jeff Wexler (Nominated)

INDEPENDENCE DAY is an excellent but terrific sci-fi disaster film that its story deals with a message about an terrifying alien invasion of Earth that plays out like an old 50s movie and it never had been as cheesy as it was. The subjects of this film I had to note are the notorious laughs, outstanding visual effects, amazing explosions, impressive dogfights and the acting of Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. I know about aliens that were either friendly or evil in movies or television, the interesting part in the feature is where their big mothership destroys the buildings of America that shows that they are actually bad and I don't want to spoil why the alien race wanted to exterminate humanity.

This magnificent blockbuster hit is a one of a kind blast and I would like to thank Roland Emmerich for making INDEPENDENCE DAY an exceptional flick.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Return from New Zealand message

Hi, this is Film Guru Lad here! I have just returned from my wonderful overseas holiday in New Zealand. Just letting you know, both reviews for 'Independence Day' and 'Mrs. Doubtfire' will be posted by the end of the week. I would like to see more comments from my viewers and I'll see you soon

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Rio Review (Updated)


Release Date: 7th April 2011 - Australia

Production Companies

Blue Sky Studios 

20th Century Fox Animation


20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Animation/Family


96 minutes

Budget: $90,000,000

Box Office Gross: $484,635,760

Plot Summary

When Blu, a domesticated
Macaw from small-town
Minnesota, meets the fiercely
independent Jewel, he takes
off on an adventure to Rio
de Janeiro with this bird of
his dreams.

Voice Cast

Jesse Eisenberg - Blu
Anne Hathaway - Jewel
George Lopez - Rafael
Jemaine Clement - Nigel
Jake T. Austin - Fernando
Leslie Mann - Linda
Tracy Morgan - Luiz
Will.i.a.m - Pedro
Jamie Foxx - Nico
Rodrigo Santoro - Tulio
Carlos Ponce - Marcel
Jeffrey Garcia - Tipa
Davi Vieira - Armando
Brian Baumgartner - King


Story/Director - Carlos Saldanha
Story - Earl Richey & Todd
R. Jones
Screenplay - Don Rhymer,
Joshua Stermin, J.R.
Ventimilia & Sam Harper
Producers - Bruce Anderson
& John C. Donkin
Character Designers - Jason
Sadler & Sergio Pablos
Cinematography - Renato Falcao
Lyrics/Performer: Songs - Sergio Mendes
Music - John Powell
Film Editor - Harry Hitner


An amazing but amusing and colorful movie set in Rio de Janiero that is released in both 2D and 3D, RIO is accurately an animated musical, but with a exotic flavor and only made by Blue-Sky, not Disney. All I could say that the film is much better than the ICE AGE movies and given of its premise. It seemed to have worked with the comical and visual nature and may be a little predictable. The details of this film that fitted enough to be praise-worthy are the terrific aerial views, splendid characterization of the characters and the voice cast of the acting by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez and Jemaine Clement

RIO in its flighty feathers that the audience of the observing families could ever enjoy a beautiful and morally incredible picture in its good side.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 4 April 2011

Going Away Message

Hi, this is Film Guru Lad here! Just letting you know, I am taking an overseas trip to New Zealand on Saturday of 9th and I will not be posting my blogs for a couple of weeks. But I will check to see if there's any more comments on my blogsite. But I won't be back here to do film reviews until not this next Saturday but the week after on 23rd of April.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Review (Updated)

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Release Date: 30th November 1995 – Australia

Production Companies
Morgan Creek Productions

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: $30,000,000

Box Office Gross: $212,385,533

Plot Summary
Ace Ventura, emerging
from self-imposed exile
in a remote Himalayan
hideaway, travels to
Africa with explorer
Fulton Greenwall to find
a sacred bat which is
told to avert a war
between with Watchootoo
and Wachati tribes. Of
course, when Ace gets
involved, all hell breaks

Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura
Ian McNeice - Fulton Greenwall
Simon Callow - Vincent Cadby
Maynard Eziazhi - Ouda
Bob Gunton - Burton Quinn
Sophie Okonedo - The Wachati Princess
Andrew Steel - Mick Katie
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Hitu

Writer/Director - Steve Oderkerk
Characters - Jack Bernstein
Producer - James G. Robinson
Cinematography - Donald E. Thorin
Film Editor - Malcolm Campbell
Music - Robert Folk

Returning to play the character with an understanding catchphrase that he started in the first Ventura movie, Jim Carrey makes us laugh again in ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS. Unlike the first feature, the second instalment has less lowbrow humour and has an intelligent plot but is funnier and wild in what can be appreciated as a lighthearted, energetic sequel. I was entertained by two of its scenes that are amusing including the Slinky scene and the other where Ace gets trapped in the fake rhino and gets out of it making people think that the rhino is giving birth to a baby.

You know, there's supposedly a perfect explanation why Carrey disliked doing follow-ups with the same character he's already portrayed once before, but I deliberately disagree about this view as a clear example where Carrey has followed up with a sequel that is entertaining than the original. WHEN NATURE CALLS is a great comical sequel and much better than the original, even to the public reception. Alrighty then!

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie