Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Batman Review (Updated)











Batman


Release Date: 30th August 1989 – Australia



Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
The Guber-Peters Company
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (produced in association with)


Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 126 minutes


Budget: $35,000,000

Box Office Gross: 
$411,348,924
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Gotham City: dark,
dangerous, 'protected'
only by a mostly corrupt
police department.

Despite the best effects
of D.A. Harvey Dent and
police commissioner Jim
Gordon, the city becomes
increasingly unsafe...until
a Dark Knight arises. We
all know criminals are a
superstitious, cowardly
lot...so his disguise must be
able to strike terror into
their hearts. He becomes a
bat. Enter Vicky Vale, a
prize-winning photo journalist
who wants to uncover the
secret of the mysterious "bat-
man". And enter Jack Napier,
one-time enforcer for Boss
Grissom, horrible disfigured
after a fire-fight in a chemical
factory...that, devoid of
the last vestiges of sanity,
seizes control of Gotham's
underworld as the psychotic,
unpredictable Clown Prince
of Crime...the Joker.
Gotham's only hope, it
seems, lies in this dark,
brooding vigilante. And just
how does billionaire playboy
Bruce Wayne fit into all of this?


Cast
Michael Keaton – Bruce Wayne/Batman
Kim Basigner – Vicki Vale
Jack Nicholson – Jack Naiper/The Joker
Robert Wuhl – Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle – Commissioner Gordon
Billy Dee Williams – Harvey Dent
Michael Gough – Alfred Pennyworth
Jack Palance – Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall – Alicia Hunt
Tracey Walter – Bob the Goon
Lee Wallace – Mayor Borg
William Hootkins – Lt. Max Eckhardt
Hugo E. Blick – Young Jack Napier
Charles Roskilly – Young Bruce Wayne
David Baxt – Thomas Wayne
Sharon Holm – Martha Wayne

Crew
Director – Tim Burton
Based on Batman Characters/
Project Consultant – Bob Kane
Story/Writer – Sam Hamm
Writer – Warren Skaaren
Executive Producers – Benjamin Melniker
& Michael Uslan
Producers – Jon Peters & Peter Guber
Production Designer – Anton Furst
Costume Designer – Bob Ringwood
Make-Up Designer: Joker – Nick Dudman
Director of Photography – Roger Pratt B.S.C.
Special Effects Supervisor – John Evans
Special Visual Effects – Derek Meddings
Film Editor – Ray Lovejoy
Music – Danny Elfman
Songs – Prince


Awards

1990 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Anton Furst & Peter Young (Won)


Review
Not as perfect as the latest movie THE DARK KNIGHT, BATMAN was a good superhero movie. Though the acting performances of Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson were good, but I think Christian Bale plays a better portrayal of Batman and so does the late Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker. I'm well impressed with the set design of Gotham City which looks like the city from out of Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS. The outstanding direction by Tim Burton is then fused with the memorable score by Danny Elfman and songs by the famed artist Prince.

Comparatively with the Christopher Nolan reboot, the original movie of the franchise has a more magical fantasy feeling to it which is a result of Burton's influence as this is the genre he most commonly works with.

This started the original Batman quadrilogy, followed by BATMAN RETURNS, then to Joel Schumacher's last two instalments BATMAN FOREVER and the infamous BATMAN & ROBIN.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cowboys & Aliens Review (Updated)









Cowboys & Aliens


Release Date: 18th August 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
DreamWorks SKG (presents)
Reliance Entertainment (presents)
Relativity Media (in association with)
Imagine Entertainment
K/O Paper Products
Fairview Entertainment
Platinum Studios

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi/Western

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes


Budget: $163,000,000

Box Office Gross: $165,365,816
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The Old West... where a lone
cowboy leads an uprising
against a terror from beyond
our world. 1873. Arizona
Territory. A stranger with no
memory of his past stumbles
into the hard desert town of
Absolution. The only hint to
his history is a mysterious
shackle that encircles one
wrist. What he discovers is
that the people of Absolution
don't welcome strangers,
and nobody makes a move
on its streets unless ordered
to do so by the iron-fisted
Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a
town that lives in fear. But
Absolution is about to
experience fear it can
scarcely comprehend as the
desolate city is attacked by
marauders from the sky.

Screaming down with
breathtaking velocity and
blinding lights to abduct the
helpless one by one, these
monsters challenge
everything the residents
have ever known. Now,
the stranger they rejected is
their only hope for salvation.
As this gunslinger slowly
starts to remember who he
is and where he's been, he
realizes he holds a secret
that could give the town a
fighting chance against the
alien force. With the help
of the elusive traveller Ella,
he pulls together a posse
comprised of former
opponents-townsfolk,
Dolarhyde and his boys,
outlaws and Apache
warriors - all in danger of
annihilation. United against
a common enemy, they will
prepare for an epic showdown
for survival.


Cast
Daniel Craig - Jake Lonergan,
Harrison Ford - Colonel
Woodrow Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde - Ella Swenson
Sam Rockwell - Doc
Paul Dano - Percy Dolarhyde
Clancy Brown - Meacham
Keith Carradine - Sheriff John Taggart
Noah Ringer - Emmett Taggart
Adam Beach - Nat Colorado
Abigail Spencer - Alice
Ana de la Reguera - Maria
Walton Goggins - Hunt
Julio Cedillo - Bronc
David O'Hara - Pat Dolan
Raoul Trujillo - Black Knife
Toby Huss - Roy Murphy

Crew
Executive Producer/Director - Jon Favreau
Based on Platinum Studios Comic Book/
Producer - Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Screen Story - Steve Oedekerk
Screen Story/Screenplay - Mark Fergus &
Hawk Ostby
Screenplay/Producers - Roberto Orci, Alex
Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Executive Producers - Steven Spielberg,
Bobby Cohen, Randy Greenberg,
Ryan Kavanaugh & Denis L. Stewart
Producers - Johnny Dodge, Brian Grazer &
Ron Howard
Co-Producers - Daniel Forcey, Karen Gilchirst
& Chris Wade
Co-Producer/First Assistant Director - 
K.C. Hodenfield
Production Designer - Scott Chambliss
Costume Designer - Mary Zophres
Special Makeup/Puppeteer: 
Legacy Effects - Shane Mahan
Director of Photography - Matthew Libatique
Second Unit Director/Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM -
Roger Guyett
Co-Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM -
Eddie Pasquarello
Film Editors - Dan Lebental & Jim May
Music - Harry Gregson-Williams


Review
COWBOYS & ALIENS was a great action packed movie that is a little bit scary and has blended science fiction and western. A non-stop action thrill ride with wonderful acting of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde and terrific direction from Jon Favreau. It's remarkable that these two famed actors Ford and Craig from three different franchises have paired themselves in a duet on a interesting story about cowboys defending their world from a race of evil aliens.

This genre blend of a feature leaves the fans waiting in excitement to see who will win the battle between cowboys and aliens. It's suitable for people who have seen westerns, but have a passion for sci-fi films. So which side are you on?

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie



Monday, 22 August 2011

Green Lantern Review















Green Lantern


Release Date: 4th August 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
De Line Pictures
DC Entertainment

DC Comics

Distribution

Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Sci-Fi


Rating:


Runtime: 114 minutes


Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $219,851,172
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
In a universe as vast as
it is mysterious, a small but 
powerful force has existed
for centuries. Protectors
of peace and justice, they
are called the Green
Lantern Corps. A brother-
hood of warriors sworn to
keep intergalactic order,
each Green Lantern wears
a ring that grants him super-
powers. But when a new
enemy called Parallax
threatens to destroy the
balance of power in the
universe, their fate and the
fate of Earth lie in the hands
of their newest recruit, the
first human ever selected.
Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky
test pilot, but the Green
Lanterns have little respect
for humans, who have
never harnessed the infinite
powers of the ring before.
But Hal is clearly the missing
piece to the puzzle, and
along with his determination
and willpower, he has one
thing no member of the
Corps has ever had: humanity
With the encouragement of
fellow pilot and childhood
sweetheart Carol Ferris, if
Hal can quickly master his
new powers and find the
courage to overcome his
fears, he may prove to be
not only the key to defeating
Parallax... he will become
the greatest Green Lantern
of all.


Cast
Ryan Reynolds - Hal Jordan
Blake Lively - Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard - Dr. Hector Hammond
Mark Strong - Thaal Sinestro
Angela Bassett - Dr. Amanda Waller
Tim Robbins - Robert Hammond
Temuera Morrison - Abin Sur
Taika Waititi - Thomas Kalmaku
Geoffrey Rush - Tomar-Re (Voice)
Michael Clarke Duncan - Kilowog (Voice)
Clancy Brown - Parallax (Voice)

Crew

Director - Martin Campbell
Based on Comic "Green Lantern" - 
John Broome
& Gil Kane
Screen Story/Screenplay/Producer -
Greg Berlanti
Screen Story/Screenplay - Michael Green &
Marc Guggenheim
Screenplay - Michael Goldenberg
Producer - Donald De Line
Co-Producers - Geoff Johns & Lucienne Papon

Production Designer - Grant Major
Lead Creature Designer - Neville Page
Creature Designer - Tully Summers
Costume Designer - Ngila Dickson
Director of Photography - Dion Beebe 

Stunt Coordinator - Gary Powell
Visual Effects Supervisors - Karen E. Goulekas,
Kent Houston & Gregory L. McMurry
Visual Effects Supervisor: SPI - Jim Berney
Film Editor - Stuart Baird
Music - James Newton Howard


Review
GREEN LANTERN is a superhero picture which retells the story based on the original DC comic series. This movie was loaded with comedy and action sequences complimented with the talented acting of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, the impressive direction of Martin Campbell as well as the interesting computer generated visuals. 


Well, it's rather a good movie, it is left suggesting a possibility for a second instalment.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie



Thursday, 18 August 2011

Jurassic Park Review










Jurassic Park


Release Date: 2nd September 1993 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Amblin Entertainment

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Adventure

Rating: PG

Runtime: 127 minutes


Budget: $63,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,029,939,903
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
On a remote island, a wealthy
entrepreneur secretly creates
a theme park featuring living
dinosaurs drawn from
prehistoric DNA. Before
opening the attraction to
the public, he invites a
top paleontologist, a
paleobotanist, a
mathematician/theorist and
his two eager grandchildren
to experience the park --
and help calm anxious
investors. However, their park
visit is anything but tranquil
as the park's security system
breaks down, the prehistoric
creatures break out, and the
excitement builds to surprising
results.



Cast
Sam Neill - Dr. Alan Grant
Laura Dern - Dr. Ellie Sattler
Jeff Goldblum - Dr. Ian Malcolm
Richard Attenborough - John Hammond
Ariana Richards - Lex Murphy
Joseph Mazzello - Tim Murphy
Wayne Knight - Dennis Nedry
Bob Peck - Robert Muldoon
Martin Ferrero - Donald Gennaro
Samuel L. Jackson - Ray Arnold
B. D. Wong - Dr. Henry Wu
Cameron Thor - Lewis Dodgson
Frank Welker - Vocal Dinosaur Effects


Crew
Director - Steven Spielberg
Based on Novel/Screenplay -
Michael Crichton
Screenplay - David Koepp
Producers - Kathleen
Kennedy & Gerald R. Molen
Production Designer - Rick Carter
Consultant: Paleontology - Jack Horner
Cinematography - Dean Cundey
Live Action Dinosaurs - Stan Winston
Special Dinosaur Effects - Michael Lantieri
Dinosaur Supervisor - Phil Tippett
Full Motion Dinosaurs/Visual
Effects Supervisor: ILM -
Dennis Muren (Uncredited)
Co-Visual Effects Supervisor -
Mark A.Z. Dippe
Computer Graphics
Supervisor - Alex Seiden
Sound Designer/Re-Recording
Mixer - Gary Rydstrom
Film Editor - Michael Kahn
Music - John Williams


Awards

1994 Academy Awards
Best Sound Effects - Gary Rydstrom,
Gary Summers, Shawn Murphy &
Ron Judkins (Won)
Best Sound Editing - Gary Rydstrom
& Richard Hymns (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Dennis Muren,
Phil Tippett, Michael Lantieri &
Stan Winston (Won)


Review
JURASSIC PARK is a dino-rific blockbuster from director Steven Spielberg that the movie has a brilliant story-line that is set in a theme park that has dinosaurs which are cloned out of DNA from fossilised mosquitoes. It has most scary parts involving the Raptors, outstanding performances by actors such as Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum and the best of all, it has computer-generated effects by Industrial Light & Magic which bring back the long-extinct prehistoric creatures to life including the biggest and baddest of them all, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. I liked the scene involving the lawyer where... Oops, he has a slight accident.

JURASSIC PARK was a delicate film, I admit, it was my third best Spielberg movie with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (click here) going on second place and JAWS in first.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 15 August 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Review (Updated)












Rise of the Planet of the Apes


Release Date: 4th August 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Chermin Entertainment
Dune Entertainment
Big Screen Productions
Ingenious Film Partners

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 105 minutes


Budget: $93,000,000

Box Office Gross: $481,800,873
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
An origin story set in present
day San Francisco, where
man's own experiments with
genetic engineering lead to the
development of intelligence in
apes and the onset of a war
for supremacy.


Cast 

The Humans
James Franco - Will Rodman
Freida Pinto - Caroline Aranha
John Lithgow - Charles Rodman
Brian Cox - John Landon
Tom Felton - Dodge Landon
David Oyelowo - Steven Jacobs
Tyler Labine - Robert Franklin
David Hewlett - Hunsiker 

The Apes
Andy Serkis - Caesar 
Karin Konoval - Maurice
Terry Notary - Rocket/Bright 
Eyes
Richard Ridings - Buck
Christopher Gordon - Koba

Crew
Director - Rupert Wyatt
Based on Novel & Suggested
Concept "La Planete des
Singes" - Pierre Boulle
Writers/Producers - Rick Jaffa
& Amanda Silver
Producers - Peter Chermin &
Dylan Clark
Cinematography - Andrew Lesnie
Film Editors - Conrad Buff V &
Mark Goldblatt
Senior Visual Effects
Supervisor - Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisor - Dan Lemmon
Visual Effects Supervisors: Weta Digital -
Erik Winquist & R. Christopher White
Animation Supervisors: Weta Digital -
Daniel Barrett & Eric Reynolds
Motion Capture Supervisor - Dejan Momcilovic
Movement Choreographer/Stunt Coordinator -
Terry Notary
Music - Patrick Doyle


Review
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was an exciting prequel/reboot of the franchise with a story-line movie-goers will appreciate and long live to remember. Not only did this film contain many scenes of full throttle action, but it has the motion capture technology which is used to convey the portrayal of the crazy apes resulting from the experimentation undertaken by Caesar. Andy Serkis was the perfect representation of a performer who is willing to go ape as the aforementioned simian. I felt that he done the same way that he did with Gollum on LORD OF THE RINGS and is very remarkable to what he does to Caesar is doing what apes do in their movements and expressions. It is also a career-defining choice for Tom Felton as he moves over from being Draco in the now recently ended HARRY POTTER trilogy as one of the humans into the first and new PLANET OF THE APES movie. 

I thought that RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was good, but it's actually a great movie for the Apes fans and is left open for a sequel which keeps them waiting in the future. 

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie



Monday, 8 August 2011

Bambi Review (Updated)













Bambi


Release Date:
15th April 1943 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Productions

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 70 minutes


Budget: $858,000

Box Office Gross: $267,447,150
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
He's the "Young Prince of
the Forest," but wobbly
newborn fawn Bambi can
barely stand on his own legs.
Over the course of a year,
under the guidance of his
mother and with some help
from pals Thumper and
Flower, he grows into a
noble and courageous stag?
but along the way he is
tested by fire, fear, and loss.
It takes strength and bravery
to survive and to take his
place alongside his father,
the Great Prince of the Forest.


Voice Cast
Bobby Stewart - Baby Bambi
Donnie Dunagan - Young Bambi
Hardie Albright - Adolescent Bambi
John Sutherland - Adult Bambi
Paula Winslowe - Bambi's Mother & the Pheasant
Peter Behn - Young Thumper
Tim Davis - Adolescent Thumper & Adolescent Flower
Sam Edwards - Adult Thumper
Stan Alexander - Young Flower
Sterling Holloway - Adult Flower
Will Wright - Friend Owl
Cammie King - Young Faline
Ann Gillis - Adult Faline
Fred Shields - Great Prince of the Forest

Crew
Supervising Director - David Hand
Sequence Directors - James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield & Norman Wright
Based on Novel - Felix Salten
Story Direction - Perce Pearce
Story Adaptation - Larry Morey
Story Development - Vernon Stallings, Mel Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch & Ralph Wright
Producer - Walt Disney (Uncredited)
Songs - Frank Churchill
Supervising Animators:
Thumper - Ollie Johnston & Frank Thomas
Supervising Animator: Bambi - Eric Larson
Supervising Animator: The Great Prince of the Forest - Milt Kahl
Music - Edward H. Plumb


Awards

1943 Academy Awards
Best Sound, Recording - C.O. Slyfield (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song
"Love is a Song" - Frank Churchill (posthumously) & Larry Moley (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - Frank Churchill (posthumously)
& Edward H. Plumb (Nominated)


Review
BAMBI is a funny but emotional classic movie that has a great story and the animation has realism. It has the saddest but traumatic moment where Bambi's mother gets killed by the hunter, I feel sorry for the poor little deer. BAMBI was Walt Disney's favourite movie that he has ever made and it is the inspiration for THE LION KING (click here) which is another movie made by Disney. It is an enjoyable film for the whole family.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Captain America: The First Avenger Review










Captain America: The First Avenger


Release Date: 28th July 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Marvel Entertainment (presents)
Marvel Studios


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 124 minutes


Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $368,608,363
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
After being deemed unfit for
military service, Steve Rogers
volunteers for a top secret
research project that turns
him into Captain America, a
superhero dedicated to
defending America's ideals.


Cast
Chris Evans - Steve Rogers/
Captain America
Hayley Atwell - Peggy Carter
Hugo Weaving - Johann
Schmidt/Red Skull
Sebastian Stan - Sgt. James
"Bucky" Barnes
Tommy Lee Jones - Col.
Chester Phillips
Dominic Cooper - Howard Stark
Neal McDonough - Timothy
"Dum Dum" Dugan
Derek Luke - Gabe Jones
Stanley Tucci - Dr. Abraham Erskine
Kenneth Choi - Jim Morita
Bruno Ricci - Jacques Dernier
J.J. Feild - James Montgomery Falsworth
Samuel L. Jackson - Nick Fury (Uncredited)

Crew
Executive Producer/Director -
Joe Johnston
Based on Comic - Joe Simon
& Jack Kirby
Screenplay - Christopher
Markus & Stephen McFeely
Executive Producers - Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow, Stan Lee, David Maisel & Richard Whelan
Producers - Kevin Feige & Amir
Madani
Co-Producers - Victoria Alonso and Stephen Broussard
Production Designer - Rick Heinrichs
Lead Vehicle Designer - Daniel Simon
Costume Designer - Anna B.
Sheppard
Prosthetic Make-Up Designer -
David White 
Cinematography - Shelly Johnson
Visual Effects Supervisor - Christopher Townsend
Visual Effects Supervisor: Matte World Digital -
Craig Barron
Visual Effects Supervisor: Fuel VFX - Dave Morley
Additional Visual Effects Supervisors - Stephane Ceretti
& Kathy Siegel
Film Editors - Robert Dalva & Jeffrey Ford
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Alan Silvestri


Review
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER was a brilliant film overloaded with action packed excitement for fans of the Marvel comic book stories. The 3D aspect of this film really complimented the visual effects of the movie. The acting performances were outstanding, particularly Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Hayley Atwell. 

This is the first superhero movie I ever reviewed and it is a privilege to be reviewing one that was so finely crafted. If anyone who is a fan of Marvel and superhero movies, I highly recommend you see this movie and comment on my review site.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie