Sunday, 27 November 2011

Happy Feet Review (Updated)











Happy Feet


Release Date: 26th December 2006 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
Village Roadshow Pictures (in
association with)
Kennedy Miller Productions
Animal Logic (in association with)
Kingdom Feature Productions

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution



Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 106 minutes


Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $384,335,608
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Emperor penguins are born to
sing. All except young Mumble,
who was born to dance...tap 
dance. Such un-penguin-like
behavior eventually gets
Mumble kicked out of Emperor
Land and into the big, cold
world. Joined by his Adelie
Amigos and an all-knowing
Rockhopper penguin named
Lovelace. Mumble embarks on
an epic journey and ultimately
proves that by being true to
yourself, you can make all the
difference in the world!


Voice Cast
Elijah Wood - Mumble
Brittanny Murphy - Gloria
Hugh Jackman - Memphis
Nicole Kidman - Norma Jean
Hugo Weaving - Noah the Elder
Robin Williams - Ramon & Lovelace
Carlos Alazraqui - Nestor
Steve Irwin - Trev
Lombardo Boyar - Raul
Jeffrey Garcia - Rinaldo
Johnny A. Sanchez - Lombardo
Miriam Margoyles - Mrs. Astrakhan
Fat Joe - Seymour
Elizabeth Daily - Baby Mumble
Alyssa Safer - Baby Gloria
Anthony LaPagia - Boss Skua

Crew
Writer/Producer/Director - George Miller
Writers/Co-Producers/Co-Directors -
Warren Coleman & Judy Morris
Writer - John Collee
Producers - Bill Miller & Doug Mitchell
Production Designer - Mark Sexton
Camera Director - David Peers
Motion Capture Supervisor - Greg Allen
Choreographer - Kelley Abbey
Choreographer: Mumble - Savion Glover
Additional Effects/Digital Supervisor - Brett Feeney
Film Editors - Christian Gazal &
Margaret Sixel
Music - John Powell


Awards

2007 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - George Miller (Won)


Review
HAPPY FEET was a great family movie that has excellent cover songs and is charming, funny and sad for everyone including penguin-lovers. It has a passionate story-line that is a bit like FOOTLOOSE but sends an environmental message about overfishing and the damage it is causing to the species of fish in the Antarctic. Its factors that I praise include the motion-capture animation that brought the tap-dancing penguins to life as well as the direction by George Miller and the voice cast of Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, the late Brittany Murphy and Robin Williams. It changed the animation of Australia and was the last movie for Steve Irwin (you known him as the Aussie icon "The Crocodile Hunter") who died before it got released.

If you have seen the first one, you'll might find that it's sequel HAPPY FEET TWO (click here) isn't exactly as good than the original.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 21 November 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Review (Updated)










Harry Potter and the Deathly 
Hallows: Part 2


Release Date: 13th July 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Heyday Films

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 130 minutes


Budget: $250,000,000

Box Office Gross: 
$1,341,511,219
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
In Part 2 of the epic finale,
the battle between the
good and evil forces of the
Wizarding world escalates
into an all-out war. The
stakes have never been
higher and no one is safe.
But it is Harry Potter who
may be called upon to make
the ultimate sacrifice as he
draws closer to the climactic
showdown with Lord
Voldemort. It all ends
here.


Cast 
Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
Emma Watson - Hermione
Granger
Ralph Fiennes - Lord Voldermort
Tom Felton - Draco Malfoy
Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
Helena Bonham Carter -
Bellatrix Lestrange
Jim Broadbent - Horace Slughorn
Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus Hagrid
Michael Gambon - Albus
Dumbledore
John Hurt - Ollivander
Jason Isaacs - Lucius Malfoy
Helen McCrory - Nacrissa Malfoy
Gary Oldman - Sirius Black
Maggie Smith - Minerva McGonagall
David Thewlis - Remus Lupin
Emma Thompson - Sybill Trelawney
Julie Walters - Molly Weasley
Mark Williams - Arthur Weasley
Warwick Davis - Griphook/Filius Flitwick
Ciaran Hinds - Aberforth
Dumbledore
Evanna Lynch - Luna Lovegood
Bonnie Wright - Ginny Weasley
James & Oliver Phelps - Fred
& George Weasley
Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbottom
Devon Murray - Seamus Finnigan
Chris Rankin - Percy Weasley 
Joshua Herdman - Gregory Goyle
Kelly Macdonald - Helena Ravenclaw
Miriam Margoyles - Professor Pomona Sprout
Gemma Jones - Madam Pomfrey
Jessie Cave - Lavender Brown
Katie Leung - Cho Chang
George Harris - Kingsley Shacklebolt
Domnhall Gleeson - Bill Weasley
Clémence Poésy - Fleur Delacour
Natalie Tena - Nymphadora Tonks
Nick Moran - Scabior
Dave Legeno - Fenrir Greyback
Guy Henry - Pius Thicknesse 
Adrian Rawlins - James Potter
Geraldine Somerville - Lily Potter
Ellie Darcey-Alden - Young Lily
Ariella Paradise - Young Petunia
Benedict Clarke - Young Severus Snape
Leslie Phillips - The Sorting Hat (Voice)
Alfie McIlwain - Young James Potter
Rohan Gotobed - Young Sirius Black

Crew 
Based on Novel "Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows"/Producer - J.K. Rowling
Director - David Yates
Screenplay - Steve Kloves
Executive Producer/Producer - David Heyman
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Tim Lewis
Co-Producer - John Trehy
Producers - David Barron & Debbi Bossi (3D Version)
Production Designer - Stuart Craig
Special Makeup Effects - Nick Dudman
Costume Designer - Jany Temime
Cinematography - Eduardo Serra
Special Effects Supervisor - John Richardson
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Greg Butler
Visual Effects Supervisors - Tim Burke,
Craig Clarke & Chris Shaw
Film Editor - Mark Day
Composer: Themes - John Williams
Music - Alexandre Desplat


Review
Continuing where the last movie has left off, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 was exciting but definitely the last chapter of the film series. J. K. Rowling is so lucky to be proud of the interpretation of her final book and wow, what a strong finale! In this movie, there is a lot of spell-binding action and heartbreak for Harry and his friends. Containing more is a few surprises and a magnificent acting performance by Alan Rickman who appears in the last time as Severus Snape. A character he played since the first Harry Potter feature THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.

Despite being a little bit impressive in 3D, DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 is certainly the best of the Harry Potter features and my second favourite movie of 2011. I would like to invite all my viewers especially Potter fans to comment on what they thought of the film.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever



Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Review









The Lion King II: Simba's Pride


Release Date: 27th October 1998 - USA
(Direct to Video)


Production Companies
Walt Disney Animation Australia
DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 81 minutes


Plot Summary
Meet Kiara, Simba's
headstrong daughter and
heir to the Pride Lands.
While on the prowl for
adventure, she encounters
the mischievous Kovu,
a young member of the
banished Outland Pride
chosen to walk in Scar's
paw prints. As they seek
their proper places in the
"Circle of Life," Kiara
and Kovu find that they
may be the only hope
for healing the rift
between their prides!.


Voice Cast
Neve Campbell - Kiara
Liz Callaway - Kiara (Singing Voice)
Jenna D. A. Ronzzio - Young Kiara
Charity Savoy - Young Kiara
(Singing Voice)
Jason Marsden - Kovu
Gene Miller - Kovu (Singing Voice)
Ryan O'Donohue - Young Kovu
Matthew Broderick - Simba
Cam Clarke - Simba (Singing Voice)
Moira Kelly - Nala
Suzanne Pleshette - Zira
Nathan Lane - Timon
Ernie Sabella - Pumbaa
Robert Guillaume - Rafiki
Andy Dick - Nuka
Jennifer Lien - Vitani
Lacey Chabert - Young Vitani
Anna Shaughnessy - Young
Vitani (Singing Voice)
Edward Hibbert - Zazu
James Earl Jones - Mufasa's Ghost
Jim Cummings - Scar's Ghost

Crew
Director - Darrell Rooney
Co-Director - Rob LaDuca
Based on Characters (Uncredited) - Irene
Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts & Linda Woolverton
Screenplay - Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus
Additional Written Material - Jenny Wingfield,
Linda Voorhees, Gregory Poirier, Bill Motz,
Bob Roth, Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley
& Jonathan Cuba
Producer - Jeannine Roussel
Film Editor - Peter Lonsdale
Songs & Lyrics - Tom Snow & Jack Feldman
Music - Nick Glennie-Smith


Review
THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE was enjoyable, but didn't have the same roar as the first one (click here) has. Like the predecessor, its story was loosely based on Shakespeare, this time it's Romeo and Juliet and most of the original voice actors such as Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane have returned to this movie. The songs are good, but not as unforgettable as the ones on the original classic. 

The sequel did not seem to have the passion that number one did, still, people will watch this movie and see the humour of Timon and Pumbaa.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Review (Updated)











Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones


Release Date: 16th May 2002 - Australia
                 

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Lucasfilm Ltd


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 142 minutes


Budget: $115,000,000

Box Office Gross: $649,398,328
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Ten years after the
Trade Federation
threatened the planet
Naboo, Padmé Amidala
is now a Senator
representing her home-
world. A faction of
political separatists, led
by Count Dooku, 
attempts to assassinate
her. There aren't enough
Jedi to defend the Republic
against the threat, so
Chancellor Palpatine
enlists the aid of Jango Fett,
who promises that his
army of clones will handle
the situation. Meanwhile,
Obi-Wan Kenobi continues
to train the young Jedi 
Anakin Skywalker, who
fears that, the Jedi code
will forbid his growing
romance with Amidala...


Cast
Ewan McGregor - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman - Senator Padme Amidala
Hayden Christensen - Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid - Supreme
Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Christopher Lee - Count Dooku
Samuel L. Jackson - Mace Windu
Temuera Morrison - Jango Fett
Frank Oz - Yoda (Voice)
Anthony Daniels - C3PO/Dannl Faytonni
Kenny Baker - R2D2
Daniel Logan - Boba Fett
Leeanna Walsman - Zam Wessell
Silas Carson - Nute Gunray/Ki-Adi-Mundi
Ahmed Best - Jar Jar Binks/
Achk Med-Beq
Jimmy Smits - Senator Bail Organa
Pernilla August - Shmi Skywalker
Jack Thompson - Cliegg Lars
Joel Edgerton - Owen Lars
Bonnie Piesse - Beru
Jay Laga'aia - Captain Typho
Andy Secombe - Watto (Voice)
Oliver Ford Davies - Sio Bibble
Ayesha Dharker - Queen Jamillia
Anthony Phelan - Lama Su (Voice)
Rena Owen - Taun We (Voice)
Ron Falk - Dexter Jettster (Voice)

Crew
Story/Screenplay/Executive
Producer/Editor (Uncredited)/
Director - George Lucas
Producer - Rick McCallum
Production Designer - Gavin Bocquet
Concept Design Supervisors -
Doug Chiang, Ryan Church & Erik Tiemens
Costume Designer - Trisha Biggar
Director of Photography - David Tattersall
Stunt Coordinator/Sword Master - Nick Gillard
Visual Effects Supervisors - Pablo Helman, 
John Knoll, Dennis Muren & Ben Snow
Animation Director - Rob Coleman
Film Editor/Supervising Sound Editor/Designer -
Ben Burtt
Music - John Williams


Awards

2003 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman,
John Knoll & Ben Snow (Nominated)


Review
Not quite as good as the other Star Wars movies, ATTACK OF THE CLONES is in some ways considered to be an improvement on THE PHANTOM MENACE (click here) and is a one heck of a visual spectacle. The love relationship of Anakin and Padme was a bit heart-warming but awkward and the acting of Hayden Christensen isn't always consistent when being introduced as Anakin Skywalker. Despite that he is not giving his best performance due to his shallowness and misdirection, that feature has made him a star and he hasn't improved yet for sure. I'm glad that Jar Jar Binks has been toned down from an annoying comic relief to a minor role. I praise the way how Yoda is now in CGI instead of old school puppetry and the awesome lightsaber duel of him vs Count Dooku. The climax of the film is when the clone troopers arrive at the arena to assist the Jedi in their fight against the Separatists which would lead to the Clone Wars.

To me, ATTACK OF THE CLONES is definitely a semi-decent Star Wars movie and probably not the best. Though I have to disagree with the fans of the franchise as they are very negative to this prequel. I don't blame them and I probably re-watch the film in a marathon without its bad aspects.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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Friday, 11 November 2011

Fast & Furious 5 Review










Fast & Furious 5 


Release Date: 20th April 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Original Film
One Race Productions
Dentsu (in association with)

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 130 minutes


Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $626,137,675
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The legendary Dom Toretto
partners with outlaw cop
Brian O'Conner on the
opposite side of the law in
exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hunted by the ruthless Agent
Hobbs and an army of
corrupt cops working for a
deadly drug kingpin, Toretto
and O'Conner reunite the
gang from previous adventures
to pull off one last job - an
insane heist worth $100 million!.


Cast
Vin Diesel - Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker - Brian O'Conner
Dwayne Johnson - Luke Hobbs
Jordana Brewster - Mia Toretto
Tyrese Gibson - Roman Pearce
Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges - Tej Parker
Matt Schulze - Vince
Sung Kang - Han Seoul-Oh
Gal Gadot - Gisele Yashar
Tego Calderón - Leo Tego
Don Omar - Rico Santos
Joaquim de Almeida - Hernan Reyes
Elsa Pataky - Elena Neves
Michael Irby - Zizi
Eva Mendes - Monica Fuentes (Cameo)

Crew
Executive Producer/Director - Justin Lin
Based on Characters - Gary Scott Thompson
Writer - Chris Morgan
Producers - Vin Diesel, Michael
Fottrell & Neal H. Moritz
Production Designer - Peter Wenham
Costume Designer - Sanja
Milkovic Hays
Director of Photography -
Stephen F. Windon
Supervising Stunt Coordinator - Mike Gunther
Stunt Coordinators - Spiro
Razatos & Troy Robinson
Visual Effects Supervisors - Mike Wassel,
Justin Jones & Kelvin McIlwain
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC -
Guillaume Rocheron
Film Editors - Kelly Matsumoto,
Fred Raskin & Christian Wagner
Music - Brian Tyler


Review
FAST & FURIOUS 5 is an action-packed extravaganza with lots of cars and shotguns, I wouldn't forget to mention about the funny toilet scene. I enjoyed the climatic car chase with the vault safe as well as the movie's cast such as of course Vinny Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Both of their characters had shaved heads and buffed muscles but similar to each other with Dom being a tough aggressive person and Hobbs a determined cop who will not be beaten.

I never watched THE FAST & THE FURIOUS movies (excluding FAST & FURIOUS which I now watched), this action film is worthy of my 5 out of 5 best movie ever rating.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Furry Vengeance Review (Updated)











Furry Vengeance


Release Date: 1st April 2010 - Australia


Production Companies
Summit Entertainment (presents)
Participant Media (presents)
Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ (in association with)
Robert Simonds Productions
Furry Vengeance Productions
(Uncredited)


Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 92 minutes


Budget: $35,000,000

Box Office Gross: $36,236,710
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Ambitious young real-estate
developer Dan Sanders
faces off with a band of
angry animals when his new
housing subdivision pushes
too far into a pristine part
of the wilderness. Led by
an incredibly clever raccoon,
the animals stymie the
development and teach our
hero about the environmental
consequences of man's
encroachment on nature.


Cast
Brendan Fraser - Dan Sanders
Brooke Shields - Tammy Sanders
Matt Prokop - Tyler Sanders
Angela Kinsey - Felder
Skyler Samuels - Amber
Ricky Garcia - Frank
Ken Jeong - Neal Lyman
Wallace Shawn - Dr. Christian Burr
Alice Drummond - Mrs. Martin
Dee Bradley Baker - Animal
Vocal Effects

Crew
Director - Roger Kumble
Writers - Michael Carnes &
Josh Gilbert
Producers - Keith Goldberg
& Robert Simonds
Director of Photography -
Peter Lyons Collister
Head Trainer - Ken Beggs
Film Editor - Lawrence Jordan
Music - Ed Shearmur


Review
FURRY VENGEANCE was a pretty funny movie with an environmental plot featuring cheeky and mischievous animals. I feel Brendan Fraser was well-suited to this role due to his comedic style, he brought a natural humour and gut-busting hilarity to the screen. The only parts I criticise in the movie are the speech bubbles which this gives a movie an artificial feeling. This might have been better if it had subtitles or if the animals could speak like they do in DR. DOLITTLE.

Other than these criticisms, I feel this movie was a fun enjoyable movie for all the family.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Alien Review (Updated)








Alien


Release Date: 6th December 1979 – Australia


Production Companies
Brandywine Productions
20th Century Fox Productions

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 117 minutes
               139 minutes 
               (director's cut)


Budget: $11,000,000

Box Office Gross: $203,630,630
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
"In space, no one can
hear you scream." On the
way home from a mission
for the Company, the
Nostromo's crew is woken
up from hibernation by the
ship's Mother computer to
answer a distress signal
from a nearby planet.
Capt. Dallas's rescue
team discovers a bizarre
pod field, but things get
even stranger when a
face-hugging creature
bursts out of a pod and
attaches itself to Kane.

Over the objections of
Ripley, science officer Ash
lets Kane back on the
ship. The acid-blooded
incubus detaches itself
from an apparently recovered
Kane, but an alien erupts
from Kane's stomach and
escapes. The alien starts
stalking the humans, pitting
Dallas and his crew (and
cat) against a malevolent
killing machine that also has
a protector in the nefarious
Company.


Cast
Tom Skerritt – Dallas
Sigourney Weaver – Ripley
Veronica Cartwright – Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton – Brett
John Hurt – Kane
Ian Holm – Ash
Yaphet Kotto – Parker
Bolaji Badejo – Alien

Crew
Director – Ridley Scott
Story/Screenplay/Visual 
Design Consultant – Dan O'Bannon
Story/Executive Producer – Ronald Shusett
Producers – Gordon Carroll, 
David Giler & Walter Hill
Production Designer – Michael Seymour
Alien Designer – H.R. Giger
Concept Artists – Ron Cobb, Chris Foss 
Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Costume Designer – John Mollo
Cinematography – Derek Vanlint
Alien Head Effects – Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects Supervisors – Nick Allder 
& Brian Johnson
Film Editors – Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley
& David Crowther (Director's Cut)
Music - Jerry Goldsmith


Awards

1980 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - H.R. Giger, Carlo
Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder &
Dennis Ayling (Won)
---------------
Best Art Direction - Michael Seymour,
Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian & Ian
Whittaker (Nominated)


Review
ALIEN is the first of the franchise that started it all with a big scream. This movie is a horrific terrifying portrayal of Ridley Scott's interpretation of alien-life forms known as the Xenomorph and the destruction they cause to mankind, that is of course until the main character Ripley comes along to put up a fight against this monster. It is Sigourney Weaver's first lead role in a big hit which led to a breakthrough in her career and it features the famous but gruesome scene that I loved involving John Hurt's character and the Xenomorph. 

This film is a major landmark for science fiction and it takes the genre to a new level which at this point not being explored since the 50s. If you enjoyed the first movie, try James Cameron's action-oriented sequel ALIENS.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie