Monday, 26 December 2011

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Review (Updated)









Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol


Release Date: 15th December 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Skydance Productions (presents)
Bad Robot
FilmWorks
Stillking Films
TC Productions

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 133 minutes


Budget: $145,000,000

Box Office Gross: $694,713,380
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The IMF is shut down
when it's implicated in
the bombing of the
Kremlin, causing Ethan
Hunt and his new team
to go rogue to clear
their organization's name.


Cast
Tom Cruise - Ethan Hunt
Jeremy Renner - William Brandt
Simon Pegg - Benji Dunn
Paula Patton - Jane Carter
Michael Nyqvist - Kurt Hendricks
Vladimir Mashkov - Anatoly Sidorov
Samuli Edelmann - Wistrom
Ivan Shvedoff - Leonid Lisenker
Anil Kapoor - Brij Nath
Josh Holloway - Trevor Hanaway
Lea Seydoux - Sabine Moreau
Pavel Kriz - Marek Stefanski
Miraj Grbic - Bogdan
Illa Volok - The Fog
Tom Wilkinson - The IMF
Secretary (Uncredited)
Ving Rhames - Luther Stickell
(Cameo) (Uncredited)
Michelle Monaghan - Julia
Mead (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Crew
Director - Brad Bird
Based on TV Series - Bruce Geller
Writers/Co-Producers - Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec
Producers - J.J. Abrams, Bryan
Burk & Tom Cruise
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Tommy Harper
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Producer - Tom C. Peitzman
Production Designer - James D. Bissell
Costume Designer - Michael Kaplan
Director of Photography - Robert Elswit
Stunt Coordinator - Owen Walstrom
Fight Coordinator - Robert Alonzo
Visual Effects Supervisors - Russell Earl &
Matthew Gratzner
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - John Knoll
Film Editor - Paul Hirsch
Music - Michael Giacchino
Composer: Theme Music - Lalo Schifrin


Review
For everyone who loved the TV series and previous MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movies, you will want to view the latest release in the series. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL has loads of exhilarating stunts and non-stop action that made this movie look amazing and fantastic. Animation veteran Brad Bird has directed this motion picture which makes him the first PIXAR director to direct an live-action feature. I praise Tom Cruise who did a marvellous job with his acting performance as Ethan Hunt which makes him the best film actor since Arnold Schwarzenegger. I also forgot about Simon Pegg's comic relief and you know what, he did a well extreme job.

GHOST PROTOCOL is a great spy movie, but I would go back to watch and review the other MISSION IMPOSSIBLE films along with the other Tom Cruise favourites like TOP GUN and RAIN MAN.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Sunday, 25 December 2011

The Polar Express Review (Updated)









The Polar Express


Release Date: 18th November 2004 - Australia


Production Companies
Castle Rock Entertainment (presents)
Shangri-La Entertainment (in association
with)
ImageMovers
Playtone
Golden Mean
Universal CGI
Warner Bros. Pictures



Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $165,000,000

Box Office Gross: $307,514,317
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When a doubting young boy
takes an extraordinary train
ride to the North Pole, he
embarks on a journey of
self-discovery that shows
him that the wonder of life
never fades for those who
believe.


Cast
Tom Hanks - Hero Boy, The
Narrator, The Conductor,
The Hobo, Santa Claus &
Hero Boy's Father
Daryl Sabara - Hero Boy (Voice)
Nona Gaye - Hero Girl (Voice)
Tinase - Hero Girl
Peter Scolari - Billy
Jimmy Bennett - Billy (Voice)
Eddie Deezen - Lenny (alias Know-it-All)
Michael Jeter - Smokey and Steamer
Andre Sogliuzzo - Smokey and
Steamer (Voice)

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Robert Zemeckis
Based on Book/Executive
Producer - Chris Van Allsburg
Screenplay - William Broyles Jr.
Executive Producers - Tom Hanks & Jack Rapke
Producers - Gary Goetzman, Steve Starkey
& William Teitler
Production Designers - Rick Carter & Doug
Chiang
Costume Designer - Joanna Johnston
Directors of Photography - Don Burgess &
Robert Presley
Choreographer - John Carrafa
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Jerome Chen
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken Ralston
Animation Supervisor - David Schaub
Motion Capture Supervisor - Demian Gordon
Lyrics - Glen Ballard
Film Editors - R. Orlando Duenas & Jeremiah
O'Driscoll
Music - Alan Silvestri


Awards

2005 Academy Awards
Best Original Song "Believe" - Glen Ballard &
Alan Silvestri (Nominated)
Best Sound Mixing - William B. Kaplan,
Randy Thom, Tom Johnson & Dennis S. Sands
(Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Randy Thom &
Dennis Leonard (Nominated)


Review
THE POLAR EXPRESS is a simple but imaginative holiday movie from director Robert Zemeckis who brought this technological masterpiece to life through the use of performance capture for all actors such as Tom Hanks who did a wonderful job of voicing the Conductor. The motion capture animation was not as realistic as the one used in AVATAR (click here), but the film does have great visuals and it would be good on 3D.

THE POLAR EXPRESS lives up to Chris Van Allsburg's story from which it was based and it is a worth-watching for everyone who have or has not read the book.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Jack and Jill Review (Updated)









Jack and Jill


Release Date: 1st December 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures (presents)
Broken Road Productions
Happy Madison Productions

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 91 minutes


Budget: $79,000,000

Box Office Gross: $149,673,788
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Jack Sadelstein is a successful
advertising executive in Los
Angeles with a beautiful
wife and kids, who dreads
one event each year: the
Thanksgiving visit of his
identical twin sister Jill.

Jill's neediness and passive
aggressiveness is maddening
to Jack, turning his normally
tranquil life upside down.


Cast
Adam Sandler - Jack/Jill Sadelstein
Al Pacino - Himself
Katie Holmes - Erin Sadelstein
Elodie Tougne - Sofia Sadelstein
Rohan Chand - Gary Sadelstein
Eugenio Derbez - Felipe/
Felipe's Grandma
Tim Meadows - Ted
Nick Swardson - Todd
Allen Covert - Joel Farley/Otto
Geoff Pierson - Carter Simmons
Valerie Mahaffey - Bitsy Simmons
Gad Elmaleh - Xavier
Jake Pennington - Sadelstein Cousin
Gary Valentine - Dallas
Kristin Davis - Delilah
David Spade - Damien Farley/
Monica (Cameo)
Johnny Depp - Himself (Cameo)
Dennis Dugan - Henry
Shaquille O'Neal - Himself (Cameo)
Drew Carey - Himself (Cameo)
Jared Fogle - Himself (Cameo)
Dana Carvey - Scrapply Puppeteer
George Gray - Himself (Cameo)
Billy Blanks - Himself (Cameo)
Bruce Jenner - Himself (Cameo)
Lamar Odom - Himself (Cameo)
Vince Offer - Himself (Cameo)
Regis Philbin - Himself (Cameo)

Crew
Director - Dennis Dugan
Story - Ben Zook
Screenplay/Executive Producer - Steve Koren
Screenplay/Producer - Adam Sandler
Executive Producers - Allen Covert, Robert Smigel,
Barry Bernardi, Tim Herlihy & Bettina Sofia Viviano
Producers - Todd Garner & Jack Giarraputo
Co-Producer/Music Supervisor - Kevin Grady
Production Designer - Perry Andelin Blake
Special Makeup Effects Artists - Barney Burman &
Tony Gardner
Costume Designer - Ellen Lutter
Cinematography - Dean Cundey
Film Editor - Tom Costain
Music - Rupert Gregson-Williams &
Waddy Watchtel


Review
JACK AND JILL is a movie that tries so hard to be wildly amusing with Adam Sandler playing two roles that are twins, one of which is a woman. This wasn't the first time that Sandler has been in a film which was a huge disappointment, take LITTLE NICKY for example. They are both shameless attempts from the comedian as they would have damaged his career. His performance as the twin sister was too unnerving and obnoxious to portray her and he may look silly and ridiculous for being in drag. Even the product placement and subplot were too redundant and have no trace of any comical value and importance whatsoever. There are some bits of humour that I find funny. Despite having Al Pacino (you know him from most unfriendly movies) who was the best thing about the movie. What really surprised me is not just the cameo appearance of Johnny Depp, it's the naughty cockatoo who steals the show.

To be honest, JACK AND JILL is not a good movie for everyone. Even some people who like Adam Sandler and his movies such as HAPPY GILMORE and other favourites would willing admit that this feature was terrible.

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Home Alone Review











Home Alone


Release Date: 13th December 1990 - Australia


Production Companies
Hughes Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corporation (presents)

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Family/Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 103 minutes


Budget: $15,000,000 

Box Office Gross: $476,684,675
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Eight-year-old Kevin
McCallister has become
the man of the house,
overnight! Accidentally
left behind when his family
rushed off on a Christmas
vacation, Kevin gets busy
decorating the house for
the holidays. But he's not
decking the halls with tinsel
and holly. Two bumbling
burglars are trying to break
in, and Kevin's rigging a
bewildering battery of bobby
traps to welcome them!.


Cast

McCallister Family
Macaulay Culkin - Kevin McCallister
Catherine O'Hara - Kate McCallister
John Heard - Peter McCallister
Devin Ratray - Buzz McCallister
Hilary Wolf - Megan McCallister
Angela Goethals - Linnie McCallister
Michael C. Maronna - Jeff McCallister
Gerry Bamman - Frank McCallister
Terrie Snell - Leslie McCallister
Jedidiah Cohen - Rod McCallister
Senta Moses - Tracy McCallister
Daiana Campeanu - Sondra McCallister
Kieran Culkin - Fuller McCallister
Anna Slotky - Brooke McCallister
Kristin Minter - Heather McCallister

Others
Joe Pesci - Harry Lyme
Daniel Stern - Marv Merchants
Roberts Blossom - Old Man Marley
John Candy - Gus Polinski (Cameo)

Crew
Director - Chris Columbus
Writer/Producer - John Hughes
Executive Producers - Tarquin Gotch, 
Mark Levinson & Scott M. Rosenfelt
Production Designer - John Muto
Costume Designer - Jay Hurley
Director of Photography - Julio Macat
Film Editor - Raja Gosnell
Music - John Williams


Awards

1991 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Somewhere in My Memory" -
John Williams & Leslie Bricusse (Nominated)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Nominated)


Review
HOME ALONE is a hilarious but meaningful holiday film which is thanks to director Chris Columbus and the late John Hughes who made this movie in a terrific way. I positively commend the acting of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, the booby traps, a cameo by John Candy and the magnificent film score by John Williams. I loved the funniest part of the film where Kevin put his brother's pet tarantula on Marv's face which makes him scream like a little girl.

HOME ALONE is the best Christmas comedy movie that is ever made. It brought child star Macaulay Culkin to worldwide fame and it launched three sequels such as HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK and the infamous HOME ALONE 3 and 4. I would be honoured to hear any feedback people may have of this terrific major motion picture.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Puss in Boots Review







Puss in Boots


Release Date: 8th December 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
DreamWorks Animation

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes


Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $554,987,477
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The story of Puss in
Boots adventures and
misadventures before
he met up with friends
with Shrek and Donkey.


Voice Cast
Antonio Banderas - Puss in Boots
Salma Hayek - Kitty Softpaws
Zach Galifianakis - Humpty Alexander Dumpty
Billy Bob Thornton - Jack
Amy Sedaris - Jill
Constance Marie - Imelda
Guillermo del Toro - Comandante
Mike Mitchell - Andy Beanstalk

Crew
Based on Character - Charles Perrault
Director - Chris Miller
Story - William Davis & Brian Lynch
Story/Screenplay - Tom Wheeler
Executive Producers - Andrew Adamson,
Michelle Raimo & Guillermo del Toro
Co-Executive Producer - John H. Williams
Producers - Joe M. Aguilar & Latifa Ouaou
Creative Consultant - Peter Ramsey
Production Designer - Guillaume Aretos
Visual Consultant - Roger Deakins
Head of Character Animation - Fabio Lignini
Computer Graphics Supervisor -
Jonathan Harman
Animation Supervisor - Nicolas A. Chauvelot
Film Editor - Eric Dapkewicz
Music - Henry Jackman


Review
Made as a spin-off prequel to the SHREK franchise, PUSS IN BOOTS is an entertaining but a good and daringly CGI animated movie that has plenty of laughs and action for everyone and it is impressive in 3D. The film's voice acting was terrific such as Antonio Banderas who did a fantastic job of voicing the title character and even Salma Hayek for Puss's female counterpart Kitty.

I have not reviewed any of the Shrek movies such as SHREK 2 where Puss is first introduced. This spin-off movie while less than purr-fect is a must see for Shrek fans and cat-lovers.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Super 8 Review (Updated)










Super 8


Release Date: 9th June 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Amblin Entertainment
Bad Robot

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 112 minutes


Budget: $50,000,000

Box Office Gross $260,095,986
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
In the summer of 1979, a
group of friends in a small
Ohio town witness a
catastrophic train crash
while making a super 8
movie and soon suspect
that it was not an accident.
Shortly after, unusual
disappearances and
inexplicable events begin to
take place in town, and the
local Deputy tries to uncover
the truth - something more
terrifying than any of them
could have imagined.


Cast
Joel Courtney - Joseph "Joe" Lamb
Elle Fanning - Alice "Allie" Dainard
Kyle Chandler - Jack Lamb
Ron Eldard - Louis Dainard
Riley Griffiths - Charles Kaznyk
Ryan Lee - Cary
Zach Mills - Preston
Gabriel Basso - Martin
Noah Emmerich - Colonel Nelec
Glynn Turman - Dr. Woodward
David Gallagher - Donny
Bruce Greenwood - Cooper
Amanda Milchalka - Jen Kaznyk
Caitriona Balfe - Elizabeth Lamb

Crew
Writer/Producer/Director - J.J. Abrams
Producers - Bryan Burk &
Steven Spielberg
Co-Producer - Tommy Gormley
Production Designer - Martin Whist
Director of Photography - Larry Fong
Creature Designer - Neville Page
Visual Effects Supervisors - Russell Earl,
Kim Libreri & Dennis Muren
Film Editors - Maryann Brandon &
Mary Jo Markey
Supervising Sound Editor/Sound
Designer - Ben Burtt
Music - Michael Giacchino


Review
SUPER 8 is very scary but similar to Steven Spielberg's E.T. and few of his other classical productions, thanks to its director J.J. Abrams who was inspired by these features and brought this suspense of a science-fiction movie to life. This film had a nice feel to it where it really emphasises the value of our friends when we are in our youth, the adventures we embark on, gaining independence and learning true meaning of what friendship is.

It contained an even blend of drama and mystery which keeps your eyes glued to the screen throughout this entertaining hit. My recommendation is that if you enjoy science-fiction genre, then this is the movie for you.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Arthur Christmas Review












Arthur Christmas


Release Date: 24th November 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Aardman Animations
Sony Pictures Animation

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 112 minutes


Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $147,419,472
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
This Christmas movie highlights
the technological advances of
operations at the North Pole,
revealing how Santa and his
vast army of highly trained
elves produce gifts and
distribute them around the
world in one night. However,
every operation has a margin
of error... When one of 600
million children to receive a
gift from Santa on Christmas
Eve is missed, it is deemed
"acceptable" to all but one,
Arthur. Arthur Claus is Santa's
misfit son who executes an
unauthorized rookie mission to
get the last present half way
around the globe before
dawn on Christmas morning.


Voice Cast
James McAvoy - Arthur
Hugh Laurie - Steve
Jim Broadbent - Santa
Bill Nighy - Grandsanta
Imelda Staunton - Mrs. Santa
Ashley Jensen - Bryony
Ramona Marquez - Gwen

Crew
Screenplay/Director - Sarah Smith
Screenplay - Peter Baynham
Producer - Steve Pegram
Costume Designer - Yves Barre
Cinematography - Jericca Cleland
Computer Graphic Supervisor - David
Satchwell
Supervising Animator - Alan Short
Film Editors - John Carnochan &
James Cooper
Music - Harry Gregson-Williams


Review
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS is a splendid but funny animated holiday movie featuring a terrific but passionate storyline revealing the huge task lying ahead of Santa and the every increasing pressure that lay on his shoulders to meet the demands of all children. The first half of the movie was a bit of a spin of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE which I think the fans of the series will quite like it. The voice cast of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy was good and I feel their relation to their characters was genuine and you get the sense that they really emphasise the emotion and expression that these characters would experience in this situation.

This is the first Aardman movie since FLUSHED AWAY. It finishes on a happy note, leaving you feeling rewarded by this overall entertaining holiday hit.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


It's Christmas

Ho, ho, ho, It's Film Guru Lad here and today's month is December. Today, I will publishing my review of Arthur Christmas and I'm working on my animated project called 'Not the Sal and Mason Show' which is a pitch about two foolish blokes called Sal and Mason who are always at the wrong place at the wrong time. Including a series of events which involves the conning of innocent elderly people, being sent to prison where they are bullied by the fearsome Tyson and being fugitives on the run trying regain their freedom. In completing this project, it will be with great honour to present this animated short story to you.