Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Iron Man Review (Updated)

Iron Man

Release Date: 1st May 2008 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Marvel Enterprises (presents)
Marvel Studios
Fairview Entertainment (in association with)
Dark Blades Films

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 126 minutes

Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $585,174,122

Plot Summary
After surviving an unexpected
attack in enemy territory, jet-
setting industrialist Tony Stark
builds a high-tech suit of arm
-our and vows to protect the
world as Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr. - Tony
Stark/Iron Man
Terence Howard - Lt. Colonel
James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Jeff Bridges - Obadiah Stane
Gwyneth Paltrow - Virginia
"Pepper" Potts
Shaun Toub - Dr. Yinsen
Faran Tahir - Raza
Paul Bettany - JARVIS (Voice)

Executive Producer/Director -
Jon Favreau
Based on Characters/Executive
Producer - Stan Lee
Based on Characters - Don
Heck, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby
Screenplay - Mark Fergus,
Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum &
Mark Holloway
Producer/Executive Producer -
Avid Arad
Producer - Kevin Feige
Concept Designer - Jules Mann
Production Designer - J. Michael Riva
Costume Designers - Rebecca
Gregg & Laura Jean Shannon
Director of Photography -
Matthew Libatique
Stunt Coordinator - Thomas Robinson Harper
Special Effects - Stan Winston
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - John Nelson
Visual Effects Supervisor:
ILM - Ben Snow
Physical Suit Effects Supervisor - Shane Mahan
Film Editor - Dan Lebental
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Ramin Djawadi


2009 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Frank E. Eulner &
Christopher Boyes (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - John Nelson, Ben Snow,
Daniel Sudick & Shane Mahan (Nominated)

Amazing and completely extraordinary, IRON MAN may possibly be Jon Favreau's best movie that he ever directed. It takes on the gained interest from those who are comic book readers of Marvel. The film had splendid action and visuals as well as remarkable acting performances by Robert Downey Jr. who stars as Iron Man and Jeff Bridges who plays a villain in the movie.

While IRON MAN is a pretty enjoyable and a great superhero feature, I stand by my opinion that DC Comics reign supreme to Marvel. I am and always will be loyal to DC.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 23 April 2012

The Pirates! Band of Misfits Review

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Release Date: 5th April 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Aardman Animations
Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 88 minutes

Budget: $60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $123,054,041

Plot Summary
The Pirate Captain sets out
on a mission to defeat his
rivals Black Bellamy and
Cutlass Liz for the Pirate
of the Year Award.

Voice Cast
Hugh Grant - The Pirate Captain
Salma Hayek - Cutlass Liz
Jeremy Piven - Black Bellamy
Imelda Staunton - Queen Victoria
David Tennant - Charles Darwin
Martin Freeman - The Pirate
with a Scarf
Lenny Henry - Peg-Leg Hastings
Brendan Gleeson - The Pirate
with Gout
Ashley Jensen - The
Surprisingly Curvaceous
Brian Blessed - The Pirate King
Russell Tovey - The Albino Pirate

Producer/Director - Peter Lord
Co-Director - Jeff Newitt
Based on Book/Screenplay -
Gideon Defoe
Producers - Julie Lockhart &
David Sproxton
Conceptual Illustrator - Marcin
Character Designer -
Christophe Lourdelet
Production Designer - Norman Garwood
Director of Photography - Frank Passingham
Music - Theodore Shapiro

Considering for what it really owes to the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie franchise, THE PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS provides a lot of comedy which includes gags as well as adventure for this plundering stop-motion picture and is very highly-intelligent. The film did have fine vocal talents such as Hugh Grant who plays the charismatic Pirate Captain while other recognizable stars like the former Tenth Doctor, David Tennant as the historical figure Charles Darwin.

Although Aardman did quite a good job on the movie, it was an entertaining clay-mation film that is definitely a must-see booty in the cinemas.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Friday, 20 April 2012

Battleship Review (Updated)


Release Date: 12th April 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Battleship Delta Productions
Film 44
Stuber Productions

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 131 minutes

Budget: $209,000,000

Box Office Gross: $303,025,485

Plot Summary
Based on the classic Hasbro
naval combat game, Battleship
is the story of an international
fleet of ships who come across
an alien armada whilst on a
Naval war games exercise.
An intense battle ensues over
sea, land and air. What do
they aliens - known as 'The
Regents' want?

Taylor Kitsch - Lt. Alex Hopper
Alexander Skarsgard - Stone Hopper
Brooklyn Decker - Samantha Shane
Rihanna - Petty Officer (GM2)
Cora Raikes
Liam Neeson - Vice Admiral Shane
Tadanobu Asano - Captain Nagata
Gregory D. Gadson - Lt. Col
Mick Canales

Producer/Director - Peter Berg
Writers - Erich & Jon Hoeber
Producers - Sarah Aubrey,
Brian Goldner, Duncan
Henderson, Bennett Schneir
& Scott Stuber
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Todd Arnow
Co-Producer/First Assistant Director - Eric Heffron
Production Designer - Neil Spisak
Lead Conceptual Designer - George Hull
Costume Designers - Louise Mingenbach &
Kimberly A. Tillman
Marine Consultant - Daniel F. Malone
Cinematography - Tobias A.
Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM - Grady Cofer
& Pablo Helman
Computer Graphics Supervisor - Willi Geiger
Film Editors - Colby Parker Jr,
Billy Rich & Paul Rubell
Music Consultant - Dave Jordan
Music - Steve Jablonsky

BATTLESHIP is full of action, but with thrills, explosions and even pretty cool visuals. I actually thought that the film was quite great and now instead was actually a disappointment. Quite similar to the first TRANSFORMERS movie by Michael Bay (click here), it's actually based on a board game which was the main problem that made this picture look ridiculous and adding it with aliens and done by director Peter Berg isn't going to help either. I'm no huge fan of the singer Rihanna, but her acting debut is just alright, I only praise the other actors that did a good job on the movie such as Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson.

For those who have played the Battleship game, I thought I was going ask you of seeing this movie adaptation, but I didn't really know that BATTLESHIP was either good, average or bad and let me get this straight, I changed my mind and it did sank.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Monday, 16 April 2012

The Incredibles Review

The Incredibles

Release Date: 26th December 2004 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Pixar Animation Studios

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 115 minutes

Budget: $92,000,000

Box Office Gross: $631,442,092

Plot Summary
Bob Parr and his wife Helen
used to be among the world's
greatest crime fighters, saving
lives and battling evil on a
daily basis. Fifteen years later,
they have been forced to adopt
civilian identities and retreat to
the suburbs where they live
"normal" lives with their three
kids, Violet, Dash and Jack-
Jack. Itching to get back into
action, Bob gets his chance
when a mysterious
communication summons him
to a remote island for a top
secret assignment. He soon
discovers that it will take a
super family effort to rescue
the world from total destruction.

Voice Cast
Craig T. Nelson - Bob Parr/Mr.
Holly Hunter - Helen
Parr/Elastigirl/Mrs. Incredible
Spencer Fox - Dashiell Robert
"Dash" Parr
Sarah Vowell - Violet Parr
Eli Fucile & Maeve Andrews -
Jack-Jack Parr
Jason Lee - Buddy Pine/
Samuel L. Jackson - Lucius
Elizabeth Pena - Mirage
Brad Bird - Edna Mode
Bud Luckey - Rick Decker
Wallace Shawn - Gilbert Huph
John Ratzenberger - The Underminer

Writer/Director - Brad Bird
Head of Story - Mark Andrews
Producer - John Walker
Executive Producer - John Lasseter
Production Designer - Lou Romano
Character Designer/Supervising
Animator - Tony Fucile
Character Designer - Teddy Newton
Additional Character Design/Supervising Animator -
Stephen Clay Hunter
Additional Character Design - Albert Lozano
Animation Character Developers/Animators -
John Kahrs, Angus MacLane, Dave Mullins &
Robert H. Russ
Directors of Photography - Andrew Jimenez,
Patrick Lin & Janet Lucroy
Film Editor - Stephen Schaffer
Music - Michael Giacchino


2005 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Michael Silvers &
Randy Thom (Won)
Best Animated Feature - Brad Bird (Won)
Best Writing, Original Screenplay - Brad Bird
Best Sound Mixing - Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo
& Doc Kane (Nominated)

THE INCREDIBLES is well, you know the title says it all really, but it does offer plenty of fun and wit as well as the action scenes which made this CGI film look really awesome and outstanding. The animation studio of Pixar and its people including director Brad Bird did a huge job with the movie and is really appealing to young boys who are interested in superheroes. I like three things of this animated feature, the supporting character Frozone being voiced by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the humorous part where the same character is asking his wife of where is his super-suit and the jazzy music score by Michael Giacchino.

THE INCREDIBLES may have borrowed the elements out of the comic books like the ones made by Marvel, but it is the best animated superhero film that everyone including those who have seen PIXAR movies like TOY STORY 1, 2, 3, WALL-E (click here), FINDING NEMO (click here) and others will enjoy watching it.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Friday, 13 April 2012

Grease Review (Updated)


Release Date: 3rd August 1978 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO)
Allan Carr Production

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Musical

Rating: PG

Runtime: 110 minutes

Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $394,955,690

Plot Summary
Good girl Sandy and greaser
Danny fell in love over the
summer. But when they
unexpectedly discover
they're now in the same
high school, will they able
to rekindle their romance?


Principal Cast
John Travolta - Danny Zuko
Olivia Newton-John - Sandy Olsson
Jeff Conaway - Kenickie
Stockard Channing - Betty Rizzo

The T-Birds
Barry Pearl - Doody
Michael Tucci - Sonny LaTierri
Kelly Ward - Putzie

The Pink Ladies
Didi Conn - Frenchy
Jamie Donnelly - Jan
Dinah Manoff - Marty Maraschino

School Staff/Other Characters
Eve Arden - Principal McGee
Frankie Avalon - The Teen Angel
Joan Blondell - Vi
Edd Byrnes - Vince Fontaine
Sid Caesar - Coach Calhoun
Alice Ghostley - Mrs. Murdock
Dody Goodman - Blanche Hotel
Susan Buckner - Patty Simcox
Dennis C. Stewart - Leo Balmudo
Annette Charles - Charlene "Cha-Cha"
Eddie Deezen - Eugene Felsnic
Fannie Flagg - Nurse Wilkins
Lorenzo Lamas - Tom Chisolm
Dick Patterson - Mr. Rudie
Darrell Zwerling - Mr. Lynch

Director - Randal Kleiser
Based on Stage Musical/Songs & Lyrics -
Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
Screenplay - Bronte Woodard
Adaptation/Producer - Allan Carr
Producer - Robert Stigwood
Production Designer - Phillip M. Jeffries
Costume Designer - Albert Wolsky
Dance Consultant - Tommy Smith
Choreographer - Patricia Birch
Director of Photography - Bill Butler
Film Editor - John F. Burnett
Songs & Lyrics "You're the One That I Want"
& "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - John Farrar
Music - Michael Gibson


1979 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Hopelessly Devoted to You" -
John Farrar (Nominated)

GREASE is such an extraordinary musical, but it does capture the spirit and nostalgia of the 1950s for which the film was set. The makers including director Randal Kleiser and choreographers did an incredible job for this slick movie and it does have great acting by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and energetically choreographed songs like "Summer Nights", "Grease Lightning" and my favourite "You're the One That I Want".

Forget its sequel GREASE 2 and the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movies as they walk in the shadow of the original masterpiece. GREASE will always be the word as my favourite singing and dancing feature of all time and the best.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Happy Gilmore Review (Updated)

Happy Gilmore

Release Date: 8th August 1996 – Australia

Production Companies
Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
Robert Simonds Productions
Universal Pictures

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 92 minutes

Budget: $10,000,000

Box Office Gross: $41,205,099

Plot Summary
Happy Gilmore is a failed 
hockey player with no 
direction in life. His 
grandmother is evicted from 
her house for her failure to 
pay back taxes, and his 
girlfriend has left him. He 
makes it on to the pro golf 
tour with the hope of making 
some money to save his 
grandmother's house, but 
is challenged by the 
favorites on the tour (Shooter 

Adam Sandler – Happy Gilmore
Christopher McDonald – Shooter McGavin
Julie Bowen – Virginia Venit
Frances Bay – Grandma Gilmore
Carl Weathers – Chubbs Peterson
Allen Covert – Otto
Kevin Nealon – Gary Potter
Richard Kiel – Mr. Larson
Bob Barker – Himself 
Dennis Dugan Doug Thompson
Joe Flaherty Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino Himself
Verne Lundquist – Announcer
Mark Lye – Announcer
Jared Van Snellenberg – Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Will Sasso Mower
Ben Stiller – Hal (Uncredited)

Director – Dennis Dugan
Writers – Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler
Producer – Robert Simonds
Co-Producers – Warren Carr & 
Jack Giarraputo
Executive Producers – Bernie Brillstein,  
Brad Grey & Sandy Wernick
Golf Consultant – Mark Lye
Production Designer – Perry Andelin Blake
Co-Production Designer – William Heslup
Director of Photography – Arthur Albert
Film Editors – Jeff Gourson &
Steve R. Moore
Music – Mark Mothersbaugh

HAPPY GILMORE has a lot of hilarity coming in to a hole in one, but this is a one of a kind golf comedy film that Adam Sandler has made. I loved everything in the entire movie such as Ben Stiller’s cameo as well as the scene where Happy gets into a fight with Bob Barker and guess who won? GILMORE is the best, yet funniest of all Sandler features and one of my favourites. 

It is one of those greatest films that you can confidently recommend to one of your friends and be sure they will find it hilarious. This movie is pure comedy gold. Tomorrow, I will publish my review of the 1978 musical GREASE which stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, don't forget.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever  

Monday, 9 April 2012

Dante's Peak Review (Updated)

Dante's Peak

Release Date: 27th March 1997 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Pacific Western

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 109 minutes

Budget: $116,000,000

Box Office Gross: $178,127,760

Plot Summary
Volcanologist Harry Dalton
and mayor Rachel Wando
of Dante's Peak try to
convince the city council and
the other volcanologists
that the volcano right above
Dante's Peak is indeed
dangerous. People's safety
is being set against economical

Pierce Brosnan - Dr. Harry Dalton
Linda Hamilton - Rachel Wando
Charles Hallahan - Dr. Paul Dreyfus
Elizabeth Hoffman - Grandma Ruth
Jamie Renee Smith - Lauren Wando
Jeremy Foley - Graham Wando
Grant Heslov - Greg
Kirk Trutner - Terry
Arabella Field - Nancy
Tzi Ma - Stan

Director - Roger Donaldson
Writer - Leslie Bohem
Producers - Gale Anne Hurd &
Joseph Singer
Volcanology Advisors - David H.
Harlow, John P. Lockwood &
Norman MacLeod
Director of Photography - Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stunt Coordinator - R.A. Rondell
Visual Effects Supervisor - Pat McClung
Special Effects Supervisor: Digital
Domain - Dean W. Miller & Richard Stutsman
Film Editors - Conrad Buff IV,
Tina Hirsch & Howard E. Smith
Composer: Theme Music - James Newton Howard
Music - John Frizzell

DANTE'S PEAK is a mind blowing spectacle from start to finish. This natural disaster movie is from director Roger Donaldson and is very realistic and portrays as being scientifically accurate and close to reality of how a disaster to this proportion would unfold and affect the lives of hundreds of people. It did have excellent acting performances by Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton and great visual effects which is such a shame that it almost got nominated for an Oscar.

This film is for people who have learned about or studied volcanoes will definitely appreciate the realism of this motion picture.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Hop Review (Updated)


Release Date: 7th April 2011 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Relativity Media (in association with)
Illumination Entertainment

Universal Studios Australia

Genre: Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 95 minutes

Budget: $63,000,000

Box Office Gross: $183,953,723

Plot Summary
Blending state-of-the-art
animation with live
action, Hop tells the
comic tale of Fred, an
out-of-work slacker who
accidentally injures the
Easter Bunny's son and
must take him in as he
recovers. As Fred struggles
with the world's worst
house guest, both will
learn what it takes to
finally grow up.

Live Action Cast
James Marsden - Fred O'Hare
Coleton Ray - Young Fred
Kaley Cuoco - Samantha "Sam" O'Hare
Gary Cole - Henry O'Hare
Elizabeth Perkins - Bonnie O'Hare
Tiffany Espensen - Alex O'Hare
David Hasselhoff - Himself
Chelsea Handler - Mrs. Beck
Russell Brand - Production Assistant (Cameo)

Voice Cast
Russell Brand - E.B.
Django Marsh - Young E.B.
Hugh Laurie - Mr. Bunny
Hank Azaria - Carlos & Phil
Hugh Hefner - Voice at Playboy
Mansion (Cameo)

Director - Tim Hill
Story/Screenplay - Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Screenplay - Brian Lynch
Producers - Michele Imperato &
Christopher Meledandri
Production Designer - Richard Holland
Character Designer - Peter DeSeve
Director of Photography - Peter Lyons Collister
Animation Supervisor/Designer: Young E.B./
Senior Animation Supervisor - Chris Bailey
Visual Effects Supervisor: Rhythm & Hues -
Raymond Chen
Animation Supervisor: Rhythm & Hues -
Ryan O'Donoghue
Film Editors - Peter S. Elliot & Gregory Perler
Music - Christopher Lennertz

Nearly a perfect family movie in the season, HOP did a good job for bringing the Easter Bunny to the big screen. It manages to have some of the humour sugar-coated, if it's good for the young adults. While this movie could have been better without the live-action integration, but the animation is quite fantastic and the main character E.B. really steals the show especially when he plays the drums and he's voiced by Russell Brand who himself also does a live-action cameo.

Who needs the first ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS movie when the director's latest movie HOP is way better than the other feature, young people will have to watch this Easter film available on Blu-ray or DVD.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 2 April 2012

The Hunger Games Review (Updated)

The Hunger Games

Release Date: 22nd March 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Color Force

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 142 minutes

Budget: $78,000,000

Box Office Gross: $691,247,768

Plot Summary
Katniss Everdeen, 16, lives
in what remains of North
America in the future. She
lives in one of 12 districts,
all run by the Capitol. When
her father dies, she struggles
to keep herself, her mother
and her little sister alive. Even
though she learns to hunt and
trap and which plants are
edible, they're always on the
point of starvation. Annually,
one boy and one girl between
the ages of 12 and 18 are
chosen by lottery from each
district to participate in the
televised Hunger Games, in
which the 24 children try to
kill each other. The last one
left alive is honoured by the
Capitol and his or her family
is rewarded with plenty of
food. When her sister's name
is drawn, Katniss steps up to
take her place in the

Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson - Haymitch
Elizabeth Banks - Effie Trinket
Lenny Kravitz - Cinna
Stanley Tucci - Caesar Flickerman
Donald Sutherland - President
Coriolanus Snow
Wes Bentley - Seneca Crane
Toby Jones - Claudius Templesmith
Alexander Ludwig - Cato
Isabelle Fuhrman - Clove
Paula Malcomson - Mrs. Everdeen
Willow Shields - Primrose Everdeen
Jacqueline Emerson - Foxface
Dayo Okeniyi - Thresh
Amandla Stenberg - Rue
Jack Quaid - Marvel
Leven Rambin - Glimmer

Screenplay/Director - Gary Ross
Based on Novel "The Hunger
Producer - Suzanne Collins
Screenplay - Billy Ray
Executive Producer - Robin Bissell
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager -
Louise Rosner
Producers - Nina Jacobson & Jon Kilik
Co-Producers - Diana Alvarez,
Martin Cohen, Louis Phillips,
Aldric La'auli Porter and Bryan
Production Designer - Phillip
Costume Designer - Judianna Makovsky
Director of Photography - Tom Stern
Second Unit Director/Additional Visual Effects
Supervisor - Scott Farrar
Stunt/Fight Coordinator - Allan Poppleton
Fight Coordinator - Jon Valera
Visual Effects Supervisor - Sheena Duggal
Visual Effects Supervisor:
Rhythm & Hues - Betsy Paterson
Film Editors - Christopher S. Capp,
Stephen Mirrione & Juliette Welfing
Sound Designer/Supervisor - Lon Bender
Music - T-Bone Burnett & James
Newton Howard

The movie THE HUNGER GAMES is a little bit frightening, but manages to bring action, cleverness and drama. To be fair, I never read the first book, but I find its premise of teenagers hunting and killing each other on a televised arena to be a bit interesting and brutal for a post-apocalyptic/dystopian action thriller. The well-acted performance by Jennifer Lawrence does work in the movie, but the only thing that I criticise is the shaky camera-style which I think is in most scenes.

The film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES may be a little overrated, it certainly will be appreciated by teens who might be fans of the book series. 

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie