Thursday, 28 June 2012

Brave Review


Release Date: 21st June 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 100 minutes

Budget: $185,000,000

Box Office Gross: $538,788,207

Plot Summary
Brave is set in the mystical 
Scottish Highlands, where 
Mérida is the princess of 
a kingdom ruled by King 
Fergus and Queen Elinor. 
An unruly daughter and 
an accomplished archer, 
Mérida one day defies a 
sacred custom of the land 
and inadvertently brings 
turmoil to the kingdom. 
In an attempt to set things 
right, Mérida seeks out an 
eccentric old Wise Woman 
and is granted an ill-fated 
wish. Also figuring into 
Mérida’s quest — and 
serving as comic relief — 
are the kingdom’s three 
lords: the enormous Lord 
MacGuffin, the surly Lord 
Macintosh, and the 
disagreeable Lord 

Voice Cast
Kelly Macdonald - Princess Merida
Emma Thompson - Queen Elinor
Billy Connolly - King Fergus
Kevin McKidd - Lord MacGuffin 
& Young MacGuffin
Craig Ferguson - Lord Macintosh
Robbie Coltrane - Lord Dingwall
Julie Walters - The Witch
Peigi Barker - Young Merida
Steven Cree - Young Macintosh
Callum O'Neill - Wee Dingwall

Story/Screenplay/Director - Brenda
Screenplay/Director - Mark Andrews
Screenplay/Co-Director - Steve
Screenplay - Irene Mecchi
Producer - Katherine Sarafian
Film Editor - Nicholas C. Smith
Music - Patrick Doyle


2013 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature (Won)

The animated feature of BRAVE feels like a Disney movie not Pixar, but it is good and did have a lot of adventure and laughter to keep the audience thrilled and entertained. I positively commend that it had a Scottish flavour as well as the CGI animation, great vocal performances by Billy Connolly, Kelly McDonald and Emma Thompson and the Celtic sound of the music score by Patrick Doyle to help complete this picture.

Clearly, this is the first by Pixar to ever have a female lead since most of the female characters from previous movies are either love interests or companions. BRAVE on the other hand, manages to succeed of bringing young audiences to see the movie, most of them are females and some are definitely Scottish.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 25 June 2012

Rock of Ages Review (Updated)

Rock of Ages

Release Date: 14th June 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
Corner Store Entertainment
Material Pictures (in association
Offspring Entertainment (in
association with)
Maguire Entertainment

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Musical

Rating: M

Runtime: 123 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $59,418,613

Plot Summary
Drew (Diego Boneta), 
an aspiring rocker from 
South Detroit, and Sherrie 
(Julianne Hough), an 
aspiring actress from a 
small town, both arrive 
in Los Angeles in 1987 
to chase their dreams of 
making it big. They wind 
up meeting at The Bourbon 
Room, where he gets a 
job as a busboy and she's 
hired as a waitress. 

Diego Boneta - Drew Boley
Julianne Hough - Sherrie Christian
Tom Cruise - Stacie Jaxx
Russell Brand - Lonny Barnett
Paul Giamatti - Paul Gill
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Patricia Whitmore
Mary J. Blige - Justice Charlier
Malin Akerman - Constance Sack
Alec Baldwin - Dennis Dupree

Choreographer/Producer/Director -
Adam Shankman
Based on Musical Book/Screenplay -
Chris D'Arienzo
Screenplay - Justin Theroux & Allan Loeb
Producers - Jennifer Gibot, Garrett Grant,
Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Scott Prisand
& Matt Weaver
Costume Designer - Rita Ryack
Cinematography - Bojan Bazelli
Film Editor - Emma E. Hickox
Original Score - Adam Anders & Peer

ROCK OF AGES was a good musical, I think it has too much of a rockin' energy. I really enjoyed the melodic covers and medleys of the 80s hard rock songs that were from classic bands like Bon Jovi, Journey, Foreigner, Twisted Sister and other of these original artists and I praise Tom Cruise's performance as the legendary rock-star Stacee Jaxx. The good thing about this movie is that I can honestly say, I haven't seen a rock 'n' roll version of a musical before. Gotta say though that the only number is missing from this film is the song "The Final Countdown".

ROCK OF AGES was staggering, definitely a movie that entertains those who appreciate music of 80s rock 'n' roll.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Darkest Hour Review

The Darkest Hour 

Release Date: 19th January 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Regency Enterprises (presents)
Summit Entertainment (presents)
Bazelevs Production
The Jacobson Company
New Regency Pictures

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 89 minutes

Budget: $30,000,000

Box Office Gross: $64,626,786

Plot Summary
An unexplained global
disaster hits causing
electronic devices to
fail all over the world.
Chaos ensues. An
unknown alien race with
an uncanny control over
electricity begins an
all-out assault on
humanity. In Moscow,
a group of young
urbanites find refuge
underground surviving
on what they can

Emile Hirsch - Sean
Olivia Thirlby - Natalie
Max Minghella - Ben
Rachael Taylor - Anne
Joel Kinnaman - Skyler
Gosha Kutsenko - Matvei
Veronika Ozerova - Vika
Dato Bahktadze - Sergei

Director - Chris Gorak
Story - Leslie Bohem & M.T. Ahern
Story/Screenplay - Jon Spaithts
Producers - Timur Bekmambetov &
Tom Jacobson
Production Designer - Valeri Viktorov
Cinematography - Scott Kevan
Visual Effects Supervisor - Viktor Muller
Film Editors - Priscilla Nedd-Friendly,
Fernando Villena & Doobie White
Music - Tyler Bates

THE DARKEST HOUR has a decent but good premise, but the whole sci-fi movie felt like it was actually mediocre or something and the characters are seemingly undeveloped. To be fair, not all everything is bad, some parts of the film are quite enjoyable and I don't see any of the acting to be lousy as such. Might I add that Emile Hirsch is typecast in this picture while definitely a young talented actor who will hopefully have a big career ahead of him.

THE DARKEST HOUR is alright, positively not a must-see film everyone will be better off not watching it.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Prometheus Review


Release Date: 7th June 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Brandywine Productions
Dune Entertainment
Scott Free Productions

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 124 minutes

Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $403.354,469

Plot Summary
Ridley Scott, director of 
'Alien' and 'Blade Runner,' 
returns to the genre he 
helped define. With 
Prometheus, he creates a 
groundbreaking mythology, 
in which a team of explorers 
discover a clue to the origins 
of mankind on Earth, leading 
them on a thrilling journey to 
the darkest corners of the 
universe. There, they must 
fight a terrifying battle to 
save the future of the 
human race.

Noomi Rapace - Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender - David
Guy Pearce - Peter Weyland
Idris Elba - Janek
Logan Marshall-Green - Charlie
Charlize Theron - Meredith Vickers
Rafe Spall - Millburn
Sean Harris - Fifield
Emun Elliott - Chance
Benedict Wong - Ravel
Kate Dickie - Ford
Lucy Hutchinson - Young Shaw

Producer/Director - Ridley Scott
Based on Elements of "Alien" -
Dan O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett
Writer - Jon Spaihts
Writer/Executive Producer -
Damon Lindelof
Producers - David Giler, Walter
Hill & Tony Scott
Production Designer - Arthur Max
Costume Designer - Janty Yates
Makeup Designer - Tina Earnshaw
Creature & Special Makeup Effects Supervisor -
Neal Scanlan
Cinematography - Dariusz Wolski
Visual Effects Supervisor - Richard Stammers
Visual Effects Lead Designer/Supervisor: Fuel VFX -
Paul Butterworth
SFX & Vehicles Supervisor - Trevor Wood
Film Editor - Pietro Scalia
Music - Marc Streitenfeld

I have always known that PROMETHEUS was definitely a prequel to the ALIEN movies, especially the first one (click here), because it figured out some of the answers that weren't revealed in the series including the Space Jockey. It's a shame that PROMETHEUS' story was complicated, there were highlights of the sci-fi picture that I would give praise to is its spectacular visuals, impressive landscape shots as well as its magnificent acting performances like Michael Fassbender for his portrayal as the android David.

Although the whole film of PROMETHEUS was not quite the strongest comeback for director Ridley Scott who helped define the science-fiction genre for which he had now returned to helm, but it sure was scary and terrifying and it will be a delight for the fans of either Ridley's features or the ALIEN franchise.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Inception Review (Updated)


Release Date: 22nd July 2010 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presentation)
Legendary Pictures (in association with)

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 148 minutes

Budget: $160,000,000

Box Office Gross: $825,532,764

Plot Summary
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, 
the absolute best in the 
dangerous art of extraction, 
stealing valuable secrets from 
deep within the subconscious 
during the dream state, when 
the mind is at its most 
vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability 
has made him a coveted 
player in this treacherous 
new world of corporate 
espionage, but it has also 
made him an international 
fugitive and cost him 
everything he has ever loved. 
Now Cobb is being offered 
a chance at redemption. 

One last job could give him his 
life back but only if he can 
accomplish the impossible-
inception. Instead of the 
perfect heist, Cobb and his 
team of specialists have to pull 
off the reverse: their task is 
not to steal an idea but to 
plant one. If they succeed, it 
could be the perfect crime. 
But no amount of careful 
planning or expertise can 
prepare the team for the 
dangerous enemy that seems 
to predict their every move. 
An enemy that only Cobb 
could have seen coming.

Leonardo DiCaprio - Dominic "Dom" Cobb
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Arthur
Ellen Page - Ariadne
Tom Hardy - Eames
Ken Watanabe - Mr. Saito
Dileep Rao - Yusuf
Cillian Murphy - Robert Michael Fischer
Tom Berenger - Peter Browning
Marion Cotillard - Mallorie "Mal" Cobb
Pete Postlehwaite - Maurice Fischer
Michael Caine - Prof. Stephen Miles
Lukas Naas - Nash

Writer/Producer/Director -
Christopher Nolan
Producer - Emma Thomas
Production Designer - Guy
Hendrix Dyas
Costume Designer - Jeffrey Kurland
Director of Photography - Wally Pfister
Stunt Coordinator - Tom Struthers
Special Effects Supervisor - Chris Corbould
Visual Effects Supervisor - Paul J. Franklin
Visual Effects Supervisors:
Double Negative - Pete Bebb,
Andrew Lockley & Rob Hodgson
Film Editor - Lee Smith
Music - Hans Zimmer


2011 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Wally Pfister (Won)
Best Sound Editing - Richard King (Won)
Best Sound Mixing - Lora Hirschberg, Gary
Rizzo & Ed Novick (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Chris Corbould, Andrew
Lockley, Pete Bebb & Paul J. Franklin (Won)
Best Art Direction - Larry Dias, Guy Hendrix
Dyas & Douglas A. Mowat (Nominated)
Best Original Score - Hans Zimmer (Nominated)
Best Picture (Nominated)
Best Original Screenplay - Christopher Nolan

In my opinion, the most interesting conceptual picture that director Christopher Nolan has ever done. INCEPTION can be a mind job, but is very dramatic and everything before your eyes in this movie is filled with so much detail and is really quite breathtaking. It introduces an amazing concept of going into a state of a dream within dream and tricking people to change their thoughts so they wake up with different thoughts not knowing where these thoughts have originated from or that they have been victim of an inception. One of the things that this picture achieves really well is that it builds a story that is completely inventive and complex where viewers are drawn into finding out all the answers to the plot and witness the final conclusion. The ending of the film is orchestrated beautifully and you feel like you need to re-watch the movie at time again because it is such a spectacle. This movie has completely set a new standard of sci-fi/action.

There's never a dull moment in this feature, it has incredible visuals, highly commendable acting performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page and powerful music score by Hans Zimmer.

In terms of direction, Christopher Nolan has cemented his place as one of the biggest names in the Hollywood industry and definitely a director to keep an eye on with regards to his upcoming movies.

I'm surprised to see that INCEPTION has done so well in terms of originality and this kind of innovation has not been pulled off since THE MATRIX (click here) and I would definitely add this one to the collection and watch it again.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The Wild Review

The Wild 

Release Date: 28th September 2006 - Australia

Production Companies
C.O.R.E. Feature Animation
Hoytyboy Pictures
Nigel Productions
Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 94 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $102,338,515

Plot Summary
Ryan is a lion who wants
to the wild, where his dad
(Samson) once lived. When
he gets himself shipped to
Africa, his zoo friends (and
Samson) work together to
bring him back. When they
get to Africa, however,
the animals find themselves
in a pile of danger. They
have to fight an evil
wildebeest called Kazar.
But Kazar's safe compared
to the other danger on the
island - a volcano that's
on the edge of eruption.
Can the animals find Ryan
and get out of Africa before
the volcano erupts in so little

Voice Cast
Kiefer Sutherland - Samson
the Lion
Dominic Scott Kay - Young Samson
Jim Belushi - Benny the Squirrel
Greg Cipes - Ryan the Lion Cub
Janeane Garofalo - Bridget the Giraffe
Richard Kind - Larry the Snake
Eddie Izzard - Nigel the Koala
William Shatner - Kazar the Wildebeest
Patrick Warburton - Blag the Wildebeest

Additional Story Material/Director -
Steve 'Spaz' Williams
Story/Screenplay - Mark Gibson &
Philip Halprin
Screenplay - Ed Decter & John J. Strauss
Additional Story Material - Bill Wolkoff,
David Collard, Matt Lopez &
Lloyd Taylor
Executive Producers - Kevin Lima &
Will Vinton
Producers - Beau Flynn & Clint Goldman
CG Supervisor - John Mariella
Film Editors - Scott Balcerek &
Steven L. Wagner
Music - Alan Silverstri

THE WILD has good humour and splendid animation, unfortunately the movie was way too similar to MADAGASCAR which came out one year before THE WILD. It has a terrific voice cast particularly Eddie Izzard who of course did a amazing job of voicing the koala and even Jim Belushi (whose voice sounds almost like Seth Rogen) does the same for the squirrel.

I'm pleased that the film didn't get made by Disney as they only distributed the movie, I feel this movie could have been a disadvantage as a result of C.O.R.E animation studio. Due to the fact that they only have three animated features. If the film had been in the hands of Pixar or Blue Sky, perhaps this movie would have been more appealing in regards to the story-line and more punch-lines or more sarcasm.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Monday, 4 June 2012

Hercules Review (Updated)


Release Date: 18th September 1997 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 93 minutes

Budget: $85,000,000

Box Office Gross: $252,712,101

Plot Summary
Invested with superhuman
strength, a young mortal
named Hercules sets out
to prove himself a hero in
the eyes of his father, the
great god Zeus. Along with
his friends Pegasus, a
flying horse, and Phil, a
personal trainer, Hercules
is tricked by the hilarious,
hot-headed villain Hades,
who's plotting to take over
Mount Olympus! Hercules
must now choose between
his legendary strength or
his true love, the Grecian
beauty Meg.

Voice Cast
Tate Donovan - Hercules
Josh Keaton - Young Hercules
Danny DeVito - Philoctetes/Phil
James Woods - Hades
Susan Egan - Megara
Rip Torn - Zeus
Frank Welker - Pegasus
Samantha Eggar - Hera
Bobcat Goldthwait - Pain
Matt Frewer - Panic
Wayne Knight - Demetrius
Charlton Heston - Narrator

Animation Screenplay/
Producers/Directors - John
Musker & Ron Clements
Based on Idea - Joe Haidar
Story Animation Supervisor - Barry
Story - Kaan Kalyon, Kelly
Wightman, Randy Cartwright,
John Ramirez, Jeff Snow,
Vance Gerry, Kirk Hanson,
Tamara Lusher, Francis 
Glebas, Mark Kennedy,
Bruce Morris, Don 
Dougherty & Thom Enriquez
Animation Screenplay - Don
McEnery, Bob Shaw & Irene
Producers - Alice Dewey & Noreen Tobin
Production Designer - Gerald Scarfe
Art Director - Andy Gaskill
Lyrics - David Zippel
Songs & Music - Alan Menken
Film Editors - Tom Finan & Robert W.


1998 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Go The Distance" -
Alan Menken & David Zippel (Nominated)

HERCULES while based on a legendary Greek tale was not quite the animated movie it was expected, but should have been dramatic and epic instead of being comedic and filled with pop-culture references and jazzy songs like "I Won't Say I'm in Love", "The Gospel Truth" and others. It's a shame it was made by Disney and only James Woods's fiery vocal performance as the villain Hades is a stand out from this ungodly trash.

This has got to be Disney's weakest animated movie that they ever had, maybe further down the track producers could remake this movie and raise the benchmark with a more entertaining, excitement filled motion picture.

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie


Friday, 1 June 2012

Men in Black III Review

Men in Black III

Release Date: 24th May 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures (presents)
Amblin Entertainment (in association with)
Hemisphere Media Capital
Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ
Media Magik Entertainment
Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 106 minutes

Budget: $160,000,000

Box Office Gross: $624.026,776

Plot Summary
Agent J and Agent K are
assigned the task of
monitoring extra-terrestrial
activity on Earth. Things
get strange when J can't
find K, then finds out his
friend has been dead for
over 40 years. In an
attempt to save young
Agent K's life, Agent J
travels back in time to
1969 to stop his murder.

Will Smith - Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones - Agent K
Josh Brolin - Young Agent K
Jermaine Clement - Boris the
Emma Thompson - Agent O
Alice Eve - Young Agent O
Michael Stuhlberg - Griffin
Nicole Scherzinger - Lily
David Rasche - Agent X
Keone Young - Mr. Wu 
Bill Hader - Andy Warhol/
Agent W
Michael Chernus - Jeffrey Price
Will Arnett - Agent AA (Uncredited)
Mike Colter - The Colonel
Cayen Martin - Colonel's Son
Lady Gaga - Alien (Cameo)
Tim Burton - Alien (Cameo)

Director - Barry Sonnenfeld
Based on Comic "The Men in
Black" - Lowell Cunningham
Writer - Etan Cohen
Executive Producers - G. Mac
Brown & Steven Spielberg
Producers - Laurie MacDonald
& Walter F. Parkes
Co-Producers - Joyce Cox & Riyoko Tanaka
Production Designer - Bo Welch
Alien Make-Up Effects - Rick Baker
Costume Designer - Mary E. Vogt 
Cinematography - Bill Pope
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Simon Crane
Visual Effects Supervisors - Ken Ralston &
Jay Redd
Film Editors - Wayne Wahrman &
Don Zimmerman
Music - Danny Elfman

Generally considered to be an improvement over its predecessor (click here), MEN IN BLACK III did have a great concept as well as a great story which is something that the second movie has lacked. I gotta admit that everything works well in the movie, especially the humour, a noticeable cameo of Lady Gaga and the acting performance of Josh Brolin who is a perfect match for Tommy Lee Jones as he plays the young version of his character.

Like all improved sequels, MIB III exceeds the expectations for those who have been disappointed at the last one, but manages to return the film series after a hiatus and it's a feature that the fans don't want to miss.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie