Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Castle Review (Updated)

The Castle

Release Date: 10th April 1997 - Australia

Production Companies
Village Roadshow Pictures
Working Dog Productions

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 82 minutes

Budget: A$750,000

Box Office Gross: $10,326,428 

Plot Summary
The nation should never 
have heard of Darryl 

The Kerrigan family should 
still be living at 3 Highview 
Crescent, Cooloroo, in 
total obscurity. They were 
terrible houses on 
worthless land. The 
compulsory acquisition 
should go through without 
a hitch...right? Wrong.

To Darryl, it was never a 
house, it was a home and 
a very happy one. How 
Darryl and his small time 
suburban lawyer mate, 
Dennis Denuto assisted 
by a new friend QC 
Lawrence Hamill ended 
up in the High Court 
of Australia, is the story 
told in The Castle.

Michael Caton - Darryl 
Anne Tenney - Sal 
Stephen Curry - Dale 
Sophie Lee - Tracey 
Eric Bana - Con Petropoulous
Anthony Simcoe - Steve 
Wayne Hope - Wayne Kerrigan
Tiriel Mora - Dennis Denuto
Costas Kilias - Farouk
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell - Lawrence Hammill QC
John Flaus - Sgt. Kennedy
Ian Ross - Himself
Larry Emdur - Himself

Writer/Conceiver/Director - Rob Sitch
Writer and Concievers - Santo Clauro, 
Tom Gleisner and Jane Kennedy
Producer - Debra Choate 
Production Designer - Carrie Kennedy
Director of Photography - Miriana Marusic 
Film Editor - Wayne Heyett 
Music - Craig Harnath

Until just recently, I had never seen the whole film THE CASTLE with the exclusion of clips on YouTube. THE CASTLE is renowned as an iconic stereotypical satire comedy in Australia, some may think of it as lacklustre. The movie shows a lot of colourfulness slashed with non-political correctness to create a mock-up story of an average family that loves together and stays together. The film's great asset is mostly the jokes and repetitive catchphrases, which I find some to be exceedingly funny. For the acting, Michael Caton is the lead character as the family's patriarch and comes across as a good-natured, optimistic lovable dad and husband. To shine the spotlight on a few known actors, Stephen Curry and future Hollywood man Eric Bana both did very well as each member of the family with one whose name will be remembered among other acting greats.

THE CASTLE is very a-typical comedy with well written humour and filmed within a very efficient/cost effective budget. I classify this movie as well-suited and spot-on for a light hearted comedy that also has spirit and a satirical edge. Highly recommendable for working-class Australians and I would like to wish you mates... a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Elf Review


Release Date: 27th November 2003 - Australia

Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
Guy Walks into a Bar

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: G

Runtime: 93 minutes

Budget: $33,000,000

Box Office Gross: $225,443,451

Plot Summary
Once upon a Christmas Eve,
an orphan baby crawled
into Santa's bag of gifts and
was taken to the North Pole.
Raised by Papa Elf, Buddy
comes to realise he doesn't
fit in with other elves.
Determined to find a place
where he belongs, Buddy
searches for his real dad -
in New York City!

In the Big Apple, Buddy
finds out why his dad is on
the naughty list! But most
importantly, he sees the
world lacking in Christmas
spirit, which causes Santa
all kinds of problems!

So with the help of a
beautiful department store
elf, Buddy tries to teach
his dad and the world the
true meaning of Christmas
spirit to probe everyone
that Santa really exists!

Will Ferrell - Buddy Hobbs
James Caan - Walter Hobbs
Bob Newhart - Papa Elf
Ed Asner - Santa Claus
Zooey Deschanel - Jovie
Mary Steenburgen - Emily Hobbs
Daniel Tay - Michael Hobbs
Peter Dinklage - Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris - Deb
Michael Lerner - Fulton
Andy Richter - Morris
Kyle Gass - Eugene
Leon Redbone - Leon the Snowman (Voice)
Ray Harryhausen - Polar Bear Cub (Voice)
Jon Favreau - Doctor

Director - Jon Favreau
Writer - David Berenbaum
Producers - Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki
and Shauna Robertson
Co-Producer - David B. Householter
Production Designer - Rusty Smith
Costume Designer - Laura Jean Shannon
Director of Photography - Greg Gardiner
Film Editor - Dan Lebental
Visual Effects Supervisor - Joe Bauer
Music - John Debney

Simple and probably a heartwarming Christmas comedy, it is not a tasteless one I can assure you. ELF is Will Ferrell's magnum opus and for all the rest, I am not the big fan of his movies. A bit too worried for me, he might fill in for Jim Carrey's shoes and it's a shame he was enlisted to star in when the film was in pre-production for its script. Ferrell began showcasing his hilarious talents of energy playing as a character with so much childlike qualities instead. Close to being the top-ranked spot of other jam-packed comedians Carrey and Adam Sandler. No parts of lowbrow humour are included to offend everybody, just clean and tasteful entertainment from director Jon Faverau's breakthrough for the holiday season.

I never would be ready to praise ELF for its yuletide aptitude since I am most sincerely from an another religion. Apparently it's good-nurtured family fun to see this in the light of Christmas Eve. MERRY CHRISTMAS BLOG VIEWERS!!

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 23 December 2013

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Review (Updated)

Rudolph the Red Nosed 
Reindeer: The Movie

Release Date: 16th October 1998 - USA

Production Companies
GoodTime Entertainment 
Cayre Brothers (producer)
GT Merchandising and
Licensing (created by)
Golden Books Family Entertainment (producer)
Tundra Productions (produced by)
Rudolph Productions

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: US$10,000,000

Box Office Gross: $113,484

Plot Summary
Young Rudolph suffers a
childhood accident that sees
his nose turn from the
publicly accepted norm
of black to a glowing red
colour. His parents worry
about him getting teased,
and indeed does in the end.

When he is disqualified in
the reindeer games by his
rival for a doe he fancies,
Rudolph runs away and
moves into a cave with
Slyly the Fox. However
can he overcome his
fear and reach his true

Voice Cast
Kathleen Barr - Older Rudolph/
Twinkle the Sprite
Eric Popisil - Young Rudolph
John Goodman - Santa Claus
Whoopi Goldberg - Stormarella 
Eric Idle - Slyly the Fox
Bob Newhart - Leonard the 
Polar Bear
Debbie Reynolds - Mrs. Santa 
Claus/Mitzi/Mrs. Prancer 
Garry Chalk - Blitser 
Myriam Sirios - Older Zoey/
Glitter the Sprite/Schoolroom 
Doe #1
Vanessa Morley - Young Zoey
Richard Simmons - Boone
Alec Willows - Doggie/
Christopher Gray - Young
Matt Hill - Arrow/Donner 

Producer/Director - William
R. Kowalchuk Jr.
Based on Story - Robert May
Writer - Michael Aschner
Character Design - Phil Mendez
Art Directors - Xhang Min-Fang
and Chen Xi-Feng
Supervising Editor - W. R. Kowalchuk
Film Editor - Tom Hok
Music and Lyrics - Al Kasha 
and Michael Lloyd

Frankly, this isn't the holiday movie what it used to be. This had taught me about the 1998 movie of RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER as it seems alright for young kids who only put their faith on Christmas cheers. Sadly, how in-genuine is the animation not exactly looking as a Disney-like theatrical style than to be released on home entertainment or to television? Not naturally enough, there are some of the film's show-tunes that are sickly-sweet of average or forgettable save just a few just located. Two of the good songs is "Show Me the Light" which in fact is a could have-been ballad for Disney. The latter "It Could Always Be Worse" is a reminder and maybe homage to the one we remember in a Monty Python comedy. Good thing it might be Eric Idle brought this catchy idea to the film's songwriters. The festive classical song about Rudolph is also there for usual.

The voice acting is at the point decent, I'm much fine of John Goodman voicing Santa and it's delightful he plays the mythical figure so kind and a basic father figure to Rudolph. It seems ironic that he would voice again as Santa, only this time as an evil mechanical version in an episode of FUTURAMA. Also featured is the aforementioned Python veteran Idle who it's so hard to recognize him doing an American impersonation for his fox character? The other notable star Whoopi Goldberg provides the voice spontaneously for Stormarella the female villainous snow queen.

Shame it actually has a good message and there isn't much more humanizing. Probably not consider it as my favourite and just only recommend it as a part-time enjoyable festive movie for some families.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Thursday, 19 December 2013

In Memory of Peter O'Toole (1932-2013) (Updated)

Peter O'Toole (1932-2013)

To those who audiences
remember, legendary English
thespian Peter O'Toole who is
known for taking such roles as
T. E. Lawrence in 'Lawrence of 
Arabia' has passed away in
December 14th 2013 at the
age of 81 when suffering a long
fatal illness. He is born in Ireland
in his real name as Seamus Peter
O'Toole, then moved to Britain where he began his acting at age 25 as one of the young actors rising in the English stage. Performing in the 1955 play of Hamlet, at the Bristol Old Vic which gained him an tremendous ovation of applause.

Beginning his career as a movie star, Peter jump-started as part of the minor cast then was selected by British director David Lean to play the historical war figure T.E. Lawrence in the film epic of 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Peter firmly did it well and received not only outstanding praise but also an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. It also got him the immediate attention from the Americans for his unknown charms. His other well-known and some notable Oscar-nominated roles include 'Becket', 'The Lion in Winter', 'Goodbye Mr Chips', 'The Ruling Class', 'The Stunt Man', 'My Favourite Year' and 'The Last Emperor' to his more recent performances in 'Troy', 'Venus', 'Rataoullie' and 'Stardust'. In the year 2003, he earned a Honorary Award Oscar for his contributions in movie history and in 2012, he then retired from the motion picture industry of the acting class.

Here are few clips that highlighted his screen roles in two films he appeared.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Four Holidays Review

Four Holidays

Release Date: 4th December 2008 - Australia

Production Companies
New Line Cinema
Spyglass Entertainment

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 88 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $163,733,697 

Plot Summary
When upscale, happily 
unmarried San Francisco 
couple Kate and Brad 
find themselves socked in 
by fog on Christmas 
morning, their exotic 
vacation plans morph into 
the family-centric holiday 
they had, until now, gleefully 

Out of obligation, and 
unable to escape, they 
trudge to not one, not two, 
but four relative-choked 
festivities, increasingly 
mortified to find childhood 
fears raised, adolescent 
wounds reopened... and 
their very future together 

As Brad counts the hours 
to when he can get away 
from their parents, step-
parents, siblings and an 
assortment of nieces and 
nephews, Kate is starting 
to hear the ticking of a 
different kind of clock. 
And by the end of the 
day, she is beginning to 
wonder if their crazy 
families' choices are not 
so crazy after all.

Reese Witherspoon - Kate
Vince Vaughn - Bradford 
"Brad" McVie
Robert Duvall - Howard McVie
Sissy Spacek - Paula
Jon Voight - Creighton
Mary Steenburgen - Marilyn 
Kristin Chemoweth - Courtney
Jon Faverau - Denver McVie
Tim McGraw - Dallas McVie
Katy Mixon - Susan McVie
Dwight Yoakam - Pastor Phil
Patrick Van Horn - Darryl

Director - Seth Gordon
Story/Screenplay - Matt Allen
and Caleb Wilson
Screenplay - Jon Lucas and
Scott Moore
Producers - Gary Barber,
Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan
Cinematography - Jeffrey L.
Film Editors - Mark Helfrich
and Melissa Kent
Music - Alex Wurman

Close of being a cheerful, yet meant to be a gleeful holiday comedy to get the laughter. One thing I find in FOUR HOLIDAYS that it wasn't as funny as it should have been and makes it as an unappreciated average film. Sure there's some trace of comedy left to laugh and either one joke I see is upsetting, bigoted or a bit humorous is what you call find the joke you would understand. With the big talent of actors all over the film like Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Voight and Robert Duvall with their decent line-up of performances but they weren't enough to make it a jolly old good seasonal flick.

For FOUR HOLIDAYS, I might as well give it a 3 out of 5 point rating and nothing I seen it sunk low on everybody's Christmas spirit. Do you agree my opinion about this mild sack of comedy.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Monday, 9 December 2013

X-Men Review (Updated)


Release Date: 13th July 2000 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Marvel Entertainment (in
association with)
Donners' Company
Bad Hat Harry Productions

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 104 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $296,336,527 

Plot Summary
A band of unique power-
possessing mutants live in a
world where their kind is
hated and persecuted by
humans. Under the guidance
of their leader, Professor
Charles Xavier, the X-Men
strive for a world where
humans and mutants can
peacefully co-exist. The
superheroes must also
combat those radical mutants
with intentions of exterminating
the human race.

Hugh Jackman - Logan/
Patrick Stewart - Charles
Xavier/Professor X
James Marsden - Scott
Famke Janssen - Dr. Jean Grey
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe/
Ian McKellen - Erik Lehnsherr/
Anna Paquin - Marie/Rogue
Rebecca Romjin-Stamos - 
Tyler Mane - Sabertooth
Bruce Davison - Senator
Robert Kelly
Ray Park - Toad
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby
Brett Morris - Young Magneto
Sumela Kay - Kitty Pryde (Cameo)
Katrina Florece - Jubilee (Cameo)
Donald MacKinnon - Peter Rasputin/Colossus (Cameo)
Alex Burton - John Allerdyce/Pyro

Story/Producer/Director -
Bryan Singer
Executive Producer/Based on "X Men" Comics" - Stan Lee
Based on "X-Men" Comics -
Jack Kirby
Story/Executive Producer -
Tom DeSanto
Story - Josh Whedon (Uncredited)
Screenplay - David Hayter
Producers - Lauren Shuler
Donner and Ralph Winter
Co-Producers - Joel Simon and Bill Todman Jr.
Conceptual Artists - Steve
Berg and Fireball Tim
Production Designer - John Myhre
Special Make-Up Designer - Gordon J. Smith
Costume Designer - Louise Mingenbach
Action Director - Corey Yuen
Director of Photography - Newton Thomas Siegel
Stunt Coordinators - Rick Forsayeth and
Gary Jensen
Special Effects Supervisors - Tony Kenny and
Kaz Kobielski
Special Effects Coordinator - Colin Chilvers
Visual Effects Supervisors - Michael L. Fink
and Michael J. McAlister
Visual Effects Supervisor: Hammerhead Productions -
Theresa Ellis Rygiel
Visual Effects Producer - Denise Davis
Film Editors - Steven Rosenblum, Kevin Stitt and
John Wright
Music - Michael Kamen

Having watched two known animated series and a few comics that gave me the knowledge of Marvel's favourite heroes X-MEN. I recently watched the series first instalment and I found the film to be very satisfying and imposing. It reached a great element of surprise from director Bryan Singer to accomplish X-MEN, making it a blueprint of future movies in the genre. One of the film's weaknesses was the cheesiness of few of the bad one-liners, but I was impressed with the choice of the casting. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were really suitable for their roles as leaders of both sides of mutants, Xavier and Magneto. The best actor who steals the show is Hugh Jackman for portraying convincingly as Wolverine, whereas the character is meant to be true to the comics. In the end, he succeeded very often and launched his stardom in Hollywood.

This is the most explosive beginning to the franchise and I recommend you go watch it before the next instalment. X-MEN is so good that it's one of those known movies that catapulted the superhero flick genre to re-invention.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Thursday, 5 December 2013

In Memory of Paul Walker (1973-2013) (Updated)

Paul Walker (1973-2013)

As you know a lot of famed young
actors who are bright, hot and equally
talented have the best charms and
remarkable looks. These incredible
young actors are destined to
become Hollywood's next idols.
For with great sadness, we
announce that Paul Walker who
was known for starring in the
big hit series of 'The Fast
and the Furious' was killed tragically in a vehicle accident in November 30th. Walker was 40 years of age when this happened in Vanieca, State California as he was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT. The driver of this automobile lost control of it and suddenly crashed into a tree and pole claiming two of their lives in a dangerous collision.

He began his talent as a toddler, starring in nappy commercials and was a model at age 2. He then moved to television during the middle half of the 80s and up to the late 90s. Paul made his film debut in a horror flick 'Monster in the Closet' which was released only in the Cannes Film Festival. He never made a film appearance until 12 years later when he landed his big role in a family comedy 'Meet the Deedles' and it gained him the glamorous fame. Soon after he made more of his supporting roles in films such as 'Pleasentville', 'Varsity Blues' and many others. Up until the beginning of his career, he entered a breakthrough role in 'The Fast and the Furious'  as undercover FBI agent Brian O'Conner and more surprisingly, it received the notoriety he deserves.

This success with the first movie briefly led him to return in many sequels like '2 Fast 2 Furious', 'Fast & Furious', 'Fast Five' and 'Fast & Furious 6'. He also starred in other lesser-known and probably well-known movies like 'Eight Below', 'Timeline', 'Flags of Our Fathers', 'Noel', 'Into the Blue', 'The Skulls', 'Roadkill' and plenty of more leading and support roles he portrayed to keep his status quo as the handsome celebrity well-appreciated by the audience and fans.

At the time of his death, he was working on the seventh instalment of 'The Fast and the Furious' franchise which currently has its production delayed and will be his last partially completed role. Please sincerely write a comment on this page, if you need to pay your respects to him.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

4 Reasons Why Battlefield Earth Sucked (Updated)

It bothers me that reminding of how bad things were in BATTLEFIELD EARTH (click here), one of the worst movies of all time that features Barry Pepper and John Travolta. Let be honest that here is a list of all the four reasons that made this movie in the not-to-watch list. I am definitely serious that neither the actors stole the audience's interest or the whole movie capturing a visual spectacle. Crave and desire is two options but not for BATTLEFIELD EARTH.

4. Repetitive Dialogue

My first theory is that mostly, all
of the movie's lines are have gone
repeatedly halfway in or out. Lines
like "Piece of cake", "leverage" or
such and so, peeving the audience
they have already heard it many
times and made no sense to
contribute the plot. This will reach
only little children and people with
lower I.Q. to be so unaware it will
affect them to speak the quotes

3. Poor Script-writing

It probably explains that BATTLEFIELD EARTH is not just missing the plot-threads that does make the story-line go flustered. It is also why it is messed up from the inside. We know in the end, the humans had finally beaten their invaders and took back Earth but one thing that is very inconsistent. The humans lost their home-planet years ago and that the Psychlos have forgotten how to defeat them. Then in the opening, once they taken over the planet and there's no apparent reason why the whole race are wanting to strip Earth of its precious resource of gold. When does exactly say they wanted gold, I don't know and it's lot harder to delve the human mind.

2. Bad Acting and Direction

The mediocre and over-the-
top acting is not just making
the movie look bad, in the
premises the direction by Roger
Christian is heavily responsible
for it. Actors like Barry Pepper
are perfectly cast have no idea,
they were acting so horrible
and dull and whilst Johnny T.
doesn't do an aspiring villainous
portrayal of Terl and does only
act as goofy and hammy. No
one is handy to redeem a bad
movie with a nicely done portrayal
of the film, Forrest Whitaker is so miscast as Terl's assistant. How I don't want is he looks as a Klingon reject with a different skin tone and this actor that played the character doesn't seem to be having a good time.

1. Overuse of Dutch camera-angles

Finally, the last sin of this
flop, the Dutch-camera angle
overuse.  I could disregard
this bad cinematography
and it is been explained that
supposed to be the century's
visualised and artful sci-fi
breakthrough after STAR WARS and THE MATRIX. Now, most of the shots were in Dutch-camera angle destroys its quality and some shots that we're not tilted to the same angle are underused. All the smart folk of viewers are nauseated with motion sickness and headaches, blamed the movie to driven them of the sickness.

Monday, 2 December 2013

In Time Review (With Guest Reviewer) (Updated)

In Time

Release Date: 27th October 2011 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 109 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $173,930,596

Plot Summary
In a future where time is 
literally money and 
aging stops at 25, the 
only way to stay alive 
is to earn, burrow, steal 
or inherit more time. But 
when a poor, working-
class man is falsely 
accused of murder, he 
teams up with a beautiful 
heiress and must figure 
out of a way to bring 
down the corrupt system 
before their dwindling 
clocks run out!

Justin Timberlake - Will Salas
Amanda Seyfreid - Sylvia Weis 
Cillian Murphy - Raymond Leon
Vincent Kartheiser - Phillippe 
Olivia Wilde - Rachel Salas
Matt Bomer - Henry Hamilton
Johnny Galecki - Borel
Collins Pennie - Timekeeper 
Toby Hemingway - Timekeeper
Brendan Miller - Kolber
Yaya DaCosta - Greta
Alex Pettyfer - Fortis

Writer/Producer/Director - 
Andrew Niccol
Based On An Original Story - Lee Falk
Producers - Eric Newman 
and Marc Abraham
Co-Producer - Debra James
Production Designer - 
Alex McDowell
Director of Photography - Roger Deakins
Visual Effects Supervisors - John P. Nugent and
Jorge Razon
Visual Effects Producer/Supervisor - Ellen Somers
Film Editor - Zach Staenberg
Visual Effects Consultant - Dan Kaufman
Music Consultant - Dave Jordan
Music - Craig Armstrong

Review (FilmGuruLad)
Sophisticated, yet satisfying is word for this great flick. This picture presents a whole lot of new ways to make a competent sci-fi/action movie. I was shaken when I saw IN TIME for the first time, if anybody would understand the pun of time. The movie in its boundary of the premise sounds a lot more similar to a classic flick of LOGAN'S RUN with the aging and the seeming youthful appearances. It contrives to me that with now I mentioned to you to the story, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried were groundbreaking solid for the roles. I'm not sure when to tell you, I think highly of the actor Cillian Murphy steals the thunder as the sole-bent timekeeping villain.

I am thinking about IN TIME as a good movie with a high re-watch value and although I must say that it succeeded in showcasing a world where time is literally money and those with the time have the power.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Review (Guest Reviewer)
When I sat down to watch this film, I have to say, I felt like it would be an effort to get through this movie as there were no big name actors and the film had not been having any positive reviews. I eventually watched this movie and was blown away. The story was so well written, introducing such a uniquely original concept of time as a commodity that presents a true reflection of the power struggles between the elite and poor class people in society. I have to say the actors all portrayed their characters with conviction and in particular I was impressed with Cillian Murphy as the key villain.

I would definitely watch this movie again and recommend that this movie would appeal to people who enjoy action, sci-fi and adventure movies.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 25 November 2013

After Earth Review

After Earth

Release Date: 13th June 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 100 minutes

Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $243,843,127

Plot Summary
A crash landing leaves Kitai
Raige and his legendary
father Cypher stranded on
Earth, 1,000 years after
cataclysmic events forced
humanity's escape. With
Cypher injured, Kitai must
embark on a treacherous
journey to signal for help.
They must learn to work
together and trust each
other, if they want any
chance of returning home.

Will Smith - Cypher Raige
Jaden Smith - Kitai Raige
Sophie Okonedo - Faia Raige
Zoe Kravitz - Senshi Raige
Glenn Morshower - Commander
Jaden Martin - 9-Year Old Kitai
David Denman - Private McQuarrie

Producer/Director - M. Night Shyamalan
Story - Will Smith
Screenplay - Gary Whitta
Producers - James Lassiter,
Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb
Pinkett and Will Smith
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager/
First Assistant Director - John Rusk
Co-Producer - Ashwin Rajan
Production Designer - Thomas E. Sanders
Costume Designer - Amy Westcott
Cinematography - Peter Suschitzky
Visual Effects Supervisor: Tippett Studio -
Craig Barron
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jonathan Rothbart
Film Editor - Steven Rosenblum
Music - James Newton Howard

What disappointed me the most was this film delivered a promise to be a new great sci-fi film and a depth that is unexplored. AFTER EARTH was a serving of boredom and dullness to the earthbound film-goers. I have would expect for more impact and more scenery from the infamous director M. Night Shyamalan. The man is back on the director's chair after his latest feature THE LAST AIRBENDER (click here) proved to be a fiasco according to all people such as critics and fanatics. This time, the director tries to improve himself and too bad he still fails miserably when he just couldn't do justice for this motion picture.

Signalling its only greatest strength is Will Smith whom he isn't the actor we knew for making up witty sarcasm in his previous acting efforts. He has made a very calm and serious portrayal of one of the main characters and is bound to happen when he's only one to enhance his exceptional talents. His son Jaden did not comprehend his own talents to the whole feature. Let's give him the excuse that he is just isn't worthy enough to live up his father's legacy, sorry Jaden, you did your best.

AFTER EARTH is not as bad as THE LAST AIRBENDER which is known for its disloyalty. It got me in surprise that this is an above average flick with no indication to greatness or to break the boundaries of cinematic originality.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Monday, 18 November 2013

Race (2007) Review (Updated)



Release Date: 17th July 2007 - USA

Production Companies
Hyper Image Studios, Inc
CenTennial Pictures

Genre: Animation

Rating: M

Runtime: 99 minutes

Plot Summary
The Star car racing 
circuit is raging and 
ruthless. Rookie Trance 
Caldron and Team Earth 
play independently and 
compete in the game to 
oust the other. 

However, things change 
when the competition 
come calling from Team 
Tagmatia. The latter 
plans to break the Alliance 
leadership that is meant to 
hold the peace. 

All stakes are up for 
the upcoming finals 
Star Car 5000, where 
the teams must put their 
best speed and gear to 
fail the plans of Team 
Tagmatia. Trance needs 
to win this race for 
himself, his team and to 
defeat the evil.

Voice Cast
James Hereth - Trance 
Commander Chad
Kevin Lewis - Lord Helter
Wheaton James - Samuel 
Rhonda Smiley - Stash
Terry Diab - Sola/Drayka
William Mendieta - Frikes/
H.L. Cannon - Chancellor 
J.J. Song - Chemti

Story/Producer/Director - Robert Brousseau
Co-Director/Art Director/
Storyboard Supervisor/Artist -
Scott Heming
Story/Writer/Producer - Rhonda Smiley
Story - Kevin O'Donnell
Co-Producer - Andy Boron
Incidental Character Design -
Miriam Goodman and Frank
Animation Lead/Technical
Morph Target/Lip Sync/
Animator - Dean Jackson 
Animation Lead/Technical
Character Rigging/Animator 
Don Waters
Digital Intermediate
Supervisor - Rohan Desai
Film/ADR Editor - James Hereth
Sound Designer - Robert Duran
Guitar - Brad Stanfield
Music - Eric Allaman

The idea behind this film originated from and took influence from the pod-race sequence of STAR WARS. The sci-fi animated feature RACE does not suffer from lack of high intensity or good racing action as this is all there and then some. However, some of its characters were subpar and a few that were very clich├ęd. For example, the eponymous hero Trance is scrappy and unlikeable in his personality. He is not very well-fitted as the film's main protagonist as his characterisation lacked any flair and redeeming qualities. Even more disappointing, the animation is too video game-ish and oddly lacks real polish. On the other hand, the plot is quite appealing, however, it is not enough to testify against the cheap CGI budget.

This indie movie took seven years in production and not much longer than DELGO (click here). This film has clearly revealed that we are in a day and age where film goers expect the very best quality with an animation film. RACE simply did not race the bar high enough in comparison to other animated features. It is also a backdoor for a series which never got up and running, in large part, this could have been, due to the failure of the movie and a lack of following.

It is a real shame with this film as with some better directing and better animation. If this movie had it been formatted in 2D or improved CGI, it could have been a lot more of a success. Find this one on the web if you are still interested, even after my negative review. However, it is only worthy of a one time viewing, but not worth adding to the collection.

Star rating: (3/5) Average