Monday, 28 January 2013

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Review (Updated)










Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole


Release Date: 30th September 2010 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
Village Roadshow Pictures
Animal Logic

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 97 minutes


Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $180,073.390
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Young owl Soren marvels
at tales of the Guardians
of Ga'Hoole, mythic winged
warriors who battled to save
all owl-kind from the evil Pure
Ones. When he and brother
Kludd fall into the talons of
the Pure Ones, it's up to
Soren to make a daring
escape with the help of other
brave owls and seek out the
Great, home of the Guardians.


Voice Cast
Jim Sturgess - Soren
Emily Barclay - Gylfie
David Wenham - Digger
Anthony LaPaglia - Twlight
Joel Edgerton - Metal Beak
Helen Mirren - Nyra
Ryan Kwanten - Kludd
Hugo Weaving - Noctus/Grimble
Essie Davis - Marella
Leigh Whannell - Jatt
Angus Sampson - Jutt
Miriam Margolyes - Mrs. Plithiver
Barry Otto - The Echidna
Richard Roxburgh - Boron
Deborra-Lee Furness - Barran
Geoffrey Rush - Ezylryb
Sam Neill - Allomere
Sacha Horler - Strix Struma
Abbie Cornish - Otulissa
Bill Hunter - Bubo

Crew
Director - Zack Snyder
Based on Novels "Guardians of
Ga'Hoole" - Kathryn Lasky
Screenplay - John Orloff & Emil Stern
Producer - Zareh Nalbandian
Production Designer - Simon Whiteley
Art Director - Grant Freckleton
Character Designer - Damien Gray
Animation Director - Eric Leighton
Animation Supervisor - Alex Weight
Digital Supervisors - Ben Gunsberger
& Aidan Sarsfield
Visual Effects: Animal Logic - Alexander Hartwin
Visual Consultant - Roger Deakins
Character Effects Supervisor - Graham Hopkins
Film Editor - David Burrows
Music - David Hirschfelder


Review
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE was really good in 3D, it was a breathtaking and amazing adventure of a CGI film. I must say about the movie that there's nothing wrong with the story-line or the character development what the other critics had said about it, the animation is visually impressive and very lifelike along with another material that were in the brilliance like the cinematography, fighting movements and the voice acting.

I'm very passionate about it and while the dark animated picture LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS isn't Animal Logic's typical follow-up to HAPPY FEET (click here), it has a lot of value inside and considerably enjoyable for the movie-goers who will be amazed by this particular movie.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Red Dog Review (Australia Day 2013) (Updated)








Red Dog


Release Date: 4th August 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Woss Group Film Productions
Screen Australia (presents)
Endymion Films (presents)
Essential Entertainment (presents)
Screenwest (in association with)
The South Australian Film
Corporation (in association with)

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 92 minutes


Budget: A$8.5,000,000

Box Office Gross: A$21,337,009
(Australia)


Plot Summary
It's the film that captivated
cinema audiences across the
nation and became an instant
Aussie classic. Funny, moving
and a total charmer, RED
DOG is the incredible true-
story of the wandering, dust-
covered Kelpie who hitched
his way to the mining town of
Dampier and into the hearts
of each and every one of its
residents.


Cast
Koko - Red Dog
Josh Lucas - John Grant
Rachael Taylor - Nancy Grey
John Batchelor - Peeto
Arthur Angel - Vanno
Rohan Nicohl - Jocko
Noah Taylor - Jack Collins
Keisha Castle-Hughes - Rosa
Loene Carmen - Maureen Collins
Luke Ford - Thomas
Paul Blackwell - Mr. Cribbage
Jacqy Phillips - Mrs. Cribbage
Bill Hunter - Jumbo Smelt (Cameo)

Crew
Director - Kriv Stenders
Based on Book "Red Dog" -
Louis de Bernières
Screenplay - Daniel Taplitz
Producer/Music Supervisor - Nelson Woss
Producer - Julie Ryan
Production Designer - Ian Gracie
Lead Animal Trainer - Luke Hura
Director of Photography - Geoffrey Hall
Film Editor - Jill Bilcock
Music - Cezary Skubiszewski


Review
G'day, mates! This is Film Guru Lad, now today is Australia Day which means I'll be celebrating and speaking of celebration, I just done a review of the Aussie film based on a real life story about a dog who enters in a mining town and wins the hearts of each and every one of its residents. Yes, the movie was RED DOG and I know it is a timeless but tragic coming-to-age tale or tail as I might call it, get it! Anyway, we won't telling any more dog jokes, but it has the laughable humour and the impact that showed the audiences of what it was made of and brings teary eyes to the people who have seen it. There are certainly a lot of elements in the feature I praise including how it stayed to most of the historical accuracy which is quite surprisingly excellent and fascinating.

When it comes to a family film that appeals to dog-lovers like RED DOG, it was a significant Aussie classic movie that has become one of the most sad and humorous animal films and I gotta tell you I really enjoyed it. I might even want to put it on the list of top movies that were partially filmed in Australia. Please keep checking my posts for this top list that I will be soon updating or posting.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Monday, 21 January 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review










The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Release Date: 24th December 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Wingnut Films

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 170 minutes


Budget: $315,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,021,103,568
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A curious Hobbit, Bilbo
Baggins, journeys to the
Lonely Mountain with a
group of Dwarves to
reclaim a stolen treasure.


Cast
Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the Grey
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Sylvester McCoy - Radagst the Brown
Christopher Lee - Saruman the White
Ian Holm - Old Bilbo Baggins
Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Manu Bennett - Azog the Defiler
Barry Humphries - The Great
Goblin (Voice)
Benedict Cumberbatch - The
Necromancer of Dol Guldur

The Company of Dwarves
Richard Armitage - Thorin
Oakenshield
Graham McTavish - Dwalin
Ken Stott - Balin
Aidan Turner - Kili
Dean O'Gorman - Fili
Mark Hadlow - Dori
Jed Brophy - Nori
Adam Brown - Ori
John Callen - Oin
Peter Hambleton - Gloin
William Kircher - Bifur
James Nesbitt - Bofur
Stephen Hunter - Bombur


Crew
Writer/Director/Producer -
Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Hobbit" -
J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay/Co-Producer - Phillippa Boyens
Screenplay/Project Consultant -
Guillermo del Toro
Producer - Carolynne
Cunningham
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Zane Weiner
Co-Producer - Eileen Moran
Production Designer - Dan
Hennah
Conceptual Designers - John Howe & Alan Lee
Costume Designers - Bob
Buck & Ann Maskrey
Costume Designer/Creatures/
Special Makeup/Armour &
Weapons - Richard Taylor
Director of Photography -
Andrew Lesnie
Stunt Coordinator - Glenn Boswell
Visual Effects Supervisors - Joe Letteri & Eric Saindon
Visual Effects Supervisors: Weta Digital - Matt Aitken
& R. Christopher White
Film Editor - Jabez Olssen
Music - Howard Shore


Review
After I watched the first feature of the LORD OF THE RINGS series THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (click here), I didn't actually know that there are only four books of J. R. R. Tolkien's trilogy with THE HOBBIT being the first one. At this time, I always knew that Peter Jackson would someday translate it into a movie and I was right. I applauded everything that is very achieving in this film, there's its 3D quality which is beautiful and worthy of an experience, the CGI effects were the state of the art and I still think that Gollum is a great character. I completely misunderstand that the voice of The Great Goblin was done by Ian McShane, but in fact, it was actually Barry Humphries who did it.

This film does not have one single flaw and is very good. As this will be a three part series, I feel the first instalment was a great way to start the prequel trilogy of THE LORD OF THE RINGS series.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review










The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


Release Date: 26th December 2002 - Australia


Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
WingNut Films
The Saul Zaentz Company (licensor)


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 173 minutes


Budget: $94,000,000

Box Office Gross: $926,349,708
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The Fellowship has been
broken. Boromir is dead,
Frodo Baggins and Samwise
Gamgee have gone to Mordor
alone to destroy the One
Ring, Merry and Pippin
have been captured by
the Uruk-hai and Aragorn,
Legolas and Gimli have
made friends of the Rohan,
a race of humans that are
in the path of the upcoming
war, led by its aging king,
Theoden.

The two towers between
Mordor and Isengard,
Barad-dur and Orthanac,
have united in their lust of
destruction. The corrupt
wizard Saruman, under the
power of Dark Lord Sauron
and his slimy assistant Grima
Wormtongue have created a
grand Uruk-hai army bent on
the destruction of Man and
Middle-earth. The rebellion
against Sauron is building up
and will be led by Gandalf
the White who was thought
to be dead after the Balrog
captured him. One of the
Ring's original bearers, the
creature Gollum has tracked
Frodo and Sam down in
search for his "precious",
but is captured by the Hobbits
and used as a way to lead
them to Mt. Doom.


Cast
Elijah Wood - Frollo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the White
Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
Sean Astin - Samwise "Sam"
Gamgee
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
John Rhys-Davies - Gimli/
Treebeard (Voice)
Billy Boyd - Peregrin "Pippin"
Took
Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc
"Merry" Brandybuck
Christopher Lee - Saruman the
White
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Liv Tyler - Arwen
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Bernard Hill - Theoden: King of
Rohan
Karl Urban - Eomer
Miranda Otto - Eowyn
Brad Dourif - Grima Wormtongue
David Wenham - Faramir
Sean Bean - Boromir

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director - Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Two Towers" - J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay - Philippa Boyens & Stephen Sinclair
Producers - Barrie M. Osborne & Tim Sanders
Production Designer - Grant Major
Conceptual Designer/Carpenter - John Howe
Conceptual Designer - Alan Lee 
Special Make-Up, Creatures, Armour & Miniatures
Supervisor/Costume Designer - Richard Taylor
Costume Designer - Ngila Dickson
Director of Photography - Andrew Lesnie
Sword Master - Ben Anderson
Stunt Coordinator - George Marshall Ruge
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jim Rygiel
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Joe Letteri
Motion Capture Supervisor - Remington Scott
Animation Supervisor: Weta Digital - Richard Baneham
Animation Supervisor/Designer: Weta Digital -
Randall William Cook
Visual Effects Consultant - Mark Stetson
Film Editor - Michael Horton
Music - Howard Shore


Awards

2002 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Ethan Van der Ryn &
Mike Hopkins (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook,
Richard Taylor & Alex Funke (Won)
---------------------------
Best Picture - Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne
& Fran Walsh (Nominated)
Best Art Direction - Grant Major, Dan Hennah
& Alan Lee (Nominated)
Best Costume Design - Ngila Jackson & Richard Taylor
(Nominated)
Best Film Editing - John Gilbert
Best Music, Original Song "May It Be" - Enya &
Nicky & Roma Ryan (Nominated)
Best Sound - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick,
Gethin Creagh & Hammond Peek (Nominated)


Review
Hello, this is your favourite movie reviewer Film Guru Lad speaking, initially I originally wanted to review RAIN MAN, but instead I've picked the second LORD OF THE RINGS film THE TWO TOWERS in that post. Yes, I may have figured that the whole sequel is very complex, but it definitely matches the grand scale of its predecessor THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (click here) as well as the greater level. All I could say is that it still has the beautiful scenery that was filmed in New Zealand and the brilliance of the cinematography, there are two of the best parts that I might want to commend on THE TWO TOWERS is the action scenes which has gotten more exciting and chilling including the battle at Helm's Deep and the film's character Gollum who is very iconic and is well-done realistically animated in CGI and performed marvellously by Andy Serkis.

Although THE TWO TOWERS fascinates everybody including the fans of LOTR, it's still Peter Jackson's great picture and a worthy second instalment that receives the enthusiastic acclaim of the audience that happened in the same thing as THE FELLOWSHIP, but nevertheless quite pleases the fantasy people.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Monday, 14 January 2013

Wreck-It Ralph Review










Wreck-It Ralph


Release Date: 26th December 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 108 minutes


Budget: $165,000,000

Box Office Gross: $471,222,889
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as
beloved as his game's perfect
good guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem
is, nobody loves a bad guy. But
they do love heroes... so when
a modern, first-person shooter
game arrives featuring tough-
as-nails Sergeant Calhoun,
Ralph sees it as his ticket to
heroism and happiness. He
sneaks into the game with a
simple plan-win a medal-but
soon wrecks everything, and
accidentally unleashes a deadly
enemy that threatens every
game in the arcade. Ralph's
only hope? Vanellope von
Schweetz, a young trouble
making "glitch" from a candy-
coated cart racing game, might
just be the one to teach Ralph
what it means to be a good
guy. But will he realize he is
good enough to become a
hero before it's "Game Over"
for the entire arcade.


Voice Cast
John C. Reilly - Wreck-It Ralph
Jack McBrayer - Fix-It Felix
Sarah Silverman - Vanellope
von Schweetz
Jane Lynch - Sergeant Calhoun
Alan Tudyk - King Candy
Rich Moore - Sour Bill/Zangeif
Mindy Kailing - Taffyta Muffonfudge
Ed O'Neill - Mr. Stan Litwak

Crew
Story/Director - Rich Moore
Story/Screenplay - Phil Johnston
Story - Jim Reardon
Screenplay - Jennifer Lee
Additional Story Material - John
C. Reilly, Sam Levine and Jared Stern
Executive Producer - John Lasseter
Producer - Clark Spencer
Production Designer - Mike Gabriel
Art Director - Ian Gooding
Character Designer - Andre Medina
Animation Supervisor - Renato Dos Anjos
Visual Effects Supervisor - Scott Kersavage
Film Editor - Tim Mertens
Music - Henry Jackman


Review
I really appreciate WRECK-IT RALPH, not because of its heartwarming story, but it really keeps the nostalgia flavour of video games alive, even some of these are retro. I know that art direction, humour, visuals, animation and voice acting of the movie are all great, the one thing that gives me interest are the cameos of old video game characters such as my favourite Sonic the Hedgehog and I still wish there was a Hollywood adaptation of him to be made.

For all you video game lovers, WRECK IT RALPH is specially the only one of these kind of pictures that ever reached up to the medium level of greatness and I find it very fun and entertaining.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Sunday, 13 January 2013

85th Academy Awards (Updated)









85th Academy Awards


Broadcast Date: February 25th 2013 - Australia


G'day, this is Film Guru Lad, I have some very
important news that you viewers might be
interested in, the nominations for the 85th
Academy Awards have been finally announced
and of course, the ceremony it will be hosted
by Seth MacFarlane who is known for creating
animated TV series like 'Family Guy' and
'American Dad' and is also nominee. Well, here
are the list of categories that were featured
in the Oscars.


Best Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Joe Letteri,
Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher
White
Life of Pi - Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron,
Erik-Jan De Boer and R. Christopher White
Marvel's The Avengers - Janek Sirrs, Jeff White,
Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus - Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood,
Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman - Cedric Nicolas-
Troyan, Phillip Brennan, Neil Corbould and
Michael Dawson

Best Film Editing

Argo - William Goldenberg
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy and
Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor and
William Goldenberg

Best Costume Design

Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Miserables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

Best Make-up and Hairstyling

Hitchcock - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna
and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter
Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Miserables - Lisa Westcott and
Julie Dartnell

Best Cinematography

Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins

Best Production Design

Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood and Katie
Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Dan
Hennah, Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Miserables - Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-
Robinson
Life of Pi - David Gropman and Anna Pinnock
Lincoln - Rick Carter and Jim Erickson

Best Sound Mixing

Argo - John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and
Jose Antonio Garcia
Life of Pi - Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill
and Drew Kunin
Skyfall - Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and
Stuart Wilson
Les Miserables - Andy Nelson, Mark Peterson
and Simon Hayes
Lincoln - Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and
Ronald Judkins

Best Sound Editing


Argo - Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained - Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi - Eugene Gearty and Philip
Stockton
Skyfall - Per Hallberg and Karen Baker
Landers
Zero Dark Thirty - Paul N. J. Ottosson


Best Original Song

"Before My Time" from Chasing Ice - 
J. Ralph
Everybody Needs a Best Friend from Ted -
Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi -
Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from Skyfall - Adele Adkins
and Paul Epworth
"Suddenly" from Les Miserables -
Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert
Kretzmer and Alain Boubil

Best Original Score

Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman

Best Animated Short Film

Adam and Dog - Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacomole - PES
Head over Heels - Timothy Reckart
and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
The Longest Daycare - David Silverman
Paperman - John Kahrs

Best Live Action Short Film

Asad - Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys - Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew - Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood Van Een 
Schaduw) - Tom Van Avermaet and
Ellen De Waele
Henry - Yan England

Best Documentary Short

Inocente - Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fane
Kings Point - Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine - Cynthia Wade and
Robin Honan
Open Heart - Kief Davidson and Cori
Shepherd Stern
Redemption - Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill

Best Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras - Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers - Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky
and Estelle Fialon
How to Survive a Plague - Dan Cogan
The Invisible War - Amy Ziering
Searching for Sugar Man - Simon Chinn and John
Battsek

Best Foreign Language Film

Amour (Austria)
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
War Witch (Canada)

Best Animated Film

Brave - Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie - Tim Burton
ParaNorman - Sam Fell and Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits - Peter Lord
Wreck It Ralph - Rich Moore

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

Argo - Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi - David Magee
Lincoln - Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

Best Writing - Original Screenplay


Amour - Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Flight - John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson and
Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Field - Lincoln
Amy Adams - The Master
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jackie Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Waltz - Django Unchained
Alan Arkin - Argo
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Phillip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible

Best Actor 

Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Best Director

Michael Haneke - Amour
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Benh Zetlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Picture

Amour - Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt,
Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz
Lincoln - Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Argo - Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and
George Clooney
Django Unchained - Stacey Sher, Reginald
Hudlin and Pilar Savone
Les Miserables - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner,
Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh
Silver Linings Playbook - Donna Gigliotti,
Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal, Kathryn
Bigelow and Megan Ellison

Academy Honorary Award

D.A. Pennebaker
Hal Needham
George Stevens Jr.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Review









The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of 
the Ring


Release Date: 26th December 2001 - Australia


Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
WingNut Films
The Saul Zaentz Company (licensor)


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 178 minutes


Budget: $93,000,000

Box Office Gross: $871,939,746
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
In a time before history, in a 
place named Middle-earth, 
a dark and powerful lord has 
brought together the forces 
of evil to destroy its cultures 
and enslave all life caught in 
his path. Sauron's time has 
come and he needs only one 
small object, a Ring that has 
been lost for centuries, to 
snuff out the light of civilization 
and cover the world in 
darkness. Though he has 
put all of his power into the 
search for it, fate has put it 
in the hands of a young 
hobbit named Frodo 
Baggins, who inherits the Ring 
and steps into legend.

With the help of a loyal 

fellowship comprised of hobbits 
Sam, Merry and Pippin; Gimli 
the dwarf; and humans Aragorn 
and Boromir; and with the 
guidance of the wizard Gandalf, 
and elves Arwen, Galadriel 
and Elrond, Frodo must 
journey to the Mount of Doom 
to destroy the Ring. If he 
doesn't find a way, no 
one will.


Cast
Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the
Grey
Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
Sean Astin - Samwise "Sam"
Gamgee
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
John Rhys-Davies - Gimli
Billy Boyd - Peregrin "Pippin"
Took
Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc
"Merry" Brandybuck
Christopher Lee - Saruman the
White
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Liv Tyler - Arwen
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Ian Holm - Bilbo Baggins
Sean Bean - Boromir
Marton Csokas - Lord Celeborn

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Fellowship
of the Ring" - J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay - Philippa Boyens
Producers - Barrie M. Osborne
& Tim Sanders
Production Designer - Grant Major
Conceptual Designer/Carpenter - John Howe
Conceptual Designer - Alan Lee 
Special Make-Up, Creatures,
Armour & Miniatures
Supervisor/Costume Designer -
Richard Taylor
Costume Designer - Ngila Dickson
Director of Photography -
Andrew Lesnie
Sword Master - Ben Anderson
Stunt Coordinator - George Marshall Ruge
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jim Rygiel
Effects Consultant: Weta - Mark Stetson
Animation Supervisor/Designer: Weta Digital -
Randall William Cook
Film Editor - John Gilbert
Music - Howard Shore


Awards

2002 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Andrew Lesnie (Won)
Best Makeup - Peter Owen & Richard Taylor (Won)
Best Music, Original Score - Howard Shore (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook,
Richard Taylor & Mark Stetson (Won)
---------------------------
Best Picture - Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne
& Fran Walsh (Nominated)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
& Peter Jackson (Nominated)
Best Art Direction - Grant Major & Dan Hennah
(Nominated)
Best Costume Design - Ngila Jackson & Richard Taylor
(Nominated)
Best Film Editing - John Gilbert
Best Music, Original Song "May It Be" - Enya &
Nicky & Roma Ryan (Nominated)
Best Sound - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick,
Gethin Creagh & Hammond Peek (Nominated)


Review
I'm not a big fan of the Lord of the Rings series, its easy to say that I finally got to do a review of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING which I was supposed to do last year to coincide the release of THE HOBBIT and now, let's talk about this first instalment that started Peter Jackson's trilogy into greatness. The picture has massive things and proportions such as a recognizable cast like Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Viggo Mortensen and the actor who played my favourite character of the film Legolas is Orlando Bloom. Continuing the rest of the fantasy flick are the landscapes, the action scenes like the swordplay, the laughs and especially the great moments.

There's never a single word or a doubt about this particular film, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is a bodacious masterpiece and a must-see for the LOTR fans.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie



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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Toy Story Review (Updated)










Toy Story


Release Date: 7th December 1995 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 81 minutes


Budget: $30,000,000

Box Office Gross: $361,958,736
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A cowboy toy is profoundly
threatened and jealous when a
fancy superman toy supplants
him as top toy in a boy's room.


Voice Cast
Tom Hanks - Woody
Tim Allen - Buzz Lightyear
Don Rickles - Mr. Potato Head
Jim Varney - Slinky Dog
John Ratzenberger - Hamm
Wallace Shawn - Rex
Arnie Potts - Bo Peep
John Morris - Andy Davis
Erik von Detten - Sid Phillips
Laurie Metcalf - Andy's Mom
R. Lee Emery - Sarge
Sarah Freeman - Hannah Phillips
Jeff Pidgeon - Aliens/Mr Spell/
Robot
Debi Derryberry - Aliens/Pizza
Planet Intercom

Crew
Original Story/Screenplay/
Modeling & Animation System
Department/Director - John
Lasseter
Original Story/Screenplay/
Story Artist/Character
Designer - Andrew Stanton
Original Story/Story
Supervisor - Joe Ranft
Original Story/Story Artist/
Supervising Animator - Pete Docter
Screenplay - Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen & Alec Sokolow
Story Supervisor - Robert Lence
Producers - Bonnie Arnold & Ralph Guggenheim
Art Director - Ralph Eggleston
Camera Supervisor - Louis Rivera
Film Editors - Robert Gordon & Lee Unkrich
Songs & Music - Randy Newman


Awards

1996 Academy Awards
Special Achievement Award - John Lasseter (Won)
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Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly
for the Screen - Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen,
Alec Sokolow, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton,
Pete Docter & Joe Ranft (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "You've Got a Friend in Me" -
Randy Newman (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score -
Randy Newman (Nominated)


Review
Back about in 1996 when I was about age 4, I started to watch TOY STORY and it marked the introduction of CGI animated movies as well as the series, as I got older I find that most of the animation was still good along with the meaning. Now let's start off with a number of things that made this great classic together, there's the script which has a lot of excellence and humour, the two actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were terrific in vocals as Woody and Buzz and the songs by Randy Newman. Oh did I forgot to mention that the screenplay was partly written by Joss Whedon.

Technically, this was the first fully-computer generated flick that is ever made, TOY STORY is still and always entertaining to the audience including those who have grown up watching it.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie