Monday, 30 September 2013

Dragonball Evolution Review (Updated)

Dragonball Evolution

Release Date: 9th April 2009 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Star Overseas

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 82 minutes

Budget: $30,000,000

Box Office Gross: $57,497,699

Plot Summary
For his eighteenth birthday,
mild-mannered Goku is
given a mystical Dragonball,
one of only seven in
existence which combine
to grant a perfect wish to
whoever possesses them.
But an ancient warlord
named Piccolo has escaped
eternal imprisonment and
is on his own quest to
gather the Dragonballs.
Goku must enlist the help
of his friends-and the
power of his evolving
martial arts skills-to defeat
Piccolo before it's too

Justin Chatwin - Goku
Emmy Rossum - Bulma
Jamie Chung - Chi Chi
Chow-Yun Fat - Roshi
James Marsters - Lord Piccolo
Joon Park - Yamacha
Eriko Tamura - Mai
Randall Duk Kim - Gohan
Ernie Hudson - Sifu Norris
Texas Battle - Carey Fuller

Director - James Wong
Based on Graphic Novel
Series "Dragonball"/
Executive Producer -
Akira Toriyama
Screenplay - Ben Ramsay
Producer - Stephen Chow
Special Make-Up Effects
Designers and Creators -
Alec Gilis and Tom
Woodruff, Jr.
Production Designer - Bruton Jones
Creature and Makeup Effects
Co-Designers - Alec Gills and Tom Woodruff Jr.
Director of Photography -
Robert McLachlan
Co-Fight Choreographer/
Stunts - Ryan Watson
Creature Supervisor - Eric Hayden
Visual Effects Supervisors -
Dongho Lee and Ariel Velasco-Shaw
Film Editors - Matthew
Friedman and Chris Willingham
Music - Brian Tyler

In my hopes to watch a film that is worthy of my time and entertaining, I was shocked to instead watch this bland piece of inhumanity that is DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION. I know it's going to be hard to express my inner feelings of disappointment of this tainted wrath. I am a very loyal fanatic to the action anime show of Dragon Ball Z and what the film-makers have tried to sketch out in this film is a failed adaptation that makes me want to whinge like a big sook. How unforgivable that they wasted a budget of $30 million dollars for the special effects or the script writing, John Woo should not have been given the director's seat based on this work with this garbage. The acting and dialogue of the performers were mistakenly chosen, particularly Justin Chatwin for not portraying the typical Super Saiyan hero Goku, with the exception of James Marsters for doing well as the ruthless villain Piccolo that was actually rather good. There is also a package of few pleasant funny bits that made me laugh.

I do not wish to contend with DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION or watch it again, but it's an underserving fantasy with lack of elements being featured to please the fans. In the quotation of Vegeta, "It's over 9000!".

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie

Monday, 23 September 2013

The Nugget Review (Updated)

The Nugget

Release Date: 17th October 2002 - Australia

Production Companies
Australian Film Finance Corporation
Macquarie Film Corporation (presents)
Showtime Australia (in association with)
Overseas FilmGroup
B.J. Films

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 97 minutes

Budget: A$500,000

Box Office Gross: $1,920,993

Plot Summary
Lotto, Wookie and Sue 
are three council road 
workers who decide 
to try their hand on 
prospecting. When 
they discover the 
world's largest gold 
nugget, their small 
town world is turned 
upside down. If they 
thought roadwork was 
messy business, they're 
soon to discover it's 
hard work being filthy

Eric Bana - Lotto
Stephen Curry - Wookie
Dave O'Neil - Sue
Belinda Emmett - Cheryl
Peter Moon - Ratner
Vince Colosimo - Dimitri
Max Cullen - Wally
Alan Brough - Jurgen
Karen Chang - Moon Choo
Chris Haywood - Doug
Jean Kittson - Joyce

Writer/Producer/Director - Bill Bennett
Casting/Producer - Jennifer Bluff
Executive Producer - Richard Sheffield
Production Designer - Nicholas McCallum
Costume Designer - Louise Wakefield
Director of Photography - Danny Ruhlmann
Film Editor - Henry Dangar
Music - Nigel Westlake

This is a splendid movie that is literally "comedy gold". THE NUGGET is quick to generate uproarious laughter and amuses audiences through expressing the satirical humour and typical stereotypes of working class blokes who have just hit the jackpot with a big gold nugget. This film engages people with a premise of struggles and conflict of greed and selfishness over who's going to capture this wealth and publicity. This picture was shot in Mudgee, a small local town in a part of New South Wales. The deliverance of this movie contains skilful performers shown noticeably like Eric Bana who is too good for his taste of the performing arts and evidently he's the only actor who has made it to Hollywood as a global-international superstar. It's also his last movie role when before he moved away from the Australian cinema business.

It is just a reflection of how Australia keeps showing parts of its culture like prospecting gold, I probably put it in my perspective that THE NUGGET is a commendable cult comedy that gains appreciation from Aussies like myself and it's sincerely a journey of full fun and laughs. Don't be discouraged by what other people say about it, as this is an underrated hit that you need to watch for yourself to judge and appreciate.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief Review

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

Release Date: 11th February 2010 - Australia

Production Companies
Fox 2000 Pictures (presents)
1492 Pictures
Big Screen Productions (in association with)
Imprint Entertainment
Phoenix Film Partners (in association with)
Sunswept Productions
Dune Entertainment

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $95,000,000

Box Office Gross: $226,497,209

Plot Summary
It's the 21st century, but the
gods of Mount Olympus
and assorted monsters
have walked out of the
pages of high school student
Percy Jackson's Greek
mythology texts into his life.
And they're not happy:
Zeus' lighting bolt has been
stolen, and Percy is the
prime subject. Even more
troubling is the disappearance
of Percy's mother. As
Percy adapts to his newly
discovered status as a demi-
god, he finds himself caught
between the battling titans
of Mt. Olympus. He and his
friends embark on a cross-
country adventure to catch
the true lighting thief, save
Percy's mom, and unravel
a mystery more powerful
than the gods himself.

Logan Lerman - Percy Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson - Grover
Alexandra Daddario - Annabeth
Jake Abel - Luke Castellan
Sean Bean - Zeus
Kevin McKidd - Poesidon
Uma Thurman - Medusa
Steve Coogan - Hades
Rosario Dawson - Persephone
Pierce Brosnan - Chiron
Catherine Keener - Sally Jackson
Joe Pantoliano - Gabe Ugliano

Producer/Director - Chris Columbus
Based on Novel - Rick Riordan
Screenplay - Craig Titley
Producers - Michael Barnathan,
Mark Radcliffe and Karen
Production Designer - Howard
Costume Designer - Renee April
Director of Photography -
Stephen Goldblatt
Visual Effects Supervisors -
John Heller, Kevin Scott
Mack, John F.K. Parenteau
and Kelly Port
Film Editor - Peter Honess
Music - Christophe Beck

In the year of 2010, two movies collided together in the challenge of the box office and they were based on Greek Mythology, the first one was PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF which is based on a best seller book. I didn't get a chance to see that feature until it was released on DVD. This film seems to resemble and copy ideas from the Harry Potter series and what's more disappointing is that the filmmaker who used to work in the Potter film trilogy. Chris Columbus directs this film and by god, he is trying to recapture the fantasy story masterpiece that he accomplished with POTTER. In PERCY JACKSON, Chris has simply adapted another tale about a person who discovers of his heritage, but the whole while he just made a spiritual successor.

With the Potter similarities now listed, there's another turkey in cold blood of Steve Coogan who is not the perfect candidate for Hades and the character would better have been portrayed by Jeremy Irons, Alan Rickman or Tim Curry. Now the supporting cast in this feature are Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean and Uma Thurman, I applaud their work in this film and I don't want to mention the connection of Brosnan and Bean working together in the second time since GOLDENEYE (click here).

Time has simply wasted in THE LIGHTNING THIEF and if you're looking a better story of Greek Mythology, I suggest you go for the sequel SEA OF MONSTERS which now came out this year.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Monday, 16 September 2013

Red 2 Review (Updated)

Red 2

Release Date: 29th August 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Summit Entertainment
DC Comics

Hopstotch Films

Genre: Action/Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 116 minutes

Budget: $84,000,000

Box Office Gross: $148,075,565

Plot Summary
Retired C.I.A. agent 
Frank Moses reunites 
his unlikely team of 
elite operatives for a 
global quest to track 
down a missing 
portable nuclear 

Bruce Willis - Frank Moses
Helen Mirren - Victoria
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Miranda
Mary-Louise Parker - Sarah
John Malkovich - Marvin Boggs
David Thewlis - The Frog
Anthony Hopkins - Dr. Edward
Byung-hun Lee - Han Cho-Bai
Neal McDonough - Jack Horton

Director - Dean Parisot
Based on Comic Mini-Series
"Red" - Warren Ellis and
Cully Hammer
Screenplay - Jon & Erich
Producers - Lorenzo di
Bonaventura and Mark
Production Designer -
Jim Clay
Director of Photography -
Enrique Chediak
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Paul Jennings
Special Effects Supervisor - Neil Corbould
Visual Effects Supervisors -
Asregadoo Arundi, James
Madigan and Bruce Woloshyn
Film Editor - Don Zinnerman
Music - Alan Silverstri

In a most enjoyable moment I had while taking a trip to the Blue Mountains, I went to a special movie place in Katoomba called The Edge Cinema and I was able to enjoy the biggest screen that was the same size as the screen from Sydney's IMAX. It was a huge attraction and an amazing experience of going to the Edge for the first time. I saw an action comedy movie called RED 2 and above all, it succeeds my expectations with all blends of action for first-rate action film shooters. The plot concept is perhaps underdeveloped and elementary, it was packed with humorous remarks that make the flick go all into a laughing matter. The old-timers from the predecessor have all once again returned to wreck havoc in this instalment, this includes actors like Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary Louise Parker. These stars are shed with wittiness and old charm; two of the newcomers for the sequel include Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones who are purely the stand-outs.

Not really ground-breaking or very structured, RED 2 is a tolerable film and partly provides a sensible humour for the average movie-goer. The best way for me to describe RED 2 is that it is a decent mid day movie that is not to be taken too seriously from action-fanatics. I would say that it has a low re-watch value.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Blade Runner Review

Blade Runner

Release Date: 16th December 1982 - Australia

Production Companies
The Ladd Company (presents)
Saw Brothers (In association with)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Blade Runner Partnership

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 117 minutes

Budget: $28,000,000

Box Office Gross: $33,770,893

Plot Summary
Los Angeles, 2019: Rick
Deckard of the LAPD's
Blade Runner unit prowls
the steel & micro-chip
jungle of the 21st century
for assumed humanoids 
known as 'replicants'. 
Replicants were declared
illegal after a bloody
mutiny on an Off-World
Colony, and are to be 
terminated upon detection.
Man's obsession with 
creating a being equal to
himself has back-fired.

Harrison Ford - Rick Deckard
Rutger Hauer - Roy Batty
Sean Young - Rachael
Edward James Olmos - Gaff
Daryl Hannah - Pris
Joanna Cassidy - Zhora
Brion James - Leon Kowalski
M. Emmet Walsh - Bryant
Joe Turkel - Dr. Eldon Tyrell
William Sanderson - J.F. 
James Hong - Hannibal Chew
Morgan Paull - Holden
Kevin Thompson - Bear
John Edward Allen - Kaiser
Hy Pyke - Taffey Lewis

Co-Producer (Uncredited)/
Director - Ridley Scott
Based on Novel "Do Androids
Dream of Electric Sheep?" - 
Phillip K. Dick
Executive Producer/
Screenplay - Hampton 
Screenplay - David Webb Peoples
Executive Producer - Brian Keeley
Co-Executive Producers (Uncredited) - Jerry Perenchio,
Run Run Shaw and Bud Yorkin
Producer - Michael Deeley
Restoration Producer (2007 Final Cut Version) - Charles de Lauzirika
Production Designer - Lawrence G. Paull
Visual Futurist - Syd Mead
Director of Photography - Jordan Croneworth
Special Photographic Effects Supervisors - Douglas Trumbull,
David Dryer & Richard Yuririch
Supervising Editor - Terry Rawlings
Film Editor - Marsha Nakashima
Music - Vangelis


1983 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Lawrence G. Paull, David L. Snyder
& Linda De Scenna (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuririch
& David Dryer (Nominated)

Painstakingly made by director Ridley Scott with a great opportunity it is of BLADE RUNNER as a noir science-fiction movie that's fancier than a chandelier. Impressive with the mastery of camerawork and a highly visual flair, it's faced with some difficult history. Being that it was released in the year of 1982, missing the applause of the big crowd and of course, nearly forgotten by everyone. This film has fortunately, a roster of cast with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah being able to save the day with their outstanding performances. It has some plausible moments written for a sci-fi epic and electronic arrangements of the score by Vangelis. More of the film's ground-breaking work is the scenery designs of the city and hover-vehicles that would be used later in two different stylised movies THE FIFTH ELEMENT and ATTACK OF THE CLONES (click here).

It was so hard to define the genre and style of BLADE RUNNER; it is so unique and innovative in its approach. After watching only the final cut edition, it defined two contrasting genres when its pulp engagement of sci-fi is painstakingly collaborated with noir crime thriller. This cult film gradually gives birth to cyberpunk fiction to show how dark the future is to see.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Monday, 9 September 2013

White House Down Review (Updated)

White House Down

Release Date: 5th September 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
Mythology Entertainment
Centropolis Entertainment
Iron Horse Entertainment

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 131 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $205,366,737

Plot Summary
While on a tour of the
White House with his
young daughter, a
Capitol policeman
springs into action to
save his child and
protect the president
from a heavily armed
group of paramilitary

Channing Tatum - John Cale
Jamie Foxx - President James
Joey King - Emily Cale
Maggie Gylenhaal - Carol Finnerty
Richard Jenkins - Eli Raphelson
Jason Clarke - Emil Stenz
James Woods - Martin Walker
Nicolas Wright - Donnie the
Tour Guide
Jimmi Simpson - Skip Tyler
Kevin Rankin - Carl Killick
Michael Murphy - Vice
President Alvin Hammond
Rachelle Lefevre - Melanie
Lance Reddick - General Caulfield
Garcelle Beauvais - Alison Sawyer
Kyle Gatehouse - Conrad Cern 
Matt Craven - Agent Kellerman

Producer/Director - Roland
Writer/Producer - James Vanderbilt
Producers - Brad Fischer,
Larry J. Franco and Laeta
Producer/Music - Harald Kloser
Co-Producers/Visual Effects
Supervisors - Volker Engel and Marc Weigert
Production Designer - Kirk M. Petruccelli
Director of Photography - Anna Foerster
Stunt Coordinator - John Stoneham, Jr. 
Fight Coordinator - Layton Morrison
Visual Effects Producer/Supervisor - 
Andrea Block
Visual Effects Supervisors - Christian Haas,
Fredrik Sundqvist and Shailendra Swarnkar
Film Editor - Adam Wolfe
Music - Thomas Wanker

In following the pantheon of action movies that many share the similar qualities of DIE HARD (click here) and LETHAL WEAPON, most of them are contrasted better and some are failed suck-ups. The recent film from director Roland Emmerich, WHITE HOUSE DOWN surely brings the house down for the audience with smack-back gun-action and intensive explosions. Perhaps in down-points, it was less a success than in-comparison to the MA-rated OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. WHITE HOUSE made only a fair decent grossing and because the film was moved up from its original release date. This political film contains a really well written plot which includes pivotal twists and witty energetic humour helping to make an engaging flick.

Differences can be conceiving and largeness is enormity; Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx did so well for the impressive acting duet and though they are not highly-professional trained stars, they definitely bonded well together. More performers that are also presented in this feature are Maggie Gylenhaal, James Woods and Richard Jenkins. They have proven themselves to relish the emotions and anger to dramatise this picture filled with passion. 

WHITE HOUSE DOWN certainly has less destruction in the White House than revisiting the horror we embarked from the sci-fi blockbuster INDEPENDENCE DAY (click here) from the same director who made it. Overall, this film is newly underrated and further more, it needs more attention; I recommend you stick around to see WHITE HOUSE DOWN and you will be rewarded with an action flick with a similar-based plot-line.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tommy Boy Review (Updated)

Tommy Boy

Release Date:
8th June 1995 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 97 minutes

Box Office Gross: $32,679,899

Plot Summary
An incompetent, immature, 
and dimwitted heir to 
an auto parts factory 
must save the business 
to keep it out of the hands 
of his new, con-artist 
relatives and big business.

Chris Farley - Tommy Callahan
David Spade - Richard Hayden
Brian Dennehy - Big Tom Callahan
Rob Lowe - Paul Barish
Bo Derek - Beverly Barish-
Burns Callahan
Dan Aykroyd - Ray Salinzky
Julie Warner - Michelle Brock

Director - Peter Segal
Writers - Bonnie & Terry 
Producer - Lorne Michaels
Director of Photography -
Victor J. Kemper 
Film Editor - William Kerr
Music - David Newman

Zealous and packed with rampaged and twisted humour, I thoroughly enjoying and watching TOMMY BOY and it felt magnificent that it is spot on with an actor duet of Chris Farley and David Spade. Like Carrey and Daniels had done for DUMB AND DUMBER (click here). It is a another road trip buddy comedy that only follows two characters who must learn about themselves. Farley who plays the hapless idiot slightly chubby and Spade who portrays the smart guy, together this duo made themselves a definable comical pair and they have every intention to be over the top, have fun and create a generosity of laughs. This is the rise of their short partnership compromised with only two movies ending with BLACK SHEEP as their last one together.

TOMMY BOY is another gob-smacking treat to watch. If you're in the mood for a good laugh and I actually liked this mileage comedy.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 2 September 2013

The 'Burbs Review

The 'Burbs

Release Date: 22nd June 1989 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Imagine Entertainment

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 97 minutes

Budget: $18,000,000

Box Office Gross: $49,101,993

Plot Summary
To the disappointment of
his wife Carol, Ray
decides to spend a
relaxing week at home,
and soon gets into trouble
with his neighbors - a
hefty busybody, a freaked-
out ex-solider, and a
spacey teenager - as
they observe the strange
happenings next door at
the Klopek's bizarre
residence. When the
neighborhood grouch
suddenly disappears, the
men are convinced the
ramshackle house hides
some hideous clues. Armed
with assault rifles, high-
powered binoculars and
a shovel, they decide to
see for themselves exactly
what is going on in the
Klopek place.

Tom Hanks - Ray Peterson
Carrie Fisher - Carol Peterson
Bruce Dern - Lt. Mark Rumsfield
Rick Ducommun - Art Weingarter
Corey Feldman - Ricky Butler
Henry Gibson - Dr. Werner Klopek
Brother Theodore - Uncle
Reuben Klopek
Courtney Gain - Hans Klopek
Wendy Schaal - Bonnie Rumsfield
Gale Gordon - Walter Seznick

Director - Joe Dante
Producers - Larry Brezner and Michael Finnell
Co-Producer/Writer - Dana Olsen
Production Designer - James H. Spencer
Director of Photography - Robert Stevens
Music - Jerry Goldsmith

Before Tom Hanks was an exclusive A class actor producing unforgettable hits like FORREST GUMP (click here) APOLLO 13, and PHILADELPHIA, he was well-known in the early years of the 1980s as a light-hearted comedian and doing some entries that the audience have come to admire his sensual handsome face. One of his obscure movies I hand-picked was THE 'BURBS, a suburbia-mystery comedy and it occasionally does have some chestnut humour to amuse most people who some will know is about the dysfunctional neighbourhood of nosy parkers.

Forget the overblown and cheesy plot, it has very-well played supporting acting of Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern and Corey Feldman. The bottom line is that this film is very entertaining and draws the viewers into seeing THE 'BURBS which is an underrated nostalgic comedy that probably does look a bit like an extended episode of a program.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever