Saturday, 28 February 2015

New Alias and New Profile (Updated)



Oh, hello, in case you haven't notice the new improvements on my blog profile, I switched blog accounts and changed my blog identity from FilmGuruLad to RadDingo which is the name of a production company that I'll be forming after I finish my 5-year animated project, 'Not the Sal & Mason Show' which took me a long, exciting and challenging process of trying to perfect the extensive movements formed by the characters to learn and strengthen my animation skills. 

You can now send me email to my address as raddingoproductions@gmail.com. Please feel free to email me if you have any suggestions for improvements to my site or ideas how I could better deliver information about movies.

I'll be back tomorrow to post an another news update and Tuesday, I plan to publish the film review of 'WarGames' and re-publish the newly updated 'Blended'.


Friday, 27 February 2015

Winners of the 87th Academy Awards







Greetings, I'm Film Guru Lad and I'm sorry 
for the big delay of not giving the official
announcement of the winners of the 87th 
Oscars. I happen to be running a couple of 
errands in my blog with fixing six of my 
'Star Wars' movie reviews and adding more
names to the crew description. 

I've then deleted the gadget in my blog of 
where you can translate it in any foreign
language and I think it may have been linked 
to some of the feedback which are spam.



Best Visual Effects

Interstellar - Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter
and Scott Fisher


Best Film Editing

Whiplash - Tom Cross

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Frances Hannon and 
Mark Coulier 

Best Cinematography

Birdman - Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Adam Stouckhasen 
(Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

Best Sound Mixing

Whiplash - Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and 
Thomas Curley

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper - Alan Robert Murray and 
Bub Asman

Best Original Song

"Glory" from Selma John Legend and Common

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat

Best Animated Short Film

Feast - Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Best Live Action Short Film

The Phone Call - Mat Kirkby and James 
Lucas 

Best Documentary - Short Subject

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - Ellen Goosenberg 
Kent and Dana Perry

Best Documentary - Feature

Citizenfour - Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefey and 
Dirk Wilutsky

Best Foreign Language Film 

Ida (Poland) in Polish - Pawel Pawlikowski

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6 - Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game - Graham Moore from Alan Turing: 
The Enigma - Andrew Hodges

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

Birdman - Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu, Nicólas 
Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and 
Armando Bo

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood as Olivia Evans

Best Supporting Actor

J. K. Simmons - Whiplash as Terence Fletcher

Best Actress

Julianne Moore - Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything as
Stephen Hawking


Best Director

Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu - Birdman

Best Picture


Birdman - Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu, John Lesher
and James W. Skotchdopole



Academy Honorary Awards

Jean-Claude Carriere
Hayao Miyazaki
Maurren O'Hara

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Harry Belafonte


It's not much that I expected from the winners of this big annual presentation, I'm stunned that 'Big Hero 6' finally got an award for Best Animated Feature which marks the second time for Walt Disney Animated Studios after last year the studio had gotten home the prize for 'Frozen'. I was not happy with the way Hans Zimmer goes empty handed with only a nomination for 'Interstellar' that he was snubbed in favour of Alexandre Desplat's composure of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'.



Monday, 23 February 2015

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Review













Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Release Date: 19th December 1968 - Australia 


Production Companies
Dramatic Features
Warfield


Genre: Family/Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 144 minutes


Budget: $10,000,000 
Box Office Gross: $7,500,000 
(USA) (Rentals)


Plot Summary
An eccentric professor 
invents wacky machinery, 
but can't seem to make 
ends meet. When he 
invents a revolutionary car, 
a foreign government 
becomes interested in it, 
and resorts to skulduggery 
to get their hands on it.


Cast
Dick Van Dyke - Carcatacus 
Potts 
Sally Any Howes - Truly 
Scrumptious 
Gert Fröbe - Baron Bomburst
Anna Quayle - Baronness 
Bomburst 
Benny Hill - The Toymaker
Heather Ripley - Jemima 
Adrian Hall - Jeremy
Lionel Jeffries - Grandpa 
Potts
James Robertson Justice - 
Lord Scrumptious
Robert Helpmann - The 
Child Catcher

Crew
Screenplay/Director - Ken Russell 
Based on Book "Chitty Chitty 
Bang Bang" - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Roald Dahl 
Additional Dialogue - Richard 
Maibaum
Producer - Albert R. Broccoli 
Production Designer - Ken Adam
Creator: Potts Inventions - 
Rowland Emett 
Colour Costume Designers - 
Joan Bridge and Elizabeth 
Haffenden 
Director of Photography - 
Christopher Challis
Special Effects - John Stears
Stagers: Musical Numbers - 
Marc Breaux and Dee Dee 
Wood
Songs/Lyrics - Richard M. & 
Robert B. Sherman
Conductor/Music Supervisor - 
Irwin Kostal


Awards

1969 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" -
Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman (Nominated)


Review
As most of you viewers are probably too young to recognise or have heard the name "CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG" when the feature was already well-known to movie buffs since 1968. Through all my years, I have grown from this family-musical and I wasn't keen to review this ever since family films from nowadays like recent ones have lost the adult appeal for example, the abysmal trilogies of THE SMURFS and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS. Behind the wheels on this jovial musical, there lies the comic brilliance from screenwriter Roald Dahl as he adapts the book from James Bond creator, the late Ian Fleming and added a few signature styles to make the movie very childish. Of course having the heroes as slightly comical and the antagonists as laughably immature fits his capable ground of foretelling a story or character.

I don't mind Dick Van Dyke as well as the songs from The Sherman Brothers, I'm not exactly above enjoying their work in CHITTY CHITTY since they all previously worked with Dick before in MARY POPPINS. Though few of their tunes have some catchiness in between them. My main favourite part that I definitely find interesting is the Child Catcher character, looking back now, he was really creepy for his appearance and enjoys kidnapping young kids. Australian actor Robert Helpmann did an incredible job in mastering the villainous character to feel as sinister although the character does come out as seemingly in a over-the-top villainy when in front of children.

It's a price to pay that there aren't any more non-Bond films made from the makers that did the series. It's a good way to give the people for extra credit when they're not doing more films of the spy-saga in favour of this cheerful tone of the musical. Likewise for myself, I find CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG as one of the two singing films to be very uptight respectable to revisit. So remember to skip the film's intermission when some of the kiddies are bored!

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie


Friday, 20 February 2015

My Eighth Important Message (Updated)





Hello again, you may have or have not noticed that in most of my reviews that I split its paragraphs and I've made minor changes and probably unlisted some of my posts that were not meant to be updated in small repairs. Because of my skills as a critic that were improving once more justly and instead of one paragraph together in all sentences, I break them all into two or three paragraphs so it'll make my blog as a much more readable site for everyone who were film enthusiasts or went to film school for the result.

The another important announcement is that I've re-updated the post about the crime-caper film 'Now You See Me' and reverted back to its star rating of 4 out of 5 after a few attempts to re-proclaim as my new top favourite and few of the original sentences that were once shown when I first published the review back in August 2013. Depending if you like or don't like my old downgrades, you can comment to the tab below if you're done reading this news update.

I've taken off the post of last year's flop 'Blended' for renovations which I will hopefully publish at the sometime and I then updated four of my reviews which are listed at the end of this message.



Monday, 16 February 2015

Minutemen Review










Minutemen


Broadcast Date: 12th April 2008 - Australia


Production Companies
Disney Channel
Salty Pictures

Distribution
Disney Media Distribution


Genre: Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 90 minutes


Budget: $5,000,000


Plot Summary
A high school senior and his 
friends invent a time machine 
so that future generations of 
students won't have to endure 
some of the more preventable 
adolescent pains, only to find 
that they have inadvertently 
opened a black hole in the 
process. Virgil and his pals are 
determined to make life a little 
easier for the less popular 
students in their high school, 
and in order to make that 
happen they create a time 
machine. But strange things 
can happen when you go 
messing with the laws of 
physics, and when Virgil and 
friends open a black hole they 
find that turning back the clock 
can have messy repercussions. 


Cast
Jason Dolley - Virgil Fox
Luke Benward - Charlie Tuttle
Nicholas Braun - Zeke Thompson
Chelsea Kane - Stephanie
Jameson
Kara Crane - Jeanette
J. P. Manoux - Vice Principal
Stewart Tolkan
Steven R. McQueen - Derek
Beaugard
Dexter Darden - Chester
Kellie Cockrell - Jocelyn Lee
Molly Jepson - Amy Fox

Crew
Director - Lev L. Spiro
Story/Co-Executive Producers -
David Diamond and David
Weissman
Teleplay - John Killoran
Producer - Don Schain
Broadcast Producer - Barbara
Biddle
Production Designer - Mark
Hofeling
Director of Photography -
Bruce Douglas Johnson
Visual Effects Supervisor - Dan Schmit
Film Editor - Mark Conte
Music - Nathan Wang


Review
I haven't had the pleasure of seeing the teen movies from the family-oriented Disney Channel including the abominations of the movie series HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and CAMP ROCK. I won't bother reviewing these cringe-worthy flick trilogies, I have however watched a few of its original shows, but let's get down to one of its better TV flicks. For those who have already experienced the hilarious results of time travel in films such as BACK TO THE FUTURE and BILL AND TED, it is with regret that the film I am about to review does not even come close to the classic time travel hits. MINUTEMEN develops a concept of going through a portal device of time so that the character can become heroes in their high school. The film felt good but not great and certainly didn't offer any outstanding qualities to justify watching this rare film a second time.

I don't recognise many of the actors who were in their parts of the made-for-TV picture excluding Disney Channel's bad boy Jason Dooley. I felt he almost managed to live up to the standards of Michael J. Fox and Keanu Reeves when they were in their teens and I feel that Jason deserves a second-try for this one.

In summary, I think this flick is worth a one time watch, but if you are looking for something with long-lasting appeal; I suggest you try a big-budget time-travel hit.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie


Monday, 9 February 2015

Megamind Review











Megamind


Release Date: 9th December 2010 - Australia


Production Companies
DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Digital Images

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia 


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 96 minutes


Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $321,885,765
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Megamind is the most 
brilliant super villain ever 
known... and the least 
successful! Over the years 
Megamind has tried to 
conquer Metro City in every 
imaginable way. Each 
attempt, a colossal failure 
thanks to the caped super-
hero known as “Metro Man” 
until Megamind actually 
defeats him in the throes of 
one of his botched evil plans. 

Suddenly the fate of Metro 
City is threatened when a 
new villain arrives and chaos 
runs rampant, leaving 
everyone to wonder: Can 
the world’s biggest “mind” 
actually be the one to save 
the day? 



Voice Cast
Will Ferrell - Megamind
David Cross - Minion
Tina Fey - Roxanne Ritchie
Jonah Hill - Hal Stewart/Tighten
Brad Pitt - Metroman
J. K. Simmons - Warden
Ben Stiller - Bernard

Crew
Director - Tom McGrath
Writers - Alan J. Schoolcraft
and Brent Simons
Producers - Lara Breay and Denise Nolan Cascino
Creative Consultants - Justin Theroux and
Guillermo del Toro
Production Designer - David James
Film Editor - Michael Andrews
Music - Hans Zimmer and
Lorne Balfe


Review
Some of you may not have seen MEGAMIND during its release, it was overshadowed by THE INCREDIBLES (click here). Disney/PIXAR were the first to break the transitional barriers of experiencing superheroes in film animation. There are reasons why in comparison, MEGAMIND is not as good as this other movie we've all seen in the big screen, the most noticing deficit being its lack of attention to balance comedy and story altogether. MEGAMIND turned out to be an animated parody/comedy which features Will Ferrell's hilarious portrayal of a character who is a self indulged gentleman who claims to be a self proclaimed master of evil. I begin to suspect why Ferrell was chosen to play a bad guy hero when he did play an antagonist once in ZOOLANDER. Before moving on years later to play a non-heroic villain, recently in THE LEGO MOVIE (click here). I was satisfied with the choice of actors like Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and David Cross who all join forces with Ferrell to make the voices dominant as the characters. 

It's not quite on par with Pixar's golden trophy nor surprisingly doesn't help DreamWorks after the same year, the studio had carved its triumph on HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (click here). There is something appealing in MEGAMIND which makes it feel joyful and rewarding to watch, especially that if you love to see the Superman references while watching the film.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


Monday, 2 February 2015

Big Hero 6 Review (Updated)














Big Hero 6


Release Date: 26th December 2014 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes


Budget: $165,000,000

Box Office Gross: $657,818,612
(Worldwide)



Plot Summary
A plus-sized inflatable robot
Baymax, and prodigy Hiro
Hamada, who team up to form
a band of high-tech heroes.


Voice Cast
Ryan Cooper - Hiro Hamada
Scott Adsit - Baymax
T. J. Miller - Fred
Jamie Chung - GoGo Tamago
Damon Wayans, Jr - Wasabi
Genesis Rodriguez - Honey Lemon
Maya Rudolph - Aunt Cass
James Cromwell - Professor
Robert Callaghan
Daniel Henney - Tadashi Hamada
Alan Tudyk - Allstair Krei
Paul Briggs - Yama
Stan Lee - Fred's Dad (Cameo)

Crew
Directors - Don Hall and
Chris Williams
Based on Characters - Man of Action
Head of Story - Paul Briggs and
Joseph Mateo
Screenplay - Jordan Roberts,
Daniel Gerson and Robert
L. Baird
Executive Producer - John Lasseter
Co-Producer - Kristina Reed
Producer - Roy Conli
Creative Advisors - Nathan
Greno and Mark Kennedy
Production Designer - Paul A.
Felix
Character Design Supervisor - Sang Jin Kim
Lead Character Designer - Shiyoon Kim
Head of Animation - Zach A. Parrish
Visual Effects Supervisor - Kyle Odermatt
Film Editor - Tim Mertens
Music - Henry Jackman


Awards

2015 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Chris Williams, Don Hall
and Roy Conli (Won)


Review
Marvel is still owned by Disney and have always been in close competition with Warner Brothers property DC. Since Disney's purchase of the Marvel company, they continued to bring the life of the treasured comic book heroes on the big screen. The two corporate giants had never until this point done an animated feature together and finally, the people of the Disney animation studio had decided upon on one of Marvel's lesser properties BIG HERO 6. There hasn't been a movie with so many scenes containing mind-boggling animation with fast-paced action since Disney put away the toys on their two earlier attempts such as ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE (click here) and TREASURE PLANET (click here). This contains a story which not only offers a blend of humour and action, but it delivers perfectly crafted animation which is rivalled by a few others. It also contained scenes that show a lot of sadness too. I was absorbed into experiencing this uncommonly awesome film that no studio has ever done since PIXAR pushed the envelope in their mega hit production THE INCREDIBLES (click here) to blow away the superhero comic fan-base in a childhood wonder.

There are so many good factors to choose from BIG HERO 6 aside from its 3D animation pixels and some weight of its human emotion, it carries the background setting in the city of which it happens to be an amalgam of Tokyo and San Francisco and probably meant to be an architectural blend. I was so amazed with the film which reminded me of another animated feature I reviewed of THE IRON GIANT (click here), particularly the friendship between a boy and a machine and the end of the climax where one of those main characters makes a heroic sacrifice.

It's truly one step ahead of FROZEN and probably a far better film, nothing gets crazy with BIG HERO 6 and it will continue to be its new greatest triumph on the animation field.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever