Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Malcolm Review (Australia Day 2016)


Release Date: 2nd October 1986 - Australia

Production Companies
Cascade Films
Film Victoria

Umbrella Entertainment

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: A$1,000,000

Box Office Gross: $3,842,129 (Australia)

Plot Summary
Malcolm is a chronically
shy mechanical genius 
who has just been fired 
for building his own tram. 
He gets Frank, who has 
just been released from 
jail, to move in to help 
pay the bills. Malcolm, 
with Frank's help, turns 
to a life of crime.

Colin Friels - Malcolm Hughes
Lindy Davies - Judith
Chris Haywood - Willy
John Hargreaves - Frank Baker
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell - Tramways Supervisor
Beverly Phillips - Mrs. T
Judith Stratford - Jenny

Producer/Casting/Director - Nadia Tass
Mechanical Devices
Designer and Constructor/
Writer/Producer/Director of
Photography - David Parker
Executive Producer - Bryce Menzies
Mechanical Devices 
Designer and Constructors - Steve Mills and Tony Mahood
Special Effects - Brian Pearce
Visual Effects - Peter Stubbs
Film Editor - Ken Sallows
Music - Simon Jeffes

Hello again, now many of you haven't seen MALCOLM (or at least you would have mistaken it for MALCOLM X). This is not the review of the movie that was based on a historical figure that you expect, this is a different movie that is made in Australia on late 1986. It is a comedy caper of sheer inventiveness and is ingenious for its setup but is based around comedies that were produced before MALCOLM was way ahead of its existence. There were some jokes on MALCOLM that may be a miss, I liked how the filmmakers perfected the robbery sequences with these amusing gadgets and a vehicle that can split into two halves. Filmmaking just can't get any enough better in pulling these fake robberies that were even bent with a sheer comic genius.

I liked how they portrayed the title character as someone with a knack of building these machines, has an interest where he's fixated and suffers from either Asperger's or high-functioning Autism. Which is all thanks to Colin Friels' acting as the profound yet naive and comical character that is the main focus towards the movie.

It's been quite a movie that I've revisited for after thirteen years that I last seen it. MALCOLM is a semi-decent low budgeted comedy that isn't quite as clever as the movies we've seen through theatres, television, et cetera. It is quite simple in Aussie cinematic standards that the film probably would come close as a great movie that is produced in the land of down under. So cheers mates!

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Labyrinth Review


Release Date: 4th December 1986 - Australia 

Production Companies
Henson Associates (HA) (presents)
Lucasfilm Ltd. (presents)
The Jim Henson Company
Delphi V Productions
TriStar Pictures

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy/Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 97 minutes

Budget: $27,680,000

Box Office Gross: $14,256,964 

Plot Summary
When young Sarah
cavalierly wishes that
goblins would take her
crying baby brother away,
she gets her wish. Now
she must confront Jareth -
ruler of a mystical world
one step removed from
reality, master of the
goblins who abducted
her brother...and creator
of the treacherous labyrinth
that Sarah must solve in
order to make things right.

Live Action Cast
Jennifer Connelly - Sarah
David Bowie - Jareth the Goblin King
Toby Froud - Toby
Christopher Malcolm - Father
Shelley Thompson - Stepmother
Natalie Finland - Fairy

Puppeteers/Voice Cast
Brian Henson - Hoggle (face performance/voice)/Goblin
Shari Weiser - Huggle (on-suit performer)
Ron Mueck - Ludo/Goblin (Voice)
Rob Mills - Ludo
Frank Oz - The Wiseman
Michael Hordern - The Wiseman (Voice)
Dave Goelz - Didymus/Various 
David Barclay - Didymus
David Shaughnessy - Didymus/Various (Voices)
Steve Whitmire - Ambrosious/
Kevin Clash - Ambrosious/
Percy Edwards - Ambrosious (Voice)
Karen Prell - The Worm/
Timothy Bateson - The Worm/Guard (Voices)
Denise Bryer - The Junk Lady (Voice)
David Healy - Right Door Knocker (Voice)
Robert Beatty - Left Door Knocker (Voice)

Story/Director - Jim Henson
Story - Dennis Lee
Screenplay - Terry Jones
Executive Supervising Producer - David Lazer
Executive Producer - George Lucas
Producer - Eric Rattray
Production Designer - Elliot Scott
Conceptual/Costume Designer - Brian Froud
Costume Designer - Ellis Flyte
Goblin Armour Designer - Michael McCormick
Songs: Music and Lyrics - David Bowie
Director of Photography - Alex Thomson
Choreographers - Charles Augins,
Gates McFadden and Michael Moschen
Puppeteer Coordinator - Brian Henson
Special Effects Supervisors - George Gibbs
and Tony Dunsterville
Film Editor - John Grover
Music - Trevor Jones

It's been recently since we've lost the legendary singer David Bowie, we were able to listen his music and watch LABYRINTH after his passing. What began in its release of 1986, the film wasn't initially successful in any box office records. Due to the cost how the movie was produced but many years had unearthed LABYRINTH as it grew a cult following among many Henson enthusiasts and fans of the musician. The feature reminds me a bit of ALICE IN WONDERLAND where a girl is transported a fantasy world and is faced with dealing with the consequences of curiosity and regret. After Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) wishes her annoying baby brother would be taken away and it ends up happening in the hands of the evil Goblin King, Sarah sets about getting him back through the labyrinth to rejoin the family. In the labyrinth, Sarah meets all of these fantastical creatures who were all the creation of Jim Henson's masterful puppetry. 

LABYRINTH is also an musical with all the songs written and performed by David Bowie who plays Jareth the Goblin King. He was a legend of his time and Bowie did a good show on his villainous role and the music he wrote were "Magic Dance" and "As The World Falls Down". I don't mind Jennifer Connelly being in this film as she performs the role of Sarah well for her young age.

The film shows its age being from the 80s' nostalgia period where puppetry and blue screen effects where in their last days. Jim Henson and George Lucas had collaborated to tell a wonderful movie that isn't like a fairy tale you've seen in children's books. Whether you liked it or not, I don't think it was on par with THE DARK CRYSTAL (click here) but still is an enjoyable fantasy movie for all ages. 

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

Monday, 18 January 2016

88th Academy Awards

Broadcast Date: 29th February - Australia

Hello, moviegoers and after four days of posting two news updates that revolved on the unexpected deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. In the sixth time, the nominations for the Oscars have been revealed and only for the 88th Annual Academy Awards which will be hosted by actor/stand-up comedian Chris Rock. This is highly unlikely that Rock will be hosting for this year's ceremony as it was surrounded by the controversy which the actor had tweeted in social media discussing that none of the African-American actors were nominated for any four categories and he resulted to call the Oscars "The White BET Awards" for its lack of diversity.

It could have been more welcome that one of the main contenders of 2015, 'The Force Awakens' isn't nominated for Best Picture when is snubbed in favour of other movies like 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'The Revenant'. Even 'Jurassic World' is not in the list for the Best Visual Effects award.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the full list of Oscar nominations.

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina - Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett,
Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst
Mad Max: Fury Road - Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver,
Andy Williams and Tom Wood
The Martian - Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence,
Richard Stammers and Steven Warner
The Revenant - Richard McBride, Matt Shumway,
Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Chris Corbould,
Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh and Neal Scanlan

Best Film Editing

The Big Short - Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road - Margaret Sixel
The Revenant - Stephen Mirronne
Spotlight - Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Maryann Brandon and
Mary Jo Markey

Best Costume Design

Carol & Cinderella - Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl - Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road - Jenny Beaven
The Revenant - Jacqueline West

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the 
Window and Disappeared - Love Larson and
Eva von Bahr
Mad Max: Fury Road - Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega
and Damian Martin
The Revenant - Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman and
Robert Pandini

Best Cinematography

Carol - Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight - Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road - John Seale
The Revenant - Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario - Roger Deakins

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies - Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich 
and Adam Stockman
The Danish Girl - Michael Standish and Eve Stewart
Mad Max: Fury Road - Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson
The Martian - Celia Bobak and Arthur Max
The Revenant - Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies - Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom 
and Drew Kunin
Mad Max: Fury Road - Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff 
and Ben Osmo
The Martian - Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and 
Mac Ruth
The Revenant - Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, 
Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdik
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Andy Nelson, 
Chris Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road - Mark A. Mangini and 
David White
The Martian - Oliver Tarney
The Revenant - Martin Hernández and Lon Bender
Sicario - Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Matthew Wood 
and David Acord

Best Original Song

"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Gray - Music and 
Lyrics by Belly, Stephan Moccio, Jason Daheala Quenneville 
and The Weeknd
"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction - Music by J. Ralph 
and Lyrics by Antony Hegarty 
"Simple Song #3" from Youth - Music and Lyrics by 
David Lang
"Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
"Writing's in the Wall" from Spectre - Music and 
Lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies - Thomas Newman
Carol - Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight - Ennio Morricone
Sicario - Jóhann Jóhannson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - John Williams

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story - Pato Escala Pierart and Gabriel 
Osorio Vargas
Prologue - Imogen Sutton and Richard Williams
Sanjay's Super Team - Nicole Paradis Grindle and 
Sanjay Patel
We Can't Live Without Cosmos - Konstanin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow - Don Hertzfeldt

Best Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria - Eric Dupont and Basil Khalil
Day One - Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay - Patrick Vollrath
Shok - Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer - Serenade Armitage and Benjamin Clearly

Best Documentary - Short Subject

Body Team 12 - David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines - Courtney Marsh and 
Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom - Dee Hibbert-Jones and 
Nomi Talisman

Best Documentary - Feature

Amy - Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land - Matthew Heinerman and Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence - Joshua Oppenheimer and 
Signe Burge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone? - Liz Garbus, 
Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia) in Spain - 
Cairo Guerra
Mustang (France) in Turkish - Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Son of Saul (Hungary) in Hungarian - László Nemes
Theeb (Jordan) in Arabic - Naji Abu Nowar
A War (Denmark) in Danish - Tobias Lindholm

Best Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa - Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson 
and Rosa Tran
Boy & the World - Alê Abreu 
Inside Out - Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Shaun the Sheep Movie - Mark Burton and 
Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was There - Hiromasa Yonebayashi 
and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short - Adam McKay and Charles Randolph 
from The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Brooklyn - Nick Hornby from Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Carol - Phyilis Nagy from The Price of Salt by 
Patricia Highsmith
The Martian - Drew Goddard from The Martian by 
Andy Weir
Room - Emma Donoghue from her own novel

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies - Matt Charman and Ethan & Joel Coen
Ex Machina - Alex Garland
Inside Out - Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen, Pete Docter 
and Meg LeFauve
Spotlight - Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
Straight Outta Compton - Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, 
S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight as 
Daisy Domergue
Rooney Mara - Carol as Therese Belivet
Rachel McAdams - Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale - The Big Short as Michael Burry
Tom Hardy - The Revenant as John Fitzgerald 
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
Sylvester Stallone - Creed as Rocky Balboa

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett - Carol as Carol Aird
Brie Larson - Room as Joy "Ma" Newsome
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy as Joy Mangano
Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years as Kate Mercer
Saoirse Roman - Brooklyn as Ellis Lacey

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston - Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
Matt Damon - The Martian as Mark Watney
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant as Hugh Glass
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe/Einar Wegner

Best Director

Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
Adam McKay - The Big Short
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Picture

The Big Short - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and 
Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of Spies - Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and 
Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn - Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road - George Miller and Doug Mitchell
The Martian - Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, 
Michael Shaefer and Mark Huffam
The Revenant - Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, 
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
Room - Ed Guiney
Spotlight - Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin 
and Blye Pagon Fest

Academy Honorary Awards

Spike Lee
Gena Rowlands

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Debbie Reynolds

Saturday, 16 January 2016

In Memory of Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Hello, fellow moviegoers, it is with great sadness that I bring you the news of English thespian Alan Rickman who died of cancer at the age of 69 on the 14th January 2016. The British actor Rickman was best known to many older audiences as the cold Slytherin teacher of Hogwarts, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. Other notable roles include the ruthless German terrorist Hans Gruber in 'Die Hard', the Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves', Jamie in 'Truly, Madly, Deeply', Colonel Brandon in 'Sense and Sensibility', Alexander Dane in 'Galaxy Quest', Harry in 'Love Actually', a reluctant recluse Alex Hughes in 'Snowcake' and Judge Turpin in 'Sweeney Todd'. My condolences to his family and friends who have stood by his side at the time of his passing. I will never forget the charisma, the ego and the sheer brutality that Rickman brought into his famous characters. 

Born on 21st February 1946 in Acton, London and raised by a working class family until the death of his father when he was about eight years old. After having graduated from two colleges and a drama school, Rickman went to work with British theatre groups and the Royal Shakespeare Company in stage productions and was briefly seen on television appearing in serials and a few episodes of TV shows for ITV and BBC. His stardom through the stage moved to the cinema where he was found by American Director - John McTiernan who was looking for an English actor to portray a foreign terrorist in a big budget action movie that is to be entitled 'Die Hard'. Rickman almost turned down the role in 'Die Hard' but after the release of his film debut, it catapulted him into his newfound fame at the age of 41. He began playing roles in a wide variety of characters in the films 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' and 'Sense and Sensibility' in romantic leads and as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves'.

After starring in lesser roles as Sir Alexander Dane in 'Galaxy Quest' and Metatron in 'Dogma', Rickman came to the attention of author J. K. Rowling and was her personal choice to portray the teacher of potions, Severus Snape in the movie adaptation series of Harry Potter. Beginning in 2001 where he first acted the character in 'The Philosopher's Stone' up until 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2', Rickman's portrayal was critically acclaimed throughout the entire series and was hugely unanimous for him to be part of the new generation of audiences who now adore him as the actor who plays Professor Snape. During his time as the character that he portrayed in the Harry Potter films, Rickman was also featured in films like 'Love Actually', 'Snow Cake' opposite Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Anne-Moss and as the Judge in Tim Burton's adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' opposite Johnny Depp. He was also known for his soft-spoken deep voice which earned him parts for voice acting in other live-action movies such as the character Marvin the Android in 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and as the Caterpillar in 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass', the latter would be his final feature.

I'll never forget how important Rickman was to Professor Snape and other types of characters he played who were either villainous, depressed or sullen. Alan wherever you are, we miss you.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

In Memory of David Bowie (1947-2016)

David Bowie (1947-2016)

Hello, movie-goers, this is an important news update that you might like to read. As some of you won't know, actor/singer/musician David Bowie has now passed on at the age of 69 after an eighteen month struggle of fighting cancer. Bowie was famous not only for his memorable songs, flamboyance and identity of Ziggy Stardust, he was best known for his roles such as those in the sci-fi drama 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' and as Jareth in the musical fantasy 'Labyrinth'.

There is too much to talk about David Bowie in terms of his long musical career but his acting was shorter than his lifetime with rock music and it all began when Bowie first appeared in a short film and it wasn't until nine years later that he had his breakthrough role in 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' where he earned all the acclaim for his performance. Shortly after the film's success, he went to star in other features. Around the same year in 1986 where he was filming a rock musical titled Absolute Beginners which would later end as a commercial disaster in Britain. Bowie was then approached by Muppet creator/director Jim Henson and executive producer George Lucas to star in their soon to be project Labyrinth after two of Jim's sons persuaded their father to cast him instead of Sting who was Henson's first choice for Jareth. While not acting as the evil Goblin King, Bowie wrote all the film's songs and did the singing for himself. In the late 80s, whilst concentrating his music, David Bowie continued his acting career in films like Martin Scorsese's controversial religious epic 'The Last Temptation of Christ', 'The Linguini Incident', 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me', 'The Prestige' and 'August' which would end up being his final movie role. Bowie appeared in a minor and pivotal role as Andy Warhol in 'Basquiat' and as himself in the Ben Stiller comedy 'Zoolander'. He has voice acted the role of the antagonist Malthazar in the part animated and part live action film of 'Arthur and the Invisibles'.

Bowie also provided the theme track "Putting Out the Fire" for the horror film Cat People in 1982 and most of his classic songs he previously sung are placed into numerous features such as 'Happy Feet Two', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou', 'Rush', 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', 'Moulin Rouge' and most recently 'The Martian'.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Daddy's Home Review (Updated)

Daddy's Home

Release Date: 26th December 2015 - Australia

Production Companies 
Paramount Pictures
Red Granite Pictures
Gary Sanchez Productions

Paramount Pictures Australia 

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 100 minutes

Budget: $50,000,000

Box Office Gross: $242,786,137

Plot Summary 
A mild-mannered radio
executive tries hard to be
the world's greatest stepfather.
But when his wife's freeloading
ex-husband comes back into
the picture, he's forced to
compete for the kids' affection.

Will Ferrell - Brad Whitaker
Mark Wahlberg - Dusty Mayron
Linda Cardellini - Sara
Scarlet Estevez - Megan
Owen Vacarro - Dylan
Hannibal Buress - Griff
Bobby Cannavale - Dr. Francisco
Bill Burr - Jeff
Jamie Denbo - Doris
Thomas Haden Church - Leo Holt
Kobe Bryant - Himself (Cameo)
Alessandra Ambrosio - Karen
Didi Costine - Dusty's Stepdaughter
John Cena - Cool Dad (Cameo)

Producer/Director - Sean Anders
Story/Screenplay - Brian Burns
Screenplay/Producer - John Morris
Executive Producers - Riza
Aziz, Jessica Elbaum, David Koplan, Joey McFarland, Kevin J. Messick and Diana Pokorny
Producers - Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay
Production Designer - Clayton Hartley
Director of Photography - Julio Macat
Film Editors - Eric Kissack and Brad Whilite
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Michael Andrews

In the theatres, a few movies are due to be released in late 2015 and some of them lost a game of tug of war with the new Star Wars adventure THE FORCE AWAKENS (click here). While the space craze has not yet ended, there was a comedy that came out five days before the end of last year about what will happen when a full-time stepdad is about to be blown away by the macho father of his stepchildren. DADDY'S HOME is insipid and generic which has to do with a lack of originality and there is nothing else but a few chuckles to entertain us.

It seems the writers are short of ideas that they have appeared to have given up and left the movie relying on cheap laughter. It is a wasted opportunity of the talents of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg whom are both enjoying a good chemistry together and delivered their great performances when they last collaborated together in THE OTHER GUYS. But all they can to do aside from their first-class acting is to stick to the mediocre script. 

This picture is forgettable to many and almost works like a charm. DADDY'S HOME would have been better than any of the other comedies from 2015, but now it's more of a near reverse than what you have seen in the unforgettable trailer. 

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

Thursday, 7 January 2016

There goes the label...

Having some of the disaster movies that I've reviewed since I now realised that the label of "disaster" is actually a subgenre and these films are actually devoted to action, science fiction and drama and causing me to re-label San Andreas (click here), Dante's Peak (click here), Armageddon (click here), Deep Impact (click here) and more recently The Day After Tomorrow (click here) in the original genres (excluding a few that don't need to be re-labelled).

I've then fixed most of the reviews for the Academy Awards that they've been awarded and nominated and before that I added a featured post of a movie that I once seen as this gadget is in the right side where it sits below of the Google Plus+ application. 

Feel free to express yourselves in commenting this post or just having it read.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Day After Tomorrow Review

The Day After Tomorrow 

Release Date: 27th May 2004 - Australia 

Production Companies
Twentieth Century Fox
Centropolis Entertainment
Lionsgate Films
Mark Gordon Company

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $544,272,402

Plot Summary
When global warming 
triggers the onset of a 
new Ice Age, tornadoes 
flatten Los Angeles, a 
tidal wave engulfs New 
York City and the entire 
Northern Hemisphere 
begins to freeze solid. 
Now, climatologist Jack 
Hall, his son Sam and a 
small band of survivors 
must ride out the growing 
superstorm and stay 
alive in the face of an 
enemy more powerful 
and relentless than any 
they've ever encountered: 
Mother Nature.

Dennis Quaid - Jack Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal - Sam Hall
Ian Holm - Terry Rapsom
Emmy Rossum - Laura Chapman
Sela Ward - Dr. Lucy Hall
Dash Mihok - Jason Evans
Austin Nichols - J.D.
Tamlyn Tomita - Janet Tokida
Kenneth Welsh - Vice President Becker
Arjay Smith - Brian Parks
Jay O. Sanders - Frank Harris
Sasha Roiz - Parker
Perry King - President Blake
Adrian Lester - Simon
Glenn Plummer - Luther
Nestor Serrano - Gomez
Vitali Makarov - Yuri
Christopher Britton - Vorsteen
Caroline Keenan - Tina
Jason Blicker - Paul
Russell Yuen - Hideki
Amy Sloan - Elsa
Shelia McCarthy - Judith
Christian Tessier - Aaron

Executive Producer/Writer/
Director - Roland Emmerich
Writer/Producer - Dean Devlin
Writer - Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Executive Producers - Ute Emmerich, Stephanie Germain and Kelly Van Horn
Producer - Mark Gordon
Co-Producer - Thomas M. Hammel 
Production Designer - Barry Chusid
Director of Photography - Ueli Steiger
Special Effects Director - Neil Corbould 
Visual Effects Supervisors - Karen E. Goulekas, Ian Hunter and Chetan Deshmukh
Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM - Eric Brevig
and Jim Mitchell
Associate Visual Effects Supervisor: Digital Domain -
Matthew E. Butler
Film Editor - David Brenner
Music - Harald Kloser

So sorry about it, I haven't been able to publish a review every Monday since I was so driven to finish my three movie critiques and ended up in a break. Before New Year's Eve, I was unable to find the world-ending feature of 2012 when I was supposed to watch it before I can get it critiqued. I eventually switched to an alternative movie from the same director when it was released six years before he went on to produce that glorious over-lengthened disaster epic. THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW is not one of those doomsday movies that were made to be scientifically accurate, it blends seamlessly with the visual graphics and images that creates a world from its climate changing catastrophe to its big chill. Many climatologists didn't like how the film of their aghast that the prediction of the issues of global warming that will soon cause the endless winter were greatly exaggerated since it has nothing to do with any scientific research at all. Director Roland Emmerich may not have been an avid believer of science but he never fails to make this picture suspenseful in the wake of post 9/11 and have the temperatures cooled to a maximum.  

Naturally, I did see a few elements of the movie that might need a bit more work even to the story and character development which needed the most. The acting would be the least of my worries and it wouldn't matter to such talented movie players that their careers are seemingly unaffected and they're being featured as the result. It doesn't have hurt the fact when you got someone like Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal and and soon-to-be-famed newcomer Emmy Rossum that they can only provide the notch of their performances to this enjoyable but non-resisted picture.

I seriously thought that THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW was so far, so good at being a visual spectacle and though it isn't meant to follow its scientific patterns. It is clearly a believable film that nearly gives out the impact on the other disaster hits that would soon follow it after, even 2012 is more darker and shockingly compared to this film and INDEPENDENCE DAY (click here). I recommend you try to watch the movie or rent it now, whether it is your option.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie