Monday, 26 September 2011
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Behold Fringe, a series that’s CSI meets X-Files created by J.J.Abrams (Super 8, Star Trek, Lost). In a nutshell, Walter (John Noble) is a crazy lovable genius, Peter (Joshua Jackson) is his estranged streetwise son, and Agent Dunham (Aussie actress Anna Torv) is simply trying to solve the crimes through the chaos.
Fascinating, intelligent, witty, compelling and quite possibly the most inventive thing in a box since matches!
Oh and did I mention the artwork for this show is FUCKING GORGEOUS!
Friday, 23 September 2011
A-ha! We knew it was a conspiracy! It seems the 1969 trip to the moon was not so that the astronauts could take one giant step for mankind; it was so they could do a sneaky Michael Jackson moonwalk to the dark side of the moon where they investigated a crashed spaceship!
Now 42 years later, the race is on between the Autobots and the Decepticons to reach the secret cargo first, before a space portal opens that will lead to a full-scale invasion of Earth where humankind will either be obliterated, assimilated or turned into Nespresso machines.
Hold onto your Allspark because we think this is arguably the best Transformers yet! Why? Well, firstly, there’s a new writer on board to give us less bickering, more butt-kicking. Secondly, the new support cast is stellar including Patrick McDreamy Dempsie and Oscar-winner Frances McDormand. And lastly, Megan Fox shot herself in the stiletto and has been replaced by the equally gorgeous, less lofty, more likeable Rosie Huntington-Whitely (mmm, do you think she’s British?).
In a nutshell, Dark of the Moon rocks moonrocks!
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Say hello to my little friend! That’s right, the world’s greatest rags-to-gangster-riches tale—starring Al Pacino in what is arguably his best performance ever—is now available on Blu Ray, with more features than a machine-gun full of bullets including an all-new doco, deleted scenes, picture-in-picture interviews, plus one of the coolest Blu Ray features ever created: the Scarface Scoreboard where you can count the number of “F” words used and tally the number of bullets fired throughout the film! AWESOMENESS!
Monday, 19 September 2011
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song! It's got such a dynamic, such a dialogue between two people telling the reasons for a break-up from two different points of view. Gotye is a musical genius!
Following the death of his parents, a young veterinarian student abandons his studies in search of the answers to life… answers he may well find when he joins a traveling circus to work as the animals’ carer. But as Jacob (Robert Pattinson… yes, don’t giggle, he’s started up his own Team Jacob) falls in love with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), tragedy looms larger than a bigtop as Marlena’s cruel and possessive husband August (Christophe Waltz) begins to suspect the blossoming romance between his wife and the circus vet.
Told in flashbacks and set largely during the Great Depression, this tale of love, life and loss (based on Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel) is just like a great circus act—spectacular-looking, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful. Breaking out of his Twilight mold, Pattinson does an exceptional job as the film’s hero; Witherspoon notches up another great romantic performance; and if you’re a movie producer looking for a good villain, you need to call Waltz’s agent… right now!
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Last Sunday, Aussie actor Andy Whitfield passed away age 39. The star of the break-out TV hit SPARTACUS was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in March 2010, but was initially expected to overcome the cancer. Starz Entertainment, the creator of the TV series, held off making a second season as long as possible in anticipation of Andy's recovery. Unfortunately it never came.
Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said: "We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in SPARTACUS and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life."
Andy, farewell and thank you!
Great movie, great song! :)
No, it’s not a battle between your favourite jelly lolly and a sports enery drink… this is much more serious! Can sexy singing sensations Debbie Gibson and Tiffany stop the Florida Glades from turning into a monster mushpit before it’s too late? Having asked that question, I'm not too sure why the cover art is set in a cityscape when most of the movie takes place in a swamp. But who cares? Attention all fans of mega-sized reptiles, prehistoric killer-fish and mutant creature features of all descriptions… this is a must-see!
Of course, if you can't be bothered sitting through the entire movie, check out this awesome montage of very creative death scenes!
God bless the internet and its web of intrigue, tangling us up in its maze of curiosity, leading us from one thread to another. After posting the STA ad, I stumbled across this little gem of a short film featuring the Andrew Lees, the hottie in the STA commercial. I think this is so true for all of us on so many levels!
I think Top 5 lists in general will always cause debate, but discussion is a good thing. As for my own Top 5 lists, they're a mix of taste, quality and a good dose of nostalgia. I thought I'd kickstart my Top 5 lists with a man I truly love: James Bond! So without any further ado, here's my Top 5 Bond flicks.
5. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
4. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
3. LIVE AND LET DIE
1. CASINO ROYALE
And as an extra bonus for my first Top 5 list, below is officially the worst James Bond movie poster ever. Poor Ghana, they obviously missed out on the official artwork! :(
Poor Tucker and Dale. Sure, they ain’t handsome or popular with the ladies, and when the good Lord was handing out brains, well, Tucker and Dale were probably off fishin’. But they’re decent, honest folk who never hurt anyone… at least not until the day they chose to spend the weekend away at their humble little ‘fixer-upper’ cabin in the woods.
That’s when those preppy teens on a camping trip stumble upon poor Tucker and Dale and instantly assume them to be a pair of inbred, hillbilly, chainsaw-weilding killers, leaving Tucker and Dale with no choice but to fend for themselves against such Evil good looks!
The classic kids-on-a-camping-trip teen horror is turned on its head (and thrown into the wood-chipper) in this hilarious splatter-comedy!
Track down the issue of Vanity Fair with Robert Pattinson on the cover (careful with that shawl, Robbie!) and catch the article on the world's sexiest geek, Jack Dorsey, titled "Twitter Was Act One".
Not only did Jack Dorsey give us Twitter, but he's also the man behind Square, the device that has revolutionised our ability to make transactions, turning everyone on the planet who has a smart device into a merchant and trader. Owe a friend $50? Get Square! JD is also a pioneer of improving the way ambulances and fire trucks get around, thanks to his childhood obsession with the grid-like nature of cities. Plus he has a very cool tattoo on his forearm! Am I in love? Maybe just a little. I think I'll go tweet it.
My Soundtrack of the Week this week is Alexandre Desplat's COCO AVANT CHANEL. As I'm sure you'll discover, Desplat is, in my opinion, the best soundtrack composer in the business today. And while he's had one or two disappointments (most notably THE GOLDEN COMPASS, but hey, what wasn't disappointing about that film), his hits far outweigh his misses. Without a doubt he's at his best with the drama/romance genre, and COCO AVANT CHANEL is a superb example of this—stirring, beautifully understated at times, a little fun at other times, but on the whole simply gorgeous!
Thor, (Chris Hemsworth) has a problem—an attitude problem—so his father (Antony Hopkins), King of the fantastical realm of Asgard, decides to teach his arrogant, hammer-thumping son a lesson in humility by banishing him to Earth. (Hey, ‘banish’ is a harsh word! It’s not that bad here, is it?) Well the answer to that is, it soon will be, because Loki, God of Mischief, has decided to make Thor’s life even more punishing by sending the forces of evil to Earth. Now, with the help of beautiful scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Thor must use his god-like powers to defend the planet he’s come to love. Or maybe it’s just the pretty scientist he’s in love with, but that’s okay, we’ll ride on her coat-tails if we have to.
After seeing the trainwreck that was THE GREEN LANTERN, I really wanted to love THOR. Unfortunately I think the movie should have been titled BORE. Apart from the lack of inventive action, the one thing that disappointed me the most was the small-town setting. I can appreciate the effort it takes to build an entire town for a movie, but we've become so accustomed to our superheroes saving the entire planet (or at least New York) that saving a small town seemed very small scale, especially for a climax.
On the plus side, Chris Hemsworth's body is to die for and Tom Hiddleston plays a wonderful villain in Loki. Yes, I'm still very much looking forward to THE AVENGERS. Hopefully Thor will get to do something a bit more Thor-some next time we see him.