Jul 252014
 

Guardians of the Galaxy

I have no intention of spoiling any details, jokes or events of this film so the following review will stick to allusions and a generalised examination.

My grandfather had the greatest impact on my love for sci-fi. He had a towering floor to ceiling bookshelf, divided into three sections: mysteries, war, and sci-fi. The former two did little for me, but I’ll never forget those sci-fi covers, Panther editions especially. It took many years for my reading level to catch up enough to finally begin reading them, but those covers, from E.E ‘Doc’ Smith through Robert Heinlein and unto Asimov’s Robots, are ingrained in my psyche; giant robots, strange alien trees, spacecraft in shapes that spoke to some strange lizard brain mythology. Today I saw a film that understood the allure of those images, and captured the complex strange world from which they sprang.

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Jul 222014
 

Deliverusfromevil

I almost enjoyed this film. It has within it the possibilities of an overflowing, ecstatic nightmare of the incredulous and deranged, something from which horrors truly can spring, or at the very least can become a highly amusing slice of horror-comedy. Thoughts on Deliver Us from Evil after the jump.

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Jul 212014
 


 
The 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival opening night film Predestination has an official trailer and we think it looks pretty swish.

Based on the famous science fiction short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

The film is written and directed by the Spierig Brothers and stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor

Predestination releases nationally in Australia on August 28

Jul 212014
 


 
Well this looks fun. Set in a fictional city which is San Fran meets Tokyo, a super intelligent boy named Hiro Hamada and he robot he built (Baymax) stumble across a criminal plot and pull together a team of inexperienced crime-fighters to bring down the baddies.

I wasn’t surprised to learn it’s based on a Marvel superhero team of the same name, if anything, I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for Disney to include Marvel characters in an original animated film.

My only question – why couldn’t the super nerdy science genius be a girl? Just saying….

The film is set for a release in Australia on Boxing Day, the same spot Frozen opened in last year and Wreck it Ralph the year before.

Jul 202014
 

snowpiercer

When the fix for global warning out to be the nail in the coffin for Earth’s fragile ecosystem, the world returns to the Ice Age. In the frozen wasteland there is one beacon of hope, a super train which circles the planet and carries the surviving members of the human race. My review of Snowpiercer after the jump.

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Jul 152014
 

Devilsknot

Thanks to Icon Films , we have 3 x double passes to give away to DEVIL’S KNOT – in Australian cinemas from July 24.

Synopsis
In 1993 West Memphis, Arkansas was rocked by the brutal murder of three eight year old boys. The police very quickly accused three teenagers, claiming they had killed the children as part of a satanic ritual. DEVIL’S KNOT chronicles this harrowing true story from the perspective of one of the mothers, Pam Hobbs (Witherspoon) and the investigator for the accused boys’ defence team, Ron Lax (Firth). Whilst the parents and the community struggle to cope with the heinous nature of this crime and call out for those responsible to be brought to justice, Lax discovers that the prosecutorial case is based entirely on circumstantial evidence and prejudicial assumptions about the accused teenagers’ love of goth culture and heavy metal music.

To Win

Tell us the name of one other film Atom Egoyan has directed. Send your answers, along with your name and postal address to moc.e1406542703srevi1406542703nueni1406542703lnona1406542703@mas1406542703 by 9pm on Tuesday July 22nd 2014. For an extra entry, ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.

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