Nov 242015

15 years ago they were at the top of the modelling world, but now Derick (Ben Stiler) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are old and lame. When the world’s most beautiful people start being killed, all dying with Derick’s signature look on their face, the pair are the only ones who can stop the evil mastermind behind it all.

Featuring a cast which includes Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Will Ferrell, Zoolander 2 looks absolutely ridiculous and oh so much fun.

The film is set for release in Australia on February 11, 2016.

Aug 132015

The first teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated new bloodbath, The Hateful Eight has hit the web. It features a loaded cast of Tarantino veterans, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen, and a return from legendary composer Ennio Morricone to provide the score.

We still don’t really know much about the story – that’s the beauty of the teaser, even one at over 2 minutes – but it looks like a lot of crazy fun. Tarantino’s regular DP Robert Richardson shot the film in Ultra Panavision 70.

The film will première for a one week exclusive season in 70MM at selected cinemas (of which there are maybe 2 in Australia??). It will then open nationwide, with the release date TBC. US audiences get a limited 70MM release from Christmas Day, with wide digital release from January 8 2016.

We can’t wait. Tell us what you think of the trailer.

Jul 292015

Double the Tom Hardy.

Legend stars Tom Hardy playing both of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie. The footage in the trailer of Hardy’s two performances is very impressive. The facial expressions and mannerisms of the brothers are very different, as is their body language and their voices. There has obviously been some very clever editing and CGI, with the trailer showing the brothers interacting with each other, and at one stage, engaging in a physical fight. I am very interested in checking this film out!

The official synopsis is as follows:

Written and directed by Oscar® winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland, LEGEND is based on the true story of the rise and fall of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie (both played by Tom Hardy) two gangsters who ruled the London crime scene in the swinging sixties. With their gang, “The Firm”, the inseparable Krays imposed a reign of intimidation upon the city of but as their empire expanded, power struggles, madness, dangerous feuds and a woman weakened their bond.

Told through the eyes of Frances (Emily Browning), the love of Reggie’s life, this seductive and exhilarating story sees Tom Hardy deliver a masterful dual performance, perfectly capturing the nuances of two legendary brothers

Legend will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will be released in Australia on October 8th.

Jul 132015

Well this looks fun! There’s a heap of sass and a whole lot of style in the trailer for THE DRESSMAKER, the upcoming Australian film from writer director Jocelyn Moorhouse (PROOF, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT). Adapted from Australian author Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel of the same name, THE DRESSMAKER has an absolutely stacked cast, with Kate Winslet rocking a great Australian accent in the lead role. Kudos to the hair & make-up team who somehow made the gorgeous and talented Sarah Snook look decidedly plain. I am really looking forward to this film.

Official Synopsis:
Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, THE DRESSMAKER is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
THE DRESSMAKER is released in cinemas October 22, 2015
For more information, check out the film’s Facebook page.

Jun 222015

Director Denis Villeneuve’s SICARIO has its first official trailer. The film premiered at Cannes to mostly positive reviews, and from what I’ve read Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Incendies) has directed another nail-biter.

When you have a director as interesting as Villeneuve coupled with a fierce Emily Blunt, what’s not to be excited about?

Official Synopsis:

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.


SICARIO hits Australian cinemas on September 17, 2015.

May 102015

After playing at Sundance earlier in the year, Unexpected has been announced as part of the Sydney Film Festival programme.

The synopsis as per IMDB is as follows

An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.

I like the look of the trailer, but the film could be treading some well-worn ground with the roles of the characters. However, what excites me is that the film is broaching the topic of working mother’s and the struggle to balance work and life. It’s something most women deal with but it’s not something talked about very often in film. It also touches on having an identity that is more that being a mother, something I know that some women struggle with.

The film is written and directed by Kris Swanberg (Joe Swanberg his her husband) and co-written by Megan Mercier. It stars Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean and Elizabeth McGovern.

Mar 292015

I am a massive Jake Gyllenhaal fan. He is on an absolute role right now with the likes of Enemy, Prisoners and Nightcrawler. Will Southpaw continue this trend of incredible performances in great films? It’s hard to say.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), Southpaw tells the story of Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal), who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

It also stars Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and 50 Cent.

I love Training Day, but I find Fuqua a little hit-and-miss. His films can be quite formulaic, and favour action sequences over character development or plot.

One thing is for sure, Jake has been working out. Comparing this hunk of muscle to the sickly looking character he played in Nightcrawler, it’s hard to believe it’s the same actor. It is said that he gained 15 pounds of pure muscle, training twice a day for seven days a week.

Southpaw releases in Australia on August 20, 2015.

Feb 132015


Writer-director Cameron Crowe (We Bought A Zoo, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) is back with his first new movie in 4 years. This one looks to be a take on the classic love triangle – a man, his ex (was she the one?) and a new women. With Crowe writing and a cast that includes Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski, it’s sure to be worth a watch. I think it looks great – there are too few “nice” films out these days. Sometimes it’s nice to switch off and watch some quality fluff.

Official synopsis

In Aloha, a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. From Academy Award®-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer-director behind such films as Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, Aloha also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

IMDB has June 15 2015 listed as the Australian release date for the film.