Monthly Film Round-up: March 2014

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Mar 312014

March, you were a pretty average month overall and I’m not sad to see you pass. Bring on the “blockbuster season” and the film festivals which will soon follow. While I saw 10 films at the cinema, only a few were memorable. I didn’t see anything bad per say, there just wasn’t much to get excited about. March has been my most prolific film-watching month in 2014 thus far, with 33 films watched in total. I watched quite a few films at home over the month, including a couple of Agatha Christie film adaptations. I love reading her books and find the films rather cheesy and fun, but they don’t really hold  a candle to the books. My March 2014 round-up is after the jump.

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The Raid 2

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Mar 302014

Every so often, a new director comes along, takes a film genre mired in stagnant and uninspired repetition and completely revolutionises it. In the 1980’s, John Woo energised the action genre with his heroic bloodshed gunplay movies. In 2011, Gareth Evans did it with The Raid, an explosive martial arts film that made every Hollywood action movie look like a shoving match between two preschoolers. Now, Evans and his team have returned to once again show everyone how action should be filmed. And boy, does he deliver. My review of The Raid 2 after the jump.

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Film Link Goodness: March 2014 Edition

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Mar 292014

So, it appears that this is my first Film Link Goodness of 2014. Errrr…sorry? I really thought I had done one of these already. I’ve read some great stuff around the web lately and felt that it was time to group some of it together to share with you all. Favourite directors, The Lego Movie, writing about film and more in my March 2014 Film Link Goodness after the jump.

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Giveaway: ENDER’S GAME on Blu-ray

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Mar 272014

Thanks to Icon Home Entertainment we have 3 copies of ENDER’S GAME on Blu-ray to give away

Available to rent or buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital April 4


Years after Earth has been ravaged by an alien invasion, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, strategically brilliant boy, has been chosen to defend Earth from an ever-present hostile threat. His prodigious skills immediately apparent, Ender is sent to Battle School, joining hundreds of precocious young adults in the pursuit of becoming the ultimate military commander. As Ender excels at Battle School, he attracts the attention of the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford), who believes Ender to be the military’s next great hope. Under the tutelage and guidance of Colonel Graff and Maori warrior, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) Ender overcomes the separation from his beloved sister (Abigail Breslin) to rise up the ranks until he faces the ultimate challenge. Ender must lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.

To win

Tell us the name of one other film which Asa Butterfield has starred in. Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to by 9pm on Tuesday April 8th. For an extra entry, ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Mar 262014

If a dog adopting a human child isn’t unique enough, this particular dog is quite the genius. He invented a machine which allows those inside it to travel through time to any point in history. The possibilities for adventure and misadventure are endless. My review of Mr. Peabody & Sherman after the jump.

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Poster: Only Lovers Left Alive

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Mar 252014

It’s not very often that a poster really draws me in, but I’ve been thinking about this Only Lovers Left Alive poster since I saw it on the wall at the local cinema last week. I think it’s the font – hot pink and Gothic. It’s such a fun combo and it simply pops off the poster. Without knowing anything about the film, the font hints at something special, something dark even? The gorgeously talented Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton looking like hungover rock n roll stars only adds to the intrigue. Why is he holding her like that? What’s in her hand out of the frame? Jim Jarmusch is such an interesting filmmaker, I am so looking forward to seeing this when it releases in Australia on April 17.

Cuban Fury

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Mar 242014

He once had fire in his feet and salsa in his soul, but a run in with some local bullies cut short a promising dancing career. Decades later he’s compelled to dance again. Does he still have what it takes to burn up the dance floor? My review of Cuban Fury after the jump.

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Giveaway: Double passes to THE RAID 2

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Mar 222014

THE RAID 2 – In Australian cinemas March 28

An Online Universe has 10 in-season double passes to The Raid 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the ass-kicking action film The Raid, to give away to 10 lucky readers.

Picking up right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

Check out the intense trailer for The Raid 2 here.

For your chance to WIN simply tell us why you want to see The Raid 2. Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to by 10am on Thursday 27 March.

Please note entrants must be over 18. Check out the full terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.

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