Friday, 31 October 2014

Film Review: Happy Christmas



From director Joe Swanberg, Happy Christmas is a indie comedy/drama about adulthood and responsibility. It stars Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynskey.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Marvel's Going To Infinity and Beyond (VOR #29)



I've been adverse to deconstructing every morsel of comic-book news over the last few weeks, but today's bombshell from Marvel was just too big to ignore. Essentially, Kevin Feige and co. sat down hundreds of journos in the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and outlined every Marvel movie in between now and May 2019. 

We've got a Civil War brewing, more Guardians of the Galaxy, a third Thor and not one, but two new Avengers movies in addition to raft of new character franchises. Let's go through what this means for the future of Marvel's Cinematic Universe...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Film Review: Frank



"Nobody cared who I was before I put on the mask..."

From director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank is an indie flick about making it in the music industry - it stars Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

60 Second Film Reviews #14



Quick movie reviews, without the waffle. 60 Second Film Reviews is a regular feature where I compile together brief reviews of recent films I've watched at home or at the movies - and generally couldn't be arsed didn't find time to write a proper review for. 

In this month's edition we have Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer, Cuban Fury and Pompeii.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Film Review: Fury



April 1945 - the Allied Forces are slowly winning the war against the Germans, inching closer to Berlin with every passing day. 

Through the quiet hedgerows or Germany, the crew of a battle-hardened Sherman tank continue the fight against innumerable odds - lead by their grizzled commander 'Wardaddy' (Brad Pitt), they must dig deep to fight the courage to survive on the mud-soaked battlefields.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Trailer Talk: Age of Ultron + more



Time to talk some trailers! Well, one trailer in particular plus another so that I can add the little "+ more" into the title of this post...

But seriously though, we all know which trailer needs to be talked about - it's Avengers: Age of Ultron! Originally scheduled for release next week, Marvel have had to accelerate their plans after the trailer was leaked online early this morning. As they themselves remarked on Twitter, "Damn you, Hydra!"

So, without further ado, let's pick apart Marvel's latest and see what I thought...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fantastic Four, Where Art Thou? (VOR #28)



2015 is jam-packed with big name films, and getting any one to stand out is important. Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genysis, Star Wars - we've heard lots of key plot details, set photos and casting info to get the hype building ahead of time. 

However, there is one movie that has completely eluded the spotlight - Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four, from 20th Century Fox. Only 10 months away from hitting cinemas, we know next to nothing about the movie, with no trailers, no convention appearances or even set photos. Very myseterious indeed.

So, I ask you this - what's up with that?! Are Fox trying to cover-up another Fantastic Four dud, or playing it safe?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

First Impressions: Gotham



Gotham is quite possibly the most anticipated new show this year - set in the DC comicbook world we're all familiar with in some shape or form, Gotham follows a young Detective, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who arrives on scene to find a city rampant with corruption and crime. 

Tasked with solving the murder of two powerful philanthropists, Gordon and his ageing partner Bullock (Donal Logue) must cross paths with some of the city's most eccentric characters, as well as navigate an escalating mob war.

With the pilot of Gotham having aired on Australian TV over the weekend, I took some time to put together my first impressions of the show...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Superhero Show Saturation (VOR #27)



If hadn't already noticed, let me spell this out for you - superheroes, are freaking everywhere right now. They're inescapable. From the Hulk-smashing success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe all the way down to cutesy Funko Pop vinyl figures, those guys in tight tights dominate screens big and small. 

And it's the with the latter that this shift is most evident. This (northern) autumn, a new wave of superhero shows are hitting airwaves as TV networks race to hook audiences on weekly daring-dos from our favourite lycra-clad heroes. So, is this trend here to stay, or just a 'flash' in the pan?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

First Impressions: Star Wars Rebels



Star Wars Rebels is a new animated show set in a galaxy far, far away. It's the first Star Wars property to d├ębut since Disney famously bought Star Wars a few years back, and (hopefully) sets the precedent for what kind of things we're going to see later down the track.

The pilot episode, 'Spark of Rebellion', aired here in Australia over the weekend. So, what did I think? Is Rebels just a cash-grab from the Mouse House, or an impressive (re)starting point for the most famous of film franchises? These are my first impressions...

Friday, 10 October 2014

2016's Blockbuster Bonanza (VOR#26)



It might feel like an absolute aeon away, but 2016 will be the year to beat all years at the movies. Like the stars aligning in the night sky, it seems as though every film franchise has pitched their tent in 2016, from Captain America, to Batman, Superman, Star Wars, Avatar, X-Men, Assassin's Creed, Transformers and Ninja Turtles. To name a few that is.

However, is this really a good thing? Is 2016 set to become the holy grail of blockbuster movies, or doomed to disappoint?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Random Movie Retitles (VOR #25)

It may not look like it, but this is actually the same movie.

Disclaimer: This opinion piece contains a rather obscure and inconsequential rant on random movie retitles. Beware, it gets messy.

One movie, two titles = one very confused Rhys. When is a random movie retitle justified, or are they just plain silly?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Film Review: Dracula Untold



Luke Evans is the original 'batman' in Dracula Untold, a medieval fantasy film from director Gary Shore that charts the origins of villainous vampire lord, Dracula. 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Film Review: Gone Girl



Director: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris
Runtime: 149 minutes

Sex, lies and videotape - David Fincher's Gone Girl is a complex thriller about marriage, murder and everything in-between. Oh, and it's easily one of the best films this year.

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