Month: December 2013

Dhoom 3 Review Upodcast

Dhoom 3, the third in the bikes- babes and abs series is poised to be the biggest blockbuster ever to have been made in Hindi Film history. But clocking in near 3 hours, does it deliver on the promise of a thrill ride?

 

FilmiGirl joins us for an in-depth discussion where we coin new phrases, philosophize about the possible subtext and dig deeper than any other review can as the podcast is spoiler free until the half waypoint.

 

Check out the latest Upodcast below and if you like it, subscribe or rate us in iTunes:

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review Upodcast

The first return  to Hobbit country might have not gone as planned for Peter Jackson’s as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was critically derided but still made mint at the box office.

So is second part in this new Middle Earth trilogy any different?

That’s exactly the question we debate with Sujoy Singha (OneKnighStand and BollyPop) after we got a slight headache from watching a 3 hours 3D movie with out any singing and dancing.

You can download/stream our Upodcast episode below:

 

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: New teaser trailer!

After the first poster release of last week, we finally have the first teaser trailer and boy is it chilling!

Here is a plot synopsis and the teaser itself:

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.  They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo.

The movie releases in July 2014.

 

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Review: Anchorman 2 – does the legend continue?

The team re-assemble

Joy of joys in the season of goodwill, my co-host Asim was unable to attend our screening of Anchorman 2. One man’s pain is another man’s gain.  It is a hard life, but sometimes you just have to take one for the team. That enthusiasm aside, I approached this movie with more than a hefty dose of caution, even scepticism. My bar was set low. Perhaps to protect me if it was mediocre and possibly to preserve the legacy of the first one.

Sometimes, when you love something so much, you just want more of the same, more of the good stuff.  Like an addiction to Cherry Coke or fizzy cola bottles you can keep stuffing your face until there is no more left and you have to demand more from the makers. I guess this is what happened with Anchorman. Fans – myself included – really were fans and took it to their hearts with a warm embrace, reeling off quote after quip, revelling in people being killed with tridents and women being seduced by Sex Panther.  But it wasn’t enough – how could it be? Genuinely strong characters, played quite perfectly by the cast, combined with surreal humour, a love story that ends happily ever after and a brilliant script with more take-home than your local Chinese.  All of which sets up the sequel nicely, but to what end? After almost 10 years away, how good is it and should you spend your hard earned cash on going to the cinema to see it?

With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk along with co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner).

So, after the hype, does the legend really continue?  Thankfully, at least for this lucky viewer, it does.  I can’t say how much I laughed, but I was literally lol-ing all movie which rarely happens in public.  As with the first one, there is an almost non-stop stream of gags and jokes throughout the whole film.  It’s almost unfair to talk about certain high points or low points without giving away some of the story, but suffice to say, if you liked the first one, you will not be disappointed!  I can also report that Kanye is only briefly appearing and is able to JUST ABOUT deliver his lines without spoiling the scene – worry ye not.

So, now that I’ve talked about one scene, I may as well keep going…my least favourite would have to be the dinner with Linda Jackson’s (Meagan Good)  family and not really because it’s unfunny, I just think it doesn’t add much and it also reminded me of shit Eddie Murphy movies that should forever remain purged from my brain.  I did find it hilarious when he moves in to a lighthouse though and you will also find proof that you shouldn’t ever travel with bowling balls and scorpions.  Much has been made of the large cast of stars and I can confirm there is indeed a long long list.  You’ll be ticking them off the list as you see them but there were so many at one point that I even missed Kirsten Dunst entirely.

Anchorman 2 also has the wit to have a pop at media ownership, the quality of broadcast news & what 24 hour news channels have done to change the ways we consume news.  Let me be clear: this is not biting satire and if like my mum, you “don’t do silly”, it’s not going to get you to enjoy it.  However, if you loved the first one, you do “do silly” (like me) & you love the gags coming thick and fast, both verbal and visual then Amnchorman 2 is in every way a winner and the legend does indeed continue.

Enjoy the trailer to whet your appetite – it’s not like you haven’t seen it already is it?

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Edge Of Tomorrow Trailer, Images and Poster: Tom Cruise’s Source Code GroundHog Day

The Trailer for Edge Of Tomorrow just landed in our inbox with this pretty awesome looking one sheet. Tom Cruise has been on a sci fi trip lately, and although his previous release Oblivion had some issues it had some pretty interesting ideas and amazing visuals.

Both these elements seem to be part of Edge Of Tomorrow together with a great collaborators like Doug Liman directing a script by Christopher Mcquarrie, based on the acclaimed novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Emily Blunt his co-star also has the ability to be thoroughly wonderful in everything she appears.

Here is the Trailer, some images, a One Sheet poster and the PR Synopsis:

 


Synopsis:

The epic action of ‘Edge of Tomorrrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission.  Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt).  And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (“Aliens,” HBO’s “Big Love”), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Dragomir Mrsic (“Snabba Cash II”), Charlotte Riley (“World Without End”), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), and Franz Drameh (“Attack the Block”).
Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the acclaimed novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.  Erwin Stoff produces, along with Tom Lassally, Jason Hoffs, Gregory Jacobs and Jeffrey Silver.  The executive producers are Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara, and Bruce Berman, with Kim Winther and Tim Lewis serving as co-producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (upcoming “Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”). “Edge of Tomorrow” is the first motion picture to be shot at the recently christened Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

“Edge of Tomorrow” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures. Opening worldwide beginning on June 6, 2014, the film will be distributed in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow.

EDGE OF TOMORROW is released in cinemas and IMAX on June 6, 2014

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Community Season 5 Trailer : Beyond The Darkest Timeline

Who knew this quirky show would last until season 5?

Creator Dan Harmon is back after a troublesome season 4 which we didn’t hate as much as the rest of the fanbase but it did feel like a waterdowned, clone which had replaced the original one.

After being pushed back to january 2nd, there was still some doubt if the show would be able to return full force, especially as it was announced that Donald Glover would be leaving after 5 episodes.

But looking at this trailer, the show’s is coming back full force and adding quite a few news characters.

Community comes back 2nd of January.

(and we can’t wait!)

 

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Jai Ho Teaser: Joy to the world Salman is back!

Finally the trailer for Salman Khan’s next release is upon us. Now that we finally know Jai Ho is finally coming out, flowers seems to smell better, food tasts better, we can hear the singing of birds again.

Seemingly melding the plot of Pay It Forward and adding some Sallu style ass kickery and lion noises.

Jai Ho is directed by Sohail Khan, stepping behind the camera after more than a decade. Most of his movies have actually been quite good (Hello Brother is still a household favorite- PUNGI!) although only Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya was the biggest hit. But Sohail has always had a great grasp of action scenes, he just needs some more focussed screenplays. Maybe remaking a Telegu hit, Stalin: Man For the Society (how absurd is that title?) origingally directed by AR Murgadoss and starring Chiranjeevi.

An official synopsis hasn’t been released yet but according to IMDB the plot for the orginal one was: “The story is about how an ex-army officer brings change in society by making people to help each other.”

Obviously the movie will be adapted to Salman Khan and it’s great to see Tabu back on screen after such a while. The movie seems to contain a heavy social message with some ass kickery added.

Jai Ho releases the 24th of January 2014

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Poster

The first trailer for the sequel to the prequel releases next week but we received this beautifully creepy looking posters. A lot of the people that made the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes a critical and box office succes unfortunately aren’t returning. Ruper Wyatt hands over the directorial reigns to Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) and pretty much all of the cast has been replaced too.

The movie stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo.

 

Synopsis:

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.  They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

We were huge fans of the first one (Love the Franco, respect The Pinto) so quite looking forward to this July 2014 release.

Watch this space for the trailer next week!

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Clear History, Thor 2, Hunger Games and much more Upodcast

Back in the chair for Upod we have a varied episode, covering a multitude of films.

Heavy duty stuff to begin with as Asim and Martin have been watching documentaries.  Utopia, the latest from John Pilger, takes its name from a region of Australia’s Northern Territories.  Home to many aborigines the reality is that Utopia is far from being that for the indigenous population and in the eyes of the film maker, is proof that apartheid is sadly alive in a modern, prosperous, 21st century democracy.  The good vibes continue with Martin’s documentary, How to Survive a Plague.  It tells the story of how the gay community in New York fought back against the lack of HIV & AIDS healthcare provision in the face of people dying in their droves.  How to Survive a Plague is notable not only for the story it tells, but also for its almost exclusive use of archive and library footage.  Two absolutely affecting films that are well worth watching.

Lightening the mood somewhat, we then talk about the two current sequel movies – Thor 2 and Hunger Games 2.  No, of course they won’t be up for Oscars but bloody hell they are good fun and perhaps more importantly, build on the first instalments.  Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be difficult to better the first Hunger Games.

The main event and provided by someone close to Upod’s hearts, is Clear History.  The HBO produced and Larry David written movie takes us into familiar Larry territory, but is there more to this than an extended episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?  We talk you through most, but not all of the huge cast (Michael Keaton, where have you been all these years?) and a few of the gags.  The transition from the small to the big screen is not easy pull off, but if anyone can accept the challenge, it’s of course Larry David…looking like a cross between a hippy and a caveman.

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