Thursday, July 5, 2012

Weekly Review Round Up 6th July 2012


THIS WEEK'S PREVIEWS


It has been quite the marathon for film previews this week-five days in a row of cinema going.   Here's the round up for this week. It may help you decide how to spend your precious dollars when visiting the cinema. If you have seen any of these or want to see them and have a comment please feel free to share. We love hearing from our readers.


Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D ★★★★

Opens in Australia:  2nd July 2012
Other Countries:      Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
Go see this movie.  Mothers take your daughters (and your sons).  I wasn't a big Katy Perry fan.  In fact, I only attended the preview because my nine-year-old music fan son wanted to go.  However, I walked out of this film totally sold on her.  It’s not your usual, “Aren’t I a fabulous pop star?” reality flick.  This movie screams her message; to be yourself, follow your dream and persevere.   In one part, I even shed a tear.  The girl's got courage, huge talent and is a great role model for the young ones and the old ones too.  See it and all will be revealed.

STORY
This is a fun and engaging movie that celebrates every aspect of Katy's life including her relationship with fans and music.  Katy even shares her breakup with husband Russell Brand.

Ted ½

Opens in Australia: 4th July 2012
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
I was truly afraid to see this movie. Everyone has been saying, ‘I want to see Ted’ when I’ve mentioned it, so I thought it would probably be a let-down.  It looked like crass, over-the-top X rated humour, and I am not big on that. (Somewhere along the way, I’ve become a touch prudish.)  However, I like Mark Wahlberg and teddy bears so there was hope.  It’s certainly everything I thought it would be (over the top, 'Oh my gosh, I can’t believe he said that' crude) but it is funny—not belly laugh funny but funny enough.  I give them extra points too for trying something different.  And the actors certainly had us all believing there was a teddy bear in the room.

STORY
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humour to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted.  In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.  www.tedthemovie.com.au

Not Suitable for Children ½

Opens in Australia: 5th July 2012
Other Countries: Release Information


OUR THOUGHTS
This is a fabulous debut feature film by Perth born Director, Peter Templeman.  Over the past year,  I've endured awful Hollywood versions of this same idea, so it was refreshing to find a home-grown gem that actually worked.  Sarah Snook and Ryan Kwanten are dream leads and Templeman who co-wrote the script has penned a funny romp with heart.  Don’t be surprised if Hollywood steals Snook and Templeman in the next few years. They’ve already got their fangs into Kwanten.  Its an Australian film that shows Hollywood how to do Romantic Comedy (they seem to have forgotten).  It’s fun and witty with perfect timing. Go see it.

STORY
Jonah (Kwanten) is a freewheeling guy in the prime of his life, who after learning he will be infertile in a month, has to find someone to have a baby with before it’s too late. This twist of fate sees Jonah, with the help of his best friends (Snook & Corr), embark on a crazy caper to help him sow his seed as much as possible, and ultimately find the “one” in time.  

The Amazing Spider Man ½

 
Opens in Australia: 4th July 2012
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
This is a big Hollywood blockbuster and whilst not as much of an “untold story” as the film studio would have you believe, it does add something to the previous trilogy of films.  There will no doubt be discussions on who was the best spider-man – Andrew Garfield or Toby Maguire.  My vote is with Team Garfield.  Of course, Emma Stone is fabulous as always. Her personality shines through in everything she does.  Despite some gaping plot holes, it’s still worth seeing. Grab a big bucket of popcorn, a coke and enjoy the ride.  We saw it in IMAX 3D which was quite an experience.  Read our full review here: Sticking With A Good Thing

STORY
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field).  Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.  Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.  As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner.  As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. Website: www.TheAmazingSpiderMan.com.au

 
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

 
Opens in Australia: Now Showing in Limited Release
Other Countries: Release Information

OUR THOUGHTS
This Turkish drama has left me mystified.  It has received fabulous reviews from the media and won prestigious international film awards.  However, I fell asleep at least four times (according to nudging husband I was snoring—not a good look). So, it wasn’t fabulous for me.  Cut down by about forty-five minutes it may have been a beautiful study of human behaviour.  But at 150 minutes, it was a very long and slow journey to nowhere of interest. 

STORY
Late one night, an array of men - a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, a murder suspect and others - pack themselves into three cars and drive through the Anatolian countryside, searching for a body, across serpentine roads and rolling hills. The suspect claims he was drunk and can’t quite remember where the body was buried; field after field, they dig but discover only dirt. As the night draws on, tensions escalate, and individual stories slowly emerge from the weary small talk of the men. Nothing here is simple, and when the body is found, the real questions begin.

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