Prometheus [MA15]

 

There is a lot of discussion and debate as to whether this is an Alien prequel. Ridley Scott and various cast members are having a seemingly great time fanning these flames and some blogs, sites and discussion forums have put a lot…a LOT….of effort into this.

My research is by no means exhaustive because I believe that you can have too much information and share in too much discussion which can dull your movie-watching experience. But that doesn’t mean I am not looking forward to this movie. Because I am. A lot…

From IMDB :

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

In Aussie cinemas June 7, 2012

 

 

Movie Release Dates

 

I was asked to make a list of movie release dates and coming attractions…. that kind of thing. As you can see, I have gotten as far as making a new tab but it is on it’s way.

I have started with some trailers (which seems to be very popular….thanks everyone!) and will make as comprehensive a list as I can.

And thanks for all the support I have been receiving. It means more to me than you will ever know xoxox

 

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Total Recall [TBC]

A remake of  the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, this movie looks impressive. From what I’ve read, there doesn’t seem to be an Earth/Mars connection as in the 1990 version but a futuristic nation vs nation scenario. Interesting how so many movies see our future as a One World State/s battling for supremacy. Hmmmm

Colin Farrell, surprisingly third billed under Kate Beckinsale until you realise her husband is the Director, is our hero with Beckinsale as his ‘wife’. For those not familiar with the story, in the future you can have a life or experience implanted into your brain rather than actually doing it. So you can be anyone you want……a spy, an elite athlete, anyone. But Quaid (Farrell) isn’t who he thinks he is……..so who is he? IMDB says:

As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.

….and….

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police.

In Aussie Cinemas 6 September 2012

 

Rock of Ages [M]

Alrighty then..this will either crash and burn or will become an instant cult classic. I don’t think there will be any real in-between. I love and miss the 80’s…..tragic I know….. and as this movie is set in 1987, I can’t help feeling very excited about it. I don’t want to feel excited about it or see it or even talk about it because it stars someone who I loathe and detest with the fire of 1000 suns…… but I will overlook this abject hatred because that’s what a grown up would do *takes a deep breath*

So I will put my personal feelings aside and go and see this movie when it comes put and judge it on it’s merits alone. Promise 🙂

IMDB says:

Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.

In Aussie cinemas 14 June 2012

Brave [PG]

The latest offering from Disney Pixar looks gloriously offbeat. A little Scottish Princess with wild red hair and a fiery disposition to match, refuses to tow the line to the exasperation of her parents and all those around her. She cannot understand why she can’t do what she wants to do, which appears to be archery. Of course, you get the feeling this is most unbecoming to a well brought up young lady who is expected to one day be a well brought up young wife to some boring old Scottish Prince.

Our lass, Princess Merida, will hopefully become a fully fledged Disney Princess, wild red hair and fiery disposition included. Fingers crossed….. IMDB says:

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

In Aussie cinemas 21 June 2012

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

 

It’s been quite a while since I watched an Ice Age movie but the franchise is still popular, at the cinema and on DVD (which is preferable for many parents as a trip to the cinema with little ones can be a nightmare), so you can’t argue with that.

Here is what IMDB had to say:

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

In Aussie cinemas 28 June 2012

 

Snow White and the Huntsman [M]

 

Hollywood loves to make their movies in pairs and 2012 is the year of the Snow White retelling. I have already seen and reviewed Mirror, Mirror which is a high camp farce for all ages. This new Snow White movie is something else entirely. It looks dark and gothic with Twilight’s Bella Swan Cullen Kristen Stewart as Snow White.

Charlize Theron as the evil Queen looks gorgeously scary and Chris Hemsworth, last seen in The Avengers is wielding a mighty sword yet again as the ill fated huntsman sent to kill the young Snow White.

I cannot wait for this movie as dark and gothic is certainly my bag baby. Here is what IMDB has to say:

Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen’s reign.

In Aussie cinemas 21 June 2012

Get excited RAWR!!!

Men in Black 3 [M]

 

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring : Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson

Running Time : 103  minutes

Release Date :  24 May 2012

‘They are back… in time’

Yes they’re back. Our favourite galaxy defenders are back on the big screen to save us from……something.  After that flash, I can’t seem to remember. But seriously…..

It’s the present day. Zed is dead and Agent O (Thompson) is now in charge. Someone has helped Boris The Animal (Clement) escape from a lunar prison and he is out to kill Agent K (Jones) who was responsible for the loss of his arm some 40 years ago, before the loss of his arm some 40 years ago. Agent J (Smith) must travel back in time to 1969 to avert this tragedy. J encounters a young Agent K (an impressively Tommy Lee Jones-esque Brolin) with amusing results.

The safety of Earth is at stake. If Boris succeeds, history will be altered forever. Serious stuff, right.

Nahhhhhhhh this is Men in Black.

This plot is very interesting as we get to travel back to 1969, the year of the first Moon landing. So we have the mix of 1969 clothes, speech, style etc with the MIB gadgetry we have become used to. My favourite was the wheel bike thing. I think it’s in the trailer. Very MIB cool.

Brolin as the young Agent K is, as I mentioned, impressive. He absolutely nails Jones’ dry, unsmiling, cold Agent K so much so that I checked when I got home that it was actually Jones in the present day role and not Brolin wearing a mask. He was just that good. But Brolin does intense very well.

We have the usual list of suspects. Lots of human looking aliens who are exposed for the creepy, slimy, sometimes hilarious aliens that they are. Lots of humans who witness bizarre situations, strange looking aliens or just crashed spacecraft but with the flash of a light, all is forgotten as their minds are erased.

Boris The Animal, sorry it’s just Boris, deserves special mention in the creepy looking alien department. The special effects team have excelled with Boris. Apart from his dark circle glass eyes, there are his creepy teeth. They are upside down molars. They made my skin crawl but I couldn’t stop staring at them. YUCK!! Then there is the creature who lives in his hand. The memory alone is making my skin crawl but again, I couldn’t look away. Every time he opened his hand, I would want to look away but instead found myself cringing transfixed. Even when there was a shot of his hand sans creature, I would stare at the closed opening just waiting…..blech.

The look and feel of this latest instalment in the MIB franchise is what you would expect. It is slick, clean, vivid, bright and visually engaging.  The agents are all men in black neat and tidy and the addition of the supremely magnificent Thompson as the Agency’s Boss adds a touch a crisp class. The aliens are fantastically unhuman and the humans are all just blissfully unaware. This movie doesn’t steer too far from the original and very successful formula of the previous 2 movies.

But there is something lacking in this movie. And it is something that I just can’t quite put my finger on.

Maybe it’s the lack of youthful exuberance from the now 40 something Smith who although he looks like a man 15 years younger, certainly lacks the vigour of that man.

Perhaps it is the chemistry between Smith and Brolin. The previous movies relied on the vast age difference between the 2 leading men. Okay so the actual age difference is not so vast but the implied difference was.  J was always a preppy, bouncy, chatty thing while K was just a cantankerous old man who, at times, looked like he could have happily zapped J into oblivion.

With the current Smith/Brolin pairing, the on screen relationship between J & K suffers accordingly. It’s missing that snap, crackle, pop so important to carry a buddy movie. And for all it’s distractions and special effects, MIB is a buddy movie.

The best thing about MIB 3 is it ties up some loose ends. Some of them I didn’t even realise were loose but they are all tied up neatly and believably. The last 10 minutes or so was really quite moving…..for MIB. Quite lovely and unexpected.

Go see this pic if you have a lazy Sunday afternoon to fill in, if you are MIB fan or if the kids like aliens. Not the real little kids though. Boris is far too creepy for our little movie goers. But should you rush out to see this…….hmmmm not really.