Movie Review : Wolf Creek 2

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It’s been almost 10 years since Mick Taylor (Jarratt) reminded us just how dangerous it can be to traverse the deserted roads and highways of Australia’s interior. The gorgeous sights, sounds and spectacular views do little to mask the absolute isolation and desolation that we Aussies kind of take for granted but can seem unnerving for tourists. Wolf Creek was a scary, creepy, blood drenched slasher pic with Taylor’s now (almost) iconic laugh enough to send chills down your spine.

So what went wrong?

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Movie Review: Goddess [PG] #Goddess #GoddessMovie #Magda #RonanKeating

 

Director : Mark Lamprell

Starring : Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating, Magda Szubanski,Dustin Clare , Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Pia Miranda, Corinne Grant, Cameron Lyon, Lucy Durack

Running Time : 105 minutes

Release Date :   In Cinemas Now

Adapted for the screen from Joanna Weinberg’s stage show, Elspeth Dickens (Kelly) is a frustrated wife and mother, stuck in rural Tasmania with twin toddlers as her husband James (Keating) sails off to Antarctica every few weeks to record whale songs. Elspeth is a Brit import and has struck a deal with her Irish husband to move to Australia so he can follow his dream of studying whales. When their twins go to school, he will take over the main child rearing duties. She’s finding it hard to make friends and is snubbed by the local mothers group who sneer at and judge her behind her back.

 

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Aware that his wife is lonely and unhappy, James gives her a webcam so they can keep in contact while he is away saving the whales. Unable to contact her husband, Elspeth sets up the webcam and shares her Sink Songs with the world. Frustrated that she has no viewers, she calls in the local tech geek/supermarket employee Neil (Lyon) who sets her up online and BAM….. she has an enraptured audience.

 

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It’s not long before the webcast catches the eye of a PR company searching for a woman to spearhead a webisode campaign for a new range of ipads called Goddess. Elspeth is quickly flown to Sydney where she is mentored by corporate bitch with a heart Cassandra Wolfe (real life Aussie Goddess and icon Szubanski) into becoming the face of this new Goddess range of computers.

 

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Elspeth is faced with all the realities and tough choices that comes with success and motherhood. She sets up a nanny cam to keep an eye on her sons while she is away and inadvertently sets it to broadcast from her website. The world watches, completely mesmerised, as her hunky husband comes home and deals with his children, his life and their new cute and perky nanny Cherry (Durack).

 

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I am not a fan of movie musicals. I’m just not. They bore me and I have even avoided the much-lauded Les Miserables because I didn’t want to be murdered as I slept and snored my way through a Hugh Jackman movie. For those who don’t know, sleeping your way through a Hugh Jackman movie is actually a punishable crime here in Australia …… *winks*

And may I add that the house used in the movie is my absolute dream house and I would give almost anything to own it *sighs*

 

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So with this in mind, I cannot believe I almost missed this movie because of my aversion to musicals. This move is wonderful. Unashamedly a chick flick, it has all the elements that make a truly feel good piece of modern musical escapism. It is fun and funny, quirky and charming, with lots of cute and catchy songs throughout.

Laura Kelly is a gorgeous and divinely adorable leading lady. She can sing and is not a bad actress. Her scenes with her twin sons, who have quirks of their own…..one refuses to remove his butterfly/angel/bee wings and the other refuse to poop…. are endearing and delightful. Every single mum in the cinema will shuffle awkwardly and laugh out loud as Elspeth deals with her sons throwing a terrifyingly familiar tantrum in the local supermarket as everyone looks on, full of judgement.

 

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Ronan Keating is an absolute hunk. This is the Boyzone guy right? He’s on some Aussie TV show which I will now be watching religiously. WOW! He was always a good-looking man but this mature, gorgeous, tatted up creature is something else. And that Irish accent………are you kidding me. Beware of blue-eyed Irish boys my Irish grandmother used to say. Oh Nanna but why… *sighs* A gratuitous Ronan pic? I think so …..

 

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Magda Szubanski is, as always, beyond fabulous. And she is looking amazing, absolutely amazing. She plays the highly strung, highly ambitious PR woman to high camp perfection. She stays just this side of being over the top and she is simply wonderful. Full of insight and insincere PR wisdom, she stole every scene she was in.

This whole movie made me laugh and smile. I don’t think I went for more than a few minutes without a grin on my face. It did have a  few sombre moments as the relationship between Elspeth and James began to unravel and as the choices a mother has to make weighed heavily on our heroine.

 

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I would absolutely recommend you go and see this movie. Take a few girlfriends and make a night of it. It has everything a chick flick should have. A nice script…. not to demanding or taxing on the brain but what are we here for? Lots of catchy songs…. a couple of cute kids…a gorgeous leading man….and lots and lots of Aussie humour. Oh and speaking of Aussie…….not one single cringeworthy stereotype was spotted during the entire movie. Lots of modern stereotypes, of course, but not a single g’day mate or thick ocker accent. Phew!

So what are you waiting for? Go and buy yourself a pair of hot pink washing up gloves and support our local movie industry. I promise you will have a great time as well

 

Love Flick xx

 

Movie Review: I Give It a Year [M] #igiveitayear

 

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Director : Dan Mazer

Starring : Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver, Stephen Merchant, Rafe Spall

Running Time : 97 minutes

Release Date :   In Cinemas Now

Nat (Byrne) and Josh (Spall)  are a newly dating couple. For just 7 months to be exact. The first few minutes are a montage of their romance, culminating in their wedding when the movie shifts to real-time. But this is no happy marriage and the couple are in therapy within months. Nobody expects this marriage to last, thus the title.

Josh is a writer suffering writer’s block as he struggles to pen his second novel. This infuriates Nat who complains that he is ‘always here (home) ‘. He is buoyed and enabled by his best mate Danny (Merchant). Josh has unresolved feelings for his ex Chloe (Faris) and the two engage in a merry dance of will they or won’t they.

 

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Nat is a successful advertising type and is soon pitching an account to the wealthy and handsome Guy (Baker). The two share an immediate attraction and Nat is encouraged by her colleagues to seem available. Nat’s sister Naomi (Driver) is gorgeously snarky and caustic as she endlessly shares with her sister the disappointments and drudgery of married life.

This movie has an interesting premise…..it’s an anti romantic comedy.  A couple who fall in love and marry within 7 months. Marry in haste, repent at leisure as they say. Their relationship is played out in a therapist’s office and we have a real he said, she said scenario with the exception that they both tend to agree that this marriage really was a bug mistake. At first I thought it was just one of those quirky Brit films, like Four Weddings and a Funeral, that you had to persevere with for a little while before it’s subtle humour grabbed you. And so I waited ….

 

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It has all the elements of greatness, including a powerhouse cast. I am a big fan of the quirky and irrepressible Faris and the goofy, gangly Merchant and, of course, I do love to support my fellow Aussies. Byrne is serenely stunning and Baker is swoon-worthy, movie matinée idol delicious. But it just didn’t work for me. It never quite clicked and found it’s momentum. Don’t get me wrong, it had its moments and there were some laughs but they were few and far between.

 

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I found Merchant’s character in particular to be vulgar and tacky. It was real schoolboy humour and …… just no. Faris was made as dowdy and frumpy as possible as just never shone as she normally does. Both of these great actors can blame a lacklustre script and bad directing for their disappointing turns in this movie.

This movie has received very mixed reviews and the split really is 50/50. And by reviews, I mean talking with my fellow cinema goers and friends who have seen the movie. It was not my cup of tea but was worth it for the eye candy that is Mr Simon Baker.

Yes please ….

 

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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!!!