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Thanks to Paramount Pictures, we watched J.J Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s secret film “Super 8” before it hits the cinemas. This is our own review (don’t worry, we won’t include any spoiler), but remember, we still recommend for you to go and watch the film, because there is no better critic than yourself!

“Super 8” has been a total mystery since the production started, with many internet rumors surrounding the production, and amazing online viral campaign which put even more questions on the table. Moreover, the expectations for the film were the highest in years for a movie because 2 great filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg worked together for the first time!

In a movie in which the plot apparently involved alien life forms, the kind of topic that these two both love, we can definitely say they did a perfect job because the movie exceeded all expectations as previously mentioned. Furthermore, just watching the opening credits with the logos of Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Abrams’s Bad Robot together showing up one after the other, is a dream come true.

“Super 8” takes place in a small town in Ohio in the summer of 1979. The main story is centered in a group of kids, played by new talented young actors such as Joel Courtney (as the main character Joe Lamb), Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso and Elle Fanning, working in a short-film using their Super 8 video camera.

While working on the film in a train station, they witnessed an intentional and catastrophic train crash, where the cargo looks different and is being protected by the US Air Force. After the accident, unusual and inexplicable events begin to take place in the town, with the army trying to cover the truth behind the accident. One group of kids discovered some extra footage after reviewing the film of the day of the incident, figuring out that the camera never stopped recording, capturing a big secret.

Abrams mentioned in a few interviews he did about the film, that he wanted a brand new cast and when he saw the kids in the auditions, he was impressed. He was right because the chemistry among this circle of friends works perfectly on the screen.

Each of them represents different personalities in the movie and they develop new relationships on the way, reminding you a bit of elements from films like “E.T” and “Stand by me”. Watching these new actors on the big screen will make movie watchers think that they are not just debuting in this big blockbuster film. Furthermore, there are scenes these actors played with so much emotions and intensity that will let you forget for awhile about the train crash and its cargo. The moviegoers will get carried away with the characters, taking you back in time when you first toyed with your dad`s home video camera.

To complete the main picture, more experienced actors like Kyle Chandler (as the Sheriff, who is also Joel’s dad), Ron Eldard and Noah Emmerich (as Nelec, the visible face of the US Air force operation), are there to complement an excellent choice criteria for the cast, playing important roles to create the atmosphere of action and suspense.

We recall Steven Spielberg saying once in a Q&A, that “The best way to know if a movie is good is watching it with no audio and if the pictures by itself leaves you something positive, means that you are in the right track”.  In this movie, that purpose was achieved because even without music or any sound effects, you will be drawn to it.

The filmography, art direction and the way the era of the 70’s were recreated was a result of lot of research with millions of tiny details, like old beer cans, the clothes, gas stations and the funny vintage “Star Wars” elements around (Abrams and Spielberg are big fans of the saga). However, the film obviously needed that “classic” anthem, that main iconic song from an experienced composer, like Abrams’ favorite Michael Giacchino. He is responsible for the soundtracks of Lost, Star Trek and Mission Impossible 3. Giacchino, with his unique style created soft and powerful melodies, with some small reminiscences to John William’s work for E.T and “Close Encounters of the third kind”, pushing the movie to the next level in a remarkable way.

The special effects are marvelous; the train crash sequence is so realistic with the help of prototypes and CGI technology, and the filters on the film in some scenes create the atmosphere of a movie of the old time. It was done in a meticulous way and the designs of the elements of “The cargo” of the train were innovative down to its minute details. These will make the public realized how massive the work the creator put behind the scenes to get a flawless final product.

The suspense, the tension and the scary moments were created in such a way that the entire time the audience will be focused on watching the movie with some dark elements in between, using non conventional ways to show elements of the film.

To just give you a small bite of what you will see at the end, the use of the sound effects as the core of the suspense scenes, supported by some “weird” elements and “floating” domestic things around, will remind you at some point of what Abrams did for his innovative film “Cloverfield”.

We could go on and on about Super 8 but this is just a teaser. People must go and watch this for themselves.  Moreover, the film could be a topic of study in a film school because it has so many elements of different movies, as we had mentioned before. After watching  the exclusive 20 min preview weeks ago,  the feeling of sensation of those few minutes was left to us recreating those moments when we watched “E.T”, “Stand by me” and “Cloverfield” all together and for the very first time.

Now, after seeing the entirety of the movie, we can also say that some elements from the movies of  Spielberg’s “Close encounter of the third kind” with a bit of “The war of the worlds”, 1953’s classic “It Came from Outer Space” and even with some elements of Abrams’ TV hit “Lost”, are there too. In short, Abrams and Spielberg had put the best things of all those classic films and as a result is one perfect final product: “Super 8”! For sure, this is one of the best movies of the year, a must watch film that many of you will be seeing more than once.

Super 8 releases in Australian cinemas on June 9th

Thanks to Fox Australia, we watched X-Men: First Class before its official release in cinemas. This is our own review, but remember, we still recommend you to go and watch the film, because there is no better critic than yourself!

X-Men: First Class, tells the origin of the mutants in our world, with young Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and Erik Lensher (Michael Fassbender), better known as Magneto, as the main characters of the film. Each of them has a different story to tell.

Charles has money and good life. When he was young he met Raven Darkholme better known as Mystique. Because Mystique is also a mutant, they become best friends. They even lived together as brother and sister during their younger years. When Charles became aware that he has the ability to read minds, he decided to study genetics and become a professor.

On the other hand, Erik was a prisoner of The Nazis. During this time, the evil Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) learned about his magnetic powers. Shaw wants to manipulate that power for his own benefit. Erik refused, as he couldn’t control his powers and he was tortured for years. Shaw even killed his mother ensuring that Erik witness her painful death.

The other mutants on the other hand, are working together to cause chaos. Shaw, with the help of his members, Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng) and Riptide (Álex González), started to manipulate the high commands of Russia and USA, with the ultimate objective of pushing both countries into a nuclear war. If this happens, they believe that Mutants will be the only survivors of the nuclear holocaust.

In the middle of these, Xavier meets his friend Erik who will be known as “Magneto”. Magneto is looking for vengeance against Shaw because of what he did to him during his capture.  The two of them started searching for mutants around the world to create a team with the help of the CIA. The CIA helped them by starting a special program for “people with special abilities” in order to find and defeat Shaw and his team.

One of the things that make this film works is the excellent selection of cast, with Michael Fassbender as Erik and James McAvoy as Charles. Both of the actors were totally immerse in their roles and delivered outstanding performances that will surely satisfy the fans by giving them what they wanted to see; that is, the development of the friendship of these 2 characters, with their different pasts and opposing ideologies and how they become rivals.

The good thing about this film is it does not solely focus on Professor X and Magneto. The origin of Beast or why Mystique joins the side of Magneto is also intriguing to see. The humor is not absent on the film, with few funny scenes, especially where you can see Charles Xavier as a normal student partying in London and using his knowledge of genetic mutations to pick up some girls. The film also has a lot of small details directly from the X-men universe, especially done for the fans of the saga and the comic books, even including some amazing cameos that will surprise you more than once.

Matthew Vaughn’s prequel, reminds us the feelings we experienced after watching  J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (websites like Collider and Slashfilm shared the same feelings too!), with a fresh air, amazing cast, excellent script and filmography. Moreover, you can feel the unique touch of the producer of the film, Bryan Singer (who directed the first 2 X-Men films) in this new X-men movie. Furthermore, this film is truly a prequel to Singer’s X-movies, there is no question about it.

X-Men: First Class is solid movie, a non-stop story, with great performances, outstanding special effects and a great script. These gives the film the feeling of a comic book story coming to life, including lots of Marvel and X-men trivia that will thrill all comic book lovers. Moreover, is a good example that 3D is not always necessary to create a great movie…This is for sure a must watch film!

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS will hit Australian cinemas on June 2, 2011

We were invited to watch “The Hangover Part II” before it hits the cinemas.  This is our review for the film, and remember there is no absolute truth in any review, you have to go to your local cinema and watch the film because there is no better critic than yourself!

The Wolfpack is back! Starring Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and obviously Alan (Zach Galifianakis) returning for the sequel. They are moving from Las Vegas to Bangkok. The story happens two years after the first “Hangover” where a bachelor’s party was held for Doug (Justin Bartha). Now, it is Stu’s turn to get hitched.  He is the dentist, (you might remember him as the one who lost a tooth on the first film) who will get married to Lauren (Jamie Chung). The wedding will take place in his fiancé’s homeland Thailand.

Stu doesn’t want a repeat of the previous Las Vegas experience and refuses to have a buck’s party. After Phil (Cooper) put pressure on him, he finally agrees to have one beer on the beach in Thailand with his mates and his soon-to-be brother in law, Teddy (Mason Lee),  a 16-year-old genius, over protected and well loved son. Teddy clearly hates him and is definitely against to his forthcoming marriage to his sister Lauren.

You might imagine what will happen next…The fun starts by having flashback scenes of what happened in Las Vegas, but this time, it is happening in Bangkok. The setting starts in a really cheap hotel room, with Alan sporting a head-shaved look, Stu with a Mike Tyson’s tattoo but with a monkey instead of a tiger to name a few. But that is just for starters because Teddy (Stu’s brother-in-law) was missing and obviously nobody could remember what happened the night before.

With all these elements on the table, plus a repeat of the formulas used in the first movie, it is surely a hit. The “laugh-out-loud moments” funny awkward situations, reunion of “the Wolfpack” with new and old fellas like Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) will definitely give the audience a good laugh.

One of the slight differences between this sequel and the first film is the character of Alan, because in this movie he is not the “main funny guy” but instead the movie focuses on the entire gang with Stu standing out a bit more as the funniest. Obviously the monkey (who was CGI-created for all the smoking scenes in an amazing realistic way) contributes a lot in the hilarious scenes as well.

Another important thing to mention is the great cinematography work of the Thai scenarios, and the life style in that country. The movie gives a view of what it is like in that part of the world, surrounding the action with streets full of people, Tattoo shops, strip clubs and more places that you might enjoy especially because of what happened there “the night before”, giving a total meaning to one of the main quotes of the film: “Bangkok Has Them Now”

Maybe the only small problem of the film, that makes it only as “almost” as funny as the first one is that the story is pretty much the same in elements but it just happened in a different city and in a different country.  This doesn’t mean at all that the public will not laugh. On the contrary the film is a non-stop comedy, with a fully tested formula and with a lot of references to the first film.

However, the much rumored cameo scenes of Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson were not realized. But do not be disappointed because Mike Tyson will be back in Part III for a small role.

So, If you want to laugh for 102 minutes and if you had fun watching the first “Hangover” movie, this sequel is a must see film that will make you to leave the cinema with a smile in your face for sure.

And stay tuned because in some hours we will have a competition to celebrate the release of the film!

Here enjoy the trailer of the film below:

“The Hangover Part II”, will hit cinemas this Thursday May 26th

For more information of the film just visit the official site for the film here

Thanks to our friends from Universal Pictures, we watched the new comedy “Bridesmaids”. This is our review for the film, and remember there is no absolute truth in any review, you have to go to your local cinema and watch the film because there is no better critic than yourself!

Universal pictures’ new comedy Bridemaids is not the classic chick flick or romantic comedy that you are expected to watch. Bridesmaids directed by Paul Feig (Nurse Jackie, the Office) and produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) bring it to a new level. You may actually think this one is a girly version of “The Hangover” when you watch it but rest assured that you will be laughing most of the time.

The story is about Annie, played by the always hilarious Kristen Wiig (SNL, Paul). When she is asked by her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph – SNL) to be her maid of honour and to help to coordinate the wedding, she can’t definitely say no!  Annie had all the best plans, but unfortunately, everything just seems to have gone bad not only in her plans for the bachelorette party and wedding, but worse, in her life as well. Annie is torn between her old boyfriend Kevin (Greg Tuculescu) the guy who just wants to have an adult fun with her and her new love Kevin (Chris O’Dowd).

When Annie meets all the bridesmaids ( Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper), she thought she can handle everything until Helen (Rose Byrne) threatens to ruin her relationship with Lillian by becoming her new best friend. Helen and Annie are making sure that they will outdo each other by giving the bride what she really wants, starting a huge rivalry between them bringing the audience into a rollercoaster of fun with the most outrageous situations and tons of laughs.

 

In Bridemaids, Kristin Wiig delivers a great performance with fantastic great moments of physical comedy, especially with Kevin (Greg Tuculescu). In the film, her character is the only one that you might care about and will wonder that will happen with her life. The rest of the bridesmaids had some funny moments too. However, Megan (Melissa McCarthy from Mike & Molly and Gilmore Girls) sometimes goes over the top with her character. It might not be funny for some.

Bridesmaids is also a romantic comedy type that will definitely make the viewers laugh and cry. It has lot of heart with moments that will bring people to memory lane with their best friends and with experiences in life. It gives a resounding message that in life people may change but in the end, people who really matters most will still be the best friends we have cherished for a lifetime.

Bridesmaids is a brilliant comedy that must be seen this year. Don’t miss out!

Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” opens in Australian cinemas the next June 16, 2011

Remember, our reviews don’t have the absolute truth. We share the idea that there is no review 100% accurate, because we think that everyone has to be their own critic, so if you like chick flicks and wanna have good time with your friends, family or your couple, just go to your local cinema to see “Bridesmaids”, for sure you will have a blast, and don’t forget to let us know what do you think of the film

Paramount pictures launched some really cool clips for “Burke & Hare”. The movie stars Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkinson

The official synopsis:
BURKE & HARE is a black comedy based on the true story of the body-snatchers William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis), directed by Hollywood legend, John Landis. These two Irish entrepreneurs discover that a dead body can fetch a hefty price when the demands of the leading medical professors Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Monroe (Tim Curry) reach beyond that of the local supply.

And don`t forget to check the review we did for the film and also enter to our competition to score tickets to see the film here

BURKE & HARE are now showing in your local cinema!

For more information about the film visit: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/BURKEANDHAREAU

Thanks to Paramount Pictures we had the honour to assist in the media screening for “Burke & Hare” before it hits the cinemas.  This is our review for the film, and remember there is no absolute truth in any review, you have to go to your local cinema and watch the film, there is no better critic than yourself!

Burke & Hare is a dark comedy directed by John Landis. Landis brings an exceptional funny story in 1820′s based on William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis, well-known for his role as Gollum in Lord of The rings), a couple of friends looking for a new business opportunity in 19th century Edinburgh.

The city is known for their Medicine schools, specializing in human anatomy that attracts students from all over Europe. However, after Doctor Monro (Tim Curry) gets exclusivity to obtain the cadavers for his school, there was shortage in dead bodies for other doctors to use, particularly Doctor Robert Knox (Tom Wilkinson). This problem opened an opportunity for grave robbers. Here is when Burke & Hare got the idea to start their business and they were able to obtain a total of 16 bodies in different funny situations to fill in the needs of Doctor Knox’s for cadavers. Knox need the bodies to create a map of human anatomy made by “Heliographics” (the actual x-ray images).

When Burke & Hare lifestyle begins to improve because of the business, Hare`s alcoholic wife Lucky (Jessica Hines) joins the team. Burke on the other hand, meets Ginny Hawking (Isla Fisher), an ex-prostitute and aspiring actress  looking for someone to finance her all-female version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Burke can’t avoid falling in love with her and starts to finance her play. However because of these, the two bogeymen need more money, so they extended their business to murderers in their quest for fresh bodies. This activity attracted the attention of Captain McLintoch (Ronnie Corbett) and the militia who opened a case to look for some of the missing persons.

Two of the best things of the film are the photography and the locations where the scenes took place. These give the whole movie a realistic approach especially with the touch of really old-looking grey and sepia tones. The customs, costumes and the language used were also made to look and sound like that you are really in the 19th century.

Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are a great duo, a funny team who put together a great performance for the film. The movie dynamics is good that it avoided the usual jokes and came up with fresh ones that will surprise the public every time. Moreover, the ending of the film has unexpected twist that many of you might appreciate.

The comedy also features great cameos spotting Christopher Lee, Ray Harryhausen, Michael Winner, Paul Whitehouse, Stephen Merchant and politician Costa-Gavras, to name a few.

If you want to have a great time and you are not afraid to see some “body parts” on big screen, pass by your local cinema and enjoy this hilarious dark comedy.

If you like Dark Comedies or comedies in general and you want have a great time go and watch Burke & Hare and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the movie.

Burke and Hare is coming to cinemas 12 May.

Thanks to Fox we had the honour to Watch “Wather for Elephants” before the Australian premiere of the film.  This is our review for the film, and remember there is no absolute true in any review, you have to go to your local cinema and watch the film, there is no better critic than yourself!

Based on the best-selling book by Sara Gruen, Water for elephants, directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I am legend) tells the story about Jacob (Robert Pattinson), a veterinary student who lose everything after his parents are killed in a car accident.

Searching for a new life Jacob gets into a train that will change his life forever. The train is nothing else than a traveling circus managed by temperamental August interpreted by brilliant Oscar winner actor Christoph Waltz. To do things more complicated his beautiful wife Marlena (Oscar winner Reese Whiterspoon) and her horses are the main attraction of the circus attracting Jacob from the first moment.

The film shows the dark and at the same time colorful life in the circus. August hire Jacob as the circus vet and buys “Rosie” the new attraction, a majestic elephant that will be the new main act. The training with Rosie and Marlena establishes a new status in the relation between August and the young vet to became friends and of course the forbidden love between Jacob and Marlena.

One of the great things of the film is the way it shows the love story using a non typical way as you might think after seen the posters for the film. Moreover, the love story is not the main topic, because is all about the circus’ life supported by a world-class actor like Christoph Waltz. The characters are developed in a way to keep the story going the entire time making the audience been part of the crowd at the circus.

Another remarkable think is the use of animals in the film, it’s true there are some CGI on them, but the scenes with the horses and Rossie, the elephant were made thanks of the hard training of the actors for the film, making the scenes with a total realistic focus.

The drama based in the 30’s have remarkable photography,  gorgeous cinematography and production design with fantastic scenes of the circus and their acts, that brings you back to your childhood memories and the magic of the circus. Moreover, the great performance of Christoph Waltz as the evil and sadistic circus manager and fragile Reese Whiterspoon as the object of both Pattinson and Waltz’ affections make this film a must watch love story and be aware because the ending will blow you away and Welcome to the most spectacular show on Earth!

Remember, our reviews don’t have the absolute truth. We share the idea that there is no review 100% accurate, because we think that everyone has to be their own critic and the best way to do a review of a film, a concert, etc is doing it yourself, going and experiencing all “on the spot”, so if you like circus stories, you wanna see High class actors performing together or if you want to see Robert Pattinson in a role different than Twilight, “Water for Elephants” is a must watch film and don’t forget to let us know what do you think of the movie.

In addition to this, don’t forget about the Australian premiere of the film this friday May 6 at Sydney’s STATE THEATRE (Market Street) with Academy Award(r) winning actress Reese Witherspoon and  Robert Pattinson walking the red carpet alongside some local Australian celebrities.

Water for Elephamts will hit Australian cinemas on May 12th 2011