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Film Review – War Dogs (2016)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title – War Dogs (2016) Director – Todd Phillips (The Hangover) Cast – Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak Plot – The true story of best friends David Packouz (Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Hill) who through bizarre circumstances found themselves winning an arms supply contract with the American government and therefore becoming “war dogs”. “This isn’t about being pro-war. This is about being pro-money” Review by Eddie on 23/08/2016 With one of those true life stories that you’d never believe had it not actually happened at its disposal, Old School and The Hangover director Todd Phillips and his capable duo of Miles Teller (in need of a hit) and the scenery chewing Jonah Hill (going all method on us) make War Dogs an entertaining and quick-fire experience that shines a light on an interesting aspect of White House law and how strange our modern warfare has become. A dark comedy filled to the brim with deplorable and colourful characters, language and…

Film Review – The BFG (2016)

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Title – The BFG (2016) Director – Steven Spielberg (E.T) Cast – Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader Plot – Orphan girl Sophie (Barnhill) is one night kidnapped by a giant known as the BFG (Rylance) who takes Sophie back to his giant kingdom. Once there, a friendship develops between the two but so does the danger posed by The BFG’s giant enemies lead by the child eating Fleshlumpeater (Clement). “Never get out of the bed. Never go to the window. Never look behind the curtain” Review by Eddie on 5/07/2016 Steven Spielberg doesn’t make “bad” films; even his oft ridiculed 1941 isn’t actually “that bad” and lets just forget about The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull but the Great Beared One’s The BFG is certainly below middle of the road leaning towards downright average Spielbergian fare, which is a great big shame when you consider the seemingly perfectly suited combination of the famed director and author extraordinaire…

There And Back Again: Hobbiton Tour, New Zealand

Originally posted on Read at Midnight:
I haven’t updated the blog in over a week, but I promise I have a good reason for it! I spent the last week in New Zealand visiting friends and family. While I was there, I finally got to visit the Hobbiton set in Matamata. My partner and I are huge fans of the Lord of the Rings movie (we have rewatched the trilogy every year since we started dating), so it was a delight to visit The Shire. Our tour guide told us that March is one of the best time to visit – as the various flowers and foliage are in still vibrant, yet you miss the summer holiday crowd. We booked our tour the day before via the official website. The cost of these tours are $79NZD per adult (as of March 2016). As far as we could tell, the only way to gain access to the site is via these official tours, as you cannot drive directly there. We chose to drive into Matamata (around 2.5 hours from…

2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
It’s exciting times for Australian cinema lovers who love their films foreign and in this case infused with the flavour of France as the Alliance Française French Film Festival has kicked off in Sydney and Melbourne for its 27th Annual season from March 1st to 24th. The festival will also be running in other Australian capitals throughout the coming weeks. There are a range of special screenings, Q and A’s and other activities for film fans to enjoy throughout the festivals and for a detailed rundown of proceedings we encourage all readers to click on through to the festivals official website listed here below – http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/ We hope you can enjoy some of what the festival has to offer and wish all readers some happy watching ahead! C’EST ICI! 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival Announces ‘une fabuleuse’ Selection for its 27th Season The nation’s most captivating film event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival, is returning for its 27th annual season in Sydney from the 1st to the…

Get a Job Trailer Drops

Originally posted on iWhatever:
The exploration of unemployment from the comedic lens of millennials is hitting the big screen. Of course we have television shows like “Girls” to turn to for dazed and confused “millennials,” but now we’ll have a film with some top-notch talent. Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller, who filmed the flick way back in 2012, star in Get a Job. We’ve got some great supporting players popping up including Allison Brie (who has How to Be Single hitting theaters this month) and Bryan Cranston (our favorite meth dealing, ex-high school science teacher). From the looks of the trailer, these characters are seriously struggling with everything you and I are worried about, too. Being a 20-something ain’t great, and I think Kendrick and Teller NAILED it. WATCH the trailer and decide if this is a worthy addition to the booming genre of millennial media:

Steven Spielberg in 30 Iconic Shots

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
I have to say I was a little disappointed when I saw the title ‘Spielberg in 30 shots’ and it wasn’t a video of Steven Spielberg just wasted of 30 shots of Jager. Although after watching this video, I must say, this guy has got chops. Should should keep an eye out for him, I think he’s going places. Enjoy. https://vimeo.com/157222602 p.s. I like the choice of the score from ‘Hook’ for this video. One of his more underrated musical scores.

ICYMI: And They Called It The Ship of Dreams

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
It’s been a week since the world celebrated in the glory that is Leonardo DiCaprio, and it’s also been a week since we got to create fanfic in our heads of our favorite fictional couple being our favorite couple IRL. *sigh* Back To Titanic: A Kate And Leo Retrospective Like so many of our generation, we have a never-ending love of the Kate Winslet/Leonardo DiCaprio friendship. Since the days when we didn’t have the internet at home and had to horde copies of magazines to get our Jack and Rose fix, they’ve always been either friendship or relationship goals. It started with the fun stories of behind-the-scenes antics on the set of Titanic, and Kate and Leo’s frequent awards show appearances only fueled the flames. Mercifully, since 1997 both of them have been consistently on the nominee or presenter block – unless one or the other was working, that is – so we’ve had plenty of mini-reunions to fawn over. Some of us actually ship them as a real life couple.…

Pride, Prejudice & Zombies and The Benefits of FanFiction

Last Saturday I went to see Pride Prejudice and Zombies, which is based on a book by the same name and parodies Jane Austin’s original. The story is pretty much the same; it still has the overbearing mother who is desperate for her daughters to marry rich men and thus avoid the perils of early 19th century landed gentry society. It still has the feisty Elizabeth Bennett who refuses to marry against her wishes. It still questions pre-Victorian society and gives us a view of rural upper class country life. It still has the same themes of women in the 19th century, education, marriage, love and our perception of others. The only difference is that in addition to all of the above, the Bennetts are living in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, where the recently deceased upper class rural Georgians are turning into corpses and eating the brains of the living.

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: When Marnie Was There

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
Studio Ghibli. Enough said. While I want to focus this review mostly on the film, it’s difficult to do so without also addressing Studio Ghibli, one of the greatest animation studios, and its current hiatus situation when it comes to the film’s impact and importance of being nominated at the Academy Awards. In any case, I’ll start with the review first. And to point out: I watched this movie in Japanese with English subtitles. I don’t know how voters watched this film when voting for it to be nominated (and voting for the winning film), but I’m sure the difference in voice acting and adaptation of lines and interpretation will certainly have some impact on the experience. It’s a little strange to tackle this film when seeing only one version – especially the Japanese version, but I’m going for it anyway. Check it out: Anna Sasaki, a tomboyish preteen, lives with foster parents in Sapporo, Japan. She is distant from them mostly, and after having an asthma attack at…