Saturday, September 22, 2012

Frankenweenie

Director: Tim Burton
Starring the voices of : Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau

From creative genius Tim Burton this is a heartwarming animation noir (that’s black and white) tale about a boy, Victor and his dog Sparky. When Sparky unexpectedly dies, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life. Like Frankenstein’s monster when a reanimated Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous. This stop-motion animated film, filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. Tons of reference to the horror genre and listen out for Christopher Lee’s voice over for the movie Dracula.

Dredd 3D

Director: Pete Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey

A seventeen years (17) hiatus since we last saw Judge Dredd (Sylvester Stallone), so it is a welcome return to the Judge and all the more so, since this is quite a good movie. Should be lapped up by fans of the genre although there is nothing new but the storyline is strong, well scripted and good performances throughout. A buddy movie set in a post apocalyptic America. Mega City runs from Boston to Washington DC and is ruled by criminals. The only force of order is the "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Revered throughout is Dredd (played by Karl Urban as a cross between Christian Bale's Batman and Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name). His latest challenged is ridding the city of a new scourge -- a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. Dredd is assigned a rookie called Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), who has powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. The action takes place in the notorious local of a 200 story vertical slum controlled by madam and drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip. A must for all Dredd-heads.

Housos VS Authority

Director: Paul Fenech
Starring: Paul Fenech, Jason (Jabba) Davis, Elle Dawe, Kevin Taumata.

Think Kath on Kim on speed (hash, smack, crack and whatever else you can lay your hands on) and you in the close vicinity. The Sunnyvale crew of Frankie (Paul Fenech), Shazza (Elle Dawe), Dazza (Jason "Jabba" Davis) and their mates are all back this time on a quest to sprinkle Shazza's mum’s ashes on top of Ayers Rock . Bound to offend finer feelings, flaunt political correctness, and challenge authority, and all in one movie. Based on Paul Fenech’s , SBS black satire set in a fictitious suburb of Western Sydney the movie involves themes of ethnicity and stereotypes, cars, sex, illicit drugs, and violence all of which combine to produce a mean-spirited dark humour. Look out for cameos from Amanda Keller, Angry Anderson, and Melissa Tkautz (Sam Kekovich’s Barbie Girl). A second TV series is planned to follow in 2013.