Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey

Martin Scorsese, and his muse, Leornardo DiCaprio's next feature is based on a true story about the rise and fall of a stockbroker. Leonardo plays Jordon Belfort, who ended up serving 20 months in prison for not cooperating in a huge 90s securities fraud case which involved Wall Street corruption, banking corporations and, of course, the Mafia.

Here's a trailer...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

The trailer for the next Hunger Games instalment is out. I still can't quite believe this is a kids film, but anyways, I didn't mind the first film so I'm keen to see where Katniss' next adventure takes her.

Here's the trailer:

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Director: Bryan Singer Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrences and lots of other famous people

Before X-Men: First Class I was by no means an X-Men fan. I think James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender had something to do with my excitement over the film. And the same can be said for this instalment.

I'm excited about seeing James and Michael together on screen again. Here 'tis....

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Director: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

Here's the first trailer for the next Captain America instalment.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

How I Live Now (2013)

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Cast: Saoirise Ronan, George McKay

I love a a good dystopia --- Children of Men is my favourite.

How I live Now, directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), is a tale about an American girl who visits her British cousins and finds herself fighting for survival as World War III breaks out.

Looks good and has had some good reviews...

Breathe In (2013)

Director: Drake Doremus

Cast: Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan

A British exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town and causes upheaval in her host family dynamic, that alters their lives forever. Promotionally this is under the radar but has already got some great reviews.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody

I've been a big fan of Wes Anderson for years.

I love the way he sets up shots, his dollhouse sets and his magnificent casts. I love The Royal Tennenbaums, Rushmore and the Darjeeling Limited.

When Moonrise Kingdom came out I became a bit disenchanted and let down. But then I saw this and I am in love with his films again. I am so looking forward to this...

Doctor Who: The Rise of the Doctors: 50th Anniversary Special

The 23rd of November 2013 is the Day of the Doctor. All across the world selected cinemas will be screening this 76 minute 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who. I've got my tickets.

American Hustle (2013)

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper

Con men, con women and the mafia, you get the drift....

Monuments Men (2013)

Director: George Clooney

Cast: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray

A World War II platoon need to rescue art masterpieces from the Nazis. Based on a true story. This looks really interesting, the cast is amazing and Clooney is a pretty good director. Should be entertaining...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)

Directed: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh

I was a big fan of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger and I loved Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit an origin story. Jack Ryan, played by Chris Pine, is a young covert CIA analyst who uncovers a plot by some Russians to crash the US economy (little did the Russians know that the US is quite capable of crashing it's own economy!)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Invisible Woman (2013)

Director: Ralph Fiennes

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristen Scott Thomas

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret mistress until his death.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer #2

Just because.....

Spectacular Now (2013)

Director: James Ponsoldt

Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler

A coming of age story that people are comparing to a John Hughes flick. A high school senior's view on life changes when he meets a girl called Amy.

Friday, 4 October 2013

In Bob We Trust (2013)

Director: Lynn-Maree Milburn

Cast: Father Bob Maguire

I'm a big fan of Father Bob -- as are many Australians. One of the few Catholic Priests to have a full church on Sundays, Father Bob was forced by church hierarchy to resign. Many believe this to be the case because of Father Bob's more progressive views.

This documentary looks at this David and Goliath struggle.

Mystery Road (2013)

Director: Ivan Sen

Cast: Aaron Pederson, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwantan, Tasma Walton

This Australian film recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It follows an Indigenous detective who returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

Ginger and Rosa (2012)

Director: Sally Potter

Cast: Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Alice Englert

This film looks at two best friends growing up in 1960s London. I'm a bit confused about why this is such an American cast given this is set in London and there are plenty of awesome British actors out there but anyway...

The Turning (2013)

Director: 17 Australian Directors

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Miranda Otto, Rose Byrne

A collection of short films based on the stories by acclaimed Australia author, Tim Winton.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage

The second in The Hobbit series.....No explanation necessary

Don Jon (2013)

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza

A fun way to explore the unrealistic expectations we have about sex from both porn and films in general. This looks like it will be a laugh. I love the trailer, introduced by Joseph Gordon Levitt...

Dom Hemingway (2013)

Director: Richard Shepard

Cast: Jude Law, Richard E Grant, Emilia Clarke

A notorious safe cracker is released from prison after serving 12 years. He's kept his mouth shut... now he wants to collect what he's owed. This looks like a bit of fun....