09 10 2012

Tuesday Trailer — ARGO

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

The trailer for this week is the upcoming Ben Affleck-directed Argo, a thriller about the bizarre lengths that the CIA went to in order to rescue six Americans who escaped from the Iranian hostage crisis at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

This film proclaims to be based on real events, but only loosely. Ben Affleck, who was already an accomplished mainstream actor who could guarantee a $100 million opening with his name alone, has demonstrated himself to be a literate director able to coax fine performances out of his players — his brother Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone, and a range of cast members (including himself) in The Town.

Argo, from the trailer (not always the best indicator of a film’s tone), looks to be a peculiar mix of oddball and thriller — a distinct change of pace and material from Affleck’s last two efforts. We watch with interest to see if Affleck’s stab at versatility pays off…

Argo opens in Australia on October 25th

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05 10 2012

Friday Movie Review: Looper

By Jonathan Fisher in Reviews,Trailers

The Verdict

 4.5 out of 5

 Looper is an exciting and thrilling science fiction film with panache and an active interest in the development of its characters. The world that director Rian Johnson details here is creative and thoughtful, and he manages to keep control of his film’s winding time-travel plot. With its exciting build-up, action-packed mid-section and satisfying conclusion, Looper is one of the best films of the year.

The Background

Looper is the second film by young director Rian Johnson. His first feature was the widely acclaimed but underground high school drama Brick, also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That film was one of the best films of 2006, and was noteworthy for the way in which Johnson managed to insert the essence of film noir into a story about a middle school student playing detective in a modern-day high school. Continue reading

02 10 2012

Podcast for October 2/Hiatus this week

By Jonathan Fisher in Podcasts

It’s school holidays, and I’m getting myself down to the coast. As such, I won’t be posting reviews or trailers until later this week. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s podcast in which Tim and I review LOOPER and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, which has just been released on DVD and BluRay.

Subscribe to our podcast here.

Listen to it on SoundCloud here.

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26 09 2012

Tuesday Trailer: Knuckleball!

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

We’re massive ball fans here at The Film Brief, and we’re tickled pink by the trailer for this upcoming documentary about the rarest, most out-of-place pitcher there is in the game of baseball: the knuckleballer. Knuckleball! is this week’s Tuesday Trailer (yes, I know it’s Wednesday…), and is a movie that any ball fan should be excited [...]

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24 09 2012

Monday Movie Review: The Watch

By Jonathan Fisher in Reviews,Trailers

 


The Verdict

1 out of 5

Sloppily crafted, juvenilely written and way too penis-centric, The Watch is not saved by the comedic talents of its actors. This is one of the worst movies of the year, made even more disappointing by the modicum of good ideas present in the script.

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19 09 2012

Podcast: Moonrise Kingdom and Head-On

By Jonathan Fisher in Podcasts

This week’s podcast is up. You can stream it on Soundcloud or subscribe to it on iTunes.

Tim and I preview Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, and review MOONRISE KINGDOM and the 2004 German-Turkish drama HEAD ON. We also preview LOOPER and ON THE ROAD, opening in the next two weeks.

 

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18 09 2012

Tuesday Trailer: Robot and Frank

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

This week’s Tuesday trailer is a movie that caught my eye because of how odd the trailer looks. Will it be Frank Langella’s Bicentennial Man? Judging from the hackneyed trailer, quite possibly. But this is also the actor that played Nixon to such good effect in Frost/Nixon and was absolutely stellar in Starting out in the Evening. He was also in the woeful The Box, but let’s keep trying to forget that that movie happened, shall we?

Unforunately this is the kind of trailer that gives away most of the movie, so consider yourself warned…

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17 09 2012

Monday Movie Review: PULP FICTION

By Jonathan Fisher in Reviews

In lieu of a decent movie release (I’m seeing Moonrise Kingdom tonight, before the Monday Movie Review is due to be uploaded), this week’s Monday Movie Review is the classic Tarantino flick PULP FICTION.

The Verdict

5 out of 5 – One of the best, no doubt. This is Tarantino’s sprawling, profanity-laden magnum opus, a film that captures all that is endearing and divisive about his work. Continue reading

11 09 2012

Tuesday Trailer: Skyfall (Extended Trailer)

By Jonathan Fisher in Trailers

One of the year’s most anticipated movies, Skyfall‘s marketing campaign has been tantalisingly shadowy. At last an extended trailer has been released, giving us a look at Ben Whishaw as Q and, perhaps most intriguingly of all, Javier Bardem as the villainous Raoul Silva. As directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead, Road to Perdition), Skyfall looks to be a [...]

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10 09 2012

Total Recall, Love

By Jonathan Fisher in Podcasts

This week’s podcast, in which Tim Hoar (from Not Now, I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie) and I review TOTAL RECALL and LOVE. Also on the agenda today, we discuss Clint Eastwood’s bizarre talk at the Republican National Convention, and lament the passing of Michael Clarke Duncan. Don’t forget — there’s a competition [...]

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