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Someone created something awesome for TV from Douglas Adams' work, about time!
Not that the 6 part series made by the BBC of "Hitch Hikers" some years ago wasn't good, it was fun, the movie ... less so, movies/shows based on novels rarely satisfy those who have read the works, personally I've enjoyed some things and less others, What the people behind this adaptation have done is something else, something brilliant, the casting is good, the direction is good, the acting is good the screenplay is good, the whole thing is awesomnes, I enjoyed the first series, I found the second series so good I watched it twice, I feel, it's a new cult classic, those behind this found a way to bring adams' work to the screen in a good way, just maybe, this might inspire someone to do the same with "Hitch Hikers" something we fans of his can say "Yes Finally"
A truly satisfying Sci Fi Romance
Lucky me was able to purchase cheap tickets to see "Passengers" at an Advanced Screening in Centennial Park's out doors cinema in Sydney Australia on the 30th of Dec 2016, a few days before the official release, had read the critics reviews, was expecting a lackluster movie ... being a Sci Fi nerd I wanted to see the movie regardless, plus I enjoy Fruit Bats making noise, flying over head and pooping on me while watching movies :)
Enjoyed this movie so very much, and so did the crowd, a hearty cheer and clapping was heard at the end ... Passengers is a good movie, do yourself a favor and see it while it's still on the big screen.
Closer to the book but not as sweet as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
So much to live up to, Johnny normally shines in off beat rolls, but whether direction or personal choices let the Willy W character be far less sweet in this attempt.
The use of CGI must have saved quite a lot of time and effort as well as $, and in my opinion brought something to it that the original had no access to, though the original used what was available to a far greater extent and wins hands down regardless.
The actors were either better actors or better directed in the original.
Found it far easier to get lost in the original.
Certain scenes lacked the the brilliance brought to the original by Gene Wilder, especially when gene got spooky and intense.
Watch them both, they are both enjoyable, but the 1971 offering still wins easily.
The force had a big nap
In 1977 I was 17, I attended a Cinema in Sydney Australia and watched the new release of "Star Wars (1977)" now with the added words "A new Hope" ... Already a fan of Sci Fi I found the movie to be excellent fun.
On the 17th Of December 2015 I went to the Cinema here in Sydney and watched what I consider to be a revamp of that 1977 movie.
This new offering was fun and visually exciting.
The thing I found myself thinking during the movie were, couldn't we have a new plot with our new actors?
Yes, as I said, good fun, and I did enjoy it a lot, though the fact that I had thoughts that I'm sure many others had and will express here means that for all the $ spent of the movie a completely original plot was not worthy of such spending, and this meant I was noticing those things instead of being absorbed in the movie, so my hope to find 2hrs 15min of total escape from my mundane life did not happen.
So, we have a promise of more movies, this plot line can no longer be used again ... I hope, surely the next movie will not be based on "The Empire Strikes Back"!
Excellent crowd funded Sci Fi!
Just finished watching the first three, and to this point (10th July 2015) only episodes available, this as an Australian Kickstarter Production, "Farscape" is the only Australian Sci Fi I to date have found noteworthy, Farscape was at the time of it's cancellation the most popular Sci Fi production airing on the "Sci Fi Channel" and was canceled due to poor management. Hopefully if this offering stays at least as watch-able as the first episodes were it's fate may be better! Please, if your into this kind of show, pay for it and support productions like this so we have a greater amount of content available, I wait impatiently for the next episodes!
More of this please?!
Farscape has what few episodic surrealistic Sci Fi shows were able to produce.
Plots that rarely let you down, characterisations that other Sci Fi shows rarely were able to supply (Bar Firefly) puppetry that set it apart by supplying beings that differ from the norm yet are believable, sets that were like none other!
John Crichton, an International Aeronautics and Space Administration (most commonly referred to on the show as IASA) astronaut who, in the opening few minutes of the pilot episode, is accidentally catapulted through a wormhole across the universe and then drawn into the docking bay of a (to him) alien ship, the only Human Being in the series, obsessed with wormholes and the plight to get home, something which seems out of reach to him, yet so desirable that he is driven to search whatever the cost, Although Crichton is a heroic and unwaveringly loyal character, he is also a mischievously comical one, so much so that he is the primary source of humor for the series.
Sebaceans, the closest thing to a Human, physically similar so that differentiation is difficult to ascertain, in this Universe where the Sebaceans are known, they are referred to as "Peacekeepers" due to their role as the Hired Guns or Mercenaries of their part of the Universe, The main Sebacean character is Aeryn Sun who through circumstance is separated from her Peacekeeper life, yet through much of the series her Peacekeeper upbringing and training dominate her every action and thought.
There are characters such as Rygel the XVI one of two permanent Muppets portrayed in the show, the deposed Dominar Of Hyneria, this little guy who is less than a metre tall rides around on a chair that floats, he is both cunning and resourceful but also focused almost entirely on his own personal goals and wealth, he could be referred to as the "Doctor Smith" from the series "Lost in Space" in personality if nothing else, and Jim Henson has proved time and again you can't keep a good, or bad Muppet down!
The other permanent Muppet character in the series is "Pilot" a being from a race of that can, if they choose to bond permanently with a Leviathan, this Leviathan known as Moya, is a living ship and the vessel the main characters travel on and inhabit, Pilot is a formidable sight, large and definitely a show piece of what Jim Henson's genius can achieve!
Ka D'Argo is a Luxan warrior, with tattoos on his face and large appendages that cascade from the back and front of his head, D'Argo (as he is often called) carries a weapon known as a Qualta Blade, a heavy broadsword that can transform into a Qualta Rifle, he is large and often imposing and at times given to Hyper Rage, though he is also loyal and a staunch defender of his crew mates.
Amongst the original crew is Zhaan a Delvian by species, Zhaan is blue, bald and tall, though bipedal and similar is appearance to humans, she is a plant that loves bright light, a Pa'u (priestess) in the Delvian religious order.
John is perused by a succession of characters, mostly Peacekeepers, mostly obsessed with achieving wormhole technology, Scorpius being the character who from his first appearance till the Peacekeeper wars torments, threatens and even inhabits John's mind.
There are several characters that arrive and stay on Moya some longer than others, none more noteworthy than Chiana played by Gigi Edgley, she is a street-smart, savvy, and mercurial type of character who is willing to scam or steal for an adventure and risk her life for the people she loves. Chiana is a Nebari, a blue/grey-skinned race governed in a "1984" style, anyone who refuses to be guided and have their thoughts and actions set by the governing hierarchy are cleansed or reprogrammed, Chiana's character was set to be killed off after a few episodes, but after the instant popularity she gained by viewers the character was kept till the end.
One of the benefits the writing and characterisation of the series is that none of the characters were without fault, none were the stereotype of cute and endearing. If you like shows such as the ill fated Firefly, the longer running Star Treks or Stargate you should find this series to your frelling liking.
My Place (2009)
An Australian Gem!
"My Place" presents episodes with the story told in the person of the children who have lived in this certain house in South Sydney over the period of 260 years, I can only imagine that future episodes will be based in the future as Australia has only been colonised since 1788. I caught an episode recently by accident and am now hooked, each and every episode keeps me enthralled, the directing is superb, the periods recreated brilliantly, the acting amongst the best I've seen! Aired on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Australia's public broadcaster, I can only imagine this series is not gaining the audience levels it deserves. One of the best, do yourself a favor and watch this while it's screening. JM
A new and better Bond
James Bond is now Human, His Seemingly Superhuman ways, aided by freeky technology have diminished, he is now shown to be a man that can be broken, and hasn't this brought light to a franchise that could have faded.
The rugged and believable Daniel Craig plays this well, though there was the odd moment I felt the scene was a tad cheesy, Judi Dench is the best "M" ever, showing a chequered past and a need "In the end" to redeem herself, and what a great choice Javier Bardem was, well played as the head villain, could see more of that level of casting, directing and scripting.
Bring on more of this "Bond"
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Outrageous, Ridiculous and Funny
This romp in "Bizzaroland" is "Road Trip (2000)" Marries "American Pie (1999)" then has extra marital partner swapping with "Better Off Dead... (1985)" and "Back to the Future (1985)" while coated in sticky illegal Russian energy drink. There were even references to "Better Off Dead... (1985)" when someone walks by the 4 main characters and says "I still want my two dollars" References to Michael Jackson and the dead pan delivery of "This must be some kind of Hot Tub Time Machine" by the character played by "Craig Robinson" sum the fun mood and brilliance of this movie, and the welcome inclusion of "Crispin Glover" as Phil, the Ski Lodge Bell-hope and Ice sculpture come hero come crazed one arm angry man was wonderful, we need more of him! If your a fan of "Over the top" in your face entertainment, this will not disappoint!
Miss Potter (2006)
Renee is Miss Potter!
After viewing this film I was reminded of such actors as Dorothy McGuire, Both Renee and Dorothy are actors that Hollywood needs more of (needed in the case of the late Dorothy McGuire) This movie is not a biography of Beatrix Potter's life, but is somewhere close and a worthy adaptation. Since it's release in 2006 it has become a Christmas favourite and airs on or around the 25th of December, when emotions and nostalgia often run high within many of us, and well worthy of the tear it may bring to ones eye. Every performance in this movie was of such quality that it was easy to find myself captivated and released from the everyday realm, as has Beatrix Potter with her works for countless of children and adults since she first self published in the first few years of the 20th century, remembering that her works are still the highest selling children's books of all time, that she personally saved with her own money a large part of the most beautiful English country side and donated that land to the National Trust upon her death, it is only worthy that her life be betrayed with such quality as this film affords.
Mystery Men (1999)
Mystery Men (and woman) are less of a mystery than the tittle claims
Mystery Men is the movie that brought William H Macy to my attention, I now look for his work and have enjoyed much of it. The movie centres around a group of general mis-fits that attempt to be Super Heroes, most of them have nothing more than a keen desire to go out and defeat crime with the talents they have. What makes this movie worthwhile is the earthiness of the characters, they are not bound up with standing o street corners with their hands on their hips looking proudly outward at the world they have just made a better place, but are busy trying to find situations to "Set Justice" to. And with nothing more than the idea that the things they are fairly good at will get them through their crime fighting ordeals.
Janeane Garofalo as the bowler certainly adds depth to this movie and Ben Stiller is wonderful as he always is when he shows his rage , as is Hank Azaria with his ability to do accents and play odd ball rolls, and the rest of the troupe are excellent, especially the invisible kid :)
Watch this if you are after some light heated fun.
Star Trek (2009)
As my customary farewell would seem oddly self serving, I will simply say... good luck
From the opening scene through to the credits, this entry in the "Star Trek" franchise was worthy and well worth the wait. Rumours abounded and fan sites were a buzz with word that a new movie was on the making, the word was the movie was "B" grade and may not be worthy. How crazy joyous were we when we sat and watched as young versions of the original crew appeared and we were drawn into the plot.
Crazy Australian (Erik Bana) plays Crazed Romulan bent on revenge. (I'm Aussie, .. yes he is crazy .. if only people from around the world could have seen him in such shows as "Fast Forward or "Eric"
Young Kirk (Chris Pine) is as always unable to accept defeat.
Spoke (Zachary Quinto) once again struggles with his human and Logical self.
Uhura (Zoe Saldana) is sexier than ever! (Back in the 60's our jaws dropped at those short skirts)
And Scotty (Simon Pegg) is busy giving her all she's got.
And the rest of the regular bridge crew is there, Bones, Sulu and Chekov amuses once again with his accent.
The movie draws from previous movies and the series to produce scenes and quotes to keep any trekkie delirious with delights.
If your a trekkie, this entry will not fail you!
Bring on the sequels!
Two Tickets to Paris (1962)
Worth a look for "The Twist" Joey performs
If your feeling like early 60's nastalga, enjoyed "The Twist" and the swing era, this movie will hold something for you. The movie seems nothing more than a vessel for "The Starlighters" and their songs, which were charting well. The dancing by Joey Dee is a treat. The rest of the movie is a "B" grade, wholesome affair, the acting is bearable, though once I got a few minutes into the movie and picked up on the plot I was able to look past the self conscious acting and started to enjoy where the movie was taking me.
Jeri Lynn Frazer was cute in her first of only a few rolls in movies, and her only leading roll.
Charles Nelson Reilly was at his wacky best, if not a few notches past.
Throw in some crooners, music from the era, some dancing, a boat trip and what should have been good jokes, ordinarily delivered and you have "Two Tickets to Paris"
You may enjoy this if you were around at the time and remember the culture.
Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)
First book of one of Australia's Best Fiction series Comes to the big screen
"Tomorrow When the war Began" is the First book in the Series known as the "Tomorrow Series", a series of seven books and a further series known as "The Ellie Chronicles" by Australian Author John Marsden.
This Book was Year ten English reading for many Australian schools in the late 90's and early 00's
Tomorrow when the War Began concerns itself with seven Australian teenage friends from a rural town who go on a camping trip to "Hell" (the name given to the destination), and while on this camping trip find the way to an area many thought myth, a place well hidden, while camping in this newly found place Australia is invaded by an unnamed country, changing their lives forever.
The Movie does live up to the books, though it is ten years since I last read them, I still choke up at the thought of several of the scenes depicted in the book, and seeing them on the big screen, depicted as well as I could have hoped has left me yearning for the rest of this series to be as well done.
I will be purchasing the DVD as soon as it comes out.
10 out of 10!
Cowboys and Indians in Space
Or perhaps Cowboys and Indians on the Moon (Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)though the later was a comedy.
Breathtaking visuals, amazing concept and more than enough to cover the age old smaltz of good guys versus greedy bad guys (with one of the bad guys being a cyber double agent) This is truly Cowboys and Indians in Space.
Perhaps a Muppet version to come.
Seriously ... if you like entertainment ... this movie has liberal doses ..... it's eye candy with latherings of sweets to make Willy Wonka lament the sugar trade .... and a chocaholic die of choco poisoning ...
If you are looking for entertainment .. can cope with Sci Fi meets a western ... this is the one movie not to miss!
Finally, a superhero movie that breaks the mold.
Hancock is the first super hero movie I can think of that breaks the mold of the classic "Good V Evil" Sadly the user comments of "this movie lacks a villain" are not only short sighted but incorrect. Villain :- Self loathing, self doubt, self abuse, lack of respect and understanding of what his heavy handedness was causing etc. and the victory over these villains is that someone believes in the super guy. To all those who made negative comments such as "Lacks a villain", you are stuck in a rut, and thinking like yours hobbles Hollywood from being brave to think outside the tiny plastic mold you create.
Well done. Can we see
more of this please!!
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Rages to riches story a winner
Honestly, I only saw this movie due to being out on a date, really wanted to go see "Night at the Museum", however, am now glad that I saw this excellent movie, upon investigation I have found why it so clearly states that the movie is "Based" on a true story, reading up on Chris Gardner I find much of the movie has been designed to make the character much more appealing than possibly Mr Gardner may have been in real life, and thats not a spoiler, the movie has been made well and I would encourage anyone to see it, very glad I did, it was inspiring and I found my eyes moistening up on more than one occasion. Go see this movie if your going on a date. 9 out of 10
Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971)
An icon of Australian pop culture
In 1971 my 11th year on this planet I was watching a show which was broadcast in Sydney , the show was "The Super Flying Fun Show" hosted by Miss Marilyn and co-hosted by a group of others over the years that it ran, it aired on weekday mornings from 6am till 9am, on one day during 1971 Daryl Somers appeared on this show to publicize his upcoming show "hey Hey It's Saturday" I was a TV head and looked forward to this new offering, it ran for 3 hours Saturday mornings for some time during the early years then became a Saturday night variety show during the eighties, my fondest memories of this show emanate from the 70's, often John Blackman (voice over guy who worked in a booth and added witty comment)would make quite suggestive comments that would not be tolerated today in it's time slot, but we loved it and many young men I knew where entertained by this and it was often a topic in the school yard on Monday, the show featured Daryl Somers as the front man, co costed by a pink puppet Ostritch by the name of Ozzie Ostritch for much of the series,(later in the series Ernie Carroll producer and operator of Ozzie felt that Ozzie no longer had anything to offer and he withdrew Ozzie from the show) Ozzie would sit on a table with Daryl standing by, in the early days the show featured segments such as "The Sharp Pop Quiz" (I think it was called Sharp)and a group of farcical entries interspersed by appearances by the crew,in the early days it truly had energy and was so typically Australian with it's own spin on Aussie humor with a decent splashing of irreverence, things like chook lotto, (for those non Aussies a chook is domestic fowl)chook lotto was a game show where an audience member and another contestant who would be picked from a barrel of entries the week before would come on stage and operate the chook lotto device, which was a hilarious take on the classic wheel that would be spun and the prise the wheel landed on would be awarded the player, but here a large cage like machine filled with frozen chickens would be operated and a frozen chicken would be spate out often careering bouncing and sliding a long way from the machine giving no end of entertainment and often more than one frozen chicken would make it's way out giving Daryl the job of choosing the winning chook, it was quite dangerous but wholly entertaining and once retrieved the frozen chicken would have a number on it which would relate to a prize the contestant had won once a question was answered, " No holds bared" is a term that comes readily to mind when reminiscing about this icon of Australian television.
Sadly the early episodes no longer exist, and all we see of this show today is a series called "Hey Hey by request" a clip show of segments voted noteworthy by viewers.
Nothing exists today that comes close to Hey Hey it's Saturday, in my Psyche it is the most entertaining piece of television to ever emanate from any network in Australia.
Champion book champion Movie
This movie is listed as TV, yet in Austrlia it was shown in cinemas where I saw it with my family, The movie was true to the Roald Dahl book and was as enjoyable and whimsical, the acting and direction was what was needed for such a classic and I never felt let down or became conscious of the fact that I was watching a movie, but rather was taken away with the story , which is something I long for in movies. I would so enjoy seeing this again, it is in my psyche with such movies as "The railway children" and "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" of which all were British. If your a lover of children's literature and wish to be taken away by a wonderful and endearing movie with values not often contained in entertainment today, this movie is for you.
Another triumph for children's literature
Once again in life I have been enthralled with what was a brilliant children's book which was so wonderfully brought to life on the big screen, this motion picture sits in my psyche with Danny the champion of the world and The railway children,(both of which are British also) both of those movies I long to see again, so the fact that The lion the witch and the wardrobe has been produced in recent times and will be available on DVD soon is a bonus I am glad of, this movie including the cast is closely created to the series which as far as cinema graphic values go was a long way from this masterpiece, yet still enjoyable and something I would gladly watch again and my children who are now adults have expressed their desire also to view the series again, I so hope the rest of the books in the series are made into films and made with the same skill and production values as this wonderful movie.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
Favourite funny flick of all time
I'm a John Cusak fan because of this film ... this film is still side split tingly funny after all these years.. John Cusak is SO funny as lane Myer. I still say "I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS" to myself every time I hear the words "two dollars", and "sorry" just how lane would say it when he would do something to embarrass himself. I don't buy many DVD's but I ordered this and it's coming from the US (I'm in Australia) and I can't wait to get it. See this if you can, it's just the best. especially the "It's a pity when white folks be throwing away a perfectly good white boy like that", or "go that way really fast , if somethings gets in your way, TURN" which is said by both Charles and Monick to lane independently ...
Awesome hacker, thriller, mystery, crime film
Awesome!! better than "Hackers" and other technology based films cause its not full of wanky imagery that has nothing to do with reality ... if you like to live at least partly in the real world and like brilliant acting, whether your into puters, technology or not .. watch this awesome piece of cinematography. Casted with actors able to keep you enthralled and captivated. Not one moment Will you be nodding off finding the inside of your eyelids a suitable scene. and if any film was ahead of its time with lines like "he who controls information controls the world" remembering this was 1992 when the internet was nothing more than a military utility .. what insight. Watch this movie
HOOK ... good for those who are young at heart
I must admit to being somewhat endeared to movies considered to be made for those who are younger.. that said I loved Hook .. I found it to be more than worthy of the obvious effort Spielberg put into this movie .. Dustin Hoffman was brilliant as Hook .. Robin Williams also shined as Peter Pan .. I found Julia Roberts a little saccharin at times.. some of the child actors also were a little short on believability .. but that was easy to miss if you are lucky enough to be caught up in the plot as I was .. I only noticed those small faults while watching it recently and with a more critical eye .. most of the child actors were something to behold .. especially the small child that felt Peter Pans face and discovered him to be Peter ..
all that said..Hook is a movie I place in my top ten greatest movies.