Sunday, July 20, 2014

There's No Place Like Homeland Season 4


Here's the first look at one of this year's most anticipated return series:



With the Golden Era of TV recently losing Breaking Bad & Dexter and soon to use True Blood, new comers and other hits need to take their place, will Homeland continue to be addictive and water cooler TV? Time will tell, it starts again in October.

Still to come is The Walking Dead, The Blacklist, Glee (final 13 episode season), Hannibal, The Following, Girls, True Detective & the US remake of Shameless. We can't forget some exciting newcomers Gotham (Batman inspired) and Secrets & Lies (US remake).

Long live the Golden Era of TV.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Film Freak 2014 - Sex Tape


From time to time trailers hook you in and by the end of the film you got sucked into, you feel ill, you wish the film was over (throughout) and wish the time you spent on this film could be refunded to you. Sex Tape is one of those. It's beyond terrible. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel have about as much chemistry as Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten.

Let's look at the trailer that tricked me.



What were the cast & crew thinking other than $$$$$$$$

This film is one of those ones were swearing and a bit of light nudity and sex from time to time tries to pass off as a decent feature.

I must say I was extremely disappointed with this film and believe this will do extremely poorly at the box office. My session on the opening weekend had a little over 10 souls in the house.

Sex Tape could be one of the most disappointing comedies of 2014. Sex Tape rates a very unsexy and equally unfunny 1 used condom.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Film Freak 2014 - The Two Faces of January


It's refreshing sometimes to go along to a film that you have little to no idea about and then just sit there and realise this is actually a winner, that's just what happened when I got along to The Two Faces of January on my 32nd birthday.



So straight up Oscar Issac is a babe, next up this film title is simply so hard to remember I was like the worst with word of mouth for this film today as people asked me what I saw I came up with all sorts of random titles, Two days in December, or was it Two days in January or just the Kirsten Dunst film.

Movies need catchy titles, like songs and TV shows, if you can't remember it how do you tell the world? But look other than this, The Two Faces of January was wonderful. Greece in the 60's divine! It made me wish I was travelling (and not just to Melbourne or Cairns - like I am doing this month) somewhere super exotic.

The film was fun and the trailer above paints a nice picture of what to expect. I think a 90 minute film is perfect and this is just ace. I really enjoyed myself and hope you dear reader can spare some time over the weekend for this or Sex Tape. Man I can't wait to see Diaz on the big screen again, I loved the Other Woman.

OK so star rating, this film rates 3 hard as fuck to remember the title stars.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Two Great things on Australian Television


Australia has produced a lot of shit lately on the idiot box, but two programs, two drama's I can honest to God say I am in love with and so proud to say these are Australian are Wentworth and The Time of Our Lives.

Both shows are into their second series and both shows and both are growing just nicely.


Thursday nights warm your Winter heart now with some compelling and heart felt stories across on the ABC with The Time of Our Lives. With stunning performances from Claudia Karavan and William McInnes proving he may be one of the easiest people to hate on Aussie TV.

This show is simply sublime and I hope to god the Abbott doesn't cut too much funding to the ABC. We as a nation need stories like these to be proud of to showcase talent and to employ the creative folk of this fine nation.

Stories like this are so rich and so valuable to our nations broadcaster. This is what separates the ABC & SBS from Channel Ten and the Bolt Report. If I had my way I would pay more tax to keep the ABC producing great little Aussie dramas like this.

On the other end of the scale we have Wentworth on Tuesday nights we came to grips with dropping the C bomb this week. Now Murdoch and his Foxtel is the complete opposite to the ABC, but the same when it comes to funding great little Aussie dramas. Love My Way, Spirited, Tangle & Satisfaction.


Wentworth has gone above and beyond in 2014. Season two has introduced the divine Pamela Rabe (above) as the new and fierce governor. Season two has upped the anti and really given into the dark side of a female prison. It's easy to draw comparisons against the Orange is the New Black (also just finished airing season 2 on Netflix int he US) but this is homegrown and so brilliant.

Already renewed for a third season and looking like the new cast are going to bring even more depth and viewer engagement to the series.

Foxtel have again shown they have guts not going for the usual run of the mill safe Packed to the Rafters, House Husbands and Winners & Losers formulas.

Tuesday and Thursday's are now a really divine night to have a cup of herbal tea and put your feet up to some outstanding local content. Well done to one and all working on these two damn fine shows.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Film Freak 2014 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


After the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes film it's time for take two of the Apes!

So less James Franco, add Keri Russell & Gary Oldman and it's a whole new ball game. To be honest with these stars it's not really their show it's the apes and lead by Caesar they really command attention.

I was extremely excited about this film and I really and truly was not disappointed.

 

I had so much fun with this, it's two hour length was a little long, but still the action and the ape v human war scenes really held your attention.

I did miss James Franco but I got over it. For the end of School Holidays for July 2014 I think this is a wonderful release and I am sure the older teens will love it.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it's out now and it's actually really awesome, don't listen to the haters this is a fun way to spend some winter time in the warmth of a comfortable cinema.

3.5 Ape Size Stars.