Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Have you ever gone into a movie, expecting nothing and midway through thinking to yourself, fuck this is good, well that was my eureka moment during The Disaster Artist.
James & Dave Franco star in this star studded film with one of the best soundtracks of 2017. I think this even had better music than Baby Driver.
Now unfortunately I already posted my Best Movies of 2017 early Friday morning so I may need to revise this after The Disaster Artist, also Star Wars opens this Thursday.
James Franco as real life Tommy Wiseau and film creator of The Room is really neat stuff. The Room is a cult hit, Franco does a sensational job recreating the 90's with Corona, Kylie and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch blaring out of the cinema speakers.
The Franco brothers are so god damn good in this film you find yourself in the Room and in the mood at the end of the film wanting more.
Please if you see one movie this end of year madness period make it The Disaster Artist, honestly it was so good, it gave me faith again in the movies after a so so year on the big screen.
What are your favourite films of 2017? Does this make your list? Speaking of lists all Summer long Flashing off the Record is celebrating music lists, today it's Summer Festival acts, check it out now...
So this golden Summer film, 4.5 double the Franco fun Stars.
Friday, December 8, 2017
BEST hyped film of 2017 - Joint Winners: War for the Planet of Apes & Dunkirk
BEST jump out of the seat film - Joint Winners: Get Out & IT
BEST Teen drama/coming of age/comedy blah - The Edge of Seventeen
BEST film of 2017 - For my love of comedy, Girls Trip and love of action, Kong: Skull Island
BEST small (budget) film - Happy Death Day
BEST 3D movie - Wonder Woman
BEST Aussie Movie - Lion
BEST Music film - Patty Cake$
BEST controversial film of 2017 - A Bad Mom's Christmas
BEST Drama - Hidden Figures
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The latest superhero collabration film is Justice League. Take a look..
So we get a glimpse at Superman at the start of the film through some weird mobile phone footage. Didn't he die in the last epic DC film (which critics hated, I didn't mind it, but it made a shit load of film) Batman V Superman? I won't spoil it but in this film we also get...
The Flash (not the same actor as in the TV series)
Aquaman (solo film being filmed in the Gold Coast and out in 2018)
Wonder Woman (best solo superhero film in the past, review HERE)
Now it was only in June this year I took in Wonder Woman and still Gal Gadot is so far ahead of Ben Affleck in this superhero gig.
Erza Miller takes the geeky Barry Allen to a way more over the top version than the CW TV series and at times it misses the mark.
I enjoyed the action sequences however the enemy/bad guy/ major plot was paper thin and I would have preferred a Joker character as a villain, or a Penguin or one of the enemies either of these five main characters face.
Look I think the audience is growing tired of these films, with Star Wars Last Jedi incoming, this could struggle to make more cash at the box office, because this film is one of the most expensive films ever. Well that's what I read and $300,000,000! Shit!
Ok so how does it rate, look it's passable and that only, sorry DC, nothing new or fresh here 2.5 Stars.
Monday, December 4, 2017
It felt like a while since I had checked into the cinema, or at least seen something half decent, so it was refreshing seeing Only the Brave.
Based on a horrifying true story the 20 (19 passed away) fireman in Arizona, USA.
Look this is a true story and anyone who has read about the Yarnell Hill fire knows how this goes down, unfortunately it's heartbreaking.
The characters are introduced to you throughout the film and the cast is amazing. Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly & Australian Alex Russell.
It was impressive and powerful, and to be honest I didn't watch the trailer or read much before checking out this stunning film.
A good review is a quick review, done 4 Stars.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Over a year after the North American leg of Nostalgic for the Present Tour from Sia lands exclusively in Sydney and Melbourne. Melbourne received shocking reviews and a full pit stop in Auckland is planned this coming week.
Sydney decided to put on an evening of rain and for the second day of Summer a very cool evening. Not ideal.
Not to mention I missed the first two acts Amy Shark (fresh from the ARIA awards) and MO from Sweden.
Now it was clear maybe the weather kept people at home and discounts ahead of the show exploited Sia was not the stadium sell out I thought she was. The stadium in some parts was extremely empty and in a time that Gladys feels 2.5 billion dollars should be spent upgrading Sydney stadiums, well honey boo boo you don't need more seats, you need to fix the mess around the stadiums.
Sia is outstanding, she holds my album of the year in 2014 for 1,000 Forms of Fear an album of the year nomination for This is Acting last year and I have been a big fan since 2001's album Healing is Difficult. When I heard Taken for Granted I knew she was a star!
Unfortunately last night was not her night to shine. The stadium didn't work, the weather didn't help, the set list was a year out of date as this tour did start back in September 2016 and the videos on the side screens were horrible.
Years ago when I saw Sia at the Enmore and another time at the Metro Theatres respectively Sia's interaction was the best part of the show. Last night there was 0% engagement with the audience.
I hate to say this is the first time I have paid to see Sia and if it wasn't for half of Charli XCX's terrific set beforehand this would have been a bitterly disappointing evening out. Catching the tale end of her fourth hit Boys, Charli XCX had a great uptempo set. Including recent collaborations with David Guetta to Mura Musa, this was all killer no filler.
Sia also tipped her hat to David Guetta's massive hit Titanium, however another piano ballad as she ditched the dance original for more ballad version.
At times the concert in the cold and wet, along with a pile of empty seats felt like a snooze fest. I'm sorry Sia but this was just not great. I know you're reserved now and not quirky like the old days, and I hate to be an old fart but I prefer you're old stuff better than you're new stuff. Sorry.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Enter the world of Maria Bamford (again) in season two's Lady Dynamite. I enjoyed series one and remember watching this (actually bingeing it whilst away in Cairns in 2016) and I had another weekend where I left the world and went into a Netflix vortex.
Aside from three group fitness classes and the odd meal out there were no movies of interest this weekend so I decided let's review my Netflix watchlist and smash some shit out.
An eight episode, 30 minute comedy series fit well, it's late November, the Christmas crazy period is coming early (Japan was OTT for the holiday season) and people are getting there cunt on HARD.
So Maria Bamford's comedy revolving around her real life experiences with bipolar and pugs was something I needed to see.
Unlike the first season being completely new ground, the second season was more of the same with some great cameo's and funny one liners, however I found myself easily distracted away from this seasons plot lines.
Netflix has been churning out some real gold of late and when you are launching so much content into the land of streaming there will be some misses. Lady Dynamite season two and some other series on the streaming giant just do not reach the highs of say Sense8 or pre Kevin Spacey dramas House of Cards.
This is a great pre-Christmas distraction series and look if you need a laugh you will find some here, it's also good to see mental health being covered in a different and fresh way.