Trailer Trash – Batman V Superman Final Trailer Unleashed!!!

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We’re only a matter of weeks away from Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman movie. Hard as it is to imagine, the film not only has to serve as a sequel to the slam-bang antics of Man of Steel, it also has to set in motion the eventual Justice League set-up, and word is that we’ll see not only Aquaman in this movie, but also (perhaps) the Flash, Cyborg, and a few more DC heroes before the credits roll. The film is rumoured to be over two and a half hours long (yay!) so that’s a lot of CG and destruction to maintain our interest, but from the trailers released thus far we can be assured of at least one knock-down drag-out battle between Superman and Batman – even if we know at the end they’ll cuddle, team up, and defeat whatever plans Lex Luthor has for them (Doomsday).

The latest trailer is way more Batman-focused than we’ve had thus far, with a glimpse at the Bat’s takedown of a squad of goons in a way that makes previous depictions of the character look positively Thunderbird-ian. Wonder Woman finally speaks, and any-and-all mention of Doomsday is absent. All-too-brief glimpses of Lois Lane, Luthor, and other past cast are buried beneath an avalanche of visual effects, so I’m not sure if Snyder learned from his Superman movie, or whether he’s just doubling down and hoping we’ll hop aboard his crazy train. Whatever the case, this trailer is filled to the gizzards with battle and cool, so I cannot wait to see this thing unfold for realsies in March! Check out the trailer after the jump!

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Movie Review – Great Dictator, The

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Director :  Charlie Chaplin
Year Of Release :   1940
Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Maurice Moscovich, Emma Dunn, Bernard Gorcey, Paul Weigel, Chester Conklin, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert, Grace Hayle, Carter De Haven.
Approx Running Time :   125 Minutes
Synopsis:  Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.

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The biggest middle finger to Hitler, ever

If there’s a modern cinematic approximation of Charlie Chaplin’s spot-on satire of Nazi Germany, it would be Kubrick’s Doctor Strangelove. The Great Dictator is an absolute goldmine of satirical jabbery, a knife to the white underbelly of Hitler’s cruel and evil despotic rise and a rancorous ode to conformity and mindless fascism. Creatively, it’s a work of genius, a pointed advocate for democracy and freedom of speech and belief, and at its heart a poetic remonstration for love of humanity – something Hitler patently did not do. Filmed just following the outbreak of World War II, and driven by Chaplin’s disdain for what her saw in Hitler’s rise to prominence and the regime’s treatment of the Jews, The Great Dictator skewers the infamous leader as a nonsensical dilettante, a costumed dandy with limited intelligence surrounded by preposterously named yes-men.

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Movie Review – Modern Times

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Director :  Charlie Chaplin
Year Of Release :   1936
Principal Cast :  Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone, Allan Garcia, Dick Alexander, Cecil Reynolds, Myra McKinney, Murdoch McQuarrie, Wildred Lucas, Ed Le Sainte, Fred Malatesta, Sam Stein.
Approx Running Time :   97 Minutes
Synopsis:  The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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Rise Of The Machines.

Ahead of its, ahem, time, Modern Times is one of those films so attuned to public disenfranchisement with increased industrialisation that it has become something of a cultural and cinematic touchstone in the years since. Made right in the middle of the Great Depression, Chaplin’s social and political statement with Modern Times would have surely fluffed a few feathers, the Rockefellers and so on coming in for scrutiny on the conditions of workers on their production lines. As a film, Modern Times was the very antithesis of modernism – cinema had just embraced the age of the “talkie”, while this film remained largely adherent to the silent movies Chaplin had stamped his legacy all over, so it was kinda against the grain (much like the film’s central character, Chaplin’s iconic Tramp); what Modern Times is, though, is a precise, electrifying diatribe against the rise of machines doing the work of men, and is perhaps as pertinent now, some 90 years after its début, if not moreso.

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Movie Review – Gold Rush, The

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Director :  Charlie Chaplin
Year Of Release :   1925
Principal Cast :  Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Malcolm Waite, Henry Bergman.
Approx Running Time :  101 Minutes
Synopsis:   A prospector (the Tramp) goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

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This review is based on the 1942 Academy Award-winning re-release, with added music and dialogue by Chaplin. The film was originally released silent in 1925. 

There’s gold in them thar’ hills!

The Gold Rush opens with one of the most incongruous images I think I’ve ever seen in a film: Chaplin’s Tramp, dressed in his traditional coat, cane and bowler hat, traipsing up the highest peak of the Klondike mountain range, seemingly oblivious to the bone-chilling cold the snow and ice depicted would surely engender. It’s a moment of utter hilarity, an oblivious tone-setting device Chaplin expertly interweaves into what becomes one of the great comedy films – silent or otherwise – of all time. Hyperbole doesn’t do justice to Chaplin’s work on The Gold Rush, as moment after moment of comedic genius is thrust upon the viewer – culminating in one of the most famous action scenes in all of silent movie history.

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Trailer Trash – Starting From Now!

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In case you’re new to Fernby Films, you might not know (mainly through our social media platforms) that we’re a big supporter of local Aussie web-series Starting From Now, a web-based mini-series based around the dramas of four inner-city Sydney lesbians. We’ve covered the show here, and our wider thoughts on the LGBT community’s storytelling prowess here. Well, following several months of shooting and post-production, director Julie Kalceff and her team have dropped a fresh-as-a-daisy trailer for the impending release of Season 4, set to début online in March. Check it out after the jump.

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Movie Review – Kid, The (1921)

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Director : Charlie Chaplin
Year Of Release :  1921
Principal Cast :  Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance, Carl Miller, (Uncredited): Tom Wilson, Henry Bergman, Charles Reisner, Raymond Lee, Lita Grey, Frank Campeau.
Approx Running Time :  53 Minutes (1971 Reissue)
Synopsis:   The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

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A genuine, bona-fide classic.

Hard as it is to believe, but The Kid marked the first feature director credit for Charlie Chaplin, then one of Hollywood’s biggest silent film stars; since his acting début in 1914, and crossing multiple studios working primarily in short films, The Kid’s visual, comedic and dramatic brilliance stems from Chaplin’s innate sense of character and story. Featuring the début of soon-to-be child star Jackie Coogan (who would become a pop-culture icon in the 60’s as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family), The Kid sees Chaplin become a father-figure for an abandoned child he takes under his wing in their window replacement scam, while the child’s mother pines for him through the years, never knowing how close they are geographically. At times uproariously funny, at times moving in its paternal hand-wringing, The Kid rightly ascends the throne as one of – if not the – greatest silent films ever made.

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Movie Review – Walk, The

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Director :  Robert Zemeckis
Year Of Release :  2015
Principal Cast :  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte LeBon, Clement Sibony, James Badge Dale, Cesar Domboy, Ben Schwartz, Benedict Samuel, Steve Valentine.
Approx Running Time :  123 Minutes
Synopsis:  A French high-wire artist plans to walk between the rooftops of New York’s World Trade Centre.

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Don’t. Look. Down.

Frenchman Philippe Petit should count himself a lucky man: it’s not often a street performer has two major motion pictures dedicated to his act of courage in 1974. Petit is best known for his brazen walk between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Centre, suspended half a kilometre above the ground performing an illegal stunt that formed the basis of the documentary Man On Wire, in 2008, and now The Walk, a fictionalized version of events directed by Hollywood heavyweight Robert Zemeckis. The idea of a high-wire between the towers is fundamentally insane to me, and since I’m blessed with a deep-rooted fear of unsecured heights, the concept of a feature film depicting this event on the now-destroyed buildings in full IMAX vertiginous glory fills me with dread. A filmmaker of the class of Zemeckis, who has made a name for himself as a director of event films featuring state of the art visual effects (Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Flight) would naturally bring his A-game to a story surrounding such an iconic piece of New York’s history, and coupled with a dynamic cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley, The Walk had the pedigree to bring this captivating – and terrifying – story to life in a way we’d never seen before.

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Movie Review – For A Few Dollars More

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Director :  Sergio Leone
Year Of Release :   1965
Principal Cast : Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli, Aldo Sambrell, Klaus Kinski, Benito Stefanelli, Dante Maggio, Giovanni Tarallo, Mara Krupp, Sergio Mendizabal, Rosemary Dexter, Peter Lee Lawrence.
Approx Running Time :   130 Minutes
Synopsis:  Two bounty hunters team up to capture a wanted criminal in the Old West.

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Oh, glorious ricochet!

There’s no denying the formative impact the films of Sergio Leone has had one many a modern film-maker. Directors such as Tarantino and Rodriguez are among those who claim Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, of which For A Few Dollars More is the “middle film”, to be their generation’s Star Wars. It’s also an undeniable fact that Leone’s “Spaghetti Westerns “- movies set in America’s Old West but actually filmed in Europe, through Spain and Italy – have become something of an archetype in the genre’s storytelling method. Leone’s legendary economy of precision, his brilliant use of the widescreen aspect ratio, and the characters built on looks and reactions rather than violence (although the Dollars trilogy is typically trigger-happy) make For A Few Dollars More one of the most well constructed cinematic mythologies ever put to celluloid.

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