From The Editor – We’re on holidays!

Morning friends!

I thought it might be an appropriate time to let all our faithful readers know that for the next few weeks, there will not be any new posts on the website. Yes, for the first time since May 2008, we’re having a mini-hiatus! I’m taking the family off on a well-deserved holiday interstate for a fortnight, so there won’t be any new posts up here until May 1st. So fear not, new stuff is coming, it’s just being kept in reserve until I return!

 

 

 

Trailer Trash! – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It’s here! The first glimpse at the next Star Wars film, Episode IIX, otherwise known henceforth as The Last Jedi. Due for release this December, The Last Jedi sees the return of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and of course the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. In the wake of Rogue One and The Force Awakens, the hype is real people! Check out the new trailer after the jump!

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Trailer Trash! – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

In what looks like an utterly hilarious pastiche on both assassin and bodyguard genre films, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson team up in The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Coarse language in the awesometacular trailer after the jump!

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Movie Review – Grand Hotel (1932)

Director :   Edmund Goulding
Year Of Release :   1932
Principal Cast :  Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, Robert McWade, Purnell B Pratt, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Rafaela Ottiano.
Approx Running Time :   119 Minutes
Synopsis:  A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

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You know that old saying, “they don’t make ’em like that any more”? Well, that’s exactly what I was thinking the whole time I was watching Grand Hotel, an early 30’s Best Picture winner making terrific use of its top-line Hollywood cast and some really good production design. Whether that’s a good or bad thing in this instance will depend on your tolerance for the staid, overly romanticised elements Grand Hotel, of which there are many, but for the cineastes amongst us, we’ll lap this kind of thing up like candy. Grand Hotel is based on a 1930 stage play, which itself was based on a 1929 novel (wow, they certainly had short turnaround times back then, didn’t they?) and comes to the big screen with the steady style of MGM-regular studio director Edmund Goulding; it should be noted that Grand Hotel remains the only film to-date to win Best Picture without a single other Academy nomination – a startling fact in today’s modern era.

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Vale – Michael Ballhaus

Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who worked with films for German director Ranier Fassbinder, as well as Hollywood filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Wolfgang Peterson, has passed away.

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Trailer Trash! – Transformers: The Last Knight (Trailer #3)

The bombast of Transformers returns to screens later this year in Michael Bay’s fifth and final effort to steer this blatant explosion-fest into new territory (it won’t work, trust me), The Last Knight. The third theatrical trailer offers more of the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Trailer Trash! – Baby Driver (International Trailer #2)

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver looks action packed – the first trailer dropped a month or so ago, and now we have a brand new slick foot-tapper to keep you entertained! Check it out after the jump!

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Trailer Trash! – Atomic Blonde (Trailer #2)

I’m barely able to describe how happy I am this movie exists and very soon I’ll get to see it. The new trailer for Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron, has blasted onto the internet.

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Movie Review – Mr Smith Goes To Washington

Director :  Frank Capra
Year Of Release :  1939
Principal Cast :  James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, HB Warner, Harry Carey, Astrid Allwyn, Ruth Donnelly, Grant Mitchell, Porter Hall, KV Kaltenborn, Dick Jones, Maurice Costello, Anne Cornwall.
Approx Running Time :  129 Minutes
Synopsis:  A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down.

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As we settle in for an era in which an orange reality television “star” sits in the Oval Office, and the American political spectrum wages war upon itself, it’s perhaps the most pertinent reminder of all America stands for that Frank Capra’s iconic film, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, should be mandatory viewing for those who seek to install their own brand of corruption within the world’s least popular superpower. There’s so much to unpack within this film, particularly as it pertains to today’s terrifying poolitical climate, that writing a review of the film threatens to swerve into commentary on real-world events that are well beyond the purview of Capra’s film; it’s testament to the power of this briskly told, lengthy diatribe against the corrupt elite within Washington that the film remains as on-point now (maybe even moreseo) than it did in Capra’s idealised 1930’s Americana.

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