Month: August 2015

DVD & Blu-Ray Releases – Moviedoc’s Top Picks for September 2015

ACTION

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Mad Max: Fury Road
Released 02/09
IMDB – 8.3/10 and #104, RT – 98%, Moviedoc – ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½

Not just the most breathtaking action films of 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best films in 2015. What it omits in narrative is more than made up for by way of its unrelenting and outstanding chase and set-piece sequences. Pay particular attention to the detail in Fury Road’s art direction (its props especially) and outstanding cinematography. The cherry on top? Charlize Theron in the lead role – simply awesome. If you somehow missed this at cinemas, it’s one to watch now!

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San Andreas
Released 30/09
IMDB – 6.4/10, RT – 50%, Moviedoc – ♥ ♥ ♥

Funnily enough, this action blockbuster movie starring Dwayne Johnson was released in cinemas almost simultaneously as the shoddy straight-to-DVD version titled San Andreas Quake! Whatever you do, don’t confuse the two! Expect ridiculous and expect a lot of disaster. This isn’t just a quake movie! It’s the Fast & Furious of disaster movies, and it’s entertaining guilty pleasure!

ACTION / COMEDY

Spy
Released 30/09
IMDB – 7.3/10, RT – 94%, Moviedoc – ♥ ♥ ½

This will be one of the more overrated movies of the year for me. Melissa McCarthy is in good form as a CIA analyst who goes undercover and Rose Byrne a very effective villain. There are some good laughs and entertaining action stand-off’s, however Spy struggles to work all its goods consistently. Considering who the makers and stars of this film are, this should have been much better than what it is. 

ACTION / SCI-FI

Ex-Machina
Released 10/09
IMDB – 7.7/10, RT – 92%, Moviedoc – ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

An engaging and intelligent film that’s presents and executes its concept in a most skillful and clever manner. Maintains its mystique throughout as computer programmer Caleb participates in an experiment to assess the human qualities of a female A.I. Highly recommended.

Comedy

Gemma Bovery
Released 02/09
IMDB – 6.4/10, RT – 52%, Moviedoc – ♥ ♥ ♥ ½

From the overrated Spy to the underrated Gemma Bovery. Martin (an excellent Fabrice Luchini), an aging Parisian and casual observer notices his new English neighbours share more than a surname in common with his favourite novel by celebrated author Gustave Flaubert. The experience for you to be ready for from Gemma Bovery is delicious comedy, plenty of charm and a darker turn in its finale.

Drama

The Age of Adaline
Released 09/09
IMDB – 7.3/10, RT – 54%, Moviedoc – ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

A young woman is rendered ageless after a series of events and one man may be the key to changing that fortune, or misfortune, in The Age of Adaline. Reminded me of one of my favourites – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by way of the cinematography and the comforting nature it narrates the story. Even though the premise is barely credible, there is something beautiful unfolding at all times in this romantic drama that brings out the best from Blake Lively in the lead role. Co-stars Harrison Ford in one of his better parts of late too. Give this a go!

Family 

Shaun The Sheep Movie
Released 24/09
IMDB – 7.4/10, RT – 99%, Moviedoc is yet to see this film

Very strong critic and audience word of mouth surrounding Shaun The Sheep Movie. The stop-motion animation from Aardman  (Who brought us Wallace and Gromit & Chicken Run), the humour and warmth of what appears to be a simple story about a sheep who just wants the day off but gets into all sorts of mayhem sounds like a true winner to me for all the family. Looking forward to watching this myself!

Tomorrowland 
Released 30/09
IMDB – 6.6/10 , RT – 50%, Moviedoc is yet to see this film

An inventor and scientifically curious teen team up to discover the secrets of a place that only exists in their collective memory. Unfortunately, this Disney Action/Adventure starring George Clooney was a bit of a dud at the box office. Could very well be worth the watch if found by the right audience so if the plot and genre appeals, I’d suggest hiring it and giving it a shot. I certainly will be.

Thriller/Horror

Unfriended
Released 10/09
IMDB – 5.9/10, RT – 60%, Moviedoc – ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Unfriended brings something new to the horror genre. Filmed within numerous chat channels and social media outlets, it is online, all the time in this cyber-natural (that’s the American title – Cybernatural) thriller. It must be acknowledged for its risk, ambition and attention-to-detail. While not so scary at all and sometimes quite exhausting to watch, Unfriended is always identifiable, very natural and rarely let’s go of your attention. Should fare quite well on DVD, and that’s a very good 3 heart rating!

Other titles to be released in September are:
Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter (02/09), The Duke of Burgandy (02/09), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (02/09), Clouds of Sils Maria (16/09 and ♥ ♥ ½), Avengers: Age of Ultron (16/09 and ♥ ♥ ♥ ), Entourage (16/09), Child 44 (23/09), The Book of Life (23/09) and Infinitely Polar Bear (23/09)

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Holding The Man

128 minutes, Drama, MA15+

Australia! You are ready for this. From the country where gay marriage is (inexplicably) yet to be recognised by the government comes the timely and timeless love story between two men, right from the heart of Melbourne. Taking place in the mid-1970’s at Xavier College, this is the true story of Timothy Conigrave (Ryan Corr) who has a passion for the dramatic arts and an eye for the captain of his school’s football team, John Caleo (Craig Stott). It isn’t before long that the boys embark upon a secret relationship where they’ll face numerous and significant challenges.

Holding The Man Film Poster

Before it was a film, HOLDING THE MAN was one of the most successful stage productions, adapted by Tommy Murphy (who also writes the screenplay for the film) in 2006. And before then, it is a memoir written by Timothy Conigrave, back in 1995. It is not very often I have a book to compare a film too, but a story like this doesn’t get told too often. And certainly not with the same brutal honesty and confronting reality HOLDING THE MAN is here for. Spanning just over two decades, this powerful and raw film showcases not only an impressive and appealing support cast which includes Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Sarah Snook (magnificent in PREDESTINATION) and Kerry Fox (MENTAL), but all-round excellent output from each of them. The performances to overwhelm however, belong to the two men – Corr & Stott. In a physically and mentally demanding role, Craig Stott is triumphant as John Caleo. Sharing instant chemistry that immediately convinces with co-star Ryan Corr (pictured below with Craig Stott), who audiences will recognise from TV Series “Packed to the Rafters” and the Russell Crowe drama THE WATER DIVINER takes his hugest leap forward yet with a career-best and career-divining performance as Timothy Conigrave.

Holding The Man Film Still

 Beautifully brought to screen via stunning cinematography from Germain McMicking (TV Mini-Series “Gallipoli” and Documentary ALL THIS MAYHEM), HOLDING THE MAN has been cleverly scripted to add some vital touches of humor to warm the heart early before the emotional catharsis that inevitably follows. Some structural maneuvers and unevenness in direction do occasionally distract from an otherwise profoundly moving, utterly heartbreaking love story for all.

On a personal note, HOLDING THE MAN hit me in the same spot and just as hard as the Hilary Swank drama from 1999, BOYS DON’T CRY.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Trailer
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Footnote to Parents 
HOLDING THE MAN demands a mature audience due to its graphic nature – both sexually and thematically. From the ages of 15 and over is a must.

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The Wolfpack

90 minutes, Documentary, M

What is ‘The Wolfpack’ you ask? If like me, it reminds you of THE HANGOVER film’s quartet, and you perhaps wonder if THE WOLFPACK is some sort of spin-off? No. What is The Wolfpack? It is the nickname given to the Brothers in this very compelling documentary. The Angulo boys, who live in a Manhattan apartment with their Mother & Father, all share something rather uncommon, in common. They barely step foot beyond their front door. The only door to the outside world these boys are allowed access is via movies and they escape into this world by reenacting several of their favourites, all within the walls of their rather confined apartment. It is when one of the brothers escapes that changes everything for the Angulo family.

The Wolfpack Movie Poster

Director Crystal Moselle offers audiences an intimate and honest insight into the private lives of the Angulo family which is quite often, subtly disturbing. Throughout THE WOLFPACK, Moselle questions each family member on their past and present experiences and we learn some pretty valuable information surrounding just how and why the Angulo family live the way they do. Her open-minded direction ensures the audience have full capacity to understand this bizarre lifestyle and some concerning living conditions. For those, who like myself, are especially attentive to the psychological aspects and effects that take place and live on with what people experience in life, a highly fascinating and educational film awaits.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Footnote to Parents 
Due to content and some offensive language, THE WOLFPACK is better reserved for ages around 15 and up. Parental supervision for those younger.

Moviedoc wishes to thank Madman and Caitlin Saville for the private access to view THE WOLFPACK.

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Films Reviewed from Moviedoc.Dinstudio.com

Below is an alphabetically-ordered list of films reviewed by Moviedoc on the previous website. To view any of these reviews, please leave your request below in the comments section or feel free to contact me at Moviedoc@Outlook.com

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Ant-Man
Big Eyes
Birdman
Black Sea
Boxtrolls, The
Boyhood
Citizenfour
Congress, The
Deliver Us From Evil
Dracula Untold
Entourage (by Tiffany Lockyer)
Ex Machina
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Far From Men
Fifty Shades of Grey
Focus
Folies Bergere
Furious 7
Fury
Gallows, The
Gemma Bovery
Get Hard
Girlhood
Going Clear – Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Gone Girl
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hobbit, The: The Battle of the Five Armies
Homesman, The
Horrible Bosses 2
Hundred-Foot Journey, The
Hunger Games, The: Mockingjay – Part 1
If I Stay
Imitation Game, The
Insurgent
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Irrational Man
Jurassic World
Kitchen in Paris
Leviathan
Life of Crime
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed
Locke
Lucky Them
Lucy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Magic Mike XXL
Maps to the Stars
Man From U.N.C.L.E, The
Minions
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
New Girlfriend, The
Nightcrawler
Partisan
Pitch Perfect 2
Postman Pat – The Movie
Predestination
Reaching for the Moon
Rock the Casbah
Run All Night
San Andreas
Selfish Giant, The
Seventh Son
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Skeleton Twins, The
Some Velvet Morning
Southpaw
Step Up All In
Still Alice
That Sugar Film
Theory of Everything, The
These Final Hours
Trainwreck
Two Days, One Night
Unbroken
Venus in Fur
Water Diviner, The
What We Do In The Shadows
While We’re Young
Whiplash
Woman in Gold
X + Y
Zero Motivation