Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #095 – Tomb Raider

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #095 – Tomb Raider

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Mike and Steve make do without Josh this week and tackle the reboot of Tomb Raider, discuss the latest Avengers Infinity War trailer and the Top Five films which made us scratch our heads.

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Blog: Ex Machina – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Ex Machina – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ex Machina is a film that isn’t as clever as it thinks it is.  Which is a shame because with some simply stunning effects and three strong central performances, a LITTLE more work on the story to stop it falling into a relatively obvious ending would have elevated this from just good to great.  That’s not to say there isn’t a lot to enjoy here… there is.  Garland once again proves to be one of the more interesting filmmakers out there and the pre Star Wars teaming of the male leads make you pray they get to share screen time a plenty come December. So certainly one to see but there are better films out there.

Best Bit: Ava’s FX

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, Dredd, Chappie

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015 (Part 2)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015 (Part 2)

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Grosse Point Geek, aka Will Strong, casts his eye over another bunch of recently watched of films…

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Taken 3

Director: Oliver Megaton
Actors: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forrest Whittaker

Neeson’s Bryan Mills returns with his special set of skills and ends up on the run after being framed for his ex wife’s murder. God-awful 2nd sequel in this very tired franchise, manages to be boring, uninspired and utterly formulaic all at the same time, with a phoned in performance from Neeson. I still cant believe i actually listed this film in my top ten most anticipated of 2015 – dear Lord the shame!!  Avoid

At Cinemas now

 

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Jupiter Ascending

Directors: The Washowski’s
Actors: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne.

Kunis plays a lowly toilet cleaner (yeah right) who finds out she’s the heir to the universe, Tatum is the pointy eared, half man/ half wolf soldier who repeatedly rescues her from various intergalactic bounty hunters sent by Eddie Redmayne’s effete baddie and then (i kid ye not) Sean Bean turns up as a half man half bee………………honestly words fail me. Gobsmackingly terrible and as utterly stupid as it sounds, featuring overblown sfx, a shoddy script and laughable performances from all concerned.  Makes Battlefield Earth and Dune look like masterpieces by comparison.

At Cinemas now

 

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American Sniper

Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Superb film – based on the true life tale of Chris Kyle, a US navy SEAL who notched up over 150 enemy kills whilst serving in Iraq.  Cooper is simply outstanding as Kyle, as is Miller as his long suffering wife, plus its brilliantly directed by Eastwood. Can be seen on several levels – a drama, a love story or just a full on action movie. Highly recommended.

At cinemas now

 

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Ex-Machina

Director: Alex Garland
Actors: Domhall Gleeson, Oscar Issac, Alicia Vikander.

Gleeson’s nerdy computer drone wins an inter company competition to spend a week with his reclusive Bill Gates-alike boss (Isaac), then happily discovers that its all a ruse so he can test the intelligence of the world’s 1st fully functioning AI Robot (Vikander).  Not bad, well directed by Garland with 3 excellent central performances and very good use of SFX that properly serves the story. However i did find it a bit slow and wasn’t totally convinced that it was as an original a concept as Garland wanted its intended audience to accept.

At Cinemas now

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Actors: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine.

Edgerton’s ASBO baiting young oik is recruited by Firth’s suave secret agent to become a Kingsman – an elite group of very British James Bond types who take it upon themselves to save the world on a regular basis. Extremely funny, very entertaining, totally politically incorrect, full of great action and unashamedly barbed one liners. Egerton is a joy to watch and Firth is perfectly cast, only Jackson’s lisping baddie fails to have much impact, though to be honest it doesn’t matter as the whole thing is so much fun that you wont care. If you liked Kick Ass then you will absolutely love this.  Cracking film

At Cinemas now

 

 

Author: Will Strong 

 

 

Blog: All Things Film – Son Of A Gun Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Son Of A Gun Reviewed

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For my money there’s only one stellar film that’s been produced in Australia. For that, you’ll have to visit my best of 2014 list to see which one I’m talking about. With Son of a Gun we turn to first time feature-length writer/director Julius Avery as we watch a young pup JR, fresh in prison for a short time, befriending Ewan McGregor’s hardened inmate, Brendan. Once JR is out, he return a favour to Brendan. He has to break him and a couple of his mates out from the outside. After this event goes fairly smoothly, young JR is involved in a seemingly endless series of hard core heists and also a relationship with a kingpin’s bit-on-the-side.

Jumping from a bunch of shorts and into the endless waters of heists and mobsters must have been a daunting task for writer/director Avery. He’s managed to pull it off admirably. In Brenton Thwaites (who plays JR) he has found an unwashed, wet-behind-the-ears raw talent. He’s perfect pickings for the naïve youngster and develops a rather catchy arc to his character by the time the movie is finished.

Somewhat miscast, however, is Ewan McGregor as the hard nut Brendan. I’m not sure how this plays out in antipodean waters, but for my money at least, McGregor doesn’t quite possess the violent temperament I’d expect from a prison yo-yoer. He has a charismatic and charming side, sure, but whenever he’s asked to be scary it just doesn’t work. Maybe the days of Trainspotting – and those God-awful Star Wars prequels – are an altogether difficult stink to brush off even years after the fact. And he’s the only one with a mild Scots accent in amongst the rest of the Aussies. Strange.

For a relatively inexpensive movie, the production values are incredibly strong. Some rather luscious locales pepper the script and everyone on board certainly looks the part. There’s a suspenseful drag car race sewing acts II and III together which lends the film a certain difference to other heist movies.

It’s one third prison drama and two parts heist. Things sort of come full circle without giving anything away – which makes the events almost poetic up to a point. It’s certainly nothing new but it does what it does well, and with a bit of trimming here and there may have been issued with a higher score. I look forward to Avery’s next outing; here’s hoping it’s more disciplined, more risky and slightly more appropriately cast.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay