Zoolander – The Original Narcissist.

 

Well before Instagram, Facebook and Twitter; the movie Zoolander was ahead of its time as far as the social media juggernaut with the portrayal of Derek Zoolander by Ben Stiller.  The actor is currently in Australia to promote the release in February of the eagerly anticipated sequel; Zoolander 2.

Ben was interviewed by the ABC’s Julia Baird, in a frank and interesting discussion about the original movie, and what we can expect from the latest offering.

Ben Stiller : Zoolander 2star on Justin Bieber, Donald Trump and the narcissism of social media

Now for a clip of the new movie, Zoolander 2 – opening in Australia in Feb, 2016.

The Popcorn Review – Star Wars : The Force Awakens

 

I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to the release in my home town cinema of the latest Star Wars film – The Force Awakens.  Growing up with the series and loving the original trilogy, I had such high hopes for the newest installment.  Well, after counting down, today was the day that I got time off to go and see the film, along with a packed audience in our little town cinema.

 

I hadn’t had this much anticipation for a movie in so long, that when I finally sat down and heard the familiar theme music at the start, it was like going back to my childhood once more.  With all the hype, the merchandising and the chatter on social media, it had a lot to live up to, and let me say right now….they got it right.  After the failure in my view of the previous trilogy with the story of Anakin…and ugh – Jar Jar Binks, I felt that the writers, direction and the casting was spot on this time around.  It truly brought back what the story was really all about, and for anyone that may not have ever seen Star Wars before, this new episode was one that I believe new fans would eagerly embrace.

 

The movie had me enthralled for the full two hours and sixteen minutes.  Seeing the original cast, that had been brought back, was like seeing old friends and I won’t lie, but I was a little emotional in a few places.

 

I won’t spoil it for anyone, but….if there is a movie to take the family to this season…this is the one.    Rare for me to ever say this, but it gets a full 10 out of 10.

May the force be with you…..

~RB~

 

Last Cab to Darwin

 

In LAST CAB TO DARWIN, Jeremy Sims (Beneath Hill 60) directs Australian acting legends, Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver against the backdrop of the stunning Australian outback and alongside the outstanding Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford-Wolf and Emma Hamilton. Caton gives the performance of a lifetime as Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver who, when told he doesn’t have long to live, sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms. Along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you have to live it, and to live it you have to share it.

Filled with hope, humour and heart, LAST CAB TO DARWIN takes us on a journey in cinemas from August 6, reminding us that it’s never too late to start living.

Fifty Shades of Grey – The Verdict.

So today I caught the matinee of Fifty Shades of Grey at my home town cinema complex.  I would have gone last night but it was a sell out.  (There are only two screens at my cinema).  I have read the trilogy of the books, and so I knew pretty much what I was letting myself into.  The hype build up however raised my expectations.  I grabbed my takeaway coffee and packet of  cheese Twisties and joined about fifty other people to watch the film.

I’ll say from the start, I was ready to be immersed in the world that had been brought to life from the book onto the screen.  My hat off to the screenplay writer, since there were none of those toe curling inner monologues, like “Oh myyyy.”  Or…”He awakened my inner goddess.”  The actors I think were well cast, cept Jamie Dornan was not exactly how I imagined Christian Grey.  Oh…he had a great body, and was able to amuse me with his delivery, in fact in a few places you could be mistaken for thinking it was a comedy.  I know I heard the audience laugh in a few times.  My favorite line was;

Anastasia : “What’s a butt plug?”

The sex scenes?  Eh, soft porn to my way of thinking.  But hey, it was not as much as what I had read in the books.

The cinematography was excellent, the sets definitely took me in as I fell in love with Christian’s apartment (though I can’t imagine cleaning it!).  The soundtrack is one that I know I am going to add to my car collection, the songs were well placed and helped set the tone.

To me this was very much a romantic movie of sorts, till you got towards the end – which followed the book to a T.  And yes, I was left sitting there wanting more.  -cheeks flush-   Oh I hope they don’t make us wait another couple of years, with trailers that come out eight or so months before the actual release.  Mind you, I think they will probably release the next one (if it’s made) on the Valentine’s weekend again.

So, what did this razorback give the movie?  3.5 out of 5.

~RB~

 

Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes.

Peter Gabriel has always had music that was ahead of the time of the era that he wrote it in.  This song, “In Your Eyes” was used as the pivotal piece in the late 80’s movie; “Say Anything”, featuring John Cussack and Lone Sky.  The video is  a wondrous visual treat, and always gives me goosebumps at the beauty of the lyrics.

“In Your Eyes”

love I get so lost, sometimes
days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
when I want to run away
I drive off in my car
but whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are
all my instincts, they return
and the grand facade, so soon will burn
without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside
in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
the heat I see in your eyes
love, I don’t like to see so much pain
so much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive
and all my instincts, they return
and the grand facade, so soon will burn
without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the insidein your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
the heat I see in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes

For those that have never see “Say anything”  here is a trailer.  For those that love a good classic movie from the 80’s….it’s worth looking out for.  I really am a hopeless romantic.  Cheers.  RB x