Wanderlust (2012)

Directed by: David Wain

Produced by: Judd Apatow
Ken Marino
Paul Rudd
David Wain

Written by: David Wain, Ken Marino

Starring:   Jennifer Aniston
Paul Rudd
Justin Theroux
Malin Åkerman
Lauren Ambrose
Joe Lo Truglio
Kathryn Hahn
Melissa Joan Hart
Alan Alda

Music by: Craig Wedren

Release date: February 24, 2012 Continue reading Wanderlust (2012)

New Year’s Eve

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Produced by: Mike Karz
Wayne Allan Rice
Garry Marshall

Written by: Katherine Fugate

Starring: Halle Berry
Jessica Biel
Jon Bon Jovi
Abigail Breslin
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
Robert De Niro
Josh Duhamel
Zac Efron
Katherine Heigl
Ashton Kutcher
Seth Meyers
Lea Michele
Sarah Jessica Parker
Michelle Pfeiffer
Til Schweiger
Hilary Swank

Music by: John Debney

Release date: December 9, 2011

Synopsis: Director and Producer Garry Marshall plans to ring in the holiday mood with his romantic comedy based on several couples and singles whose lives are intertwined on the most assuring and pulsating night of year.

The cast boasts of stellar actors to the likes of two-time Academy Award winners Robert De Niro & Hillary Swank, Academy Award winner Halle Berry, Jessica Beil, Jon Bon Jovi, Academy Award nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher and Zac Efron.

Shot entirely in and around New York, Marshall’s film will screen on December 9, 2011.

The Adventures of Tintin (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Produced by: Peter Jackson
Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy

Screenplay by: Steven Moffat
Edgar Wright
Joe Cornish

Based on: The Adventures of Tintin by
Hergé

Starring: Jamie Bell as Tintin
Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson & Thompson
Daniel Craig as Ivanovitch Sakharine

Music by: John Williams

Release date: December 21, 2011

Continue reading The Adventures of Tintin (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)

Hugo (2011)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Produced by: Johnny Depp
Tim Headington
Graham King
Martin Scorsese

Music by: Howard Shore

Release date: November 25, 2011

Produced by Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and co-produced by Graham King’s GK Films, the Hugo is a 3D film is about an orphan boy, Hugo Cabret who lives in the secret walls of Paris train station. Set in 1930’s, Hugo sets on an adventure to unlock a secret left behind by his lost father, with the help of an eccentric girl, a broken automation and an ill mannered toy shop owner. The film is based on Brian Selznick’s award winning and New York Times bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret . Continue reading Hugo (2011)

Life in a Day (2011)

Life in a Day film poster

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

Produced by: Ridley Scott

Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams, Matthew Herbert

Release date: July 24, 2011 (US)

YouTube, Ridley Scott Associates and LG electronics have jointly collaborated to produce ”Life in a Day’, a feature-length documentary capturing the smallest bit of emotions experienced by people around the world all along on a single, mundane day. Oscar-winning Director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott compiled 80,000 YouTube videos from 192 countries to direct a 90 mins film exploring the nuances of single day of life on this Earth seen through the eyes of people living it. The contributed videos contained nearly 4, 500 hours of footage which was then edited to bring forth the mood, temperament and personality of people right from Australia, Zamibia to America. The videos were shot in the urban heart of the cities as well in some of the remotest places on Earth. Life in a Day is what it is like to be alive today on Earth, an experience common for everyone despite the distances.

Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2011, the film was streamed live on YouTube. Harry Gregson-Williams, along with Matthew Herbert have composed and written the music for the film while National Geographic Films have acquired the rights to distribute the film worldwide. In United States, the film will release on July 24, 2011.

 

Life in a Day trailer

Captain America: The First Avenger

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (comic books)

Cast: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci

Captain America releasing on July 22, 2011 is an upcoming superhero film based on Marvel’s comic character Captain America. The movie’s story unfolds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) character as a physically unfit candidate for the U.S. Army to fight to the Nazis in the 1942 World War II. Instead Steve volunteers for a secret experimental program ‘Project: Rebirth’ that transforms into a superhero – Captain America. The story unravels Steve’s aka Captain America thrilling life as a superhero with Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter assisting him to fight the evil HYDRA organization commanded by wicked Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

For more on the movie, log on to their the official website: http://captainamerica.marvel.com/

Alan Silvestri’s score for Captain America: The First Avenger film

BRIDESMAIDS (2011)

This is a poster for Bridesmaids (2011 film).

photo: Universal Pictures

 

Running time: 125 mins

Bridesmaids by PAUL FEIG director of Knocked Up, is a fine example of the romantic comedy genre. Produced by Judd Apatow, who, once again, doesn’t fail to recognise good box office (also produced 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Anchorman, to name but a few). The film is a delightfully light-hearted, look at the life of Annie, played by KRISTEN WILG, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Annie is best friend of the bride to be, Lillian, MAYA RUDOLPH (Daughter of the singer Minnie Ripperton), she has a failed business and is in denial about her current relationship.

Just as her life is falling apart, Lillian, asks her to be her Maid of Honour, no problem there, it should be easy as they’ve known each other their entire lives, but Lillian has a new best friend Helen (ROSE BYRNE), who is glamorous, super rich, and not content to be just one of the bridesmaids. Annie, in contrast has a job she hates in a jewellery store, 350 dollars in the bank and rent due. The two women, vie not only for the affections of the bride-to-be, but for the kudos of being Maid of Honour; some of the most tragi-comic moments of the film are played out through their warring.

The film begins with Annie in bed with her ‘f*** buddy’ being manhandled literally and pretending to enjoy it. Oddly, when Annie does eventually get into bed with someone with whom she is in tune with, we don’t see the sex scenes and are left to imagine that they are a great step up from what she was accustomed to, the decision not to show the scene between Annie and the cop is perhaps because there is no on-screen chemistry between them The on-screen sexual chemistry is left to the larger than life character of the groom’s sister, Megan, MELISSA McCARTY, whose hilarious antics are a real highlight in the film, especially the scene with the meeting between her and her real life husband BEN FALCONE, who plays an Air Marshall meeting on a plane bound for Las Vegas, it is so funny and the development of her character is a lesson in how not to ‘judge a book by its cover’. Man that woman is limber!

Before the trip to Vegas Annie has to contrive a hen party on a budget and takes the motley group of bridesmaids to a Brazilian restaurant, where everyone gets food poisoning, giving rise to an absolutely gross scene in an exclusive bridal shop entirely carpeted in white with only one toilet, oh and a sink!

The film has flashes of the Farrelly brother humour aka There’s Something About Mary’ and also the toilet humour of Dumb and Dumber, but this comedy is of a higher calibre, more akin to the Nora Ephron perspective, well it was written by two women. There’s a wasted cameo by British comedian Matt Lucas as Annie’s flat-mate which fails to ignite, however, the actress who plays his sister is spookily believable as a genetic sibling.

This is a very funny film (except for the policeman’s fake Irish accent-not funny at all) and a great chick-flick that your boyfriend will love too.

Rating: 4*

Movie review by Rowena Johnson, WN Film critic.