- Jim’s cheat sheet, March 7
- Moomba royalty graces the airwaves!
- One woman’s frightening affair with pokies
- All Is Lost: Interview with director JC Chandor
- Handbag wonder from down under
- New release movie reviews – March 6
- Paula Abdul talks success with Denis Walter
- Winter Olympians gear up for Grand Prix
- RSS Syndicate this blog (XML)
What we're talking about
- Martin on Model sacked, told her bum's too big Ms Nicole is perfect, when will these designers realise men want meat not sticks. more
- Tracy Johnson on Austin Powers joins Friday Lunch Mark Andrew is one of a kind.With all is characters is best known for Elvis,in my views he is the best. more
- ian on Austin Powers joins Friday Lunch I had seen Mark on several occasions and to tell you he is great more
- Robert Rich on Back to the future for Moomba This is a joke !!!!!!! more
- Heather on Back to the future for Moomba Oh so wrong!!! Am sick of Bert being treated like a demi god. He's had his turn and would have thought he would do decent ... more
- CHRIS WATTS on Back to the future for Moomba once was enough,BUT not twice....why do we need to pamper this old tv worker.......Abbott is going back to the Howard days, ... more
- Jane on Back to the future for Moomba Oh spare me. Newton again. "Clown" hall does it again. How about honouring the CFA instead or someone like Moira Kelly for ... more
- ian on Back to the future for Moomba This would have the worst decision since the people voted Gillard in a P/M. more
- Jill on Back to the future for Moomba I would rather applaud our CFA during the Moomba Parade, than Bert Newton. Maybe we can applaud Bert Newton come Logie time. more
- Christine on Back to the future for Moomba You've got to be kidding ! more
- Alison Horner on Around the home with Shannon Lush Hi Shannon could you please advise washing microfibre cleaning cloths indicate no softness or bleach products to be used. ... more
- Craig on Chuck Berry takes a dive Ummmm.. Looks like he had a parachute on too... Nothing to see here. more
- ian on Mum furious: A stranger smacked my child Any witnesses. more
- Grant O'Connor on Mum furious: A stranger smacked my child Do you seriously need to ask that question?What do you think Dennis? Anyone who slaps a strangers child deserves to slapped ... more
- David on Have young people lost their manners? Yes.. Especially younger women. If you open a door for them or give them a compliment these days they automatically assume ... more
- Gloss on Weatherman's approaching low front Bloody Beautiful, should be more of it. more
- Garry on Have young people lost their manners? People are not only losing their manners,with the libs in government their also losing their jobs,wages and conditions...... more
- biggles on Aussies worried about their ... if you took Alcohol out of Australia ,,it would collapse more
- Aria Judilla on Weatherman's approaching low front Great work Cameron. The "journalist" is standing in a public area and he physically attacks somebody just for standing next ... more
- Steve on Weatherman's approaching low front I remember that one with Cameron and the idiot didn't come back for another one either >. more
New release movie reviews - 24 May
THE HANGOVER PART III 1/2 (100 minutes) MA
The Hangover Part III is a prime example of what is colloquially referred to in movie-speak as a "cash grab".
To wit: given the strength of the Hangover brand - the first two made north of $1 billion - the studio knew that a third one would be an opening-weekend hit. Heck, instead of shooting a film they could have released 100 minutes of leader tape, secure in the knowledge that the conditioned response at the multiplex would deliver a money-maker.
And that's what we got here, folks.
In a prime example of cynical, idea-free movie brand exploitation the third - and, we are repeatedly assured, final - installment of this comic saga is a lame, limp, lazy, lifeless reheating of a formula that got tired the second time around. The film is so flat leader tape might actually have been funnier.
For this effort, the "wolf pack" - Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) and moronic man-child Alan (Zach Galifianakis) - re-assemble for a road adventure involving lightweight crim Chow (Ken Jeong), who we met in the first film and who, regrettably, was not killed off in the sequel.
Chow has stolen gold from major crim Marshall (John Goodman) and the guys are forced to find him, retrieve the loot and get back to their happy lives in the suburbs.
The whole shebang is just awful.
Whatever blue-tongued fizz there was in Part I - which set box office records for an adult-comedy - and the Bangkok-set Part II - which at least had a change of scenery - has deserted the team here.
Directed again by Todd Phillips, the film is so utterly bereft of ideas it actually returns to the original's setting of Las Vegas, presumably in a quest to recapture some of the magic. Alas, there's not a comic spark in sight, not even when Melissa McCarthy shows for a cameo.
The performances by Cooper and Helms are so vacant and unfunny one has to wonder whether they actually turned up, or just sent digital avatars in their place. Though they apparently netted $15m each (according to The Hollywood Reporter) neither look like they want to be there.
Same goes for salary-buddy Galifianakis, who, after Due Date and The Campaign as well as the Hangover films, has now officially run his idiot man routine into the dusty ground. As for John Goodman, there should be a law demanding that any filmmakers who wastes his talents as flagrantly as is done here ought to spend time in prison.
What's really irritating is how the film's trace elements of plot are so carelessly thrown together - how does somebody waste $20 million in two years and end up in jail? - it underscores what a sorry sample of fail-safe franchise filmmaking Hangover III is.
This could have been a great end to a three-part movie party. Instead, it's a fizzer.
DEAD MAN DOWN *1/2 (117 minutes) MA
About half-way through this stumblebum crime film a pause is taken so that Colin Farrell can all-but-literally turn to the audience and explain what the hell is going on. Up until then you're totally lost. It's not a clever device that makes you go "Aaah! Right!" but a clumsy device to try and make sense of a scatter-brained plot that still never quite works itself out. Farrell plays a revenge-mad family man who infiltrates a violent crime gang to wreak havoc and shoot lots of people. Only his relationship with his facially scarred neighbour (Noomi Rapace, from Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) reminds him of what it's like to feel love. She's really good - Danish director Niels Arden Oplev also made Tattoo - but it's not enough to redeem an overlong, often dull film.
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST **1/2 (130 minutes) MA
In a crowded Pakistani cafe, former Wall Street high-flyer Changez (Riz Ahmed) explains to an unkempt American journalist (Liev Schreiber) how the events of 9/11 changed his outlook on life in general, and his love of America in particular. Adapted from the 2007 Mohsin Hamid novel, director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding; Salaam Bombay; The Namesake) is eager to explore the long-range effects of post-9/11 paranoia, but can't quite get the film's thriller element to click. Kate Hudson provides strong support as Changez's artist girlfriend who serves as an emotional reflector to her beau's altering perceptions of justice and prejudice.