- Jim's movie cheat sheet - Sept 5
- Arquette: 'This movie was a gift'
- New release film reviews - Sept 4
- Anything Goes stars join Denis Walter
- The Lion King returns to Australia
- Jimmy Barnes releases duets album
- Four generations of August 15
- MIFF highlights - Aug 15
- RSS Syndicate this blog (XML)
What we're talking about
- David Jackson on Family Feud error: Ride or Bride? Nah im hearing "ride" den! Good to see you keeping denya on his toes though! Hey our house stops like a melb cup race every ... more
- CHRIS WATTS on Cold enough for you? WELL IT IS WINTER AFTER ALL.....WHAT IS THE PROBLEM.... more
- Gazza on Meet Skippy, the white kangaroo I pass one most days south of the Mernda pub,big mobs there and whitey stands out like a beacon.. more
- Jo on Jim Keays dies, aged 67 R. I. P. Jim Keayes. Sympathy to his daughter, Russell Morris and many friends. more
- Gloria on Can Pat Panetta dance? Who cares if he is a good dancer or not, he certainly is a good looking bloke, lucky you Amanda. more
- Caroline on Can Pat Panetta dance? Kids will love it for a little while longer...thennnnnnn..........er....."God Dads embarrassing". more
- Maria on Can Pat Panetta dance? Sorry Pat....... The hands are a bit........ Girly more
- Frances Holmes on Can Pat Panetta dance? Amanda may hate the hands, but unfortunately Pat that's all you've got moving! more
- Pedrao on Can Pat Panetta dance? You dance like a typical white boy. As a youth, you'de have no chance on scoring. As an old man; who cares.Ã¯Â»Â¿ more
- Brad on Can Pat Panetta dance? He looks to enjoying himself and looks natural doing it, so who cares if its good or bad dancing. hahahaCheers Brad ... more
- anna on Can Pat Panetta dance? Pat, no you can't dance. We would like to here the music tho so we can see if your in beat more
- Jude on Can Pat Panetta dance? NO Pat - you cant dance - you dance like my husband!!!!:( :( :( more
- H on Dami Im joins Denis Walter Thanks for having Dami on your show. That was a very good interview, Good questions, Good answers. 3AW, please play her ... more
- kerrie on Denis Walter live from New York Hi Dennis went too new york may 2013 with husband had a great time there check out ellens star dust diner and visit the soup ... more
- Tim on Denis Walter live from New York No wonder that lady named Judy didn't recognise the song you sang to her! She may have if you used the correct words Denis! ... more
- Noel on Denis Walter live from New York Great listening to you in New York.I am reliving my visit and taking note of the sights you are seeing and I hope to see, ... more
- Roger on Denis Walter live from New York Dennis I rang you on live radio about the New York Yacht Club next door to the Sofitel but if you get down to Wall St ... more
- di padgett on Denis Walter live from New York go have a baileys milkshake at Bills Burgers Rockerfellar and do the underground tour of rockerfellar more
- Elizabeth Bull on Denis Walter live from New York Hi Dennis, your lucky to be in New York. I was leaving to go there and hurricane sandy hit and l unfortunately had to ... more
- Ahmed on Denis Walter live from New York What's the story with the naked lady, what does she do? 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.