Review: 300

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Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael Gordon, Frank Miller, Lynn Varley
Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan

Plot:
300 is the movie adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel; set in 480BC it follows the story of the Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 Royal Guards as they go into battle against the entire Persian army who are on a mission to conquer all of Greece. The Spartan’s were out numbered one hundred thousand to one but they had no choice if they wanted to save their country.

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Review: Disturbia

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Director: D.J. Caruso
Writers: Christopher B. Landon, Carl Ellsworth
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, Aaron Yoo, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse

I’ve seen a lot of movies in my time, and within that category, I’ve seen a lot of ‘Scary Movies’. No, I’m not talking about the repetitive Wayans’ brothers movies that almost make me throw up at times; I’m talking flicks like The Exorcist, The Shining, Scream and I’d even class something like Texas Chainsaw Massacre (The original, of course) as movies that genuinely made me want to change my underwear. Movies that played with my mind, made me afraid of shadows, and check to see if anyone was following me when I walked home at night.

I’m the type of guy who, as he watches a scary movie, slides down into the couch as the ‘thrill’ gets worse and my heart starts pounding. Suffice to say that I had to sit up first before I could get out of the cinema chair when Disturbia finished.

There are many positive things that this psychological thriller achieves; dark humour, a sense of family (I’ll explain this later), a genuine fear factor, and getting Sarah Roemer into bikini certainly adds an extremely enjoyable element to it. Well for me anyway. I’m glad it was dark in the cinema…

Warning: May contain spoilers

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Starks reviews the Transformers 20 minute preview.

In one hell of a debut on the site new Space Meat team member Andrew “Starks” Starkey was lucky enough to be in Sydney for a special preview of the highly anticipated Transformers and a advanced screening of Disturbia. His review of Disturbia can be found here.

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Fox Studio’s is one of those places I’ve always enjoyed going to. A well designed entertainment area, the only negative I can find is that they put the darn place in Moore Park, which generally means you’re subject to the horrendous parking fees they hit you with.

Nevertheless, I trekked to the Studio’s after work to enjoy dinner, the preview of the upcoming blockbuster Transformers and also the pre-release showing of Disturbia.

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Review: Hot Fuzz

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“…witty comedy, explosive action and legendary directing.”

Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton

Plot:
Nicolas Angel is the best cop in London; in fact he’s so good that he’s making everyone else look bad. This is why he is transfered to the safest little village in the U.K, Sandford, where not everything is as it seems.

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Review:
I saw Date Movie… It was horrifying. When you see something that bad it makes it hard to remember that once upon a time spoof movies could be good (Flying High). Luckily for us a man was born in 1974, a man who remembered the good spoof movies, a man who went on to make one of the funniest movies in the last decade, Shaun of the Dead. Of course I’m talking about Edgar (Cornetto) Wright.

Well he’s back and this time he’s full of sugar and rage, as he unleashes Hot Fuzz upon the world. Hot Fuzz is the sister movie to Shaun of the Dead, it is yet another spoof but this time of action films. Funny thing about Wright’s films are they may be spoofs but they are also good genre films. A lot of reviewers don’t seem to understand this, so when they watch Hot Fuzz and halfway through it makes a switch from comedy to action they are dumbstruck and end up pointing that out in their reviews as a negative, when it’s definitely not.

Hot Fuzz surprised even me, I came into the film expecting a hilarious comedy with a bit of action and what I got was an awesome action flick with a nice chunk of hilarious comedy. Because without a doubt the action is the stand out feature in this film and that is all due to Wright’s original and strong directing style. This doesn’t mean that the film lacks in the joke department because it certainly doesn’t (you would be hard pressed to find a funnier U.S film in the past year) but Hot Fuzz does falter a little (comedy wise) when compared to Shaun of the Dead. This is mainly due to a longer running time and a smaller amount of jokes.

As for the acting, Hot Fuzz is a movie made by and starring people who have been working together for going on ten years. Every piece of dialog is perfectly timed, Pegg and Frost are like watching the classic British comedy duos of the past (The Two Ronnies, Hale and Pace) and the supporting cast is a fantastic array of great British actors including the incredibly funny former Bond Timothy Dalton, and the classic comedian Jim Broadbent.

Hot Fuzz has witty comedy, explosive action and legendary directing. It’s the film to see this month as it blows Smokin’ Aces away and laughs in the face of Wild Hogs (Something I could never do). Only thing to do now is to go see Hot Fuzz (one more time for me) and afterwards break out the Spaced DVD’s and wait patiently for Wright and Pegg’s next movie masterpiece.

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The Good:
Great Acting.
Original and exciting directing style.
Hilarious comedy.
Suprisingly awesome action.

The Bad:
Not quite as funny as Shaun of the Dead.
Some will find it a tad long.
Those with no knowledge of english comedy, previous Wright and Pegg works, and action films may miss some of the jokes.

Score:
4/5

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IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425112/

Official Site:
http://www.hotfuzz.com.au

Space Meat Articles:
http://spacemeat.com.au/index.php?s=Hot+fuzz

My Epic Quest to watch Sunshine

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Danny Boyle’s new sci-fi thriller Sunshine is about a team of astronauts epic quest to stop the sun from dieing; this article is about my epic quest to see Sunshine. Ok so my “quest” is not really epic nor really a quest but I heard that words like epic and quest get peoples attention so I’m going with it.

The Journey / The Arrival
Having nearly forgotten we had booked tickets for the film my brother and I took to the streets and towards the train station. I with my Playstation Portable blasting Japanese rap group the Teriyaki Boyz, and my brother staring dimly into the nothingness. We boarded the train and were off; I took out my PSP and started playing the hilarious new game Chili Con Carnage and my brother (who had forgotten to charge both his Nintendo DS and his PSP) continued to stare dimly into the nothingness.

We arrived at Melbourne Central, and quickly went up to the cinema level and straight to Nandos as we were absolutely starving. This is where I got a pleasant surprise because who should be in line next to me but star of The Bazura Project, Lee Zachariah. I introduced myself (he already knowing about the site due to this) and we chatted about the show, the site and the movie we were there to see. He mentioned they were working on the second season of the show now and that they had something big planned but as much as he wanted to he couldn’t divulge any information about it. Being the pathetic journalist I am I didn’t bug him any further and after getting his Nandos he left to see the film. After waiting a ridiculous amount of time for our Nandos, my brother and I proceeded to the cinema.

Entering the cinema I noticed three things. Firstly Australian actor Brendan Cowell leaning against the wall, I thought this odd because he wasn’t actually in this film. Secondly I noticed Shannon Marinko co-host with Lee on the Bazura Project in an aisle seat near by. I introduced myself and asked if he was looking forward to the film, he replied that he knew nothing about it except the basic plot and channelled everyone in the audience when he said he just hoped it wasn’t as horrible as The Core. Finally I noticed that there were no seats within a days hike and proceed up to the back row where although the view of the screen was good, it would be incredibly easy for me to mistake Danny Boyle for the event host or even an empty chair.

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The Viewing
The film started and I was enthralled, it thrust us quickly into space with no sappy goodbyes and no Armageddon-esc romantic scenes. It was quickly apparent this film was much more of an actual space thriller then first thought by many (The Core 2: Electric Boogaloo).

As I was enjoying myself this is where things went cockeyed (literally), when the film entered a new scene that was entirely backwards, sound and all, and that it appeared to be the ending action scene. For the first couple of minutes I thought nothing of it as myself and majority of the people there thought it was a dream sequence. Five to ten minutes later the film stopped and the event host came out to apologise for the mix up and that apparently the reel was in backwards but not to worry it will be fixed in just five or so minutes.

Fifteen minutes later she came out again to say that it will just be ten more minutes; twenty minutes later the film finally started again… with no sound. The sound was fixed quickly and with that everyone noticed that we had no idea what was going on as they had started it up at the wrong part of the film. Again the film was stopped and again the host came out and apologised, this time to say there will be a fifteen minute intermission as they fix the reel.

The Intermission
I went to the toilet and got a frozen coke. When I returned I spoke with Lee and Shannon again and played some Chili Con Carnage until the now incredibly annoying lady came back to tell us that they won’t be showing the rest of the film and that they were moving straight to the Q&A. Frustrated I bitched to my brother and the stranger next to me, who looked very familiar and I was unsure if he was famous or was my primary school gym teacher.

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The Q&A
Finally the Q&A started and the great and powerful Danny Boyle stepped out followed by surprise guest the talented and beautiful Australian actress, Rose Byrne. As there were no recording equipment allowed (and my memory sucks) I can only tell you that the Q&A was entertaining and involved Danny Boyle telling a joke about how studio employees call him “governor” and mean “cunt”, and Rose Byrne shocked and entertained us all by announcing loudly that this had been a “complete fuck up.”

And with that it was over. Overall I was disappointed but that had nothing to do with the movie itself. I heartily recommend Sunshine, it may be ruined for me but I can still see it was an excellent film. If you like a good thriller, sci-fi, or you enjoy films like Event Horizon, go see this movie. You won’t be disappointed… unless of course it’s played backwards.

Top 5 Movies of 2006 & Top 5 Most Anticipated of 2007.

With Christmas now upon us and New Years only a stones skip away it’s that time to both look back at the year and also look forward to the next. So we have decided to outright tell you peeps what to watch, listen to, and play from this year and next. Using nothing but our own personal opinions, advanced mathematics, and a time machine made of double choc Oreos and a calculator watch we have comprised these amazing lists.

Now I’m first up to the plate with my top 5 movies of 2006 and my top 5 most anticipated of 2007 which you can check out below but also make sure you keep coming back because Jordan will be listing his top games and Ben will be listing his top Albums sometime before January 1st.

This year has had some big movies but it has also had some big flops. Superman Returns had everyone leaving the cinema thinking something along the lines of “WTF? Was that good or not?” and while Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was a lot of fun it was missing some of the charm that made the first one so great and really nobody likes an unfinished ending. So what was good? Well this was the year of the late comers and under dogs, with two of my selection coming out in the last couple of months of the year, one a small cult flick, one a kids animation and one a highly controversial film. So here is my top 5 must see films of 2006.

5. United 93
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The first major motion picture to focus on the September 11th attacks United 93 has a unique directing style similar to re-enactments. Superior to World Trade Centerin many ways, United 93 differs mainly due to its realistic style where as World Trade Center just feels like another disaster movie.

4. Monster House
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Monster House is a 3D animated family film that does an amazing job of not feeling like a animated film. With a great 80’s feel it echoes such great films as the Goonies and the Burbs and you would be hard pressed to find a better family film within the last few years.

3. Casino Royale
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James Bond rougher, tougher and ready to kick more arses. This is 007 more realistic with less stupid gadgets and a Bond who actually makes mistakes. Casino Royale is a complete revitalisation of the series and superior in many ways to the Pierce Bronson 007 films.

2. Brick
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This little film that came out of nowhere blew me away with it’s incredible dialogue and Joseph Gordon-Levitt superb acting. Not to mention the original and interesting style which involves a murder and high school full of students who talk like 1930’s gangsters.

1. The Departed
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Martin Scorsese’s best directing since Goodfellas, a brilliant script and a cast that only comes along once a decade adds up to make The Departed the best film of the year.
Check out my review for a full critique.

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This list was just as hard if not harder then this years movies simply for the fact that not only do I have to whittle the selection down to five but I also have to worry about picking a movie that ends up rivalling an Uwe Boll production. So with that in mind here is my selection of the top five must see films of 2007.

5. Hot Fuzz
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Ah the converted last spot, this was really hard to pick but ultimately I went with Hot Fuzz for three reasons: It looks piss my pants funny, it�s the only comedy on the list and it�s made by the guys who brought us Shaun of the Dead.

4. Smokin� Aces
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Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Jason Bateman, and Joel Edgerton (wtf?) the cast reads like a who�s who of awesome and considering the movie just seems to be them all shooting the shit out of each other in a casino you should understand completely why this makes my list.

3. Transformers
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Children of the 80�s everywhere prepare to either change your pants or coil up into a ball and cry as your childhood memories are destroyed. Whether or not the film turns out to be worthy of the name Transformers this movie is a massive deal, though with the recently released trailer being suprisingly awesome I decided to give the film the benefit of the doubt. Now we all know Transformers have the power, we just have to wait and see if Michael Bay has the touch.


2. 300

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The lord and master of the epic comic mini-series is Frank Miller and with his previous film Sin City being as huge as it was he will soon be the lord and master of the epic ancient war film as 300 is looking to bend Troy over and make it its bitch.


1. Spider-Man 3

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As expected your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has yet another sequel coming out and with the two previous movies being such comic genre defining films it is no surprise that the 3rd in the series would make the list. What is surprising is how easily it almost didn’t make number one, with so many fantastic films to look forward to this titan among comics was almost taken down by the young up and comer.

Honourable Mention:

Blood Diamond
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Even though I still think Billy Zane blew him out of the water in Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio has grown some titanic acting chops and the fact he can pull off a South African accent that doesn’t make me giggle like a school girl says something.

Live Free or Die Hard
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The original Die Hard is in my top five movies of all time, yes that�s right up there with The Shawshank Redemption. So to say this is a big deal is an understatement but with the so-so trailer released recently you may have to start preparing for my massive rant of bitching now.

The Simpsons Movie
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Five to ten years too late.

Review: World Trade Center

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Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Andrea Berloff
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Jay Hernandez, Danny Nucci, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Michael Shannon, Stephen Dorff, Stoney Westmoreland, and Frank Whaley.

Plot: Based on the true story of Port Authority Officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughin, who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center buildings when they collapsed.

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