Film Review: Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs is set in a fictitious city in Japan where the city’s authoritarian mayor, Kenji Kobayashi, has banished all dogs to Trash Island after an outbreak of canine influenza. The film follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog and has an ensemble voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, and Tilda Swinton.

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Film Review: Godzilla

Directed by Gareth Edwards, the long-awaited epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla sees the world’s most famous monster reborn. Serving as the 29th instalment in the Godzilla series, the film is a retelling of the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times, as Godzilla is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Beginning in 1999, plant supervisor Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) witnesses an explosion that threatens to release radiation to the outside, which is later attributed to an earthquake. Fifteen years later, Joe’s son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), now a United States Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer, is set on a path to uncover the truth about what happened that day, as the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenceless.

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DVD Review: Argo

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Directed by Ben Affleck, Argo is a dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran, which is in turn based on the book The Master of Disguise. Led by CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), author of the novel itself, a team is set up with the help of Tony’s supervisor Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston), Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman), and film producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin), to create a cover story for the escapees, in which the fugitives must pose as Canadian filmmakers who are scouting exotic locations in Iran for a science-fiction film.

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Film Review: Madagascar 3 – Europe’s Most Wanted

(Published on Lost In The Multiplex)

DreamWorks’ latest, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, picks up with our favourite animated zoo animals – Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) – as the group continue their adventures from the first two films. After experiencing the African wildlife, the escapees plan to return back to their home town of New York City. Pursued by the fanatical Animal Control officer Captain DuBois (Frances McDormand), the animals are forced to join a travelling circus, staffed by the likes of Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short), if they are to travel through Europe unnoticed.

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New Trailer and Poster for ‘Rock of Ages’

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

New Line Cinema has released the debuting trailer and poster for Hairspray director Adam Shankman‘s new musical adaptation, Rock of Ages, this week.

The film tells the story of small town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta) who go to Hollywood and meet on the Sunset Strip whilst trying to pursue heir dreams in the big city. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the classic hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

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Film Review: Drive

(Read this in my publication In Retrospect – Issue 2)

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive is based on James Sallis‘ 2005 novel of the same name, with screenplay by Hossein Amini. The film is undoubtedly one of the best film’s of 2011, and even received a standing ovation at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Ryan Gosling, who remains unnamed throughout the film, plays a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver. He works for Shannon (Bryan Cranston) in a garage, who approaches mobsters Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and Nino (Ron Perlman) for backing to buy a racecar and have the “Driver” race it. Driver meanwhile becomes involved with his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her younger son, but as a romantic connection begins to develop, Irene’s boyfriend Standard (Oscar Isaac) is released from prison. Standard still owes an old associate some money, so Driver offers to help out of his concern for Irene. But when it all goes fatally wrong, Driver is left to clean up his mess.

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