Introducing the Von Trapp Children

When: 1st March 2016
What: The Sound of Music Victorian Cast Announcement
Show commencement:  13th May 2016
Where: Regent Theatre, Melbourne

Meet the 18 young cast members alternating for the roles of the six youngest Von Trapp children: Friedrick, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl. Marina Prior (Baroness Schraeder) lead the introductions in order from second eldest Von Trapp to youngest and the enthusiasm and energy from the cast was heart warming to see: Continue reading

Thoughts on Deadpool

From the opening credits this movie will grab your attention and make you smile with an “honest” description of its stars and creators (my favourite was “Written by: The real heroes here”). Then you will laugh, cringe, smile, eye roll, feel sad, laugh, cringe again and keep going on in this manner right until the final credits roll. If Ryan Reynolds’s sass and one liners don’t linger with you well after the movie has finished then you will at least get “shoop, shoop, ba doop” stuck in your head on repeat… which is both a cool and annoying Deadpool side effect. Continue reading

Thoughts on The Point Break Remake

If you’re a loyal Keanu Reeves fan or extremely attached to the original Point Break you will be notably bugged by this extreme sport focused remake. If, however, you’re a new generation or have absolutely no attachment to the original then you might just get a kick out of it. If the hair raising daredevil scenes don’t appeal to you then at the very least you’ll get to enjoy the view as blonde Johnny Utah and brunette Bodhi tackle pretty mountains and CGI looking waves while they show off their bad ass tattoos and sparkly blue eyes every chance they get. Continue reading

Thoughts on Goosebumps The Movie

Like a lot of people, I grew up as a teenager reading the Goosebumps series. I don’t recall if I managed to read them all and I’d be at a loss to rattle off the whole list of titles for you (without the help of Google) but I do know I went through a stage where they were pretty much all I read. And I visited the library a lot. There was something addictive about the characters and the plot twists that as a young reader I never quite saw coming. And the best part? There was always another adventure I could turn to when the last one drew to an end.

While I may no longer remember the storylines and characters vividly I still acknowledge that Goosebumps were a great part of my childhood. So when I saw the previews for the Goosebumps movie, my eyes of course lit up and my curiosity was ignited. Would they do the books great homage? Would I recognise any of the characters or has my imagination and memory distorted them some time ago?

Here are my thoughts (I will try to avoid spoilers wherever possible but I can’t help but make mention to some of the characters that appeared so consider this a “SPOILER ALERT” just in case). Continue reading

My Favourite Five: Zombie Themed Comedies

Sometimes all you need is a little comedy and some zombie mayhem to get you through the day. Here are five movies that gel the comedy and gore quite nicely:

5.) Fido (2006)

Thanks to radiation from space no one who dies stays dead in this 1950s  universe and headless funerals are the only way to make sure your relatives don’t come back as zombies. The good news? If they do rise again you can domesticate them with a collar and have them serve you. How creepy. While Fido has subtle humour it is more of a sentimental zombie movie that sees Billy Connolly relying heavily on body language for his non speaking role as a boy’s pet zombie/only friend Fido. Continue reading

Thoughts on the movie People Like Us (2012)

The very beginning of this movie feels disconnected and a bit empty as we follow our main character Sam (Chris Pine) while he tries to overcome a business deal gone bad. Even though Pine plays the fast talking businessman well, Sam is not a character that you will fall in love with at first sight, he is self centred, greedy and takes his family and girlfriend for granted. He takes risks for his job without thinking of the consequences and as a result lands himself in debt.

While trying to deal with a potential law suit from his business mistake Sam learns his father has died. Following the news Sam begrudgingly returns home (with a little push from his caring girlfriend) and tries to be there for his mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) only to learn his father had a secret daughter named Frankie (Elizabeth Banks). Continue reading

Thoughts On The Movie Love Happens (2009)

What can I say about this movie? It’s a hard one to write up as it left me with mixed feelings and not much else. It is definitely geared towards a female or Rom-Com audience and is a bit of an emotional movie in parts. But, for me, it wasn’t a love story or at least the love story wasn’t the driving force as the DVD blurb would make you believe. It is Burke Ryan’s story (Aaron Eckhart) with Eloise Chandler (Jennifer Aniston) acting as his emotional crutch or unknowing motivator for change. Continue reading

Thoughts On The Resident (2011)

For a movie mentioning Christopher Lee and “relentless horror” in its blurb The Resident sets the bar high with a lot to deliver. While the “relentless horror” was more “disturbing creepiness” than anything else it did create a sense of unease and kept me watching with morbid curiosity right until the credits rolled.

For those who haven’t seen it or its trailer it follows the story of ER doctor Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank) and her search for a new place to live following her separation from her cheating husband. After being shown a dismally tiny apartment, by what I presume is a real estate agent, Juliet is fortunate enough to be offered a very spacious and surprisingly cheap apartment by the rather cute and charmingly awkward landlord Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Ignoring the old adage “if it’s too good to be true…” Juliet jumps at the chance to move in and, with a landlord like Max, who wouldn’t? On the surface everything seems to be working out for Juliet with her new place starting to feel like home and her adorable landlord proving to be a very helpful handyman and friend. But, as with most thriller themed movies, all is not what it seems and things start becoming unsettling bit by bit. [SPOILERS] Continue reading

My Favourite Five: Brittany Murphy Movies

Brittany Murphy was a talented actress who proved she could act across genres and take on challenging roles. One thing I liked about her was that she wasn’t afraid to pull facial expressions and put everything into her role. I swear, there are some actresses out there that seem scared to crack a smile lest they wrinkle or look out of sorts.

Here are my favourite selections of Brittany Murphy movies: Continue reading