A strong undercurrent of Aussie black humour helps make this revolting story just about palatable, although the solid cast struggles to make the idiotic characters very likeable. The film owes a lot to the Coen Brothers' classic Fargo, as a group of people make ridiculous decisions that lead to pain, conflict and death in a situation so complex that no one has a clue what's really going on. There are some very funny moments, but the filmmakers' real goal is to gross the audience out. And that they do.
Based on a true story from 1983 Melbourne, the film centres on Ray (Angus Sampson), a geeky TV repairman who wins the annual prize in his local football club and suddenly finds himself invited to the cool parties with the team captain, his childhood friend Gavin (Leigh Whannell). The club's president Pat (John Noble) wants Gavin to travel to Bangkok to collect a shipment of heroin, and Gavin talks Ray into doing the job, swallowing 20 heroin-filled pods. When Ray panics on reentering Australia, he's picked up by federal agents Croft and Paris (Hugo Weaving and Ewen Leslie) and held for seven days in a hotel room. But Gavin refuses to move his bowel, confounding them. Meanwhile, Pat is on a rampage trying to find his missing drugs and make sure Ray doesn't spill the beans, as it were.
Yes, this is literally an anal-retentive story, told with bone-dry wit by a group of filmmakers that includes actors Sampson and Whannell (who play ghostbusters Tucker and Specs in the Insidious movies). The film moves at a surprisingly slow pace, never building up much energy but keeping everything luridly trashy as these chucklehead characters flail pointlessly against everything that goes against them. Each person thinks they're in control, but no one is. And only the underused women are truly likeable: Georgina Haig as Ray's sassy-savvy public defender and Noni Hazlehurst as his increasingly frazzled mother.
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A host of TV stars made their way to the blue carpet at the FOX Upfronts presentation held at The Beacon Theater in New York. Among guests were stars from FOX Network shows as well as many others.
Sleepy Hollow - one of the TV highlights of 2013 - is back for season 2.
Fans packed into the Dolby Theatre on Wednesday event for a PaleyFest 2014 event about Fox's breakout drama 'Sleepy Hollow,' which is returning for season two this year. It's been two months since the thrilling finale of season one and the enthusiastic crowd in Los Angeles were treated to a preview of what's to come. Be warned, spoilers ahead.
Sleepy Hollow was one of the most popular TV dramas of 2013.
Season one ended with Henry Parrish (John Noble) revealed as the second Horseman, and producer Mark Goffman promised more to come for the character.
A radio DJ from Melbourne, Australia, says she "has it on very good authority," that the Aussie actor John Noble - of Lord of the Rings and Home & Away fame - has already been cast as the villain in J.J. Abrams forthcoming Star Wars movie. Jo at Fox FM was pressed by her co-host Matt, though she stuck to her guns saying the casting was for Episode VII and definitely NOT for one of the recently announced stand-alone movies. She then offered a friendly wager on the matter.
Though starting rumors and spreading speculation is commonplace in the radio stations the world over, Jo's comments have intrigued the Star Wars fan-base, mainly because it's such a left-field call. It's likely that media types down-under haver more of a sense of what Noble is going to be up to in the coming years, so maybe we should take notice? Comic Book Movies.com said, "it's the rare crazy rumor that doubles as a totally brilliant idea, so I'm all for hoping this is one bit of wild speculation that turns out to be true. Still, best to take this with a generous heaping of salt."
Noble - Walter Bishop himself - is currently doing some voice work on the forthcoming animated movie Superman: Unbound, and whaddaya know? He's playing the superhero's principal enemy Brainiac.
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"The Monkey's Mask" is an old-fashioned film noir murder mystery, complete with a hard-boiled private eye narrator, a pretty young victim, a host of nebulous suspects and a smoky, enigmatic femme fatale.
With whispered intensity, it oozes 21st Century Raymond Chandler ambiance as the detective probes the apparently gruesome strangulation slaying of a tormented poetry student, makes stunning discoveries about her sordid sex life and falls for the girl's voluptuous professor in spite of knowing full well it's a bad idea.
The film is a brilliantly modern homage to everything that was great about the golden era of gritty gumshoe flicks, with two significant twists: 1) its inventive, gorgeously coarse, full-color cityscape cinematography, and 2) the detective...is a woman.
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