MIFF2014: Web Junkie

web junkie 1With so many good films at the Melbourne International Film Festival, there is bound to be a film that would fail to ‘click’ with me. There is so much potential for this film to milk this topic of internet addiction but all it provides is a very small glimpse into a boot camp in China and the angry teens locked up inside without any insight into the social problem as a whole. Continue reading

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MIFF2014: Happy Christmas + Post-Film Q&A

happy christmas 1Happy Christmas is Joe Swanberg’s most satisfying film to date. It is definitely a worthy follow-up to last year’s equally enjoyable Drinking Buddies. This film is a nice little portrait of a middle class family set during the Christmas holidays in the city of Chicago. Despite a somewhat slow start, the film beautifully highlights the angst we commonly experience in adulthood and looks into the struggle between maintaining a creative life while being a parent to a toddler. Well in this case, perhaps two toddlers. Continue reading

This Fan-Made Intro is the Basis of the New Doctor Who Title Sequence

With the new season of Doctor Who this weekend, what was Fridays of Ice and Fire are now Doctor Who themed on The Lowdown. I haven’t come up with a punny name for these posts yet but that’s not going to stop me from starting with this post and continuing on with reviews next week.

You might not know the name Billy Hanshaw but you’re going to know his handy work very soon. Hanshaw created his own mockup of a new title sequence for Doctor Who’s 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi. The result went viral and got so much attention that Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat saw it and commissioned the BBC graphics department to use it as a basis for the title sequence that you’ll see tomorrow.

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Entertainment Link-Off: Newsbeat

Hello folks. I don’t want to cause a panic but I’ve drawn in for Jackie this week. He’s off to the Melbourne International Film Festival this weekend. Hopefully he has a few reviews and quick thoughts on some of the movies he sees this weekend. As we know from his 2013 Brisbane International Film Festival coverage, he certainly gets his money worth at these festivals.

So it’s time for this week’s best links from the worlds of entertainment and pop culture. We have more about the death of Robin Williams, the juxtaposition of a new release and the protests in Ferguson, and more TV and movie news.

First, since The Expendables 3 premieres this weekend, here’s new star Ronda Rousey. Hopefully we eventually get her female Expendables movie.

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Entertainment Link-Off: Short and Sweet

nina dobrev lets be cops premiereLet’s keep it short and simple this week. I am currently busy from the Melbourne International Film Festival screenings, so I’m a bit short on words this week in the ELO. Perhaps you can catch some of my updates from the film fest when I get around to posting them all! In the meantime, let’s kick things off with Nina Dobrev at the Let’s Be Cops premiere.

After the jump, imagine if GoT had a subway line, Bear Grylls tells us how to survive movie situations, watch Chris Pratt rap and finally catch Nina tackling giant beer pong with Jimmy Fallon. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: I Am Everywhere

eliza taylor belloStar Lord and his gang are doing huge business at the box office this weekend and is raking in more cash than expected. It’s certainly good news given that the flick is quite enjoyable! Anyway, gonna kick off the ELO with someone totally unrelated to the flick. Instead it’s the star of CW’s The 100, here’s Eliza Taylor. 

After the jump, some more tidbits on Guardians of the Galaxy, some new trailers to check out, TMNT’s marketing in Australia struck the wrong chord, catch a preview of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover, and there’s an awesome Samuel L. Jackson supercut. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: Through the Wormhole

irina shaykThis weekend, the second (and apparently much better) of the two Hercules films hits the theatres. This time, you get to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson take on a whole bunch of animals! Anyway, you can also catch Irina Shayk in a small role in the film. 

After the jump, more troubles for Ant-Man, the next Spider-Man film is delayed, there is no endgame in plan for Sons of Anarchy, Mary Poppins is tired of getting paid minimum wage, watch for a faux Rob Ford cameo in Sharknado 2, we find out the reason for the lens flare in JJ Abrams’ movies, and a whole bunch of videos to check out.

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