August 31st, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Unlocked” has been released on Blu-Ray in the United Kingdom on Monday and I was thrilled to finally watch it. I was expecting something bad after the film has been in the shelf for over 3 years (as you can clearly see on Toni’s hair, growing back after shooting “Miss You Already” in 2015). Luckily, the film’s quality was not the reason for its delay – at least not in my book. It’s a good entertaining thriller, nothing new to say the least, but still very well done and a good ride. I was looking forward to an ensemble piece, given the talents of John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom involved, but it really is a one-woman show with Noomi Rapace commanding the screen – and every single scene. It’s another powerful leading role. The only real disappointment about the British Blu-Ray is that it includes absolutely no special features, zero. It would have been nice to go behind the scenes and learn more about the making of the film. Make sure to grab your copy or catch it in an American theater for its US release starting tomorrow. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery – be advised that they contain spoilers.


  August 23rd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Australian director Ben Lewin’s latest film “Please Stand By” has been selected to screen at the Austin Film Festival in Texas. It is the first film by the Melburnian since his Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated 2012 feature, The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes. His new comedy drama stars Toni Collette, Alice Eve and Dakota Fanning and was written by Grimm’s Michael Golamco. Lewin is best known in Australia for creating the TV series Rafferty’s Rules and the mid-1990s feature Paperback Romance, starring Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia. “Please Stand By” will premiere in Austin in October. Meanwhile, the Hamptons International Film Festival will host the east coast premiere of “The Yellow Birds”, and has also announced Toni Collette to attend the festival. No dates have been released yet. “The Yellow Birds” has had its world-premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, garnering less than enthusiastic reviews. Maybe they’ve used the time for a new cut. Here goes the official synopsis: In the midst of the Iraq War, Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Murph (Tye Sheridan), two young soldiers fresh out of training camp, find themselves woefully unprepared for the realities facing them upon their deployment into active duty. What starts off as a simple mission ends in tragedy, driving one traumatized soldier to return home desperate to escape the past while the other’s parents begins their own search for the truth. Aided by stand-out supporting turns from Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette, “The Yellow Birds” provides a haunting look at the personal devastation facing both the soldiers on the ground and those they leave behind.

  August 18th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Toni Collette has shared some details on the upcoming horror film “Hereditary”. There hasn’t been an official announcement on the production and it was only mentioned earlier in an interview by actress Ann Dowd, who’s in the film as well – and mentioning Collette being “terrific”. Sounds like we’ll have prepare covering our eyes for this 2018 release:

Recently, I filmed a movie that really was the hardest job of my life, this horror film called Hereditary with a writer-director called Ari Aster. Gabriel Byrne played my husband, and it’s an intense one. It surprised me every day. I think if I’d really contemplated it any more before I started, I might have just run the other way, because every day was just so much more full-on than I even anticipated. So I just had to take it one step at a time. But in a perverse way it was really satisfying, even though it was like twisting myself inside out.

  August 17th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Today, Amanda Sthers’ underdog comedy “Madame” releases Australian cinemas. Reviews have been mixed, ranging from charming to lousy. So, if you’re Australian, make sure to get your own opinion on this indie French film.

Screen Daily, Sarah Ward (August 18, 2017)
Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel might bring star power to upstairs-downstairs comedy Madame, but it’s Rossy de Palma who shines brightest in this English-language debut of French writer turned filmmaker Amanda Sthers. Among the cast, scenes between de Palma and Smiley render him Madame’s second standout player. In fact, it’s Collette and Keitel who make less of an impact, largely thanks to their underwritten characters. One can arch her eyebrows in disdain with the best of them, and the other amble around with charm, but their parts serve the narrative more than their talents

The Herald Sun, Leigh Paatsch (August 16, 2017)
An irksomely erratic French comedy of (bad) manners, Madame would normally have struggled to secure an Australian release. However, the usually inviting presence of our own Toni Collette in a starring role has jemmied open the door. Enter at your own peril. And also be warned that Collette issues one of the few complete performance misfires of her career with a very loud bang. While Collette’s awkward repartee with Keitel (those two as a married couple? Really?) is not so hot, her character’s constant, cruelly bitter jabs at Maria leave a decided chill. A movie that can sometimes turn tolerable (thanks to the unconventionally endearing de Palma, a gem who deserved better than this) just when it’s getting terrible.

Urban Cinefile, Louise Keller (August 15, 2017)
The premise is fun and the Paris setting gorgeous, yet this would be Cinderella story with a twist prickles with contrivance. There is something that grates about the way writer director Amanda Sthers has written her characters, although nothing takes away from the splendid turn by Rossy de Palma. The dinner scene when Maria attracts the attention of David (Michael Smiley), a British aristocrat who clearly is bewitched by her, is a lot of fun, but as the romance progresses, nothing rings true about Anne’s behaviour – or the way Collette has been directed.

Newscom.au, Wenlei Ma (August 14, 2017)
A classic Cinderella story, Madame is a joyful romp through the delights of upper class Paris and the immigrant underclass that serves them. It’s no wonder de Palma is sometimes described as Pedro Almodovar’s muse — she’s worked with him on seven films since 1987. Her Picasso-esque face is extraordinarily expressive and open and she has an incredible screen presence. She is the heart of Madame, even if, the titular “Madame” is Collette’s Anne, at least by frequency of address. The ridiculous Anne (“Louboutin doesn’t even make a size eight!”) borders on caricature at times but this could be a deliberate choice to underscore Maria’s authenticity.

  August 14th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Screencaptures from both parts of “Blue Murder: Killer Cop” have been added to the photo gallery. Richard Roxburgh has delivered a fantastic follow-up to the performance that made him a household name in the 1990s. And it’s been great to see Toni Collette featured in both a very successful Australian film (“Jasper Jones”) and an Australian series this year – alongside frequent co-star Dan Wyllie, whose performance was exceptional as well.


  August 14th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Fun Mom Dinner” has been released last Friday on demand. The title doesn’t disappoint – it’s fun, it’s not much more, but a decent watch. I can’t say how it ranks with all the other moms/girls-night-out films of the last months, since I wouldn’t have watched this one if it wasn’t for Toni, but I’m sure its target audience will enjoy it. Screencaptures from the on demand version have been added to the photo gallery.


  August 4th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Seven (Australia) is coming out with its best foot forward having confirmed that “Blue Murder: Killer Cop” will air on August 6 and 7. In this two part telemovie Richard Roxburgh reprises his heralded portrayal of Australia’s most notorious former detective Roger Rogerson in “Blue Murder: Killer Cop”, leading an all-star cast including Toni Collette, Matt Nable, Dan Wyllie, Emma Booth, Justin Smith, Damian Walshe-Howling, Steve Le Marquand, Aaron Pedersen, Aaron Jeffery – and reprising their original roles, Tony Martin and Peter Phelps. A floating body, a drug deal gone wrong, and two former detectives the perpetrators. Life imprisonment is the end of Roger Rogerson’s story. The last Blue Murder ended with his expulsion in disgrace from the NSW Police Force. In this installment, Rogerson struggles to make a living in a world that’s rapidly changing, caught between the pressures of criminals, police and a love that might save him. A full trailer and tv spot have been added to the video archive and you can find the DVD keyart and production stills in the photo gallery. “Blue Murder: Killer Cop” premieres 8:30 pm Sunday, August 6 and concludes 8:30 pm Monday, August 7.

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