The Adventures of Tintin (TV series) – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Herge

Voice Actors (English): Colin O’Meara, Susan Roman, David Fox, Wayne Robson, Dan Hennessey, John Stocker

Synopsis: In 1991, Herge’s Tintin graphic novels were adapted into an animated TV series that adhered quite closely to the source material.   21 of these novels were adapted into half an hour segments, with many stories being split over two episodes.   These have recently been made available on Blu-Ray, the format in which the series is here reviewed.

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Spielberg Double Bill Part 2 – The Adventures of Tintin

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones

Synopsis: Herge’s most famous creation is brought to animated life with the latest motion capture techniques.   In this adventure, the simple purchase of a model ship leads Tintin on a mystery for sunken treasure, an adventure which introduces him to long time friend Captain Haddock.   Based on the Tintin graphic novels “The Crab with the Golden Claws” and “The Secret of The Unicorn”.

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Morning Glory – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, John Pankow, Ty Burrell

Synopsis: Becky (McAdams) is an executive producer on a morning variety program.   That is until she loses her position and in desperation accepts a job on the slowly dying show “Daybreak”.   She makes a flurry of changed, including firing the co-anchor.   To replace him, she manages to coerce former crack journalist Mike Pomeroy (Ford), whom has no desire to do “fluffy” journalism, much to the chagrin of remaining co-anchor Collen Beck (Keaton).

A review by Film Nerd.

This is an unassuming comedy, that while unable to make a large swell at the box office is a very satisfying and enjoyable film.   I purchased it on Blu-Ray on the strength of its cast, and of some solid reviews, and I am personally very glad idea.   It is by its nature light entertainment, far from ground-breaking, but has a good, clever gag rate to keep interest until the end credits.

It is a film very appropriate to modern sensibilities.   We live in a time when work demands are steep, where often it can be hard to switch off at the end of the day, particularly when a lot is at stake.   For Becky, the wrong choices could mean the cancellation of a national live television show that has been on air for forty-seven years.   McAdams is a personal favourite actress of mine, and here she does not do anything to make my faith in that statement waver.   She takes a difficult character, one who is work obsessed and determined, also soft enough to be likeable.   These characters often lack that quality in cinema, making it hard to garner the audiences support.   No such error here.

Becky has two major thorns in her side on her path to success.   The first is prickly existing co-anchor Colleen Beck.   Keaton is on fine form, and she shares good on-screen animosity than affection with McAdams, perhaps a by-product of their former work together on The Family Stone.   The other thorn is Ford’s Mike Pomeroy.   This is the performance that turns an okay movie into something a little more special.   Over the years he has made gruff with a (very) hidden soft core a speciality.    His performance here for me made me miss seeing him more often on the big screen, and in more than disappointing Indiana Jones sequels.

So in the end, this is a comedy with a good laugh rate mixed in with a good but not sickening dose of heart.   It features fine actors all in fine form.    In addition, it has a plot that is relevant to most people in the workforce today.   As such, this is a film I can highly recommend to a discerning audience.

4 stars out of 5

Morning Glory on IMDB

Morning Glory on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9lWUqraDoU]

Armageddon Videos

Due to a few requests from friends and fan sites, I am in the process of uploading videos I took from Armageddon last weekend.    This post will be updated over the next few days until I have all videos uploaded.   The first and most extensive is my video of John Rhys-Davies, whose panel I tried to record all of, however my camera battery sadly did not last.

John Rhys-Davies

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Hudson Leick & Renee O’Connor

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David Anders

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Karen Allen

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Armageddon Sydney 2011

Revenge of the Film Nerds have continued their noble mission of exploring the world of Sydney geekdom by attending Armageddon at the Dome in Olympic Park this weekend.   Our reviews and photos are in progress, but please feel free to see what we have made available online so far….

Armageddon Sydney 2011

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Upcoming Genre Films for 2011 Part Deux – A Preview by Film Nerd

First of all thanks to Urban Fantasist for that awesome post.   Consider my appetite whetted.   As you referred to yourself though, there are certain tastes of mine that were not catered to, so here is a preview of 2011 from the perspective of someone who collected comics in high school.

I will be using the same list as Urban Fantasist from io9, but I will extend from there a little bit from a post by blastr featuring the top 55 trailers for films coming out in 2011.   I will of course avoid overlap between these lists.

The Green Hornet (io9, blastr)     January 14

A remake of the series that first captured hearts on radio serials then on television, featuring a rich guy turned vigilante.   The character was created by the guy who brought us The Lone Ranger, and at one point in the radio series it was indicated that the Hornet is descendant of the Ranger.   Directed by Michael Gondry of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame, it could prove interesting.

I Am Number Four (io9, blastr)     February 18

A group of nine aliens hiding out as teenagers on Earth are hunted down for extermination by the government.   With three down, this film follows the story of the fourth to be targeted.    Based on a novel of the same name.

The Adjustment Bureau (io9, blastr)     March 4

Matt Damon plays a congressman destined for big things, before he meets and falls for Emily Blunt’s ballerina.   He was supposed to never meet her again, but somehow does, and falls in love with her.   The mysterious agency of the title steps in to prevent the relationship, and put our heroes life back on the set path.   Escaping, running, and hiding ensues….

Battle: Los Angeles (io9, blastr)     March 11

Gritty war film with hand-held camera work with visceral closeups, etc.   Oh yeah, and humans are fighting aliens.   Sounds like a great big B-movie, but with a cast headlined by Aaron Eckhart, may prove a hidden gem.

Red Riding Hood (io9, blastr)     March 11

Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman star in this retelling of the classic tale, with the wolf recast as a werewolf connected the past of she with the hood.   Don’t know how Urban Fantasist missed that one, sounds like her cup of tea!!

Paul (io9, blastr)     March 18

Comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as two mates on an American road trip that meet foul mouth alien Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen.   Some of the gags on the trailer are foul, but delightfully so!!

Sucker Punch (io9, blastr)     March 25

A film by Zack Snyder, who previously brought us 300 and Watchmen.   He does have a talent for absolute visual splendour on-screen, and the trailers indicate this will be no different.   It is hard to get a grasp on what it is about, but seems to be the story of five girls attempting to escape the clutches of evil authority in a mental asylum…or is it a war zone???   Or a bordello??

Super (io9, blastr)     April 1

Okay, so the concept of this sounds very similar to Kick-Ass… average bloke dons a costume to fight crime.   So lacking in originality on that count perhaps.   Just watch the clip posted on blastr though and I dare you not to show some interest!!

Hanna (blastr only) April 8

Eric Bana’s ex-CIA agent trains daughter Saoirse Ronin to be the perfect assassin, with the goal to target Cate Blanchett.    A lot of talent there in that sentence, and a pretty cool concept to boot.    The trailer also kicks butt!!

Your Highness (io9, blastr) April 8

Danny McBride and James Franco reteam with the director of Pineapple Express to star as royal brothers on a rescue mission… a comedy that drags Natalie Portman and my favourite Zooey Deschanel along for the ride.   I am still giggling at the trailer… “What a coincidence, I was just about to finish thinking of you!!”   Hehe.

Thor (io9, blastr)     May 6

The Norse god is exiled to Earth, as reimagined by Marvel Comics.   Mjolnir was spotted after the credits to Iron Man 2, resulting in my second Nerdgasm for that film.   Those that don’t know that this is part of building towards Joss Whedon’s The Avengers should be stripped of their geek badge immediately!!

X-Men: First Class (io9 only)     June 3

The second Marvel movie for 2011.   With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and January Jones on board, and Kick-Ass’ Michael Vaughn directing, can we put the travesty of X-Men: The Last Stand behind us???

Green Lantern (io9, bkastr)     June 17

A film based on a DC universe second tier hero.   Ryan Reynolds is good casting, but the CGI costume is still a little off-putting for me.   However, has the potential to be the next Iron Man, whom was one of Marvel’s second tier heroes.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two (io9, blastr)     July 15

You really want a synopsis for this one?

Captain America: The First Avenger (io9 only)     July 22

The source of my first Nerdgasm in Iron Man 2 was spotting Captain America’s shield partially constructed in Tony Stark’s work room.   Like Thor, this is building to Whedon’s The Avengers, and has Chris Evans donning the tights in what can only be called great casting!

Cowboys and Aliens (io9, blastr)     July 29

James Bond and Indiana Jones!!   The old west!!   Aliens!!    Daniel Craig waits from unconsciousness with a strange device on his arm.   Harrison Ford plays the villain of the piece, that teams with Craig when the bigger threat arrives.   Why didn’t they think of this earlier???

The Thing (io9 only)     October 14

Prequel to John Carpenter’s iconic original.   Stars Joel Edgerton, and personal favourite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, last seen in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Sherlock Holmes 2 (io9, blastr)     December 16

Downey Jr. and Law return to 221B Baker Street, this time to face the infamous Professor Moriarty.   Be warned, blastr screwed up, the trailer from the first film, not the first trailer for the second!!

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (io9 only) December 23

Steven Spielberg directs his first fully motion capture film.   Peter Jackson produces.   They will be swapping roles for the sequel!!   Stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.   Some writing was even done by Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffatt!! Add that element of retro charm and I am sold!

Man, that is a lot of movies…. I hope Bride of Film Nerd doesn’t kill me when we need a second mortgage!!