Australia (2008): Thoughts from the Couch (Potato)

Australia movie posterA British aristocrat, Lady Sarah, inherits a cattle ranch and unwillingly engages the help of an Australian cattle drover (cunningly named ‘Drover’) to protect her property.

Usual love story ensues.

This takes place around WW2 and is cleverly interwoven with the mystical story of Nullah, a half aboriginal boy who is trying with some success to avoid being separated from his tribe and sent to Mission Island to join the rest of the ‘Stolen Generation’.

This film is beautifully rendered with the usual breathtaking cinematography that is associated with Baz Luhrmann. There are plentiful scenes of Hugh Jackman doing all sorts of sexy things in slow motion (walking, riding, getting doused in water/dust/mud, gazing thoughtfully into the horizon etc etc).

In comparison, there are precious few beauty shots of Nicole Kidman, though. Very few closeups. She may be over 40 in this film but she is still gorgeous and it would been nice to see her beauty celebrated just a teensy weensy bit, Mr Luhrmann!

Debs G recommends: Watch this movie with Moulin Rouge! for more beauty shots of Nicole Kidman to balance out your Baz Luhrmann evening!

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Real Steel (2011): Thoughts from the Couch (Potato)

Real-Steel-Theatrical-Poster-2-1Did anybody see the trailer for this movie?

Because if you did, and you thought that it looked like a LAME ASS TRANSFORMERS RIPOFF, then you should TOTALLY SEE THIS FILM because the trailer SUCKS but the movie is TOTALLY AWESOME! Whoever made the trailer should be drawn and quartered because the trailer does nothing to show you how much YOU SHOULD SEE THIS FILM!

It’s a classic underdog fighter film but with bigass robots wailing on each other with no mercy dammit!

Robots aside, the human actors in it are real and believable and you actually give a care about their relationships with each other (unlike some other robot movies I shall not name here).

WE LOVE YOU HUGH JACKMAN!

So in summary…
ROBOTS – check.
AWESOME VISUAL EFFECTS – check.
HUGH JACKMAN – check.
CHEESY HAPPY ENDING – double check CHECK!

This movie is FULL METAL ROCKY! BRING IT ON!

P.S. Get Real Steel here