Episode 20! Stu and Billy are back at the flicks to check out The Red Turtle!

The Red Turtle is a 2016 French-Belgian-Japanese Animated film directed by Michael Dudok de Wit in his feature film debut. The film is a co-production between two animation studios, Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli.

The film tells the story of a man who washes up on a island populated only by turtles and crabs. His efforts to escape the island are inhibited by a huge red turtle, with him he battles and also bonds with. The film has no dialogue.


As well as the film, Stu and I discuss what else we've been watching this week, and look over the latest in movie news.

As always it would make our day if you could take a couple of minutes to rate and reviews us on iTunes or drop us some feedback below! Really keen to have your input in the show.

Enjoy!

-Billy



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WE HAD TWENTY YEARS TO PREPARE. SO DID THEY.

Twenty years after mysterious aliens nearly wiped out humankind, they’re back with a vengeance in this explosive sequel to the original blockbuster hit, INDEPENDENCE DAY! Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth developed a vast defense program to protect the planet, led by Jeff Goldblum, returning as brilliant scientist David Levinson. But nothing could prepare us for a new invasion of unprecedented scale—and only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save our world from extinction. Co-starring Liam Hemsworth and Jesse T. Usher alongside returning fan favorites Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE Arrives on Digital HD on Wednesday 28 September and on 4K Ultra HD Disc, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD Wednesday 19 October

Independence Day: Resurgence Special Features (Available on All Formats)

• Eight Deleted Scenes with Audio Commentary by Roland Emmerich
• The War of 1996
• It’s Early, ABQ!
• Another Day: The Making of Independence Day: Resurgence (available as Digital HD Extra on DVD only)
• Gag Reel
• Audio Commentary by Roland Emmerich
• Concept Art
• Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot

 Buy Independence Day Resurgence Now on Digital. Available on 3D, Blu-ray & DVD October 19












Action films are famous for their large-scale stunts and some actors are more than happy to cast off a stunt double for a slice of the glory. To celebrate the release of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on October 20, we have curated the top 12 actors who have risked life and limb to do their own stunts.

Tom Cruise
Cruise has starred in a lot action flicks in his time and has gained major street cred by completing all of his own stunts. The Mission: Impossible series is his most well-known chain of stunts where Cruise not only climbed, but ran down the mirrored glass exterior of the Burj Khalifa, the 181-story skyscraper in Dubai that holds the record for the highest structure ever built. He has also put his life at risk doing his own stunt driving in the fast-paced car chase scenes of Jack Reacher, the sequel of which, titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, is in cinemas from October 20!


Margot Robbie
Proud Aussie moment, Gold Coast beauty Margot Robbie did a tremendous amount of her own stunts in the recent Suicide Squad film. Playing the infamously insane supervillain Harley Quinn, Robbie was involved in elaborate fight scenes and acrobatics which she started training for over a year in advance! She admitted that it took a toll on her body, that she could hardly move the day after shooting. She’s not giving up though, proclaiming to The Daily Telegraph that she may have chosen the wrong profession, “'Since I've been doing all of these stunts on this film, I'm like, oh my God, I was meant to be a stuntwoman.'


Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is a revered stunt-man-turned-actor who originally did the stunts for Bruce Lee himself. Many have called him crazy for his spectacularly dangerous stunts and he has broken every bone in his body as a result, but that’s not insanity – it’s badassery. He has done it all: hung from helicopters, electrocuted himself while sliding down a pole, knocked out teeth, broken through glass, hung from clock towers and slid down skyscrapers. In Armour of God (1986) Chan jumped and fell while trying to reach a tree and suffered a head injury, causing him to need brain surgery. To this day he still has a plastic plug in his head… That’s dedication.


Jason Statham
Statham is an accidental stuntman and professional driver, who began stunting in his first action film because they didn’t have expenses for green screens or stunt men. It’s a good thing though, as he became a go-to action star since that day and has done his own stunts in films like Snatch, The Transporter, and The Expendables. He did cut it too close once while filming The Expendables 3 and was in the driver’s seat of a truck that plunged into the Black Sea when the brakes cut out. It was a scary time for everyone on set as they thought that they had just lost a man, but as co-star Terry Crews told Jay Leno, “He gets out, swims to the top, and the truck is gone. Let me tell you something, Jason Statham is a true bad, bad dude.”


Gina Carano
Number five is none other than Gina Carano, an actress who does her own stunts and is also, ironically, afraid of heights. In her recent leading role in the hit film Haywire, she ran across wooden boards that joined buildings, which admittedly scared her to death, climbed up the sides of said buildings and also fought bad guys like a boss. This shouldn’t come as a surprise though, as Carano is the face of women’s MMA fighting, even though she hasn’t seen the inside of a cage for years. She also starred across from Michelle Rodriguez in Fast & Furious 6 in one of the coolest girl fights of all time.


Arnold Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger is the original action hero that everyone grew up with, he was a Terminator, a cop, a scientist and a barbarian, all with an Austrian accent. The beloved action star has done his own stunts in many of his movies, like his recent films Sabotage and Terminator: Genisys. Despite his age, 69, Schwarzenegger will not be slowing down and still loves doing the running, jumping and fighting scenes although he has been quoted saying that his body doesn’t work quite like it used to.


Jennifer Lawrence
Lawrence is one of the film industry’s newest action stars, famously starring in The Hunger Games series from 2012-2015. Prior to filming she had to do training with stunt crews to learn how to safely climb trees and jump off rocks while also doing strength and agility training, and learning how to handle archery like a pro. While filming Catching Fire, Lawrence did a water stunt which left her deaf in one ear for six days! She admits the stunt crew did cover her for the more dangerous falls. She most recently as starred as Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse, which required a lot of kung fu fighting and yoga to train her for the character’s lizard-like movements.


Daniel Craig
The name’s Craig, Daniel Craig. He’s the sixth James Bond and, in true James Bond fashion, strives to do as many of his own stunts as possible to create authenticity for the character. He can be seen climbing and fighting on top of moving trains, jumping from crane to crane in industrial sites and riding motorbikes on top of roofs – he puts in the hard yards. The 48-year-old actor has been quoted saying, “I didn’t get fit just to take my shirt off,” and hopes fans will appreciate the efforts he goes to.


Angelina Jolie
Jolie is an action star in her own right and has appeared in the Tomb Raider series and 2010 film Salt. Jolie did 99 percent of her own stunts in Salt, according to her trainer, as her character Evelyn Salt - a rogue CIA agent. In the film her stunts included walking on a narrow ledge atop a 12-story building and diving through an opening door while firing a gun. She even suffered an injury during filming after jumping through the window and hitting her head on a piece of corner set. Ouch! She also did her own stunts in her recent film Maleficent where she hovers above the ground before flinging herself into the air as the protector of the forest.


Christian Bale
Bale did his own stunts while starring in the Batman films and really got into the super hero role in the fighting and driving scenes. In-between his yo-yo dieting for acting roles, which is an impressive stunt in itself, Bale learned Keysi martial arts to tap into the character of Bruce Wayne. "I do all of the fight sequences myself, although I do have a fantastic stunt double who is a great mixed-martial artist, but it wasn't necessary," he says.


Harrison Ford
Ford did most of his own stunts in his infamous role as Indiana Jones, where he needed to run from boulders, hang off helicopters and crash cars. He was very adamant about doing all of the dangerous stunts in the film but his stunt man had to convince him otherwise. “It was fun to do. I still enjoy doing that stuff. I was in good shape for it all, and trained during the film just to make sure there weren’t any accidents. I wanted to be in the best possible shape, to be able to do as much as possible,” Ford said.


Emily Blunt
Blunt starred across from Tom Cruise in the film Edge of Tomorrow where she played a soldier with uber-cool robot armour. She tried matching Cruise’s skills by doing as many of her own stunts as possible, completing a lot of aerial fight scenes and stunt driving. She even nearly broke her nose! "In my initiation to the action world, in stunt training I almost broke my nose," she says. "It wasn't even a cool story. I smacked myself in the face with my sword. Tom came into the trailer as I was sitting there with ice on my face and high-fived me and said, 'Welcome to the club.' I said, 'Dude, I'm in so much pain.' He said, 'Yeah!’"




Episode 19! Stu and Billy are back at the flicks to check out The Confirmation!

The Confirmation is a 2016 Canadian drama directed by Bob Nelson (Nebraska), which focuses on 8-year-old Anthony (Jaeden Lieberher) and his divorced a down-on-his-luck carpenter father Walt (Clive Owen).

What starts out as quiet weekend of reconnecting between the two, turns into an adventure as they search for the thieves that stole Walt's toolbox.




As well as the film, Stu and I discuss what else we've been watching this week, and look over the latest in movie news.

As always it would make our day if you could take a couple of minutes to rate and reviews us on iTunes or drop us some feedback below! Really keen to have your input in the show.

Enjoy!

-Billy



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After a prolonged hiatus Read, Watch, Play! is back for another episode. Stu, Chris and myself caught up at Oz comic-con Sydney and manged to record a podcast a quick podcast.

We talk all things Oz comic-con, Chris talks about his dinner with Karl Urban, Stu talks about the creatively titled Louie Theroux documentary 'My Scientology movie' and I just generally laugh and nod. As always the podcast is jam packed full of rants and ramblings on pop-culture topped with a healthy portion of piss-taking. All in all it's everything you have come to expect from a Geek of Oz podcast!

As you have no doubt figured out by now any sense of scheduling has been thrown out the window and at this point we will just try and get an episode of Read, Watch, Play! out when ever we can. On the bright-side Stu and Billy have been absolutely killing it with there film and television focused podcast We like to Watch. Episodes drop every week or so and you can check out the latest installment here.

Finally, just wanted to say a massive thanks to the wonderful team at Oz Comic-con for looking after us and once again going all out to create one of Sydney's best pop-culture conventions. As you will no doubt be able to tell from the podcast we had a blast.

Well that's all from me for now. Until next time, enjoy!

-Christof

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With The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Backdraft & Willow) takes on the unenviable task of finding a fresh perspective on four of the most well documented people in modern history. At this point, there probably isn’t much about the Beatles that hasn’t already been committed to print or film. That being said, does this film break any new ground? Not particularly, but it’s still a great time hanging out with some phenomenally entertaining lads.

The film loosely follows the band's history, however predominantly focusing on 1962-1966 and their gruelling tour schedule. This may sound strange, but I forgot just how insane the fan reaction to the Beatles was when they travelled around the world. Sure, there’s always the footage of screaming teenagers at airports and what not, but this film highlights the unprecedented crowd control issues the boys were causing. Something you couldn’t imagine any modern day performers inspiring.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years weaves together archival footage, interviews (past and present) and celebrity impressions of the Fab Four. Ron Howard and editor Paul Crowder (Sound City, Riding Giants) present the group as witty, endearing and downright hilarious in the face of extreme media attention. Some of the best moments in the film are the press conferences the group held upon arriving in America.

The only problem I had with the film was in some of the concert footage sequences where it appeared as if the colouring had been enhanced by way of rotoscoping. Giving the sequences a bit of a cartoony vibe, which wasn't really in keeping with the tone of the film. Luckily it appears the technique is only used sparingly.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years is a fun trip down memory lane which sidesteps any real controversy. By no means a comprehensive look at the Beatles, but then it never really claims to be. Whether you're a music aficionado or just a casual fan, it's definitely worth checking out.

If you see The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years and agree or disagree with my thoughts feel free to leave a comment below, or come over and play along on our Facebook page.

I also spoke about the film on this week's episode of our podcast We Like To Watch. Check out Episode 18 where we cover The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, Queen of Ireland and a few more current releases.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years is currently playing at Dendy Newtown

- Stu




Episode 18! After a week off Stu and Billy are back at the flicks to check out Queen of Ireland!


Queen of Ireland is a 2015 Irish documentary directed by Conor Horgan (They Terrify Me, Deep End Dance, One Hundred Mornings), and focuses on Rory O'Neil, better know by his drag persona Panti.


The film follows Rory's early life, the events and controversy surrounding comments he made about homophobia, and Panti's role during Ireland's successful campaign for Marriage Equality.

As well as the film, Stu and I discuss what else we've been watching this week, and look over the latest in movie news.

As always it would make our day if you could take a couple of minutes to rate and reviews us on iTunes or drop us some feedback below! Really keen to have your input in the show.

Enjoy!

-Billy



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