Blinky Bill has always considered himself an explorer, the kind of Koala that's willing to put everything on the line to take the next adventure. Some might say he got his wild streak from his father who left home to go and find The Sea of White Dragons. Everyone in Blinky's home town of Green Patch say that Blinky's father is no longer alive but Blinky is convinced that his dad IS alive and a recently uncovered clue could just be the thing that leads Blinky to his father.
Setting out on his Outback adventure, Blinky is joined by two friends, a Koala from a zoo called Nutsy and a frilled lizard called Jacko who's happy to exclaim 'I'm Jacko who can track-o' and also likes to think that his frilled neck helps hone is radar skills. As much fun as the trio have together, they're also being chased by some nasty feral cats who want to ruin their adventure.
Blinky Bill The Movie is based on the 1933 childrens books by Dorothy Wall.
Bizarrely, this Dutch film tries desperately to wedge true events into the shape of an American thriller, but the action sequences are so lacklustre that a fascinating story ends up feeling dull and pointless. It's even been rewritten in English, using a random range of British, Australian and European accents. So while the plot manages to just about hold the interest, the film drags out the story and struggles to find any point of emotional resonance.
This is about the largest ransom ever paid, in 1982 Amsterdam. Faced with the collapse of their construction company, Cor, Willem, Jan and Frans (Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten and Mark van Eeuwen) make a desperate decision to risk everything by kidnapping the billionaire head of the Heineken beer empire, Freddy (Anthony Hopkins), demanding a $60 million ransom. They manage to get him into their hideout, but are frustrated as the days drag into weeks while the police fret about the case, believing that they are dealing with a major international crime ring. The question is whether these amateurs can maintain their cool and pull this off.
Further wrinkles are supplied by the fact that Cor is expecting a baby with his girlfriend (Jemima West), who happens to be Willem's sister. This creates an intriguing dynamic between the two men, so the relationship depicted by Sturgess and Worthington is by far the most compelling thing about the film. Meanwhile, Hopkins does his best to walk off with the movie in a superbly relaxed turn as a cocky, demanding victim who's more concerned about his also-abducted chauffeur (David Dencik) than himself. All of these elements have the potential to add tension and intrigue to the movie, but British writer William Brookfield and Swedish director Daniel Alfredson never bother to properly deepen most of the characters or situations, while continually watering things down with under-powered chase sequences.
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Alfred Henry "Freddy" Heineken (Anthony Hopkins), head of the Heineken International brewing company, was worth billions. When a group of opportunistic friends land on a simple 5-day get-rich-quick scheme, it involves kidnapping Mr. Heineken and collection a 60 million dollar payday. After months of planning and preparation for the kidnapping, they spring into action - perfectly catching and whisking away Heineken in Amsterdam and taking him to their secure, secret hideout. But here, things start to go wrong. Unable to get the ransom demands, the group discover that they are being toyed with by Heineken, as he plays them at their own game.
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When reclusive former football coach, Teddy Raymond (Tom Berenger) releases a self-help book entitled 'Reach Me' it is picked up by millions of people. Collette (Kyra Sedgwick) is a former inmate who reads the book and uses it to try to start her life anew. Hip hop star E-Ruption (Cornell 'Nelly' Haynes) finds that the book has completely reinvigorated his personal image. Wolfie (Thomas Jane), a gun-slinging policeman uses it to justify his actions in the face of right and wrong. Dominic (David O'Hare) is a career thief who annoys his partner by preaching the book, until deciding that he no longer wants to take part in this life of crime. And then there's Roger (Kevin Connolly) , a journalist who has been tasked with finding the mysterious Teddy Raymond by his editor Gerald (Sylvester Stallone). In the end, it turns out the actions of one man have the power to unite many.
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This tightly wound drama evokes a strikingly inventive sense of the Wild West in the Australian Outback. Since filmmaker Ivan Sen refuses to crank up even a hint of suspense, he cleverly subverts the usual cliches, refusing to indulge in action-movie exaggeration. But this leaves the film feeling very sleepy, depending on audiences to connect with the central character's internal voyage rather than anything that happens on-screen.
The focus is on Jay (Aaron Pederson), a beefy police detective who moves back home to rural Queensland after several years as a cop in the big city. He's a local boy in this dusty Outback town, but now he's also considered an outsider. His first case involves the murder of a young Aboriginal girl who seems to have been part of a drugs and prostitution ring. This sparks an extra level of concern for Jay because his estranged teen daughter knew the victim. And as Jay digs into the case, he begins to understand that there's a dark criminal element woven right into the fabric of the community. It's so endemic that the last policeman who tried to investigate it turned up dead.
This is an exploration of the dark layers of bigotry and evil that worm their way into any group of people, often far beneath the seemingly peaceful surface. Intriguingly, the film isn't actually about the murder; it's about Jay's journey to discover his own personal history, how his past connects with a present he can barely bring himself to imagine. Pederson is a magnetic presence at the centre of the story as a man dealing with rather a lot of abuse while trying to help solve a nasty situation and understand his own place in this world. Around him the supporting cast add colour to each scene, with notable contributions from the superb Hugo Weaving, Aussie veteran Jack Thompson and True Blood's Ryan Kwanten.
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Asbjorn is the fearless leader of a Viking gang known as the Northmen. Having been exiled from their homeland, Asbjorn leads his men across the sea Britain to raid the town of Lindisfarne for their gold, but along the way lose their boat and much of their resources to a vicious tempest that only by good fortune washes them up on a beach. Alive they may be, but their survival is limited. Far from where they want to be, the Northmen are forced to set out on foot through unknown enemy terrain, hoping to reach a Viking fort called Danelag before the enemy discovers their presence. Unfortunately, it isn't long before the King of Scotland orders his soldiers to go after them and they relentlessly obey. All they can do is kill everyone in their path and fight back with all their force if they want to reach their destination in one piece.
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Three geeky best friends named Hung, Eric and Joe set out on an adventure of a lifetime to engage in some sword and sorcery style role play. They join a vast group of other LARPers (Live Action Role Players) in a woodland area they name the Fields of Evermore to carry out their dungeons and dragons-esque quest, but when one of them decides to practise a dark spell from an old book, they find themselves facing a genuine paranormal threat. He unwittingly manages to summon a flesh-eating succubus from hell who sets out on a murderous rampage to pick off each role player one by one. Not knowledgeable of demonic menaces of the real kind, the friends must band together to work out how to send the succubus back to its fiery inferno - before it's too late.
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Leo Palamino is a failed writer trying to earn a living as a dishwasher while his marriage to Julie rapidly wanes. Things get even more complicated when she tells him that she's writing an online blog about him entitled Why You Suck. Though he's sceptical at first, he starts to get worried when he sees the amount of views the posts have been receiving and then discovers that it's been published as a novel. Wifeless and with his flaws out there for everyone to see, Leo tries to move on but he doesn't do himself any favours when he supposedly finds the woman of his dreams across the street - at her own wedding! Always one to chase after his dreams, he attempts to woo the bride after the ceremony after bonding with her mother who believes she's made a mistake. Will Leo's flaws prove a virtue for once?
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Hung, Eric and Joe are best friends totally into sword and sorcery style role play and re-enactment. However, when they set out on an average sword-battling adventure with their fellow LARPers (Live Action Role Players) in some nearby woodland, a mysterious force overtakes the group and they find themselves facing a genuine paranormal threat when an 'imaginary' spell from an old book somehow conjures up a real murderous hell demon who begins to pick off players one by one. Unprepared for threats of this nature, the friends must band together to work out how to destroy demon, while trying to remain alive in the scariest action role play they'll ever experience.
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True Blood's seventh season will see plot lines condensing and characters returning to Bon Temps. Executive Producer Brian Buckner announced the changes at the San Diego Comic-Con.
True Blood executive producer Brian Buckner has promised fans of the HBO vampire drama it will be condensing the number of story lines. During a San Diego Comic-Con panel, Buckner said his goal "goal is to get all these people living under the umbrella of one story and one threat".
Anna Pacquin and Stephen Moyer at the premiere of HBO's True Blood Season 6, ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood.
The threat may have been vampires initially yet the story lines have included a whole host of supernatural creatures including fairies, werewolves, shape-shifters and even occasionally a good old fashioned human murderer. Plot lines have run wild on a number of occasions, leaving viewers desperately trying to remember where we left a character; what creature they were and how on earth they survived a bullet wound to the head.
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