A Podcast Called FRED #12

Join Ashley, Kendall, Phillip and special guest Rosie as they deliver this week’s round-up of nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

 

To mark the 100th episode of Friday Nights @ FRED’s / A Podcast Called FRED, the team went live! Click on the image below to check it out! ⬇︎

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Love, Simon (2018)

FOR THE LOVE OF SIMON!

I’m a Kendall Richardson and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Love, Simon

Fox 2000 Pictures / Temple Hill Productions / 20th Century Fox

Dear Blue,

I just watched this really incredible movie, and I think you will love it. I won’t give too much away, but I will let you know what it’s about. The main character is a high schooler named Simon, who’s played by rising star Nick Robinson. After his performance here, I’d expect we’ll see a lot more of him; his portrayal of Simon is so authentic, vulnerable, and done with great care and respect. You see Blue, Simon has this big secret he’s never told anyone.

He’s gay.

After another student posts an anonymous letter on the school’s social media site, Simon realises he’s not alone. There is another guy at school who is just like him. Plucking up the courage, he begins a regular email correspondence with him, but the two of them never reveal to each other who they are, despite Simon’s growing desire to. For the first time, Simon has found someone he can completely be himself with, and you feel his excitement, joy, and even anxiety over his situation—we’ve all been there, relishing the rush of just a minute of time with your crush. It is beautifully portrayed.

Speaking of beautifully portrayed, Simon is lucky enough to be surrounded by a small group of really wonderful friends, each of whom all have their own secrets and crushes. His best friend Leah is played coolly by Australian actress Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why fame. His other two close friends are sport-loving Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) and new student Abby (Alexandra Shipp, who played a young Storm in X-Men Apocalypse). Simon’s family are also another group of wonderful people, from his intelligent psychologist mother (Jennifer Garner), to his ultra-sensitive and dorky Dad, played by the always charming Josh Duhamel, to his adorable younger sister, and aspiring junior chef (Talitha Bateman).

There is one exception to this group of wonderful people in Simon’s life, however, and that is Martin. He an odd, slightly eccentric, and over-confident drama student, played by Logan Miller, who is fascinating to watch. You don’t know if he is going to do something super embarrassing or surprisingly wonderful. He is also the film’s antagonist. But I won’t tell you why.

Have I sold you on the film yet, Blue? If not, here are some more cool things you need to know. The soundtrack is off the hook. Singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff picked a bunch of killer songs to perfectly accompany the teenage angst, longing, heartbreak, and happiness. A few of the songs are by his own band Bleachers, who are seriously underrated. I saw them live once and had an awesome time. Also, this film features probably the best drama teacher ever on screen, or at least the sassiest! But seriously, this is a love story everyone will enjoy, whether you are gay or straight or something else all-together. I hope this is the first of many movies of its kind. At last, a story from the perspective of someone we’ve never really heard of. And it’s not an indie movie!

I’d rate it 5 out of 5.

So there you have it, Blue!  Go see Love, Simon. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Maybe we could finally meet and go together?

Love, Jacques.

Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Keiynan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Logan Miller, Talitha Bateman, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell, Drew Starkey, Clark Moore, Joey Pollari, Mackenzie Lintz, Bryson Pitts, Nye Reynolds, Skye Mowbray.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner, Pouya Shahbazian | Writers: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger (Based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli) | Music: Rob Simonsen | Cinematographer: John Guleserian | Editor: Harry Jierjian

In cinemas now.

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

 

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Paper Planes (2015)

KIDS’ FLICK SOARS!

I’m a Wayne Stellini and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Paper Planes

Roadshow Films.

Upon discovering that he has a talent for making paper aeroplanes, Dylan Webber (Ed Oxenbould) works towards competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan, if only to reconnect with his grieving father (Sam Worthington).

Paper Planes’s premise is simple and there aren’t any surprises lurking within Robert Connolly and Steve Worland’s sometimes corny screenplay. But, when you have a film that is abundant in positive messages and innocent charm, who cares?

The hero of the piece, upon whose shoulders the success of the film rests, is Oxenbould, who is one of the most likeable young actors cinema has offered in a long time. His rapport with other male cast members allows for an interesting depiction of masculinities, and offers some lovely scenes between Dylan and his father, portrayed by an underused but nonetheless solid Worthington, and grandfather, a charismatic Terry Norris. There are only two noteworthy speaking roles for women here, played by Ena Imai and Deborah Mailman; the latter isn’t given much to do, but Mailman is such a strong screen presence, she makes the most with very little.

Beautifully photographed by Tristan Milani, Connolly’s pint-sized underdog story will not only appeal to its young target audience, but will find favour with accompanying adults. You would have to be an absolute cynic not to get caught up in Dylan’s quest to be a winner. 3½ / 5

Starring: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Ena Imai, Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke, Julian Dennison, David Wenham, Deborah Mailman, Peter Rowsthorn, Terry Norris.

Director: Robert Connolly | Producers: Robert Connolly, Liz Kearney, Maggie Miles | Writers: Robert Connolly, Steve Worland | Music: Nigel Westlake | Cinematographer: Tristan Milani | Editor: Nick Meyers

Available: DVD, Blu-ray, and stan.

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

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The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #09

The ladies at WiniFRED’s are back for another episode of The Monthly!

This month, Fulya and Kendall chat about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and their favourite comedians.

Check it out and let us know who you’re seeing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in the comments!

Collectible Chaos: Top Ten Monty Python and the Holy Grail Moments

Join FRED the ALIEN Productions’s pop culture queen Kendall Richardson for Collectible Chaos!

Here, Kendall counts down her favourite moments from one of the greatest comedies of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Let us know your number one choice in the comments!

Check out Collectible Chaos – Top Ten Monty Python and the Holy Grail Moments ⬇︎

 

Kendall also co-hosts The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s. Listen to the entire playlist here:

A Podcast Called FRED #11

Join Ash, Kendall, and special guest Wayne as they deliver this week’s round-up of nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

 

Let us know your response to this week’s Popcorn Culture question to be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

 

Also check out Kendall’s countdown to the release of Avengers: Infinity War, beginning with her retrospective review of Iron Man:

FRED Watch Flashback: Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (1975)

MEET THE DALEKS!

BBC

Phillip and Mikey dissect the fourth serial of the twelfth season of Doctor Who, Genesis of the Daleks. The Doctor and companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan navigate their way through limited props, styrofoam sets, and bad special effects to deliver a ripper adventure!

Check out their review here:

Starring: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, Michael Wisher, Peter Miles, Stephen Yardley, Harriet Philpin, Dennis Chinnery, James Garbutt, Guy Siner, Jeremy Chandler, Drew Wood, Andrew Johns, Tom Georgeson, Ivor Roberts, Richard Reeves.

Director: David Maloney | Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe | Writer: Terry Nation | Script Editor: Robert Holmes | Incidental Music Composer: Dudley Simpson

Available: DVD

 

Let us know what you thought of this serial in the comments!

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Verónica (2017)

CONJURING SOME SPINE-TINGLING CHILLS.

I’m a Wayne Stellini and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is the much-hyped Spanish supernatural chiller, Verónica

Apaches Entertainment / Expediente La Película A.I.E. / Film Factory / Sony Pictures International Productions

With her widowed mother Ana (Ana Torrent) working extensive hours, fifteen-year-old Verónica (Sandra Escacena) is responsible for looking after her younger siblings, twins Lucía (Bruna González) and Irene (Claudia Placer), and little brother Antoñito (Iván Chavero).

One day at school while the faculty and pupils are observing a solar eclipse, Verónica and two friends—Rosa (Ángela Fabián) and Diana (Carla Campra)—sneak into the basement and use a Ouija board to communicate with Verónica’s father.

But their seance brings forth a different entity; one that attaches itself to Verónica and terrorises her with increasing intensity…

Labeled as Spain’s answer to The Conjuring (2013) and promoted through Netflix as a film so scary, people couldn’t watch it to the end, Verónica is by no means the most terrifying or original film you will ever see. But this is not to say that it isn’t a good movie.

Unexceptional as it may be, Verónica delivers some effective seat-jumpers and is considerably captivating (without being overly riveting) throughout. Sandra Escacena is exceptional as our titular heroine; both likeable and relatable, hers is a compelling performance that drives the film when the action subsides. The supporting players also deliver fine performances, particularly Bruna González as Verónica’s sister Lucía, under Paco Plaza’s taut direction.

Overall, this is a competently made and beautifully photographed film, but Netflix subscribers who consider themselves horror aficionados may have pressed the stop button for a scarier alternative. For everyone else, Verónica is an intriguing ride, made even more so because it is based on actual events, and serves as a wonderful big screen debut for Escacena. May this mark the beginning of a lengthy and diverse career for this incredible new talent. 3½ / 5

 

Starring: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer, Iván Chavero, Ana Torrent, Consuelo Trujillo, Sonia Almarcha, Maru Valduvielso, Leticia Dolera, Ángela Fabián, Carla Campra, Samuel Romero.

Director: Paco Plaza | Producer: Enrique López Lavigne | Writer: Paco Plaza, Fernando Navarro | Music: Chucky Namanera | Cinematographer: Pablo Rosso | Editor: Martí Roca

Available: Netflix

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

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A Podcast Called FRED #10

Join Ash, Kendall, and Phillip as they deliver this week’s round-up of nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

 

Let us know your response to this week’s Popcorn Culture question to be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

 

Also, watch Kendall’s live reaction to the Avengers: Infinity War trailer here:

Quick Eurovision Update #2

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Eurovision fanatic Fulya delivers a quick update on her favourite music event of the year, revealing who will be representing their respective nations.

Click on the video below to stay in the know. And remember to subscribe to YouTube.com/FTAchannel to keep in the loop about everything Eurovision 2018!

You can also relive Fulya’s reactions to the Eurovision 2016 Grand Final:

Let us know your thoughts about everything Eurovision in the comments!