8:00 PM, 30th September, 2011
In 1942, a gangly teenager named Steve Rogers (Evans, eerily Benjamin Button-ed) volunteers for a top-secret experiment after numerous unsuccessful attempts at enlisting in the US Army. The experiment, headed by Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) under the command of Col. Chester Phillips (Jones), is a success and Rogers is enhanced to the peak of human perfection. Before the experiment can be replicated to produce an entire army of super soldiers, however, a covert Nazi operative destroys the lab. As the only surviving remnant of the experiment, the army initially decides to use Rogers as an instrument of propaganda, to rally troops in his new guise as 'Captain America'. That all changes when an organisation known as HYDRA, Hitler's advanced science division, gains possession of a powerful object known as the Tesseract and unveils its plans for world domination - now it's time for Rogers to step up and wage war against its Nazi leader, Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull (Weaving).
It's crystal clear from the get-go why Evans was cast: charming, comical, yet commanding when he needs to be, Evans owns the role of Captain America in the same way that no one else but Robert Downey Jr could embody Iron Man. He's aided by a supporting cast that includes Hayley Atwell as love interest Peggy Carter and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark (father of Tony), who equips Rogers with a new costume and, of course, that iconic shield.
Exciting, ambitious and lovingly brought to life by director Joe Johnston, Captain America: The First Avenger may be the latest film to join the Marvel cinematic universe, but it's certainly up there with the best. And, honestly, who doesn't want to see a superhero film set during World War Two?
10:15 PM, 30th September, 2011
Move over Batman and Superman. There’s a new superhero on the block who will uphold justice, defend the innocent and save damsels in distress. This is far from your average superhero film, however; Griff the Invisible is a charming and witty film from Australian first time writer-director Leon Ford about the greatest superpower of all: love.
Griff (Kwanten) is a perpetual dreamer that appears by day to be your average, shy customer liaison officer who is bullied and picked on by his co-workers. By night, however, he becomes the spandex-clad protector of neighbourhoods known as ‘G The Invisible’ who roams the streets in his on-going fight against injustice and evil. His overprotective brother (Brammall) does not approve of his ‘superhero’ behaviour and, in an attempt to bring Griff back down to Earth, introduces him to his girlfriend Melody (Dermody).
Melody, a self-proclaimed scientist, soon becomes fascinated with Griff’s superhero secret and it isn’t too long before Griff’s world too is turned upside down. Together, they attempt to face reality and overcome the obstacles of Griff’s superhero identity in order to give themselves a chance at a ‘happily ever after’.
Griff the Invisible is a wonderfully crafted Australian film that sheds light on the world of ‘real’ superheroes and the all-too-fluid concept of reality. Be sure to concentrate when watching this film though, as Griff may just disappear.