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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Hector And The Search For Happiness’, ‘Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed),’ ‘Whiplash,’ ‘This Is Where I Leave You,’  and ‘Fury′ . This episode also contains an interview with Simon Pegg, J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Jason Bateman, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, David Ayers and Bec Dakin (who has some very exciting news about how all the listeners can be part of new Australian film called the Tasmanian Babes Fiasco).

Also don’t forget that it’s not to late to the win double passes to see Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike’s new movie Hector And The Search For Happiness so make sure you check out last week’s show to see how they could be yours.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Ballarat Beer Festival

With Dan Sultan and Ash Grunwald already on the bill the Ballarat Beer Festival has no shortage of musical fire power. But now they are looking for another local act to join these legends on stage. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave G spoke to Lyndell, one of the Festival’s organisers, to see how local bands/artists can also be part of the Festival.

You can hear our Ballarat Beer Festival interview here.

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Monster Fest, Australia’s foremost celebration of international cult and horror cinema, is excited to announce more juicy details of its 2014 program.

Between the 20th and 30th of November, Cinema Nova, Carlton and Yah Yah’s Bar Collingwood will play host to some of the scariest, weirdest, most twisted and depraved films from Australia and around the world. Monster Fest 2014 promises to be bigger, bloodier and more debauched than ever before – more special guests, more special events, more parties, more insanity on every level!

This year will also see the launch of the ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’ – Four full days of masterclasses designed to inform, educate and entertain filmmakers and genre fans alike. The International guest list includes such cult movie luminaries as The Twisted Twins (Jen & Sylvia Soska), Ashley C. Williams (star of The Human Centipede – First Sequence), Conor Sweeney and Matthew Kennedy (star and director of Astron 6′s THE EDITOR) and the King of trash cinema Lloyd Kaufman, who’s internationally renown ’Make Your Own Damn Movie‘ masterclass promises to be one the highlights of the fest. 

Kaufman is one of the twisted jewels in a stunning gallery of cult cinema talent lined up for the ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’, full details of which will be revealed on Wednesday the 29th of November at the Monster Fest official media launch at Cherry Bar, Melbourne.

The Masterclasses as well as numerous other Monster Fest events, will take place at the festival’s lounge and event space, ‘The Monster’s Lair’ – situated upstairs at Yah Yah’s bar, 99 Smith St, Collingwood, where drinks, food, luxurious beanbags and a magical interior of Dario Argento inspired Monster madness awaits!

The festival kicks off on Thursday the 20th of November with the Melbourne Premiere of Queensland director Chris Sun’s slasher reboot CHARLIE’S FARM and closes with the Australian Premiere of ABC’s of DEATH 2 - in the days between close to 40 films fill out the busy schedule. Other highlights include Eli Roth’s eagerly anticipated THE GREEN INFERNO, the Aussie Premiere of the hilarious WOLFCOP, the Melbourne Premiere of DEAD SNOW 2, and two local genre gems, the World Premiere of Addison Heath’s feature debut UNDER A KALEIDOSCOPE & THE PLAGUE by Melbournians Nick Kozakis and Kosta Ouzas, as well as the chilling and brilliant HONEYMOON starring Game of Thrones actor, Rose Leslie.

The other amazing news for Monster Fest is the announcement today of a hugely exciting partnership arrangement with Howling Wolves Wines of Margaret River, WA. Howling wolves first became involved with Monster Fest in 2013 as an alcohol sponsor but has now secured the naming rights of the festival – which will now be called the ‘Howling Wolves Monster Fest’.

“Having Howling Wolves come on board as our naming rights partner is a incredible development, it means we can continue growing to become the biggest, boldest and nastiest film festival in the land – The Howling Wolves are riding the Monster wave, it’s a great day for Aussie horror!”

Says festival Director Neil Foley.

Tickets for the strictly limited Masterclasses and Special Events at The Monster’s Lair (Yah Yah’s Bar) are available via the Monster Fest ticket page on Pozible (

Session tickets for all Monster Fest screenings will be available soon from the Cinema Nova box office and website (

Follow Monster Fest on Facebook for the latest information, prizes and competitions.

The new Monster Fest website will go live next week.


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If you want to jump in early and grab a ticket to Monster Fest 2014 (which is going to be bigger and better than ever) or get a sneak peek at some of the things that are happening during this years festival then you may want to jump onto the Monster Fest 2014 Pozible Campaign and grab yourself some goodies while supporting one of the best damn film festivals you are ever likely to go to.

Son Of A Gun

Summary: While locked up for a minor offence, 19-yr-old JR (Thwaites) becomes apprentice to the enigmatic Brendan Lynch (McGregor), a calculating crime boss with connections both inside and out. After helping Lynch and his crew orchestrate a daring prison escape, JR is invited to join in on their next job – a high stakes heist that promises to deliver millions.

But as they plan the heist, JR begins to suspect he is being played and soon finds himself on a collision course with his mentor in a very dangerous game.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Julius Avery

Screenwriter: Julius Avery, John Collee

Cast: Eddie Baroo (Merv), Tom Budge (Josh), Nash Edgerton (Chris), Damon Herriman (Private Wilson), Sam Hutchin (Dave), Marko Jovanovic (Ken), Jacek Koman (Sam), Ivan Lightbody (Mitch), Ewan McGregor (Brendan), Matt Nable (Sterlo), Soa Palelei (Thomy), Brenton Thwaites (JR), Alicia Vikander (Tasha)

Runtime: 109 mins

Classification: MA15+




Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Son Of A Gun review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #101



Dave Griffiths:

The heat is really on Australian films at the moment. Films this year that were supposed to be big hits – These Final Hours, The Rover and Felony – have all had dismal returns at the box office, and now comes Son of A Gun a film that has its producers (and the whole Australian film industry) watching with baited breath to see whether the inclusion of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor on the bill will be enough to make Australian audiences actually want to go and see the film in the cinemas.

Of course as Predestination and The Rover found out earlier this year the inclusion of international stars like Robert Pattinson and Ethan Hawke on the cast list doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the film is going to make an impact at the Box Office either. But what the producers of Son Of A Gun will be hoping is that the fact that Son Of A Gun is back in that gritty crime drama genre that has seen films such as Animal Kingdom become a hit in the past.

From first-time director Julius Avery, who has built a sturdy short film career, Son Of A Gun sees young small-time criminal JR (Brenton Thwaites) suddenly thrust into the rigours of a tough prison environment. While the brash young crim feels that he has what it takes to survive he suddenly finds himself needing the help of seasoned notorious armed robber Brendan (Ewan McGregor) who takes the young man under his wing and includes him in his plans for a violent prison breakout and resulting major heist at a Western Australian gold mine.

On the outside though JR and Brendan don’t find things to run as smoothly as they hoped. Brendan says that he is a crim-of-his-word although his honour is tested when they become involved with a rich mobster named Sam (Jacek Koman) who is money hungry and has no time for JR… especially when he sets his sights on one of Sam’s girls an immigrant named Tasha (Alicia Vikander).

But of course it takes more than some big names and a well believed in genre for a film to work and sadly it is in other areas where Son Of A Gun is largely let down. Early on things seem promising for Son Of A Gun it has all the grit and intensity off prison/crime films like Everynight, Everynight and Animal Kingdom while the actual prison breakout and some of the car chases almost lift this film into the action film genre, but this film is dangerously let down by some of the film’s slower moments.

At times the film seems like it wants to touch on the gangster romance element that made Two Hands so popular but the relationship here never wins the audience over the same way that the Heath Ledger/Rose Byrne chemistry did in the Aussie classic while the films last quarter is a massive let down. After the gold mine heist the film seems to lose its way, so badly that the ending feels like something you would have expected to see in a trashy American film like Wild Things. And of course if you’ve been a loyal audience member and kept a track of all the crumbs and sign posts that Avery has left so blatantly throughout the film you may get a really early sense of exactly what the big suspenseful moment is going to be during the finale as well.

The one thing that does lift Son Of A Gun up though, aside from the first brilliant twenty minutes, are the cast. Ewan McGregor does show that he is a class above everybody else in the film with a strong character performance that almost seems him become the rough-and-ready Brendan. He is well supported by young gun on the rise Brenton Thwaites whose tough boy image is very different to the pretty boy he recently played in The Giver.

The rest of the cast however are not quite so lucky. Alicia Vikander is given very little to work with at all. Her character motivation is weak and she quickly becomes a cliché as does many of the other ‘baddies’ in the film, a shame when you realise that actors such as Jacek Koman are capable of pulling off some really dramatic roles when they are called to. The big crime though is the treatment of Vikander whose role is so weak you can only wonder why she bothered making the trip out to Australia to make the film in the first place. Her performance is good, but the script lets her down.

Son Of A Gun is a film that seems like it is desperate to make the same grade as classic Australian crime films like The Boys, but sadly the films weak last quarter really drags it down and leaves a bad taste in the audience’s mouth. Worse is the fact that the opening of the film is so good that you are left wondering how the same screenwriter could be responsible for such a letdown of a finale. Son Of A Gun may briefly breathe life back into the Australia film industry but it is certainly not the saviour that everybody was hoping for.



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)


IMDB Rating: Son of a Gun (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Son Of A Gun′: For our full Son Of A Gun review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #101 . Dave’s Son Of A Gun review can also be viewed on The Book The Film The T-Shirt



Force Majeure

Summary: When an avalanche comes rumbling toward Tomas and his family in the middle of a skiing holiday, he follows his first instincts and runs – leaving his wife and two children behind. The avalanche turns out to be a false alarm, but when Thomas returns to his family he finds that his betrayal may have caused more damage than a wall of snow ever could.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway

Director: Ruben Ostlund

Screenwriter: Ruben Ostlund

Cast: Brady Corbet (Brady), Lisa Loven Kongsli (Ebba), Johannes Kuhnke (Tomas), Fanni Metelius (Fanny), Clara Wettergren (Vera), Vincent Wettergren (Harry)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification: M




Nick Gardiner: You can check out Nick’s Force Majeure review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #101



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)


IMDB Rating: Force Majeure (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Force Majeure′: For our full Force Majeure review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #101 .


DC Comics

DC Comics have just announced the release schedule for their next few films. It will be as follows, but please note that all release dates are for the United States:

08/05/2016 – SUICIDE SQUAD
06/23/2017 – WONDER WOMAN
03/23/2018 – THE FLASH
07/27/2018 – AQUAMAN
04/05/2019 – SHAZAM
04/03/2020 – CYBORG
06/19/2020 – GREEN LANTERN

Top Five

The Top Five trailer has just been released. Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.  Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s IACF financed the film.


TOP FIVE in cinemas JANUARY 29, 2015

You can view the Top Five trailer here.