Monthly Archives: December 2014

5 STARS

WhiplashWHIPLASH

The Broken Circle BreakdownTHE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

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HerHER

4 STARS

St. VincentST. VINCENT

The MuleTHE MULE

FuryFURY

Gone Girl PosterGONE GIRL

SnowpiercerSNOWPIERCER

Dawn Of The Planet Of The ApesDAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

All this Mayhem: Tas Pappas and Eddie Martin discuss skateboarding documentary - videoALL THIS MAYHEM

Rock The CasbahROCK THE CASBAH

MaleficentMALEFICENT

Under The SkinUNDER THE SKIN

IdaIDA

x-men Days Of Future PastX-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Young & BeautifulYOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (2014)

52 Tuesdays52 TUESDAYS

The Raid 2

Bad NeighboursBAD NEIGHBOURS

Lone SurvivorLONE SURVIVOR

The Wolf Of Wall StreetTHE WOLF OF WALL STREET

 

Inside Llewyn DavisINSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

3.5 STARS

Hector And The Search For HappinessHECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

AnnabelleANNABELLE

I OriginsI ORIGINS

Still LifeSTILL LIFE

The LunchboxTHE LUNCHBOX

Tinker Bell And The Pirate FairyTINKER BELL AND THE PIRATE FAIRY

GodzillaGODZILLA

Healing PosterHEALING

Captain America The Winter Soldier PosterCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Non-StopNON-STOP

3 STARS

The Hobbit Battle Of Five ArmiesTHE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES

AnnieANNIE

ThrowbackTHROWBACK

Charlie's Farm PosterCHARLIE’S FARM

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 PosterTHE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1

This Is Where I Leave YouTHIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

Son Of A GunSON OF A GUN

Dracula UntoldDRACULA UNTOLD

Night MovesNIGHT MOVES

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster3TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Magic In The MoonlightMAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

The Fault In Our StarsTHE FAULT IN OUR STARS

A Million Ways To Die InThe West 2

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

Last ResortLAST PARADISE

3 Days To Kill3 DAYS TO KILL

Le Week-EndLE WEEK-END

Wolf Creek 2 PosterWOLF CREEK 2

2.5 STARS

Step Up All InSTEP UP ALL IN

The GiverTHE GIVER

And So It GoesAND SO IT GOES

Devil's KnotDEVIL’S KNOT

The Last ImpresarioTHE LAST IMPRESARIO

BELLE_A4 Payoff Poster_CMYK_Rated_No Billing BlockBELLE

Cuban FuryCUBAN FURY

Robocop PosterROBOCOP

Last VegasLAST VEGAS

Paranormal Activity The Marked OnesPARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES

47 Ronin47 RONIN

2 STARS

Mrs. Browns Boys D'MovieMRS. BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE

Son Of GodSON OF GOD

TranscendenceTRANSCENDENCE

Aim High In CreationAIM HIGH IN CREATION

Vampire AcademyVAMPIRE ACADEMY

The Legend Of HerculesTHE LEGEND OF HERCULES

That Awkward MomentARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING?

1.5 STARS

Reaching For The MoonREACHING FOR THE MOON

1 STAR

Seduced And AbandonedSEDUCED AND ABANDONED

Plan 9 Poster

Monster Pictures is thrilled to release the poster art for Plan 9, a modern re-imaginationing of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space. Plan 9 invades on DVD on the 19th of Feb.

Plan 9 is the story of Nilbog, a small town with a big story. The begin of an invasion! However, instead of lasers, space ships, and epic force, these aliens have a different plan for the inhabitants of Earth. To resurrect their dead as their own army set with but one goal… To wipe out all mankind! Only the towns folk on this Halloween night stand in the way of total domination. From the police department, to those trapped in a convenient store, and even those trying to stay alive in the streets, this night will decide the fates of all who walk the planet and thought they were the top of the food chain.

Plan 9 is drenched with gore, skin and toe trapping 50’s diddles

Starring Brian Krause (Charmed, Sleepwalkers), James Rolfe (The Angy Video Game Nerd), and Matthew Ewald (Fox’s Galidor). And, also starring, Horror Icons such as Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave), Addy Miller (The Walking Dead) and Michael Christopher (Dawn of the Dead).

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Logo

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’, ‘The Imitation Game,”Big Hero 6,’ ‘The Water Diviner,’ ‘Night At The Museum 3: Secret Of The Tomb’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies′ . This episode also contains interviews with Ken Jeong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett.

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

St. Vincent

Summary: When Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) is forced to move house with her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) due to a divorce she doesn’t count on the fact that her new next door neighbour is going to be someone that she will never forget.

On the outside Vincent (Bill Murray) is a grump who has let his house go to ruin, wastes all of his money at the track (which is just one of his many vices), never has a kind word to say to anyone and is usually in the company of his ‘good friend and companion’ stripper-turned-prostitute Daka (Naomi Watts). But when Oliver one day returns home from school after bullies have stolen his key and turns to Vincent for help Maggie finds herself hiring the ‘neighbour from hell’ as her babysitter, something that can only lead to trouble or so it seems.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: 19th December, 2014

Country: USA

Director: Theodore Melfi

Screenwriter: Theodore Melfi

Cast: Scott Adsit (David), Dario Barosso (Ocinski), Reg E. Cathey (Gus), Amber Clayton (Amber), Nate Corddry (Terry), Sade Demorcy (Keesha), Ann Dowd (Shirley), Emma Fisher (Bridgette), Niles Fitch (Brooklyn), Alexandra Fong (Rachele), Terrence Howard (Zucko), David Iacono (Jeremiah), Ray Iannicelli (Roger), Jaeden Lieberher (Oliver), Melissa McCarthy (Maggie), Ron McLarty (Principal O’Brien), Donna Mitchell (Sandy), Bill Murray (Vincent), Deirdre O’Connell (Linda), James Andrew O’Connor (Antwan), Chris O’Dowd (Brother Geraghty), Kimberly Quinn (Nurse Ana), Maria Elena Ramirez (Amelda), Lenny Venito (Coach Mitchell), Naomi Watts (Daka), Brenda Wehle (Judge Reynolds)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR ST. VINCENT REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s St. Vincent review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Nick GardenerYou can check out Nick’s St. Vincent review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #110

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David Griffiths:

Over recent years acting legend Bill Murray has become an actor who really knows how to pick a decent script. Sure he will always be remembered for cult classics like Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters but back then Murray also delivered up a dog of a film quite regularly. Flash forward to recent years when Murray has taken chances on films such as The Darjeeling Limited, Get Low, Zombieland and Moonrise Kingdom and they have resulted in him appearing in some of the top films of the years they were released. Well it seems that Murray’s knack of picking the right script has worked again with a role in new comedy St. Vincent.

There haven’t been many comedy highs over the last year or so, and to be honest Melissa McCarthy has sadly been involved in some of the worst of those but St. Vincent is the one comedy that should remind people that every now and then America still knows how to hit an audience right on a funny bone. Add that to the fact that this film also delivers some thought pondering drama and it is easy to see why St. Vincent should be considered one of the films of the year.

The most surprising thing about St. Vincent is that it comes from a relative newcomer to the directing/screenwriting game. Aside from short films the only time that Theodore Melfi has ventured into feature film territory was to deliver the very average Rachel Hunter led Winding Roads back in 1999. Just one viewing of St. Vincent will quickly tell you that the fact that Melfi has delivered a film in the fifteen years since is an absolute crime because this is a gem.

Melfi’s screenplay is clearly one of the best of the year as it makes a completely unlikable character literally a saint. A brief look at Vincent and you would think that he has all the merits to make him a ‘bad guy’ in a film like this. A foul-mouthed and dirty living old man who is prepared to sue a single, struggling, divorced mother over a small amount of damage to a car and a fence is not the kind of character an audience will normally warm to, but such is the power of Melfi’s script that soon you find yourself laughing out loud at Vincent’s crassness and even ‘barracking’ for him as he tries to outrun the loan shark who is desperate to get his money and break some knees. The fact that Melfi has the sense to use his screenplay to give Vincent real characterisation and not just make him a one dimensional character also goes a long way to making this film work.

Supported by such a well written screenplay it is hardly surprising that the cast also comes to the fore in St. Vincent. Melissa McCarthy puts outside some recent poor performances to put in a credible performance in a role where she isn’t called upon to deliver a laugh a minute. Murray is at his exceptional best mixing comedy and drama into a character that seems like he will become a cult cinema favourite.

Young Jaeden Lieberher also puts in a stunning debut, he certainly seems to be an actor who his acting well above his age range, while the film is further enhanced by good acting performances by actors in the smaller roles. Naomi Watt’s is a standout as European prostitute Daka while Chris O’Dowd also puts in a warm, nice performance even though he is skirting thin ice but almost becoming type cast to play Catholic priests in films these days.

There is just so much to love about St. Vincent that this review could go on forever. From its beautifully written script to the fact that it bravely decides to be different to most either comedies on the market, to the fact that Bill Murray puts in a truly memorable acting performance there is just no weakness with St. Vincent at all. Clearly one of the better films of this year St. Vincent also announces the arrival of a filmmaker who is well worth watching in the future.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating: St. Vincent (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment St. Vincent reviews: For our full Keep On Keepin’ On review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #110. You can also read our review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Keep On Keepin' On

Summary: First time Australian director/drummer Alan Hicks travels to the U.S. to follow and film 89-year-old jazz legend, Clark Terry (Quincy Jones’s first teacher) over four years – to document an unlikely mentorship between Terry and a driven, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, 23. Clark mentored Miles Davis as a young musician and is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. IN KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, as Justin is invited to compete in an elite, international competition while battling terrible stage fright, we are witness to two great friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: 19th December, 2014

Country: USA

Director: Alan Hicks

Screenwriter: Davis Coombe, Alan Hicks

Cast: Candy (herself), Terri Lyne Carrington (herself), Quincy Cavers (himself), Bill Cosby (himself), Herbie Hancock (himself), Quincy Jones (himself), Frank Kauflin (himself), Justin Kauflin (himself), Phylis Kauflin (himself), Sandi McCree (herself), Mulgrew Miller (himself), Kevin Neaton (himself), Dianne Reeves (herself), Arturo Sandoval (himself), Clark Terry (himself), Gwen Terry (herself)

Runtime: 84 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s Keep On Keepin’ On review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating: Keep on Keepin' On (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Keep On Keepin’ On reviews: For our full Keep On Keepin’ On review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #110.

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Throwback

Summary: Jack (Shawn Brack) and Kent (Anthony Ring) are just two regular Aussie guys. They work together and dream of becoming rich, a plan that they feel is very close to being achieved when they find out a little more about the supposed riches of Thunderclap Newman (Andy Bramble) an outlaw who made the Australian bush his home during the pioneer days.

As Jack and Kent search for the loot though they soon find out that their friendship may not have ever been what they thought it was and with tensions at a high they suddenly find themselves faced with another enemy… the notorious Yowie that many feel is just an urban myth. Jack, Kent, local Park Ranger Rhiannon (Melanie Serafin) and local copper Detective McNab (Vernon Wells) now find themselves in a dangerous game of survival with this bloodthirsty beast.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: February, 2015

Country: Australia

Director: Travis Bain

Screenwriter: Tavis Bain

Cast: Shawn Brack (Jack), Andy Bramble (Thunderclap Newman), Warren Clements (The Yowie), Anthony Ring (Kent), Melanie Serafin (Rhiannon), Vernon Wells (Detective McNab)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification: TBC

 

OUR THROWBACK REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The best thing to come out of Monster Fest 2014 was just how many good genre filmmakers Australia still has. One person that needs to be added to that list is director/screenwriter Travis Bain who has delivered the exceptional Throwback, a creature feature made on such a small budget it wouldn’t even cover the catering budget for one day on most feature film shoots.

Now sometimes a low budget on a genre flick can be a bad thing. No money results in some pretty average special effects and a normally a creature that looks like it may have been borrowed from a Primary School theatre department. But that certainly isn’t the case with Throwback, a fantastic genre flick that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as classics such as Razorback.

As a director Bain needs to be thrown a lot of praise. Throwback is a film that looks a million dollars and the fact that he chose an almost guerrilla style of filmmaking has meant that the Aussie bush has never looked more menacing. Bain also knows how to create tension throughout the film and for the most part of Throwback the audience sits there in complete silence and awe knowing that at any moment any character may meet their fate, either at the hands of another greedy human and thanks to the Yowie himself. The fact that ‘some’ of the characters are set-up as likable also means that the audience has a vested interest in wanting to see them pull through… now that isn’t something that happens in all horror flicks these days.

But of course the big test for a ‘creature feature’ is always how does the creature look and do the special effects look plausible. To Bain’s credit he gets a big tick in all the boxes. The Yowie (played by Warren Clements) looks so realistic that you may wonder whether or not going for a casual walk through the Aussie bush is such a great idea. The believability of the Yowie goes a long way in making this film work because it adds to the tension of scenes throughout the film instead of having the audience sniggering whenever the beast appears. The minimal special effects used also look pretty good and again adds to the film’s atmosphere.

Credit must also be paid to the cast of Throwback many of which were involved in this film for years. Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring and Melanie Serafin all put in great performances and as a cinema fan you can only hope that their performances here will lead to successful acting careers because they truly deserve it. Anthony Ring morphs into the ‘bad guy’ brilliantly well while Brack and Serafin’s natural performances make them instantly likable… believe it or not an important element when you are supposed to give a damn over whether they live or die.

Of course cult film fans are also in for a treat when it comes to the casting in Throwback because in a well scripted cameo the legendary Vernon Wells (who many would know from Mad Max 2 and opposite Arnold Schwarznegger in Commando) pops up in a strong performance as Detective McNab… a man desperate to solve the spate of murders that have been occurring in the area.

Ironically Throwback is a throwback to the legendary Aussie cult films that used to have a young Quentin Tarantino so excited. Edgy, suspenseful and nasty Throwback is a gem of a film that also reminds filmmakers and audiences out there that it is more than okay to throw in a good story line and well developed characters when you are making a creature feature. Throwback is the kind of film where you are literally on the edge of your seat throughout and it announces Travis Bain as one of Australia’s most promising directors… he is someone to add to your ‘watch where his career goes’ list. Throwback is a gem of a film that is a must see for horror fans everywhere.

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Throwback (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Throwback reviews: For our full Throwback review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #109.

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The Astor Theatre

The future of one of Melbourne’s cinematic icons, the heritage-listed, art deco Astor Theatre in Windsor, again looks promising.  Palace Cinemas announce today that they are in the process of conducting due diligence with current tenant, and long-term business operator, George Florence, and landlord, Ralph Taranto.

Palace’s custodianship would see The Astor to continue operating as a single-screen, 1,150 seat auditoria, with it’s well regarded programming of both new release and classic films in tact and showing on 35 and 70 millimetre prints as well as 2K and 4K digital projectors.

Palace Cinema’s CEO, Benjamin Zeccola, whose family derived the Palace Cinemas corporate identity from the Palace Theatre in Bourke Street (where his father showed films in the mid to late 1970’s) has said of The Astor, “I am in love with the ambience and unique sense of cinema at The Astor, it reminds me of the Metro Malvern Cinema where I grew up and the loss of which still saddens me. So it is with a great deal of affection and nostalgia that we approach an arrangement between Palace Cinemas and The Astor.”

Benjamin has also said of the plans, “Palace Cinemas are keenly aware of the importance in preserving The Astor experience and, to that end, we see the business operating very much as it does today: one cinema, the continuation of the brilliant programming and maintaining the building in the art deco style in direct consultation with Heritage Victoria.”

FOTAA’s (Friends of The Astor Association) president, Vanda Hamilton, a group whose interest in the theatre is simply the preservation of The Astor as an operational single-screen cinema, open to the public, says of the news, “It is a great solution for all involved.”

The Astor cinema’s current calendar runs from December 20th through to April 5th, 2015, with more announcements regarding the program of events and developments to follow in early 2015.

Norma Jean Australian Tour

The almighty, hardcore legends, NORMA JEAN are returning to Australian shores in April.

Since their formation the Atlanta-born NORMA JEAN have continually pushed the boundaries of hardcore music. As one of the pioneers of ‘Metalcore’, NORMA JEAN have released six seminal albums and were nominated for a Grammy in 2006!

 Renowned across the globe for their chaotic and pummeling live shows, NORMA JEAN incite rabid fanfare leaving those in attendance in awe and admiration of their performances. NORMA JEAN is the rare band that plays with the intensity of a hungry new act but with the precision and power of a well-toured professional group.

 Since their last jaunt to Australia, NORMA JEAN released the critically acclaimed album, Wrongdoers. Alternative Press Magazine declared “…since we already referred to NORMA JEAN’S previous album, Meridional, as their ‘first true masterpiece,’ we have to call Wrongdoers their next masterpiece.”. On their last Australian tour, NORMA JEAN debuted several tracks from Wrongdoers but this will be the first time Aussie audiences will hear these songs transformed and mastered after a solid year of global touring!

Don’t miss the crushing brutality that is NORMA JEAN

TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY 16th DECEMBER 9am AEST
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THURSDAY APRIL 2ND  – CROWBAR, BRISBANE 18+

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FRIDAY APRIL 3rd –EASTERFEST, TOOWOOMBA AA

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SUNDAY APRIL 5TH  – NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, SYDNEY 18+

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FRIDAY APRIL 10TH  – THE EVELYN HOTEL, MELBOURNE 18+

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SATURDAY APRIL 11TH  – FOWLERS LIVE , ADELAIDE  LIC/AA

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SUNDAY APRIL 12TH  – AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH 18+

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