Monthly Archives: August 2015

Good Kill

Summary: As Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) dreams of the days he actually got to fly a fighter jet instead of being bunkered down in Las Vegas at the controls of drones flying bombing raids in Afghanistan he turns to alcohol while on a crash course of ruining his marriage to his wife, Molly (January Jones).

His and his team’s, which features newbie ‘pilot’ Airman Vera Suarez (Zoe Kravitz), hell continues when he is ordered by his superior, Lt. Colonel Jack Johns (Bruce Greenwood) to follow a new set of orders from the C.I.A., orders that will see a rise in the number of innocent civilians killed.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th August 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Andrew Niccol

Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol

Cast: Jake Abel (M.I.C. Joseph Zimmer), Sachie Capitani (Jesse Egan), Rich Chavez (A1C Thomas Rutledge), Peter Coyote (Langley), Stafford Douglas (Billy), Bruce Greenwood (Lt. Colonel Jack Johns), Jessica Stotz Harrell (Airman Jean Jacobson), Ethan Hawke (Major Thomas Egan), Colin Jones (Frank), January Jones (Molly Egan), Corey Kapahulehua (Senior Airman Miller), Dylan Kenin (Capt. Ed Christie), Zoe Kravitz (Airman Vera Suarez), Zion Rain Leyba (Travis Egan), Ryan Montano (Airman Roy Carlos), Kristen Rakes (Iris), Edric Ray (Airman Steven Willer), Ross Shaw (Lt. Drier), Michael Sheets (Danny), Alma Sisneros (Emily Jones), Kevin Wiggins (Trooper Morgan)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: M




David Griffiths:

Good Kill is the kind of the film that the United States Armed Forces do not want you see. Sure there are some conspiracy theorists out there who are claiming that this is the reason that Good Kill has been ‘hidden away.’ Make of that what you want but the history of Good Kill to date is kind of surprising. It launched to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival and then seemed to just disappear after a dismal opening weekend in the United States where it just scraped over the $1000 mark (yes I mean $1000 I haven’t left any zeroes off it).

Now whether or not you believe that The Smoking Man made this film disappear or whether or not it was a case of people staying away because of either the fact that Ethan Hawke’s movies are normally hit or miss these days (you could be excused for placing a Hawke ban on yourself if you had just seen Getaway) or that this from director Andrew Niccol that’s last film was the dog named The Host. Whatever the reason people did stay away from Good Kill and in doing so missed one of the film’s of the year.

Good Kill is one of those films that not only stays with you a long time after the credits have rolled but also opens up your eyes to something that you didn’t even realise was happening. The war is Afghanistan is almost forgotten these days but through this film Niccol is able to shake the public into seeing a hidden side of this war, a side that is not only seeing the lives of innocents lost in a country far away but a side that is also seeing the lives of former combat heroes ruined on the home front.

As the director and screenwriter of Good Kill Niccol expertly draws his audience in by making his audience believe early on that this is going to be a film in the vein of Top Gun, a film that glorifies the Armed Services. Early on we introduced to Thomas Egan and we see him as the Air Force pilot that is considered a hero by those around him, drives a hotted up American muscle car and goes home each tonight to the drop dead model-like wife. But through a series of events Niccol pulls that all away and soon the hero of this film is being forced to watch a graphic rape 7,000 miles away that he can do nothing about and is wasting away in a job that has having a seriously negative affect on his life. To Niccol’s credit he does ‘nice up’ this film for his audience, instead he makes his audience watch the some horrors that Thomas and co are watching and he strongly makes the point he is trying to make without making it feel like he is preaching to his audience.

You can say a lot about Ethan Hawke as an actor. Sure he doesn’t always know how to pick the best script but when he is given a quality script to work with he does deliver. Here is one of those times. Good Kill sees Hawke play the falling hero exceptional well with the scenes he shares with Bruce Greenwood being some of the best scenes you are likely to see on the big screen this year. To the film’s credit it gives some bite to the roles of its female cast and as a result you see some strong acting from January Jones and from Zoe Kravitz who for once is stepping away from the big action blockbusters.

Good Kill is not always an easy film to watch. The graphic rape and bombing raid footage might be a little hard to stomach for some but this is a film that you feel that you must see to realise just how frightening this new X-Box style of war using drones really is. Credit must be paid to Niccol for not holding back, he instead makes his film as stark as the Las Vegas desert landscape he captures so well. If you like a film that makes a strong political point than Good Kill is one film you need to watch this year.






Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4.5)


IMDB Rating: Good Kill (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Good Kill reviews: You can listen to our Good Kill review on an upcoming episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show. You can also read our Good Kill review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt


FeatureThe Heckler

Indie films always struggle to get onto screens without the big distribution deals and marketing budgets of American blockbusters, but a new Australian on-demand cinema platform,, now allows filmmakers to book any cinema, any time as long as you have enough people interested in watching that film at that session.

The innovative producing team behind The Heckler are embracing this new distribution model by launching an initial round of on-demand cinema screenings and hoping that positive word-of-mouth fuels more and more screenings – in effect growing their own theatrical release.


Writer/Producer Steve Mitchell says, “A traditional cinema release requires a massive amount of advertising to succeed. Films like ours can’t afford that and so we rely solely on word-of-mouth. And that takes time to build. By staging one-off event screenings at various locations over a longer period, we’re hoping to build momentum without spending a fortune on marketing.”

Anyone can request to ‘host’ one of Tugg’s listed films at their local cinema, but the screening only goes ahead if a minimum number of tickets are sold in advance. This way, nobody loses any money, plus the promoter (host) gets 5% of the box office.

“The main difference with this model is that patrons must book their tickets in advance to guarantee the screening goes ahead, which involves changing people’s behaviour from simply turning-up at the cinema and seeing what’s on. We’re also adding value to our screenings by combining them with either a Q&A or a live stand-up comedy intro (which was a great success during the Comedy Festival).”


Shot on location in Melbourne, The Heckler is about a stand-up comedian who has his body hijacked by the spirit of a jealous heckler and must find a way to reclaim it before the imposter ruins his career. The body-swap comedy received rave reviews from sold out Comedy Festival screenings and won an award at the LA Comedy Festival.

It marks the feature film debuts of local talents Kate Jenkinson (Offspring), Emily Taheny (Mad as Hell) and Simon Mallory (Comedy Inc) and also stars CJ Fortuna (Kinne), Scott Harrison (Charlie & Boots) and Dave Lawson (Utopia) along with a host of other comedy performers including Tony Martin and Jeff Green.

The Heckler season launches with a live stand-up comedy intro at The Sun Theatre in Yarraville on Monday September 7th.
(tickets must be pre-booked via the website)


September 7 at Sun Theatre Yarraville
September 9at Cinema Nova – Carlton
September 13 at Regent Cinemas Ballarat
September 16 at Village Cinemas – Jam Factory – South Yarra
September 20 at Palace Barracks – Brisbane
October 6 at Dendy Opera Quays – Sydney
(Perth and other locations announced soon)

Bookings & details:

Kill Me Three Times

With Kriv Stenders’ new film Kill Me Three Times made available on VOD this week The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’s Dave Griffiths sat down with Kriv and chatted to him about the film. The conversation covered all topics from what it is like working with the genius that is Simon Pegg right through to just why is Australia leading the way when it come to cult cinema.

You can listen to or download our Kriv Stenders interview right here.

The Seed

The Seed is a very special mentor program set up by John Butler for aspiring young people wanting to work in the music industry… and right now it needs your help.

In order to keep The Seed running a very special fundraiser has been announecd which will see a Pozible campaign kick off on September 1 and very special concert held in Melbourne featuring Missy Higgins, San Cisco, Emma Louise, Paul Kelly and John Butler on October 12th.

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to The Seed’s Project Manager Stacia Ganinon about these very special fundraisers. You can listen to or download the interview right here.


One of the highlights of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival is the new show Semi Charmed. The show is written by and stars Sarah Clarke and takes a look at the topic of online dating. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chats to Sarah about where the idea of Semi Charmed came from.

You can listen to or download our Sarah Clarke interview right here.

The Candy Topps - Femme Fatale

The Candy Topps return to Melbourne with a brand new show for this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival in the form of Femme Fatale.

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with The Candy Topps to find out what exactley inspired this brand new show and also had a little chat about everything Candy Topps related. You can find out all the details for Femme Fatale below and can listen to our Femme Fatale interview right here.


The Candy Topps – Femme Fatale Details


TIME: 8:30PM

WHERE: THE BUTTERFLY CLUB, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne

TICKETS: Full $32, Conc $28, Group (6+) $26, Cheap Tuesday $25 (opening night) /

Rebecca Ferguson

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Rebecca Ferguson
  2. Kate Mara
  3. Tom Cruise
  4. Cara Delevingne
  5. Rachel McAdams
  6. Evangeline Lilly
  7. Tom Hardy
  8. Shailene Woodley
  9. Margot Robbie
  10. Justin Theroux
  11. Marguerite Moreau
  12. Alicia Vikander
  13. Michael Showalter
  14. Mamie Gummer
  15. Miles Teller
  16. Emilia Clarke
  17. Charlize Theron
  18. Ronda Rousey
  19. Abigail Spencer
  20. Chris Pratt
  21. Morena Baccarin
  22. Paul Rudd
  23. Jake Gyllenhaal
  24. Taylor Kitsch
  25. Elizabeth Banks

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  2. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  3. Deadpool (2016) – Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller
  4. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  5. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau
  6. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  7. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  8. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  9. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  10. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  11. Descendants (2015) – Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce Booboo Stewart Sofia Carson
  12. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  13. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  14. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  15. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage
  16. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  17. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  18. Suicide Squad (2016) – Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Jared Leto
  19. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  20. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  21. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  22. 6 Years (2015) – Tarissa Farminga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard
  23. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015) – Masako Nozawa, Ryo Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Masaharu Sato
  24. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  25. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Cara Delevingne

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Cara Delevingne
  2. Rebecca Ferguson
  3. Rachel McAdams
  4. Margot Robbie
  5. Tom Hardy
  6. Yvonne Strahovski
  7. Tom Cruise
  8. Evangeline Lilly
  9. Emilia Clarke
  10. Jake Gyllenhaal
  11. Genesis Rodriguez
  12. Alexis Knapp
  13. Alicia Vikander
  14. Shailene Woodley
  15. Avan Jogia
  16. Taylor Schilling
  17. Cassie Scerbo
  18. Bryce Dallas Howard
  19. Chris Pratt
  20. Kate Mara
  21. Michelle Monaghan
  22. Paul Rudd
  23. Jennifer Lawrence
  24. Elizabeth Berkley
  25. Emma Watson