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Demolition

Summary: A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th July 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Screenwriter: Bryan Sipe

Cast: Madison Arnold (Ray), Stephen Badlamenti (Mickey), B Bastian (Jennifer), Blaire Brooks (Amy), James Colby (John), Ben Cole (Steven), Chris Cooper (Phil), Polly Draper (Margot), Brendan Drooling (Todd), Jake Gyllenhaal (Davis), Royce Johnson (Secuirty Marty), Tom Kemp (Dr. Brodkey), Judah Lewis (Chris), Heather Lind (Julia), Alfredo Narcisco (Michael), Wass Stevens (Jimmy), Naomi Watts (Karen),C.J. Wilson (Carl), James Young (Ahmed)

Runtime: 101 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR DEMOLITION REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

For me as a critic ‘Demolition’ is like a five star explosion. The director, Jean-Marc Vallee, received five stars from me for his last two films – the heart-gripping drama ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and the visually spectacular ‘Wild’, while leading man Jake Gyllenhaal has garnished the same scores for his recent films – ‘Prisoners,’ ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Southpaw.’ I would be lying if I said I was expecting something brilliant from ‘Demolition’ and this time I was disappointed.

‘Demolition’ is the story of a broken man. To the outside world Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal – ‘Nightcrawler’) is a man who has everything. He has an amazing looking home, a successful career in finance and the perfect marriage to Julia (Heather Lind – ‘Mistress America’). But then when Julia is killed in a car accident he re-accesses his life through a series of letters to a convenience machine company and soon he finds himself wondering whether or not he really loved Julia and also suddenly discovering a need to want to demolish everything. These letters also bring him into contact with the emotionally damaged Karen (Naomi Watts – ‘The Ring’) and her troubled young son, Chris (Judah Lewis – ‘Deliverance Creek’)… something that causes an even big rift between Davis and his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper – ‘American Beauty’).

It’s not a cliché that I normally like to use but ‘Demolition’ really is one of the movies of the year, in fact it is a lesson in filmmaking (from the screenwriting up) to any young filmmaker out there. Screenwriter, Brian Sipe (‘The Choice’) doesn’t waste a single second of screen time. He sets up the relationship between Davis and Julia in less than a minute and as the film delves into the life of a man falling apart the audience are kept guessing exactly what is going to happen next in that special form of character driven suspense… something that we previously have only got to experience in special films like ‘The Safety Of Objects.

‘Demolition’ is one of those amazing films were the director really understood what the screenwriter was trying to do and captures the vibe from the page and brings it to the screen in a remarkable way. So many lesser directors would have taken Sipe’s script and tried to make everything painfully obvious to the audience but here Vallee keeps his audience guessing. There are a tonne of questions that need to be asked about the brilliantly written and edgy character of Chris while the will they/won’t they tension between Davis and Karen is ever present without ever becoming clichéd or cheesy. That also leads to a second level of suspense as the audience waits to see what happens with Karen’s ‘boyfriend’ Carl (C.J. Wilson – ‘The Intern’).

Sipe’s screenplay also allows the cast to put in some amazing performances that are deserved of any awards that they should pick up. As we saw in ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Southpaw’ Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance goes to a whole new level when he is asked to play a character who is falling apart and here Gyllenhaal certainly brings his A-Game. Whether it be a scene where he is mentally breaking down while demolishing his home with a sledgehammer or sharing a touching emotion scene with Judah Lewis… his performance is truly captivating.

Follow in Gyllenhaal’s footsteps in Naomi Watts who has sadly been wasted in woeful films like ‘Allegiant’ and ‘Diana’ recently. But here as Watts is given a meatier script and able to play the drug affected Karen she really comes to the fore and reminds audiences just what a fine actress then she really is. Then there is the arrival of Judah Lewis. This young actor seems to relish playing a young character struggling to cope with his sexuality and the fact that his drug addicted mother is not paying enough attention to him. Lewis breezes through even some of the more difficult scenes and he really announces himself as a young actor to watch in the future.

In a cinematic world where bigger is considered better and every film released seems to what to out do it’s predecessor’s special effects it is a real relief to be able to sit down and watch a film like ‘Demolition’ – a film that relies on the fact that it has a brilliant screenplay and actors who are at the top of their game to pull it off. ‘Demolition’ is one of the films of the year and also shows why Jake Gyllenhaal now has to be considered one of the best actors of our generation.

 

Stars(5)

 

 

 

Greg King:

Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a hot shot financier whose wife is killed in a car crash. He goes into denial and his life goes into melt down and he begins to alienate everyone around him. Including his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who also happens to be his boss.
A minor incident involving a vending machine in the hospital though is the real catalyst for his frustration. He writes complaint letters to the company, which attract the attention of Karen Moreno (Naomi Watts), the sympathetic customer service representative. She finds something about the personal revelations in his letters of complaint that intrigues her. An unlikely relationship slowly develops. But it is his relationship with her troubled delinquent son Chris (newcomer Judah Lewis), who is struggling with his own sexuality and identity, that really starts the healing process. Davis becomes something of a surrogate father figure for the wayward adolescent.
Davis also finds release through demolishing things, from household appliances up to his own house. Wrecking his own beautiful, architecturally designed house with a sledgehammer proves cathartic, but it is also a heavy handed metaphor for leaving his old life behind and moving on. Ironically, in one of his letters Davis writes: “For some reason, everything has become a metaphor.”
Written by Bryan Sipe (who also penned the recent adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice), this is a rather downbeat and unpredictable drama dealing with death, grief, and the process of moving on.Demolition has been directed by French-Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee, who directed Matthew McConaughey to an Oscar in Dallas Buyers Club. Demolition is full of some of his trademark stylish flourishes – such as dreamlike shots, slow motion flashbacks and looped images – that give parts of the film a similar surreal quality to his enigmatic Cafe de Flore. Music has also been an important element in Vallee’s films beginning with the coming of age tale CRAZY, and here he has compiled a great soundtrack that mixes older acts like Heart and Free with indie bands like Cave and Half Moon Run, and some classical music.
Demolition has been shot by his regular cinematographer Yves Belanger, and there are some crisp and striking images. But this vaguely disappointing tale attempts to explore similar territory to that Vallee essayed in the more successful Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon as a woman trying to find herself through an arduous physical experience.
There are solid performances all round, particularly from the charismatic young Lewis who brings a spark of energy to the film that contrasts with Gyllenhaal’s downbeat and quietly compelling reading of his grieving character. The always reliable Gyllenhaal appears in virtually every scene, and he anchors this quirky but ultimately flawed drama, delivering another of his intense, edgy performances as the self destructive and emotionally stunted Davis. Cooper brings his usual stoic, gruff and world weary persona to an underwritten role, while Watts delivers another strong performance as a woman who is also dealing with her own emotional issues.
But despite the emotional content and late bursts of sentimentality, Demolition is a film that will not have broad appeal. However, it should do well on the festival circuit and in art house cinemas.

 

Stars(2.5)

 

 

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

 

IMDB Rating:  Demolition (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Demolition reviews: Nil.

 

Trailer:

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Monster Fest is Australia’s fastest growing genre film festival. What began in 2011 has doubled in size each subsequent year.

In 2014, for the first time, we will open to short and feature film submissions from Australia and across the world. We are also expanding to two of Melbourne’s most iconic entertainment venues.

Every November, Monster Fest 2014 partners with Melbourne’s Cinema Nova to present the latest, greatest and rarest cult and horror cinema from Australia and around the globe.
In 2014 the partnership continues – but Monster Fest is spreading its gargantuan wings!

We have established ‘The Monsters Lair’, our Festival Club with extra screenings, master classes, marathons, trivia competitions, parties, bands, DJ’s, special guests, booze, popcorn and much more at the newly refurbished bastion of late night rock n’ roll, Yah Yah’s Bar in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.

Yah Yah’s owner/manager James ‘The Hound Dog’ Young says of the partnership: “For years Yah Yah’s in Smith Street, Fitzroy has been the gathering place for Melbourne’s late night rock monsters. Partnering with Monster Fest is a twisted connection that, like the Human Centipede, is destined to grow, to endure and to disturb!”

Cinema Nova’s Kristian Connolly says of the latest development: “Lurking in the shadows since 2013’s record attendance, Monster Fest will emerge bigger and better than ever before to terrorise Melbourne audiences, we tried to warn you, but you didn’t listen: Monster Fest is back! and it’s hungry for fresh victims…”.

Opening the festival to worldwide submissions sees a competitive element introduced to the festival for the first time.

Awards will include the ‘Golden Monster’, for the feature film judged Best-of-Fest. There will also be awards for:

  • Best Australian Feature
  • Best Australian Short
  • Best Director – Feature
  • Best Director – Short
  • Best International Feature
  • Best International Short
  • Best Female Lead in a Feature Film
  • Best Male Lead in Feature Film
  • Best Male lead in a Short Film
  • Best Female Lead in a Short Film
  • Best SFX in a Feature Film
  • Best Feature Screenplay
  • Best Short Screenplay
  • Monster Fest Innovation Award (Open to shorts and features)

There will also be the ‘The Monsters Choice Audience Award’ for the film voted most popular by festival patrons.

A ‘Golden Lomax’, taking its name from British actor Laurence R. Harvey’s character in THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3, will also be awarded to the sickest, most twisted short film at the ‘Trasharama’ sidebar event at the festival.

Festival Director, Neil Foley says of this year’s festival:
“Monster Fest, Nova and Yah Yah’s – this union is no marriage. This is a sordid Ménage à Trois! We’re hoping every genre fiend in the land will gather to watch and drool at the depraved shenanigans within. Lock up your kiddies, Monster Fest has truly arrived!”

Monster Fest will run from Thursday November 20 to Sunday November 30.

For full submission details go to www.monsterfest.com.au

Comic-Con Episode IV

Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world s largest comic book convention. Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 7th November, 2012

Country: USA

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Screenwriter: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock, Joss Whedon

Cast: Tim Bradsteet (himself), Kenneth Branagh (himself), Holly Conrad (herself), Guillermo del Toro (himself), Chris Evans (himself), Will Ferrell (himself), Jamin Fite (himself), Harrison Ford (himself), Matt Fraction (himself), Seth Green (himself), Matt Groening (himself), Marc Guggenheim (himself), Skip Harvey (himself),  Eric Henson (himself), Thomas Jane (himself), Henry Jenkins (himself), Angelina Jolie (herself), Robert Kirkman (himself), Harry Knowles (himself), Stan Lee (himself), Todd MacFarlane (himself), Scott Mantz (himself), Frank Miller (himself), Grant Morrison (himself), Joe Quesada (himself), Ryan Reynolds (himself), Seth Rogen (himself), Chuck Rozanski (himself), Eli Roth (himself), Steve Sansweet (himself), Paul Scheer (himself), Jon Schnepp (himself), Tim Sheridan (himself), Kevin Smith (himself), Sylvester Stallone (himself), Billy Tucci (himself), Dan Vado (himself), Gerard Way (himself), Joss Whedon (himself), Olivia Wilde (herself), Edgar Wright (himself), James Young (himself), Se Young (himself)

Runtime: 86 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope′: Nil.

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011) on IMDb