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Midnight Special

Summary: A father named Roy (Michael Shannon) goes on the run with his son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), after the boy’s special powers attracts the attention of a cult who believes he delivers messages from God and also the CIA.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 21st April 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Jeff Nichols

Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Lynn Berry (herself), Sean Bridgers (Fredrick), Kerry Cahill (Linda), Bill Camp (Doak), Adam Driver (Sevier), Kirsten Dunst (Sarah Tomlin), Joel Edgerton (Lucas), Lucy Faust (Caroline), Sharon Garrison (Jane Adams), Dana Gourrier (Sharon Davison), Nancy Grace (herself), Scott Haze (Levi), David Jensen (Elden), Allison King (Hannah), Sharon Landry (Merrianne), Jaeden Lieberher (Alton Meyer), Michael Shannon (Roy), Sam Shepard (Calvin Meyer), Paul Sparks (Agent Miller)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR MIDNIGHT SPECIAL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Jeff Nichols has really announced himself as one of the best modern day filmmakers over the past few years. To be honest Nichols is yet to make a bad film, and his features which have included Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud have been gems that have regularly made my Top Ten films lists of the years they were released. Hell, I would go as far as to say that Mud is right up there as one of the best modern day films made. For that reason alone when I heard that his new film, Midnight Special, was a dark edged sci-fi that just happened to star two of my favourite actors, Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton, I was just as excited as I was about the release of Captain America: Civil War or Batman vs Superman.

Midnight Special begins with Roy (Michael Shannon – Man Of Steel) on the run from the law after he and his childhood friend Lucas (Joel Edgerton – The Gift) snatched his son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent) from a cult where it is expected that Alton and his supernatural gifts will continue to be the cult’s bridge between themselves and God.

But as Roy and Lucas rush to get Alton first of all to his mother, Sarah (Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia), and then to the co-ordinates that he has been sent, the journey is made dangerous by the fact that they are pursued by henchmen sent by cult leader, Calvin Meyer (Sam Shepherd – Mud) and law enforcement agencies led by Sevier (Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Then there is the fact that Alton’s supernatural powers seem to be changing all the time, sometimes with catastrophic results.

There is no doubt that Midnight Special is going to frustrate some audience members. The film begins with an amazing opening as Nichols has the courage not to let the audience be able to figure out too much. In fact for the first 20-30 minutes you are led to believe that Alton has been kidnapped and you have absolutely no idea who Lucas is. The film keeps you completely in the dark to key information and that just adds to the suspense as you try to piece everything together like a jigsaw puzzle. That works remarkable well for the beginning of the film but what is annoying is when Nichols decides to do the same thing with the ending the film. There are so many unanswered questions in the end that it almost drives you crazy. In fact there are so many things left open that this is the one time I wouldn’t be angry if they decided to make a sequel to the film just to finish it off.

For the most part though Midnight Special works sensationally well.  The way the film drifts from the cult storyline to a road-thriller shows that Nichols has the maturity to be a filmmaker that doesn’t shy away from throwing all the traditional filmmaking styles right out the window to get his story across. The fact that Nichols also manages to mix tropes from road trip and thriller movies into a film that ends up being a sci-fi also shows why he is one of the most exciting filmmakers of the modern generation.

Nichols’ well written screenplay also allows his cast to shine. As you would expect Edgerton and Shannon at their usual brilliant best while the film also allows Kirsten Dunst to remind audiences that she is still an actress who can really deliver when she is given the right material to work with. The script also lets Adam Driver show those who have been critical since his performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens just how good he has always been in the indie filmmaking society. But the star here is clearly Jaeden Lieberther who like he did in the Bill Murray film St. Vincent shows the world how is destined to become one of the finest actors Hollywood has ever seen.

Midnight Special is the kind of film that has the potential to frustrate cinema goers who like a simple linear story, but if you like your sci-fi a little left of centre then you are going to adore this film. In fact this is the kind of movie that you’ll go to see and then urge your friends to see because you’ve loved it so much. Sure Midnight Special is not as good as Nichols’ previous films but it is still well worth a look.

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Greg King:

You can hear Greg King’s full Midnight Special review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #173.

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Nick Gardener:

You can hear Nick Gardener’s full Midnight Special review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #173.

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

 

IMDB Rating: Midnight Special (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Midnight Special reviews: You can also listen to our full Midnight Special review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #173.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Eddie The Eagle,’ ‘Marguerite,’ and ‘Pawno’. This episode also contains interviews with Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Paul Ireland, Travis Bain (Landfall), Omrane Khuder (short film screening), Robert Englund (The Last Showing) and Darren Downs (Flats).

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99 Homes

The 99 Homes trailer has been released. The film is directed by Ramin Bahrini and stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern.

99 Homes is set for release on September 25 (United States) and will follow at later dates in other territories.

You can view the 99 Homes trailer below.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

You know what it is like you pick up a DVD and think “hey so-and-so is in it, looks like it may be good”. Then you watch it and think “man why did they slum themselves in that awful piece of trash?” In The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep # 57 Greg, Adam Dave and Nick took a look at good actors in bad films, here’s the lists they came up with.

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Sean Connery

  • Matt Damon (Euro Trip)
  • Jeremy Irons (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Emma Thompson (Beautiful Creatures)
  • Jared Harris (The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones)
  • Uma Thurman (Batman & Robin)
  • George Clooney (Batman & Robin)
  • Entire Cast (The Counselor)
  • Robert De Niro (Rocky & Bullwinkle)
  • Liam Neeson (Battleship)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Maid In Manhatten)
  • Samuel L Jackson (Snakes On A Plane)
  • Michael Caine (Jaws: The Revenge)
  • Sean Connery (The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
  • Mickey Rourke (every second movie)
  • Nicolas Cage (every second movie)

DAVID GRIFFITHS’S LIST

Michael Shannon

  • Rose Byrne (Insidious)
  • Michael Shannon (My Son My Son What Have You Done)
  • Toni Collette (Mental)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Runner Runner)
  • Bryan Cranston (Total Recall)
  • Tom Hardy (This Means War)
  • Tom Hanks (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)
  • Ben Affleck (Daredevil)

GREG KING’S LIST

Joseph Gordon Levitt

  • Hugh Jackman (Movie 43)
  • Kate Winslet (Movie 43)
  • Liev Schreiber (Movie 43)
  • Naomi Watts (Movie 43)
  • Al Pacino (Jack & Jill)
  • Jodie Foster (Catchfire)
  • Helen Mirren (Shadow Boxer)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Shadow Boxer)
  • Stephen Dorff (Shadow Boxer)

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Robert De Niro

  • Laurence Olivier (Inchon)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar)
  • Warren Beatty (Ishtar)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Sphere)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Sphere)
  • Bridget Fonda (Lake Placid)
  • Brendan Gleeson (Lake Placid)
  • Russell Crowe (Les Miserables)
  • Michael Caine (On Deadly Ground)
  • Forest Whitaker (Battlefield Earth)
  • Kenneth Branagh (Wild Wild West)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal)
  • Willem Dafoe (Speed 2)
  • The Cast (Mamma Mia)
  • The Cast (Earthquake)
  • Al Pacino (Jack & Jill)
  • Steve Buscemi (Grown Ups)
  • Salma Hayek (Grown Ups)
  • Marlon Brando (The Island Of Dr Merrou)
  • George Clooney (Batman + Robin)
  • Uma Thurman (Batman + Robin)
  • Robert De Niro (Meet The Fockers, Little Fockers)
  • Sigourney Weaver (Abduction)

Man Of Steel

Summary: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 27th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, Canada, UK

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriter: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jerry Siegel (characters), Joe Shuster (characters)

Cast: Doug Abrahams (Heraldson), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Lesley Bevan (Ms. Rampling), Mary Black (Ro-Zar), Rebecca Buller (Jenny), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Jor-El), Richard Cetrone (Tor-An), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Joseph Cranford (Pete Ross), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Revard Dufresne (Dev-Em), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Jake Foley (Teenage Pete Ross), Robert Gerdisch (Whitney Fordman), Coburn Goss (Father Leone), Jadin Gould (Lana Lang), Mackenzie Gray (Jax-Ur), Carlo Gugino (Kelor (voice)), Samantha Jo (Car-Vex), Alessandro Juliani (Officer Sekowsky), Rowan Kahn (Ken Braverman), Brad Kelly (Byrne), Michael Kelly (Steve Lombard), Heidi Kettenring (Helen Ross), Chad Krowchuk (Glen Woodburn), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Carmen Lavinge (Chrissy), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick), David Lewis (Major Laramore), Christopher Meloni (Colonel Nathan Vardy), Chris Palermo (Sargeant Vance), Tahmoh Penikett (Jed Eubanks), Julian Richings (Lor-Em), Richard Schiff (Dr. Emil Hamilton), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Howard Siegel (Weaver), Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent (13 Years)), Cooper Timberline (Clark Kent (9 Years)), Ian Tracey (Ludlow), Antje Traue (Faora-Ul), Apollonia Vanova (Nadira), Christina Wren (Major Carrie Farris), Aylet Zurer (Lara Lor-Van)

Runtime: 143 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘MAN OF STEEL’:

David Griffiths: Stars(4)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Man Of Steel’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Man Of Steel’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Man Of Steel’ that is available on the Built For Speed website

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

IMDB Rating:  Man of Steel (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Man Of Steel′: Please check Episode #38 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘Man Of Steel’.

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The Good The Bad The UglyIn Episode 38 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Nick and Greg took at look at what they feel are the best acting performances in films made after the year 2000.

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Joaquin Phoenix

Viggo Mortensen – ‘A Dangerous Method

Christoph Waltz – ‘Inglorious Basterds

Kirsten Dunst – ‘Melancholia

Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Melancholia’

Russell Crowe – ‘A Beautiful Mind’

Tom Hardy – ‘Bronson’

Javier Bardem – ‘No Country For Old Men’

Will Ferrell – ‘Zoolander’

George Clooney – ‘The American’

Robert Downey Jnr – ‘Iron Man’

Daniel Day Lewis – ‘There Will Be Blood’, ‘Lincoln’

Paul Giamatti – ‘Sideways’

Anna Paquin – ‘Margaret’

Michael Fassbender – ‘Shame’, ‘X-Men: First Class’

Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight’

Naomi Watts – ‘Mullholland Drive’

Joaquin Phoenix – ‘The Master’

 

GREG KING’S LIST

Heath Ledger

Matthew McConaughey – ‘Mud’

Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight’

Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables’

Sean Penn – ‘Mystic River’

Daniel Day Lewis – ‘Lincoln’

Christoph Waltz – ‘Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Django Unchained’

Carey Mulligan – ‘Shame’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – ‘Mysterious Skin’, ’50/50′

Ryan Gosling – ‘Blue Valentine’, ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’, ‘Drive’

Matt Damon – ‘The Bourne Franchise’, ‘Promised Land’

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio

Joaquin Phoenix – ‘The Master’

Michael Shannon – ‘Take Shelter’

Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight’

Anne Hathaway – ‘Rachel Getting Married’

Mickey Rourke – ‘The Wrestler’

Forrest Whitaker – ‘The Last King Of Scotland’

Alan Rickman – ‘Harry Potter Franchise’

Emma Stone – ‘Easy A’

Noomi Rapace – ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – ‘Mysterious Skin’, ‘Brick’

Hugo Weaving – ‘Last Ride’

Ellen Page – ‘Juno’

Christoph Waltz – ‘Django Unchained’

Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Shutter Island’, ‘Django Unchained’, ‘The Departed’

Michelle Williams – ‘Wendy & Lucy’, ‘Blue Valentine’

Kate Winslet – ‘Little Children’, ‘The Reader’

Penelope Cruz – ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’

Sam Rockwell – ‘Moon’

Jessie Eisenberg – ‘The Social Network’

Justin Timberlake – ‘The Social Network’

Nicolas Cage – ‘Lord Of War’

George Clooney – ‘The Descendants’

Michael Fassbender – ‘Shame’

Jennifer Lawrence – ‘Winter’s Bone’

Matthew McConaughey – ‘Mud’

Ryan Gosling – ‘Drive’

Robert Pattinson – ‘Remember Me’

Tom Holland – ‘The Impossible’

Naomi Watts – ‘The Impossible’

Mud

Summary: Two teenage boys, Ellis and Neckbone, find a strange man (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the middle of the great Mississippi river. Describing his involvement in fantastic scenarios and claiming that vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him, the stranger says he is planning to escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who is waiting for his signal in town. Skeptical but intrigued, the boys agree to help him in his noble and exciting quest.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jeff Nichols

Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Michael Abbott Jnr (James), Joe Don Baker (King), Clayton Carson (Pryor), Johnny Cheek (Kyle), Stuart Greer (Miller), Jacob Lofland (Neckbone), Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Ray McKinnon (Senior), Sarah Paulson (Mary Lee), Tye Sheridan (Ellis), Michael Shannon (Galen), Michael Shannon (Galen), Sam Shepard (Tom Blakenship), Paul Sparks (Carver), Bonnie Sturdivant (May Pearl), Reese Witherspoon (Juniper)

Runtime: 130 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘MUD’:

David Griffiths: Stars(5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Mud’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg king: Stars(5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Mud’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

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

IMDB Rating:  Mud (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Mud′:Please check our review of ‘Mud’ on Episode 36 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show.

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Premium Rush

Summary:Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie bike. Riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who puts his life on the line everyday is about to get more than even he is used to when his last envelope of the day – a routine premium rush run – turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 6th March, 2013

Country: USA

Director: David Koepp

Screenwriter: David Koepp, John Kamps

Cast: Kevin Bolger (Squid), Lauren Ashley Carter (Phoebe), Anthony Chisholm (Tito), Jamie Chung (Nima), Mario D’Leon (Moosey), Joesph Gordon-Levitt (Wilee), Grim Reaper Q (Alonzo), Wai Ching Ho (Sister Chen), Djani Johnson (Johnny), Sean Kennedy (Marco), Aasig Mandvi (Raj), Henry O (Mr. Leung), Wole Parks (Manny), Kym Perfetto (Polo), Dania Ramirez (Vanessa), Michael Shannon (Bobby Monday), Wayne Stephens (Marco), Aaron Tveit (Kyle), Darlene Violette (Debra), Carsey Walker Jnr (Dread), Boyce Wond (Mr. Lin)

Runtime: 87 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Premium Rush’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Premium Rush’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Premium Rush′: Nil.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Premium Rush (2012) on IMDb