Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Wolf Of War Street Trailer Pic

The bells rang at the close of trade yesterday and there was one clear winner: Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET soared its way to the top of the Australian box office. Grossing $1.016m across 228 locations, the critically acclaimed black comedy had the biggest opening day for an R18+ film in Australian history.

“The Wolf of Wall Street has had an extraordinary first day in cinemas across Australia, grossing over $1m, becoming the biggest ever opening day for a Martin Scorsese film. Since it began opening around the world, The Wolf of Wall Street has enjoyed amazing box office success and now Australia joins the growing number of international markets where the film has proven incredibly popular with audiences,” Roadshow Films managing director Joel Pearlman said.

Director Martin Scorsese has excavated the terrain of the American crime drama from multiple angles – but with The Wolf Of Wall Street he goes straight to the edge with a tale from the outrageous and darkly comic realm of our most contemporary variety of criminal extortion: high finance.

Nominated for five Academy Awards and four BAFTAs, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio in his Golden Globe winning role, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler and Rob Reiner.

Based on a true story, The Wolf of Wall Street follows the outlandish rise and non-stop pleasure-hunting descent of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), the New York stockbroker who, along with his merry band of brokers, makes a gargantuan fortune by defrauding investors out of millions.

The film follows Belfort’s wild ride as he transforms from a righteous young Wall Street newcomer to a thoroughly corrupted stock-pumper and IPO cowboy.

Having quickly amassed an absurd fortune, Jordan pumps it back into an endless array of aphrodisiacs: women, Quaaludes, coke, cars, his supermodel wife and a legendary life of aspiration and acquisition without limits.

But even as Belfort’s company, Stratton Oakmont, soars sky-high into extremes of hedonistic gratification, the SEC and the FBI are zeroing in on his empire of excess.

The Wolf of Wall Street was released nationally on January 23 and is rated R18+

Big Day Out


Just a week after the temperatures peaked into the mid-forties Melbourne decided to put on an overcast drizzly day for Big Day Out 2014… well let’s be honest it poured if you were there in the first couple of hours. The good news is though the weather in no way dampened how good the musical talent was on the day. In fact so the acts on the day used this year’s Big Day Out to put a foot forward in their career while others wound back the clock and reminded us of days gone by.

Arcane Saints – They may have been of the first bands on for the day (poor guys were put on at 11am in the morning) but that didn’t stop Melbourne’s own Arcane Saints putting in one of the best performances of the year. Let’s be honest Arcane Saints are on a real role, their 2013 Turning The Tides album was undoubtedly one of the albums of the year, and it was pleasing to note that they didn’t allow performing at Big Day Out over awe them. These guys were on song from the very beginning and as they delivered tracks like ‘Never Say Die’ and ‘Hard To Please’ it was once again easy to see why they deserve to be listed as one of Australia’s most promising bands. They even through in a Stone Temple Pilots’ cover for good measure. Yes despite there being some good heavy bands on the bill at this year’s Big Day Out Arcane Saints outshone them all.

Let’s Not Pretend – Another Melbourne band that managed to deliver the goods at Big Day Out was Let’s Not Pretend. It’s actually no surprise that they chose to cover Blink 182’s ‘All The Small Things’ because their set revealed them to be a blend of rock and pop that certainly have the potential to go all the way. Let’s Not Pretend delivered a great mix of some solid rock tracks and a ballad – ‘I Can Dream’ which certainly showed these guys are a talented bunch just waiting for a chance to break out. Their track ‘Is This Love’ had the Big Day Out crowd jumping, while their set showed that their mix of rock with an electronic blend would easily be enough to win over people who love bands like Simple Plan and Fall Out Boy.

Altitude – Altitude took the trip up to Melbourne’s Big Day Out from Geelong and it certainly wasn’t a wasted trip. Their bass guitarist, Luke Reeves, wore a T-Shirt boasting that ‘Rockstars Never Die’ and that certainly could have been the case for Altitude who whipped their crowd into a frenzy with their own style of fuzzy grunge while calling upon the styles of some rockstars of the past. Their lead singer mixed grunt and melody in the vein of Kurt Cobain which certainly made their style of grunge standout from a lot of the other bands around at the moment. Their tidy set certainly made them a band you should check out if they are playing locally to you.

Audemia – The highway from Geelong also delivered four piece heavy rockers Audemia to Big Day Out… and again they were a band that shone on the big stage. Chosen by Triple M’s Music Jury to perform Audemia capitalised on the chance to play at a big festival and they certainly didn’t let those down that had faith in them. Sounding a lot like Metallica the band quickly drew a crowd and then kept them there with a set full of grunt with tracks like ‘The One’ and the slowed down ‘Friends’ certainly being crowd pleasers. Audemia’s set certainly won them a few more fans at Big Day Out and made their believers proud.

The Algorithm – The purists will hate hearing this but the hardest working drummer of the day belonged to French outfit The Algorithm. The main star of The Algorithm is supposed to be DJ/producer Remi Gallego but he was clearly outshone by his drummer at Big Day Out who put in some of the most furious drumming that you are ever likely to see. Mixing metal with dubstep electronic may not be everybody’s cup of tea but these guys certainly had the crowd hyped, on their feet and occasionally even whipped them into a frenzy. Brutal at time The Algorithm pounded their way into the hearts of those that managed to catch what turned out to be one of the sets of the day. The Algorithm also showed that the French do indeed have a sense of humour constantly teasing their audience with snippets and threats of bad 80s pop.

The Hives – Probably one of the biggest surprises of Big Day Out 2014 came from a band that technically shouldn’t have even been there. The Hives were a late ring-in for Blur who were forced to pull out of the line-up, but obviously someone forget to tell front-man Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist that they were just blow-ins because he was determined to win the crowd over from the moment they hit the stage with the short and sweet ‘Come On.’ Actually it seemed like the Swede was in the mood to play the role of the puppet master just like the one that overshadowed the band on their back-drop.

If that was there plan for the Big Day Out crowd then they certainly delivered. The often underrated garage punkers with a – excuse the pun – hive of activity as they dashed around the stage in their smart matador outfits. It literally felt like they came, saw and conquered as they breezed through tracks like ‘Take Back The Toys’ and ‘Won’t Be Along’ while of course the crowd were only too eager to join in on one of The Hives’ biggest radio hits ‘Walk Idiot Walk.’

It was obvious that Almqvist’s pompous attitude was just a stage act and luckily that was the case because otherwise an Aussie audience certainly wouldn’t warm to him the way they did. The audience anticipation plus the fact the Swedes are one of the best live bands in the world soon reached absolute crescendo with a drawn out version of ‘Tick Tick Boom’ during which time Almqvist broke the big Big Day Out rule of ‘no crowd surfing’ and then made the crowd his ‘dogs’ when he got them to sit and stand on command.

While some bands have the crowd eating out of their hands when they deliver a set as intense and fun-loving as The Hives did they deserve to have them doing more than that.

Beady Eye – One of the most unexpected performances of Big Day Out 2014 was the brilliant performance of Beady Eye. A lot of people worldwide have simply seen Beady Eye as Liam Gallagher’s last bid attempt to try and keep something of Oasis still alive, but that belief was put to rest by a performance that will stay in the mind of the BDO crowd for a long time to come.

Gallagher seemed to take to the stage like a man on a mission. He seemed refreshed (looking trim, taught and little like Robbie Williams), sure some of the old-school Gallagher attitude was there – first when he couldn’t help but make a little gibe about The Hives’ crowd participation and then when some loser decided to throw a shoe at him mid set (which made the crowd have a laugh when Gallagher snarled “if you’re going to throw a shoe at me make sure it’s more expensive than the ones I am wearing), but for the most it appeared to be a brand new Gallagher on stage. For the most part he was friendly with the crowd, focussed on his brown tea-towel he had with him for some reason and thankfully hell bent on delivering a great show.

Teaming up with former Oasis band mates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock Gallagher delivered and number of tracks from throughout Beady Eye’s short history including ‘Soul Love’ which admittedly sounds a little ordinary on their new album but actually sounds sensational live. But the highlight of their show was certainly when they captured the magic of the past and delivered two of Oasis’ biggest hits – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ (which hails from Oasis’ first album Definitely Maybe) and then the crowd favourite ‘Morning Glory.’ Beady Eye’s version of ‘Morning Glory’ was heavy, powerful and showed that these guys still have what made them part of one of Britain’s most famous bands of all time. Certainly the Big Day Out crowd picked up on at because for those five minutes they were the most energetic they had been all day… the jumping was so full on the crowd literally shook.

Pearl Jam – This year’s headline act at Big Day Out 2014 was Seattle’s favourite sons Pearl Jam. As the minutes ticked by hearalding the end of Arcade Fire’s set (that seemed to go on forever) the crowd in front of the blue stage swelled to the point of overflowing. Crowds grabbed any vantage point possible, from the roof of the nearby bar right through to the grass and walkway beyond the regular stage area. There was a quietness come over the large crowd as everybody it seemed was expecting something special to happen at any moment.

And then something special did happen. With a flash of the stage lights Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron and the legendary Eddie Vedder arrived on the stage. Soon Pearl Jam was giving everybody a rock ‘n’ roll lesson and for those that were Pearl Jam virgins soon learned that you haven’t seen (or heard) Pearl Jam properly if you haven’t seen them live.

Some may question whether or not Pearl Jam are hard rockers but Vedder and co certainly showed the Melbourne crowd that it is a badge they wear with honor. From the moment they hit the stage with ‘Why Go’ Pearl Jam were full of an aggression that had reached an absolute peak when they finally reached their recent single ‘Mind Your Manners’ which Vedder joked was aimed at the ‘kids out there.’

The kids it seemed were having a great time. The crowd were wanting to break the ‘no moshing’ regulation while Pearl Jam’s on-stage friends and family (which seemed to outnumber Snoop Lion’s entourage) watched on as the band put on an absolute clinic.

Vedder chugged at his wine as Pearl Jam delivered a set that covered most of their greatest hits – ‘Jeremy,’ ‘Daughter’ and ‘Better Man’ etc – while also delivering things as varied as a MC5 cover – ‘Kick Out The Jams’ – and ‘Setting Forth’ which was one of the famous Eddie Vedder solo tracks from the Into The Wild soundtrack.

In total Pearl Jam brought 26 tracks to the audience and never once let up the energy or intensity. Yes it was the perfect end to Big Day Out 2014.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

The boys are back for the first time in 2014. This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Nick, Adam, Dave and Greg take a look at new release films ‘47 Ronin’, ‘Convict’, ‘Her’, ‘The Great Beauty’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ and ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’. This episode also features interviews with Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. The boys also launch a new competitions where you can win copies of ‘Big Ass Spider’ and ‘Paranoia’.

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

Summary: Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) is the son of an accountant, hoping to make it big on Wall Street as a stockbroker. Following the crash of 1987 Belfort reinvents himself with the help of Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) and close group of unscrupulous friends, starting brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont. Rapidly becoming wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, Belfort develops a hard-partying lifestyle that soon attracts the attention of federal government.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd January, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Martin Scorsese

Screenwriter: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort (book)

Cast: Ashlie Atkinson (Rochelle Applebaum), Jon Bernthal (Brad), Loretta O. Booz (Wendy), P.J. Byrne (Nicky ‘Rugrat’ Koskoff), Chris Caldovino (Rocco #1), Katarina Cas (Chantalle), Aya Cash (Janet), Kyle Chandler (Agent Patrick Denham), Kenneth Choi (Chester Ming), Robert Clohessy (Nolan Drager), Shea Coleman (Skylar Belfort (14 months old)), Carla Corvo (Pam), Dan Daily (Honorary Raymond Samitz), Leonardo DiCaprio (Jordan Belfort), Bo Dietl (himself), Jean Dujardin (Jean Jacques Saurel), Christine Ebersole (Leah Belfort), Giselle Eisenberg (Skylar Belfort (4 Years Old)), Michael Engberg (Smith), Jon Favreau (Manny Riskin), Danny Flaherty (Zip), Marcus Antonio Gonzalez (Rocco #2), Ted Griffin (Agent Hughes), Jonah Hill (Donnie Azoff), Jake Hoffman (Steve Madden), Christina Jeffs (Venice), Spike Jonze (Dwayne), Dustin Kerns (Ben Jenner), Stephen Kunken (Jerry Fogel), Stephanie Kurtzuba (Kimmie Blezer), Aaron Lazar (Blair Hollingsworth), Ben Leasure (Brantley), Fran Lebowitz (Honorary Samantha Stogel), Joanna Lumley (Aunt Emma), J.C. MacKenzie (Lucas Soloman), Johnnie Mae (Violet), Rizwan Manji (Kalil), Matthew McConaughey (Mark Hanna), Madison McKinley (Heidi), Mackenzie Meehan (Hildy Azoff), Cristin Miliroti (Teresa Petrillo), Ron Nakahara (Rocky Aoki), Michael Nathanson (Barry Kleinman),  Sandra Nelson (Aliyah Farran), Dierdre Reimold (Nicole), Rob Reiner (Max Belfort), Margot Robbie (Naomi Lapaglia), Barry Rothbart (Peter DeBlasio), Brian Sacca (Robbie ‘Pinhead’ Feinberg), Jon Spinogatti (Nicholas the Butler), Ethan Suplee (Toby Welch), Natasha Newman Thomas (Danielle Harrison), Emily Tremaine (Cristy), Shea Whigham (Captain Ted Beecham), Joe Zaso (Bernardo), Henry Zebrowski (Alden ‘Sea Otter’ Kupferberg)

Runtime: 180 mins



Adam Ross: Stars(5)

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Greg King: Stars(3.5)

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Nick Gardener: Stars(3.5)

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David Griffiths:

First I do have to admit a real bias when I am reviewing The Wolf Of Wall Street – I am an avid Martin Scorsese film and also an avid Leonardo DiCaprio, yes I have been in heaven for the past few years while they are collaborated together on five films. And yes while films such as Shutter Island and The Departed would make my ‘Greatest Films Ever Made’ list, I am not biased enough to admit that these two have made some ordinary films together, especially The Aviator.

So where does The Wolf Of Wall Street fit on the Leonardo DiCaprio/Martin Scorsese scale. Well to be honest it is pretty bloody high up, because this is a good… no make that… great film. But to preface that I should say this film does go above and beyond to get its R18+ rating because Scorsese has pretty much made a film about a world of sleaze.

Under Scorsese’s wonderful direction DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a young man who is introduced into the world of Wall Street finance by the ‘out there’ Mark Hanna (Matthew McCounaughey) who teaches Jordan the things he needs to succeed are cash, drugs and sex… and that you get them anyway you can.

Jordan’s first journey into Wall Street though doesn’t last after the crash of 1987 and soon Hanna disappears out of the picture and Jordan is left to resurrect himself, this time through a backyard operation that pretty much just sells worthless penny deals. But Jordan sees promise in that and soon he, and his new found buddy the loud Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), begin their new operation that has the sole aim of making them money.

Once Jordan is once again wealthy he again reaches Wall Street doing illegal deal after illegal deal while his weaknesses are still cash, drugs and sex… this time with his future wife, the beautiful Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie). Everything is going well until a Federal Agent (played by Kyle Chandler) starts sniffing around Jordan and aims to bring him down.

With The Wolf Of Wall Street Scorsese is once again at the top of his game. He is cunning with the way that he tells this story – yes at times he glorifies the sick lifestyle that Jordan lives, but he also dramatically shows the downside of this lifestyle to the point where anybody watching the film would be an idiot to want to get involved in the finance world. At times Jordan appears to be a God, but that image is shattered when Scorsese allows the grime to reach the surface in shocking acts such as seeing Jordan punch his wife in the stomach. Those that criticize The Wolf Of Wall Street and point out that Scorsese is trying to glorify this film are on the wrong track completely because he is trying to do anything but that.

The critics that have pointed out that Scorsese goes back and reuses some of his old Goodfellas style are right, but always the inventor Scorsese also uses comedy to full affect in The Wolf Of Wall Street… perhaps to give his audience a rest from the onslaught, while he is also creative in the way that he allows Jordan to narrate this film, especially in the sense that Jordan seems to be able to pick and choose what he feels the audience will understand. He may be in his seventies but at least Scorsese is still a director willing to try new things.

Once again Scorsese also gets the best out of Leonardo DiCaprio. Just like he did in Django Unchained DiCaprio relishes the fact that he gets to play an unlikable character here and he is well deserved of all the awards he has been nominated for. But this isn’t just the DiCaprio show, oh no Matthew McConaughey steals the show with his brief performance, Kyle Chandler is once again smooth in his role while Jonah Hill provides more than just comedic relief showing that he is a genuine dramatic actor these days. However the person that deserves a big tick for The Wolf Of Wall Street is Australian actress Margot Robbie who shows that she is more than just a pretty face and delivers some intense acting during her sometimes vicious scenes with DiCaprio. Yes she well and truly deserves her ‘star on the rise’ label.

As previously mentioned The Wolf Of Wall Street is not a film that will be enjoyed by all. It is a powerful, and yes at times graphic film. It may be a little long (some of the scenes wouldn’t have suffered if the editor had been a bit more brutal) but this film once again shows why Martin Scorsese is a living legend when it comes to filmmaking.


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

IMDB Rating:  The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65 for our full The Wolf Of Wall Street review.


Convict (2014)


Summary: Sent to prison because of manslaughter, Ray is challenged both physically and mentally by a sadistic prison boss.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd January, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: George Basha, David Field

Screenwriter: George Basha

Cast: Stephen Anderton (Fox), George Basha (Warden/Ray Francis), Brendan Donoghue (Victor), Brian Ellison (Ricko), David Field (Warden), Jade Gatt (Tim), Richard Green (David), Millie Rose Heywood (Kelly), Dean Daley Jones (Tony), Matthew T. Lamb (Bill), Johnny Nasser (Mazen), David Roberts (Harvey), Taha Saleh (Jayde), Frank Violi (Williams)

Runtime: 110 mins



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

IMDB Rating:  Convict (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Convict′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65 for our full Convict review.


Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones

Summary: After being marked, Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd January, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Christopher Landon

Screenwriter: Christopher Landon

Cast: Alonso Alvarez (Eber), Jessica Tyler Brown (Kristi), Richard Cabral (Arturo), Chloe Csengery (Katie), Silvia Curiel (Celia), Diana Danger (Chola), Jorge Diaz (Hector), Molly Ephraim (Ali), Katie Featherstone (Katie), David Fernandez Jnr. (Cholo), Eddie J. Fernandez (Carlos), Gigi Feshold (Natalia), Noemi Gonzalez (Evette), Brent Gutierrez (Diego), Andrew Jacobs (Jesse), Tonja Kahlens (Officer Silva), Karolin Luna (Laura Esposito), Laura Patalano (Gloria), Carlos Pratts (Oscar Hernandez), Frank Salinas (Ramon), Gloria Sandoval (Anna), David Saucedo (Cesar), Micah Sloat (Micah),  Catherine Toribio (Penelope), Juan Vasquez (Santo), Renee Victor (Jesse’s Grandmother), Gabrielle Walsh (Marisol), Julian Works (Pablo)

Runtime: 84 mins



Greg King: Stars(2.5)

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Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

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David Griffiths:

There has been a death knell for the “Paranormal Activity” franchise ever since the last film ended with what appeared to be a zombie apocalypse. The first film worked because of how natural the ‘found-footage’ seemed, the whole idea of a zombie apocalypse coming from that original film was completely far-fetched. Well it seems that the death bells have well and truly rung now because “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” has so far been the lowest grossing film in the franchise. Now that is actually a bit of a pity because this film is better than some of the recent outings in this franchise, even though most of the characters this time around are newbies.

The film opens with Jesse (Andrew Jacobs – who is almost a dead ringer for Taylor Lautner) celebrating the fact that he is graduating from High School. However the celebrations are soon put on hold when his friend Hector (Jorge Diaz), his sister Marisol (Gabrielle Walsh) and Grandmother (Renee Victor) realise that there is something strange going on in their neighbour Anna’s (Gloria Sandoval) apartment.

With the group at a loss of what is happening their curiously is peaked even higher when Anna is murdered by one of Jesse’s former classmates Oscar Hernandez (Carlos Pratts). After deciding to investigate the crime scene themselves some strange things start happening to Jesse and the supernatural goodness begins.

Director/screenwriter Christopher Landon (who has been with the “Paranormal Activity” franchise since film number two) seems to be on track with “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.” The films characters are likable, even though along the way they break some of the most basic horror film rules, and Landon has once again brought a natural feel to the franchise… something that seems to have been missing since the franchise’s early days.

One thing that does seem to be missing from this film though are any real scares or frights. While the film promises to be a cinematic nasty it is anything but. The supposed scares in the film will make your average teeny-bopper jump but will have no effect at all on seasoned horror fans. No Landon has instead decided to make “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” a horror film for the popcorn masses rather than for people that would have relished the moments while they were watching “You’re Next” last year.

The fact that the film doesn’t contain any real frights is made even worse when you realise that what Landon has created here is the basis for a good horror film. But when the last quarter of the film feels like you are watching an episode of The Shield rather than a horror film that becomes a real problem. Even the ending of this film creates some issues because it really does feel like it was only tacked on to make this film part of the Paranormal Activity franchise… perhaps it would have better to have just been a standalone horror film called The Marked Ones.

One thing that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones does need credit for the fact that the actors all feel really natural, not an easy feat for young actors to achieve. Andrew Jacobs really announces himself as a young star to watch in the future while he is well supported by Gabrielle Walsh and Jorge Diaz who simply just do what is asked for them. Renee Victor also seems to enjoy playing Jesse’s grandmother and at times she is an absolute gem on the screen.

While Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones does have all the marks of a good horror film it lets itself down with an ending that only seems to be there in order to tie it into the franchise.


Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #65 for our full Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones review.