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Summary: 
A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 15th July 2021 (Australia), 30th July 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Edson Oda

Screenwriter: Edson Oda

Cast: Zazie Beetz (Emma), Alvaro Cortez (Fernando), Eliza de Azevedo Brown (Amanda (8 Years Old)), Winston Duke (Will), Sammie Edgington (Young Amanda), Sterlin English (Rick (14 Years Old)), Tony Hale (Alexander), Geraldine Hughes (Colleen), Arianna Ortiz (Maria), David Rysdahl (Mike), Bill Skarsgard (Kane), Perry Smith (Anne), Lisa Starrett (Amanda), Erika Vasquez (Luiza), Benedict Wong (Kyo)

Running Time: 124 mins

Classification: M (Australia), .R (USA)

OUR NINE DAYS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Nine Days Review:

Nine Days is not an easy film to watch. I also get the feeling it is a film that is going to divide audiences, I could tell that from the Media Screening that I attended where half the people were sitting in bewildered silence during the end credits while the other half were already singing the film’s praises.

I’ll be first to admit that Nine Days is a slow-burn but once you connect with the film you will find that it takes on all the aspects of a well-written thriller.

Directed by first time feature filmmaker Edson Oda Nine Days tells the intriguing story of Will (Winston Duke – Black Panther) whose rule it is to decide which unborn souls are right to be sent out into the human world.

Will spends his days watching the POV cameras that show him how the souls that he has previously chosen are living their lives while occasionally talking to his friend Kyo (Benedict Wong – Doctor Strange) who always seems to be worried that Will is over-working and not enjoying life.

Things take a tragic turn though when one of the souls that Will watches over dies in an accident that may or may not be suicide. As that sinks in followed by the fact that he is watching another struggle under the weight of constant bullying Will realises that perhaps the souls that he is sending out into the world are not cut out for it. Despite Kyo warning him not to Will decides to be tougher on the next candidates despite knowing that any soul not selected will be wiped into oblivion.

To make matters worse one of the souls that Will is interviewing this time around is like no other. The free-spirited Emma (Zazie Betz – Joker) instantly bonds with both Will and Kyo but while Kyo feels that she is the perfect candidate Will disagrees and feels other candidates are better options.

I found that once I got my head around this world that Edson Oda has created the tension in the film rose completely. Early on I found my head filled with questions like ‘why is this guy watching all of these screens’, ‘how does this world work exactly’ but once I let that settle I was able to finally concentrate on what was important – and that was really a soul (ie a person) basically begging to be allowed the opportunity to live.

Once I was able to focus on that I was then able to let the suspense wash over me. This maybe a slow burn that takes a while to play out but it also packs the emotional tension of a well-crafted thriller. The two pronged suspension comes from not only seeing which soul Will will ultimately chose but also what will happen to the bullied soul that is cracking under the pressure.

There are moments of true beauty with Nine Days – some of the scenes that depict Emma learning by life while being encouraged by Kyo are enough to bring a tear to your eyes – so are the moments where Will tries all he can to make the discarded souls last few moments something special and calming.

Aside from the amazing visuals created by Oda and his cinematographer Wyatt Garfield (Beatriz At Dinner) the other powerful force with this film are the amazing acting performances of Winston Duke, Zazie Betz and Benedict Wong. The trio all deliver powerful performances and the scenes that they share together are truly striking.

Nine Days is a stunning visual film with a deep conscience. This film will make you cry, it will make you a laugh but above all it will make you think about just how precious life really is.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Trailer:

House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control.

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Screenplay by: Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna

Story by: Becky Johnston

Based on the book “The House Of Gucci” by Sara Gay Forden

Produced by: Ridley Scott, p.g.a., Giannina Scott, p.g.a., Kevin J. Walsh, p.g.a., Mark Huffam, p.g.a.

Executive Producers: Aidan Elliott, Marco Valerio Pugini, Megan Ellison, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth.

Cast: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, with Salma Hayek and Al Pacino

Summary: 
Two school friends decide to start a pretend straight relationship in an effort to fit in.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 15th July 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 4th June 2020 (UK), 10th November 2020 (USA)

Country: Ireland, USA, UK, Belgium

Director: David Freyne

Screenwriter: David Freyne

Cast: Andrew Bennett (Captain Rory), Anastasia Blake (Janet), Peter Campion (Sweeney), Lauryn Canny (Sarah), Adam Carolan (Geoff), Shaun Dunne (Cian), Sharon Horgan (Hannah), Simone Kirby (Jill), Arian Nik (Adam), Evan O’Connor (Jack), Ian O’Reilly (Kev), Fionn O’Shea (Eddie), Lola Petticrew (Amber), Barry Ward (Ian), Emma Willis (Tracey), Jonny Woo (himself)

Running Time: 92 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), Not Rated (USA)

OUR DATING AMBER REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Dating Amber Review:

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Average Subculture Rating:

Other Subculture Dating Amber Reviews:

Nil.

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Angels & Airwaves have just released a new single and video, “Losing My Mind.” The video features frontman Tom DeLonge’s alter-ego Disco, brother to Boomer from blink-182’s “First Date” music video.  

The video sees Disco on a grand adventure through the Las Vegas strip late at night alongside TikTok dance sensation, Rampage.  The official video’s release also comes with another, more edgy director’s cut video that is now live on the band’s website.  The infectious track and video are the band’s third this year as they prepare to release their sixth studio album LIFEFORMS on September 24. 
 
Watch “Losing My Mind” official video
https://youtu.be/e95efluJ9yw 

Watch “Losing My Mind” director’s cut video at
angelsandairwaves.com

I wanted to write a song about a totally insane idea that would never happen, like, what if our own country was being torn apart by racists, a pandemic, and domestic terrorism, but all at the same time… you know, just normal made up shit that would never happen,” said Tom Delonge about “Losing My Mind.” 

 In 2021 the band has released the soaring “Euphoria” on May 19, and then most recently “Restless Souls” on June 15. Including 2019’s “Rebel Girl” and “Kiss & Tell,” the singles on the album collectively total over 43.5 million streams. NME called Euphoria “explosive,” while Rolling Stone said “the song shows the seductive nature of an intense love.” “Restless Souls” was dubbed “quintessential Tom DeLonge” by Rolling Stone. 

DeLonge, a founding member of Blink-182, formed Angels & Airwaves in 2005. The band has released five full-length albums and charted numerous hits, including “The Adventure,” “The War,” “Everything’s Magic” and “Rebel Girl.” The Dream Walker, released in 2014, hit No. 1 on iTunes and No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart. A multimedia project, the album was accompanied by a graphic novel, comic books and the short film Poet Anderson, co-directed by DeLonge, which won Best Animated Short Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival.

Angels & Airwaves are Tom DeLonge (lead vocals, guitar/synths), Ilan Rubin (drums/guitar/backing vocals/synths), David Kennedy (guitar) and Matt Rubano (bass). 

In addition to his work with AVA, DeLonge created To The Stars, a multimedia entertainment company that creates original content across music, film, television and publishing. DeLonge served as executive producer of The History Channel series “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation” and will make his feature film directorial debut with the forthcoming Monsters of California.

Pre-order/pre-save(stream) LIFEFORMS 
https://riserecords.lnk.to/Lifeforms

Pre-order/merch
https://rr.lnk.to/LifeformsAVA

EMECIA, Adelaide’s post-hardcore quartet are BACk to give the world ‘Afterlives’, their new single and video. The new track is available now at http://ffm.to/emecia_afterlives. The song, about taking opportunities and second chances, rolls out into the world today, Friday July 30th.

The Adelaide based Alternative Rock outfit combine elements of Post-Hardcore and upbeat Punk Rock to create their captivating sound – and this new single Afterlives is no exception! Hysteria Mag said in their premiere yesterday – “Adelaide’s Emecia has turned the energy all the way up with their epic new single, Afterlives.

According to vocalist Scott Midlin, this new single is about “…being given an opportunity by someone and persevering no matter how many times you feel defeated. It’s about keeping positive vibes, as well as looking after your mental health.

Hysteria Mag featured Emecia around their 2018 release and said about them “These guys have guts. Emecia are an entity breathing as one and have done so since their inception in 2013. Their debut EP Pariah set their sound in stone, Emecia bursting through the gates of their home city in support slots with the likes of Bless The Fall, Like Moths To Flames and more.

AAA Backstage also previously gave them praise, saying “Sonically, Emecia touch on classic post-hardcore and punk tropes; which is certainly not a bad thing. The guitars are piercing, almost metallic and the breakdowns are fierce. They roll into the group’s lyrics so effortlessly, giving everything that extra punch.

The quartet debuted in 2013 with their EP ‘Pariah’, are renowned for their high-energy live show, and have honed their craft by playing countless shows locally and abroad on many tour circuits, having played alongside heavyweights such as Closure In MoscowIn Hearts WakeAllday and Chiodos (just to mention a diverse few.)

After a huge 2018-19 under their belts due to the release of their debut album ‘Familiar Spirits’, Emecia are determined to make 2021 even bigger – bolstered by a new line-up, new music and more chaotic, high energy shows to come.

Emecia are Scott Middlin on Vocals, Trevor Lehmann on Guitar, Nicholas Evans on Bass and Brayden McPherson on Drums.

‘Afterlives’ is out now Friday July 30 and can be purchased/streamed at http://ffm.to/emecia_afterlives

It has been a tumultuous year and a half for Australian rock fans with no new international tour announcements but that changes now. With the governments four phase plan underway, which anticipates more flexible travel for internationals by early 2022, Silverback Touring is saying “f**k it” and taking the Covid bull by the horns and wrestling it to the ground for a 1,2,3 count.

Silverback Touring is going hard in early 2022 and bringing you the ultimate Rock Package by delivering two of the hottest live bands on the planet BUCKCHERRY and FOZZY.

BUCKCHERRY recently dropped theirincredible new and possibly best yet, album Hellbound and just this week a stunning new video and single ‘No More Time’. Whilst FOZZY have been tearing up the U.S. Billboard charts with their latest single ‘Sane’ whilst their anthemic track ‘Judas’ continues to amass huge numbers.

Multi-Platinumselling rockers BUCKCHERRY return to Australia armed with a new album Hellbound. BUCKCHERRY staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of anthems primed to explode on impact live on stage and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact.  It’s something that the boys have done since day one, but it’s more necessary now than ever. With an array of classic such ‘Lit Up’, ‘Crazy Bit*h’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Say F*ck It’ and ‘All Night Long’, BUCKCHERRY are ready to once againparty down under.

Watch ‘No More Time’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxIX_1CFRKE

BUCKCHERRY is unique, complex, simple, passionate, explosive, original, and always a good time. BC has been my love, my pain, my passion and I’m so proud of what we have accomplished. I never knew when I started this that dedicating myself to music would be taking on so much responsibility. For a guy who never thought he was going to live past 30 this has been an incredible journey. Our ninth record Hellbound marks 22 years since our debut self-titled release and what an amazing roller coaster we have been on. From hit songs to platinum and gold records and millions of fans worldwide – all during a time period when traditional sounding hard rock bands didn’t exist – except for BUCKCHERRY. We beat the odds and built our reputation on the live shows, and our “one of a kind” approach to every opportunity. – Josh Todd

After touring the world with the likes of Metallica, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and building a loyal fanbase for the better part of twenty years, FOZZY is the epitome of what a great rock n roll band should be: catchy, groovy, hooky, sweaty and most importantly, an AWESOME F**KIN TIME! With five consecutive TOP 30 singles, FOZZY is steadily becoming one of the most successful bands on Modern Rock Radio.

Watch FOZZY ‘Sane’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dusPBwR8MWM

Rich Ward leads the band and is one of the most versatile, talented riff machines & songwriters in rock n roll today. Chris Jericho’s skills as a frontman are second to none and his vocal style & range are both unique and instantly recognizable. The powerhouse drumming of Frank Fontsere is the cornerstone of FOZZY’s sound, along with the blazing solos of Billy Grey and the rock star energy of new bass player, PJ Farley. These are five legit rock stars, whose energy and charisma light up every stage they play on and every crowd they perform for. As a result, it’s no surprise that FOZZY has skyrocketed into one of the hottest rock acts in years.

BUCKCHERRY and FOZZY February 2022 Australian Tour Dates

Mon 21 Feb – Perth – Amplifier * Fozzy not appearing

Tue 22 Feb – Adelaide – The Gov

Thu 24 Feb – Brisbane – The Triffid

Fri 25 Feb – Sydney – Max Watts

Sat 26 Feb – Melbourne – Max Watts

TICKETS:

Silverback Members Pre sale: Fri 30 July at 9am – Sun 1 August 5pm

General Public On sale: Mon 2 August at 9am

From: https://www.silverbacktouring.com.au/buckcherry-fozzy-australia-2022/

The announcement of the brand new JINJER record, Wallflowers, out August 27 via Napalm Records, has not only caused immediate ripples around the world and delighted international reviewers and fans alike, but the band’s first single, “Vortex”, has already gained 2.5 million cross-platform streams/views in no time. 

Continuing their unstoppable way to the top, the band has just released their head-splitting second single “Mediator” and a brand-new crushing music video. The second track cut from the new album demonstrates once again that their unique sonic vision combined with visual attitude is more than peerless. Frenetic drumming combined with technically adept, fast firing bass and guitar attacks, merging with the unmatched mix of Tatiana Shmayluk’s clear vocals, pungent rap-like passages and ferocious growling. The track’s high-quality audiovisual bombardment draws the viewer into the spell of the progressive spectacle and constructs the visual antithesis of the postmodern utopia thematized within the track.  

JINJER on the tone of the new single:
“With years getting older, we often realize that the world around us is far from what we expected it to be. Through the eyes of a kid everything seemed way more colorful, better and optimistic, didn’t it? When did it all turn wrong? When did it all turn so gray? Is this really the world’s fault? Or it is only about us chasing the wrong goals… the wrong careers, ambitions and achievements, rather than embracing one important truth… Rephrasing John Lennon, if one chases something else other than happiness, then they didn’t understand life at all …”

Watch/Listen to “Mediator” 
https://youtu.be/tMfqGleETyw 

Already regarded as one of the most anticipated metal albums of the year, with WallflowersJINJER once again prove their exceptional knack for mixing groove, prog, alternative and experimental influences to create a sound unlike anything that has ever come before it.

Eugene Abdukhanov on the new album:           
“Growing creatively has always been a major goal for us. The day JINJER stops reaching for new musical horizons will be our last day as a band. We could have churned out what our peers expected us to do, or produce ‘Pisces’ clones without end, but we’ve never done that and we never will. Instead, we wrote an album whose level of emotions range from the fiercest aggression we’ve ever had, to the most intricate melodies and melancholic vibes you could ever get from our music. We decided to rip apart all possible stylistic boundaries without regard to financial success or competing with our previous albums. Wallflowers is a different kind of album musically and visually. It’s about our identity as a band, as individuals and a clear statement that we are different from most artists… and that it is OK to do your own thing.”

Wallflowers not only presents a methodical and premeditated next step in the band’s already imposing career, but moreover, it mirrors the personal adversities they’ve faced due to the worldwide events over the last year. Wallflowers is not only an upgrade to the progressive groove metal sound that all JINJER fans crave, but also a sonic pressure cooker of technical musicianship, emotional fury and an intense soundtrack befitting the harrowing state of the world today. Hailing from the conflict-ridden Ukrainian region of Donetsk but now calling Kiev their home base, JINJER truly do not mince words – or riffs – on Wallflowers. Their exceptional precision of modern metal paired with tough as nails attitude has earned them a fiercely loyal, rabid fanbase and massive critical acclaim, making JINJER one of the most talked about bands today and garnering them many sold out performances across the globe. With nearly all of JINJER’s releases composed between vans, backstage rooms and constant touring, Wallflowers continues where its predecessor Macro left off, only this time with less distraction and more time to focus on songwriting.

Tracklisting:
1. Call Me a Symbol
2. Colossus
3. Vortex
4. Disclosure!
5. Copycat
6. Pearls and Swine
7. Sleep of the Righteous
8. Wallflower
9. Dead Hands Feel No Pain
10. As I Boil Ice
11. Mediator

Pre-Orders for Wallflowers are available now
https://napalmrecords.com/jinjer

Based on the true story that will inspire the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever.  Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Bad Boys for Life”) stars as Richard, under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”). Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons.  The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.

Aunjanue Ellis (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” TV’s “Quantico”) plays the girls’ mom, Oracene “Brandi” Williams, Saniyaa Sidney (“Hidden Figures,” “Fences”) stars as Venus Williams, Demi Singleton (TV’s “Godfather of Harlem”) stars as Serena Williams, with Tony Goldwyn (the “Divergent” series, TV’s “Scandal”) as coach Paul Cohen and Jon Bernthal (upcoming “The Many Saints of Newark,” “Ford v Ferrari”) as coach Rick Macci.  The ensemble also includes Andy Bean (“IT Chapter Two”), Kevin Dunn (the “Transformers” films, HBO’s “Veep”) and Craig Tate (“Greyhound”). Green directed “King Richard” from a screenplay written by Zach Baylin.  The producers were Tim White and Trevor White under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, and Will Smith under his Westbrook banner.  Isha Price, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Allan Mandelbaum, Jon Mone and Peter Dodd served as the executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood”), production designers Wynn Thomas (“Da 5 Bloods,” “Hidden Figures”) and William Arnold (“The Hate U Give”), Oscar-nominated editor Pamela Martin (“The Fighter”), and two-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray”).  The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Kris Bowers (“Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “A Concerto is a Conversation”). A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, A Star Thrower Entertainment Production, A Westbrook Production, A Keepin’ It Reel Production, “King Richard” is slated for international theatrical release from in November.