Category: Western

Summary: 
Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  23rd November 2021 (Australia), 19th November 2021 (UK), 17th November 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 1st December 2021 (Australia), 1st December 2021 (Thailand), 1st December 2021 (UK), 1st December 2021 (Thailand)

Country: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK

Director: Jane Campion

Screenwriter: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage (novel)

Cast: Stephen Bain (Mr Weltz – the Undertaker), Adam Beach (Edward Nappo), Eddie Campbell (Stan), Alice May Connolly (Pearl), Benedict Cumberbatch (Phil Burbank), David Denis (Angelo), Jacque Drew (Jeannie), Kirsten Dunst (Rose Gordon), Alice Englert (Buster), Julie Forsyth (Mrs. Mueller), Aislinn Furlong (Evie), Cohon Holloway (Bobby), Ella Hope-Higginson (Consuela), Sean Keenan (Sven), Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Lewis), George Mason (Cricket), Max Mata (Juan), Ramontay McConnell (Theo), Thomasin McKenzie (Lola), Piimio Mei (Sue Ella), Josh Owen (Lee), Yvette Parsons (Hettie), Jesse Plemons (George Burbank), Edith Poor (Tanya), Yvette Reid (Clementine), Alastair Sewell (Jock), Bryony Skillington (Queenie), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Peter Gordon), Tatum Warren-Ngata (Libby), Karl Willietts (Bill)

Running Time: 126 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE POWER OF THE DOG REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Power Of The Dog Review:

Often the Western genre can produce some of the most powerful films you are ever likely to see. I can still remember marveling at the filmmaking prowess of Sergio Leone after watching Once Upon A Time In The West for the first time. Then there are modern-day classics like Meek’s Cutoff and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Now we can add another film to that list – The Power Of The Dog.

Directed by Jane Campion (The Piano) The Power Of The Dog tells the story of two brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons – The Irishman) who have built themselves up from nothing to well-respected Montana ranch owners back in 1925.

But while George looks after fiancés and helps the ranch make a profit Phil leads the men who do the grunt work. Phil is also considered a rude and gruff enigma. College learned he threw away a promising future to focus on the work with the cattle and is now so anti-social even getting him to bathe is a chore.

His world is further interrupted when after a trip into town Phil marriages a local widower, Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst – Bring It On), and brings herself and her ‘strange’ son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Road) back to the ranch. It is an awkward time as Phil has previously bullied Peter to the point where Rose is in tears and now he is jealous of the fact that George is out living his life.

The Power Of The Dog is a brilliant character piece that plays out like some of Shakespeare’s finest work. This is one film where as an audience member if you look away from the screen you are likely to miss an important piece of the puzzle that all comes together in the final moments of the film. Yes, this film has a haunting and powerful finale that is guaranteed to stay with you like some of the finest moments of cinema that you have ever seen. For once this year I was one of those people that just couldn’t get out of my chair even after the final credits had finished because I was just in total awe of what had just played out in front of me.

Campion’s screenplay brings Thomas Savage’s novel to life in a brutal yet beautiful way. Words are like weapons throughout the film while at times silence and glances can be just as harmful. Then there is the amazing cinematography of Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth) that makes the harsh Montana landscape look like something that should be hanging in the Louvre.

Rounding out this perfect set-piece are the performances of the film’s leads. Benedict Cumberbatch reminds serious cinema lovers just how good he is in a role that requires pure acting talent while he is well-matched with Jesse Plemons who plays the awkward yet determined George to a tee. Grouped together with Melancholia this is some of Kirsten Dunst’s finest work while Kodi Smit-McPhee takes another huge step forward in his acting career by portraying the strange and maligned Peter in a way that should garnish some award nominations. The young actor seems right at home acting alongside such a stellar cast and many of his scenes with Cumberbatch are pure cinematic magic.The Power Of The Dog is what cinema should be about.

A brilliantly written script that keeps its audience guessing and in awe throughout and brought to the screen by the director that can turn even the harshest scene into a true brushstroke of beauty. Then to top it off throw in a cast that brings in hardened performances that knock the audience back into their seats. The Power Of The Dog doesn’t need epic special effects or gimmicks to impress the audience it does with pure cinematic gold. I don’t say this very often but to me this was close to the perfect film and it is one that I cannot wait to delve back into again as soon as I can.

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 Stan today released a heart pumping new trailer for the highly anticipated fourth season of the Stan exclusive series Yellowstone, confirming the Kevin Costner led drama will return with a 2-hour premiere event on 8 November, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan. 

Australia’s own Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver joins the star-studded cast this season, with today’s trailer featuring a first look of her powerful new character Caroline Warner, CEO of Market Equities.

To watch and share the new trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/SzpY0xcbSnA

Led by Academy Award® & Emmy® winner Kevin CostnerYellowstone was the #1 drama on U.S. cable last year. Season three added Josh Holloway (Lost) to an all-star cast that included Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades franchise), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (Rogue), Kelsey Asbille (Wind River), Brecken MerrillJefferson White (House of Cards), Forrie Smith (Better Call Saul), Denim Richards (Good Trouble) and Gil Birmingham (Animal Kingdom). Additional season three newcomers included: Eden Brolin (Beyond), Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) and Jennifer Landon (The Front Runner). 

In season four, Jacki Weaver (Stan Original Series BloomSilver Linings Playbook) portrays Caroline Warner; CEO of Market Equities. Also joining for the fourth season are series newcomers: Piper Perabo (Covert AffairsCoyote Ugly) who will portray Summer Higgins, an outside protestor from Portland who is against the state funded police force that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals; Kathryn Kelly (NashvilleDolly Parton’s Heartstrings) who will portray Emily, a vet tech who soon strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy; and Finn Little (Storm Boy, Angel of Mine) who will portray Carter; a young boy reminiscent of a young Rip, with Beth deciding the ranch is the best place to teach him a lesson on how to be a man.

Weaver, Perabo and Kelly will appear in recurring roles with Little signed on as a series regular. Additionally, Will Patton has been upped to series regular for this season.

Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton played by world-renowned actor and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Dutton controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. 

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), Yellowstone’s executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 4 begins with a 2-hour premiere event on 8 November, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan. The only place you can stream every episode of Yellowstone is on Stan.

 Stan today announced the premiere date for the highly anticipated fourth season of the Stan exclusive series Yellowstone, with revenge arriving 8 November same day as the US and only on Stan. Australia’s own Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver joins the star-studded cast this season and fans of the series can expect justice to be served ice cold after last season’s explosive finale.

Led by Academy Award® & Emmy® winner Kevin CostnerYellowstone was one of the most-watched series on US cable last year. Season three added Josh Holloway (Lost) to an all-star cast that included Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades franchise), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (Rogue), Kelsey Asbille (Wind River), Brecken MerrillJefferson White (House of Cards), Forrie Smith (Better Call Saul), Denim Richards (Good Trouble) and Gil Birmingham (Animal Kingdom). Additional season three newcomers included: Eden Brolin (Beyond), Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) and Jennifer Landon (The Front Runner). 

In season four, Jacki Weaver (Stan Original Series BloomSilver Linings Playbook) portrays Caroline Warner; CEO of Market Equities. Also joining for the fourth season are series newcomers: Piper Perabo (Covert AffairsCoyote Ugly) who will portray Summer Higgins, an outside protestor from Portland who is against the state funded police force that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals; Kathryn Kelly (NashvilleDolly Parton’s Heartstrings) who will portray Emily, a vet tech who soon strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy; and Finn Little (Storm Boy, Angel of Mine) who will portray Carter; a young boy reminiscent of a young Rip, with Beth deciding the ranch is the best place to teach him a lesson on how to be a man.

Weaver, Perabo and Kelly will appear in recurring roles with Little signed on as a series regular. Additionally, Will Patton has been upped to series regular for this season.

Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton played by world-renowned actor and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Dutton controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. 

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), Yellowstone’s executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 4 premieres 8 November same day as the US. The only place you can stream every episode of Yellowstone is on Stan.

Stan today released the official teaser for the highly anticipated fourth season of the Stan exclusive series Yellowstone and confirmed Australia’s own Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver will be joining the star-studded cast this season. Yellowstone Season 4 will premiere only on Stan this Spring, same day as the US and fans of the series can expect revenge to be served ice cold after last season’s explosive finale.

Led by Academy Award® & Emmy® winner Kevin CostnerYellowstone was one of the most-watched series on US cable last year. Season three added Josh Holloway (Lost) to an all-star cast that included Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades franchise), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (Rogue), Kelsey Asbille (Wind River), Brecken MerrillJefferson White (House of Cards), Forrie Smith (Better Call Saul), Denim Richards (Good Trouble) and Gil Birmingham (Animal Kingdom). Additional season three newcomers included: Eden Brolin (Beyond), Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) and Jennifer Landon (The Front Runner). 

In season four, Jacki Weaver (Stan Original Series BloomSilver Linings Playbook) will portray Caroline Warner; CEO of Market Equities. Also joining for the fourth season are series newcomers: Piper Perabo (Covert AffairsCoyote Ugly) who will portray Summer Higgins, an outside protestor from Portland who is against the state funded police force that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals; Kathryn Kelly (NashvilleDolly Parton’s Heartstrings) who will portray Emily, a vet tech who soon strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy; and Finn Little (Storm Boy, Angel of Mine) who will portray Carter; a young boy reminiscent of a young Rip, with Beth deciding the ranch is the best place to teach him a lesson on how to be a man.

Weaver, Perabo and Kelly will appear in recurring roles with Little signed on as a series regular. Additionally, Will Patton has been upped to series regular for this season.

Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton played by world-renowned actor and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. Dutton controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. 

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), Yellowstone’s executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 4 will premieres this Spring only on Stan, same day as the US. 

All previous seasons of Yellowstone are available to stream only on Stan now.

The Flood, Victoria Wharfe McIntyre’s debut feature about a female heroine exacting revenge on an unjust Australia, will begin a theatrical release in multiple cinemas in NSW, Victoria and South Australia from January 14 after a successful series of Q&A screenings in December and positive reviews.

Originally screening as a Cinema on Demand style release in December, cinemas have invited the film to return for a theatrical release off the back of strong word of mouth.

Madman have also released the film on disc and digital platforms (including iTunes, Google Play & Telstra Movies) from today.

Cinemas screening the film are:

  • Wallis Cinema Mildura  start date Jan 21
  • Wallis Cinema Mitcham  start date Jan 21
  • Wallis Cinema Piccadilly start date Jan 21
  • Wallis Cinema Mt Barker start date Jan 21
  • Wallis Cinema Noarlunga start date Jan 21

Other cinemas taking the film (January dates tbc) include the remaining Wallis Cinemas circuit, The Ritz (Randwick), Richmond Regent , 6th Toe South West Rocks, Star Court Cinema Lismore, Peninsula Cinemas, Glenbrook Cinema and Roxy Cinema Nowra.

The Flood stars Alexis Lane, Shaka Cook (who will be seen this year in the hit musical Hamilton), Dean Kyrwood, Dalara Williams and Aaron Jeffery, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2020 AACTA Awards for his work on the film.  Victoria Wharfe McIntyre also won the Best Director Award and Alexis Lane won Best Actress at the recent Sydney International Women’s Film Festival.

Set during WWII, the film is the story of Jarah’s (Alexis Lane) coming-of-age in a brutal and lawless land – growing from a sweet child to a strong, independent and ferocious woman taking on Australia’s corrupt and bigoted system one bad guy at a time. In the best tradition of the gunslinging outlaw, when the enigmatic Jarah is pushed to the limit she explodes in a fury of retribution. But for a revenge western there is a surprising series of twists and turns that hint towards redemption and reconciliation.

Writer/director Victoria Wharfe McIntyre says:  “It’s such an honour to be approached by cinemas who have heard the feedback from our screenings and we’re very grateful to all the people who are keen and asking to see it on the big screen.”

Filmed in Victoria’s hometown of Kangaroo Valley, in what Victoria describes as a “wonderful creative collaboration with the local Yuin Nation community, utilising our land and that of friends and neighbours”, The Flood has poignantly become a visual archive of the Valley’s pristine subtropical rainforests and unique bushland which were destroyed by the 2020 firestorm that devastated the east coast of Australia.
https://www.madmanfilms.com.au/the-flood/

Summary: During World War II a young Aboriginal woman sees the injustice that she and her community endures under white settlement and decides to get revenge.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 21st January 2021 (Australia),

VOD Release Dates: 6th January 2021 (Australia)

Country: Australia

Director: Victoria Whafre McIntyre

Screenwriter: Victoria Wharfe McIntyre

Cast: Brendan Bacon (Tick), Eddie Baroo (Bushy), Suzannah Bayes-Morton (Marlee), Lance Brown (Doug Bradfield), Vida Elaine Brown (River Brown), Sarah Butler (Sister Marie), Shaka Cook (Waru Banganha), Angus Rose Dann (Alinta), Joy Jasmin Dann (Lowanna), Kenneth Paul Dann (Nudgee), Priscilla Vida Isabelle Dann (Darri), Summer Sky Dann (Molly), Lucas Dillon (Young Kelly), Anni Finsterer (Wilma Wilson), Rob Flanagan (Terry), Karen Garnsey (Pam Bradfield), Barnaby Hanning (Young Shamus), Rupert Hanning (Young Paddy), Maci Grace Johnson (Wanna), Aaron Jeffrey (William ‘Minto’ Minton), Dean Krywood (Shamus/Paddy Mackay), Simone Landers (Binda Banganha), Alexis Lane (Jarah Banganha), Keith Learn (Sorley Mackay), Peter McAllum (Gerald Mackay), Joseph James Brown McLeod (Gari), Justine Angus May Brown McLeod (Alkina), Paul James McLeod (Uncle Jack), Michael McStay (Constable Neale), Jillian O’Dowd (Constable Brady), Socrates Otto (Miller), Daniel Potts (Detective MacGregor), Soraya Rennie (Billie), Toby James Sakeld (Jackson), Petra Salsjo (Majorie), Tykia Simpson (Young Jarah), Tyson Towney (Knorre), William Usic (Jim Wilson), Bendedict Wall (Kelly Mackay), Dalara Williams (Maggie Banganha), Sarah Woods (Meg)

Running Time: 117 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

OUR WORDS THE FLOOD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Flood Review:

I often laugh as a film critic when I see somebody try to compare one film to another when really the films actually don’t share that much in common. That is certainly the case with the brand new Australian film The Flood. As soon as the trailer landed people were comparing it to The Nightingale.

Now I will admit that The Flood does share some similar themes – revenge and retribution (but so does a million other films out there on the market) and it does explore indigenous culture, although to say that it explores the same aspects of indigenous culture as The Nightingale I would have to say is incredibly narrow minded.

Directed by Victoria Wharfe McIntyre (Miro) The Flood explores several themes that I have found to have been sadly not explored on the Australian cinematic landscape. Topics such as indigenous Australians fighting for Australia in war and the brutal rapes that many First Nation’s women had to endure at the hands of the white settlers.

The film centres around Jarah Banganha (Alexis Lane – Cleverman) who during the time of World War II watches as her family is ripped apart by the new ‘laws’ introduced by white settlers including the cruel Gerald Mackay (Peter McAllum – The War At Home) and his son (Dean Kyrwood – Water Horse). While Jarah experiences the first hand cruelty delivered by the settlers her anger is further fuelled when her husband Waru (Shaka Cook – Top End Wedding) returns from war is not treated the same way as his best friend, Minto (Aaron Jeffrey – X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

There is often a harsh diversity to The Flood. The visuals of the Australian bush from cinematographer Kevin Scott (Backburning) are truly spectacular and beautiful but at the same time the events happening in and around them are of sheer brutality. Having said that though the brutal nature of the film is in context and possibly the only way to describe what Victoria Wharfe McIntyre does with the film as similar to the style of Quentin Tarantino with Django Unchained or Inglorious Basterds.

While important themes and often forgotten parts of Australian history are explored during The Flood it is important to remember that at the heart of this film is a genre flick. Dig deep under the storyline of the film is a harsh, yet realistic western caked in revenge in desperation. The mere fact that the screenplay allows for character and character development of course means the film is a lot better than some other revenge flicks I have had to sit through over the years.

I think what I will take away from this film though is the excitement that surrounds the future of Victoria Wharfe McIntyre, Alexis Lane and Shaka Cook. I get a distinct feeling that McIntyre is going to be a great Australian director while it will not take long for Hollywood to come calling for Alexis Lane. Shaka Cook is also sensational in this film and of course has already been snapped up to be part of the Australian production of Hamilton.

While comparisons to the masterpiece that is The Nightingale is completely unfair in its own right The Flood is an amazing genre film that lifts the lid on some of the darker sides of Australian history.

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Summary: A young boy’s life is changed forever when he meets a wanted murderer and she tells him that she was framed for the murder.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 17th December 2020 (Australia), 11th December 2020 (UK),

VOD Release Dates: 17th November 2020 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

Screenwriter: Nicolaas Zwart

Cast: Joe Berryman (Sheriff Ross), Paul Blott (Hartwell), Darby Camp (Phoebe Evans), Hans Christopher (John Baker), Finn Cole (Eugene Evans), Kerry Condon (Olivia Evans), Stephen Dinh (Joe Garza), Travis Fimmel (George Evans), Garret Hedlund (Perry Montroy), Tim D. Janis (Anselm Lomax), Lola Kirke (Narrator (voice)), Margot Robbie (Allison Wells), Pab Schwendimann (Peter Tade), Jane Wilson (Laura Boyd)

Running Time: 98 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR DREAMLAND REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Dreamland Review:

When most cinema goers think about Margot Robbie and her career they think of her huge roles – playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad or of course playing Jane in Tarzan. What many over look is the power of her performances in some of her smaller films that she has made along the way though. Her portrayal of the ‘last female on Earth’ in Z For Zachariah and now once again she brings her A-Game to crime period piece Dreamland.

I will admit that I knew nothing about Dreamland when I was heading into the film, and I certainly was not expecting a slow-burn crime thriller that was reminiscent of the work of the talented Kelly Reichardt. So good is that film director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte has now made my ‘must see film list’ and I am currently trying to hunt down his debut feature, As You Are, for a viewing as soon as possible as well.

Set in Texas in the 1930s Dreamland follows the Evans family who are doing it tough in a town that is constantly hit by violent storms. With their farm not able to produce crops Eugene (Finn Cole – Peaky Blinders) and his mother, Olivia (Kerry Condon – Avengers: Infinity War), were further devastated when Eugene’s father suddenly took off – supposedly for Mexico.

Eugene has always fantasised about going to find his father especially seeing as he now doesn’t see eye-to-eye with his step-father – local Sheriff’s Deputy George Evans (Travis Fimmel – Vikings). It feels like the only thing keeping him in Texas is that he helps look after younger sister, Phoebe (Darby Camp – The Christmas Chronicles).

The Evans family’s life is changed forever though when Eugene suddenly meets Allison Wells (Margot Robbie – The Wolf Of Wall Street), an outlaw on the run wanted for bank robbery and murder. While George desperately gets the town to hunt her down Allison tells Eugene that she is being framed for the murder side of things and begs him to help her.

Dreamland could easily have become a film full of clichés but I felt what saved that from happening is the directing style of Joris-Peyrafitte who refrains from this becoming just another ‘crime period piece’ like Lawless by working well with cinematographer Lyle Vincent (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) and giving the film a unique visual style. Together the pair not only bring a beauty to the Texan landscape but deliver Reichardt-like scenes with two character conversing while one is frame and the other cannot be seen.

The film’s screenplay also holds steady throughout. The plot never gives away it shouldn’t too early meaning that the film maintains its suspense throughout. Screenwriter Nicolaas Zwart (Riverdale) keeps the audience guessing to whether or not Allison is telling the truth or not about framed, and as Eugene is set up in such a way that the audience likes him from the get go you find yourself constantly afraid that she is going to break his heart.

Likewise even the secondary characters are never made to appear clichéd. George Evans could easily have been portrayed as your stereo-typical tough father-like figure who has it in for his step-son. But that is never the case here, yes Eugene sees him as hard on him but the audience can easily see through the teenage angst and come to realise that George is not the character that he is portrayed to be.

That screenplay also leads to some amazing acting performances. Finn Cole announces himself as an actor who can now carry a film, his scenes with Margot Robbie are intense and the two play off each other with a natural ease. Also taking a huge step up here is Travis Fimmel who just like he did in Lean On Pete shows that he clearly has a career outside of Vikings.

This Covid 2020 keeps giving us genuine cinematic surprises and Dreamland is certainly one of them. Gritty and alternative in style this is the film that has given us one of the directional finds of the year.

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