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Summary: 
As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  18th November 2021 (Australia), 3rd December 2021 (UK), 17th September 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Justin Chon

Screenwriter: Justin Chon

Cast: Brad Blanchard (Randy), Martin Bats Bradford (Lajon), Justin Chon (Antonio LeBlanc), Emery Cohen (Denny), Sylvia Grace Crim (Sylvia), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Barry Boucher), Rhonda Johnson Dents (Rhonda), Alexander Garcia (Gulag), Renell Gibbs (Reggie), Jim Gleason (Doctor Keegan), Jacci Gresham (Ms. Jacci), Tyler Henry (Kamal), Altonio Jackson (Quentin aka Q), Sydney Kowalske (Jessie LeBlanc), Ivy Vy Le (Nicole), Susan McPhail (Susanne), Mark O’Brien (Ace), Linh-Dan Pham (Parker Nguyen), Josef A. Pons (Rodrigo), Geraldine Singer (Dawn Landry), Truong Quang Tran (Quoc), Alicia Vikander (Kathy LeBlanc), Toby Vitrano (Merk)

Running Time: 117 mins

Classification: M (Australia), TBC (UK), R (USA)

OUR BLUE BAYOU REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Blue Bayou Review:

Films with the power of Blue Bayou are rare in modern cinema. I’ll admit that when the credits begun to roll I sat there in complete stunned silence. Normally I am the kind of person that turns to my co-host as soon as the credits start and ask them what they thought of the film, but with Blue Bayou we both sat there in stunned silence. Partly because of the power of the film and partly because it is hard to comprehend that in 2021 the story told in Blue Bayou is occurring in the USA nearly every day.

The film centres around the loving couple of tattoo artist Antonio LeBlanc (Justin Chon – Twilight) and physical therapist Kathy LeBlanc (Alicia Vikander – Ex-Machina). They are poor and don’t have much but they have each other and they have their daughter, Jessie (Sydney Kowalske – Girl In The Basement)… and that is enough to make them happy.

Despite the fact that Jessie is from Kathy’s first marriage, to dutiful cop Ace (Mark O’Brien – Arrival), Antonio loves her deeply and the pair share a special bond. Even when he finds out that Kathy is expecting his child he tells Jessie nothing will ever stop him loving her.

But then two events happen that will change things forever. First of all a chance meeting between Antonio and Kathy in a supermarket with Ace and his violently racist partner, Denny (Emory Cohen – Brooklyn), leads to trouble for the couple and deep secrets being revealed. Then Antonio meets the terminally ill Parker Nguyen (Linh-Dan Pham – Mr Nobody) that leads him to ask more questions about his ancestry.

Normally films like Blue Bayou that tug at your heart-strings are told in an almost Hallmark fashion. They are clichéd and you can almost pick every trope and turn before they happen. Blue Bayou isn’t like that though, instead Justin Chon, who is also the film’s director and screenwriter, allow the film to take on a gritty, alternative persona that allows the film to become more hard-hitting and pack an even more powerful punch into its audience’s stomach. Why does it hit so hard? Because Chon is such a talented director that his style of filmmaking seems so natural at times the dialogue and what you are watching are so realistic that you feel like you are watching a documentary.

I’m not going to hold back with this – the story, revealed in the twist of the film, is a story that needed to be exposed to the world and as it turns out Justin Chon was just the right filmmaker to do so. If Chon doesn’t win an Oscar for Blue Bayou, and he really should, then there is no doubt in my mind that one day he certainly will. Not only is his acting in this film award-worthy but his directing certainly is as he has delivered one of the films of the year.

If the Oscars were fair then you would have say that Chon could easily walk away with a swag of Oscars for this film. Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenwriter – and all would be deserved. As much as I marvelled at Chon’s directional skills this film also showcases what a spectacular screenwriter he is as well. This film shows emotion without getting sappy and Chon is a talented enough writer to make sure that none of the film’s twists and turns are revealed before he needs to them. Even better is the fact that he is a mature and brave enough writer to not disappoint the audience with a clichéd Hollywood ending.

This of course is not the Justin Chon show though. As good as Chon’s performance is he is well matched alongside Alicia Vikander who once again reminds cinema audiences that she is well and truly above her Tomb Raider credentials. Like Chon Vikander puts in a truly emotional and dramatic performance that should have tested her limits, but instead she excelled in the role. Together the pair pull off two of the best performances that you are likely to see on the big screen in 2021.

Blue Bayou is not only one of the best films that you will see in 2021, it is also one of the most powerful. This is the kind of film that has you walking away from the cinema angry at just how unjust the world, these are the kinds of films that we need in this world to make a difference. If you loved the power of Nomadland last year be prepared to be floored by the brilliance of Blue Bayou and its creator Justin Chon.

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Trailer:

From award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.  

Director/Writer: Justin Chon 

Producers: Justin Chon, Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks 

Cast: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham, Emory Cohen 

teamed up with Defiant Screen Entertainment to give you a chance to win a copy of this must-see film on DVD. Directed by award-winning director Wim Wenders (The American Friend, Wings Of Desire) and starring James McAvoy (Split, Filth) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, Tomb Raider) in their most powerful roles yet Submergance is one of the msot under-rated films of 2018.

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Warner Bros. have given us the first glimpses of the new Tomb Raider film overnight with the release of not only the film’s first trailer but with a special Becoming Lara Croft featurette as well.

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

TOMB RAIDER is directed by Roar Uthaug and stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in the lead role, Dominic West, Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu.

TOMB RAIDER releases in Australian cinemas on March 15, 2018.

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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 ‘The Light Between The Oceans,’ ‘Crushed,’’The Age of Shadows,’ ‘The Accountant,’ ‘American Honey,’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. This episode also contains an interview with Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, Firass Dirani, Ben Mingay, Roxanne Wilson, Sarah Bishop, Michael Imielski (Dead Sunrise), Sonja Griegoschewski (German Film Festival), Guy Jukes, Karl Redgen and Elmedin Kumalic (Drone Film Festival).

Thanks to Icon Distribution we also launch our brand new War On Everyone competition. The winner will receive a double pass to War On Everyone (which opens in NSW, VIC, , QLD, ACT & SA on November 17th) and a DVD pack containing a copy of Filth, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, 44 Inch Chest, Alpha Dog, Inbruges, Red and Spring Breakers. To see how to enter this brand new competition just listen to this week’s show and then send the answer to Dave’s question as a private message to either our Facebook or Twitter page.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Demolition,’ ‘The Second Mother,’ ‘Embrace,’ ‘Jason Bourne,’ ‘Embrace of The Serphant’  and ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’. This episode also contains interviews with Naomi Watts, Judah Lewis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Taryn Brumfitt, Sean Byrne (‘The Devil’s Candy’), Fin Edquist (‘Bad Girl’), Rosie Jones (‘The Family’) and Donita Sparks (‘L7 Documentary’).

Also make sure you listen to this week’s show for you chance to win a copy of ‘Eye In The Sky’ on DVD thanks to our friends at eOne Entertainment. Starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Iain Glen, Barkhad Abdi and Aaron Paul ‘Eye In The Sky’ is available now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital. Listen for the question in this week’s show and then send us your answer privately on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Jason Bourne

Summary: Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th July 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Paul Greengrass

Screenwriter: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse, Robert Ludlam (characters)

Cast: Riz Ahmed (Aaron Kalloor), Bill Camp (Malcolm Smith), Vincent Cassel (Asset), Johnny Cicco (Bradley Samuels), Matt Damon (Jason Bourne), Ata Essandoh (Craig Jeffers), Ellie Fox (Officer Jones), Gregg Henry (Richard Webb), Tommy Lee Jones (CIA Director Robert Dewey), Vinzenz Kiefer (Christian Dassault), Stephen Kunken (Baumen), Scott Shepherd (Director NI Edwin Russell), Julia Stiles (Nicky Parsons), Alicia Vikander (Heather Lee)

Runtime: 123 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR JASON BOURNE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

It’s the film that hardcore Jason Bourne fans thought they would never see but yes Jason Bourne is back on the big screen. After ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ Matt Damon was quoted a number of times that he would never play the role again, even Universal seemed sure of it as they reworked the franchise with a new character that was given to Jeremy Renner to play. But it seems when you listen to a quote, listen to it properly because what Damon said was that he would never do another Bourne film unless Paul Greengrass (‘Captain Phillips’) was in the director’s chair. When Greengrass is back and so is Damon!!!

The film begins with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon – ‘Good Will Hunting’) staying out of sight in Europe and surviving on the money that he makes as he goes around competing in various underground fighting tournaments. He is forced out of hiding though when his former ally Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles – ‘Save The Last Dance’) hacks into the CIA’s computer network and makes some alarming discoveries about the real identity behind Jason Bourne and how his father was involved.

The hack alerts young CIA agent Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander – Ex-Machina) to what is happening and soon she finds herself working with CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones – ‘Men In Black’) to bring Bourne in. Together they bring in a brutal agent named only as Asset (Vincent Cassel – ‘Black Swan’) to put Bourne down while also trying to work out how to best deal with Social Media empire boss Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed – ‘Nightcrawler’) who is threatening to expose the relationship between his social media platform and the CIA.

There is little doubt that Paul Greengrass’ latest entry into the Bourne franchise is pretty sleek but how does it hold up in the modern film environment? To be brutally honest I’ve never really seen Bourne as an elite franchise. While yes the films always look and they have shown that Matt Damon is a more than capable action star, they just don’t do enough to make themselves ‘different’ enough to really impress me. While franchises like ‘Fast & The Furious’ do whatever they can to make each film bigger and better the ‘Bourne’ franchise seems to just chug along doing the same thing each time, without doing much to change the formula along the way.

One of my criticisms levelled at this franchise in the past has been the fact that these films ride a dangerous path. The plots are never intense enough to make you marvel at the screenwriting while the action sequences are normally nothing any different to what we have seen before. Here it is obvious that they have tried to overcome these issues as the screenplay does have a bit more ‘meat’ to it while the car chase through Las Vegas resembles something of a sequence that may stick in some cinema goers minds for at least a few weeks… even though it still isn’t something as spectacular as dropping a car from a plane or jumping cars between high rise in Dubai.

What truly is remarkable here though is Greengrass’ attempt to re-capture the riots that have plagued Greece over the past few years. These sequences are absolutely brilliant and work amazingly well as a back-drop as Asset works feverishly to hunt down Parsons and Bourne. It is with sequences like these that Greengrass comes to the fore, and here he recaptures the same type of suspense that he wowed audiences with throughout ‘Captain Phillips.’ In a lot of ways these scenes are a lot better than the clichéd car chase that serves as a finale here and it will be the main thing that sticks in mind for a while to come.

We do see a vast improvement in the screenplay here as well. While characters like Asset may still be a walking cliché the sub-plot that looks at the CIA being in bed with a social media platform does raise questions such as ‘should the Government spy on us in order to keep us safe?’ while the screenplay also paints a very murky picture to what the audience should expect from Heather Lee. So often action films like this feel the need to show the audience who is good and who is bad without any grey at all. But with Lee the audience is left constantly wondering where her alliance sits. Is the just another lapdog for Dewey or does she have a soft spot for Bourne? It’s actually a relief to find a character in this genre that has the audience constantly questioning their thoughts on said character… and Bourne’s reaction to her at the end is what makes this film’s finale work despite the disappointment of the car chase.

Being written that way makes Heather a dream for a young actress to play and here Alicia Vikander doesn’t disappoint. She really is one of those actresses that just seems to shine no matter what role is thrown at her. Her recent performances in ‘Testament Of Youth’ and ‘The Danish Girl’ show what she is capable of in brilliant films, while here she follows what is written for and plays Heather as a cold, almost emotionless agent who never lets her true feelings known to anyone. While she’s not exactly working with a great script she certainly makes something of it. To her credit she holds her own as she acts alongside Tommy Lee Jones who just breezes through as the ‘bad guy’ while Matt Damon once again shows that he can still hold his own with any action star going around.

While ‘Jason Bourne’ doesn’t exactly set the world on fire or bring anything new to the action genre it is a serviceable film that certainly won’t bore its audience. Greengrass manages to make the film visually attractive but you are left wanting a big action sequence that just never eventuates (‘Star Trek Beyond’ it ain’t), still the film does more than enough to be considered ‘a thinking person’s action film.’
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Adam Ross

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

 

IMDB Rating:  Jason Bourne (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Jason Bourne reviews: Nil.

 

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Academy Awards

The 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced. The big winner who have scored multiple nominations include The Revenant (12 nominations), Mad Max: Fury Road (10), The Martian (7), Bridge Of Spies (6), Carol (6), Spotlight (6), The Big Short (5), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (5), The Danish Girl (4), Room (4), Brooklyn (3), The Hateful Eight (3), Sicario (3), Ex Machina (2), Inside Out (2) and Steve Jobs (2).

And the nominations are:

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Bridge Of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

Matt Damon (The Martian)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Brie Larson (Room)

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies)

Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

Rooney Mara (Carol)

Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

Adam McKay (The Big Short)

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)

Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR SCREEN

Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Bridge Of Spies)

Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Pete Docter, Meg Lefauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen (Inside Out)

Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus (Straight Outta Compton)

BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED

Charles Randolph, Adam McKay (The Big Short)

Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)

Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Drew Goddard (The Martian)

Emma Donoghue (Room)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR

Anomalisa

O Menino e o Mudno

Inside Out

Shaun The Sheep Movie

Omoide no Mani

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

El Abrazo De La Seripiente

Krigen

Mustang

Saul Fia

Theeb

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Edward Lachman (Carol)

Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight)

John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)

Roger Deakins (Sicario)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

Hank Corwin (The Big Short)

Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Stephen Mirrione (The Revenant)

Tom McArdle (Spotlight)

Maryann Brandon, Mark Jo Markey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich (Bridge of Spies)

Eve Stewart, Michael Standish (The Danish Girl)

Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Arthur Max, Celia Bobak (The Martian)

Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy (The Revenant)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

Sandy Powell (Carol)

Sandy Powell (Cinderella)

Paco Delgado (The Danish Girl)

Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Jacqueline West (The Revenant)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Love Larson, Eva Von Behr (Hundraaringem Som Klev Ut Genom Fonstret Och Forsvann)

Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A Pandini (The Revenant)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SCORE

Thomas Newman (Bridge Of Spies)

Carter Burwell (Carol)

Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Johann Johannsson (Sicario)

John Williams (Stars Wars: The Force Awakens)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SONG

‘Earned It’ – The Weekend, Belly, Jason ‘DaHeala’ Quenneville, Stephan Moccio (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

‘Til It Happens To You’ – Diane Warren, Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground)

‘Manta Ray’ – J. Ralph, Antony Hegarty (Racing Extinction)

‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – Sam Smith, James Napier (Spectre)

‘Simple Song #3’ – David Lang (Youth)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Drew Kunin (Bridge Of Spies)

Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth (The Martian)

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Randy Thom, Chris Duesterdiek (The Revenant)

Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

Mark A. Mangini, David White (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Oliver Tarney (The Martian)

Martin Hernandez, Lon Bender (The Revenant)

Alan Robert Murray (Sicario)

Matthew Wood, David Acord (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett (Ex Machina)

Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Richard Stammers, Anders Langland, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner (The Martian)

Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, Cameron Waldbauer (The Revenant)

Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould (Stars Wars: The Force Awakens)

BEST DOCUMENTARY, FEATURE

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look Of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter On Fire

BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT

Body Team 12

War Within The Walls

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah

A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness

Last Day Of Freedom

BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED

Historia de un oso

Mi ne mozhem zhit biz kosmosa

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

World Of Tomorrow

BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION

Ave Maria

Day One

Alles Wird Gut

Shok

Stutterer