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Summary:  The true story of one young white Southerner in the Summer of 1961, caught in a place and time where he had to choose which side he was on.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 6th May 2021 (Australia), 5th February 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 5th February 2021 (UK)

Country: USA

Director: Barry Alexander Brown

Screenwriter: Barry Alexander Brown, Bob Zellner (book), Constance Curry (book)

Cast: Jake Abel (Doc), Shamier Anderson (Reggie), Nicole Ansari-Cox (Professor Kleiner), Cedric The Entertainer (Reverand Abnerathy), Dexter Darden (John Lewis), Lex Scott Davis (Joanne), Brian Dennehy (J.O. Zellner), Will Deusner (Skeeter), Onye Eme-Akwari (Chuck McDew), Chaka Forman (Jim Forman), Bram Fuller (Willy B. Painter), Brendan Fuller (Officer Fuller), Cian Genaro (John Hill), Thom Gossom Jnr. (Herbert Lee), Sienna Guillory (Jessica Mitford), Lucy Hale (Carol Ann), Malcolm X. Hayden (William Barbee), Bryan Herlong (James Zellner), Charlie Hill (4 Year-Old Bob Zellner), Stan Houston (E.H. Hurst), Evan Huang (Young Derek), Kuntrell Jackson (Leon), Jim Klock (Younger), Matt William Knowles (Jim Zwerg), Sharonne Lainer (Rosa Parks), Tom Lawson Jnr. (Aubrey Williams), Ludi Lin (Derek Ang), Mike Manning (Townsend Ellis), Michael Aaron Milligan (Jack), Will Mossek (Young Bob Zellner), Brad Napp (Floyd Mann), Julia Ormond (Virginia Durr), Laurissa Romain (Brenda/SNCC Singer), Will Runels (James Zellner in Russia), Michael Sirow (Jay-Jay), Angela Soule (Ruby Zellner), Jonathan Sterritt (Buster), Lyda Styslinger (Susan Wilbur), Greg Thornton (Clifford Durr), Joey Thurmond (Coach Raines), Lucas Till (Bob Zellner)

Running Time: 105 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)


David Griffiths’ Son Of The South Review:

There is a power in cinema that sometimes even shocks me now despite the many thousands of films I have seen over the years. It shouldn’t surprise me though, cinema has been educating me and shocking my view of the world for a good many years now.

I was a pretty naive teenager when it came to world events. To be honest if a news story wasn’t about the footy scores on the weekend or what film James Cameron or Steven Spielberg was about to release then the chances were I wouldn’t have watched it. That view of the world changed for me at High School with a certain history teacher who decided the best way to teach his students about some of the world’s most horrific events was through cinema.

I still remember the day that he showed us Mississippi Burning. I remember seeing the cover and thinking “oh cool he is going to show us a Gene Hackman movie”, then I remember the film starting and me sitting in absolute shock and awe as I got my first piece of education on racism in the USA.

That same power and lesson resonates with director Barry Alexander Brown’s (Last Looks) new film Son Of The South. To be honest despite the fact that I am much more educated on American history these days I had never ever heard of Bob Zellner and his courageous story.

Zellner, played here by Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), was a young white Southerner college student who in 1961 decided to write a college paper about the Civil Rights Movement. The response to his paper though was the threat of expulsion and much to the shock of has Klansman Grandfather he soon has to make a decision about what side of the Civil Rights Movement he wants to be on.

For Zellner these events change his whole life’s focus and purpose. He suddenly goes from the dream life that he and his girlfriend, Carol Ann (Lucy Hale – Truth Or Dare), have picked out for themselves  to suddenly having meetings with the likes of Rosa Parks (Sharonne Lanier – Summer Of ’67) and soon he realises that if he wants to really change the way the community around him thinks then he may have to start making some sacrifices of his own.

I found that there is a true power with this film, in fact in a lot of ways this film had more of an impact on me than films like Judas And The Black Messiah. It has that power due to a great script, also written by Brown, that allows the film to preach without having a sermon. The key to films like this working is to let actions speak louder than words and Brown allows that to happen here with truly memorable scenes of black rights activists being confronted and beating for simply riding a bus into town.

Brown also stretches that mantra to the performances of his cast and there are often times in this film when a look by Lucas Till as his character sees the behaviour of those around him says more than a page of dialogue could. There are so many moments and scenes in this film that will stay with me for years that the only thing I can say is that this is one of the most important films that you are likely to see this year.

With this film Barry Alexander Brown also announces himself as a director who is ready to have a big impact on Hollywood. Brown already has two Oscar nominations to his name – one for his editing work on BlacKkKlansman and a second for his docco The War At Home – and to be honest he should have a third just for this film. As a director and screenwriter he is obvious storyteller who has a knack of telling that story on screen in a way that only a select few filmmakers can, I honestly can’t wait to see what film he tackles next.Son Of The South is one of the surprise films of 2021. It has an engaging and powerful story enhanced by a director who is at the top of his game and a young actor, Till, who produces one of the best performances of his career to date.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Why Him

James Franco and Bryan Cranston star in the new adult-only comedy Why Him which lands in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, so we decided that it was time to deliver some Why Him interviews.


James Franco – Laird Mayhew


Zoey Deutch – Stephanie Fleming


Keegan-Michael Key – Gustav


Griffin Gluck – Scotty Fleming


Bryan Cranston – Ned Fleming


John Hamburg – Director


Megan Mullally – Barb Fleming


Cedric The Entertainer – Lou Dunne

Top Five

The Top Five trailer has just been released. Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.  Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s IACF financed the film.


TOP FIVE in cinemas JANUARY 29, 2015

You can view the Top Five trailer here.


Summary: Dusty is a crop-dusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Klay Hall

Screenwriter: Jeffrey M. Howard, John Lasseter (story), Klay Hall (story)

Cast: Carlos Alazraqui (El Chupacabra), Cedric The Entertainer (Leadbottom (voice)), Priyanka Chopra (Ishani (voice)), John Cleese (Bulldog (voice)), Dane Cook (Dusty Crophopper (voice)), Colin Cowheard (Colin Cowling (voice)), Anthony Edwards (Echo (voice)), Brad Garrett (Chug (voice)), Teri Hatcher (Dottie (voice)), Gabriel Iglesias (Ned/Zed (voice)), Oliver Kalkofe (Franz/Fliegenhozen (voice)), Stacy Keach (Skipper (voice)), Val Kilmer (Bravo (voice)), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Rochelle (voice)), Danny Mann (Sparky (voice)), Jessica Marais (Rochelle (voice)), Brent Musburger (Brent Mustangburger (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Harland (voice)), Sinbad (Roper (voice)), Roger Craig Smith (Ripslinger (voice)), Filip Watermann (Grimm)

Runtime: 91 mins



David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

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

Greg King: Stars(2)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Planes’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Film Show Episode 50

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Planes’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Film Show Episode 50



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

IMDB Rating:  Planes (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Planes′: Nil


A Haunted House

Summary: In an outrageous sendup of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins), who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern-day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship… or, more importantly, his sex life.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 30th May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Michael Tiddes

Screenwriter: Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans

Cast: Essence Atkins (Kisha), Cedric The Entertainer (Father Williams), Affion Crockett (Ray-Ray), Andrew Daly (Steve), Joel Kelley Dauten (Egon), Marlene Forte (Rosa), David Koecher (Dan The Security Man), Liana Mendoza (Carmita), Jamie Noel (Juanita), Dave Sheridan (Bob), Nick Swardson (Chip The Pshycic), Jordenn Thompson (Little Kisha), Alanna Ubach (Jenny), Marlon Wayans (Malcolm)

Runtime: 86 mins



David Griffiths: Stars(2)

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

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:  A Haunted House (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘A Haunted House′: Check Episode #34 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘A Haunted House’.


Madagascar 3

Summary: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 9th January, 2013

Country: USA

Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach, Eric Darnell

Cast: Cedric The Entertainer (Maurice (voice)), Jessica Chastain (Gia (voice)), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien (voice)), Bryan Cranston (Vitaly (voice)), Nick Fletcher (Frankie The Dog (voice)), Steve Jones (Jonesy The Dog (voice)), Vinnie Jones (Freddie The Dog (voice)), Frances McDormand (Captain Chantel DuBois (voice)), Tom McGrath (Skipper/First Policeman (voice)), Chris Miller (Kowalski (voice)), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Gloria (voice)), Andy Richter (Mort (voice)), Chris Rock (Marty (voice)), David Schwimmer (Melman (voice)), Martin Short (Stefano (voice)), Ben Stiller (Alex (voice)), Conrad Vernon (Mason/Second Policeman (voice)), Frank Welker (Sonya (voice))

Runtime: 90 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ Review: 

It’s not often that three films into a franchise that the series seems to be getting stronger, but that is certainly the case with Madagascar because Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted could well be the strongest film in the series… sadly it also seems like it will be the last.

This time around begins with Alex (Ben Stiller – The Watch, Towerheist), Marty (Chris Rock – What To Expect When You’re Expecting, 2 Days In New York), Melman (David Schwimmer – The Iceman, John Carter) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith – Madagascar 2, TV’S Hawthorne) still trapped in Africa and beginning to believe that they will be stuck there forever as it is clear that the Penguins really aren’t returning for them.

Still believing there is a way back to New York they head to Europe to find the Penguins but in doing so cause a disturbance that leaves the evil Captain Chantal DuBois (Frances McDormand – Moonrise Kingdom, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon) chasing after them, eager to add a lion’s head to her trophy wall. In a bid to escape Chantal and her mad cronies the New York refugees join a circus with the likes of Gia (Jessica Chastain – Lawless, The Dark Fields), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston – Total Recall, Rock Of Ages) and Stefano (Martin Short – Frankenweenie, TV’S The Cat In The Hat Knows A lot About That), but when they lie about their circus experience they are left have to proving themselves.

There is absolutely no weakness with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at all. The screenplay works well and captivates the audience from start to finish. Even more importantly the film appeals to both adults and children alike, and despite the fact that there are jokes that are aimed for adults they certainly aren’t anything that is damaging to children.

Credit must also be given to the three directors involved – Eric Darnell (Madagascar 2, Madagascar), Tom McGrath (Megamind) and Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs Alens, Shrek 2) – who for once used the 3D technology to enhance the film and not just as a gimmick. Together these filmmakers go back and visit the original fun that 3D can create, things appearing to be flying at the audience etc while the psychedelic 3D circus that they create is some of the best 3D animation that you are ever likely to see.

The voice cast certainly come to the party as well, the usual cast are fine as always while it seems Frances McDormand really enjoyed the task of playing the ‘baddie’. The clear standouts however were Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Hugo) who seems to capture ‘fun’ in his voice like no other as well as Bryan Cranston and Martin Short who seem to enjoy playing around with some thick accents.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a sensational animation that needs to be seen on the big screen and in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted′: Dave’s other review of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) on IMDb