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Summary: Once again it is up to Bill and Ted to save the world – this time they have to travel through time and work out how they wrote the perfect song in the future. With a task so big though this time they may need their daughters to help them.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 28th August 2020 (Australia), 16th September 2020 (UK), 28th August 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 28th August 2020 (Australia), 28th August 2020 (USA)

Country: Bahamas, USA

Director: Dean Parisot

Screenwriter: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon

Cast: Brigette Nicole Andrews (Cleopatra), Linda Ayliff (Amelia Earhart), Jared Bankins (Jesus/Young Ted), Diana Barnes (Frida), Jillian Bell (Dr. Taylor Wood), Beck Bennett (Deacon), Artis Burney (Buddha), George Carlin (Rufus Hologram), Anthony Carrigan (Dennis Caleb McCoy), Georgia Cohran (Harriet Tubman), Jeremiah Craft (Louis Armstrong), Daniel Dorr (Mozart), Doug Gagnon (Bartholomew), Sharon Gee (Ling Lun),Kallie Glidewell (Flapper), Mickey Gooch Jnr. (Clete), Dave Grohl (himself), William E. Harris (George Washington), Erinn Hayes (Elizabeth), Miles Hendler (Judas), Kid Cudi (himself), Hal Landon Jnr. (Chief Logan), Xavier Leblanc (Phaoroh), Reece Loustalot (Babe Ruth), Jeff Pagano (Noelle Redding), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Billie), Jayma Mays (Joanna), Piotr Michael (Rufus (voice)), Patty Anne Miller (Grom), Kharismisa Morris (Josephine Baker), Keanu Reeves (Ted), Eliana Ruiz (Indira Gandhi), William Sadler (Death), Kristen Schaal (Kelly), Billy Slaughter (Young Bill), DaZMann Still (Jimi Hendrix), Amy Stoch (Missy), Kimberley Stockton (Queen Elizabeth), Holland Taylor (The Great Leader), Samara Weaving (Thea), Peter Wick (Zenny), Alex Winter (Bill), Tommie Wong (Kubla Khan), Ned Yousef (Gandhi)

Running Time: 91 mins

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

OUR BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Bill & Ted Face The Music Review:

I can still remember the first time I saw a Bill & Ted film. I was in Primary School and while at my friend’s place he shoved this pink and purple VHS into my hands and said “Dude, we need to watch this.” From that moment I was hooked with these likable idiots. I wanted to be them so much that they are probably one of the reasons why I love hard rock and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I used some of the things I learned from the film when it came to History at High School.

Yes, I wanted to be Bill and Ted but then I grew up. I graduated, went to College, got married and bought a house… like adults do. But according to what we find in the new instalment of the Bill & Ted franchise people don’t change – they are the same forever. Yes, it is ridiculous to think that way but that is what any audience going into this film is expected to think.

Set nearly thirty years after the originals Bill And Ted Face The Music find Bill (Alex Winter – Grand Piano) and Ted (Keanu Reeves – John Wick) completely washed up but the fathers of two daughters – Thea (Samara Weaving – Guns Akimbo) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine – The Glass Castle). The two’s music careers are over and their marriages are in tatters – in general their lives are a mess.

Then out of the blue Kelly (Kristan Schall – The Muppets) turns up from the future to tell them that the world is about to end if Bill and Ted can’t create the perfect song. The two travel through time to try and find how they wrote the perfect song while being pursued by a deadly assassin named Dennis Caleb McCoy (Anthony Carrigan – Gotham). Meanwhile Thea and Billie begin their own journey through time in a bid to build the perfect band for their fathers.

To be honest this was probably one of the most disappointing films I have watched in a long time. I wanted to see the filmmakers, director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) and his screenwriting team, doing something really special with this film; instead I got something that was slightly insulting to my childhood. Not only is the film plain dumb and feature nothing ‘spectacular’ that I was hoping for but the film seems to be ill thought out. I get that Bill and Ted are losers whose lives have never reached the potential that they should have; you know what as a fan of Jay and Silent Bob I can deal with that. What I can’t deal with or even believe is that they are so juvenile that they still speak like stoners so much later in their lives… it is so ridiculous that nobody can comprehend it.

Likewise the film does nothing ‘special.’ Despite a few moments that might make you chuckle Bill and Ted’s journey is this film is lacklustre and nowhere near as exciting as the journey in their original film. I can’t help but wonder why the writers didn’t do more things like the brilliant Dave Grohl cameo – this film needed to be epic not the lacklustre yawn fest that it became.

There are times during this film that the script is so stupid that I swear Keanu Reeves looks uncomfortable. We know what a brilliant actor he is but there are times during the film where his ‘stoner’ language and laugh seem to be ‘forced’ and you can see his mind asking “why did I sign up for this?” Despite the quality of the performers in the film, including Samara Weaving, this is not a film that is going to end up a highlight on anyone’s acting resume.

There will be a lot of people out there who go out and watch Bill And Ted Face The Music simply because of the nostalgia factor. As a fan of the original movies though I have to warn you that you will be sadly disappointed.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Kyle McGrath’s Bill & Ted Face The Music Review:

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Amy

Summary: A look inside the personal life of star Amy Winehouse. The film follows her from being discovered through to the dizzying heights of winning a Grammy Award to her tragic demise.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd July 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United Kingdom

Director: Asif Kapadia

Screenwriter: N/A

Cast: Juliette Ashby (herself), Darcus Beese (himself), Tony Bennett (himself), Sam Beste (himself), Yasiin Bey (himself), Russell Brand (himself), Raye Cosbert (himself), Dale Davis (himself), Shomari Dilon (himself), Pete Doherty (himself), Blake Fielder-Civil (himself), Nick Gatfield (himself), Lauren Gilbert (herself), Lucian Grainge (himself), Dave Grohl (himself), Tyler James (himself), Jay Leno (himself), David Letterman (himself), Monte Lipman (himself), Phil Meynell (himself), Guy Moot (himself), Andrew Morris (himself), Salaam Remi (himself), Cristina Romete (herself), Mark Ronson (himself), Nick Shymansky (himself), Chip Somers (himself), Amy Winehouse (herself), Janis Winehouse (herself), Mitch Winehouse (himself), Blake Wood (himself)

Runtime: 128 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR AMY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Not being a fan of Amy Winehouse’s I wasn’t sure what to expect from the documentary Amy. The film had received rave reviews from right around but aside from knowing one of two of her big hits (namely Rehab) I actually didn’t know that much about her. Therefore the fact that this docco actually had me feeling somewhat emotional times really just goes to show how inside the life of his tragic star that director Asif Kapadia really goes… he doesn’t leave one single stone unturned.

Kapadia announced himself as a seriously gifted documentary maker when he released Senna in 2010. The docco went so far into Senna’s life that even those film critics and fans who despised and knew nothing about Formula One racing were listing the film as a film that you had to see. Kapadia does the same here with Winehouse. He doesn’t sugar coat anything and instead shows the tragic life of a girl who was given an amazing vocal talent but probably would have much better off and happier if she reached the level of stardom that she did.

One of the best things about Amy is just how watchable Kapadia has made the film. Yes it runs for 128 minutes (some would argue overly long for a documentary) but so gripping is the story being told that you never once start to feel bored and start to think what coffee you might order after the credits roll. Kapadia allows Amy to start off like any music documentary chronicling a young star’s life would. There are the customary shots of her mucking around with her friends, singing at clubs in front of small crowds, but Kapadia also allows the audience to see more than that as he clearly shows that even at the age of nine Winehouse was already deeply troubled and the rollercoaster was just starting to take off.

Like he did with Senna Kapadia breaks with normal traditional documentary filmmaking. There are virtually no talking head interviews here, instead the audience are treated to a lot of private home movies of Winehouse, her family and her friends that tell more about the star and her lifestyle than what any interview could ever do. Also making this a gripping watch is the fact that Kapadia doesn’t hold back when he is trying to tell his story. He doesn’t allow everybody in Amy Winehouse’s life come out of this smelling like roses. The audience watches as Winehouse’s life of destruction comes a lot worse with the arrival of her boyfriend (and then later husband) Blake Fielder-Civil on the scene – the film then basically points the finger as an expert eerily reveals that it was in Fielder-Civil’s best interest for his gravy train not to get sober again. Likewise Kapadia has the bravery to lump blame on Winehouse’s own father and he first reveals that Amy’s bulimia etc started when her father left the family home when she was just a child, how he was the main reason that she didn’t go into rehab when her managerial team was begging her to and how he brought film crews around and planned tours when all she wanted to do was rest and get herself well. It is a very brave documentary maker who is willing to tell a story with such brutal honesty.

Kapadia’s alternative style of filmmaking also allows for him to let the documentary move along as he showcases the events in Amy’s life that was making her write the music she was writing. As handwritten lyrics appear across the screen the audience watches the life events unfold that sparked her to write the usually dark lyrics in the first place. Just as that similar kind of thing made Teen Spirit a must read if you are a fan of Kurt Cobain, this style here makes Amy a must see for Winehouse fans. I know having seen the film set out in this way I will never listen to the track Rehab in the same way again.

There are times when you are watching Amy and it feels like you are watching car crash in slow motion. Instead of becoming a character study of one of the most successful young musicians of our generation the docco almost becomes a cautionary tale of what drugs, bulimia and super stardom can do to an ordinary person’s life. Kapadia’s brilliant style of story-making makes this the can kind of film that not only educates but washes over you with every emotion imaginable. One of the best music documentaries you will ever see.
Stars(4.5)

 

 

Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Amy review on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

Stars(3.5)

 

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Amy (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Amy reviews: You can listen to our Amy review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #167. You can also read our Amy review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Foo Fighters Sonic Highways PosterWho: Foo Fighters

Where: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

When: Saturady 28th February (Sonic Highways World Tour)

Review:

Dave Grohl knows a thing or two about music! That is the understatement of the year. His rise to fame with Nirvana, he subsequent twenty year success with Foo Fighters, plus the raft of other projects he has worked on over the years means that he is one of the most experienced musos going around… not to mention one of the most gifted. So when he promised Melbourne that they were about to get the best damn Foo Fighters show ever perhaps we should have listened.

Melbourne itself did all it could do to make the Fooies decision to deliver a two and a half hours marathon and a real workout by turning out a hot, muggy and humid night with just enough rain to make sure that the Etihad Stadium was closed. To say that Grohl, Hawkins and co were sweating after a couple of songs was an understatement. That alone may have made a lesser band want to pull back a little, but not the Grohl led Foo Fighters who decided that Melbourne was going to get one of the GREATEST rock shows they have ever had.

So often these days bands bore their audience senseless by being so proud of their brand new album that they decide to flood their live shows with tracks off it. Now you can understand why bands are so proud of their new work and of course they want to show it off, but it is rarely those new tracks that get a crowd pumping and normally they are times a show loses energy. Obviously this is something that Grohl is aware of  because during this 2.5 hour epic he chose to focus mainly on this being a ‘Greatest Hits’ with just a smattering of tracks (like ‘Something For Nothing’ and ‘Congregation’) appearing off their latest offering Sonic Highways.

The result was electric, with the strong crowd joining in on energized classics like ‘The Pretender,’ ‘Best Of You’ and ‘Arlandria’. Just to really appease the masses the Fooies dipped right back into their back catalog delivering older tracks like ‘This Is A Call,’ ‘Monkey Wrench,’ ‘Generator’ and ‘My Hero’… tracks that even after twenty years still hold their own. The concert didn’t even lose its energy when it turned acoustic for tracks like ‘Skin And Bone’ and to Grohl’s credit he had done his research and discovered that despite what the rest of the world thinks Aussies love ‘Wheels’ so delivered a special version into the mix as well.

One thing you quickly learn about Foo Fighters is that they are all about the music. So there were no ‘stage spectaculars’ to woo the audience. The lightning and visuals were still top notch though and the smaller stage idea that saw the band come closer to the audience for acoustic tracks and covers (which included ACDC’s ‘Let There Be Rock’ and Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’) worked exceptional well on the night.

The Foo Fighters showed last night that you don’t a million dollars worth of pyrotechnics or a stage that towers of Etihad Stadium to woo an audience. You simply need to step up on the stage and deliver (take note of that young musicians). As a band the Fooies delivered what their fans wanted, a high energy show chockers with their classics, they delivered that and as a result have left Melbourne with one of the greatest rock shows it has ever experienced.

 

Rating: Stars(5)

121212

Summary: A mix of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the televised benefit concert to raise relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Amir Bar-Lev

Screenwriter: Nil.

Cast: Jon Bon Jovi (himself), Steve Buscemi (himself), Eric Clapton (himself), Roger Daltrey (himself), Tony Danza (himself), Michael Dempsey (himself), James Dolan (himself), Dave Grohl (himself), Jake Gyllenhaal (himself), Mick Jagger (himself), Billy Joel (himself), Alicia Keys (herself), Chris Martin (himself), Paul McCartney (himself), Keith Richards (himself), Chris Rock (himself), Adam Sandler (himself), Bruce Springsteen (himself), Michael Stipe (himself), John Sykes (himself),, Quentin Tarantino (himself), Pete Townsend (himself), Eddie Vedder (himself), Roger Waters (himself), Charlie Watts (himself), Harvey Weinstein (himself), Kanye West (himself),
Runtime: 106 mins

Classification: M

OUR 12-12-12 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It was the night that was put together to help aid the New Yorkers that were suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, what it became was one of the biggest concerts held in music history. It was the night that saw Paul McCartney technically become the lead vocalist for Nirvana, the night that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder put his Jimmy Fallon Show faux-pas and performed with the legendary Roger Waters, the night that REM’S Michael Stipe joined forces with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and to top it off the night when legends like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and The Who looked down off the stage and saw a pit filled with the unlikely combination of Chris Rock, Quentin Tarantino, Kristen Stewart, Miles Teller and Michael Chiklis… just to name a few.

The good thing for music fans that couldn’t be at Madison Square Gardens for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert is the fact that former Beatles front man Paul McCartney knew that something big was going on and had the foresight to capture the night on video. Teaming up with documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev has seen McCartney end up being the executive producer of one of the most interesting and entertaining doccos that is likely to hit the screens in 2014.

12-12-12 isn’t simply just a re-run of the concert footage that went to air on the night of the concert, no Bar-Lev goes a lot deeper than that. The docco itself almost tells three stories, it shows the horror of the night that Sandy touched down in New York, it then tells the story of those that put their own safety last and reached out to help those affected in the tragedies aftermath and then shows all the hard work that the likes of Harvey Weinstein went into putting together this massive concert in just three weeks. The fact that of all us is intermixed with some brilliant live performances by some of the world’s greatest artists makes this a touching human interest documentary that is also likely to enthral any serious music fans.

Bar-Lev skills as a filmmaker are clearly on show for all to see in 12-12-12. Most directors would have simply just inserted some Hurricane Sandy footage into the concert footage and delivered it to the masses, but Bar-Lev goes deeper than that even showing the frantic pace that all involved in this concert went three in the days leading up to it and on the actual night. He shows the meltdown of some of the staff when it is realised that so many credit card donations are being made per second that the whole computer system is crashing, he shows the cool and calm owner of Google stepping in to fix the problem when nobody else seems able to. He also captures moments when stars became star struck themselves, moments like when Quentin Tarantino goes into complete surprise meeting Reggie Jackson and Chris Rock standing looking at the stage like a small child looking up at a Christmas Tree. Then there are the amazing interviews of those who survived Sandy, the volunteer firefighters who watched their own homes burn not being able to do a thing and an amazing insight from Tony Danza into what it means to be American. They are the things that most filmmakers would have overlooked… not so Bar-Lev.

12-12-12 is a documentary that no music fan should miss, it is also the kind of film that anyone who needs to renew their faith in mankind needs to see. It’s a film that looks at how community should pull together in the face of a tragedy whether they be your average Joe on the street or a wealthy musician… oh and this is a film that also shows us that Adam Sandler can still be funny when he wants to be. This is one documentary that shouldn’t be missed.

Stars(5)

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

IMDB Rating:  12-12-12 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘12-12-12′: For our complete review of 12-12-12 please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #77.

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