We go behind the scenes of new action comedy Gringo.
Summary: In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th February, 2015
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: J.C. Chandor
Screenwriter: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Christopher Abbott (Louis Servidio), Jerry Adler (Josef), Pico Alexander (Elias Morales), Albert Brooks (Andrew Walsh), Myrna Cabella (Maria), Suzanne Cerreta (Kathy), Jessica Chastain (Anna Morales), Robert Clohessy (Mr. Rose), Giselle Eisenberg (Catherine Morales), Glenn Fleshler (Arnold Klein), Annie Funke (Lorraine Lefkowitz), Elyes Gabel (Julian), Peter Gerety (Bill O’Leary), William Hill (Eddie), Oscar Issac (Abel Morales), Linda Marie Larson (Debbie), Matthew Maher (John Dominczyk), David Margulies (Saul Lefkowtiz), Elizabeth Marvel (Mrs. Rose), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Luisa), Alessandro Nivola (Peter Forente), David Oyelowo (Lawrence), Jimmy Palumbo (Jimmy O.), Patrick Pitu (Vinny), John Procaccino (Arthur Lewis), Lorna Pruce (Toll Booth Clerk Powell), Jason Ralph (Ian Thompson), Taylor Richardson (Elizabeth Morales), Ben Rosenfield (Alex), Daisy Tahan (Annie Morales), Ashley Williams (Lange)
Runtime: 125 mins
You can read Greg’s full A Most Violent Year review on www.filmreviews.net.au
Other Subculture Entertainment A Most Violent Year reviews: You can also hear our A Most Violent Year review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #120.
This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Citizen Four,’ ‘What We Did On Our Holiday,’ ‘That Sugar Film,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘The Interview’ and ‘Selma′ . This episode also contains interviews with Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, David Oyelowo and Hussein Khoder. Hussein drops by to tell all the budding filmmakers out there how they can have their films screened at this year’s Melbourne Underground Film Festival. To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Dowload here.
We take a look at the most popular movies and TV shows searched for the internet over the past week.
The 2015 Golden Globes nominations are now in… here they are.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into The Woods
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Emily Blunt (Into The Woods)
Julianne Moore (Maps To The Stars)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)
Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Big Eyes by Lana Del Ray (Big Eyes)
Glory by John Legend & Common (Selma)
Mercy Is by Patty Smith & Lenny Kaye (Noah)
Opportunity by Sia (Annie)
Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Johann Johannsson (The Theory Of Everything)
Trent Reznor (Gone Girl)
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Hans Zimmer (Intersteallar)
BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Book Of Life
Big Hero 6
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
The Good Wife
House Of Cards
Game Of Thrones
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Orange In The New Black
Jane The Virgin
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
The Normal Heart
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Dominic West (The Affair)
Clive Owen (The Knick)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Robin Wright (House Of Cards)
Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Don Cheadle (House Of Lies)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman)
Frances McDormand (Olvie Kitteridge)
Frances O’Connor (The Missing)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Allison Janney (Mom)
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
The 2013 SAG Awards nominations are now in. Here they are:
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie or Mini-Series
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie or Mini-Series
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
STUNT ENSEMBLE HONORS
Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy or Drama Series
Summary: Jack Jansen (Zach Efron) welcomes his brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) home after a long absence. Accompanied by his British writing partner Yardley (David Oyelowo), Ward is intrigued by the plight of Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman in her wild Golden Globe nominated role) and a prisoner she swears is innocent: Hilary Van Wetter (John Cusack). Hoping to uncover a miscarriage of justice, Ward and Yardley become tangled in the sweaty, sun-drenched web spun by their subjects while Jack finds himself increasingly obsessed with the flirtatious Charlotte.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Country: United States
Director: Lee Daniels
Screenwriter: Lee Daniels, Peter Dexter
Cast: Camille Balsamo (Pam), Ned Bellamy (Tyree Van Wetter), Ava Bogle (Renee), Johnny Carson (himself), Gary Clarke (Weldon Pine), John Cusack (Hillary Van Wetter), Zac Efron (Jack Jansen), John P. Fertitta (Sam Ellison), Scott Glenn (W.W. Jansen), Nealla Gordon (Ellen Guthrie), Macy Gray (Anita Chester), Danny Hanemann (Sheriff Thurmond Call), Leslie Hippensteel (Kim), Nicole Kidman (Charlotte Bless), Corrina Lyons (Cousin Alice), Matthew McConaughey (Ward Jansen), Nikolette Noel (Nancy), Jay Oliver (Mr. Guthrie), David Oyelowo (Yardley Acheman), Adam Sibley (Eugene), Robyn Sprehe (Miss Betty), Katarzyna Wolejinio (Jennifer)
Runtime: 108 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Paperboy’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Paperboy’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Paperboy′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Paperboy’.
Summary: Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in LINCOLN, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 31st January, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter: Tony Kushner, Doris Kearns Goodwin (book)
Cast: Don Henderson Baker (Walter Appleton), Jim Batchelder (Howard Guillefoyle), Thomas K. Belgrey (Arthur Bentleigh), John Bellemer (Faust), Christopher Boyer (General Robert E. Lee), Leon Addison Brown (Harold Green), Bill Camp (Mr. Jolly), Joseph Carlson (Jospeh Marstern), Christopher Cartmill (Leonard Grover), David Costabile (James Ashley), Joseph Cross (John Hay), Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln), Joe Dellinger (Nelson Merrick), Colman Domingo (Private Harold Green), Adam Driver (Samuel Beckwith), Mary Dunleavy (Marguerite), Wayne Duvall (Senator Bluff Wade), Ralph D. Edlow (Leo), Chase Edmunds (Willie Lincoln), James ‘Ike’ Eichling (William Dennison), Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), Ford Flannagan (Tom Pendel), Todd Fletcher (Walter H. Washburn), Walton Goggins (Clay Hawkins), Michael Goodwin (Chilton A. Elliott), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Robert Lincoln), Dave Hager (Captain Nathan Saunders), Jackie Early Haley (Alexander Stephens), Jared Harris (Ulysses S. Grant), John Hawkes (Robert Latham), Stephen Henderson (William Slade), Grainger Hines (Gideon Welles), Hal Holbrook (Preston Blair), Jamie Horton (Giles Stuart), Gregory Hosaflook (John F. McKenzie), John Hutton (Senator Charles Summer), Gregory Itzen (Judge John A. Campbell), Byron Jennings (Montgomery Blair), Ted Johnson (John Ellis), Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens), William Kaffenberger (John A. Casson), Michael Stanton Kennedy (Hiram Price), Joe Kerkes (Andrew E. Finck), Clarence Key (Brigadier General Seth Williams), Charles Kinney (Myer Strauss), Ken Lambert (Augustus Benjamin), John Lescault (Gustavus Fox), C. Brandon Marshall (Rufus Warren), Elizabeth Marvel (Mrs. Jolly), Dakin Matthews (John Usher), Edward McDonald (Daniel G. Stuart), Bruce McGill (Edwin Stanton), Boris McGiver (Alexander Coffroth), Gulliver McGrath (Tad Lincoln), Gannon McHale (Aaron Haddam), Peter McRobbie (George Pendleton), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lydia Smith), John Moon (Edwin LeClerk), Tim Blake Nelson (Richard Schell), Kevin Lawrence O’Donnell (Charles Hanson), David Oyelowo (Corporal Ira Clark), Matthew Pabo (Lee Pace (Fernando Wood), Robert Peters (Jacob Graylor), Bill Raymond (Schuyler Colfax), Gloria Reuben (Elizabeth Keckley), Michael Ruff (Harold Hollister), Robert Ruffin (Major Thompson Eckert), Raynor Scheine (Josiah S. ‘Beanpole’ Burton), Drew Sease (David Homer Bates), Robert Shepherd (Dr. Joseph K. Barnes), Michael Shiflett (Senator R.M.T. Hunter), Walt Smith (William Fessenden), James Spader (W.N. Bilbo), Stephen Spinella (Asa Vintner Lettor), David Straithairn (William Seward), Jeremy Strong (John Nicolay), Michael Stuhlbarg (George Yeaman), Richard Topol (James Speed), Asa-Luke Twocrow (Ely Parker), Larry Van Hoose (Avon Hanready), Richard Warner (Homer Benson), David Warshofsky (William Hutton), Christopher Evan Welch (Edward McPherson), Armistead Wellford (Nehemiah Cleary), Charmaine White (Minerva), Julie White (Elizabeth Blair Lee), Scott Wichman (Charles Benjamin)
Runtime: 153 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Lincoln’ Review:
Director Steven Spielberg (War Horse, The Adventures Of Tintin) is not normally known for his dialogue filled dramas, sure he loves to incorporate themes into his films but normally those films are also full of well-shot action sequences. But ‘Lincoln’ is a little different, ‘Lincoln’ sees Spielberg delve into a historic dialogue driven film that may be enjoyable to watch but certainly could have used a little bit more action.
Taken from a novel by Doris Kearns Goodwin ‘Lincoln’ sees President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis – Nine, There Will Be Blood) ruling over a country that is self-destructing amidst a horrendous Civil War. Determined to see the Way bring some good to the country Lincoln decides that it is time to change the 13th Amendment and see slavery abolished.
But in order to do that Lincoln has to go against the suggestions of his right-hand man, William Seaward (David Strathairn – The Bourne Legacy, No God No Master) and begin to lobby other congress members (such as Clay Hawkins (Walton Goggins – Officer Down, Django Unchained)) so they will change their stance on slavery in The South.
Aside from that Lincoln also faces crisis on the family front with his wife Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field – The Amazing Spider-Man, TV’S Brothers & Sisters) struggling mentally after the loss of their child and his eldest son Robert Lincoln (Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Looper, The Dark Knight Rises) determined to be able to fight in the Way even if it means going against his father’s wishes.
The fact that Spielberg has gone for a full dialogue and drama onslaught does have it pros and cons. While it gives actor Daniel Day-Lewis the opportunity to pull off one of Hollywood’s best ever performances it also holds back the film. It becomes painfully obvious that screenwriter Tony Kushner comes from a theatre background when you realise that despite the film is set during the Civil War you hear more actors talking about the war then what you see of footage from it… it’s almost like Kushner has forgotten that in film it is okay to spend a little bit of cash and actually film something rather than just talk about.
Spielberg seems to also surprisingly under use some of his cast members. While Walton Goggins gets to showcase the acting ability that made him such a big hit on ‘The Shield’ and Tommy Lee Jones puts in one of his finest efforts for years, poor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is horribly under used for an actor of his talents while Sally Field is horribly miscast as Mary Todd Lincoln.
If you enjoy historically accurate dramatic films then you will enjoy ‘Lincoln’ but if you enjoy films with a little bit of action then this certainly isn’t the film for you.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Lincoln′: Check Episode #19 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Lincoln’. Dave’s other review of ‘Lincoln’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel
Summary: One of the most compelling heroes to step from novel to screen: ex-military investigator JACK REACHER. When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.
From Academy Award Winning Directory Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) comes the action-packed thriller JACK REACHER, based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Lee Child, starring Tom Cruise, Robert Ducall, Rosamund Pike and Australia’s own Jai Courtney.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd January, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Screenwriter: Lee Child (book), Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: J. Bizel (Matt), Jai Courtney (Charlie), Joe Coyle (Darren Sawyer), Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher), Kristen Dalton (Mindy), Robert Duvall (Cash), Tristan Elma (Macos Coronado), Alexia Fast (Sandy), Tammy Felice (Anne Yanni), Nicole Forester (Nancy Holt), Peter Gannon (Mr. Archer), Josh Helman (Jeb), Werner Herzog (The Zec), Richard Jenkins (Rodin), James Martin Kelly (Rob Farrior), Dylan Kussman (Gary), Scott A. Martin (Wesley), Alicia Murton (Mrs. Sawyer), David Oyelowo (Emerson), Delilah Picart (Rita Coronado), Rosamund Pike (Helen), Michael Raymond-Jones (Linsky), Joseph Sikora (Barr), Vladimir Sizov (Vlad), David Whalen (Mr. Holt), Julia Yorks (Chrissie Farrior)
Runtime: 131 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Jack Reacher’ Review:
You have to feel for Tom Cruise. Over the years he has done nothing but deliver brilliant movie after brilliant movie yet he still considered a public pariah and comedians are always lining up to have another go at him. His fans however have relished in the fact that movies such as those in the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise have only gone further to enhance him as a true action hero… now that stature is about to be justified even further with ‘Jack Reacher’.
Lifted straight from the series of novels created by Lee Child, Tom Cruise (Rock Of Ages, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) plays Jack Reacher an ex military cop who disappears from the face of the Earth and then re-appears when somebody is in need of his help.
The people needing his help this time round are alleged mass-murderer Barr (Jospeh Sikora – Safe, TV’S Boardwalk Empire) and his defence lawyer, Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike – Wrath Of The Titans, Devil You Know). Barr has been blamed for a random mass murder that has left a number of people killed, and sadly all the evidence found by Homicide Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo – Lincoln, The Paperboy) seems to point at Barr, but Barr isn’t going to go down without a fight and just before he is placed in a coma due to a in-custody beating he hands Emerson a note that says ‘get Jack Reacher’.
With the audience already knowing that the shooting was done by a hit-man organized by The Zec (Werner Herzog – TV’S Metalocalypse & The Simpsons) the suspense is raised when Emerson seems to take an instant disliking for Reacher whose knack of getting into trouble seems to make Emerson’s job even easier. With Helen eager to ‘defeat’ her D.A. father (Richard Jenkins – The Company You Keep, Killing Them Softly) she knows she has to keep Reacher on the straight-and-narrow in order to have any chance of defending Barr at all.
The fact that the audience knows who the killer is from the very start would make you think that the film should lack a little bit of suspense but luckily director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Way Of The Gun) knows what he is doing and instead he shifts the suspense on to whether or not Reacher is going to be brought down by a corrupt Police Officer.
McQuarrie’s script works amazingly well (a lot better than a lot of crime thrillers) and in the end the film ends up feeling like you are watching an episode of ‘N.C.I.S.’ mixed in with the action of ‘Mission Impossible’. Obviously Cruise was impressed was McQuarrie’s work on the film because it looks like he will be handed the directing reigns of ‘Mission Impossible 5’ and is currently writing the script for ‘Top Gun 2’.
As previously mentioned Cruise is a real standout in ‘Jack Reacher’. There are few actors that have the ability to pull off physical stunts and then delivered a powerful dramatic performance the way that Cruise can… and here he is in his element. Poor Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo are reduced to being ‘back drops’ as Cruise puts in one of his better performances. The only actor who comes close to him is Robert Duvall (Jayne Manfield’s Car, Hemmingway & Gellhorn) and the scenes between them are sensational to watch.
‘Jack Reacher’ is one of the best written crime thrillers to surface for a long time and while the opening of the film seems to have upset a few Americans nobody should put off seeing the film because of it. ‘Jack Reacher’ is a must see.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Jack Reacher′: Check Episode #13 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Jack Reacher’. Dave’s other review of ‘Jack Reacher’ can be found at http://www.helium.com/items/2401587-jack-reacher-review