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Summary: A family that are led by a domineering father are put through a catastrophic series of events.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th July 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: NA

Australian VOD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Screenwriter: Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joshua Brockington (Stan), Rueben E.A Brown (Wally), Sterling K. Brown (Ronald), Justin R. Chan (Chang), Clifton Collins Jnr. (Bobby), Alexa Demie (Alexis), Harlan Drum (Sophie), David Garelick (Ryan), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Catherine), Kelvin Harrison Jnr. (Tyler), Holland Hayes (Doctor Steve), Lucas Hedges (Luke), Neal Huff (Bill), Harmony Korine (Mr. Stanley), Taisha Perez (Coroner Jessie), Viva Pineda (Elena), Taylor Russell (Emily), Bill Wise (Coach Wise)

Running Time: 135 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

 

 

OUR WAVES REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Waves Review:

One of the things I missed most during the cinema lockdowns was that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you discover a truly brilliant film for the first time. Yesterday, that feeling returned for me as I sat and watched Waves, a remarkable film that is made a masterpiece by a creative director, an amazing script and performances that deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the word Oscars.

From filmmaker Trey Edward Shults (It Comes At Night) Waves chronicles life for a family led by dominating father, Ronald (Sterling K. Brown – Black Panther), as a chain of events occur that will change their lives forever.

Despite warnings from the family’s step-mother Catherine (Renee Elise Goldsberry – Hamilton) Ronald keeps pushing his teenage son Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jnr – Monsters And Men) to succeed, especially when it comes to his High School wrestling career. But as Tyler struggles to keep going while obviously injured things start crashing down his life and flow on effect keeps on affecting everyone especially his girlfriend, Alexis (Alexa Demie – mid90s), and sister, Emily (Taylor Russell – Lost In Space).

There is a power to Waves that very few films in modern day cinema can match. With notable exceptions like Mud and The Perks Of Being a Wallflower a lot of coming-of-age films released over recent years have shied away from many of the hard-hitting topics that films like Kids or Bully did nearly two decades ago. To me that has always seemed like a weird notion seeing that the modern day teenager not only faces topics like sexuality and bullying plus a range of new vices and issues that the past generation could only dream about.

Unlike its contemporaries Waves doesn’t hold back and instead pushes the audience head-first into the world of a crumbling teenager that has moments that will leave them shocked to the core. Waves is like a spectacular yet beautiful car-crash. It hits hard and will affect all that watches it but at the same time you can’t look away from it.

One of the keys to Waves working for me was its unpredictability. Just as you think Shults’ plot-line is going one way he sharply, but realistically, takes it another way. As a story-teller Shults doesn’t sign-post key events during the film and the result is moments of true shock that the audience will never see coming.

Also adding to the experiences of watching Waves is Shults experimental style of changing the ratio of how the film appears on the screen depending on where we are in the family’s story. It seems a small gesture but you do notice it and it works to enhance the cinematic experience of the story rather than hindering it.

Rounding out what makes Waves one of the best films of 2020 are the performances from its cast. We haven’t had a clean sweep at the Oscars for awhile but if Sterling K.Brown, Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jnr and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) don’t get Oscar nominations for their performances here than a huge cinematic injustice has occurred. Their scenes together are delivered with pure emotion and the result is nothing short of phenomenal.

Waves is not just one of my favourite films of 2020 it was one of the best I have seen in the last decade. A sensational script, a creative director, a Trent Reznor soundtrack and a highly skilled cast lead to an explosion of brilliance that is not to be missed.

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:

Waves (2019) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Waves Reviews:

Nil

 

Trailer:

Stoker

Summary: When India loses her father in a car accident on her 18th birthday, her mother Evie invites India’s long-lost Uncle Charlie to stay with them. Charlie is a mysterious, charming and possibly dangerous figure, and as India’s suspicion of him grows, she finds herself drawn towards him..

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK

Director: Chan-wook Park

Screenwriter: Wentworth Miller

Cast: Thomas A. Covert (Young Charles Stoker), Alden Ehrenreich (Whip), Judith Godreche (Doctor Jacquin), Matthew Goode (Charles Stoker), Jaxon Johnson (Jonathan Stoker), Paxton Johnson (Jonathan Stoker), Nicole Kidman (Evelyn Stoker), Harmony Korine (Mr. Feldman), Dermot Mulroney (Richard Stoker), Phyllis Somerville (Mrs. McGarrick), Lucas Till (Pitts),  Tyler von Tagen (Young Richard Stoker), Mia Wasikowska (India Stoker), Jacki Weaver (Gwendolyn Stoker)

Runtime: 99 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘STOKER’:

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of You’re Next’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3.5)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘You’re Nexdt’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47

Adam Ross: Stars(4)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘You’re Nexdt’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47

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

IMDB Rating:  Stoker (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Stoker′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47 for our in-depth review of ‘Stoker.’

Trailer:

Spring Breakers

Summary: Four students struggle to concentrate on their studies, worried they lack the funds to join-in the seaside celebration of sex and drugs. When a petty crime provides the means to travel to Miami Beach, they have no idea they will be seduced into the world of unhinged white rapper Alien.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Harmony Korine

Screenwriter: Harmony Korine

Cast: Ashley Benson (Brit), James Franco (Alien), Selena Gomez (Faith), Emma Holzer (Heather), Vanessa Hudgens (Candy), Rachel Korine (Cotty), Ash Lendzion (Forest), Gucci Mane (Archie), Heather Morris (Bess), Cait Taylor (Tiffany)

Runtime: 94 mins

Classification:R18+

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘SPRING BREAKERS’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Spring Breakers’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Greg King: Stars(1)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Spring Breakers’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating: Stars(1.5)

IMDB Rating: Spring Breakers (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Spring Breakers′: Check Episode #31 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Spring Breakers’.

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