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One of the advantages that the world of film has seen during the Covid-19 pandemic has been the number of more alternative films that have been given a voice as cinema chains and streaming platforms have scrambled for material. With the Hollywood well not likely to produce any content until late this year film lovers have seen a large number of films screen that normally would be hidden away into obscurity.

One such film is the award winning thriller Vivarium which first came to international attention when it joined the list of winners at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. With cinemas starved for content Vivarium, which stars Hollywood A-Listers Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, has suddenly found itself on screens in Thailand, Australia and across Europe. The good news is if you haven’t been able to see it on the big screen it is also now available on streaming services as well. The Phuket News was lucky enough to recently sit down with Vivarium director Lorcan Finnegan to discuss the film.

“It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment,” says Finnegan laughing when he is asked where the initial idea came from to make a film that literally shows the horrors of modern day suburbia. “The writer, Garret Shanley, and I worked on a short film together in 2011 called Foxes. That film was a reaction to what was happening politically in Ireland at the time – there were all these housing developments springing up everywhere. The economy was doing really well – it really was the time of the Celtic Tiger because Ireland was doing so well with the economy.”

“But then the crash came in 2008,” Finnegan says continuing. “That resulted in a lot of these houses in those developments being left abandoned. Now they are called ghost estates so we set our short film in one of these locations but when we made that film we realised that we were really only scratching the surface for some of the themes that we were exploring so when we finished we wondered how we could explore those themes a little bit more in-depth. We wanted to explore those ideas in a sci-fi way and make it a much more universal story.”

Hence the idea for Vivarium was born and the result was a film that sees Eisenberg and Poots portray a young couple who literally become trapped when they try to purchase their dream home. With such brilliant performances from the film’s leads it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that they were not up starts for their roles.

“There was actually a bit of a process there,” explains Finnegan as we begin to talk about Poots and Eisenberg. “Imogen became involved first. We met and got on really well and she loved the script. We realised that she was perfect to play Gemma but then we were wondering who we could get to play Tom. There are not many male actors around that age who are willing to play second-fiddle to a female lead, because it really is her story.”

“So we got this list together that had various actors on it and we begun to talk about Jesse Eisenberg,” says Finnegan as he tone noticeably becomes more excited. “Imogen had worked with Jesse before so she knew him and she knew the kinds of films and material that he would respond to and she thought he would like this… and I found that really interesting.”

As a film Vivarium has won over a legion of fans right around the world and Finnegan laughs when our discussion makes him realise that for some people they will be experiencing it for the first time while in lockdown. “I guess after watching the film they will realise that lockdown is not so bad,” he says laughing hard. “It is a weird, surreal story – it was funny, creepy, sad and you are going to have to be a little bit open minded to come out the other side of it because it is a little unconventional.”

 

Vivarium is now available on a range of streaming platforms.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show LogoThis week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave Greg and Nick take a look at  new release films ‘The Wolf Pack,’ ‘StalkHer,’ ‘Holding The Man,‘ ‘Ricki And The Flash,’ ‘The Gift,’ and ‘She’s Funny That Way.’ This episode also contains interviews with Crystal Moselle, Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Kri Stenders (Kill Me Three Times), Neil Armfield (Holding The Man) and Keith Arem (The Phoenix Incident).

Also make sure you listen this week to see how you can win a copy of The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death on DVD thanks to our friends at e-One Entertainment.

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Alexandra Daddario

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

 

  1. Alexandra Daddario
  2. Tom Hardy
  3. Emilia Clarke
  4. Birgitte Hjort Sorensen
  5. Hailee Steinfeld
  6. Marilyn Monroe
  7. Britt Robertson
  8. Alicia Vikander
  9. Chris Pratt
  10. Kelli Garner
  11. Margot Robbie
  12. Bryce Dallas Howard
  13. Carla Gugino
  14. Cara Delevingne
  15. Charlize Theron
  16. Emma Stone
  17. Sophie Turner
  18. Imogen Poots
  19. Dwayne Johnson
  20. Sam Heughan
  21. Anna Kendrick
  22. Natalie Dormer
  23. Amanda Crew
  24. Morena Baccarin
  25. Kit Harington

That Awkward Moment

Summary: Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Tom Gormican

Screenwriter: Tom Gormican

Cast: Mackenzie Davis (Chelsea), Zac Efron (Jason), Lola Glaudini (Sharon), Rachel Heller (Rachel), Michael B. Jordan (Mikey), Jessica Lucas (Vera), Karen Ludwig (Mrs. Rose), Emily Meade (Christy), Demetrice Nguyen (Michael), Josh Pais (Fred), Imogen Poots (Ellie), Alysia Reiner (Amanda Silverman), Miles Teller (Jason), Addison Timlin (Alana), Evelina Turen (Sophie)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING REVIEWS & RATINGS

David Griffiths:

It seems like Hollywood is hellbent on creating an alternative style romantic comedy at the moment. Right on the heels of Drinking Buddies comes Are We Officially Dating which we for our U.S. audience is in fact That Awkward Moment which has been repackaged for the Australian market. So why the name change? It does seem unnecessary but perhaps it was done to avoid reviewers using lines such as ‘that awkward moment when you realise that despite its cast this film isn’t very good’ or ‘that awkward moment when you realise the film’s screenwriter needs to go back to film school.’

Are We Officially Dating follows three best friends who are now out of college and trying to make their way in the big wide world. First off there is attractive artist Jason (Zac Efron) who can have any woman he wants… as long as he doesn’t have to date them or they begin a sentence with the word ‘so…’

Then there is the more reserved doctor Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) who thinks he has the perfect life until his wife surprises him with the news that she wants a divorce and that she has been sleeping with her lawyer. Last but not least there is Daniel (Miles Teller) who is really a lovable loser but thinks he is God’s gift to women.

The film sees Mikey try recover gracefully from his divorce and try to win his wife back while Daniel and Jason try to recruit him into their lifestyle choice of just seeing various women whenever they want and ditching them when they get tired of them.

I’m sure in the mind of screenwriter/director Tom Gormican he was developing an alternative romantic comedy that would be to men what Sex And The City is to women. However, what he has ended up doing is created a clichéd signposted movie that pretty much offers no surprises to its audience at all because he follows the formula to a tee. From the instant these three sprout the lines “let’s stay single” you just know this is going to be one of those romantic comedies where the exact opposite happens. Although I’ve never really seen it happen literally five minutes later in a film like is the case here.

Gormican tries to do what he can to make this film ‘alternative.’ Firstly there is the hipster world of novel front-cover art, there is the fact that he allows his cast to ad-lib most of their scenes (which hits the spot on occasions, but also fails from time-to-time as well) and then there is his failed attempt at trying to make these men seem real by giving them unusual quirks such as the fact that whenever Daniel goes to Jason’s house he has to do a number two in the toilet. Yes Gormican seems to think toilet humor will make up for the weak script, but then what do you expect from a filmmaker whose only previous film experience was that of a producer on Movie 43.

It is hard to work out exactly what audience Gormican would think would fall in love with this film. It’s potentially too lovey dovey for most male audience members while the behaviour and bodily functions of the three leading men would have most women also screwing up their nose. Even the central female characters, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) and Ellie (Imogen Poots), seem to not work because on one hand they seem to be screaming “we are strong independent women we can do anything” while on the other hand also adding “but we really need a man by our side no matter how they treat us.”

It is hard to work out why most of the actors featured in the cast aligned themselves to this film. Zac Efron has recently shown that he is above cheesy films with his role in The Paperboy while even Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller come off good performances of their own in films such as Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now. All three are way above this kind of film, as is Imogen Poots who is left in a role that just simply flounders along.

Are We Officially Dating? is the kind of film that you watch once, laugh at a couple of the jokes that do work, such as Jason thinking Ellie is a prostitute, and then spend the rest of time dissecting everything that was wrong with the film. Yes, Hollywood still hasn’t managed to create a good alternative love film.

Stars(2)

 

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

IMDB Rating:  That Awkward Moment (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Are We Officially Dating′: Nil

Trailer:

That Awkward Moment

Some special character trailers have been released for Tom Gormican’s new romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment.” Character trailers have been released for Ellie (Imogen Poots), mikey (Michael B. Jordan), Daniel (Miles Teller) and Jason (Zac Efron). The film will be released on the 31st January, 2014 in the U.S.

You can view the That Awkward Moment Character Trailers below.

Filth Giveaway

Filth

Do you love the work of Irvine Welsh – the man whose novels have brought us titles such as ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Ecstasy’. Well now another of his novels hits the big screen. This time it is ‘Filth’ which is directed by Jon S. Baird and stars James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots.

‘Filth’ hits Australian cinemas on November 21st but if you’d love a chance to win a double pass to the film thanks to Subculture Media and Icon Distribution simply head over to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Facebook Page like it and send them a message saying why you want a chance to see ‘Filth’. Check it out and be part of our Filth giveaway.

Filth

A new trailer for ‘Filth’ directed by Jon S. Baird and based on the novel by Irvine Welsh has just been released. ‘Filth’ stars James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots and will be released in Australia on the 21st November.

Greetings From Tim Buckley

Summary: The legacy of Jeff Buckley has continued to resonate through music fans, even 19 years after his only album titled Grace was released. Following the story leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent performance at St Ann’s Church in 1991, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY is the first feature film that explores the birth of the young musician’s talent.

Penn Badgley (TVs Gossip Girl) plays Jeff Buckley, in this heart-warming film that explores the birth of an extraordinarily gifted artist. Although he did not know his father Tim Buckley, his story reflects the same path as his fathers of finding fame in his respective time period.

When Jeff is asked to attend his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church, he is resentful of his father’s absence and success. Through a romance with Allie (Imogen Poots), Jeff learns to embrace his feelings towards his father and finds the courage to perform. It’s at this landmark concert that Jeff Buckley discovers his own voice, which helps him launch a career, as one of the greatest musicians of his time.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Daniel Algrant

Screenwriter: Daniel Algrant, David Brendel, Emma Sheanshang

Cast: Penn Badgley (Jeff Buckley), Frank Bello (Richard Hell), D.K. Bowser (Charles Mingus), Norbert Leo Butz (Hal Wilner), Jayden Douglas (Linda), Beth Katehis (Beth), Ilana Levine (Paula), Christoph Manuel (Milos), Isabelle McNally (Jane Goldstein), Kate Nash (Carol), Imogen Poots (Allie), Ben Rosenfield (Tim Buckley), William Sadler (Lee Underwood), Jessica Stone (Janine Nichols), Jennifer Turner (herself), Stephen Tyrone Williams (Carter), Frank Wood (Gary Lucas)

Runtime: 99 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY’:

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43

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

IMDB Rating:  Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley′: Please check Episode #43 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘Man Of Steel’.

Trailer:

The Look Of Love

Summary: Welcome to the scandalous world of Paul Raymond, entrepreneur, impresario, and the “King of Soho.”

Seeing mediocrity in the seedy sex parlours of London, Raymond unveils his first “gentlemen’s club” in 1958 and gradually builds an empire of clubs and erotic magazines that brings him vast wealth while affronting British sexual mores. It also brings a litany of obscenity charges, a failed marriage, troubled children, and personal tragedy.

Based on the true story of the rise of Britain’s most notorious club owner and real estate developer on his journey to become the UK’s richest man.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 27th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Screenwriter: Matt Greenhalgh

Cast: Chris Addison (Tony Power), Chloe Arrowsmith (Chloe), Millicent Banks (Tilly), Matthew Beard (Howard Raymond), Emily Berrington (Clare), Simon Bird (Jonathan Hodge), Liam Boyle (Derry), Lisa Byrne (Claire), Holly Cofield (Honey), Karen Cogan (Laura), Steve Coogan (Paul Raymond), Tamsin Egerton (Fiona Richmond/Amber), Vera Filatova (Monika), Jensen Freeman (Jonathan), Anna Friel (Jean Raymond), Stephen Fry (Barrister), Martha Grace (Sarah), Jody Lee Harris (Kay), Shirley Henderson (Rusty Humphries), Frans Isotalo (Club Manager Franz), Annette Kellow (Starla), Ethan J. Knight (Cousin John), James Lance (Carl Snitcher), Hannah Lederer (Kate), Chris Lee (Chris), Jeff Longford (Jeff), Matt Lucas (Divine), Paul Matthews (Paul), Annabel Norbury (Barbara Lovell), Kieran O’Brien (Jimmy Humphries), Kent Oleson (Leonard), Mike Parish (himself), Freya Parsons (Miss Tree), Imogen Poots (Debbie Raymond), Betsy Rose (Betsy), Sarine Sofair (Yvonne), Sarah Solemani (Anna), Tom Stuart (Ainslie Tree), Zara Symes (Marlene), Cystal Van Lloy (Tina), David Walliams (Vicar Edwyn Young), Paul Willetts (Lord Longford)

Runtime: 101 mins

Classification:MA15+

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE LOOK OF LOVE’:

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Look Of Love’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘The Look Of Love’ that is available on the Built For Speed website

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  The Look of Love (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Look Of Love′: Please check Episode #38 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘The Look Of Love’.

Trailer:

Performance

Summary:  Set in contemporary Manhattan, PERFORMANCE tells the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and a long, faithful collaboration. The celebrated string quartet struggles to stay together as they mark their 25th anniversary.

When their dignified patriarch and cellist, Peter (Walken) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it throws the future of the group into question. His attempt to find a replacement player and organise rehearsals for their upcoming concert bring up unresolved issues and grievances.

Daniel (Ivanir) is the first violin. Robert (Seymour Hoffman) plays second violin, but longs to be the lead. Juliette (Keener) plays viola and is married to Robert, and steadfastly refused to consider the quartet without Peter.

Alliances are forged, egos bruised and passions flare as the dysfunctional family of artists begin to implode. Can they pull together for one final great performance – of Beethoven’s Opus 131 at Carnegie Hall?

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Yaron Zilberman

Screenwriter: Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman

Cast: Liraz Charhi (Pilar), Philip Seymour Hoffman (RobertGelbart), Mark Ivanir (Daniel Lerner), Madhur Jaffrey (Dr. Nadir), Catherine Keener (Juliette Gelbert), Nina Lee (Nina Lee), Megan McQuillan (Brenda), Imogen Poots (Alexandra Gerbert), Wallace Shawn (Gideon Rosen), Anne Sofie von Otter (Miriam), Christopher Walken (Peter Mitchell), Andrew Yee (Steve)

Runtime: 106 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Performance’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Performance’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Performance′: Check Episode #24 (available 14th March, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Performance’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating:A Late Quartet (2012) on IMDb