Summary: In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
Cinema Release Dates: 24th March 2022 (Australia), 18th March (UK), 18th March (USA)
VOD Release Dates: N/A
Director: Ti West
Screenwriter: Ti West
Cast: Owen Campbell (RJ), James Gaylyn (Sheriff Dentler), Mia Goth (Maxine/Pearl) Martin Henderson (Wayne), Kid Cudi (Jackson), Jenna Ortega (Lorraine), Matthew J. Saville (Officer Mitchell), Brittany Snow (Bobby-Lynne), Stephen Ure (Howard)
Running Time: 106 mins
Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)
OUR X REVIEWS
Alex First David Griffiths, Greg King and Peter Krausz’ X Review:
Summary: A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.
Cinema Release Dates: 9th December 2021 (Australia), 10th December 2021 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: 24th December 2021 (all regions)
Director: Adam McKay
Screenwriter: Adam McKay
Cast: Jack Alberts (Oliver), Beau Allen (Dr. Talcamont), Brian Anastasio (Olson), Ashleigh Banfield (Dalia Hensfield), Cate Blanchett (Brie Evantree), Allyn Burrows (Mr. Dibiasky), Timothee Chalamet (Yule), Michael Chikilis (Dan Pawketty), Billy Concha (Mr. Conch), Shimali De Silva (Nisha), Leonardo DiCaprio (Dr. Randall Mindy), Chris Evans (Devin Peters), Chris Everett (Chief Editor Paula Woods), Edward Flectcher (Dr. Ginnerson), Omar Ghonim (Damain), Ariana Grande (Riley Bina), Paul Guilfoyle (General Themes), Tamara Hickey (Reporter Christy), Jonah Hill (Jason Orlean), Robert Joy (Congressman Tenant), Alvin Keith (Harrison Telms), Omar Khan (Bartender Alex), Ishaan Khattar (Raghav Manavalen), Kid Cudi (DJ Chello), Tori Davis Lawlor (Mrs. Diabiasky), Jennifer Lawrence (Kate Dibiasky), Georgia Lyman (Groomer Thalia), Melanie Lynskey (June Mindy), Annette Miller (Mrs. Tanken), Rob Morgan (Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe), Dee Nelson (Dr. Lisa Inez), Sarah Nolen (Sammy Puppeteer), Erik Parillo (Sheriff Conlon), Hettienne Park (Dr. Calder), Ross Partridge (Keith Ollens), Himesh Patel (Phillip), Ron Perlman (Benedict Drask), Tyler Perry (Jack Bremmer), Robert Radochia (Evan Mindy), Janine Robinson (Senator Dennings), Mark Rylance (Peter Isherwell), Sarah Silverman (Sarah Benterman), Tomer Sisley (Adul Grelio), Richard Snee (Senator Lerner), Staci Roberts Steele (Linda Dicalio), Meryl Streep (President Orlean), Conor Sweeney (Marshall Mindy), Stephen Thorne (Benjamin), Ting (Win), Lance A. Williams (Daniel)
Running Time: 138 mins
Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)
OUR DON’T LOOK UP REVIEWS
David Griffiths’ Don’t Look Up Review:
The last couple of years have been a crazy time. While many have just tried to live their lives despite the pandemic restrictions placed on them, we have also seen some truly crazy moments when it has come to world politics, people doubting scientists and of course developing their own conspiracy theories.
Now gifted filmmaker Adam McKay (The Big Short) takes all of the events of the past two years and brings them to life in a hilarious way with his new Netflix released comedy Don’t Look Up. The great news is the film works and is one of the funniest films to be released in a long time.
The film begins with a gifted young scientist, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games), discovering a brand new asteroid. But after her boss and mentor, Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio – Titanici), does the maths to work out its trajectory they realise that it is heading for Earth – an event that would be catastrophic.
The pair do the right thing and soon find themselves working with NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office head Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan – Stranger Things) but when they take the news to the President of The USA (Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada) and her Chief-Of-Staff (and son), Jason (Jonah Hill – The Wolf Of Wall Street), they are surprised to find the pair don’t want to know about it and are not prepared to take action on it.
When it is suggested to Kate and Randall that they leak the news to the media they decide to do so on a morning news TV show but once again the hosts, Jack Bremmer (Tyler Perry – Gone Girl) and Brie Evantree (Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth), treat the news like a joke and soon Randall and Kate realise they are going to have to try and convince the world of the danger themselves.
It is an interesting experience watching Don’t Look Up. On the one hand you find yourself laughing out loud repeatedly throughout, but the other hand you realise the sad nature of the world that we live in has been perfectly captured by McKay as the story at hand plays out through to the end.
McKay’s screenwriting here is nothing less than sensational. The story itself plays out with true suspense and emotion while the comedy of the film also shines through with some truly memorable moments. This film is true comedy gold, but at the same time McKay finds ways to easily disguise his characters so we know who he is referring to without him having spell it out. It is very easy to see that McKay’s President, brilliantly played by Meryl Streep, is a direct swipe at who President Trump handled the Covid pandemic without him having to spell it out for his audience.
McKay’s cast also embraces the brilliant screenplay and it enhances their performances. DiCaprio is amazing as Randall Mindy and he seems to embrace the opportunity to bring some comedy to his performance. He is a true acting de force throughout the film and brings it all together with one of the most emotional cinematic scenes since the finale of Melancholia.
Likewise Jennifer Lawrence shines throughout the film, delivering true moments of drama as she sensationally portrays a scientist that nobody will listen to. The stars of the film are well-supported by Cate Blanchett who seems to enjoy the opportunity to play a ditzy, over-friendly talk-show host while Meryl Streep is also a stand-out as an uncaring President.
Don’t Look Up is a well rounded comedy that sees McKay bounce back from some of the duds he has delivered from other the years. It probably won’t be but so well written is this screenplay that it deserves to be mentioned during the awards season. That aside though this is a fantastic film that captures the past couple of years like no other.