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Summary: 
The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  26th December 2021 (Australia), 28th December 2021 (UK), 25th December 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Henri Abergel (Henri), Emily Althaus (Kiki Page), Pearl Anderson (Sharon), Will Angarola (Kirk), Megumi Anjo (Kimiko), Phil Bray (Don the Bartender), Rogelio Camarillo (Armand), Dan Charlton (Sam Harpoon), Ray Chase (B. Mitch Reed), Joanne Coleman (Alejandra), Tim Conway Jnr. (Vic the Director), Bradley Cooper (Jon Peters), Joseph Cross (Matthew), George DiCaprio (Mr. Jack), Emma Dumont (Airplane Brenda), Christine Ebersole (Lucy Doolittle), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (Momma Anita), Griff Giacchino (Mark), Skyler Gisondo (Lance Brannigan), Greg Goetzman (Jerry Best), Alana Haim (Alana), Danieele Haim (Danielle), Donna Haim (Donna), Este Haim (Este), Moti Haim (Moti), Iyana Halley (Wig Shop Brenda), Harriet Sansom Harris (Mary Grady), Ryan Heffington (Steve), Milo Herschlag (Greg), Zoe Herschlag (Wendi Jo), John Michael Higgins (Jerry Frick), Cooper Hoffman (Gary), James F. Kelley (Tim), Lori Killam (Janice), Isabelle Kusman (Sue Pomerantz), Nate Mann (Brian), Ted McCarthy (Waterbed Ted), Max Mitchell (William), Yumi Mizui (Mioko), Ray Nicholson (Ray), Sean Penn (Jack Holden), Eloy Perez (Guillermo), John C. Reilly (Fred Gwynne/Herman Munster), Luigi Della Ripa (Luigi the Taylor), Maya Rudolph (Gale), Benny Safdie (Joel Wachs), Destry Allen Spielberg (Frisbee Kahill), Tom Waits (Rex Blau)

Running Time: 133 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR LICORICE PIZZA REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ LicoricePizza Review:

I have always been a big sucker for a good coming of age story. Whether it be one with a difference like Acolytes or one that is a little more traditional like Almost Famous I always find them intriguing to watch because I feel that it is the one genre that every filmmaker can put a little bit of themselves into… after all we were all teenagers once.

It was because of that intrigue that my interest was sparked when I discovered that director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia) was making a coming-of-age film. Anderson has been a director that I have felt to drawn to ever since I obtained a VHS copy of Boogie Nights. He has a style of filmmaking that fascinates me – a style that reminds me of the reason why I fell in love with cinema in the first place. He doesn’t go for over the top action or set pieces instead he likes to capture the environment in which the film is set and tell a good story while he has his audience immersed within it.

His latest film, Licorice Pizza, puts his audience in a time machine and takes them back to the early 70s to a time when kids had the freedom to dream without the pressures of social media and the likes that we endure today.

Anderson’s hero is Gary (first time actor Cooper Hoffman) a teenager who has made a career for himself as a child actor. From the money he has earned from that he has set up a small business which sees him sell whatever fad is in fashion at that time… or do anything that he sees will make him money.

Then when day at his school he meets school photography assistant Alana (first time actress Alana Haim), a woman that he says he instantly knows is the woman that he wants to marry one day.

However being older than Gary Alana decides that she is not as eager for a relationship as he is and instead seems to take pleasure stringing him along as she tries to enhance her own career in a number of ways including getting close to a crazy actor and his film directing buddy and then even delving into politics in the hope of getting closer to the political candidate.

Meanwhile Gary goes from scheme to scheme doing whatever he can to try and get Alana involved so she can be close to him.

I can be honest and say that this is not the kind of film that the average pop-corn film fan is going to enjoy, Anderson’s films rarely are. Instead I found what he has created here is a film that seems to take on the feel of the TV show The Wonder Years but mix it with the quirkiness that seems to come with Anderson’s films.

One of the thrills that I found with this film is the fact that with Anderson’s style of filmmaking you never really know what to expect next. One moment the characters are going along their merry way and the next one is being arrested. With that sense of unpredictability you can’t but at times wonder if the characters that you are being drawn closer to, especially when it seems like Alana is playing a dangerous game of flirtation with the likes of the crazy Jack Holden (Sean Penn – Milk) who are unpredictable at best.

Likewise as an audience you find yourself wondering whether these guys that Alana is drawing into her life and going to one day have a problem with Gary. The suspense around things like that at times seems to outweigh the suspense around whether or not Gary or Alana will eventually get together or not.

Then there are the quirky characters that appear throughout this film that not only make the story move along but often bring a smile to your face as well. The king of that here is Jon Peters (Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born), an unhinged actor who comes into Alana and Gary’s world when they deliver a waterbed to his home. Every minute that Cooper is on the screen is a scream and he steals the show with a brilliant performance.

That is not to take anything from the two leads that Anderson has plucked from acting obscurity. Cooper Hoffman, the son of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, has the same commanding performance that his father had while singer turned actress Alana Haim is a natural performer. Both of which may have been unheard of before this film but they certainly won’t be after its release.

Licorice Pizza is the kind of film for people that like a serious film with slight pieces of quirky humour throughout. It is the kind of film where you find yourself being drawn closer and closer to the characters on the screen despite the fact that sometimes their actions frustrate you. This is one for the true cinemaphile.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Check out a new clip from Disney and Pixar’s “Luca,” in which new friend Giulia invites Luca and Alberto for dinner at her imposing and intimidating dad’s place.

Luca and Alberto – sea monsters who appear human on land – learn that humans’ view of sea monsters is alarming, to say the least. Featuring Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman and Marco Barricelli as the voices of Luca, Alberto, Giulia and Massimo, “Luca” begins streaming exclusively on Disney+ for all subscribers on June 18.

Plus, check out a new featurette highlighting how filmmakers captured the magic of the Italian Riviera. Led by director native Italian Enrico Casarosa, members of the team behind Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” trekked to the Italian coastline as part of two research trips. From the colour of the water to the layout of the town square. the look of “Luca” is inspired by real places, Italian history and Japanese artistry. In a new featurette, Casarosa, producer Andrea Warren and cast members Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan offer a glimpse of the stunning and stylised look of “Luca.” 

Disney and Pixar’s original feature film “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface.

The voice cast features Jacob Tremblay as Luca Paguro, Jack Dylan Grazer as Alberto Scorfano, Emma Berman as Giulia Marcovaldo, Saverio Raimondo as town bully Ercole Visconti, Maya Rudolph as Luca’s mom Daniela, Marco Barricelli as Giulia’s dad Massimo, Jim Gaffigan as Luca’s dad Lorenzo, Sandy Martin as Luca’s grandma, and Giacomo Gianniotti as a local fisherman. Pixar Animation Studios’ 24th feature film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”). Award-winning composer Dan Romer (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Maniac”) created the score.

Sisters

Summary: Life hasn’t been fair to Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Tina Fey). When the sisters learn that their parents Bucky (James Brolin) and Deana (Dianne Wiest) are selling the home that they grew up in it makes them realise that life certainly hasn’t turned out the way it was supposed to for either of them.

Maura hasn’t been in a relationship in a long time and through reliving some of Kate’s memories of their teenage years has realised that she has never really lived at all. Meanwhile Kate who was once the party girl is constantly getting fired and is struggling in her relationship with her daughter. Frustrated with the way things are the two girls decide to live once more by throwing one last party in their family home.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th January 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jason Moore

Screenwriter: Paula Pell

Cast: Ike Barinholtz (James), Samantha Bee (Liz), James Brolin (Bucky Ellis), Dan Byrd (Patrick Campbell), Christina Beth Campbell (Young Maura Ellis Age 10), John Cena (Pazuzu), Mia Ciccarelle (Young Maura Ellis Age 6), Samantha Blaire Cutler (Young Kate Age 12), Madison Davenport (Haley), Rachel Dratch (Kelly), Scott Drummond (Officer Higgins), Tina Fey (Kate Ellis), Santino Fantana (Mr. Geernt), Sue Galloway (Jolene Barme), Jon Glaser (Dan), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Kim), Ann Harada (Jean), Brian D’Arcy James (Jerry), Greta Lee (Hae-Won), John Leguizamo (Dave), Britt Lower (Mrs. Geernt), John Lutz (Joel Barme), Adrian Martinez (Officer Harris), Heather Matarazzo (Denny), Kate McKinnon (Sam), Bobby Moynihan (Alex), Matt Oberg (Rob), Chris Parnell (Phil), Paula Pell (Dana), Amy Poehler (Maura Ellis), Maya Rudolph (Brinda), Emily Tarver (Brayla), Kristen Vincent (Young Kate Age 6), Colleen Werthmann (Cray), Dianne Wiest (Deana Ellis)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification: CTC

 

OUR SISTERS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The female members of America’s comedy set have been on fire when it has come to films over the past few years. While the likes of Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell have delivered bomb after bomb the women have produced hit after hit. Films like Bridesmaids and Trainwreck have seen the likes of Kristen Wiig and Amy Schumer become household names right around the world. Now comes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s (who bring Maya Rudolph along for the ride) new celluloid baby Sisters. The good news while it is doesn’t exactly reach the heights of some of the other films previously mentioned it certainly works and haves you laughing throughout.

What works about Sisters may completely surprise audiences out there. If you’re expecting a smart comedy like Bridesmaids then keep moving because Sisters is very much the female version of a film like American Pie. Directed by Jason Moore (who brought us Pitch Perfect) and written by long-time Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell Sisters is all about grown women acting badly and Poehler and Fey just seem to lap it up.

In this politically correct time it is surprising what Sisters gets away with. The jokes range from quips about both male and female genitalia right through to the right and wrong ways to announce Asian names. Of course most of the humour centres on the wild antics of the party guests at Maura and Kate’s party-to-end-all-parties but the film also takes some time to take a look at some more serious things such as the fractured relationship between a mother and a daughter through to people realising that their lives have gone completely off track.

The fact that the party provides most of the laughs is a stroke of comedic genius in itself. While there may be one of two too many sight gags the film keeps you laughing all the time. Thanks not only to the humour delivered by Poehler and Fey but also by Ike Barinholtz (who plays Poehler’s love interest), Bobby Moynihan who plays lovable-drug-fuelled-loser Alex and Maya Rudolph who seems to love playing rejected party guest Brinda. Along with other cameo roles, such as John Leguizamo and John Cena, these smaller characters in the film seem to come together and just deliver laugh and laugh and soon you find yourself barracking for more than just the lead characters. Moore and Pell’s decision to allow this to happen may have been a huge risk but it pays off for them time after time.

Of course the stars here though are Poehler and Fey and both just seem to feed off the comedic talent and energy that is around them. However that doesn’t mean that they allow themselves to res on their laurels. No these two work ultra hard as well and while they deliver the laughs that were scripted for them amazingly well you also get the feeling that a lot of this film has been ad-libbed by the pair and that works well as well. While the world may have been concentrating on the new breed of Amy Schumer and co over the past few years it is obvious that Fey and Poehler want to show the world that they are still in the peaks of their career as well.

So many of these party movies fail every year but here Sisters works brilliantly well. While I wouldn’t exactly describe it as a top comedy it does more than enough to keep the laughs coming throughout the film, okay you may even have a couple of laughter explosions during it, and that is more than you can say for a lot of the comedies that are around these days. Even better is the fact that this is some of Poehler and Fey’s finest work and is a must for those that love their brand of comedy.

 

Stars(3)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Sisters (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Sisters reviews: You can listen to our full Sisters  review on a future episode of  The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show. You can also read our Sisters review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Grown Ups 2

Summary: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Dennis Dugan

Screenwriter: Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

Cast: Steve Austin (Tommy Cavanaugh), Maria Bello (Sally Lamonsoff), Cameron Boyce (Keithie Feder), Steve Buscemi (Wiley), Ellen Cleghorne (Mary Fluzoo), Marilyn Cortez (herself), Peter Dante (Officer Dante), Dennis Dugan (Dr. Larry), Kaleo Elam (Ronnie Mackenzie), Georgia Engel (Mrs. Lamonsoff), Frank Gingerich (Bean Lamonsoff), Morgan Gingerich (Bean Lamonsoff), Jake Goldberg (Greg Feder),  Kevin Grady (Muzby), Paulina Gretzky (Daisy), Salma Hayek (Roxanne Chase-Feder),Erin Heatherton (Ginger),  Oliver Hudson (Kyle), Kevin James (Eric Lamonsoff), Nadji Jeter (Andre Mckenzie), Ebony Jo-Ann (Mama Ronzoni), Michael Kay (Coach Romey), Taylor Lautner (Frat By Andy), Alexander Ludwig (Braden), China Anne McClain (Charlotte Mckenzie), Kamil McFaddin (Bumpty), Tim Meadows (Malcolm), Aly Michalka (Savannah), Richie Minervini (Principal Tarrdio), Shaquille O’Neal (Officer Fluzoo), Cheri Oteri (Penny), Alex Poncio (Duffy), Colin Quinn (Dickie Bailey), Chris Rock (Kurt McZenzie), Maya Rudolph (Deanne McKenzie), Halston Sage (Nancy Arbuckle), Alexys Nycole Sanchez (Becky Feder), Adam Sandler (Lenny Feder), Jackie Sandler (Jackie Tardo), Sadie Sandler (Sadie Tardo), Sunny Sandler (Sunny Tardo), Ada-Nicole Sanger (Donna Lamonsoff), Patrick Schwarznegger (Frat Boy Cooper), David Spade (Marcus Higgins), Nick Swardson (Nick), Milo Ventimiglio (Frat Boy Milo)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:PG

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘GROWN UPS 2’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51

Nick Gardener: Stars(1.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51

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

IMDB Rating:  Grown Ups 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Grown Ups 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51 for a more in depth review of ‘Grown Ups 2’.

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Turbo

Summary: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: David Soren

Screenwriter: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren

Cast: Michael Patrick Bell (White Shadow (voice)), Aaron Berger (Danny (voice)), Paul Dooley (The Foreman (voice)), Paul Giamatti (Chet (voice)), Luis Guzman (Angelo (voice)), Bill Hader (Guy Gagne (voice)), Samuel L. Jackson (Whiplash (voice)), Richard Jenkins (Bobby (voice)),  Ken Jeong (Kim Ly (voice)), Michael Pena (Tito (voice)), Will Power (Australian Anchor (voice)), Ryan Reynolds (Turbo (voice)), Michelle Rodriguez (Paz (voice)), Maya Rudolph (Burn (voice)), Ben Schwartz (Skidmark (voice)), Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move (voice)),

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification:G

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘TURBO’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3)

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

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Turbo’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50

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

IMDB Rating:  Turbo (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Turbo′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50 for our more in-depth review of ‘Turbo’.

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The Way Way Back

Summary: A funny and poignant coming of age story, 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer holiday with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin) is the very worst sort of vacation. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Screenwriter: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Cast: River Alexander (Peter), Robert Capron (Kyle), Steve Carell (Trent), Toni Collette (Pam), Rob Corddry (Kip), Ava Deluca-Verley (Katy), Nat Faxon (Roddy), Liam James (Duncan), Allison Janney (Betty), Zoe Levin (Steph), Rodney Lodge (Malcolm), Amanda Peet (Joan), Jake Pickering (Chad), Jim Rash (Lewis), Adam Riegler (Neil), AnnaSophia Robb (Susanna), Sam Rockwell (Owen), Maya Rudolph (Caitlin), Jeffrey Ryan (Charlie),  Jeremy Weaver (Jason), Devon Werdon (Laura)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE WAY WAY BACK’’:

Adam Ross: Stars(3) 

Please check Adam’s review of ‘The Way Way Back’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43

David Griffiths:  Stars(5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Way Way Back’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(4.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Way Way Back’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3.5)

Please check Nicks’s review of ‘The Way Way Back’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43

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

IMDB Rating:  The Way Way Back (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Way Way Back′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43 for more reviews of ‘The Way Way Back’.

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Grown Ups 2

Sony Pictures today released the new International Trailer for their eagerly anticipated comedy ‘Grown Ups 2’. Directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson and Taylor Lautner ‘Grown Ups 2’ will be released in Australia on the 19th September.