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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.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

Recently the hosts of ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ came up with their favourite directors here’s who is made their lists.

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

David Fincher

  • Anthony Minghella
  • Shane Meadows
  • Todd Field
  • Bobby Farrelly
  • Peter Farrelly
  • Andrew Dominik
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Rian Johnson
  • John Hillcoat
  • Alfonso Cuaron
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Paul Greengrass
  • Ben Affleck
  • Adam McKay
  • Steve McQueen
  • Ang Lee
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Joe Carnahan
  • Derek Cianfrance
  • Todd Solondz
  • Paul Verhoeven
  • John McTiernan
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • Peter Weir
  • Michael Mann
  • Sam Mendes
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • Ron Howard
  • Terrence Malick
  • Brian De Palma
  • Alexander Payne
  • Sam Raimi
  • David Cronenberg
  • Ridley Scott
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • James Cameron
  • Martin Scorsese
  • David Fincher

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Steven Soderbergh

  • Rob Zombie
  • Alkinos Tsilimidos
  • Ben Affleck
  • Lars von Trier
  • Danny Boyle
  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Woody Allen
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Larry Clark
  • Gus Van Sant
  • Kelly Reichardt
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Rian Johnson
  • Joss Whedon
  • Kevin Williamson
  • Kevin Smith

 

GREG KING

Quentin Tarantino

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Sam Peckinpah
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Christopher Nolan
  • David Fincher
  • Ridley Scott
  • Tony Scott
  • Woody Allen
  • James Cameron
  • Ben Affleck
  • Quentin Tarrantino
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Steven Spielberg

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

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  • Steven Spielberg
  • James Cameron
  • Ridley Scott
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Errol Morris
  • Ben Affleck
  • Mike Leigh
  • Ang Lee
  • Richard Linklater
  • John Ford
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Roman Palanski
  • Quinten Tarantino
  • David Fincher
  • Peter Weir
  • David Lynch
  • Francis Coppolla
  • Orson Welles
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Woody Allen
  • Alfred Hitchcock

Argo

And the winners are:

BEST PICTURE

Winner: Argo

Other Nominees: Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTRESS

Winner: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)

Other Nominees: Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmaunelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

BEST ACTOR

Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Other Nominees: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner: Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

Other Nominees: Alan Arkin (Agro), Javier Bardem (Skyfall), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Other Nominees: Amy Adams (The Master), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Sally Field (Lincoln), Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Winner: Silver Linings Playbook

Other Nominees: Argo, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: Ben Affleck (Argo)

Other Nominees: Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Ang Lee (LIfe Of Pi), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Other Nominees: John Gatins (Flight), Rian Johnson (Looper), Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner: Tony Kushner (Lincoln)

Other Nominees: Chris Terrio (Argo), David Magee (Life Of Pi), Stephen Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Winner: Wreck-It Ralph

Other Nominees: Brave, Frankenweenie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, ParaNorman, Rise Of The Guardians

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Winner: Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)

Other Nominees: Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Logan Lerman (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi)

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Winner: Skyfall

Other Nominees: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper

BEST ACTOR IN A ACTION MOVIE:

Winner: Daniel Craig (Skyfall)

Other Nominees: Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises), Robert Downey Jnr. (The Avengers), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper), Jake Gyllenhaal (End Of Watch)

BEST ACTRESS IN A ACTION MOVIE

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)

Other Nominees: Emily Blunt (Looper), Gina Carano (Haywire), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)

BEST COMEDY MOVE

Winner: Silver Linings Playbook

Other Nominees: Bernie, Ted, This Is 40, 21 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Winner: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)

Other Nominees: Jack Black (Bernie), Paul Rudd (This Is 40), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Mark Wahlberg (Ted)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

Other Nominees: Mila Kunis (Ted), Shirley MacLaine (Bernie), Leslie Mann (This IS 40), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR FILM

Winner: Looper

Other Nominees: The Cabin In The Woods, Prometheus

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Winner: Amour

Other Nominees: Intouchables, En kongelig affaere, Rust And Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEAUTRE

Winner: Searching For Sugar Man

Other Nominees: Bully, The Central Park Five, The Imposter, The Queen Of Versailles, West Of Memphis

BEST SONG

Winner: ‘Skyfall’ – Adele/Paul Epworth (Skyfall)

Other Nominees: ‘For You’ – Monty Powell/Keith Urban (Act Of Valor), ‘Learn Me Right’ – Mumford & Sons (Brave), ‘Suddenly’ – Claude-Michel Schonberg/Alain Boubil/Herbert Kretzmer (Les Miserables), ‘Still Alive’ – Paul Williams (Paul Williams Still Alive)

BEST SCORE

Winner: John Williams (Lincoln)

Other Nominees: Alexandre Desplat (Brave), Mychael Danna (Life Of Pi), Jonny Greenwood (The Master), Alexandre Desplat (Moonrise Kingdom)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner: Claudio Miranda (Life Of Pi)

Other Nominees: Danny Cohen (Les Miserables), Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln), Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master), Roger Deakins (Skyfall)

BEST ART DIRECTION

Winner: Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer (Anna Karenina)

Other Nominees: Dan Hennah/Ra Vincent/Simon Bright (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Eve Stewart/Anna Lynch-Robinson (Les Miserables), David Gropman/Anna Pinnock (Life Of Pi), Rick Carter/Jim Erickson (Lincoln)

BEST EDITING

Winner: William Goldenberg/Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty)

Other Nominees: William Goldenberg (Argo), Melanie Oliver/Chris Dickens (Les Miserables), Tim Squyres (Life Of Pi), Michael Kahn (Lincoln)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Winner: Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina)

Other Nominees: Kym Barrett/Pierre-Yves Gayraud (Cloud Atlas), Bob Buck/Ann Maskrey/Richard Taylor (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Paco Delgado (Les Miserables), Joanna Johnston (Lincoln)

BEST MAKEUP

Winner: Cloud Atlas

Other Nominees: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables, Lincoln

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner: Life Of Pi

Other Nominees: The Avengers, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, Teh Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey