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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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Summary: The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September 2019

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: 11th March 2020

Country: United States, Swden

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Eszter Balint (Fern), Steve Buscemi (Farmer Frank Miller), Austin Butler (Jack), Rosal Colon (Lily), Maya Delmont (Stella), Adam Driver (Officer Ronnie Peterson), Larry Fessendon (Danny Perkins), Danny Glover (Hank Thompson), Selena Gomez (Zoe), Caleb Landry Jones (Bobby Wiggins), Carol Kane (Mallory O’Brien), Bill Murray (Chief Cliff Robertson), Rosie Perez (Posie Juarez), RZA (Dean), Luka Sabbat (Zack), Chloe Sevigny (Officer Mindy Morrison), Tilda Swinton (Zelda Winston), Tom Waits (Hermit Bob), Taliyah Whitaker (Olivia), Jahi Di’Allo Winston (Geronimo)

Running Time: 104 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

OUR THE DEAD DON’T DIE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ The Dead Don’t Die Review:

Some directors are just an acquired taste. Think of filmmakers like Gaspar Noe or Terrence Malick. They are directors that you will normally find that cinema-lovers are left in awe of or go to the opposite and can’t stand their work. Another director that should be added to that list is Jim Jarmusch. For me films like Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson are absolutely sensational films that need to be savoured as you watch them. At the same time though I can perfectly understand why someone wouldn’t enjoy the more alternative aspect.

Now comes Jarmusch next little beauty – The Dead Don’t Die which sees the talented director bring his own sense of humour to the zombie genre in a way that makes this a truly memorable film. So many supposed comedies this year have failed to impress me at all so it was a welcome relief to see The Dead Don’t Die and find myself laughing all the way through it.

Set in the small peaceful town of Centerville the film centres around three Police Officers who bring law and order to the town. Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray – Ghostbusters, Lost In Translation), Officer Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Officer Mindy Morrison (Chloe Sevigny – Boys Don’t Cry, Big Love) do what they can to bring law and order to the town but when the dead start rising even they aren’t completely sure what is the best avenue to follow.

Plot wise The Dead Don’t Die is probably one of the most simplistic films you will see this year. For most of the film the plot follows the traditional zombie trope storylines that we have come to know and love over the years. What makes the film so special though is the interesting characters that Jarmusch has created to inhabit the town. Interesting characters such as Farmer Frank Miller (Steve Buscemi – Fargo, Reservior Dogs) and Zelda Winston (Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer, Suspiria) keep the audience guessing throughout the film. Countless times you find yourself whether Zelda’s sword-fighting skills are going to be what ends up saving the town or whether someone likes Hermit Bob (Tom Waits – Seven Psychopaths, Down By Law) knows more about the events than they are letting on.

Also making the film stand-out from other zombie comedies is the unique Jarmusch humour and dialogue that is delivered by the characters here. At times the dry wit humour and language used by the characters brings back memories of legendary television shows like Northern Exposure… and that is a welcome relief in a time when it feels sometimes that some screenwriters have forgotten how to create good dialogue.

The take it or leave it aspect of this being a Jim Jarmusch film will most likely come into play for most people when he takes this film into the weird territory of breaking down the line between the characters and the actors. Early on when Adam Driver refers to a song playing on the radio as ‘the theme music’ you realise that Jarmusch breaks down the third wall and here the actors know they are ‘characters’ in a movie. That might be a little confronting and a little weird for those that are not used to alternative film-making but once you get a handle of it it is something that adds to the creativity and uniqueness of the film.

The resulting nature of the film does allow its stars to shine. Bill Murray and Adam Driver seem to enjoy the deadpan style of their character’s interactions. The pair seem to share an amazing on-screen partnership that only enhances the film. Jarmsuch’s star-pulling power also sees the likes of RZA (The Man With The Iron Fists, American Gangster) and Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers, Hotel Transylvania)  play smaller roles in the film while the inclusion of screen veterans like Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, 2012) also add to the films atmosphere. Jarmusch also doesn’t waste his plethora of stars giving them all memorable moments while also brilliantly giving small nods to their past roles throughout the film.

What Jim Jamusch has created here is a smart horror-comedy that deserves all the accolades that the film has been garnishing. The film is smart enough to be different that previous zombie horror-comedies like Zombieland and Shaun Of The Dead and has that unique Jamusch stamp on it which will mean it is a film that will be adored by those who love his unique style of filmmaking.

 

 

 

 

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Seven Psycopaths

Summary:A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 8th November, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 13th March, 2013

Country: UK

Director: Martin McDonagh

Screenwriter: Martin McDonagh

Cast: Lionel D. Carson (Corporal Nobel), Linda Bright Clay (Myra), Abbie Cornish (Kaya), Kevin Corrigan (Dennis), Colin Farrell (Marty), Woody Harrelson (Charlie), James Landry Hebert (Killer), Zeljko Ivanek (Paulo), Olga Kurylenko (Angela), Michael Pitt (Larry), Sam Rockwell (Billy), Brendan Sexton III (Young Zachariah), Gabourey Sidibe (Sharice), Michael Stuhlbarg (Tommy), Joseph Lyle Taylor (Al), Tom Waits (Zachariah), Christopher Walken (Hans), Amanda Mason Warren (Maggie)

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’ Review: 

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Seven Psychopaths’ on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Seven Psychopaths′: Check Episode #7 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Seven Psychopaths’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating:Seven Psychopaths (2012) on IMDb