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Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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The Hunt movie review: guilt by accusation

The Hunt movie review: guilt by accusation

May 7, 2013

Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly cast as a man unfairly accused of child abuse in writer/director Thomas Vinterberg's cautionary tale about small town mob justice. But like the film, there is something cold and clinical about it.

‘You guys have got a thumb up your ass’: interview with Marlon Wayans, writer/star of A Haunted House

‘You guys have got a thumb up your ass’: interview with Marlon Wayans, writer/star of A Haunted House

May 3, 2013 1 Comment

Marlon Wayans isn't known for critically acclaimed work. But comedy is subjective and sometimes -- as he says of the critical populace -- "you guys have got a thumb up your ass."

Iron Man 3 movie review: Black in action

Iron Man 3 movie review: Black in action

April 29, 2013 3 Comments

The most interesting thing about Iron Man 3 isn't the movie itself, but the return of legendary screenwriter Shane Black.

Zach Braff’s new role: the reverse Robin Hood who kickstarts a new culture of celebrity crowdsourcing

Zach Braff’s new role: the reverse Robin Hood who kickstarts a new culture of celebrity crowdsourcing

April 27, 2013 7 Comments

Zach Braff has snubbed the Hollywood studio system and launched a remarkably successful Kickstarter initiative to finance his new film. In the resulting commotion and commentary, some important factors have been neglected.

Olympus Has Fallen movie review: catharsis by carnage

Olympus Has Fallen movie review: catharsis by carnage

April 19, 2013 2 Comments

The nerve centre of American political power is pulverised in Olympus Has Fallen. Whether it intended to or not, the movie represents a turning point for Hollywood blockbusters.

‘You call <em>that</em> a bad business decision?’ Paul Hogan’s financial woes get a sequel

‘You call that a bad business decision?’ Paul Hogan’s financial woes get a sequel

April 15, 2013 2 Comments

A fresh batch of Paul Hogan related headlines reminds us that while the Crocodile Dundee star might have a large knife, he may also have a limited capacity for smart business decisions.

Oblivion movie review: expansive, enticing and empty

Oblivion movie review: expansive, enticing and empty

April 12, 2013 2 Comments

Tom Cruise and the director of Tron Legacy teamed up to make a US$100+ million art movie. It didn't quite go to plan.

Trance movie review: hard-Boyled

Trance movie review: hard-Boyled

April 10, 2013 2 Comments

Director Danny Boyle's new thriller is more psychotic than psychological -- a wallop to the senses that comes on like gangbusters and never relents.

The beauty and horror of climate change: interview with Chasing Ice director Jeff Orlowski

The beauty and horror of climate change: interview with Chasing Ice director Jeff Orlowski

April 9, 2013

Jeff Orlowski's Oscar-nominated climate change documentary Chasing Ice reveals the delicate craft of measuring global warming on glacial ice. It's no easy job -- and neither is making a film about it.

Vale Roger Ebert: your greatest crime was loving movies too much

Vale Roger Ebert: your greatest crime was loving movies too much

April 5, 2013 3 Comments

The life of veteran American film critic Roger Ebert is inspiring for many reasons. None more so than those relating to his greatest "crime."

A Good Day to Die Hard movie review: a good way to have a bad day

A Good Day to Die Hard movie review: a good way to have a bad day

March 27, 2013

When a Die Hard movie doesn't have a single well-staged action sequence, you know something went badly wrong.

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God movie review: the devil is in the detail

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God movie review: the devil is in the detail

March 22, 2013

Oscar-nominated director Alex Gibney's exposé about sex abuse in the Catholic church may be slanted, but it has every right to be.

Pick a card, any card: reflections on magic in cinema and life as an amateur magician

Pick a card, any card: reflections on magic in cinema and life as an amateur magician

March 19, 2013 1 Comment

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the latest example of how CGI can mess up depictions of magic on film. To discover why venture back with me to my former life as an amateur magician...

Housos Vs. Authority movie review: unflinching Aussie satire

Housos Vs. Authority movie review: unflinching Aussie satire

March 13, 2013 3 Comments

Paul Fenech has been lobbing comedy grenades for eons. Whether he intended it or not, his latest movie is one of Australia's most brutal satires of lower class suburbia.

We’re off to see the lawyers, the wonderful lawyers of Oz. Because because because…?

We’re off to see the lawyers, the wonderful lawyers of Oz. Because because because…?

March 10, 2013 5 Comments

Hollywood executives who followed the yellow brick road found it ended in legal disputes and unprecedented laws regarding usage of public domain and copyright regulation.

Parallax Podcast: Oz The Great and Powerful, Broken City, Berberian Sound Studio & more

Parallax Podcast: Oz The Great and Powerful, Broken City, Berberian Sound Studio & more

March 10, 2013

James Franco is the Wizard of Oz. Mark Wahlberg is Mark Wahlberg. In this fortnight's The Parallax Podcast, Luke Buckmaster and Rich Haridy review Oz: The Great and Powerful, Broken City and a trio of strange DVD releases.

James Franco to the rescue: Hollywood star slams Australian Classification Board

James Franco to the rescue: Hollywood star slams Australian Classification Board

March 5, 2013 8 Comments

In the wake of Australia's latest film censorship controversy, Hollywood star James Franco has weighed in, slamming the Classification Board.