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Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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And the winners are…

April 30, 2009 1 Comment

Last week, armed with six Ten Empty DVDs to give away, I launched a competition challenging readers to examine a photograph of Cinetology HQ (left, click to enlarge) with the objective of identifying as many movies, books, characters, musicians and authors as possible. The competition was otherwise known as Spot the Junk on Luke’s Desk. […]

Financial crisis inspires Wall Street sequel

Financial crisis inspires Wall Street sequel

April 29, 2009 4 Comments

The global economic downturn has inspired a belated sequel to Oliver Stone’s 1987 corporate thriller Wall Street, which featured Michael Douglas in an Oscar-winning performance as ruthless stockbroker shark Gordon Gekko, deliverer of memorable quips such as “lunch is for wimps” and “greed is right, greed works.” Wall Street 2, as it is tentatively titled, […]

X-Men Origins: Wolverine film review: sharp claws, big chops, fast pace

X-Men Origins: Wolverine film review: sharp claws, big chops, fast pace

April 29, 2009 6 Comments

You may recall reading a couple of weeks ago about an incomplete work print of X-Men Origins: Wolverine that was leaked online. Star Hugh Jackman reportedly reacted by saying he was “heartbroken,” a response in stark contrast to the emotional gravitas of his character in the movie – a stony-hearted, ill-tempered mutant with a skeleton […]

Russell Brand to star as Drop Dead Fred

Russell Brand to star as Drop Dead Fred

April 28, 2009 5 Comments

Just a couple of days after announcing it will remake David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, Universal Studios add another cult favourite to their long list of films set to be repackaged for modern audiences. Comedian Russell Brand, who took his stand-up show Scandalous to Melbourne and Sydney last month, has been slated to play the title character […]

Swine flu delays opening of Wolverine in Mexico

Swine flu delays opening of Wolverine in Mexico

April 28, 2009

Hollywood is cautiously monitoring the outbreak of swine flu for any signs it may impact box office earnings. The widespread influenza has altered the course of Hugh Jackman’s comic book caper X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with the movie’s release in Mexico postponed at least two weeks in the wake of outbreaks that have taken up to […]

Ehren Kruger to write Videodrome remake

Ehren Kruger to write Videodrome remake

April 27, 2009 3 Comments

Universal Pictures has announced it will remake David Cronenberg’s 1983 cult film Videodrome, which stars James Woods as a TV exec who becomes obsessed with a bizarre and mysteriously transfixing program that depicts torture and murder. The film has a once seen, never forgotten weirdness conjured in part by Cronenberg’s kooky visual inventions, including a […]

Interview with Sergei Dvortsevoy, writer/director of Tulpan

April 27, 2009 4 Comments

Russian filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy’s acclaimed drama Tulpan was shot on location in the Betpak Dala in southern Kazakhstan. The film (read my review) follows the plight of Asa (Askhat Kuchencherekov), a young man who dreams of finding a wife and one day owning his own herd. Shortly after Tulpan was completed it premiered in Cannes […]

Fired Up! film review: gimme a C, gimme an R, gimme an A, gimme a P

Fired Up! film review: gimme a C, gimme an R, gimme an A, gimme a P

April 26, 2009 3 Comments

Following the infantile exploits of two horny jocks who decide to become cheer leaders in order to meet girls, director Will Gluck’s klutzy debut feature Fired Up! is a raunchy movie with barely any raunchiness, a gross-out with barely any gross-outs, a sports story with barely any sport, and — most despairingly — a comedy […]

Rodriguez to produce Predator reboot

Rodriguez to produce Predator reboot

April 25, 2009 3 Comments

Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic action/sci-fi hit Predator have reason to cheer, with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez confirming on Thursday at a news conference in Texas that he will produce a franchise reboot called Predators. The plural title has been interpreted – who would have thought? – to mean the story will involve more than one […]

A Film With Me In It film review: jet-black laughs in a deliriously dotty farce

A Film With Me In It film review: jet-black laughs in a deliriously dotty farce

April 24, 2009 2 Comments

Director Ian Fitzgibbon’s delightfully screwy blood-splotched farce A Film With Me In It focuses on one grotesquely bad day for a pair bumbling layabouts who, through a series of accidents, become entwined in extraordinarily morbid circumstances. It is based on a simple but ingenious premise: what if you were sitting at home doing nothing much […]

Tulpan film review: compelling Kazakh drama edges from realism to real

Tulpan film review: compelling Kazakh drama edges from realism to real

April 23, 2009 3 Comments

Director Sergei Dvortsevoy’s highly lauded slice-of-Kazakh-life drama Tulpan was filmed on the steppes of southern Kazakhstan in the Betpak Dala, which means ‘Hunger Steppe.’ It’s not hard to figure out why. Dvortsevoy’s cameras soak up the vast emptiness of the landscape, its barren terrain spotted by occasional cattle, yurts and human beings that pop in […]

Disneynature’s Earth: one tree planted for every bum on the seat

Disneynature’s Earth: one tree planted for every bum on the seat

April 22, 2009

Disney’s new subsidiary company Disneynature are cashing in on the eco-aware sentiments floating around these days by launching a clever green-friendly marketing drive for its first film, Earth, released this week in America. Disneynature have pledged to plant one tree per every ticket bought during the film’s first week of release. Created by the makers […]

Aussie Watch: Russell Crowe in da Hood

Aussie Watch: Russell Crowe in da Hood

April 22, 2009 3 Comments

May will be a good month for Russell Crowe fans, with two new movies featuring the burly Aussie actor coming out in close succession: Tenderness, directed by Tropfest creator John Polson (opening April 30) and State of Play, from Touching the Void director Kevin Macdonald (opening May 28). Both are thrillers. Crowe is currently in the U.K. […]

Giveaways: win a Ten Empty DVD

Giveaways: win a Ten Empty DVD

April 21, 2009 2 Comments

To mark the DVD release of Ten Empty (now available to rent and own) Cinetology give readers the chance to win one of 6 copies. The film is a dark and unnerving psychological drama about a dysfunctional family in Adelaide, directed by Anthony Hayes and starring Daniel Frederiksen, Geoff Morell, Lucy Bell, Tom Budge and […]

Fast & Furious film review: relatively fast, reasonably furious, but no time for originality

Fast & Furious film review: relatively fast, reasonably furious, but no time for originality

April 20, 2009 2 Comments

Since when did naming movies become so arduous a process that a big budget Hollywood sequel like Fast & Furious can get away with simply taking the original movie’s title, removing use of the word ‘the’ and substituting an ‘and’ for an ampersand? How lazy can the screenwriters get? Fast & Furious is the third […]

First glimpse on the set of Spielberg/Jackson Tintin movie

First glimpse on the set of Spielberg/Jackson Tintin movie

April 19, 2009 1 Comment

On Friday Empire Online unveiled the first photograph from the set of DreamWorks’ highly anticipated Spielberg-directed Tintin movie, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Spielberg has teamed up with Peter Jackson to direct and produce three back-to-back Tintin features. They will reportedly direct at least one of them each, with no final […]

The Boat That Rocked film review: a cast that rocks

The Boat That Rocked film review: a cast that rocks

April 18, 2009 2 Comments

In writer/director Richard Curtis’s The Boat That Rocked it is 1966 and conservative party pooper politicians are fighting a moral crusade against rock and pop, limiting its airplay to 45 minutes a day. All is still groovy for the people of England, however, thanks to the hard work and unrelenting coolness of a team of […]