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Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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Bottle Shock film review: cheesy overwritten screenplay corks the Bottle

Bottle Shock film review: cheesy overwritten screenplay corks the Bottle

March 31, 2009 2 Comments

Wine lovers the world over savoured the smooth ambrosial textures of Sideways (2004), many a palette pleased by Alexander Payne’s low-key direction and the quaint story of two buddies embarking on a weeklong tour of California’s wine country. Winos no doubt hoped Sideways would pop the cork of a new genre of stories from the […]

Paul Blart: Mall Cop film review: grim expectations overturned by the long, flabby arm of the law

Paul Blart: Mall Cop film review: grim expectations overturned by the long, flabby arm of the law

March 19, 2009 1 Comment

I remember scoffing loudly at multiple points during the trailer for Paul Blart: Mall Cop, my cinematic palette violently rejecting those obtuse early glimpses of the new movie by Daddy Day Care director Steve Carr It is a comedy about a fat hypoglycaemic security guard whose mall is overtaken by a group of highly coordinated […]

Confessions of a Shopaholic film review: substituting Prada for prudence and smarts for oops

Confessions of a Shopaholic film review: substituting Prada for prudence and smarts for oops

March 12, 2009

In director P.J. Hogan’s frothy romantic comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic, Isla Fisher stars as a ditzy spendthrift who maxes out her credit card, plummets into debt and then slowly learns to become an economically responsible person. The movie’s consumerist themes are topical, which means it’s like totally happening now and stuff. Hollywood lecturing audiences […]

W. film review: Dubya fails to relight Stone’s smouldering sizzle

W. film review: Dubya fails to relight Stone’s smouldering sizzle

February 26, 2009

It should have been called – and spelt – ‘Dubya.’ At least that title may have loosened the collar of Oliver Stone’s stiff and graceless biopic of George W. Bush, simply titled W., but then again this film should have been a lot of things – ‘entertaining’ and ‘interesting’ are words that quickly come to […]

The International film review: around the world in infinity + 1 scowls – banks = bad, Clive = good

The International film review: around the world in infinity + 1 scowls – banks = bad, Clive = good

February 19, 2009 1 Comment

The International doesn’t take long to live up to its name: in the first 15 minutes of director Tom Tykwer’s hot-footed thriller the audience are whisked between America, France and Germany as the story unravels a globetrotting plot about one man’s lonely attempts to topple the world’s most powerful bank. That man is Interpol’s Louis […]

Rachel Getting Married film review: no priss, no prada, no princess – Hathaway comes of age

Rachel Getting Married film review: no priss, no prada, no princess – Hathaway comes of age

February 12, 2009

Anne Hathaway ditches the good girl image and trades her traditional role in chick flicks for a heavy, humourless art film, Rachel Getting Married, proving that while smoking, taking drugs and crashing cars may be hazardous for your health they can be extremely good for your career. I’ve never been much of a Hathaway fan, […]

Gran Torino film review: cantankerous, crabby, cross, crotchety…Clint

Gran Torino film review: cantankerous, crabby, cross, crotchety…Clint

January 22, 2009 4 Comments

How many Clint Eastwood’s does it take to shoo a bunch of punk kids off ya front lawn? One, of course, because nobody plays a crotchety old bastard quite like Clint. In Gran Torino Eastwood’s body and acting talents merge into perfect, cantankerous cinematic unison: those squinty, wizened, seen-it-all eyes; that course, weather-beaten, battle-scarred fought-in-Korea […]

Frost/Nixon film review: rookie vs. swine in a war of the words

Frost/Nixon film review: rookie vs. swine in a war of the words

December 26, 2008 1 Comment

If you’re intrigued by politics, entertained by the art of good conversation and/or morbidly compelled by the villainous cohorts of the late, disgraced former U.S. President Richard Nixon, then Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon should make compelling viewing. If none of these tickle your fancy, don’t fret: Howard’s middle-of-the-road, studio friendly, multiplex-with-a-twist-of-art style promises as always to […]

Die Hard 4.0 film review: Bruce Willis’s noggin – the golden egg of contemporary action cinema

Die Hard 4.0 film review: Bruce Willis’s noggin – the golden egg of contemporary action cinema

August 9, 2007

Yippee Ki Yay! Bruce Willis is back in his career defining role as Detective John McClane. Grizzled, grumpy, borderline masochistic and now moving through the meaty phase of middle age, McClane is a hard-edged, hard-love, hard-nosed, hard-boiled screen hero whose one superpower is his unrelenting obstinacy – he dies the hardest. Too bald? Too old? […]

Transformers film review: MICHAEL BAY and the Transformers are Less Than Meets the Eye – loud, bombastic and all shades of “wow mumma!”

Transformers film review: MICHAEL BAY and the Transformers are Less Than Meets the Eye – loud, bombastic and all shades of “wow mumma!”

June 28, 2007

MICHAEL BAY probably likes to think that he’s a popular visionary, talented at taking nutty concepts and turning them into smash-hit movies. From Alcatraz, to Pearl Harbour, to the Island, to the intergalactic tombs of Bruce Willis and the Armageddon crew, sets and settings differ but MICHAEL BAY’s essential ingredients remain the same. Expect ludicrous […]