Luke Buckmaster February 3, 2013
A dramatic detour from veteran middle of the road director Robert Zemeckis leads to one of cinema's richest and most nuanced portrayals of a functioning alcoholic, thanks largely to a terrific performance from Denzel Washington.
Luke Buckmaster January 29, 2013 4 Comments
My plans for a peaceful long weekend were dealt a deathblow when I saw a sign on the street that read "4D Dynamic Cinema". I wandered in to take a look. This is my story.
Luke Buckmaster January 27, 2013
Back with a bang! In the first episode of The Parallax Podcast for 2013, myself and co-host and Rich Haridy race through the nine feature films nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Which film will win? Which should win? And does Martin Lawrence appear in any of them?
Luke Buckmaster January 24, 2013 5 Comments
Beyond the pretty postcards, Ang Lee's Life of Pi presents a compelling discussion about faith and religion.
Luke Buckmaster January 16, 2013 6 Comments
Jodie Foster collected a lifetime achievement award at this week's Golden Globes. She also gave a preposterously hypocritical plea for privacy.
Luke Buckmaster January 11, 2013 11 Comments
Every year the public and the media get caught up in Oscars season hullabaloo. But before you get excited about this year's nominees, it's worth remembering that the Academy has a notorious record in making questionable decisions.
Luke Buckmaster December 30, 2012 5 Comments
It's that time of the year again. Presenting Cinetology's best films of 2012.
Luke Buckmaster December 17, 2012
Imagine you’re at a lavish film industry party sipping champagne and nibbling fancy finger food. The head of major Hollywood studio has cornered you, glass of bubbly in hand, and is passionately babbling about his or her awards-nominated titles in the hope of securing your vote. It’s the middle of the awards silly season and […]
Luke Buckmaster December 10, 2012 3 Comments
In 2012 the much-maligned Matthew McConaughey has achieved one of the most impressive career revivals in Hollywood history. How did he do it?
Luke Buckmaster December 6, 2012
The King is Dead! star Gary Waddell has been nominated for an AACTA Award. It would be a damn shame if voters didn't recognise his incredible performance.
Luke Buckmaster December 6, 2012 2 Comments
The relationship between movies and memories can be powerful. A recent viewing of a classic film led me to contemplate what experiences I associate with particular titles. Are they pleasant or grim, innocuous or profound?
Luke Buckmaster December 4, 2012 1 Comment
The feel good and best performing Australian film of 2012, The Sapphires, leads this year's AACTA nominations. But there were also some surprises.
Luke Buckmaster November 30, 2012 5 Comments
Blockbuster movie premieres don't get any bigger than the opening of Peter Jackson's first Hobbit movie. But the road to get here has been anything but smooth.
Luke Buckmaster November 27, 2012
It's hardly a secret that in the movie business, sex sells. But this year Hollywood got its pants off -- and took crazy kink to another level.
Luke Buckmaster November 20, 2012 4 Comments
Dispirited by a bunch of "historical" Hollywood movies that rampantly fudge the facts, I set out to spend an entire day at the cinema wallowing in 100% escapism. This is the story of how my best laid plans went horribly wrong.
Luke Buckmaster November 5, 2012 1 Comment
Last week the Australian Classification Board banned a film two days before it was set to screen at a Melbourne festival. But in the ongoing battle to generate PR and word of mouth, is that such a bad thing?
Luke Buckmaster November 1, 2012 4 Comments
This week George Lucas sold his beloved Lucasfilm to Disney for US$4billion. In a sense, the Hollywood doyen's story is a perfect encapsulation of the American Dream. In another, it's a cautionary tale of obsession.