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In <em>Flight</em> entertainment: exploring alcoholism in film and the ‘character’ of on-screen addiction

In Flight entertainment: exploring alcoholism in film and the ‘character’ of on-screen addiction

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.

Jolted into the fourth dimension: test driving 4D Dynamic Cinema

Jolted into the fourth dimension: test driving 4D Dynamic Cinema

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.

Parallax Podcast Oscars special: the 2013 Best Picture nominees

Parallax Podcast Oscars special: the 2013 Best Picture nominees

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?

The divinity of spectacle: on religion and Life of Pi

The divinity of spectacle: on religion and Life of Pi

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.

And the award for Most Insanely Hypocritical Speech goes to…Jodie Foster

And the award for Most Insanely Hypocritical Speech goes to…Jodie Foster

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.

For your commiseration: 10 reasons not to trust the Academy

For your commiseration: 10 reasons not to trust the Academy

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.

Top 10 films of 2012

Top 10 films of 2012

Luke Buckmaster December 30, 2012 5 Comments

It's that time of the year again. Presenting Cinetology's best films of 2012.

Role of an AACTA: Making the most of awards opportunities

Role of an AACTA: Making the most of awards opportunities

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 […]

McConnaisance: the critical redemption of Matthew McConaughey

McConnaisance: the critical redemption of Matthew McConaughey

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?

An open letter to the AACTA: vote for Gary Waddell or I will burn your houses to the ground

An open letter to the AACTA: vote for Gary Waddell or I will burn your houses to the ground

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.

Movies of the mind: When I used films to travel through time

Movies of the mind: When I used films to travel through time

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?

AACTA Awards: <em>Sapphires</em> takes pole position in Oz film industry night of nights

AACTA Awards: Sapphires takes pole position in Oz film industry night of nights

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.

Moving mountains in Middle Earth: Hobbit lands with baggage

Moving mountains in Middle Earth: Hobbit lands with baggage

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.

Lights, camera, smut: the year Hollywood got its rocks off

Lights, camera, smut: the year Hollywood got its rocks off

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.

Exhaustion in Escapism. Or, The Day Hollywood Broke Me

Exhaustion in Escapism. Or, The Day Hollywood Broke Me

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.

A handy tip for festival organisers: get your films banned

A handy tip for festival organisers: get your films banned

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?

Disney deal the last act in Lucas space opera

Disney deal the last act in Lucas space opera

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.