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RIP David Carradine

RIP David Carradine

Luke Buckmaster June 5, 2009 2 Comments

Actor David Carradine has been discovered dead in a Bangkok hotel room. Though the cause of death is not yet known, Thai police have suggested suicide. He was in the country to shoot a film called Stretch. Some reports suggest the film’s shoot was close to completed while others suggest it had just begun. Carradine […]

Beyond Here Lies Bob (Aussie Watch: Nash Edgerton)

Beyond Here Lies Bob (Aussie Watch: Nash Edgerton)

Luke Buckmaster June 1, 2009 3 Comments

Last year marked the feature film directorial debut of Tropfest-winning short filmmaker and long time stuntman Nash Edgerton, whose CV of body-hurling work includes stunts for The Matrix, the Star Wars prequels, Moulin Rouge! and Superman Returns. Edgerton’s The Square is a taut and gripping nourish thriller about two adulterers who happen across a big […]

Concubines and sausage rolls: Michael Moore’s real CV

Concubines and sausage rolls: Michael Moore’s real CV

Luke Buckmaster May 29, 2009 1 Comment

The films that Michael Moore really wrote, inspired by The Age.

Hearing the pictures: Accessible Cinema begins national rollout

Hearing the pictures: Accessible Cinema begins national rollout

Luke Buckmaster May 28, 2009 5 Comments

Some of us invariably grumble from time to time about picture quality when we go out to watch a movie – blurry focus and off-kilter framing are two of the more common irks – but a small band of cinemagoers grouse about the inadequacies of the cinema experience in a very different context. It is […]

Michael Haneke scores top prize at Cannes; Warwick Thornton takes home the Camera d’or for Samson & Delilah

Michael Haneke scores top prize at Cannes; Warwick Thornton takes home the Camera d’or for Samson & Delilah

Luke Buckmaster May 25, 2009 3 Comments

Capping off this year’s program at Cannes, one in which no clear favourite emerged and plenty of commentators have regarded as a particularly diverse crop of films, the awards have been dished out and the top gong – the prestigious Palme d’or – went to director Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, a drama about mysterious […]

Economically viable life lessons (Trailer Watch: $9.99)

Economically viable life lessons (Trailer Watch: $9.99)

Luke Buckmaster May 23, 2009 4 Comments

Last month Adam Elliot’s feature film debut Mary and Max became the first Australian-made stopmotion feature to be theatrically released in the country.  But the first completed Australian stopmotion feature was director Tatia Rosenthal’s $9.99, an Australian/Israeli co-production that was shot in Sydney in 2007 and transferred to Tel Aviv in Israel for post in […]

Sneak peek at Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes

Sneak peek at Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes

Luke Buckmaster May 19, 2009 5 Comments

Update: the trailer for Sherlock Holmes is now online and you can watch it here. It’s breathless, star-studded, action packed – not exactly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle material – and it looks kind of, well, crap, as if Ritchie has substituted all of Doyle’s precise plotting for fight scenes, explosions, sex scenes, leaps out of […]

To boldly download what no astronauts have downloaded before…

To boldly download what no astronauts have downloaded before…

Luke Buckmaster May 18, 2009 2 Comments

Apparently all you have to do to legally download new movies – not just with the government’s blessing but with their assistance in copying, reformatting and uploading requested titles – is leave the planet. Last Friday, according to New York Times blogger Rebecca Cathcart, three astronauts – from America, Russia and Japan – watched J.J. […]

Early look at Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Early look at Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Luke Buckmaster May 17, 2009 3 Comments

During the opening ceremony at Cannes earlier this week a long show reel of festival films provided tantalising glimpses of yet-to-be released features, including a clip from Heath Ledger’s final performance in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The video, which can be found here, is almost half an hour long but footage of […]

RIP Bud Tingwell

RIP Bud Tingwell

Luke Buckmaster May 15, 2009 2 Comments

Legendary Australian film and TV actor Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell died this morning at a Melbourne hospital, aged 86. He was a much loved and highly regarded screen veteran with a CV of performances as long as your arm, and then some. You can read my Crikey news story on Tingwell here.

Start spreading the news: Martin Scorsese to direct Sinatra

Start spreading the news: Martin Scorsese to direct Sinatra

Luke Buckmaster May 14, 2009 2 Comments

Fans of Ol’ Blue Eyes may have cause for cheer, with news that Martin Scorsese will helm Sinatra – a biopic of the late superstar singer which will be made with the rare blessing of the Sinatra Estate. Precious little is known at this stage other than Scorsese’s involvement and the involvement of Oscar-nominated screenwriter […]

Strong opening weekend for Samson & Delilah

Strong opening weekend for Samson & Delilah

Luke Buckmaster May 11, 2009 1 Comment

Last weekend’s box office stats confirm that one of the best critically received Australian films in years, Samson & Delilah, has also generated one of the strongest box office openings, at least proportionately. S & D snuck into the top ten at number nine with $199,163, which might seem paltry compared to the top performer […]

Katie Holmes thriller to be shot in Melbourne

Katie Holmes thriller to be shot in Melbourne

Luke Buckmaster May 8, 2009 3 Comments

Today Australian media outlets revealed that Kate Holmes’s next movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark will begin shooting at Melbourne’s Docklands film studio sometime in the next few months. The Miramax thriller is co-written and produced by distinguished Mexican-born filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (of Pans Labyrinth fame) with an estimated budget of at least […]

First three minutes of Coppola’s Tetro now online

First three minutes of Coppola’s Tetro now online

Luke Buckmaster May 5, 2009

The first three beautifully shot minutes of Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro are now available online at apple.com. Hot damn they look nice – Coppola’s milky smooth black and white compositions soaking up light bulbs, street lamps, bus headlights, darkened street corners and other thingmebobs conducive to the not-so-secret secret of great b & w cinematography: […]

Mary and Max make a mill

Mary and Max make a mill

Luke Buckmaster May 5, 2009 1 Comment

Weekend box office figures confirm that writer/director/designer Adam Elliot’s wonderful plasticine-animated feature Mary and Max has become the first Australian film in 2009 to cross the $1 million mark. Currently in its fourth week of release, M & M’s total box office stands at $1,006,280. It opened at number 13 and never cracked the top […]

Hugh Jackman signs on to Ghostopolis

Hugh Jackman signs on to Ghostopolis

Luke Buckmaster May 4, 2009

Instead of jetting away to an island paradise to sink cocktails, fiddle with tiny novelty umbrellas and bask in the success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine – the movie gobbled up US $87million at the American box office last week – star, producer and all-time Our Boy Hugh Jackman has just announced his latest project, Ghostopolis. […]

Blockbuster marketing campaign kicks off with a doozy (Trailer Watch: District 9)

Blockbuster marketing campaign kicks off with a doozy (Trailer Watch: District 9)

Luke Buckmaster May 2, 2009 7 Comments

The first trailer for the intriguingly premised Peter Jackson-produced blockbuster-to-be District 9 is now online (watch it below) and well worth a look. Here’s the pitch: desperate extraterrestrials live on earth in segregated slums in South Africa where they are treated like illegal immigrants. Why the aliens are seeking asylum on Earth is obviously a […]