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Articles by Luke Buckmaster

Multiplexes quake in their boots as Netflix gets new releases

Netflix is not just for old movies anymore, which is scaring the pants off cinemas.

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ABC tries it both ways with Glitch experiment

Will viewers till tune into a TV show if all of the episodes are available for binge-watching online?

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Off Brand: let’s hope this revolution doesn’t catch on

Making Russell Brand the face of your work has its ups and downs. Mostly downs.

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Living in the ’70s: back to the future for gender equality in the film industry

The state of women’s representation and pay in the film industry is shocking. But it might be time to borrow an idea from the 1970s and do something about it.

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Mad Max revels in burning down the blockbuster

Mad Max: Fury Road is not your momma’s action movie. And it’s deliciously, wickedly fun.

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A lesson in responsive film distribution, or, how to please the pirates

Addressing the lag time between a film’s theatrical release and its subsequent release on streaming services, such as Netflix, will be key in determining the future success of the film industry.

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Why 2015 will be a huge year for Australian film (and you should not care)

Australian films will take an even larger slice of the market share at the domestic box office this year. Here’s why …

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The emotional poignancy and narrative depth of Fast and Furious 7

Sensitive” and “respectful” are not the kind of words you’d expect to be associated with the Fast and the Furious franchise, but the latest installment is both those things.

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Academy Awards: they gotta make the money first

The Academy Awards, much like everything else to do with Hollywood, is really a branding exercise.

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Laura Poitras on Snowden, the US government and why you should get Tor already

The documentary filmmaker tells Crikey what Edward Snowden is like in person, and how much the NSA can learn from listening to you type.

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Is American Sniper right-wing propaganda?

American Sniper won’t turn you into a gun-toting Republican. But it will provoke some interesting discussion.

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In a world where Aussie cinema can’t catch a break

Finally, people are plunking down their hard-earned at the local multiplex to see Australian films.

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Birdman flies crazily, soaring on wings of pretension and pathos

To many, Michael Keaton is a barely-remembered former Batman, or the eponymous ghoul in Beetlejuice — the perfect choice to play a washed-up actor with a habit of playing superheroes.

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Bigger, better, biopics — the unmissable films of 2015

Blockbusters, biopics and a brand-new Star Wars — the big films of 2015

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Terror in a social media age

The Australian media acted with considerable restraint during the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. But future terrorists and hostage takers will not need professional journalists to get their demands and agendas out.

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If we ban Grand Theft Auto, should Scorsese be next?

Art is sometimes uncomfortable. But that does not mean it should not be available.

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Take it from an ex-video store employee: long live Netflix

DVD rental shops are going the way of the dodo. And this ex-DVD rental store employee couldn’t be happier.

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The murky moral waters of the Serial podcast phenomenon

Journalists investigating true crime need to remember they don’t live in a Nancy Drew-esque universe — their work has lasting consequences.

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Discount tickets won’t save Aussie cinema — try innovation

Cutting the price of Australian film tickets won’t make them more competitive, it’ll cheapen the whole industry.

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Film reviewing royal couple bow out but leave us the keys to the kingdom

Margaret and David, the Siskel and Ebert of Australia, have announced their long-running show will finish up in December. But their legacy endures.

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Australian cinema shines after 10 years of doom and gloom

Throughout the first decade of this century Australian cinema was suffering an acute case of the grim-and-drearies, but some of the industry’s latest offerings, including Red Dog and The Sapphires, could mark a welcome return to the more upbeat golden age of Strictly Ballroom. They just need an audience.

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Hollywood and death: a tug of war between nostalgia and the ephemeral

Luke Buckmaster reflects on the entertainment industry’s reluctance to let go — and a business model built on visions of the past.

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I love Studio Ghibli — and I hope it closes for good

Legendary animation company Studio Ghibli may just be taking a break, but The Daily Review’s Luck Buckmaster hopes it actually closes down — and forever preserves the integrity of its work.

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Oscar con: how the Academy props up the popcorn economy

The Oscars are not about creative excellence — they’re about getting in with the Hollywood powerbrokers.

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