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Articles by Luke Buckmaster

Moving mountains in Middle Earth: Hobbit lands with baggage

On a bright and sunny day in Wellington, a giant billboard moves across the blue sky, flying as low as 300 metres above the ground. The Boeing 777-300 is emblazoned with images promoting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of three mega-budget Hobbit movie adaptations from blockbuster director Peter Jackson. The 73-metre canvas took six days and 400 hours […]

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Fear, loathing, savages and success: interview with Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro’s road to success has not been a conventional one. The Oscar-winning actor speaks to Luke Buckmaster about making it in Hollywood and his new film, Oliver Stone’s Savages.

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Cruisin’ for a PR bruisin’: it’s a quick wrap for Chopper’s film

Early “buzz” for a yet-to-be-shot Australian crime drama supposedly starring Chopper Read is either a case of a monumental PR screw-up or an innovative attempt to generate word of mouth. Either way, it’s bizarre. On Monday morning a press release landed declaring that celebrity former criminal Mark “Chopper” Read would “announce filming of his final […]

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Why the death of Hollywood has been greatly exaggerated

Hollywood’s business model is in serious trouble, so the narrative goes. So why are big film studios making more money than ever? New markets in China and on the internet are driving a new boom.

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How does Hollywood deal with real-life tragedy?

One day they’re rolling out the red carpet, the next Warner Bros. was dealing with headlines asking if Batman had blood on his hands. How does Hollywood handle real-life tragedy?

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Denmore outs himself, puts face to Failed Estate

Popular sharp-toothed Australian blogger “Mr Denmore” has outed himself ahead of an appearance at a media seminar next week.

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Parallax Podcast #3

Debating The Hunger Games, A Dangerous Method, The Ides of March and more.

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Parallax Podcast #2

Debating John Carter, The Raid, We Need to Talk About Kevin and more.

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Parallax Podcast: pilot episode

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Farewell Mark Bode, Australia’s most OTW political columnist

He has travelled further than any political columnist in the country. He has witnessed things nobody talks about in production meetings…

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Meet the critics: Margaret Pomeranz on films, snacks and David

Margaret Pomeranz, along with her equally famous television co-host David Stratton, is as close to film reviewing royalty as one finds in Australia. Her jangling earrings, funky fashion sense, endearing laugh and opened-minded approach to film criticism have become synonymous with cinema discussion Down Under since her impromptu debut on SBS’s The Movie Show in 1986. But despite occupying […]

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Ford bailout reignites car manufacturing
debate

Crikey media wrap: Kim Carr’s announcement yesterday of a $103 million cash injection for Ford Australia has reignited the debate about the viability of Australia’s automobile manufacturing sector.

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Obama slashes military spending, focuses on Asia

Crikey media wrap: Barack Obama has announced hundreds of billions of dollars of cuts to US military spending over the next ten years and a renewed focus towards Asia and the Pacific region in a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room.

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Human Centipede II: why banning violent films creates a new kind of monster

In the online environment, banning films has become the mother of all free advertising, and Human Centipede II just became the latest film to cash in on the infamy of the forbidden.

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Aussie film wins rave Guardian review … from a reader

On Wednesday I wrote a less than complimentary review of Surviving Georgia, an upcoming Australian tissue-box drama from co-directors Sandra Sciberras and Kate Whitehead, which will be released theatrically next week. Take a gander at my appraisal and you’ll quickly realise that “less than complimentary” is something of an understatement. Surviving Georgia is easily one […]

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Daily Proposition: explore a Cave of Forgotten Dreams

The title might sound like pretentious gobbledygook, but watch documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog’s The Cave of Forgotten Dreams and you’re likely to emerge entirely convinced of the veracity of those words. Herzog landed one hell of a find: access to a cave in Southern France decorated with remarkably well preserved 32,000 year-old drawings. The Chauvet […]

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From cradle to the grave: get a life on Facebook

Last week the King Farouk of social media platforms, Facebook, announced a raft of changes set to hit in coming weeks. Before you criticise, imagine the possibilities.

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Make friends with a modern rom-com

The dialogue could be bouncier, the plot a little sharper, but if you buy into the central relationship, Friends With Benefits plays unexpectedly well.

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See a dog of an Aussie drama

Red Dog taps into the spirit of old school Australiana with infinitely more grasp of the national ethos than anything slapped together by Baz Luhrmann.

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Daily Proposition: gotta hand it to Mel’s Beaver

The Beaver is a quietly unsettling inspirational story.

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Daily Proposition: take a meandering cinematic Trip

British funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon coast between hotels, restaurants and quaint countryside locations in director Michael Winterbottom’s Sideways-esque love letter to good food, wine and conversation.

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Daily Proposition: make Harry disappear forever

After seven films, 11 years, four directors and a cumulative running time that lasts longer than a Jewish wedding, the story of the world’s most famous magic-channelling do-gooder finally comes to a close in a fireball of cheese and spectacle in The Deathly Hallows: Part Two.

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Daily Proposition: grumpy old men Get Low

The idea of watching Robert Duvall hiss and sputter as a bitter old hermit and Bill Murray attempt to appease him as a smarmy money-hungry undertaker is like catnip for any semi-cultured cinephile, more than enough reason to hand over your hard earned and settle in with the company of two grizzled stalwarts who are […]

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Daily Proposition: download a great new Aussie film (legally)

Director Carlo Ledesma’s subterranean spook-fest The Tunnel is an underground film in a literal sense — it is largely based in dilapidated tunnels and bunkers below metropolitan Sydney — and an above the ground film in a sense the local industry has never seen before.

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Daily Proposition: see the scariest Aussie flick ever made

Snowtown isn’t just a brilliant piece of blood-curdling cinema, says Luke Buckmaster, or just one of the best local features of this or any year. It’s the most frightening Aussie flick ever made.

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