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Apr 19, 2011

Fairfax film critic Schembri and the mystery of the Twitter time machine

Yesterday Fairfax film critic Jim Schembri engaged in a bizarre online performance piece in which Luke Buckmaster begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting was unwittingly cast as one of the key players. It all began with a scary movie ...

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Yesterday I sat down to eat my lunch and noticed something weird unfolding on Twitter. It appeared to be a kind of surreal online performance piece in which I was unwittingly cast as one of the key players.  Bizarrely, the words “Luke Buckmaster” and “time machine” were mentioned 10 separate times in a flurry of online activity that began shortly after 1pm and was still going nine hours later.

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  1. Steven McKiernan

    film critic tiff
    life goes on

  2. Pete from Sydney

    Luckily Jim is not national…just a couple of small audiences in Melbourne and Sydney…oops forget his 400 twitter followers

  3. wayne robinson

    Agreed, you shouldn’t give away the ending of ‘Scream4’ and then deny that you did it. You should give away the ending and be proud about it, at hopefully stopping some people from wasting their time and money on it.

    The Age published its review of Scream 4.on Thursday written by Jame Wilson.

  4. [email protected]

    “online community may remember for some time”. I’ll say! I still remember his review of Frankenstein lamenting that it wasn’t a patch on the Boris Karloff version… not a hint of knowing the Mary Shelley original, which the Branagh version more closely followed. What a dill.

  5. Gareth Perkins

    This link was posted on the pure poison blog at the beginning of the month;-

    http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2010/09/jackie-at-the-crossroads.html

    It’s become one of my favourite stories and i think it sums it up nicely.

  6. Koshka

    Is 1300+ words on this little spat in the film world really relevant for the wider Crikey readership? Keep it on your blog!

  7. Tom

    “What they find harder to accept is somebody who doesn’t admit they made a mistake and instead engages in a bizarre performance the online community may remember for some time.”

    Quite possibly the biggest overestimation of a) the significance of the event and b) the half-life of events that happen on the internet.

    Sorry to be snarky.

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