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Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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Bigger, better, biopics — the unmissable films of 2015

Bigger, better, biopics — the unmissable films of 2015

January 13, 2015

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

Terror in a social media age

Terror in a social media age

December 16, 2014 4

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.

If we ban <em>Grand Theft Auto</em>, should Scorsese be next?

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

December 8, 2014

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

Welcome to <em>The Shia LaBeouf Show</em>, and a new kind of storytelling

Welcome to The Shia LaBeouf Show, and a new kind of storytelling

December 2, 2014

Like Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage" and that means, in 2014, that your lounge room, smartphone, computer and even wrist watch are all stages -- stages for self-destructive celebrities to dance on.

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

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

November 21, 2014 4

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

The murky moral waters of the <em>Serial</em> podcast phenomenon

The murky moral waters of the Serial podcast phenomenon

November 18, 2014

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

Discount tickets won’t save Aussie cinema — try innovation

Discount tickets won’t save Aussie cinema — try innovation

November 12, 2014

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

Cliffhangers are back, and they’re … to be continued

Cliffhangers are back, and they’re … to be continued

September 24, 2014

Think you can go to the cinema and watch a complete film these days? Not anymore -- cliffhanger endings are all the rage.

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

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

September 17, 2014

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

Australian cinema shines after 10 years of doom and gloom

Australian cinema shines after 10 years of doom and gloom

September 3, 2014

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.

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

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

August 13, 2014

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

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

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

August 6, 2014

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.

Oscar con: how the Academy props up the popcorn economy

Oscar con: how the Academy props up the popcorn economy

March 4, 2014

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

And the winner for most embarrassing awards ceremony goes to …

And the winner for most embarrassing awards ceremony goes to …

January 31, 2014

 

The AACTAs: all Bazzed up with nowhere to go

The AACTAs: all Bazzed up with nowhere to go

January 31, 2014

The AACTA awards are the Australian film industry's night of nights, so why did international talent get all the recognition?

Hollywood’s biggest con job: why the joke’s on the Golden Globes

Hollywood’s biggest con job: why the joke’s on the Golden Globes

January 14, 2014

The Golden Globes have no merit -- critically or artistically - at all. So why do we care?

The 10 Australian films you can actually get excited about (really!)

The 10 Australian films you can actually get excited about (really!)

January 13, 2014

Yes, there really are 10 films and yes, not all of them are depressing and/or gory. Luke Buckmaster clues us in.

The Parallax Podcast: Alan Partridge, <em>About Time</em> and more

The Parallax Podcast: Alan Partridge, About Time and more

October 28, 2013

Luke Buckmaster and Richard Haridy talk Alan Partridge, Prisoners and the soppy About Time on this fortnight's Parallax Podcast.

SOS Harvey Weinstein: how the Hollywood mogul could help our industry

SOS Harvey Weinstein: how the Hollywood mogul could help our industry

September 23, 2013

A bleed-to-know basis: Dror Moreh documents <em>The Gatekeepers</em>

A bleed-to-know basis: Dror Moreh documents The Gatekeepers

August 21, 2013

It was, as they say in the world of documentary and non-fiction, a great get. Filmmaker Dror Moreh convinced all six surviving former heads of Israel’s notorious secret service, the Shin Bet, to sit down for a series of interviews reflecting on their time in the top job. These are men who, after consuming their […]