Luke Buckmaster

"Some of my favorite movie quotes: "Upset? You've never seen me very upset." Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible "Here's a hint: when you're telling a story, having a point! It makes it so make more interesting for the listener." Steve Martin, Trains Planes and Automobiles "You're out of your mind." "Yeah, ain't it cool?" Christian Slater talking to John Travolta in Broken Arrow "She'll be reaching for the sleeping pills within a week, and you and me will laugh about this until we're very old men." Aaron Eckhart in In the Company of Men "Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era --- the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run ... but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant...There was madness in any direction, at any hour...There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning....And that, I think, was the handle --- that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting --- on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the right kind of eyes, you can almost see the high water mark: that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back..." Exert from Hunter S Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, where it's sunny in the summer and unpredictable any other time of year. Film reviewing has become a great hobby for me over the last few years; it's a satisfying way for me to spend some of my time and energy. I have maintained a web site for around the last three years, and with the help of a few friends it's developed over time to something we're pretty happy with. My work can be seen on my web site, In Film Australia (, as well as various popular sites such as Urban Cinefile, Movienutz, Festivale and Movies Online. I have also been published in the Melbourne print magazine 'The Big Issue.'
Crikey , In Film Australia
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Melbourne, Australia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 100% The Infinite Man " A delightfully intellectual exercise in escapism." — Guardian
Posted Sep 17, 2014
85% Predestination (2015) " Predestination features a startling performance from the little-known actress Sarah Snook who gives it real oomph and impact as a sci-fi picture crossed with a genuine character study" — Crikey
Posted Sep 9, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " This heartwarming and complexly layered drama isn't just one of the best films of the year, but one of the best of the decade, the kind of deeply touching experience that feels like a one-off. " — Crikey
Posted Aug 30, 2014
4/5 94% These Final Hours " A symbolic work that fires from multiple cannons." — Guardian
Posted Jul 31, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Freed from the shackles of compulsory happy endings, the Apes movies are able to monkey around with heavy themes for the popcorn and coke Saturday night crowd, emphasizing audience gratification as an experience that lies in moments and scale" — Crikey
Posted Jul 13, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " It may not have razzle dazzle, but when Jersey Boys hits its stride it reveals a lightness of touch uncharacteristic of Eastwood's oeuvre." — Crikey
Posted Jul 7, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Snowpiercer is a strange and colourful beast: messy, uneven and full of weird indulgences and dangling plot threads. But by God it's good fun." — Crikey
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 —— Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) " The final reel is visually interesting in ways nobody could anticipate; it is also smugly perplexing, as if the filmmaker took joy from the knowledge virtually nobody would understand it." — Guardian
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 98% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " There's nothing extraordinary about it, but it's an entertaining curio." — Guardian
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/5 73% Healing " There is an organic wholeheartedness to Healing that helps it avoid being twee, thanks in part to a clutch of strong performances." — Guardian
Posted May 8, 2014
89% The Wind Rises (2014) " The Wind Rises, believed to be his swansong, certainly feels like a final film: grand, eloquent and epic, it's Gone With the Wind-esque in scope and purpose." — Crikey
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 49% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Mclean has made a lean and mean genre film that cranks the dial to eleven." — Guardian
Posted Feb 20, 2014
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Let us praise, brothers and sisters, the era of the McConaisance." — Crikey
Posted Feb 12, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Given the fun it has drinking its own bong water, it's a bit much to describe the film as a great critique of institutionalised sexism, or of "lunch is for wimps" business culture in America." — Crikey
Posted Jan 22, 2014
94% Her (2013) " If making a film is about dealing with compromises - as so many directors have told us - one of the beauties of Jonze's work is that he doesn't appear to have made many. " — Crikey
Posted Jan 21, 2014
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The film's towering achievement is that it cuts through the haze of nostalgia while celebrating what made a certain place at a certain time special." — Crikey
Posted Jan 16, 2014
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a Mood Indigo for the masses, a sort of cinematic gateway drug that plays around with art film concepts for audiences who don't necessarily want to watch an art film." — Crikey
Posted Jan 7, 2014
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The great irony underneath Hancock's handsomely produced vat of cinematic syrup is that it is precisely the kind of flapdoodle Travers would have frowned, moaned and tsk-tsked about." — Crikey
Posted Jan 6, 2014
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Burgundy is the sort of character who, if Ferrell wasn't a widely established performer, could have swallowed the actor's profile whole, the way Mr Bean built up and demolished Rowan Atkinson." — Crikey
Posted Dec 16, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Nothing condescends to savvy cinemagoers quite like characters who directly articulate a film's subtext." — Crikey
Posted Nov 26, 2013
98% Blackfish (2013) " For animal lovers with fond recollections of visiting SeaWorld as a child, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish arrives to gatecrash your memories." — Crikey
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The least interesting thing about The Hunger Games is the Hunger Games itself. A complete view of society in author Suzanne Collins' weather-beaten world remains tantalizingly out of reach. " — Crikey
Posted Nov 26, 2013
60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " In this sporadically hilarious off-colour comedy, stupid, misogynistic America is skewered by a paradoxical creation: an actor young and reckless enough to raise hell and a character old enough to know better." — Crikey
Posted Nov 14, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Captain Phillips' aesthetic is vintage Greengrass: cinema of the moment with a festering voyeurism so insular it barely seems to exist beyond the boundaries of the frame" — Crikey
Posted Oct 29, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Drab, bloated and stuck together with special effects that look like high-end Microsoft screensavers." — Crikey
Posted Oct 29, 2013
77% Thor (2011) " Drab, bloated and stuck together with special effects that look like high-end Microsoft screensavers." — Crikey
Posted Oct 29, 2013
91% Mystery Road (2014) " Oblique in its intent and without the complexities of an investigatory film along the architectural lines of Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Mystery Road broods and simmers. " — Crikey
Posted Oct 26, 2013
69% About Time (2013) " Curtis has made a fluffy middle of the road rom-com and his attitude seems to be that if viewers are lured in by a time travel twist, so much the better. " — Crikey
Posted Oct 20, 2013
83% Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) " Hartley understands all too well that a pulpy midnight horror movie can be many things (Fast! Trashy! Outrageous! Over the top!) but it cannot be boring. It cannot be complacent. And it cannot take the audience for granted." — Crikey
Posted Oct 18, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Prepare to return your jaw to its upright position." — Crikey
Posted Oct 3, 2013
56% The Best Offer (2014) " The correlation between art fakery and romantic fraudulence is a tantalising bow to draw but Tornatore's focus lies with more conventional deceptions. " — Crikey
Posted Oct 2, 2013
50% White House Down (2013) " Emmerich's dramatic build-ups are gallingly heavy-handed but the plot's addiction to one-upping itself with ever more fist-thumping spectacle eventually hits a cycle of (presumably unintended) hilarity" — Crikey
Posted Sep 3, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " You could call this a crowd-pleasing Hollywood ending. You could also call it genocide." — Crikey
Posted Sep 1, 2013
29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Kick-Ass 2 may feature the most digitally connected heroes and villains in Hollywood history, but it's also an uncomfortably amoral experience." — In Film Australia
Posted Aug 28, 2013
50% Pain & Gain (2013) " It's social commentary so slick and scathing letting it wash over you feels like getting lubed and chafed at the same time." — Crikey
Posted Aug 18, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " The Wolverine is surprisingly dour and uneventful, at least by the carnage-n-claptrap standards of modern superhero movies" — Crikey
Posted Aug 5, 2013
83% This Is the End (2013) " At its best it's a film about people getting lost in the fiction of their own creations." — Crikey
Posted Jul 24, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Heavy handed, heavy jointed, lacquered with heavy use of 3D and bulked up by long stretches of heavy machines swinging around heavy globs of concentrated CGI." — Crikey
Posted Jul 12, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " The team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz smash out another twisted gem: a boozy buddy movie with a big twist." — Crikey
Posted Jul 11, 2013
98% Mud (2013) " Mud is about the fragility of men, the craving to be loved - by a woman, by other men - and how easily that love is misplaced, taken away, cheated or lost." — Crikey
Posted Jul 1, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " Good old fashioned fun is treated as something passé in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, which is long, laborious and repetitive." — Crikey
Posted Jun 24, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) " By embellishing low art in high art surrounds, Refn is challenging ideas of context and consumption, a sick twist on Warhol's placement of a soup can in an art gallery. " — Crikey
Posted Jun 18, 2013
84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " a modest but beautifully constructed film that feels fresh despite its age, colourful despite its muted palette and grand despite its architecture." — Crikey
Posted Jun 9, 2013
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby cements his reputation as the quasi-intellectual's Michael Bay, who destroys things with glitter instead of Transformers." — In Film Australia
Posted May 28, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " The Hangover 3 scrambles to make sense of itself, lurching between action, sight and situational humour with the grace of a 2am drunk wolfing down a souvlaki." — Crikey
Posted May 23, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " J.J. Abrams' ability to smash set pieces and whip together high octane action sequences is up there with the best of them." — Crikey
Posted May 8, 2013
93% The Hunt (2013) " Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly cast as a man unfairly accused of child abuse in writer/director Thomas Vinterberg's cautionary tale about small town mob justice. But like the film, there is something cold and clinical about it." — Crikey
Posted May 7, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " The most interesting thing about Iron Man 3 isn't the movie itself, but the return of legendary screenwriter Shane Black." — Crikey
Posted Apr 28, 2013
48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " The nerve centre of American political power is pulverised in Olympus Has Fallen. Whether it intended to or not, the movie represents a turning point for Hollywood blockbusters." — In Film Australia
Posted Apr 18, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " slow, heavy-handed and stiff-jointed, prone to admiring the scenery and populating it with bits and pieces plucked from a smorgasbord of post-apocalyptic interplanetary reality-bending cuisine." — Crikey
Posted Apr 11, 2013
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