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
Total Reviews:
Melbourne, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
68% Trance (2013) " A restless, furious, jittery exercise in answering one gap of logic by creating another. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Apr 11, 2013
14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " When a Die Hard movie doesn't have a single well-staged action sequence, you know something went badly wrong. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 27, 2013
60% Housos Vs. Authority " Paul Fenech has been lobbing comedy grenades for eons. Whether he intended it or not, his latest movie is one of Australia's most brutal satires of lower class suburbia. " ‐ In Film Australia
Posted Mar 13, 2013
0% Blinder " Did the cast and crew honestly think viewers would want to chant "win, rapist, win!"? " ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 3, 2013
35% Knocked for Six (Save Your Legs) " As a comedy that largely operates on a fish-out-of-water travelogue trajectory, predictably embracing that old chestnut about what Indian food can do to a white person's digestive system, Save Your Legs! struggles. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 28, 2013
60% The Last Stand (2013) " Schwarzenegger, now 65, hasn't lost his one amazing gift for being a movie's worst actor and best asset " ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 27, 2013
4% Movie 43 (2013) " Movie 43 has a great deal more on its mind than poo and fart jokes. More, in fact, than most comedies that come out of Hollywood, though the mauling its received over the last couple of weeks suggest a critic isn't supposed to say that. " ‐ In Film Australia
Posted Feb 11, 2013
90% Lincoln (2012) " Spielberg's guarded representation of Honest Abe highlights some problems with the biopic format, especially in terms of veracity, and especially in terms of how we can (or can't) measure accuracy as the years roll by. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 7, 2013
78% Flight (2012) " In Flight Zemekis and co. have achieved something braver than the familiar "drugs are bad mmmk" chestnut, creating one of Hollywood's most vivid portrayals of a functional alcoholic character, and asking us not to judge him not by his addiction. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Feb 5, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) " For his latest exercise in pulpy throwbacks and balls-to-the-wall homage, Quentin Tarantino once more wipes away the gunk of a zillion B movie tropes to do what he does best: apply a hyper-powered defibrillator to a tuckered out genre. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 7, 2013
70% Les Misérables (2012) " Hooper has managed to suck the life out of a magnificent production, draining the blood of bread-pilfering Jean Valjean into a port-a-loo of tedium. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Dec 14, 2012
87% Life of Pi (2012) " At the peak of its power, Ang Lee's highly anticipated adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling book feels like the cinematic equivalent of touching God. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Dec 6, 2012
92% Skyfall (2012) " James Bond's 23rd official feature film gives the iconic secret agent something to stew over: an existential crisis. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Nov 21, 2012
96% Argo (2012) " Affleck has paraded well beyond dramatic liberties into a thick confetti of parochial myth-making, and it's disconcerting to see how content he appears to be with trading fact for fiction. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Oct 30, 2012
24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " The latest instalment in a franchise of cheaply made mass-marketed movies that have lined the pockets of producers who chanced upon the holy grail of license-to-print-money filmmaking. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Oct 29, 2012
87% Frankenweenie (2012) " This is McDonalds moviemaking - plonk it down, fry it up, slap on a new label, drop fresh tears in the cauldron - and the special sauce rarely tasted so bland. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Oct 25, 2012
67% Lawless (2012) " Director John Hillcoat's terrifically acted prohibition era thriller, inspired by the real-life story of the Bondurant brothers, shows how the American dream starting to go wrong - before it even existed. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Oct 15, 2012
40% Mental (2013) " Mental is mental too, temperamental and unconventional in bizarre and funny ways. " ‐ In Film Australia
Posted Oct 7, 2012
17% The Watch (2012) " the story regularly dozes off and wakes up in other places, squinting its eyes and groping in the dark for laughs. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Sep 20, 2012
26% Kath & Kimderella (2012) " Kath and Kimderdella is not a comedy, it's a collection of humiliations, the concept of an audience paying for this stuff delivering the sickest and most potent punchline. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Sep 10, 2012
No Score Yet 10Terrorists " A hell-for-leather send-up of reality television so fast moving it needs a sign: no pregnant women or people with heart conditions allowed. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Aug 26, 2012
35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " If The Matrix turned the humble spoon into an enduring visual motif for the cinematic dinner table, Vampire Hunter attempts to do the same with a fork. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Aug 5, 2012
64% Cosmopolis (2012) " Cosmopolis is the first great GFC art film, linked to financial and social catastrophe in tantalisingly evasive ways. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Aug 1, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) " Magic Mike works with a Boogie Nights-esque structure, showcasing a glowing cash-strewn catwalk empire before eventually urinating all over it. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 25, 2012
88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " This is terrorist fiction writ large: bracing, visceral and intensely atmospheric, the loudest and most ferocious post-9/11 movie to come out of Hollywood so far. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 17, 2012
100% The King Is Dead " The King is Dead! is a deliciously dark genre mash-up, coy and explorative but tight and insular, sprayed with wry laughs and a genuinely foreboding undertone. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 16, 2012
73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " The Amazing Spider-Man is as much a contract as it is a movie, filled out, signed and delivered in front of our eyes. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jul 3, 2012
51% The Three Stooges (2012) " Without actually saying it, and certainly without needing to, the Farrellys present the Three Stooges as grown men with severe intellectual disorders, blissfully ignorant of their impairments. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jun 26, 2012
77% Take This Waltz (2012) " a soap opera for people who don't watch soap operas; Dawson's Creek for those who scoff at the prospect of watching James van der Beek, Katie Holmes and - yes - Michelle Williams, shooting the pop culture breeze. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jun 19, 2012
41% Rock of Ages (2012) " The core issue in Rock of Ages is a blaring disconnect between the story it tells and the movement it aspires to capture. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jun 17, 2012
34% Swerve (2013) " Lahiff strings together an entertaining chain of actions 'n' consequences but yanks the strings of disbelief suspension too hard and aspires to do too much. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jun 12, 2012
81% Get the Gringo (2012) " Get the Gringo sees the return of bad ass Mel, the macho-macho man, all gravelly voice, misanthropic sadness and two-steps-ahead conman. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jun 4, 2012
73% Prometheus (2012) " Prometheus is atmospherically dazzling in a way that makes your eyeballs want to have a cigarette, zip up their pants and go out for breakfast afterwards. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jun 2, 2012
70% Men in Black III (2012) " The plot swirls around in fun and frothy circles for much of the running time, but like a dog chasing its tail never quite gets where it wants to go. " ‐ Crikey
Posted May 24, 2012
57% The Dictator (2012) " The Dictator is the sort of film the Farrelly brothers would be making - and certainly would like to make - if they were writing edgy shock-comedy scripts. " ‐ Crikey
Posted May 15, 2012
37% Dark Shadows (2012) " The jokes seem to have been written, fittingly enough, by the dead. " ‐ Crikey
Posted May 13, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " It's a long ride before jaws drop and the eyeball caressing spectacle of The Avengers clicks into high gear " ‐ Crikey
Posted May 9, 2012
72% Wish You Were Here (2013) " For a long time the nonlinear structure dilutes the impact of a bunch excellent performances, led by Edgerton's seasick glare. " ‐ Crikey
Posted May 9, 2012
51% John Carter (2012) " Director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall.E) could easily have found himself feeding the belly of a turkey too fat to support its own legs - slow, clunky, stupid - but manages to keep a spectacular beast of a movie fast-footed. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 20, 2012
97% The Kid with a Bike (2012) " Belgian writer/director/producers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne capture with heartfelt verisimilitude a boy's misplaced determination to find a father figure. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 20, 2012
85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " Writer/director Gareth Evans' full throttle guns-n-fisticuffs Indonesian action flickis a hardcore bloke fest. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 20, 2012
No Score Yet Black & White & Sex " Writer/director John Winter's strange and seductive vaudevillian one setting power play between a sex worker and a male interviewee is black and white only in a literal sense. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Mar 20, 2012
59% Any Questions for Ben? " this graceless comedy has been made by middle-aged dags trying and failing to capture the mannerisms and lifestyles of people decades their junior. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 29, 2012
No Score Yet Bulgasari (2001) " What or who is this giant idiotic creature supposed to represent? What political message can be dug out from the rubble of this weird, bad, gloriously messed-up exercise in socialist filmmaking? " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 29, 2012
96% The Muppets (2011) " settle down for something wondrous, and wondrously artificial - an hour and a half of proof that the Dream Factory can still squeeze out more than one happy song to sing along. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 29, 2012
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " Alfredson maintains an admirable lightness of touch, and the performances are fine, but narrative cohesion was the first victim of the cross-over and structurally the plot flies helter-skelter. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 29, 2012
89% The Descendants (2011) " The film's tone is quaint but the story dramatic and the characters maintain the ability to shock and surprise. " ‐ Crikey
Posted Jan 29, 2012
94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " Arrietty's majestically colorful look, beaming with glorious colour and light, maintains an unprepossessing aura despite its earthy grandeur. " ‐ In Film Australia
Posted Jan 29, 2012
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