Luke Buckmaster

Luke Buckmaster
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
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 (http://infilmau.iah.net), 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.'
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Official Websites: http://infilmau.iah.net

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Dark Age (1988) Nicholson's aesthetic and thematic impulses collide with a striking, jittery sort of panache. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
45% Murder Mystery (2019) the idea of reality being a form of pantomime that people can observe and commentate, as if they have nothing invested themselves and no skin in the game whatsoever, is what keeps this film enjoyable - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Is this terrific, one-of-a-kind film post-truth? Anti-truth? Total truth? A dog and pony show? Maybe all, maybe none. It's Dylan hiding in plain sight. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 43% Palm Beach (2019) There's nothing conceptually wrong with dramas about affluence or affluent people of course, but boy does it take a while to feel even vaguely sympathetic to the troubles confronting Ward's characters. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Final Quarter (2019) Despite much of the material being confronting, The Final Quarter is also inspiring, with a message that each of us will be remembered ultimately for two things: what we say and what we do. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
90% Rocketman (2019) a film that treats narrative segues as unique entertainment propositions, merging time and space with fussy panache, rendering the past as a kind of phantasmagoric pageant - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) a tale of parental yearning that resonates with a surprising amount of pathos - thanks in no small measure to Elizabeth Banks and David Denman's performances - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
56% Aladdin (2019) Has barely a modicum of the crackle and fizz of its cartoon predecessor, from which the filmmaker's entire knowledge of the Middle East appears to have been drawn - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The glossy high-end style of cinematographer Brandon Trost exacerbates the film's eerie superficiality, making it look like a shampoo commercial. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) an all-singing, all-dancing, all jiggling and jiving celebration of music, feminism, black culture, performance power - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It loiters in a kind of aesthetic limbo: refusing to get dark and grimy, and not wanting to go the proverbial double rainbow either. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) I might be tempted to describe Infinity War and Endgame as a couple of the worst and ideologically vacuous blockbuster movies ever made - except I'm no longer sure they should even be called movies - The Daily Review/Crikey EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 50% Celeste (2018) Celeste lacks vitality; it lacks energy. There are times when one wants to grab the film and shake it to life. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Escape and Evasion (2019) A credible and interesting film with compelling ideas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
26% The Silence (2019) The scariest thing about The Silence is that so little happens for so long. One feels the desire to grab this film and shake it to life. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 86% Top End Wedding (2019) Blair's direction demonstrates significant comedic flair - there are many laugh-out-loud moments - even if the script's scruffy elements cramp his style a little. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 100% 2040 (2019) Gameau defaults to the position of inspiring people rather than alarming or overwhelming them. You leave the film wanting more, not less, of these sorts of productions. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
36% Burlesque (2010) Magnificently awful. - The Daily Review/Crikey EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
62% Vox Lux (2018) A work of art of this calibre undermines the entire system, explores the vacuity of celebrity culture, exposes the inhumanity of the PR machine. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rodriguez can't help but get a little bit deep with this sort of material, in between wall-rattling set pieces and servings of splashy futuristic eye candy. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
49% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room could be interpreted as a cynical comment on the pursuit of immersion in popular entertainment. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Combination Redemption (2019) In The Combination Redemption the drama sometimes feels flaky and the ideologies of the film-makers confused. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
81% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) On occasions the story takes desperate lurches into quickly abandoned new directions, often punctuated with comedic extremities not without their benefits. - In Film Australia EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/5 66% Storm Boy (2019) Whereas the tone of the original film was a delicate mixture of wistful and inspirational, the rebooted Storm Boy is more melancholic - at times, to put it bluntly, an epic downer. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Craig S. Zahler is up to his old tricks: luring audiences with the promise of exploitation, then delivering them slow-burning drama. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 100% Strange Colours (2018) It is tantalising to consider what the director might come up with working with a more pronounced narrative. But subsequent films made in the style of Strange Colours are also an exciting proposition. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/5 47% 1% (2017) Haven't we seen this movie before? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet She Who Must Be Obeyed (She Who Must Be Loved) (2018) Deeply enjoyable - unpretentious and life-affirming. Audiences will leave touched by the sincerity of both the film and its subject. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 48% In Like Flynn (2019) This is a fun film constructed in a smart way: an anti-high art picture that happily prioritises embellishing legend over recreating life. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) Layton has a very contemporary skepticism that suits the era of fake news: a feeling that even - and perhaps especially - factual events become campfire stories destined to be misrepresented. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Jekyll and Hyde by way of Ren and Stimpy, carrying a defeatist message about accommodating rather than overcoming terrible things inside yourself. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
60% The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) The Cars That Ate Paris is both part of that and a carnivalesque reflection of it. It's a complicated satire and a violent and eccentric classic. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) SIGN UP Instead of nurturing his kooky inventions the director keeps moving to the next one, with an absentminded 'quick, look over there!' approach channelling his inner Dory. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) It is unusual for a franchise film as high profile as this to be so heavily infused with the personality and idiosyncrasies of its writer/director./ - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) What a delightful film. So enjoyable and so fulfilling. It is sweet without being syrupy; it is hopeful without making promises. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 80% The Merger (2018) It's not mountain-moving stuff, but nor is it devoid of care and consideration. The Merger is well made play-to-the-bleacher-seats entertainment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Lynne Ramsay stylishly experiments with the 'cold-blooded murderer who cares for his mother' trope, but comes up only with blood-spattered armchair philosophy. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Chu is resolved not just to say nothing about the grotesque behavior of the filthy rich - despite this being at the core of Crazy Rich Asians - but to condone it, celebrate it and wallow in its vacuity - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The film has been marketed as a comedy but it's more effective as cynical and sardonic social commentary, about the present as an out-of-control party and nostalgia a terrible hangover - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 100% Working Class Boy (2018) Working Class Boy seems like easy work for Joffe, who could hardly do more to allow his chatty and candid subject to speak for himself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) with Turteltaub making slow and delicate dabs on the canvas, in the apparent belief that he is painting his masterpiece, The Meg is a lousy combination of idiotic and self-important. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
22% Submergence (2018) Just as the characters finally begin to resonate, and the audience finally begins to feel something for their journey, the closing credits roll. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
5/5 91% Acute Misfortune (2019) A beautifully made and intensely thoughtful portrait of the life of controversial Archibald-winning painter Adam Cullen, based on the journalist and Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen's wild and compelling book of the same name. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
39% Extinction (2018) the kind of sludgy genre pic that used to be derided for having a 'made for TV' quality - back when that label was still an insult. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
19% How It Ends (2018) Director David M. Rosenthal finds news ways to say and feel nothing. There are no bold ideas or thought bubbles; no exciting action sequences or set pieces. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
86% The Gospel According to André (2018) It drips with the kind of running commentary one expects from a veteran pundit whose most valuable commodity has always been his words. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
47% Skyscraper (2018) This lean feel-good genre piece has a deceptive amount of style and at least a little philosophical grunt. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 57% The Second (2018) This remains, despite the onerous intellectualising, an engaging perspective explored with energy and verve. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
39% Mary Shelley (2018) Elle Fanning's dignified performance, which will resonate long after the closing credits roll, deserves better than this. - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
16% Show Dogs (2018) Show Dogs has no fizz, no life, no spirit, no (sorry) bite. The film's lacklustre energy fails to climb a gear even in its final act, when the car Will Arnett drives appears to chase the villains at approximately 10 kilometers an hour - Flicks.com.au EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018