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Guest and Al Clark - AACTA Awards Luncheon Sydney Australia Saturday 28th January 2012

Guest and Al Clark
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Red Hill Review


Good
Rough and raucous, this modern-day Western serial killer movie at least has some style. But the plot feels both overcomplicated and undercooked, and despite strong performances the characters never become much more that one or two personality traits each.

Shane (Kwanten) is a young city cop who has just arrived in the small Australian town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife (van der Bloom). And his first day on the job turns out to be rather momentous. First, his new boss (Bisley) and a grumpy officer (Sutherland) give him difficult jobs to do. Then a ruthless killer (Lewis) escapes from prison and heads straight to Red Hill.

Yes, Shane's first day descends into mad chaos. And there's clearly "something else" going on here.

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The Hard Word Review


Very Good
At first I thought it was an Aussie take on a heist film, with a clever angle on where one might find three cool specialists in armed robbery. Intriguing as that setup was, during the second act, the style had changed to a Philip Marlowe noirish crime piece. By the last act, I realized it was both of those, but with a campy unseriousness about it, sometimes reducing itself to a Keystone Kops comedy of errors.

Our three heroes are brother convicts sprung from prison because of their ability to pull off their capers with dispatch and safety. As the one who comes up with the clever strategies, ringleader Dale Twentyman (Guy Pearce) has certain standards, and one of them is his insistence that "no one gets hurt." His bothers Mal (Damien Richardson), a sweet and perhaps a bit retarded master chef (as far as the prison population is concerned), and Shane (Joel Edgerton), the sometimes raging, creepy, close-to-the-edge schizophrenic who likes to be called "Muscles," are perfectly willing to go along with Dale's insistence on carrying unloaded guns so long as he comes up with plans that work.

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The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert Review


Good
Ah, how fun to see the bad boys of tomorrow (The Matrix's Hugo Weaving and L.A. Confidential's Guy Pearce) play drag queens down under. Will The Adventures of Priscilla become the next Rocky Horror Picture Show? It's too soon to say, but for sheer camp value, Priscilla is a lot of fun, even if it has next to nothing to say.

Heaven's Burning Review


OK
What's that smell? It's heaven burning, and though Russell Crowe's ga-ga fan base will eat up his half love/half bloody revenge story, casual viewers will come away perplexed. Crowe and co-star Youki Kudoh are good enough here (she's a newlywed who's run away from her husband in a strange country, he's a getaway driver in a bank heist, you do the math), but this story plays out like the usual chase movie we've seen a zillion times before. Still, it's tragic... imagine if Thelma and Louise were lesbians.
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Red Hill Movie Review

Red Hill Movie Review

Rough and raucous, this modern-day Western serial killer movie at least has some style. But...

The Hard Word Movie Review

The Hard Word Movie Review

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