East Gippsland News Weekend

15 TOYTALK with Dave, co-owner Toyworld Transformers have been around since 1984 and have themselves been through quite a transformation over the past 40 years. The Transformers: Legacy toy line brings together fan-favourite characters from across the Transformers multiverse, featuring decoration inspired by their universe, with an updated 'Generations' design. You can collect and combine different characters to create your ideal Transformers: Legacy lineup. As well as being fun and exciting toys for kids, these Transformers will evoke pangs of nostalgia for dads too, and many will want them for their collection. Whether being displayed on a shelf, or used in a battle between Transformers and Decepticons, these toys will continue to have a place in many homes for years to come. July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend Brett Stewart Store Manager, Dan Murphy's Bairnsdale The team at Oakridge are going from strength to strength these days and they are taking the Over The Shoulder range with them. A dry maraschino cherry and gently gamey yet clean mouthful of delicious Pinot. Really great finishing length for this sort of price. Foods that go well with this wine include beef, veal, poultry and game meats such as venison. TIME WITH BRETT Wine Movie: The Bikeriders Duration: 116 mins Director: Jeff Nichols Starring: Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Damon Herriman, Toby Wallace. Rating: Reviewed by Lawrenty WEEKENDMOVIE Oakridge Over the Shoulder Pinot Noir Price: $22.99 Rating: Strength to strength An Exercise in Hypermasculinity Austin Butler didn't need to stretch the truth, as some actors do, on his resume when stating he knew how to ride a Harley. In fact, when filming Elvis on the Gold Coast he frequently enjoyed riding a Hog, thus putting into jeopardy the insurance clause in his contract. It's 1965 and Johnny (Tom Hardy) watches television. Sure enough, the movie just happens to be The Wild One (1954) starring Marlon Brando. Johnny mangles the language when stating, "I think I should form a social club for bikers." A Midwestern motorcycle club begins as a social gathering place for Chicago locals who just want to enjoy one another's company astride the saddle of a motorbike. The club evolves into a sinister gang of drug dealers and murderous hit men. Californian Austin Butler and Liverpudlian Jodie Comer mastered the Midwestern accent, Comer's nasal twang and rhythm channelling Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (1950). Presented in semidocumentary style with plenty of violence, The Bikeriders is based on the 1968 picture book by photographer Danny Lyon (Mike Faist), who hung out with the Chicago chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. In the film the name's changed to the Vandals. Director Jeff Nichols, who made the impressive coming-of-age drama Mud (2012), uses Danny Lyon as interviewer and photographer to tell the rather episodic and plotless story. His hand-held microphone aimed at Kathy for his photo-essay book leads us back in time to see what happened, or what she believed happened. Kathy first eyes Benny hunched over a pool table in a bar. He's incredibly handsome and five weeks later they marry. Kathy confesses, "Every woman believes she can change a guy." It makes you wonder if Benny puts his love for a woman ahead of his love for the thumpa-chunka engine of a Harley. Then there is Brucie (Australian actor Damon Harriman) who muses about bikers being disliked because "everyone needs someone to pick on". Zipco (Michael Shannon) is a member of the Vandals, but his character, as is every other character, is under-developed. He looks the part, plays it deadpan, but we learn nothing of what's inside, except that he was rejected for service in the Vietnam War. It's British-born Australian actor Toby Wallace as The Kid who becomes the film's critical point. He's young, ambitious, tough, and takes on the old guard of the biker world. Played for a laugh with Indiana Jones and a sword-wielding enemy in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), no humour – rather shock - is garnered in what The Kid does. Allowing the camera to linger on Austin Butler is fine, but it doesn't assist the storytelling, unless you desire to linger on his eyelashes. What falls off the bike is the combined lack of plot, telling a story, the choppy screenplay and development of character and their emotional connections. There's nothing wrong with the acting. Austin Butler (Elvis, Dune Part 2, Masters of the Air) as Benny shows why the camera loves him, Tom Hardy (Band of Brothers, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Johnny mumbles and slurs dialogue trying to avoid trouble, but it's Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, Star Wars: Ep. 9 - The Rise of Skywalker) as Kathy who anchors the film. She wants out of the bikers, but she also wants Benny, and that's her dilemma. Toys that nostalgic dads will love too 172 Main Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875 5152 3369 | e: bairnsdale@toyworld.com.au Bairnsdale EN18364

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