A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C Chandor Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Ashley Williams. In 1981 New York was a city in decline, and statistically was regarded as one of the most violent years in its history, with both the crime and murder rate spiraling. This era of lawlessness forms the backdrop for this character driven piece about crime and corruption. This is the third film from director J C Chandor, whose impressive filmography includes Margin Call, a Continue reading

HOLOCAUST FILM SERIES 2015 – interview with Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING The Holocaust Film Series screens a mix of thought provoking documentaries and feature dramas at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick and Event Cinemas at Westfield Shopping Centre, Bondi Junction, from March 12-25. To find out more about what is on offer Greg spoke to the festival curator Eddie Tamir. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/6jjpoas192tsp0j/200210_002.MP3   Continue reading

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Lillet Dubey, David Strathairn, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif. Is this the most ironically apt film title of the year? The original and life affirming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of the surprise hits of 2012, so it's not surprising that the producers have had a second bite at the cherry with this obligatory sequel. But the film suffers from the usual fate of most Continue reading

EASTERN BOYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robin Campillo Stars: Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Danil Vorobyev. Eastern Boys offers an exploration of gay male sexuality, xenophobia, and the immigration problems plaguing Europe in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Illegal immigrants from the former Soviet Union come to major European cities where they eke out an existence as grifters. In this compelling drama from former editor turned director Robin Campillo (The Returned, etc), a group of young former Russian youths linger around the main Paris railway station, Continue reading

TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2015

  by GREG KING. The Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers that are leading the way to a better world. The Transitions Film Festival returns to Melbourne this February, with an expanded program of world-changing documentaries. The Festival kicks off on Friday 13th February with an open air screening of Inside Out :The People's Art Project at Testing Grounds and runs until the first week of March. The program features a Continue reading