NADIR CASELLI interview

by GREG KING Italian actress Nadir Caselli is a special guest of the Italian Film Festival this year, and is visiting Australia to introduce her films and participate in some Q&A sessions. Nadir appears in two films in this year's program - the ensemble romantic comedy University: More Than Friends and the comedy I Can Quit Whenever I Want, which has been described as a sort of Italian Breaking Bad. Greg King spoke to Nadir for his Movies At Dusk program on 3WBC 94.1FM http://www.mediafire.com/listen/o2k5fz95bb1fyc2/190901_006.MP3 Continue reading

TOM AT THE FARM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Xavier Dolan Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyn Brochu. At the age of just 25, young French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Lawrence Anyways, etc) is a precocious and formidable talent. A former child actor he has certainly made his mark as a director, having already won numerous accolades and awards, and he has become something of a darling for the international critics. His fourth film as a director is the drama Tom At The Farm, which screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival Continue reading

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Liebesman Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Alan Rotchon, Tohoru Masamune, Whoopi Goldberg, Minae Noji, voices of Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub. Michael Bay returns to the toy box again, but this time he has put aside his Transformer action figures and dug out his long discarded Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys. Named after four prominent Renaissance painters, the turtles are vigilante mutants who live in the sewers of New York City, and were trained in the martial arts by Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – reviews

by GREG KING Last updated September 14. UNIVERSITY: MORE THAN FRIENDS. Ensemble romantic comedy about a group of twentysomething university students sharing a house in Rome and the complications that ensue. Carlo (Simone Riccioni) is an aspiring filmmaker who is shooting a documentary about university life for his graduation film. He shares the house with Iranian Faraz (Brice Martinet), who is studying to become an engineer; and the irresponsible Alessandro (Primo Reggiani), who is shirking his studies while trying to break into show business as a comedian. The Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – interview with Festival director Elysia Zeccola-Hill

by GREG KING Screening at Palace Cinemas in September is the 15th Italian Film Festival, which will premiere 34 show-stopping new features and documentaries plus one glamorous classic, showcasing the charisma of Italy's most engaging actors. The opening night film is Marina, while the 1964 classic Marriage Italian Style, starring Sophia Loren, will close the Festival. This year, the selection of contemporary Italian cinema features four categories - Direct from Cannes, with three features direct from the world's most prestigious film festival; Drammatico Italiano Continue reading