Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Napier Robertson Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Wayne Hapi, Miriam McDowell, Barry T Hara, Xavier Horan, James Napier Robertson. The New Zealand film industry seems to be punching well above its weight, having produced some marvelous and inspiring pieces of cinema, from Once Were Warriors through to The Piano, Whale Rider, Boy, and even the recent vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. Now add to that impressive list The Dark Horse. This moving, heartfelt drama about Genesis Potini, a Continue reading

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – interview with Masafumi Konomi, festival director

by GREG KING Melbourne is replete with film festivals at the moment, and another one that kicks off on November 27 at Melbourne Central is the 18th Japanese Film Festival. There are also some special retrospective screenings of some classics of Japanese cinema from the 50s and 60s at ACMI. To find out more about this year's Japanese Film Festival, Greg spoke to the festival director Masafumi Konomi. Continue reading


This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Exists’, ‘Maps To The Stars,’ ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,’ ‘Rock The Casbah,’  and ‘The Dark Horse′ . Dave and Greg also take a look at two films screening at Monsterfest this week ‘Honeymoon’ and ‘There’s Something In The Pilliga’. This episode also contains an interviews with Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Angus Sampson, Hugo Weaving, Neil Foley, Daniel Armstrong and Iqbal Barkat To listen to the show you can download it for free Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Laila Marrakchi Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Hiam Abbass, Nadine Labaki, Omar Sharif. We've seen this sort of thing before - a family patriarch dies and the family gathers to mourn and grieve. But soon the family gathering is overshadowed by family secrets, lies, arguments and disappointments that emerge and bitter resentments erupt while a few skeletons in the closet are rattled. What sets Rock The Casbah apart from others in the pack is the fact that this French-Moroccan coproduction is set in Morocco, and deals with a number of culturally Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Fenech Stars: Paul Fenech, Maria Venuti, John Boxer, Elle Dawe, Kevin Taumata, Stuart Rawe, Tahir Bilgic, Renzo Bellato, Vanessa Davis, Paul Nakad, Nick Giannopoulos, Angry Anderson, Kyle Sandilands, Andy McPhee, Jabba. Twenty years ago writer/director Paul Fenech won the award at Tropfest short film festival with his Pizza Man. He later successfully transformed that into Pizza, a hugely popular television comedy for SBS, and he turned the concept into the feature film Fat Pizza. He followed that up with Housos, a comedy Continue reading