VAMPIRES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vincent Lannoo Stars: Carlo Ferrante, Vera Van Dooren, Pierre Lognay, Fleur Lise Huet. ACMI’s Freaky Friday program continues apace with this low budget Belgium film from writer/director Vincent Lannoo that comes across as something of a wickedly subversive variation on Neil Jordan’s Interview With The Vampire. A Belgian television documentary crew seek to film a family of vampires living in suburban Belgium. Previous television crews have mysteriously disappeared whilst trying to produce a film about the vampires living Continue reading

JOFFA THE MOVIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Chris Ionitis Here’s further proof that I will go and see just about anything at the cinema. Joffa The Movie is part documentary and part mockumentary about Jeff “Joffa” Corfe, the charismatic and flamboyant Collingwood supporter who dons the iconic gold lame jacket emblazoned with the words “GAME OVER” whenever it is apparent that Collingwood has won the football match. A colourful and “love him or hate him” character, Joffa is a fanatical Collingwood supporter and passionate member of the club’s cheer squad, and he Continue reading

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jay Roach Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, David Walliams, Jermaine Clement. Dinner For Schmucks is a Hollywood remake of the delightful and hilarious 1998 comedy The Dinner Game from prolific French writer/director Francis Veber. Veber is best known for his fast paced, slap stick comedies usually featuring odd couples caught in embarrassing situations and his films are perfect fodder for Hollywood remakes. In The Dinner Gamea group of arrogant rich businessmen held regular dinner parties, and the guests were Continue reading

THE EXTRA MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Stars: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C Reilly, Katie Holmes   The Extra Man is a so-so comedy enlivened by Kevin Kline’s energetic performance. Kline proved his ability on being able to deliver great comic timing and play lovable eccentrics with his Oscar winning turn in A Fish Called Wanda, and he is very good here in a role seemingly tailor-made for him. Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) plays Louis Ives, an aspiring writer who is sacked from his teaching position at a posh Continue reading

THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Ivory Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Omar Metwally, Alexandra Maria Lara, Charlotte Gainsborough Anyone familiar with the Merchant-Ivory canon will know what to expect here. The City Of Your Final Destination is a languidly paced but visually sumptuous drama, a lyrical and literate adaptation of a contemporary novel, and featuring solid performances from a top notch cast. This is the first film James Ivory has made since the death of his long time producing partner Ismail Merchant, and it is filled with a sense of Continue reading