THE LOVED ONES -interview with Sean Byrne

by GREG KING “The Loved Ones has its own irreverent sensibility and total Australian wild streak,” enthuses writer/director Sean Byrne about his debut feature film. “This is the kind of film that I wanted to watch as a young guy in Australia.”  The Loved Ones is a grisly and depraved horror film from a director who obviously understands and appreciated the tropes of the genre – hormonal adolescents, dark and disturbing secrets beneath the surface of a sleepy small town, and a demented serial killer at large. When Brent (Xavier Samuel) rebuffs an invitation to the Continue reading

RED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Schwentke Stars: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine. This enjoyable comedy/action/spy thriller brings together a bunch of old timers and sets them loose in a film that plays with the formula, with great results.  Retired and extremely dangerous is the tag given by the CIA to former agents who may still pose a risk. One such retired agent is Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), one of the best “black ops” agents, who is now living a quiet life Continue reading

MRS CAREY’S CONCERT

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Robert Connolly and Sophie Raymond This is not another of those films like Mr Holland’s Opus in which a dedicated teacher transforms the lives of their disadvantaged students through music. Rather this is a fascinating documentary that takes us inside a private girl’s school in Sydney and the music department, which holds a huge showcase concert at the Sydney Opera House every two years. Mrs Carey is the formidable head of the school’s music department who believes in the power of music to transform Continue reading