ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2011

all reviews by GREG KING THE MATCHMAKER. The opening night film at this year’s Israeli Film Festival is The Matchmaker, an absolutely charming but bittersweet coming of age film from director Avi Nesher (Turn Left at the End of the World, The Secrets). Set in the bustling port city of Haifa in 1968, the film follows 16 year old Arik Burstein (Tuval Shafir) as he learns about love, jealousy, family history, secrets, sex and the darkness that lurks in human souls. During the summer holidays, Arik is hired by Yankele Bride (television comedian Adir Miller), the local Continue reading

HORRIBLE BOSSES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Seth Gordon Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Foxx. Revenge of the working stiffs? We’ve probably all fantasised about seeking revenge on our unsympathetic and cruel bosses. But now we get the chance to vicariously experience our various revenge fantasies with this male variation on Nine To Five. Horrible Bosses deals with three harassed, bullied and verbally abused workers who decide to kill their overbearing and cruel bosses. Nick (Jason Continue reading

OVERHEARD 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Alan Mak and Felix Chong Stars: Shaun Lau, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Kenneth Tsang, Michelle Ye, Woo Fung, Kong Ngai, Felix Lok, Kwok Fung. This pacy thriller about high finance, greed, corruption, betrayal, murder and revenge is a sequel of sorts to Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s 2009 thriller Overheard. Although the film features the same three stars, albeit in different roles, and explores some similar themes, the writing and directing team of Mak and Chong take the material in a different direction. In Overheard, Shaun Lau, Louis Continue reading

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marcus Nispel Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Rachael Nichols, Morgan Freeman. Long before he was the Terminator, or even the governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger played the role of Conan the Cimmerian warrior first created by Robert E Howard in a series of fantasy novels in the 1930s. Schwarzenegger made the role his own in both Conan The Barbarian (1982), directed by John Milius, and the 1984 sequel Conan The Destroyer, directed by Richard Fleischer. In this unnecessary and misguided remake Continue reading

FRIGHT NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Craig Gillespie Stars: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant. Vampires are popular at the moment, what with the Twilight series, the darker Let The Right One In, and the very sexy bloodsuckers of True Blood on television. So it’s not that surprising that Hollywood has delved into the vault in search of a suitable vampire tale to remake. For some reason they have chosen Tom Holland’s 1985 camp cult classic, which had a special charm of its own as it mixed horror with Continue reading