WARRIOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin O'Connor Stars: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo. The world of mixed martial arts fighting, in which opponents use a number of different fighting style to hammer their opponent into submission, forms the background to this excellent and hard hitting drama from Gavin O’Connor (Miracle, etc). But as with many great boxing movies, many of the battles here are those being fought with personal demons outside the ring. Warrior centres around the dysfunctional and emotionally damaged Conlon Continue reading

TT 3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Richard De Aragues. Every year since 1907 the Isle of Man has hosted the Tourist Trophy, a motorcycle endurance race that has been recognised as the greatest motorcycle road race in the world. Competitors race around 60 miles of winding roads and small villages at speeds of up to 250km/h. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is also amongst the most dangerous motorsport events, as over 200 people have died during the race or its practice runs, with many more being injured. This staggering statistic hangs over the film, Continue reading

OUR IDIOT BROTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jesse Peretz Stars: Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Shirley Knight, Hugh Dancy, T J Miller. The rather politically incorrectly titled Our Idiot Brother is a mildly amusing and quirky character driven comedy about a well-meaning slacker who accidentally creates chaos for his three self-absorbed, highly-strung, selfish sisters. The film is full of such painfully personal incidents and observations about family dynamics and dysfunctional relationships that it seems partly Continue reading

FIGHTING FEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Marcario De Souza. Bra Boys Part 2? Local film maker Marcario De Souza is obviously fascinated with the whole outlaw surfing culture that he explored in Bra Boys, which took us inside the rough masculine culture of the Sydney beach side suburb of Maroubra. Their chief interests seemed to be brawling, surfing, drinking and chasing big waves. This is a world De Souza knows well. Bra Boys became the highest grossing Australian documentary of all time. De Souza returns to similar territory with this look at two more Continue reading

AUTOLUMINESCENT

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn. Local filmmaker Richard Lowenstein has long had a fascination with Melbourne’s punk rock scene, through films like Dogs In Space, his collaborations with INXS, and the documentary We’re All Living On Dog Food, etc. Together with long time collaborator Lynn-Maree Milburn Lowenstein gives us this warts and all documentary about the late guitarist Rowland S Howard, who died in 2009, aged 50. Although not a household name, Howard was a cult figure at the forefront of the Continue reading