ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – REVIEWS

By GREG KING. Celebrating its 26th year in 2015, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Over a period of eight weeks, a program consisting of blockbusters and independent films alike will screen at palace cinemas in eight cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and Hobart. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Continue reading

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Lillet Dubey, David Strathairn, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif. Is this the most ironically apt film title of the year? The original and life affirming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of the surprise hits of 2012, so it's not surprising that the producers have had a second bite at the cherry with this obligatory sequel. But the film suffers from the usual fate of most Continue reading

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin Stars: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Ben Miller, Billy Connolly, Amelia Bullmore, Celia Imrie, Emily Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull, Annette Crosbie. The rather bland title of the delightful British comedy/drama sounds like the type of essay we used to write on the first day back at school after the summer break. But it is far more inventive and quirky that probably anything we wrote back then. What We Did On Our Holiday is another film about a dysfunctional family gathering that eventually proves Continue reading

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Sofia Boutella, Jack Davenport, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson, Tom Prior. "The name is Darcy, Mr Darcy...?" Colin Firth becomes an unlikely action hero and super spy in this over the top but entertaining spy action thriller from the creative team behind Kick-Ass. The Kingsmen are an independent intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion and their mission is simply to protect the world from those who would try to Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #116

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Mortdecai’, ‘The Theory Of Everything,’ ‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Night Will Fall,’ ‘Still Alice’ and ‘Wyrmwood′ . This episode also contains interviews with Johnny Depp, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner. Make sure you also listen this week to see how you can win a double pass to see the new Oscar nominated film Still Alice. To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here. Continue reading