MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – REVIEWS

By GREG KING. The Melbourne International Film Festival commences on July 31 with a screening of the sci-fi time travel thriller Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, and concludes on August 17. There are some 300 features from 60 different countries screening across the two weeks of the festival. The closing night film is Felony, the new crime from Matthew Saville (Noise) and starring Joel Edgerton, Melissa George and Tom Wilkinson. Check back daily for regular updates and reviews during the festival. Last updated July 25. ALL REVIEWS BY GREG Continue reading

THE FRENCH MINISTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bertrand Tavernier Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphael Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Jane Birkin, Bruno Rafaelli, Julie Gayet, Anais Demoustier, Thomas Chabrol, Alix Poisson, Thierry Fremont, Marie Brunel. Oui, Ministre? The French Minister (aka Quai d'Orsay) is supposedly a political farce set behind closed doors and within the halls of power of the French government. The central character here is Alexandre Taillard de Worms, the mercurial, frenetic but self absorbed and blustering foreign minister (Thierry Lhermitte) who is a whirlwind of Continue reading

WORDS AND PICTURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fred Schepisi Stars: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Navid Negahban, Amy Brennerman, Adam Di Marco, Valerie Tian, Christian Scheider, Josh Ssettuba, Janet Kidder. Australian director Fred Schepisi has carved out a career with films that value substance and character over special effects and big action sequences, films like The Eye Of The Storm, a literate adaptation of Patrick White's novel; Six Degrees Of Separation, based on John Ruane's acclaimed play; etc. His latest film is Words And Pictures, based on a script from Continue reading

SEX TAPE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Sebastian Hedges Thomas, Jack Black, Nat Faxon. Another raunchy sub-Judd Apatow comedy, this sex tape is embarrassing for all the wrong reasons! In a year that has given us some great adult oriented comedies like Bad Neighbours, A Million Ways To Die In The West, etc, Sex Tape is substandard fare. The link between pornography and technology is the impetus for this comedy about a married couple who make a sex tape one night and then panic when they Continue reading

WORDS AND PICTURES – interview with FRED SCHEPISI

by GREG KING Words And Pictures is a new romantic comedy/drama starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as a pair of teachers whose passion for the power of words or images to provoke and impart information excites and inspires the students of a preparatory school. This literate and witty film has been directed by Fred Schepisi, the Australian born filmmaker whose films include The Devil's Playground, The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith, Roxanne, The Russia House, the Patrick White adaptation The Eye Of The Storm. Greg sat down and spoke with Fred Schepisi about the Continue reading