THE FAMILY FANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Bateman Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Chernus, Harris Yulin, Josh Pais, Jason Butler Harner, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Linda Edmond, Jack McCarthy, Kyle Donnery, Taylor Rose. This was one of two films I saw at MIFF about unorthodox, dysfunctional and troubled families - the other was Captain Fantastic, which boasted an impressive performance from Viggo Mortensen. The Family Fang is a quirky comedy about an eccentric family. Based on the 2011 novel written by Continue reading

THE MENKOFF METHOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Parker Stars: Noah Taylor, Lachlan Woods, Jessica Clarke, Robert Taylor, Malcolm Kennard, Catherine McClements, Olga Makeeva, David Whiteley, Andy Ryan, John Brumpton. Cinematographer David Parker has, with his wife writer/director Nadia Tass, created some of the best Australian comedies, with the classic Malcolm and The Big Steal. But when branching out as a filmmaker on his own the results have been a little less spectacular. With The Menkoff Method Parker steps back into the director's chair for the first time since 1997's Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #204

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick  take a look at new release films ‘Queen Of Katwe,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘The Legend Of Ben Hall,’ ’Underworld: Blood Wars,’ ‘The Family Fang’ and ‘Little Men’. This episode also contains an interview with Madina Nalwanga, Matthew Holmes and William Lee about The Legend Of Ben Hall, Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne about the Made In Melbourne Film Festival, Saara Lamberg , whose films Innuendo and Half are screening as part of the Made In Melbourne Film Festival, Steve Thomas, director of the documentary Freedom Stories, Continue reading

TROLLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell Stars: voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Quvenzhane Wallis. In Norse mythology trolls were ugly, slow witted, fearsome flesh eating giants, as seen in Andre Ovredal's 2010 horror fantasy Troll Hunter. In modern cyberspeak a troll is an indivudual who prowls the internet posting nasty and inflammatory remarks on community noticeboards to sow discord. In this cute and colourful Continue reading

BAD SANTA 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Waters Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Christine Hendricks, Ryan Hansen, Jeff Skowron, Mike Starr, Jenny Zigrino, Octavia Spencer. Another unnecessary sequel that no-one particularly wanted or needed, this follow up to 2003's Bad Santa is vulgar, puerile, largely unfunny and much of its tonally deaf humour falls flat. It comes thirteen years after the original. And like the recent Zoolander 2, a belated sequel which came fifteen years after the original, it seems that time has not been kind to the Continue reading