LEVIATHAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev Stars: Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovitchenko, Sergey Pokhodaev, Roman Madyanov. The David versus Goliath like Leviathan is a loose reworking of the Biblical story of Job, and explores how a man is systematically crushed and ground down by the unrelenting bureaucracy of modern day Russia. Kolya (played by Aleksey Serebryakov) is a mechanic who owns a parcel of land by the Barents Sea, which is occupied by a humble little shack that has been in his family for generations. But Kolya learns that the Continue reading

MOMMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Xavier Dolan Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clement. At just 25, Xavier Dolan is a precocious talent, an auteur who has made a number of movies exploring troubled adolescents and dysfunctional relationships between mothers and sons (I Killed My Mother, Laurence Anyways, etc). His latest film, the award winning Mommy offers more of his abrasive characterisations and penetrating insights. This was one of two Dolan films which screened at MIFF in 2014, which shows his versatility and prodigious work rate. The film is Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #124

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Dior & I,’ ‘Samba,’ ‘A Little Chaos,’ ‘Furious 7 (Fast & Furious 7),’ ‘The Duff,’ ‘Journey To Space (3D),’ ‘'Mommy', The Salt Of The Earth,’ ‘Black Sea’  and ‘x+y′ . This episode also contains interviews with Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Jude Law. Also make sure you listen in for your chance to win passes to see a special screening of ‘It Follows’ at Cinema Nova in Melbourne. To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Continue reading

SAMBA

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Youngar Fall, Izia Higelin, Isaka Sawadogo, Helene Vincent. The wonderful, upbeat and life affirming comedy drama The Intouchables, about the relationship between a paraplegic and his carer from the wrong side of the tracks, was one of my favourite films from 2011. And it seems that the rest of the world loved it too, as it grossed over $440 million. However, the follow up film from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, which also looks at an Continue reading

THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. They say one picture is worth a thousand words, and that seems especially true when the pictures come from the lens of Brazilian born photographer Sebastiao Salgado. Initially Salgado studied economics at the behest of his father, but while living in Paris in the 60s he discovered a passion for photography. This passion became his life's work, and for the next four decades or so Salgado travelled around the world, visiting some of its trouble spots and war zones. He captured some Continue reading