MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 REVIEWS

by GREG KING The Melbourne International Film Festival screens from July 28 through until August 14. There are some 300 features and documentaries screening, both local and international productions. The opening night film is The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom, starring Xavier Samuel, and the closing night film is David Mackenzie's contemporary western Hell Or High Water, starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Throughout the festival we will keep you up to date with reviews and interviews. ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 28, 2016 THE Continue reading

THE DEVIL’S CANDY (MIFF 2016) – interview with Sean Byrne

by GREG KING The Devil's Candy is the sophomore film from Australian director Sean Byrne, who gave us The Loved Ones. Starring Ethan Embry and Pruitt Taylor Vince, this tale of murder, madness and heavy metal music is a variation on the home invasion thriller. Byrne himself describes it as "the Amityville Horror meets Metallica." As part of our MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to Sean about the film. The Devil's Candy screens at Melbourne International Film Festival - Wed Aug 10 at 9m @ Hoyts Melbourne Central and on Fri Aug 12 at 11.30pm @ ACMI. Sean will be in Continue reading

LIGHTS OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David F Sandberg Stars: Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Andi Osho, Maria Russell. The best horror films have featured nasty boogeymen that haunt our dreams. In the 80s we had the likes of Michael Myers, Freddie Krueger and Jason Vorhees. More recently we've had the apparitions of The Babadook and It Follows to creep us out. Now director David F Sandberg gives us a chilling creation that plays on our innate fear of the dark and of creatures lurking in the dark with Continue reading

GHOSTBUSTERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Feig Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance, Zach Woods, Steve Higgins, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Katie Dippold, Michael McDonald, Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Walsh, Cecily Strong. Hollywood has a nasty habit of trampling on the memories of our youth by remaking some of the classics of yesteryear, and in most cases stuffing them up beyond belief. They may justify this by saying that the remake Continue reading

THE CONJURING 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Wan Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney, Franke Potente, Madison Wolfe, Benjamin Haigh, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Bab Adrian. Having established himself as one of the top directors of horror films working in Hollywood at the moment, James Wan (Saw, Insidious, etc) continues to mine the exploits of real life paranormal ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren in this sequel to the 2013 box office hit The Conjuring. The Warrens made their reputation after Continue reading