VENUS IN FUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roman Polanski Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmannuelle Seigner. Sex and power are two recurring themes in the films of Polish born director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist, etc), and they dominate his latest film, which is an adaptation of David Ives' Tony award winning 2010 hit play Venus In Fur. Ives' play itself was adapted from a 19th century novella written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gave his name to the term masochism. Working closely with Ives, Polanski's adaptation of the play is reasonably faithful, but is also very Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #88

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave,  Nick and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Words And Pictures’, ‘Venus In Fur,’ ‘Sex Tape,’ ‘The French Minister,’ ‘Reaching For The Moon,’ and ‘Charlie’s Country’. This episode also contains interviews with Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal and Miranda Otto. Also listen for your chance to win a copy of Nymphomaniac Vol 1 + 2 on DVD thanks to Icon Distribution. To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here   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

BEATRIZ’S WAR – interview with director Luigi Acquisto

by GREG KING Beatriz's War is a film set against the backdrop of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in the mid 70s. The plot takes the classic French story The Return Of Martin Guerre and resets it against the backdrop of war and the atrocities committed. Beatriz's husband Thomas returns to their village after the war, but she declares that he is an imposter. This is the first feature film shot in the Timorese language. For his Movies At Dusk program, Greg King spoke to the co-director Luigi Acquisto to learn more about this movie. To listen click on the link Continue reading