FRACKMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Richard Todd. Frackman sounds like he should be a new addition to the Marvel stable of superheroes. But Dayne Pratzky is no superhero - rather he is just an average farmer from Queensland with little interest in politics or geopolitics until he became an accidental activist through his campaign against global energy companies who wanted to sink wells on his property to drill for coal seam gas. And Pratzky was concerned that in the face of the heavy handed tactics of these energy giants he had no legal standing to stop them Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #126

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron,’ ‘Frackman,’ ‘Testament Of Youth,’ ‘Boychoir,’ ‘Touch,’ and ‘Sunday′ . This episode also contains interviews with Dustin Clare, Michelle Joy Llord and Francois Gidard. Also make sure you listen to the show if you would like to win a copy of Hell On Wheels thanks to Icon Distribution on DVD. To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Dowload here. Continue reading

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Hayley Atwell, Henry Garrett. Vera Brittain is one of the foremost figures of the pacifist movement of the twentieth century. Her views on the horrors of war and the waste of a generation of young men were formed and shaped by her experiences as a nurse at the front during some of the bloody battles of WWI. Her outspoken views though were not always readily welcomed by a public clamouring for retribution and Continue reading

BOYCHOIR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Girard Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Joe West. Mr Hoffman's opus? This feelgood coming of age drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher is another variation on the familiar underdog story. It is more in the vein of Mr Holland's Opus than last year's Whiplash. It also has overtones of Dead Poet's Society about it as it explores some wonderful life lessons. Written by Ben Ripley, who is better known for his science Continue reading

BOYCHOIR – interview with Francois Girard

  by GREG KING "I like music better than words when it comes to communicating emotions and depicting emotional landscapes. Music is a very powerful language in the hands of any filmmaker," says Canadian filmmaker Francois Girard, who is best known for his 1998 drama The Red Violin. His latest film is Boychoir, a fabulous feel good drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher. Boychoir centres around Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing), a troubled and angry 11 year old who is sent to the American Boychoir Academy, where the Continue reading