HERCULES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brett Ratner Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Peter Mullan, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews, Joe Anderson, Nicholas Moss. Having endured numerous other dire films about Greek Gods, demi-gods and warriors fighting to save their precious kingdoms from attacking enemies (300: Rise Of An Empire, Clash Of The Titans and its risible sequel, and especially Renny Harlin's recent awful Legend Of Hercules, etc) I had low expectations Continue reading

SNOWPIERCER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bong Joon-Ho Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Song Kang-ho, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino, Vlad Ivanov, Adrian Haskovic, Emma Levie. Cult Korean director Bong Joon Ho (the creature feature The Host, the more subtle Hitchcock like thriller Mother, etc) gives us his most ambitious film to date with this allegorical, dystopian sci-fi action thriller set in the not too distant future. Snowpiercer is also his biggest budget film to date, and he stretches the Continue reading

UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL – interview with director Kitty Green

by GREG KING Australian filmmaker Kitty Green’s fascinating documentary looks at the members of FEMEN, the infamously topless female protestors of Ukraine. The women talk about life in their country as they shower off their slogans and tell of their horrific treatment at the hands of the authorities while inspecting their bruises. The treatment of Ukrainian women – more often viewed as whores than as humans – is their main bone of contention. And about 90% of Ukrainian girls do not know about feminism or what it means. Driven by a need for empowerment, the FEMEN Continue reading

THE ANIMAL CONDITION – interview with director Michael Dahlstrom

by GREG KING The Animal Condition is a provocative and thought provoking new documentary exploring the murky ethics of animal farming. Featuring interviews with politicians, animal welfare activists, this documentary from filmmaker Michael Dahlstrom is objective and even-handed in its treatment of an issue that has moved from a fringe issue into the mainstream consciousness. For his Movies At Dusk program, Greg King spoke to director Michael Dahlstrom about some of the challenges of this provocative documentary. To hear the interview, click on the link Continue reading

THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mikkel Norgaard Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Sonja Richter, Ernst Boye, Peter Plaugborg. Scandinavian noir crime fiction seems to be all the rage at the moment, what with the success of Henning Mankell's Wallander series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, the novels of Jo Nesbro, and tv series like The Killing and Borgen, etc. And unlike a lot of crime thrillers from America or the UK, they are not formulaic; rather they often delve into the darker and disturbing recesses of human behaviour, and are more psychologically Continue reading