WAR DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Phillips Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak, Patrick St Esprit, Shaun Toub, Bradley Cooper, Barry Livingston, Aaron Lustig, J B Blanc. Guns n bongs? "War dogs" are bottom feeders who are making money off the war effort without ever setting foot on a battlefield. This cynical look at the war in Iraq shows that the war was not about winning the hearts and minds of the local population, nor was it about bringing democracy to the region - rather it was about making bucketloads of money by profiting off the Continue reading

MOTORKITE DREAMING – interview with producer John Cherry

by GREG KING Motorkite Dreaming is a new documentary charting the adventures of Aidan Glasby and Daryl Clarke, two amateur pilots who flew microlight planes, powered by little more than lawnmower engines, across Australia in a 8 week, 4000km journey. Their journey gives insights into the traditional lore and culture of a number of indigenous tribes they encounter along the way as they pass through their native lands. The director was Charlie Hill-Smith, and the producer was John Cherry. Greg spoke to John Cherry to find out some of the challenges in bringing the Continue reading

THE SHALLOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Juame Collet-Serra Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose, Brett Cullen, Sedoni Legge. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, along comes another shark thriller. Ever since Steven Spielberg gave us the summer blockbuster with Jaws in 1975, great white sharks have been given something of a bad reputation by Hollywood filmmakers. The success of Jaws also produced a number of sequels and other killer shark themed movies, some of them quite risible by comparison. The Shallows comes from young Spanish Continue reading

HIGH-RISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Walker, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Bill Paterson, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Peter Fernando, Enzo Cilenti. J G Ballard's prescient dystopian 1975 novel High-Rise was a bleak allegory for the class warfare and decline of civilization and the breakdown of society. Ballard wrote the novel in the 70s during a period of tumultuous upheaval in the social fabric of Britain before the economic downturn and rampant unionism drove Thatcher's conservatives into Continue reading

HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Samuel Douek

by GREG KING Hola Mexico, the biggest film festival of Mexican Cinema outside Mexico, has hand picked six of the best recent Mexican films for the inaugural Cine Latino Film Festival. Greg spoke to festival director Samuel Douek who will be in attendance at screenings to introduce the films. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/qnji89hi92dyihe/210801_006.MP3 Continue reading