THE CALL OF THE WILD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Sanders Stars: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradford Whitford. There have been a number of recent movies exploring the strong connection between man and dog – films like A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey, etc, have been entertaining and heart-warming examples of this subgenre. And now The Call Of The Wild fits comfortably into this popular subgenre. This is the sixth screen version of Jack London’s classic adventure story about the friendship between a dog and a man and their adventures in Continue reading

RICHARD JEWELL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Nina Ariadna, Mike Pniewski, Ian Gomez. During the Atlanta Olympics in July 1996 security guard Richard Jewell (played here by Paul Walter Hauser) became a hero when he discovered a suspicious package left under a bench in Centennial Park, which turned out to be a powerful bomb. Jewell alerted the police and helped to evacuate the area. Two people were killed and over 100 were injured when the remote-controlled bomb detonated, but if not Continue reading

FANTASY ISLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeff Wadlow Stars: Michael Pena, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Ryan Hansen, Jimmy O Yang, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Portia Doubleday, Austin Stowell, Michael Rooker, Kim Coates, Evan Evagora, Ian Roberts. This re-imagining of the popular but cheesy anthology tv series from uber producer Aaron Spelling that ran from 1977-84 is given something of a horror makeover courtesy of Blumhouse Productions, which is better known for their horror films like Get Out, Us, The Purge, etc. Every week a bevy of B-grade guest stars, many of whom had earlier Continue reading

EMMA.

Reviewed by GREG KINGDirector: Autumn de Wilde Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O'Connell, Tanya Reynolds, Rupert Graves, Callum Turner, Gemma Whelan, . This is the umpteenth film version of Jane Austen’s classic 1815 novel and satire about class, gender politics, social etiquette and mores in Georgian England. Austen's novel was given a more contemporary treatment with Amy Heckerling's 1995 romantic comedy Clueless, with Alicia Silverstone in the Emma persona as vapid rich girl Cher, and which cleverly transplanted Continue reading

FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL 2020 – interview with Hudson Sowada

by GREG KING The inaugural Fantastic Film Festival Australia is all about showcasing bold, provocative and ground-breaking cinema, and it gives a home for mind-breakers, trend-setters, razor-walkers, loose-wires, truth-talkers, trailblazers and envelope-pushers. The Fantastic Film Festival Australia comes to Lido Cinemas (VIC) and Ritz Cinemas (NSW) from February 20. The showcase of alternative and genre cinema has been curated with an eye on the way fantastic stories reveal truths about the time in which they are made. Greg speaks to festival director Hudson Sowada. Continue reading