BULLET TRAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Leitch Stars: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henrcarioy, Andrew Koji, Logan Lerman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martinez Ocasio, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka, Karen Fukuhara, Sandra Bullock, Channing tatum, Ryan Reynolds. Assassins on a train?  In neon lit Tokyo, a disparate group of characters board the overnight bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto. Each of these characters has their own reason for being on the train, which are revealed in a series of colourful flashback sequences. Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022 – REVIEWS

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING  LAST UPDATED AUGUST 8, 2022  OF AN AGE. The opening night film of the Melbourne International Film Festival this year was Of An Age, a queer themed drama and coming of age tale that seems to draw inspiration from the likes of Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight and the classic Brief Encounter. The film is set in 1999 and centres around Nikola (Elias Anton, from the miniseries Barracuda, etc), an 18-year-old of Serbian descent. He has recently graduated from high school. The film opens with Ebony (Hattie Hook, in her film Continue reading

MURDER PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicolas Pleskof Stars: Alice Pol, Miou-Miou, Pablo Pauly, Pascale Arbillot, Eddy Mitchell, Sarah Stern, Gustave Kervern, Adrien Guionnet, Zaboui Breitmann, Lucien Jean-Baptiste. The poster, trailer and advertising material for this off beat but star-studded French comedy/drama positioned it as Gallic variation on Rian Johnson’s clever murder mystery Knives Out, and it borrows heavily from other films like Ready Or Not, Clue, Murder By Death, and their ilk, and it even combines elements of the recent Escape Room phenomenon. Murder Continue reading

FALLING FOR FIGARO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Lewin, Hugh Skinner, Joanna Lumley, Gary Lewis, Shazad Latif. This enjoyable if somewhat formulaic romantic comedy comes from Australian filmmaker Ben Lewin, who gave us The Sessions with Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in 2012.  Successful and ambitious fund manager Millie (Danielle Macdonald, who played an aspiring singer in Patti Cakes, etc) quits her job just as she receives a promotion and sets out to become an opera singer. This despite having no experience of singing apart from in the shower. She is determined to compete in Continue reading

FILM KIDS – interview with BERNARD WEBER

by GREG KING Film Kids is a heart-warming film about teens with intellectual disabilities dreaming, writing and starring in their own short films. It also captures the stories of their parents dealing with diagnosis, early intervention, discrimination and education while demonstrating the benefits of targeted resources. Film Kids is a rare fly-on-the-wall glimpse of students with intellectual disability and teachers at a special needs high school. Greg spoke to Bernard Weber, the director of this inspirational documentary, which screens on SBS at 9.50am Tuesday Continue reading