LOWDOWN DIRTY CRIMINALS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Murphy Stars: James Rolletson, Rebecca Gibney, Samuel Austin, Robbie Magasiva, Cohen Holloway, Scott Wills, Min Kim. This enjoyable but somewhat derivative New Zealand produced and Wellington set comedy darkly comic crime caper cribs from the Guy Ritchie playbook, with a lot of his flashy visual flourishes, his aggressive style, snappy voice over narrative, a non-linear narrative structure that uses plenty of flashbacks and replays scenes from different perspectives. The film opens with a Mexican standoff in a bar Continue reading

RESISTANCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Clemence Poesy, Matthias Schweighofer, Felix Moati, Edgar Ramirez, Geza Rohrig, Bella Ramsey, Karl Markovics, Vika Kerekes. Based on an incredible but little known true story Resistance is yet another Holocaust themed drama exploring the impact of war upon innocent children, but it is not quite in the same league as films like the Oscar winning Life Is Beautiful or The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. The late Marcel Marceau is an internationally recognised mime artist, whose Continue reading

DEERSKIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Quentin Dupieux Stars: Jean Dujardin, Adele Haenel, Albert Delpy. A disturbing and unsettling drama about madness, delusions, midlife crises, the dark side of the creative process, toxic masculinity, and unhealthy obsession. Deerskin (aka Le Daim) is the latest film from French electronic musician turned filmmaker Quentin Dupieux (his breakthrough was 2010’s killer tyre film Rubber), whose absurdist films have always done well on the festival circuit, and this oddball and quirky drama again explores some of his usual themes. Continue reading

BLOOD VESSEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Dix Stars: Nathan Phillips, Alyssa Sutherland, Christopher Kirby, Alex Cooke, Mark Diaco, John Llloyd Fillingham, Ruby Isobel Hall, Robert Taylor. “Dead bodies usually mean something bad…” 1945, towards the send of WWII. The German navy are even torpedoing and sinking hospital ships.  When the film opens, a group of survivors from a sunken hospital ship are adrift somewhere in the North Atlantic. Tensions are high as they are desperately short of food and water. This motley crew of survivors include Sinclair Continue reading

JUVENILE DELINQUENTS – interview with NEIL GOSS

by GREG KING A septet of teens form a vigilante group in this drama that one critic described as “Kids meets Death Wish”. Juvenile Delinquents is the debut feature from Australian filmmaker Neil Goss. Greg had a chat with Neil about the genesis of the project, shooting in New York and working with a cast of young, largely unknown actors. http://www.mediafire.com/file/mlsfkcqjch00ra0/250717_001.MP3/file Continue reading