IN THE HEIGHTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon M Chu Stars: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Corey Hawkins, Gregory Diaz IV, Olga Merediz, Melissa Barrera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Chris Jackson.   Before Steven Spielberg’s lavish remake of the multi-Oscar winning West Side Story hits our screens we get this uplifting and hopeful musical set in a vibrant, multi-cultural and diverse area of New York that explores the immigrant experience of a generation of Latino migrants and their hopes and dreams and struggles.  Long before he Continue reading

SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Malcolm D Lee Stars: Le Bron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Nneka Ogwumike, Steven Yeun, Michael B Jordan, voices of Zendaya, Jeff Bergman, Gabriel Iglesias, Eric Buaza, Candi Milo, Bob Bergen, Rosario Dawson.  1996’s Space Jam matched NBA legend Michael Jordan with the Warner Bros toon characters in an ambitious yet entertaining mix of animation and live action. In that film Jordan had to save the world from aliens in a match of proball. The Continue reading

WANTING TO FLY -interview with MATTHEW MORDEN

by GREG KING Screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is the documentary Wanting To Fly, which explores the “suspension community”, a subculture about which little is known. Filmmaker Matthew Morden follows Neil, who is about to undergo his first “suspension.” Greg spoke to Matthew to learn more about this subculture and this painful looking practice which is supposed to provide some healthy pyschological benfits for those who participate. https://www.mediafire.com/file/82s7lu4z0hjsi8c/260702_001.MP3/file Continue reading

GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Navot Papushado Stars: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Paul Giamatti, Carlaa Gugino, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Chloe Coleman, Michael Smiley, Ralph Ineson.  If you liked films such as John Wick and the recent Nobody, with their kinetic mix of relentless action, brutal violence and a high body count, then you’ll also enjoy this hyper colourful, violent and bruisingly entertaining slice of neo-noir pulp fiction and rollercoaster ride that can best be described as Tarantinoesque. Gunpowder Milkshake is the creation of Israeli Continue reading

PERFUMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gregory Magne Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Gregory Montel, Zelie Rixhon, Gustave Kervern. Typically Gallic in tone, Perfumes is the sophomore feature for writer/director Gregory Magne following 2012’s L’air de Rien. This offbeat, understated and lightweight, feelgood romantic comedy about second chances is driven by an engaging odd couple dynamic.  Anne Walberg (prolific French actress Emmanuelle Devos, from Read My Lips, etc) was a leading and highly sought-after creator of high-end perfumes for Dior. But after suffering a Continue reading