DUNE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Timothee Chlamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Zendaya, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa.   Frank Herbert’s sprawling seminal 1965 science fiction novel Dune has been hugely influential on the genre and has also had a heavy influence on films like Star Wars. But the novel itself with its complex themes, intergalactic political intrigue and fanciful ideas has long thought to be unfilmable. Alejandro Continue reading

CRY MACHO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eduardo Minett, Natalia Traven, Fernanda Urrejola, Dwight Yoakam, Horacio Garcia Rojas, Marco Rodriguez. At 91 years of age Clint Eastwood climbs back into the saddle for this elegiac and reflective contemporary western. He plays Mike Milo, a washed-up former rodeo rider with a broken back who has fallen on hard times. He is asked by his former boss Howard (country singer and occasional actor Dwight Yoakam) to travel to Mexico City and find his 13-year-old son, whom he hasn’t since for seven Continue reading

ENOUGH! LEBANON’S DARKEST HOUR – interview with Daizy Gedeon

By GREG KING.  Journalist and filmmaker Daizy Gedeon was born in Lebanon, but raised in Australia, but she still feels a strong connection to the land of her birth. Twenty-five years ago she made a documentary called Lebanon – Imprisoned Splendour, which featured Omar Sharif. But her new documentary has been inspired by the state corruption, mismanagement of government institutions and embezzlement that has led to a mass exodus of people. This controversial documentary has been five years in the making, and underwent extensive rewrites and editing following the Continue reading

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham, Peggy Lu Because of his reputation in using green screen and motion capture technology to bring to life CGI generated characters in films like The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the Planet Of The Apes reboot, Andy Serkis has been handed the reins for this latest Marvel superhero movie. Or should that be anti-hero, as the title character is a sentient, carnivorous shapeshifting alien symbiote with huge teeth?  The character of Venom Continue reading

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Margaret Nolan, Micahel Ajao, Rita Tushingham, Synnove Karlsen, Sam Claflin.   Last Night In Soho is the new film from filmmaker Edgar Wright (the superb Baby Driver, the so-called Cornetto trilogy, etc) and it is a dazzling mix of Italian Giallo styled mystery, coming of age tale, part urban horror and part supernatural ghost thriller. The film has clearly been inspired by such classic thrillers as Repulsion and Don’t Look Now, and is Continue reading