DARK WATERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Anne Hathaway, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Krause. Based on a true story, this is a David versus Goliath like story of an attorney who sought justice against the powerful DuPont chemical company which had for years knowingly poisoned the people of Parkersburg in West Virginia by dumping toxic chemicals and carcinogenic material into the town’s water supply. Dark Waters has much in common with 2000’s Erin Brockovich (for Continue reading

BLOODSHOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David S F Wilson Stars: Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan Alex Hernandez, Toby Kebbell, Lamorne Morris, Talulah Riley, Siddharth Dhananjay. Vin Diesel plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is reconstructed after being killed following a rescue mission in Kenya. He is given enhanced superpowers and made virtually invincible by mad scientist Emil Harting (Guy Pearce). Harting works for Rising Spirit Technologies, a company which treats wounded soldiers and enhances them with prosthetic limbs and state of the Continue reading

QUEEN & SLIM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Melina Matsoukas Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Sturgill Simpson, Chloe Sevigny, Flea, Indya Moore, Benito Martinez. This searing drama offers yet another look at the parlous state of race relations and injustice in the US and fits neatly into the whole Black Lives Matter movement. Unlike a number of other films exploring racism in contemporary America through the perspective of white filmmakers, Queen & Slim is seen from the perspective of black filmmakers, which makes it all the more Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2020 – REVIEWS

ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED MARCH 16 SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM. A refreshingly original but gritty and highly erotic coming of age tale set against the backdrop of queer sex and dating. Sequin (played by Conor Leach in his film debut) is a precocious 16-year old gay schoolboy who is drawn into the world of on-line sexual hook-ups and anonymous sex parties. His name comes from his habit of wearing a blue, spangled halter top for his sexual assignations. He has a habit of not meeting the same man twice, deleting their social profile from his phone after Continue reading

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2020 REVIEWS

ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED MARCH 11, 2020 LA BELLE EPOQUE. This romantic drama from actor turned writer/directors Victor Nicolas Bedos (Mr & Mrs Adelman) has been compared to a Gallic variation of The Truman Show. Antoine (Guilluame Canet) is an entrepreneur who has set up a company that specialises in using theatrical artifice and filmmaking techniques to recreate historical periods for clients. The company has its own studios, production staff and actors who brings a particular period to life. Sketch artists and cartoonist Victor (Daniel Continue reading