DA 5 BLOODS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Spike Lee Stars: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock jr, Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno, Melanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Johnny Nguyen, Jasper Paakkonen, Veronica Ngo. The latest joint from provocative filmmaker Spike Lee is an ambitious and politically charged film that looks at the Vietnam War from the perspective of African American soldiers, and it contains plenty of his usual fiery rhetoric about the parlous state of race relations in the US. Four former Vietnam veterans return to Continue reading

THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antonio Campos Stars: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clarke, Riley Keough, Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgard, Haley Bennett, Harry Mellings, Eliza Scanlen, Michael Banks Repeta, Donald Ray Pollock, Mia Wasikowska, Douglas Hodge . Set mainly in 1965 in Knockemstiff, a small town in Ohio, and Coal Creek in West Virginia, this sprawling and multi-layered Southern Gothic tale of good and evil offers a rich tapestry of amoral and unsavoury characters and explores that potent nexus between religion, sex and violence, fate and Continue reading

THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN

THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN

. Reviewed by GREG KING Director: McG Stars: Judah Lewis, Emily Alyn Lind, Jenna Ortega, Samara Weaving, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Juliocesar Chavez, Maximilan Acevedo, Jennifer Foster, Hanna Mae Lee, Andrew Bachelor, Ken Marino, Leslie Bibb. This hybrid mix of gory horror, coming of age tale and black comedy is a sequel to 2017’s cult favourite The Babysitter. In that film virginal teen Cole (Judah Lewis) discovered that his babysitter Bee (played by the very busy Samara Weaving) was involved in a satanic blood cult. Two years after the events of that film Continue reading

EXTRACTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Hargrave Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Priyanshu Painyuli, Randeep Hooda, David Harbour, Golshifteh Farahani. While cinemas tend to be off limits during the global pandemic, the likes of streaming giant Netflix and other similar services have been providing plenty of content for filmgoers. Filmed under the auspices of Netflix with a budget of $65million, and produced by the Russo brothers, Extraction follows the success of other recent Netflix original action films like The Old Guard and Project Power, and Continue reading

THE FACELESS MAN – interview with JAMES DI MARTINO

by GREG KING Filmed in and around Melbourne, The Faceless Man is an Ozploitation genre mash-up from the mind of debut feature film director James Di Martino, who has previously made 5 short films. It stars newcomer Sophie Thurling and veteran Mad Max star Roger Ward. The film has screened on the festival circuit and took home 6 major awards at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival including Best Director and Best Film. It is available on demand from August 28. Greg spoke to James about the film, the genesis of the story, shooting on location in Dromana, casting the Continue reading