EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vaughn Stein Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Sam Claflin, Emily Alyn Lind, India Eisley. Production began on this B-grade psychological thriller back in 2012. The film was originally titled You Belong To Me, but for numerous reasons production was halted in 2012. In 2019 production began again on a rejigged version and it was released with a new director and cast, and a new title that shares the same name as a song by the British rock band The Police. The film has an interesting concept but is let down a little in the Continue reading

SOUTH AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2021 – interview with Marc Radomsky

by GREG KING The South African Film Festival runs from May 12- 24, and following last year’s experience, when COVID forced most film festivals to go on line, this year the festival is offering a combination of on-line viewing options as well as in cinema experiences. This year the festival is also going to screen in New Zealand. The festival will screen 9 documentaries, 5 features and a couple of short filsm that explore a diverse range of themes including the struggle for democracy, racial equality, culture and tradition, and the post-Apartheid struggle. Greg Continue reading

WRATH OF MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffery Donovan, Scott Eastwood, Eddie Marsan, Josh Hartnett, Post Malone, Andy Garcia, Laz Alonso, Raul Castillo, DeObia Oparei, Niamh Algar. After flirting with Arthurian legend and live action remakes of Disney animation Guy Ritchie returned with great success to the gangster genre with which he established his reputation with The Gentlemen in 2019. His latest film is another crime thriller; this time he gives us a solid heist thriller that will remind audiences of the recent Continue reading

LAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robin Wright Stars: Robin Wright, Demian Bichir, Kim Dickens, Sarah Dawn Medge. Better known for her work as an actress, Robin Wright (from tv series House Of Cards, etc) makes her directorial debut with this slight and slow-moving survival drama about loss, grief, redemption. Land is more in the same vein as films like Into The Wild (directed by her former husband Sean Penn) and Wild (which starred Reese Witherspoon) in which the central character sets out on a journey of self-discovery following a traumatic experience and tries Continue reading

FIRST COW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: John Mangaro Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Ewan Bremner, Rene Auberjonois, Lily Gladstone. Kelly Reichardt has always had a distinctive and singular filmmaking style which appeals to many, and those familiar with her body of work will certainly appreciate her latest film. First Cow is a slow moving and unorthodox revisionist western that nonetheless addresses many of her usual themes and motifs. Reichardt ventured into the western frontier previously with her 2010 film Meek’s Cutoff. First Cow has been adapted Continue reading