Archives for August 2011


all reviews by GREG KING THE MATCHMAKER. The opening night film at this year’s Israeli Film Festival is The Matchmaker, an absolutely charming but bittersweet coming of age film from director Avi Nesher (Turn Left at the End of the World, The Secrets). Set in the bustling port city of Haifa in 1968, the film follows 16 year old Arik Burstein (Tuval Shafir) as he learns about love, jealousy, family history, secrets, sex and the darkness that lurks in human souls. During the summer holidays, Arik is hired by Yankele Bride (television comedian Adir Miller), the local Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Seth Gordon Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Foxx. Revenge of the working stiffs? We’ve probably all fantasised about seeking revenge on our unsympathetic and cruel bosses. But now we get the chance to vicariously experience our various revenge fantasies with this male variation on Nine To Five. Horrible Bosses deals with three harassed, bullied and verbally abused workers who decide to kill their overbearing and cruel bosses. Nick (Jason Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Alan Mak and Felix Chong Stars: Shaun Lau, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Kenneth Tsang, Michelle Ye, Woo Fung, Kong Ngai, Felix Lok, Kwok Fung. This pacy thriller about high finance, greed, corruption, betrayal, murder and revenge is a sequel of sorts to Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s 2009 thriller Overheard. Although the film features the same three stars, albeit in different roles, and explores some similar themes, the writing and directing team of Mak and Chong take the material in a different direction. In Overheard, Shaun Lau, Louis Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marcus Nispel Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Rachael Nichols, Morgan Freeman. Long before he was the Terminator, or even the governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger played the role of Conan the Cimmerian warrior first created by Robert E Howard in a series of fantasy novels in the 1930s. Schwarzenegger made the role his own in both Conan The Barbarian (1982), directed by John Milius, and the 1984 sequel Conan The Destroyer, directed by Richard Fleischer. In this unnecessary and misguided remake Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Wim Wenders. Wim Wenders’s documentary celebrates the life and work of iconic German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders first met dancer and choreographer Bausch in 1985, and he has spent the better part of 20 years trying to make a film that did her formidable reputation justice. Apparently he was inspired by the U2 3D-concert film to tackle the film using the 3D process. Pina boasts some of the best use of 3D technology yet seen in film, and the process brings the dance sequences vividly to Continue reading