Archives for October 2011


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roland Emmerich Stars: Rhys Ifans, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, . Roland Emmerich is best known for his big budget, special effects driven disaster movies, like Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, etc. His latest film is set against the background of palace intrigues and conspiracies in the court of Elizabeth I, and explores the controversy of the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. For decades, scholars have debated whether Shakespeare actually wrote the plays Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Niccol Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde. So, what is your time worth? This new sci-fi thriller comes from New Zealand born filmmaker Andrew Niccol, who wrote The Truman Show and directed Gattaca and Lord Of War. It is set in the near future, where everyone is genetically programmed to stop aging at 25, rather like Logan’s Run revisited, which adds a neat twist to the "race against time" thriller device. After your 25th birthday, you Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Rosie Jones. This fascinating documentary looks at the controversial plans to redevelop a car park on the St Kilda foreshore, and the community outcry against the development. In May 2007 the Port Phillip Council unveiled plans for a massive commercial development including 180 shops, a hotel, a supermarket, 8 cinemas, 5 nightclubs and bars, some with 24-hour licenses. The developers also planned to inject some $60million to restore the Palais to its former glory. The proposed $465 million mall would be built on a Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nicholas Winding Refn Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman. Maverick Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn makes tough, unflinchingly brutal and uncompromising dramas like his Pusher trilogy and the physically bruising Bronson. For his first American film, Refn has made a dark and downbeat hard boiled noir-like thriller that has moments of quiet punctuated by sudden explosive bursts of graphic, bloody violence. Refn brings an outsider’s perspective to his depiction of LA, Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gereon Wetzel. Here’s one for the foodies, or those people who love watching television cooking shows like Master Chef, Heston’s Kitchen, etc. Anyone else will find this documentary set inside one of the world’s most highly regarded restaurants the cinematic equivalent of watching paint dry. This German-Spanish co-production takes audiences inside the famed El Bulli avant-garde restaurant located on Spain’s Catalan coastline. Here enigmatic chef Ferran Adria presides over his kitchen like a benevolent despot, Continue reading