ENOUGH! LEBANON’S DARKEST HOUR – interview with Daizy Gedeon

By GREG KING.  Journalist and filmmaker Daizy Gedeon was born in Lebanon, but raised in Australia, but she still feels a strong connection to the land of her birth. Twenty-five years ago she made a documentary called Lebanon – Imprisoned Splendour, which featured Omar Sharif. But her new documentary has been inspired by the state corruption, mismanagement of government institutions and embezzlement that has led to a mass exodus of people. This controversial documentary has been five years in the making, and underwent extensive rewrites and editing following the Continue reading

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham, Peggy Lu Because of his reputation in using green screen and motion capture technology to bring to life CGI generated characters in films like The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the Planet Of The Apes reboot, Andy Serkis has been handed the reins for this latest Marvel superhero movie. Or should that be anti-hero, as the title character is a sentient, carnivorous shapeshifting alien symbiote with huge teeth?  The character of Venom Continue reading

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Margaret Nolan, Micahel Ajao, Rita Tushingham, Synnove Karlsen, Sam Claflin.   Last Night In Soho is the new film from filmmaker Edgar Wright (the superb Baby Driver, the so-called Cornetto trilogy, etc) and it is a dazzling mix of Italian Giallo styled mystery, coming of age tale, part urban horror and part supernatural ghost thriller. The film has clearly been inspired by such classic thrillers as Repulsion and Don’t Look Now, and is Continue reading

ZOLA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Janicza Bravo Stars: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo.   Filmmakers have drawn inspiration from lots of different sources, from novels and plays through to television shows, magazine or newspaper articles, historical events and biographies, but Zola is the first film to be inspired by a viral twitter feed.   In 2015, A’Zia King, a waitress working at Hooters in Detroit, took a weekend road trip to Florida to earn some extra cash by stripping at a nightclub, but Continue reading

NO TIME TO DIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga Stars: Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen.   The release of the latest film in the long running Bond franchise, the ironically named No Time To Die, was delayed for 18 months by the global pandemic that closed cinemas around the world. No Time To Die is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final appearance as James Bond after fifteen years of playing the iconic superspy. Continue reading