THE DARK TOWER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nikolaj Arcel Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, Michael Berbieri, Jose Zuniga, Dannis Haysbert, Claudia Kim, Ben Gavin, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Nicholas Pauling, Nicholas Hamilton. The titular dark tower is a tall edifice that supposedly stands at the centre of the universe, and, according to legend, if it should fall then chaos will reign. Roland (Idris Elba) is the last in a long line of gunslingers charged with protecting the tower from all sorts of threats. He has been Continue reading

THE WALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Doug Liman Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli. Iraq 2007. America's war on terror in Iraq is supposedly over, yet the bloody fighting continues in rural outposts where militant insurgents still hold power. A vital desert pipeline has come under fire from an unseen enemy sniper. Two US soldiers are sent to investigate this attack on the pipeline, but find they have been drawn into a trap. They find the contractors dead, and before too long they also come under fire from the rogue sniper. While sniper Shane Continue reading

LOVING VINCENT – interview with Andrew Grimmer

by GREG KING Loving Vincent is a Polish UK co-production that looks at the mystery surrounding the death of Vincent Van Gogh. It is based on a letter that Van Gogh wrote in the week before he died. This unique film was shot with actors, then painted over frame by frame by hand, with oil paints to replicate Van Gogh's style. Some 62000 oil paintings to make the world's first painted animated film. It was a massive task, with some 100 artists working on the film. Two directors worked on the film - the husband and wife team of Dorota Kobeila, an animator from Poland, Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – week 2 reviews

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. The Stanford Prison Experiment meets Battle Royale? Belko is a US non-profit organisation based in Bogota in Colombia, which works to facilitate American businesses wanting to operate in South America. One day though an unusually high level of security seems to be visible around the high rise office building. As the employees go about their business, a wall of steel shutters surrounds the building and a mysterious voice suddenly comes over the PA system Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading