THE AFTERMATH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgard, Flora Thiemann, Martin Compston, Fionn O'Shea. Love among the ruins? 1946, several months after the end of the war. Hamburg after the end of WWII was a city in ruins. The German people are suffering from a lack of food and shelter and they rummage through the bombed building looking for bodies. British colonel Lewis Morgan (Australian actor Jason Clarke, currently also in Pet Sematary) is charged with overseeing the reconstruction and rebuilding of the Continue reading

LITTLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tina Gordon Stars: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Justin Hartley, Rachel Dratch, Mikey Day, Thalia Tran, J D McCrary, Tucker Meek, Luke James, Tone Bell, Marley Taylor, Eva Carlton, Marc Hawes, Caleb Emery. This laboured and painfully unfunny comedy is an African-American centric variation on the body swap formula that drove films such as the superior Big, Freaky Friday, 17 Again and Suddenly 30, and tramples it into the dust. There is little about this dud to recommend it to audiences. A nerd when at school, Continue reading

DUMBO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Burton Stars: Colin Farrell, Danny De Vito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Roshan Seth, Alan Arkin, Joseph Gatt. Disney seems intent on producing live action versions of most of their classic animated tales. This live action remake of Dumbo follows other recent live action re-imaginings of classic Disney cartoons like Beauty And The Beast and The Jungle Book, with versions of Aladdin and The Lion King also on the road. Originally released in 1941, Dumbo was Disney’s fourth animated feature and one Continue reading

SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2019 – interview with Paulette Arvizu

by GREG KING The Spanish Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia from April 16 through to May 26. This year it also incorporates the Cine Latino Film Festival, featuring a selection of some of the best films from the Latin American region. There is also a spotlight celebrating the talent of female directors with 11 films directed by female filmmakers. The opening night film is Champions, the award-winning comedy from Javier Fesser, which was the biggest box office attraction in Spain last year. The closing night film is Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 comedy Continue reading

HAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Amy Scott. Oscar winning filmmaker Hal Ashby was something of an uncompromising maverick who preferred to work outside the studio system because he believed they valued commerce over art. “Studios are the enemy of the artist,” his friend and mentor Norman Jewison told him rather frankly. Ashby won an Oscar for his work on editing Jewison’s In The Heat Of The Night in 1968. And in a fertile period during the 70s he directed a handful of socially conscious and bitingly funny films that rank amongst the best Continue reading