THE GOLDFINCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Crowley Stars: Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhart, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Sarah Paulson, Aneurin Barnard, Dennis O'Hare, Robert Joy, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald, Boyd Gaines. This lacklustre adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning 2013 novel, which spent 30 weeks at the tops of the best seller lists, is something of a massive misfire. The Dickensian novel was essentially a coming of age tale that spanned nearly a decade and followed the troubled journey of its protagonist Continue reading

GREEN LIGHT – interview with Ned Donohue

by GREG KING The issue of legalising marijuana for medicinal purposes is a complex and controversial one. This documentary from Ned Donohue looks at the underground work of two Northern Rivers men to provide medicinal cannabis to cancer sufferers. The film also looks at some of the difficulties in getting medicinal cannabis legalised in Australia. Greg speaks to filmmaker Ned Donohue about the making of this documentary and the issues surrounding it. http://www.mediafire.com/file/r4m8w13rh2lz9ww/240915_003.MP3/file Continue reading

RIDE LIKE A GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Griffiths Stars: Theresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Brooke Satchwell, Sullivan Stapleton, Stevie Payne, Magda Szubanski, Shane Bourne, Mick Molloy, Aaron Glenane, Genevieve Morris. In 2015 Michelle Payne rode the 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance to victory in the Melbourne Cup, becoming the first female jockey to win the prestigious two-mile race in its 150 year history. It’s an inspirational, moving and feel good under dog story of triumph in the face of adversity and overcoming the odds. Her story shares a few common elements with Continue reading

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andre Ovredal This is a teen friendly horror film, much akin to the popular YA Goosebumps series. And like Goosebumps Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is derived from a popular series of books written by Alvin Schwartz and seems heavily inspired by the works of Stephen King, especially with its story of a group of misfit teens setting out to save their town from a malevolent spirit hellbent on wreaking vengeance for a perceived past wrong. Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Adams, Austin Zajur, Continue reading

HALSTON

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Frederic Tcheng. This comprehensive documentary about the rise and fall of the iconic and flamboyant fashion designer, simply known by one name, is a tale of fashion, fame, fortune, excess and hubris. Roy Halston Frowick was born in Iowa in the Depression era, but made his reputation in New York in the 70s. He started his career as a milliner. He designed the iconic pillbox hat for Jackie Kennedy, which basically established his reputation and made him a household name. He became the main designer at upmarket New Continue reading