THE VIPER’S HEX – interview with co-directors Addison Heath and Jasmine Jakupi and producer Dylan Heath

by GREG KING. The Viper's Hex is the fourth feature for Addison, whose previous film Mondo Yakuza was one of the hits of last year's Monsterfest. The Viper's Hex was shot in Japan over a period of five weeks. Addison, Jasmine and Dylan came into the studio for a lengthy chat about the film, shooting in Japan, their love of Japan and Yakuza cinema, and lots more in a wide-ranging interview. The Viper's Hex will screen as part of Monsterfest at the Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn on November Continue reading

AMERICAN MADE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Doug Liman Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, E Roger Mitchell, Mauricio Mejia. Thirty years ago, Tom Cruise played a cock-sure, gung-ho naval pilot in the classic Top Gun. Now he plays another hot shot pilot in this bizarre story about drug smuggling, gun running and money laundering that again proves that quite often truth is far stranger than fiction. Cruise plays Barry Seal, a disenchanted pilot with TWA who uses his position to Continue reading

AMERICAN ASSASSIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Cuesta Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Shiva Neger, Scott Adkins, David Suchet, Shahid Ahmed, Charlotte Vega, Navid Negahban. This attempt to kick start another pacy and violent spy thriller franchise featuring an indestructible hero to rival the likes of Bond, Bourne or Jack Reacher is a fairly generic action yarn. American Assassin is the first film to feature the character of Mitch Rapp, a counter terrorist agent for the CIA, who was created by the late Vince Flynn, an American Continue reading

ALL FOR ONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Dan Jones, Marcus Cobbledick. "All for one" was the rallying cry of the three musketeers, but it also seems to encapsulate the camaraderie and spirit of the GreenEDGE cycling team, Australia's first professional cycling team to compete in the prestigious Tour De France. The team was established in 2010 by millionaire businessman Gerry Ryan, the founder of Jayco Caravans, who has poured much of his own money into building the team. He established a team comprising 30 riders, plenty of support staff, doctors and Continue reading

ALI’S WEDDING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeffrey Walker Stars: Osamah Sami, Helana Sawires, Don Hany, Majid Shokor, Ryan Corr, Robert Rabiah, Maha Wilson, Genevieve Picot, Spencer McLaren. Australian filmmakers often struggle to make genuinely amusing big screen comedies, so it's pleasing to report that Ali's Wedding is a nice feel good romantic comedy that celebrates our multicultural identity. It follows other recent local films, like the superior Alex And Eve and the fairly routine Unindian, that have explored cross cultural romances with a unique and quirky Aussie Continue reading