AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Richard Sowada

by GREG KING   The American Essentials Film Festival screens at Kino Cinemas from May 10 and runs through until May 20. The festival screens some of the latest and best films from America’s independent film scene, and the films are chosen straight from some of the US’s top film festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca. The opening night film is the quirky romantic comedy The Boy Downstairs from director Sophie Brooks. There is a sidebar called Postcards From LA, featuring some classics like Chinatown, Shampoo and Michael Mann’s crime thriller Heat. And there is Continue reading

A WRINKLE IN TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director Ava DuVernay Stars: Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andrew Holland, Rowan Blanchard, David Oyelowo, Daniel MacPherson, Tim Kang. Madeleine L’Engle’s popular 1962 YA fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time has long been considered difficult to adapt to the screen. There was a four-hour television miniseries made for Canadian tv in 2004 which featured some shoddy special effects and ordinary performances. This version has Continue reading

A QUIET PLACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Krasinski Stars: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward. In a quiet place, no one can hear you scream? A well-made, tense and suspenseful horror film from director John Krasinski (best known for his work on the US version of tv sitcom The Office), A Quiet Place is also as scary as hell. Not since last year’s Don’t Breathe has the use of silence been such an effective and potent cinematic tool for creating edge of the seat tension and a palpable sense of dread. A Continue reading

THE ENDLESS – interview with Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

by GREG KING The Endless is a mind-bending mix of sci-fi and horror that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn't as young men, they're forced to reconsider the cult's beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. The film has been created by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. To date it has a perfect score on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Greg spoke to Justin and Continue reading

A FANTASTIC WOMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sebastian Lelio Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Amparo Noguera, Aline Kuppenheim, Luis Gnecco, Nicholas Saavedro. Chilean director Sebastian Lelio makes films that deal with strong female characters who struggle against a patriarchal society. His previous film Gloria offered up a sympathetic and honest portrait of a middle-aged woman looking for love and fulfillment in contemporary Santiago, and he handled the material with a sense of compassion and respect. Those same qualities are evident in his fifth feature film, A Continue reading