MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 17, 2018 THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. The struggles faced by idiosyncratic and maverick filmmaker Terry Gilliam in trying to bring to the screen his long gestating passion project about Don Quixote have been well detailed in the fascinating 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. That film told of the storms that destroyed sets, the lack of financial support and the ill health of its star, all of which combined to halt production within a week of the project starting physical production. Now some twenty years Continue reading

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher McQuarrie Stars: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley. Most film franchises seem to run out of inspiration before too long, but the Mission Impossible series seems to have gone from strength to strength, with the Brad Bird helmed Ghost Protocol being arguably the strongest film to date. Rogue Nation (2015) took the series in a slightly different direction under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie Continue reading

THE EQUALIZER 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Pedro Pascal, Orson Bean, Jonathan Scarfe, Sakina Jaffrey. Denzel Washington has certainly starred in his fair share of remakes lately, with Man On Fire, The Manchurian Candidate, The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3 and The Magnificent Seven to name a few. But in his storied career he has never appeared in a sequel to one of his hits – until now. The Equalizer 2 is of course a follow up to his 2014 film which was a reboot of the popular television series, Continue reading

INCREDIBLES 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Bird Stars: voices of Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Saraj Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Barry Bostwick, Jonathan Banks, Eli Fucile, Michael Bird, Sophia Bush, Phil LaMarr, Brad Bird, Isabella Rossellini, Adam Gates, John Ratzenberger, Adam Rodriguez.   It’s been fourteen years since Pixar and director Brad Bird gave us The Incredibles, the animated film about the Parrs, a crimefighting family with super powers. The Incredibles grossed over $600 million at the box Continue reading

SKYSCRAPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Chin Han, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell. Skyscraper is essentially a cross between Die Hard, the best action film of the 80s, and The Towering Inferno, the best of the 70s cycle of disaster films with an all-star cast and great special effects for its period. This is a big dumb action film, and no-one is better at making big dumb action blockbusters than the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, who is Continue reading