BLOCKERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kay Cannon Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins, Jimmy Bellinger, Ramona Young, Sarayu Blue, Gary Cole, Gina Gershon. Teen boys losing their virginity is some sort of right of passage that has been the theme of many raunchy gross out sex comedies, from Porky’s through to American Pie and Superbad, and even the Israeli coming of age comedy Lemon Popsicle, which is one of the highest grossing Israeli films of all time and a huge influence Continue reading

BPM – interview with writer Philippe Mangeot

by GREG KING BPM is a fictional drama based on the activities of ACTUP, an AIDS activist group in Paris in the 1990s. Philippe Mangeot and filmmaker Robin Campillo (Eastern Boys, etc) were both members of the group. They have drawn upon their experiences and memories for this powerful and confronting drama - a rousing call to arms that delves into the politics of the group. At the centre is also a beautiful love story. BPM (Beats Per Minute) screens at the Melbourne International Queer Film Festival on Sunday March 24, and the Alliance French Film Festival in March. Continue reading

BLACK PANTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K Brown. The 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe serves up something a little different. With the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok the Marvel head honchos shook up the usual increasingly tired formula by introducing plenty of improvised humour and a looser feel to proceedings. With Black Panther they give us the first Continue reading

BREATHE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amit Shah, Jonathan Hyde, David Wilmot, Stephen Mangan, Dean-Charles Chapman. The opening night film at the recent British Film Festival at Palace Cinemas, Breathe is an unashamedly old-fashioned tear jerker that will appeal to the same demographic that loved films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, etc. This is the inspiring true story of Robin Cavendish (played here by Andrew Garfield, from Hacksaw Ridge, etc), who Continue reading

BIG IN JAPAN – interview with David Elliot-Jones and Louis Dai

by GREG KING In the documentary Big In Japan, Melbourne filmmaking trio Lachlan McLeod (director), Louis Dai (editor) and David Elliot-Jones explore the nature of fame and the culture of fame, in a world where Facebook and YouTube can make instant celebrities. The trio journeyed to Japan, where the people seem to worship foreign talents. The title itself refers to the phenomenon of Western fame in Japan. The three filmmakers embark on a mission to see if they can make Dave - a 26-year old nobody - famous. The film was four years in the making. Greg spoke to David and Continue reading