C’EST LA VIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Eye Haidara, Jean-Paul Rouve, Benjamin Lavernhe, Judith Chemla, Vincent Macaigne, Suzanne Clement. A Gallic The Wedding Planner? Max Angeley (played by Jean-Pierre Bacri, from Look At Me, etc) is a veteran wedding planner and caterer who offers first rate service and lavish affairs for couples. But after thirty years he wants to get out of the business. After a couple of decades, he now lacks tolerance for couples who want to compromise on the Continue reading

CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon M Chu Stars: Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Pierre Png, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O Yang, Ronny Chieng, Lisa Lu, Harry Shum jr, Chris Pang, Nico Santos, Janice Koh. A contemporary fairy tale set in Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians is a feel good crowd pleasing romcom, and more significantly it is one of the first films from a major Hollywood studio since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago to feature an all Asian cast. Rachel Chu (Constance Wu, from Fresh Off The Boat, etc) is an economics professor at a Continue reading

CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Cerise Howard

by GREG KING The 6th Czech and Slovak Film Festival acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring as well as the centenary of the establishment of Czeckoslovakia. This year the program focuses on some historic films from Czech filmmakers, including The Fireman’s Ball, Milos Forman’s final film in his native country before moving to the US. The Fireman’s Ball closes the festival this year. There is a special screening of Ecstasy, a 1933 film starring Heddy Lamarr, which will be accompanied by a live music score on the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ, played by Continue reading

BROTHERS’ NEST – interview with Clayton Jacobson

by GREG KING Brothers’ Nest is a dark and twisted claustrophobic comedy thriller that stars Clayton and Shane Jacobson as two brothers who concoct a plan to kill their stepfather to ensure that they inherit the family home when their terminally ill mother passes away. Clayton (Kenny, etc) also directs the film, which was written especially for the brothers by Jaime Browne (The Mule, The King, etc). Greg spoke to Clayton to find out more about the making of the Continue reading

CARGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ben Howling, Yolande Ramke Stars: Martin Freeman, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes, Simone Landers, Kris McQuade, David Gulpilil, Caren Pistorious, Natasha Wanganeen, Bruce R Carter. A strange virus has wiped out most of the population, leaving behind hordes of the walking dead. When someone is bitten by these “zombies” they have 48 hours before they are turned into one of these undead. Set in a post-apocalyptic remote outback Australia, Cargo follows Andy (Martin Freeman, from The Hobbit trilogy) and his wife Kay (Susie Porter) Continue reading