KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Aiden Gillen, Djimon Hounsou, Freddie Fox, Eric Bana, Mikael Persbrandt, Tom Wu. The legend of King Arthur, his magical sword and the fabulous kingdom of Camelot has been told many times in the movies, from Disney’s animated 1963 film The Sword In The Stone, through to the musical Camelot, the comical Monty Python And The Holy Grail, First Knight, and, of course, John Boorman’s visually stunning and slick 1981 classic Excalibur. Now British director Guy Ritchie Continue reading

THE SHACK – interview with Stuart Hazeldine

by GREG KING Based on the best-selling novel, the religious themed drama The Shack is a story of faith, belief and one man coming to terms with the tragic events of the recent past. It stars Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell and Octavia Spencer, and was directed by Stuart Hazeldine. Greg spoke to Stuart about the pressures of bring a beloved novel to the screen, the casting process, shooting on location in British Vancouver, and his own journey as a filmmaker. http://www.mediafire.com/file/j340coroctq9f9x/220503_001.MP3 Continue reading

THE INNOCENTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Lou De Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig, Dorota Kuduk, Vincent Macaigne. This French/Polish production looks at the horrors of war and the consequences of war from a different perspective. The Innocents is inspired by a little-known incident that happened in Poland at the end of WWII. The setting is a secluded convent outside Warsaw. A convent should have been a place of refuge and a safe haven from the horrors of war, but instead it became a place of terror. When the Russian troops liberated Poland from the Germans Continue reading

A DOG’S PURPOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lasse Hallstrom Stars: Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, Bryce Gheisar, K J Apa, Britt Robertson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Pooch Hall, Logan Miller.   What is a dog’s purpose? Is it to provide companionship, to help us overcome grief and loneliness, or is it to help us find fulfilment and purpose in our own lives? These questions will be answered in this heart-warming and slightly mawkish feel good family friendly film based on the 2010 bestseller by W Bruce Cameron, best known for his book 8 Continue reading

PORK PIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Murphy Stars: James Rolletson, Dean O'Gorman, Ashleigh Cummings, Antonia Prebble, Geraldine Brophy, Matt Whelan.   Along with Roger Donaldson’s 1977 political thriller Sleeping Dogs (which introduced us to Sam Neill), Geoff Murphy’s fast paced 1981 road movie Goodbye Pork Pie was one of the seminal films in putting New Zealand on the map and establishing the country’s modern film industry. Up until then the bulk of New Zealand productions were documentaries. Pork Pie is a crowd pleasing and fast paced remake of Continue reading