FUNNY COW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adrian Shergold Stars: Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Tony Pitts, Paddy Considine, Macy Shackleford, Lindsey Coulson, Christine Bottomley, Vic Reeves, Kevin Eldon, Richard Hawley. Many comics seems to be insecure, unhappy, lonely, and they turn to humour as a way of dealing with their emotional pain, and they often use humour as a defence mechanism. And this is the plight of our heroine here in this sombre, unflinching, abrasive and unapologetically bleak tale about a damaged woman trying to make it in the male Continue reading

FRIENDS, FOES & FIREWORKS – interview with Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne

by GREG KING   Friends, Foes & Fireworks is a drama set around a New Year’s Eve party. It was shot entirely in one night and was largely improvised. Writers and directors Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne dropped by the studios to chat about the film and some of the challenges in shooting it. The film is having its premiere at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick on Wednesday March 21 at 7pm. http://www.mediafire.com/file/mi3ld5qub88wmu3/230302_001.MP3 Continue reading

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul McGuigan Stars: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber. This classy British feature recounts the final days of 50s movie star Gloria Grahame, a star of noir films like The Big Heat, who died at the age of 57 in 1981. She won an Oscar in 1952 for her performance in The Bad And The Beautiful opposite Kirk Douglas. But her career stalled in the mid-50s, amid a series of scandals and turbulent affairs with Hollywood players, and she found herself doing lots of Continue reading

FINDING YOUR FEET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Loncraine Stars: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Sian Thomas. Following its premiere as the closing night attraction at the 2017 British Film Festival, this formulaic and cliched bittersweet romcom gets a theatrical release. With its story of elderly Brits enjoying life and facing mortality, second chances and finding romance late in life, this is an endearing but flawed feel good film that will appeal to the same demographic Continue reading

FIFTY SHADES FREED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Foley Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Bruce Altman, Luke Grimes, Victor Rusak, Max Martini, Jennifer Ehle, Callum Keith Rennie, Tyler Hoechlin, Arielle Kebbel. Fifty Shades Blander? One of the trashiest film trilogies in recent memory reaches its (ahem) climax with the dull and leaden final instalment of the franchise based on E L James’ best-selling erotic novels about a relationship based around consensual BD&SM. The Fifty Shades Continue reading