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

FAR FROM HERE – interview with James Pillion

by GREG KING Far From Here is a very personal story, a romantic drama set in Romania that charts the changing nature of the relationship between Grant and Sofia as the pressures of work and separation take its toll. It is the debut feature for Sydney filmmaker James Pillion. Greg spoke to James to find out about the origins of the film, putting the script together with stars Jonathan Ahmadi, casting the film, and the decision to shoot in Romania. http://www.mediafire.com/file/a8eq3odisecir4c/230110_001.MP3 Continue reading

FACES PLACES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Agnes Varda, JR. Diminutive 88-year old filmmaker Agnes Varda (The Gleaners And I, etc) returns to the screen with this whimsical road journey documentary, her first feature film in nine years. Here she teams up with 33-year old French visual artist and film director known simply as JR, known for his large scale photographic murals, and the results are a delight to watch. JR continually sports his signature dark glasses, which he never takes off much to Varda’s frustration, and trilby hat. Continue reading

FINAL PORTRAIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stanley Tucci Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Clemence Poesy, Sylvie Testud, James Faulkner. In 1966, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Alberto Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. In 1964 he had painted a portrait of American journalist and art lover James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Giacometti was Continue reading

47 METERS DOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Johannes Roberts Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura. Swimming with sharks, again? Ever since Jaws hit the big screen in 1975, there have been many other films that have played on our innate fear of the predators of the deep - films like The Reef, Open Water and more recently The Shallows with Blake Lively, which have pitted humans against rapacious killer sharks. And just when you thought it was safe to go back into a cinema along comes 47 Meters Down, a low budget, slightly Continue reading