ALADDIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Namoi Scott, Marwan Kenzai, Navid Negahban, Billy Magnusson. Disney continues to plunder its back catalogue of animated classics to reinvent them as live action dramas. In recent years we have had the likes of live action remakes of 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast and most recently Dumbo, with The Lion King on the way. The latest live action version of a beloved Disney animated film is Aladdin, a remake of the classic 1992 film. Aladdin itself was Continue reading

PETERLOO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, David Moorst, Pearce Quigley, Robert Wilfort, Karl Johnson, Alistair Mackenzie. Set in Manchester in 1819, after the Napoleonic Wars, this epic film tells of the infamous Peterloo massacre, a shameful but defining moment in British history about which little is known. A massed crowd of some 60,000 people who had gathered in St Peter’s Field to peacefully to protest, and to demand political reform and relief for increased poverty and unemployment. The crowd had also gathered to Continue reading

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chad Stahelski Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Mark Dacascos, Said Taghmaoui, Tobias Segal, Randall Duk Kim, Jason Mantzoukas. In 2014 we were introduced to John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves, from Speed and The Matrix trilogy, etc), an indestructible assassin who is a more lethally efficient assassin than even Jason Bourne. Wick had retired from the business to spend time with his family. But when a Russian mob killed his family and his dog, Continue reading

POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Letterman Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora. Pokemon began as a video game and trade card phenomena created by Satoshi Tajiri, and soon gained popularity as a long running animated television series and plenty of animated films. There are some 800 Pokemon characters. The success of the Pokemon GO app and mobile game, introduced in 2016, led to the creation of Pokemon Detective Pikachu, which is the first live action film in the Pokemon Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Ben Veress.

by GREG KING Over the course of two days, The Melbourne International Youth Film Festival screens 25 films from young filmmakers aged under 25. The festival runs from May 31-June 1, with opening night screenings at Backlot in Haig Street Southbank, and Saturday screenings at RMIT. There will be young filmmakers in attendance on Saturday afternoon to answer questions about their films. Greg speaks to Ben Veress, one of the organisers of the festival, to find out more. http://www.mediafire.com/file/781vazdrgjduhfg/240509_002.MP3/file Continue reading