TOM OF FINLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Seumas Sergent, Jakob Oftebro, Christian Sandstrom, Niklas Hogner, Werner Daen. Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2018, this handsome looking production is a biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen, whose erotic drawings under the pseudonym of Tom of Finland had a huge influence on gay identity and became a symbol of gay pride in the sexually liberated 70s and 80s. Laaksonen's life was previously explored in Ilppo Pohjola's 1991 documentary Continue reading

SMALL TOWN KILLERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ole Borendal Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas BRo, Mia Lynne, Lene Maria Christensen, Soren Malling, Marcin Dorocinski, Gwen Taylor. Nordic noir has always been darker and more twisted than American or British crime stories which probably explains its popularity. Small Town Killers is the latest Nordic crime film to emerge from Denmark, and despite its rather nasty premise it deftly mixes black comedy with screwball elements and is something of an unexpected treat. Edward (Ulrich Thomsen, a regular in Continue reading

THE KING’S CHOICE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Erik Poppe Stars: Jesper Christensen, Karl Markovics, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Arthur Hakalahti. In April 1940, the German war machine invaded Norway on the pretext of protecting it. Germany's actions had violated Norway's traditional stance of neutrality, and the parliament, led by the Nazi sympathiser Quisling, was in disarray. The long serving King Haakon VII (played by Jesper Christensen, who we saw in the Bond film Casino Royale, etc) was presented with an ultimatum by the German envoy Carl Brauer (Karl Markovics) - Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – reviews

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia in September. The opening night film is the Golden Globe Award winning comedy Let Yourself Go! Tenderness, the new film from director Gianni Amelio will be followed by Q&A sessions hosted by Greta Scacchi. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 INDIVISIBLE. The centrepiece film screening at this year's festival is the gritty and vaguely disturbing drama Indivisible, which won four Donatella Awards, the Italian equivalent of the Oscars. Conjoined at the Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – week 2 reviews

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. The Stanford Prison Experiment meets Battle Royale? Belko is a US non-profit organisation based in Bogota in Colombia, which works to facilitate American businesses wanting to operate in South America. One day though an unusually high level of security seems to be visible around the high rise office building. As the employees go about their business, a wall of steel shutters surrounds the building and a mysterious voice suddenly comes over the PA system Continue reading