POP AYE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kirsten Tan Stars: Thaneth Warakulnakrah, Penpak Sirkul,Yukonturn Sukkijja, Chaiwat Khumdee. A quirky and gentle road movie from Thailand, Pop Aye is sure to please audiences of a certain age or sensibility. Middle aged architect Thana (Thaneth Warakulnakrah) is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. He is fed up with his job and his marriage to his sexually frustrated and unhappy wife Bo (Penpak Sirkul), who feels resentful towards him for his lack of ambition and drive. Thana feels Continue reading

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aki Kaurismaki Stars: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Niroz Haji. The latest film from idiosyncratic Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki, The Other Side Of Hope was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival. This comedy is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Kaurismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the second film in an unofficial trilogy exploring the plight Continue reading

MARY MAGDALENE

Reviewed by Greg King Director: Garth Davis Stars: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahin, Denis Menochet, Tcheky Karyo, Ryan Corr. In the 50s, Biblical films were extremely popular, with sweeping epics like the Oscar winning Ben Hur and the spectacular The Ten Commandments scoring at the box office. These stories drawn from the Bible featured timeless themes of good versus evil and epic battles. But in the 60s their popularity seemed to wane. More modern takes on Bible stories have tended to be revisionist in nature – Martin Scorsese’s Continue reading

THE DIVINE ORDER

Reviewed by GREG KING DIrector: Petra Biodine Volpe Stars: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Sybille Briner, Rachel Braunschweig, Nicholas Ofczarek. Suffragette – Swiss style?   This crowd pleasing light drama from Switzerland is a bit like Pride and Made In Dagenham as it explores how a social movement can bring about progressive change and also a change in entrenched attitudes. In 1971, women in Switzerland were still denied the right to vote, making this one of the last countries in the industrialised Continue reading

HUMAN FLOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ai Weiwei. In this heartfelt and disturbingly topical and relevant documentary, dissident Chinese artist/activist and documentary filmmaker Ai Weiwei explores the issue of the refugee crisis sweeping the world, the greatest manmade tragedy of the new millennium. Some of his own art installation works have also explored the refugee issue, so it is obviously an issue close to his heart. With hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing their war-torn homelands in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the world is facing the Continue reading