GOOD TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Benny and Joshua Safdie Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Buddy Duress, Taliah Webster, Barkhad Abdi. The low budget indie crime drama Good Time is the latest film from the Safdie brothers (Benny and Joshua), whose films like Daddy Longlegs, etc, often explore the struggles of losers who live on the edges of society. This is a gritty and downbeat black comedy and heist drama with plenty of energy. Connie Nikas (played here by Twilight's Robert Pattinson, cast against type) is a Continue reading

GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Penny Kyprianou

by GREG KING                         Returning for its 24th edition, the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival (GFF) will showcase the unique perspectives of modern Greek storytellers from all over the world. A plethora of award-winning features, documentaries and shorts make up this year's program which screens 11 - 22 October 2017 at The Astor Theatre and Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne. The 2017 program includes a diverse offering, including Yorgos Continue reading

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lee Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secarneau, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones. Wuthering Heights meets Brokeback Mountain? Johnny Saxby (played by Josh O'Connor, from tv series Peaky Blinders, etc) is a sullen, morose young man who works on his family farm. Since his father Martin (Ian Hart) suffered a debilitating stroke though he has had more responsibility loaded on his shoulders. It's a hard and often lonely life for Johnny, who escapes from the drudgery of his life through bouts of binge drinking at a Continue reading

GIRLS TRIP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Malcolm D Lee Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Mike Colter, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Kofi Siriboe, Lara Grice, Deborah  Ayorinde. Bridesmaids pretty much set the standard for the R-rated raunchy girls misbehaving comedy, and we have seen a lot of these female centric versions of The Hangover. But subsequent films in this subgenre, like the recent Rough Night, Bad Sisters and even Sex And The City 2, have continually lowered the bar. And now we get to Girls Trip, an Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist 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. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading