BOOK WEEK – interview with Heath Davis

by GREG KING The sophomore feature film for writer/director Heath Davis Book Week has its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 15. It screens again on August 18. Book Week follows high school English teacher, Nicholas Cutler (played by Alan Dukes) who thinks his life is about to change for the better when he learns his trashy zombie novel is going to be published. But his life soon becomes seven days of hell. His novel is passed over in favour of one written by a precocious student he teaches. A girlfriend’s ultimatum, a student in trouble with Continue reading

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Stars: voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Mel Brooks, Molly Shannon, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Parnell, Joe Jonas, Asher Blinkoff. The animated Hotel Transylvania series has given Adam Sandler some of the biggest box office hits of his career, so it’s little wonder that he has returned for a third helping of this monster comedy franchise. Sandler voices the character of Dracula, a widower and a loving father, Continue reading

DAMASCUS COVER – interview with Howard Kaplan

by GREG KING Damascus Cover is a spy thriller based on the novel written by Howard Kaplan in 1977. The film has been written and directed by first time feature film maker Daniel Zelik Berk, and it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jorgen Prochnow and John Hurt in his last performance. Greg chatted with Howard to find out more about his background in espionage, the process of adapting the novel for the screen, some of the changes to the book, casting the novel, and shooting in Morocco. http://www.mediafire.com/file/q46u7buemw4l4kg/230625_003.MP3/file Continue reading

HOSTILES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Cooper. Stars: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jonathan Majors, Rory Cochrane, Scott Shepherd, David Midthunder, Stephen Lang, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Scott Wilson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, Ryan Bingham. Christian Bale returns to the western genre for the first time since the remake of 3.10 To Yuma in 2007. Hostiles also reunites him with director Scott Cooper, who put him through his paces in the gritty urban drama Out Of The Continue reading

HEREDITARY

by GREG KING Director: Ari Aster Stars: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd. We’ve recently seen a number of horror films that have effectively relied on suspense and a creeping sense of dread rather than out right gore to scare audiences – films like It Follows, It Comes At Night, the recent A Quiet Place, etc - and now we get Hereditary. Following its screenings at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it has been acclaimed as one of the scariest films of all time, Hereditary reaches our screens, but it seems that it has Continue reading