JUSTICE LEAGUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Zack Snyder Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, J K Simmons, Joe Morton, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard, Billy Crudup, David Thewlis. While Marvel tends to dominate the cinematic superhero and comic book market at the moment, DC comics are attempting to make inroads with their take on setting up their own DC Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, their first film, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, was a rather grim and dour affair that Continue reading

JIGSAW

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Michael and Peter Spierig Stars: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson, Cle Bennett, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen, Josiah Black. This is the 8th film in the gory torture porn series created by Aussie filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell in 2003. The series has grossed over $870 million to date. And even though it has been seven years since the optimistically titled Saw: The Final Chapter, here we are again back in a world of gruesome deaths and Continue reading

JUNGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greg Mclean Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Alex Russell, Thomas Kretschmann, Joel Jackson. The opening night film for MIFF 2017 was the generic survival thriller Jungle, directed by Greg McLean, who is best known for his outback horror thriller Wolf Creek. Jungle is based on the true story of Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg's ordeal when he became lost in the Bolivian jungle for three weeks. His ordeal was detailed in his 2005 book, and also depicted in an episode of the tv series I Shouldn't Be Alive. Ghinsberg's book has Continue reading

JUNGLE – interview with Greg McLean

by GREG KING Jungle is a story of survival, based on Yossi Ghinsberg's experiences of being lost in the Amazon jungle for two weeks. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, and is directed by Greg McLean, who is best known for his horror films like Wolf Creek. Jungle was the opening night film at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival, and hits cinemas in November. Greg caught up with director Greg McLean to talk about casting the film, challenges of shooting in the wilds of Colombia, The Belko Experiment, and bringing the iconic Mick Taylor Continue reading

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING The 2017 Jewish International Film Festival screens at the Lido and Classic Cinemas here in Melbourne from October 25 through to November 22. This year, the festival presents 65 films from across the globe that celebrate the remarkable diversity of Jewish culture and storytelling - from Israel, France and Australia, to the Yiddish-speaking neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. This year's program includes 38 features and 23 documentaries. The opening night film is Menashe, while the closing night film is The Rebel In The Rye, a drama about the young J D Salinger, Continue reading