LADIES IN BLACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bruce Beresford Stars: Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond,  Suzie Porter, Alison McGirr, Shane Jacobson, Ryan Corr, Noni Hazlehurst, Nicholas Hammond, Vincent Perez, Luge Pegler, Celia Massingham.   Sydney, summer of 1959, is the setting for this feel good local romantic drama that plays out against a backdrop of great change to the social fabric of Australia in the post WWII era. Goodes is the major fashionable department store in Sydney, catering to high end women’s fashion. Sixteen-year old Lisa Miles Continue reading

LEAVE NO TRACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Debra Granik Stars: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Dale Dickey, Dana Millican, Bob Werfelman, Jeff Kober. Will (Ben Foster, from Hell Or High Water, Hostiles, etc) is a psychologically damaged war veteran who is living off the grid with his dutiful teenaged daughter Tom (New Zealand actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, from popular tv soap Shortland Street, etc). Will likes the sense of isolation and is homeless by choice. The pair have been hiding and living in Forest Park, a huge wilderness area outside Portland Oregon. Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 17, 2018 THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. The struggles faced by idiosyncratic and maverick filmmaker Terry Gilliam in trying to bring to the screen his long gestating passion project about Don Quixote have been well detailed in the fascinating 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. That film told of the storms that destroyed sets, the lack of financial support and the ill health of its star, all of which combined to halt production within a week of the project starting physical production. Now some twenty years Continue reading

LEAVE NO TRACE – interview with Debra Granik

by GREG KING Leave No Trace is a powerful drama about a damaged war veteran (played by Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (New Zealand newcomer Thomasin McKenzie) who are living off the grid in a remote forest until they are discovered, and their world is dramatically changed. The film is based on the novel My Abandonment written by Peter Rock, and has been adapted to the screen by director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, etc). Greg had a chat with Debra to learn more about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/dti3736l2ms8y65/230720_002.MP3/file Continue reading

LIFE OF THE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Falcone Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Debby Ryan, Jack Benward, Jacki Weaver, Stephen Root, Maya Rudolph, Matt Walsh, Chris Parnell, Julie Bowen, Christina Aguilera. In 1986 comedian Rodney Dangerfield went Back To School for one of the better comedies of his career. Thirty years later, comic Melissa McCarthy goes back to school for this flat and largely unfunny and lifeless comedy. Life Of The Party is the third collaboration between McCarthy and her writer/director husband Ben Continue reading