BIG IN JAPAN – interview with David Elliot-Jones and Louis Dai

by GREG KING In the documentary Big In Japan, Melbourne filmmaking trio Lachlan McLeod (director), Louis Dai (editor) and David Elliot-Jones explore the nature of fame and the culture of fame, in a world where Facebook and YouTube can make instant celebrities. The trio journeyed to Japan, where the people seem to worship foreign talents. The title itself refers to the phenomenon of Western fame in Japan. The three filmmakers embark on a mission to see if they can make Dave - a 26-year old nobody - famous. The film was four years in the making. Greg spoke to David and Continue reading

LUCKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Carroll Lynch Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Beth Grant, Tom Skeritt, James Darren, Ed Begley jr, David Lynch. There is a poignant and melancholy quality to this sweet natured film, which is the swan song for revered actor Harry Dean Stanton, who passed away in September this year at the age of 91. Stanton delivers one of his finest performances in this low key and unassuming little independent drama that is an existential meditation on mortality and death and the things we leave behind. Johnny Cash's song I See Darkness further Continue reading

LOVING VINCENT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman Stars: Voices of Chris O'Dowd, Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Cezary Lukaszewicz, John Sessions, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Thomlinson, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Robin Hodges. Vincent Van Gogh was a reclusive, enigmatic artist and complex, emotionally troubled character who suffered from depression and bouts of mental illness - after all, he did cut off his own ear - and he committed suicide in 1890. He came to painting late, but in a prolific period of creativity he painted some Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – reviews

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia in September. The opening night film is the Golden Globe Award winning comedy Let Yourself Go! Tenderness, the new film from director Gianni Amelio will be followed by Q&A sessions hosted by Greta Scacchi. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 INDIVISIBLE. The centrepiece film screening at this year's festival is the gritty and vaguely disturbing drama Indivisible, which won four Donatella Awards, the Italian equivalent of the Oscars. Conjoined at the Continue reading

LOGAN LUCKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Soderbergh Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keogh, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Seth McFarlane, Dwight Yoakum, Farrah McKenzie, David Denman, Charles Halford, Katherine Waterston, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Macon Blair. Four years ago, Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh announced that he was quitting the movie business after 2013's Side Effects. During that retirement though he concentrated on television work, and he earned a couple of Emmy Awards for his work on the tv series The Knick and the Continue reading