MENASHE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joshua Z Weinstein Stars: Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski. Yoel Weisshaus, Yoel Falkowitz, Meyer Schwartz. The opening night attraction for the 2017 Jewish International Film Festival, Menashe has finally gained a limited cinema release. Menashe (played by popular web comic and Youtube star Menashe Lustig) is a widowed Hasidic Jew living and working in Brooklyn. He works in a local convenience store where he stacks shelves, sweeps the sidewalks and occasionally mans the check out counter. He also loves his young Continue reading

MELBOURNE CINEMATHEQUE 2018 – interview with curator Michael Koller

by GREG KING The 2018 Cinematheque season is underway at ACMI with screenings every Wednesday evening. This year’s program includes retrospectives on Jeanne Moreau and Francois Truffaut, two iconic figures of the French New Wave; American independent filmmaker John Cassavetes; a season of lesser known spaghetti westerns; Twisted Nerve - a season of British thrillers from the 60s and 70s; a retrospective on Montgomery Clift; a retrospective on Ida Lupino a respected film actress who was also a ground breaking director tackling some taboo subject Continue reading

MEAL TICKETS – interview with Mat de Koning

by GREG KING Meal Tickets is a documentary that follows the lives of high school band mates trying to find success in the music industry. Film maker Mat de Koning met Mitch, Ben, Lee and Charlie at a Perth high school. The four mates went on to form the punk band The Screwtop Detonators, while Mat filmed their journey. Beginning with their tour of the US, Mat followed the band through its highs and lows, as they try to find success in a music industry that was changing due to technology and social media. Mat spent nearly ten years on the film and shot some Continue reading

MOLLY’S GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aaron Sorkin Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp, Jeremy Strong, Graham Greene, J C Mackenzie, Brian d'arcy Jones, Natalie Krill, Jon Bass. Poker is not the most exciting of cinematic sports, although there have been a few great films set against the backdrop of poker, including Rounders, A Big Hand For A Little Lady, etc. And now we get Molly’s Game. The film is based on the memoir of Molly Bloom (played here by Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic Continue reading

MOONLIGHT CINEMA – interview with Annabel Weedon

by GREG KING Summer is in the air, and what better time than to sit back and relax in an outdoor environment to enjoy a great movie? Moonlight Cinema returns for another season. It runs from December 1 through to April 2018, with screenings in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. There is a mix of current films, some fan favourites and lots of advance screenings. In Melbourne films screen in the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. Greg spoke to Annabel Weedon, the marketing director of Moonlight Cinema, to find out more about this summer's Continue reading