2018 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Paulette Arvizu

by GREG KING   The 21st Spanish Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country in April from April 17. The opening night film is the feel-good crowd-pleasing comedy The Tribe. There is also a retrospective on director Bigas Luna. And there is a special screening of the Oscar winning animated film Coco in Spanish. The closing night film is Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winning fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth. Greg spoke to Paulette Arvizu to find out more about some of the films on offer at this year’s Continue reading

POP AYE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kirsten Tan Stars: Thaneth Warakulnakrah, Penpak Sirkul,Yukonturn Sukkijja, Chaiwat Khumdee. A quirky and gentle road movie from Thailand, Pop Aye is sure to please audiences of a certain age or sensibility. Middle aged architect Thana (Thaneth Warakulnakrah) is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. He is fed up with his job and his marriage to his sexually frustrated and unhappy wife Bo (Penpak Sirkul), who feels resentful towards him for his lack of ambition and drive. Thana feels Continue reading

PETER RABBIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Marianne-Jean Baptiste, voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, Ewen Leslie, Sia, Colin Moody, Fayssal Bazzi. Beatrix Potter’s iconic and beloved creation comes to the big screen in this fast-paced family friendly film that deftly mixes live action with CGI animation. The eponymous Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden, from One Man, Two Guvnors, etc) is a rascally, recently orphaned character who loves Continue reading

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven S de Knight Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, Tiang Jin, Jin Zhang, Adrua Arjona, Karan Brar, Wesley Wong, Ivanna Sakhno. If giant robots beating the crap out of giant sea monsters and large cities being destroyed is your thing then this is the film for you. This noisy, empty, special effects driven spectacle is the unnecessary sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim, a sci-fi action movie which told of the ultimate battle between man and monster. That film was directed by Continue reading

PECKING ORDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Slavko Martinov. Last year we saw Chicken People, a US documentary set against the background of competitive chicken raising, and we met three people obsessed with raising their chickens and competing in best of show competitions. This quirky and off beat New Zealand documentary explores some similar territory in warm and witty fashion. Pecking Order centres around the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club, a club which has a long and proud history. But in the lead up to the 2015 National Championships and Continue reading