SKYSCRAPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Chin Han, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell. Skyscraper is essentially a cross between Die Hard, the best action film of the 80s, and The Towering Inferno, the best of the 70s cycle of disaster films with an all-star cast and great special effects for its period. This is a big dumb action film, and no-one is better at making big dumb action blockbusters than the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, who is Continue reading

SHOW DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Raja Gosnell Stars: Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Beckwith, Omar Chaparro, voices of Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Shaquille O'Neal, Jordin Sparks, Ru Paul, Gabriel Iglesias. Worst In Show? There have been several action comedies in which a police detective has been partnered with a canine. The best of this subgenre is 1989’s Turner And Hooch, which starred a pre-Oscar winning Tom Hanks. There was also James Belushi in the inferior K-9. And the recent A Dog’s Purpose featured a more serious subplot Continue reading

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Alicia McShane

by GREG KING The Scandinavian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country this July, with films from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The opening night film is the Icelandic drama Under The Tree. Special guests for the festival this year are Danish director Mehdi Avaz and actress Julie Christiansen, who will be introducing screenings of their film While We Live and participating in Q&As. Greg spoke to Alicia to learn more about what’s on offer in this year’s festival. http://www.mediafire.com/file/unaf2mkikeas4nk/230623_001.MP3/file Continue reading

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with festival director Nashen Moodley

by GREG KING The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 6 to June 17. Once again festival director Nashen Moodley has put together an impressive program that features over 250 films from across the globe. There will also be retrospective screenings, talks, parties and Q&As featuring international and local filmmakers. The opening night film is the New Zealand comedy The Breaker Upperers. Greg chatted to festival director Nashen Moodley to find out some of the highlights from this year’ offerings. http://www.mediafire.com/file/1cbed4d6v2xanvc/230511_001.MP3/file Continue reading

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Linda Hunt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman, Ray Park. This stand-alone Star Wars film gives us the backstory of the roguish Han Solo, how he met Chewbacca and got his hands on the iconic Millennium Falcon. Solo has been written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, etc) and his son Jonathan. Kasdan knows his Star Wars lore, and Solo is filled with sly Continue reading