JIRGA – interview with Benjamin Gilmour and Sam Smith

by GREG KING Jirga is a new Australian drama that was filmed in Pakistan by filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour. It stars Stan Smith in his feature film debut as former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler, who returns to Afghanistan after several years, seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war. Greg chatted with the writer/director Benjamin Gilmour and star Sam Smith about the origins of the film, shooting in Pakistan, the challenges they faced, especially when the original financing fell through following death Continue reading

SEARCHING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aneesh Chaganty Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Sara Sohn, Michelle La. In 2014 we had the film Unfriended, a thriller that played out virtually on computer screens. This tense and innovative new thriller ups the ante on that concept and uses the full gamut of modern technology and social media tools – from Facebook to You Tube, Google, instant messaging, etc, combined with mobile phone footage, CCTV and surveillance video and even television news broadcasts – to tell the story of the desperate hunt for a missing Continue reading

SLENDER MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sylvain White Stars: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, Javier Botel. The term “creepypasta” is one I’d never heard of before, but apparently it was created to describe internet spread urban legends. One of the more notorious was that of the so-called Slender Man, a boogieman that was created by Eric Knudsen under the pseudonym of Victor Surge in 2009. The character went viral on social media, You Tube and the internet and became part of the consciousness of adolescents. The slender man of the title Continue reading

SUBMERGENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wim Wenders Stars: James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander, Alexander Siddiq, Celyn Jones, Mohamed Hakeemshady, Reda Kateb. Danielle Flanders (Alicia Vikander) is a biomathematician who is about to dive to the ocean floor off Greenland in a mini-submersible to probe her theories on the origins of life. Meanwhile in Somalia, British spy James More (James McAvoy) has embarked on a dangerous mission to investigate the origins of series of deadly suicide bombings that have devastated Europe. More poses as a hydraulics engineer, but he is Continue reading

SUPERFLY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Director X Stars: Trevor Jackson, Kaalan Walker, Esai Morales, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, Andrea London, Jason Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison, Brian F Durkin, Big Bank Black, Antwan Big Boi Patton. This is a largely unnecessary remake of the 1972 Blaxploitation crime drama from director Gordon Parks jr, the son of legendary Blaxploitation filmmaker Gordon Parks, who gave us classic films like Shaft, etc. The original was a ground-breaking achievement as it one of the first films entirely financed and starring and Continue reading