THE SHACK – interview with Stuart Hazeldine

by GREG KING Based on the best-selling novel, the religious themed drama The Shack is a story of faith, belief and one man coming to terms with the tragic events of the recent past. It stars Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell and Octavia Spencer, and was directed by Stuart Hazeldine. Greg spoke to Stuart about the pressures of bring a beloved novel to the screen, the casting process, shooting on location in British Vancouver, and his own journey as a filmmaker. http://www.mediafire.com/file/j340coroctq9f9x/220503_001.MP3 Continue reading

THE INNOCENTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Lou De Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig, Dorota Kuduk, Vincent Macaigne. This French/Polish production looks at the horrors of war and the consequences of war from a different perspective. The Innocents is inspired by a little-known incident that happened in Poland at the end of WWII. The setting is a secluded convent outside Warsaw. A convent should have been a place of refuge and a safe haven from the horrors of war, but instead it became a place of terror. When the Russian troops liberated Poland from the Germans Continue reading

TABLE 19

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeffrey Blitz Stars: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Stephen Merchant, Wyatt Russell, Margo Martindale, Amanda Crew, Thomas Cocquerel, Andrew Daly, Richard Haylor. People do weird things at weddings. Weddings, parties, or any dysfunctional gatherings are great fodder for filmmakers. The lavish wedding party that goes awry is particularly fertile territory, and we’ve had numerous films like Bride Wars, Rachel At The Wedding, Robert Altman’s sprawling A Wedding, etc that have exploited the Continue reading

THINGS TO COME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mia Hansen-Love Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob. The fifth feature film from French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love (Father Of My Children, etc), Things To Come is a deeply personal and subtle slice of life drama about a woman caught up in something of a midlife crisis. The film explores some rich and resonant themes about love, loss, abandonment, loneliness, aging, philosophy, love and politics. It is also a character study of a woman on the edge. Things To Come has been loosely inspired by Continue reading

THEIR FINEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lone Scherfig Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin. Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Eddie Marsan, Halen McCrory, Jeremy Irons, Richard E Grant, Henry Goodman, Hubert Burton, Claudie Jeesie, Stephanie Hyam. This thoroughly enjoyable WWII drama is set in London at the height of the Blitz. The Ministry of Information and the War Office want to make a propaganda film to keep the people’s morale and spirits up. Just as important though is sending a strong message to the Americans that the British are still in the fight for the long Continue reading