SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview

by GREG KING The 20th Spanish Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas across the country throughout April and May. In Melbourne, the festival launches at the Astor Cinema on Thursday April 20 with a screening of Paco Leon's comedy Kiki, Love To Love, and closes with a screening of The Trip To Spain, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Greg spoke to festival director Paulette to find out more about what’s on offer in this year’s line-up of films. http://www.mediafire.com/file/qx31myqvuh4fmwc/220331_001.MP3 Continue reading

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Patrick St Esprit, Elsa Pataky, Janmario Santiago, Kristofer Hivju, Peter Hansen. The Fate Of The Furious is the eighth instalment in the successful franchise that has boasted some wildly over the top car action and outrageous stunts that defy the laws of gravity. But with each successive entry since Tokyo Drift, the third film in the Continue reading

COLOSSAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nacho Vigalondo Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell. Colossal is one bizarre film, and this low budget effort serves us a weird mash-up of sci-fi, Korean kaiju style monster movie, romantic comedy and domestic drama. Gloria (played by Anne Hathaway) is an insecure and self-destructive alcoholic on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Following her breakup with her increasingly frustrated career-obsessed boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) she moves away from New York and returns to her small Continue reading

FRANTZ

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Ozon Stars: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bulow, Anton bon Lucke, Cyrielle Claire, Alice de Lencquesaing. The prolific Francois Ozon is one of France’s most stylish and intriguing filmmakers, especially with visually sumptuous melodramas like Swimming Pool winning great critical acclaim and reaching international audiences. His films deal with sex and death, and often have a strong queer subtext. His latest film is no exception. Frantz is a haunting and stylish period romance set in the Continue reading

CERTAIN WOMEN: KELLY REICHARDT’S AMERICA – interview with ACMI film programmer Kristy Matheson

by GREG KING ACMI is thrilled to once again champion the work of American director Kelly Reichardt, with an exclusive limited season of her latest film Certain Women, which stars Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and newcomer Lily Gladstone. The film is based on short stories from Maile Meloy’s collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It. The limited season will also feature return screenings of some of her earlier films – Old Joy, Wendy And Lucy, and the western Meek’s Cutoff. Greg speaks to ACMI programmer Kristy Matheson about these special Continue reading