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

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lynne Ramsay Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Minette, Judith Roberts, John Doman. Glaswegian filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s moody and grim films have always dealt with damaged characters (We Need To Talk About Kevin, etc) and difficult and confronting subject matter. Her fourth feature is no different. You Were Never Really Here is based on the slim tome from Jonathan Ames (Bored To Death, etc), a twisted noir about Joe (Joaquin Phoenix, from Walk The Line, Gladiator, etc) a damaged former soldier and FBI agent who Continue reading

WAYNE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jeremy Sims. This well made, well-researched and entertaining documentary traces the life of Australia’s motor cycle racing world champion Wayne Gardner from his humble beginnings in the Sydney suburb of Woollongong through to his rise to the top of his sport. It is a tale of ambition, speed, dangerous risks, adversity, success and love. Gardner was born in the working-class town of Woollongong, and, inspired by the classic movie On Any Sunday, from an early age he felt the need for speed. “I just wanted to go Continue reading

THE MERGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Grentell Stars: Damian Callinan, John Howard, Kate Mulvany, Rafferty Grierson, Fayssal Bazzi, Josh McConville, Angus McLaren, Penny Cook, Nick Cody, Sahil Saluja, Harry Tseng, Ben Knight, Stephen Hunter, Aaron Gocs. Football is the lifeblood of many small rural towns across Australia and provides a sense of community and belonging. There have been a few films that have explored the world of Aussie Rules football – The Great McCarthy (1975); The Club (1980), which was based on David Williamson’s satirical play about the Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Valeria Solarino

by GREG KING The Italian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across the country throughout September. One of the special guests of the festival this year is actress Valeria Solarino, who has three films screening. She will be opening the festival in both Sydney and Melbourne before taking part in a Q&A session for her film There’s No Place Like Home, which has been directed by Gabriele Muccino. Valeria also appears in Quanto Basta (As Needed), and I Can Quit Whenever I Want 3: Ad Honorem, the third film in Sydney Sibilia’s popular comedy series. Greg Continue reading