FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2020 REVIEWS

ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED MARCH 11, 2020 LA BELLE EPOQUE. This romantic drama from actor turned writer/directors Victor Nicolas Bedos (Mr & Mrs Adelman) has been compared to a Gallic variation of The Truman Show. Antoine (Guilluame Canet) is an entrepreneur who has set up a company that specialises in using theatrical artifice and filmmaking techniques to recreate historical periods for clients. The company has its own studios, production staff and actors who brings a particular period to life. Sketch artists and cartoonist Victor (Daniel Continue reading

DOWNHILL

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Zach Woods, Zoe Chao, Julian Grey, Aamon Jacob Ford, Kristofer Hivju, Giulio Berruti. This largely unnecessary US remake of Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund’s uncomfortable, chilly and dark 2014 comedy Force Majeure adds little to the original. The film has been written and directed by Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who seem to specialise in films about flawed and problem father figures – the pair wrote The Descendants for Alexander Payne and Continue reading

HONEY BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alma Har'el Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges, Laura San Giacomo, FKA Twigs, Clifton Collins jr,. This semi-autobiographical and introspective story of a troubled relationship between a son and his alcoholic father makes for often raw, honest viewing. The script has been written by actor Shia LaBoeuf (recently seen in The Peanut Butter Falcon), and is based on his own experiences, drawing on his own early years as a child star (tv series Even Stevens) and his subsequent descent into addiction as an adult. He wrote the Continue reading

WIVES OF THE SKIES – interview with Honey Lauren

by GREG KING Winner of 24 awards on the film festival circuit, Wives Of The Skies is a comedic short film set in 1965 and centres around two air-line stewardesses – Fran and Marcy – who are being interviewed by a journalist for a documentary. The film makes a statement about the objectification of women and the concept of sex sells. Greg spoke to writer/director Honey Lauren about the film, which will be screening as part of the Geelong International Film Festival in Geelong from July 17-21. http://www.mediafire.com/file/lf48cjeg681y49e/250220_001.MP3/file Continue reading

UNDERTOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Miranda Nation Stars: Laura Gordon, Olivia De Jonge, Rob Collins, Josh Helman Set in Geelong Undertow is an erotically charged psychological drama about grief, loss, obsession, toxic masculinity particularly within the AFL, motherhood, and the nature of female relationships. An intense and disturbing character study it also serves up a raw portrait of a woman suffering a breakdown following an emotionally traumatic event. The title references the turbulent emotions at play in this domestic drama. Claire (Laura Gordon, from Saw Continue reading