CRAWL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexandre Aja Stars: Kayla Scodelario, Barry Pepper. Ever since Jaws made us afraid to go into the water we have had any number of monster films featuring a variety of killer creatures, from sharks to killer whales to grizzly bears to rats, spiders, snakes, piranhas, and even crocodiles that all played on our fears of nature and predators. In 1980 we even had Alligator, a gruesome killer reptile B-grade horror film, written by John Sayles, in which a 36 foot long alligator lurking in the sewers beneath Chicago made its way to Continue reading

STUBER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Dowse Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Natalie Morales, Iko Uwais, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Scott Lawrence. Another tired and cliched variation on the odd couple cop buddy bromance action comedy formula that was popular in the 80s and 90s. However, films like Lethal Weapon, Midnight Run and 48 Hours did this sort of thing so much better. It’s LA’s hottest day since 1911. Vic Manning (played by former wrestler Dave Bautista, best known for his role as Drax in the Guardians Of The Continue reading

FROM MUSIC INTO SILENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Farshid Akhlaghi . Until I saw this documentary, I had never heard of a music thanatologist before. What is a music thanatologist? It is a little known esoteric subsection of palliative care, a hybrid mix of music and palliative medicine in which a trained specialist plays music to terminally ill patients as they face their final moments, to give them peace, calmness and solace as they pass away peacefully. Peter Roberts is Australia’s only qualified music thanatologist. He has been doing this line of work for 23 Continue reading

TOMMY EMMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD – interview with Jeremy Dylan

by GREG KING The Endless Road is a documentary that draws upon a wealth of archival footage, interviews and concert performances to tell the untold story of Tommy Emmanuel the incredible guitarist and musician. The film follows his rise from his childhood and his journey as a young guitar prodigy, his battle with addiction to his reputation as one of the world’s most compelling performers. Director Jeremy Dylan spent four years working on the project. The documentary has its premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on July 26, at the Cinema Nova. Greg Continue reading

THE THIRD WIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ash Mayfield Stars: Nguyen Phuong Tra My, Le Vu Long, Mai Thu Huong Maya. This visually sumptuous but glacially paced coming of age drama tells the story of May (newcomer Nguyen Phuong Tra My in her first acting role), a 14-year old girl who is married off to Hung (Le Vu Long), a wealthy older silk plantation owner, to settle a debt. She is the man’s third wife. To cement her status she needs to produce a male heir. When she eventually falls pregnant she has high expectations. But her pregnancy also causes some tension between Continue reading