SKYSCRAPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Chin Han, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell. Skyscraper is essentially a cross between Die Hard, the best action film of the 80s, and The Towering Inferno, the best of the 70s cycle of disaster films with an all-star cast and great special effects for its period. This is a big dumb action film, and no-one is better at making big dumb action blockbusters than the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, who is Continue reading

DAMASCUS COVER – interview with Howard Kaplan

by GREG KING Damascus Cover is a spy thriller based on the novel written by Howard Kaplan in 1977. The film has been written and directed by first time feature film maker Daniel Zelik Berk, and it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jorgen Prochnow and John Hurt in his last performance. Greg chatted with Howard to find out more about his background in espionage, the process of adapting the novel for the screen, some of the changes to the book, casting the novel, and shooting in Morocco. http://www.mediafire.com/file/q46u7buemw4l4kg/230625_003.MP3/file Continue reading

MARY SHELLEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Haifa al-Mansou Stars: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Stephen Dillane, Maisie Williams, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Joanne Froggatt, Hugh O'Connor. Mary Shelley Unbound? Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is the rebellious teen and author of the celebrated Gothic classic novel Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus, the story of an egotistical scientist who creates life and pays a terrible price for his hubris. Her novel has influenced horror and science fiction authors for the best part of two centuries. She also brought a Continue reading

SHOW DOGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Raja Gosnell Stars: Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Beckwith, Omar Chaparro, voices of Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Shaquille O'Neal, Jordin Sparks, Ru Paul, Gabriel Iglesias. Worst In Show? There have been several action comedies in which a police detective has been partnered with a canine. The best of this subgenre is 1989’s Turner And Hooch, which starred a pre-Oscar winning Tom Hanks. There was also James Belushi in the inferior K-9. And the recent A Dog’s Purpose featured a more serious subplot Continue reading

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Alicia McShane

by GREG KING The Scandinavian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country this July, with films from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The opening night film is the Icelandic drama Under The Tree. Special guests for the festival this year are Danish director Mehdi Avaz and actress Julie Christiansen, who will be introducing screenings of their film While We Live and participating in Q&As. Greg spoke to Alicia to learn more about what’s on offer in this year’s festival. http://www.mediafire.com/file/unaf2mkikeas4nk/230623_001.MP3/file Continue reading