MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 17, 2018 THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. The struggles faced by idiosyncratic and maverick filmmaker Terry Gilliam in trying to bring to the screen his long gestating passion project about Don Quixote have been well detailed in the fascinating 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. That film told of the storms that destroyed sets, the lack of financial support and the ill health of its star, all of which combined to halt production within a week of the project starting physical production. Now some twenty years Continue reading

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rian Johnson Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Laura Dern, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Frank Oz, Justin Theroux, Adrian Edmondson, Warwick Davis. The Force Slumbers? In 2015, J J Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, etc) gave us a great Star Wars film with The Force Awakens, which reinvigorated the franchise and largely removed the stench left by the three George Lucas directed Continue reading

LOGAN LUCKY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven Soderbergh Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keogh, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Seth McFarlane, Dwight Yoakum, Farrah McKenzie, David Denman, Charles Halford, Katherine Waterston, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Macon Blair. Four years ago, Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh announced that he was quitting the movie business after 2013's Side Effects. During that retirement though he concentrated on television work, and he earned a couple of Emmy Awards for his work on the tv series The Knick and the Continue reading

SILENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Issei Ogata, Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshi Oida. The Passion Of Scorsese? Religion and questions of faith, belief, sin, redemption and the human condition have been consistent themes in the films of Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese, particularly in his The Last Temptation Of Christ and his Kundun. And those themes are again front and centre in his latest film Silence, which is something of a passion project for Scorsese. The film is Continue reading

PATERSON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jim Jarmusch Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Masatoshi Nagase. Independent filmmaker and auteur Jim Jarmusch is something of an acquired taste and his languidly paced, usually slow moving and often oblique films do not hold broad appeal. His films are often melancholy and focus more on mood rather than narrative drive. There is a melancholy tone and deadpan style to much of his work (Broken Flowers, Lost In Translation, etc). He has directed films that nominally embrace a number of different genres, Continue reading