HOUSE OF GUCCI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, Reeve Carney, Camille Cottin. Trashy melodrama about the downfall of the luxury fashion house of Gucci.   In March 1995 Maurizio Gucci, the CEO of the famous fashion house, was shot dead on the steps outside his Milan office by a couple of assassins hired by his estranged wife and her tv psychic and spiritual advisor. Prolific filmmaker Ridley Scott gives us a detailed forensic examination of the events leading up to this Continue reading

THE LAST DUEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Marton Csokas, Zeljko Ivanek, Alex Lawther, Clare Dunne, Clive Russell, William Houston, Nathaniel Parker.   Acclaimed director Ridley Scott made his directorial debut 44 years ago with the visually sumptuous The Duellists. Set during the Napoleonic era, the drama starred Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine as a couple of lieutenants in the French army who fought several duels over the course of many years. The film established Scott’s reputation Continue reading

THE REPORT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Scott Z Burns Stars: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison, Douglas Hodge, Tim Blake Nelson, Matthew Rhys, Scott Shepherd, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney, Sandra Landers, Scott Shepherd. Washington 2009. Obama is in the White House. Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J Jones (Adam Driver) has been tasked by his boss, Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein (Annette Bening) who was chair of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, with compiling a comprehensive report detailing the Continue reading

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