MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

GOLDSTONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ivan Sen Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, David Wenham, Jacki Weaver, David Gulipilil, Tom E Lewis, Pei=pei Cheng, Kate Beahan, Max Cullen, Michael Dorman, Michelle Lim Davidson, Aaron Fa'aoso. Ivan Sen prefers to call his latest film Goldstone a follow up to the acclaimed and award winning thriller Mystery Road rather than a sequel, in much the same way that 1970's They Call Me Mister Tibbs was not a sequel to the Oscar winning In The Heat Of The Night. Nor it is as compelling or as convincing as Mystery Road. We are Continue reading

CUT SNAKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Ayres Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Alex Russell, Jessica De Gouw, Kerry Walker, Robert Morgan, Paul Moder, Brett Swain. One of the few genres that Australian filmmakers tackle consistently well is the hard boiled crime noir. With Cut Snake Aussie director Tony Ayres (better known for his work on tv series The Slap, etc) attempts to make a smart Tarantinoesque noir like crime thriller, although the results are a little uneven. The film premiered at MIFF in 2014 and has taken over a year to reach local screens. Written by tv writer Continue reading

UNBROKEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angelina Jolie Stars: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, Luke Treadaway, Spencer Lofranco, C J Valleroy, John D'Leo. This biopic of athlete and WWII survivor Louis Zamperini is something of a labour of love for Angelina Jolie. This is her second fiction feature as a director following 2011's drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, and Unbroken shares a number of similar themes and ideas about the Continue reading

WASTED ON THE YOUNG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben E Lucas Stars: Alex Russell, Oliver Ackland, Adelaide Clemens, T J Power. "Youth is wasted on the young," said George Bernard Shaw with customary wit and insight. His quote seems to be borne out by this blistering, scathing portrait of the vapid Generation Y from young local filmmaker Ben E Lucas. Wasted On The Young highlights that sense of isolation, disillusionment and detachment felt by many of today’s adolescents. This film speaks to an overly indulged and technology-obsessed generation, who are heavily reliant on Continue reading