THE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sally Potter Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz. Not to be confused with Blake Edwards’ hilarious slapstick Tatiesque comedy from 1968 that starred Peter Sellers as an accident prone Indian actor who ruins a swank Hollywood party, this black comedy and social satire comes from director Sally Potter. With films like Orlando and The Tango Lesson to her credit, Potter has long been a favourite on the art house and film festival circuit. But this may Continue reading

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ana Lily Armipour Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Milad Eghbali, Mozhan Marno. Not only is this an intriguing title, but it is pretty much a synopsis of this quirky, ultra low budget horror film from Iran, of all places. It is the first vampire film from Iran, and it is pretty much unlike any other Iranian film you will have ever seen. First time feature film director Ana Lily Armipour cleverly subverts the usual tropes of the vampire/horror genre, giving us a peculiarly feminist take on the Continue reading

NEBRASKA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Tim Driscoll, Kevin Ratray, Bob Odenkirk. On his bleak, uncompromising, sparse 1982 acoustic album Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen sung haunting and evocative tales of despair, of dreams turned sour and of financial ruin and the slow decline of the American heartland. Some of the songs offered little hope of salvation. And Alexander Payne's bittersweet new film, also called Nebraska, is a similarly bleak, sparse and uncompromising eulogy to the dying way of life in Continue reading