THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly.   Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based Continue reading

SAMBA

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Youngar Fall, Izia Higelin, Isaka Sawadogo, Helene Vincent. The wonderful, upbeat and life affirming comedy drama The Intouchables, about the relationship between a paraplegic and his carer from the wrong side of the tracks, was one of my favourite films from 2011. And it seems that the rest of the world loved it too, as it grossed over $440 million. However, the follow up film from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, which also looks at an Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – REVIEWS

By GREG KING. Celebrating its 26th year in 2015, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Over a period of eight weeks, a program consisting of blockbusters and independent films alike will screen at palace cinemas in eight cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and Hobart. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Continue reading

NYMPHOMANIAC

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia Le Beouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe. Danish auteur Lars Von Trier is one of contemporary cinema's enfants terrible, who has established a reputation for controversy through his confronting and deliberately provocative films. The sexually explicit and graphic Nymphomaniac will certainly attract its share of controversy as well with its study of a woman who is a sew addict. There have been a number of films dealing with sex addiction, from The Story Of O Continue reading