CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luca Gaudagnino Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casa. Call Me By Your Name is a sensitive gay-themed coming of age story set in Crema, a sun-drenched rural part of Italy in the 1980s and it deals with themes of adolescence, obsession, desire, repressed sexuality, infatuation and identity. The film is based on the best-selling 2007 novel by Andre Aciman, and has been sensitively adapted to the screen by James Ivory, best known for his work with the late Ishmail Merchant. Elio Perlman (played by Continue reading

SING STREET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Carney Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Ben Carolan, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Mark McKenna, Don Wycherley, Percy Chamburuka, Ian Kennedy. There is a strong semi-autobiographical element to this fantastic, charming and slightly quirky Irish coming of age story from writer/director John Carney (Once, Begin Again), who drew upon his own experiences of growing up in Dublin in the mid 80s. Set in Dublin in 1985 the film looks at themes of adolescent angst, the pangs of first love, dysfunctional Continue reading

WE ARE THE BEST!

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lucas Moodyson Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv Lemoyne, Charlie Falk, Johan Lijemamark, Mattias Wiberg, Jonathan Salomonsson, Alvir Strollo, Anna Rydgren, David Dencik, Ann-Sofie Rase, Peter Eriksson, Lena Carlsson. During the recent Melbourne International Film Festival I saw two coming of age films about kids putting together a punk band. The first was a coming of age drama from Mexico, called We Are Mari Pepa, which dealt with four teenage boys playing in a punk rock band. But this was a fairly disappointing film that Continue reading