BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham, Xavier Dolan. The El Royale hotel straddles the border between California and Nevada, and guests can have a choice of staying in the California suites, which offer warmth or the Nevada rooms which seem to offer a bridge between the past and a brand-new future. It is 1969, the tail end of darker and turbulent period of American history with Richard Nixon in the White House. J Edgar Continue reading

HOUNDS OF LOVE – interview with Ben Young

by GREG KING Hounds Of Love is a tough new low budget Australian crime thriller about a couple (played by Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) who kidnap a teenaged girl (Ashleigh Cummings). This is the debut feature for local filmmaker Ben Young. He has briefly returned home from Serbia where he is shooting the big budget sci-fi thriller Extinction to partake in a few special screenings and Q&A sessions to promote the film. He spoke to Greg about the origins of the film, casting choices and shooting the Continue reading

TRIPLE 9

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Hillcoat Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins jr, Teresa Palmer, Michael K Williams, Michelle Ang, E Roger Mitchell. Australian director John Hillcoat makes visceral, violent, dark and aggressively masculine thrillers, ranging from the bleak prison drama Ghosts... Of The Civil Dead through to the gritty outback western The Proposition, the apocalyptic journey into a heart of darkness with The Road or the prohibition era crime drama Continue reading

KILL ME THREE TIMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown. This is the type of noir-inspired film that Australian filmmakers do really well when they tackle the genre. Written by first time writer James McFarland Kill Me Three Times is a vicious and offbeat black comedy take on the noir genre with a high body count. McFarland uses a non linear narrative structure reminiscent of classics like The Usual Suspects or early Tarantino and Coen brothers. Simon Pegg (who Continue reading

MARSHLAND

Director: Alberto Rodriguez Stars: Javier Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Nerea Barros, Jesus Castro, Maria Varod, Perico Cervantes, Alberto Gonzalez, Manuel Sala, Antonio de le Torre. The multi-award winning Marshland was one of the highlights of the recent Spanish Film Festival. This is a rather grim and dark police thriller set in a rural area of Andalucia in the south of Spain. It takes place in 1980, which was a time of great transition for Spain as it moved from the brutal dictatorship of the Franco era to a more democratic government. Not everyone enthusiastically Continue reading