WILDLIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Dano Stars: Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp. The opening night film for the Melbourne International Film Festival this year was Wildlife, a small coming of age drama which marks the directorial debut for Paul Dano, an actor better known for playing troubled and eccentric characters in films like Little Miss Sunshine and Prisoners, etc. Wildlife marks an auspicious directorial debut. Set in Montana in the 1960s this is a coming of age drama about the Brinson family and the disintegration of their Continue reading

THE PAST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Asghar Farhadi Stars: Berenice Bejo, Ali Mossafa, Tahir Rahim, Pauline Burnet, Elyes Agius. The Golden Globes certainly got it wrong this year! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded their Best Foreign Language Film gong to the dull, pretentious and self-indulgent Italian film The Great Beauty ahead of the far superior Danish drama The Hunt or The Past, the new drama from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Farhadi won an Oscar for his previous film A Separation, the quiet but searing drama about a couple seeking to get a divorce Continue reading

ANOTHER YEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Peter Wright, Oliver Maltman. The painful lives of others? The new film from Mike Leigh is a lowkey affair that explores twelve months in the life of comfortably married couple Tom and Gerri (Leigh veterans Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen). They have well-developed careers - he is a geologist, and she is a counsellor at a local clinic- a comfortable life and a warm loving home they are happy to share. They are a happy couple, content with their lot in life, and still Continue reading