MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 17, 2018 THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. The struggles faced by idiosyncratic and maverick filmmaker Terry Gilliam in trying to bring to the screen his long gestating passion project about Don Quixote have been well detailed in the fascinating 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. That film told of the storms that destroyed sets, the lack of financial support and the ill health of its star, all of which combined to halt production within a week of the project starting physical production. Now some twenty years Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

GRADUATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Mungiu Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Petre Ciubotaru, Vlad Ivanov. Romanian journalist turned filmmaker Christian Mungiu earned his second Best Director award at Cannes for his fourth feature film, a rather grim and critical look at Romanian society as it continues to emerge from under the repressive grip of the Ceausescu era and the difficulties of life in his native country. Mungiu makes films that are deep and thoughtful and highlight some of the social issues in Continue reading

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – reviews

The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across Australia in July. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 16, 2017 THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival, which is screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. It is the latest film from Finnish auteur Aki Karismaki, and is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Karismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the Continue reading

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 REVIEWS

The Jewish International Film Festival screens from October 27 and runs through until November 23. This year's selection of films includes some provocative documentaries and features and lots of Australian premieres. The opening night film is Denial, starring Rachel Weisz. ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED OCTOBER 29, 2016 JERRY LEWIS: THE MAN BEHIND THE CLOWN. "Every person who is in the comedy business has a serious side." Released in time to celebrate his 90th birthday, this French produced documentary gives us brief look at Jerry Lewis the comedian and Continue reading