HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER HOLIDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Stars: voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Mel Brooks, Molly Shannon, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Parnell, Joe Jonas, Asher Blinkoff. The animated Hotel Transylvania series has given Adam Sandler some of the biggest box office hits of his career, so it’s little wonder that he has returned for a third helping of this monster comedy franchise. Sandler voices the character of Dracula, a widower and a loving father, Continue reading

TWO IS A FAMILY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hugo Gelin Stars: Omar Sy, Clemence Poesy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston, Ashley Walters, Clementine Celarie, Raphael von Blumenthal. A remake of the 2013 Mexican comedy Instructions Not Included, the crowd pleasing Two Is A Family is sort of a Gallic Kramer Versus Kramer that deliberately tugs at the heartstrings. It was the most popular film at the French box office in 2017-18, and recently screened to great acclaim at the French Film Festival here in Australia. It stars Omar Sy, who was wonderful in the fantastic French Continue reading

IDEAL HOME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrew Fleming Stars: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Jack Gore, Alison Pill, Jake McDorman. Santa Fe is the home for Erasmus Brumble (Steve Coogan, from The Trip series of films, etc), a celebrity chef who hosts his own cable television cooking show, and Paul (Paul Rudd, from Ant-Man, etc), his producer and live in lover. They have been a couple for ten years, but now they spend a lot of time bickering. “Part of me wants to stick around just to watch him die,” Paul says casually to a fellow crew member. But their lives are turned Continue reading

SKYSCRAPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Chin Han, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell. Skyscraper is essentially a cross between Die Hard, the best action film of the 80s, and The Towering Inferno, the best of the 70s cycle of disaster films with an all-star cast and great special effects for its period. This is a big dumb action film, and no-one is better at making big dumb action blockbusters than the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, who is Continue reading

DAMASCUS COVER – interview with Howard Kaplan

by GREG KING Damascus Cover is a spy thriller based on the novel written by Howard Kaplan in 1977. The film has been written and directed by first time feature film maker Daniel Zelik Berk, and it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jorgen Prochnow and John Hurt in his last performance. Greg chatted with Howard to find out more about his background in espionage, the process of adapting the novel for the screen, some of the changes to the book, casting the novel, and shooting in Morocco. http://www.mediafire.com/file/q46u7buemw4l4kg/230625_003.MP3/file Continue reading