NIGHTMARE ALLEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo Del Toro Stars: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collett, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Blake Nelson, Clifton Collins jr, Holt McCallany. Oscar winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape Of Water, etc) is better known for his gothic horror, but his latest film is something of a change of pace as it dips into the fertile terrain of the noir genre with all its lurid trappings. Here the horrors are of a more human nature. Nightmare Alley is based on the 1946 pulp Continue reading

2018 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Paulette Arvizu

by GREG KING   The 21st Spanish Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country in April from April 17. The opening night film is the feel-good crowd-pleasing comedy The Tribe. There is also a retrospective on director Bigas Luna. And there is a special screening of the Oscar winning animated film Coco in Spanish. The closing night film is Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winning fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth. Greg spoke to Paulette Arvizu to find out more about some of the films on offer at this year’s Continue reading

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steven S de Knight Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, Tiang Jin, Jin Zhang, Adrua Arjona, Karan Brar, Wesley Wong, Ivanna Sakhno. If giant robots beating the crap out of giant sea monsters and large cities being destroyed is your thing then this is the film for you. This noisy, empty, special effects driven spectacle is the unnecessary sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim, a sci-fi action movie which told of the ultimate battle between man and monster. That film was directed by Continue reading

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Sally Hawking, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett. The Shape Of Water is a bold and surprisingly moving mash up of science fiction, 50s and 60s creature feature, fantasy, cold war thriller, beguiling romance, politics, science, prejudice, forbidden love and sexual identity. It is visionary Mexican born filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s best film since 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth. However, a healthy suspension of Continue reading

THE BOOK OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jorge R Gutierrez Stars: voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Kate Del Castillo, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Hector Elizondo, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo. "What is it with Mexicans and death?" This is the sophomore animated film from Texas based animation studio Reel FX, who previously gave us Free Birds, about a couple of turkeys who travel back in time to change the Thanksgiving tradition. The Book Of Life centres around the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, and is steeped in Mexican lore and Continue reading