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

STRONGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Gordon Green Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Lenny Clarke, Danny McCarthy, Patricia O'Neil, Carlos Sanz. Peter Berg’s 2016 drama Patriots Day looked at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds more, and the massive police manhunt for the terrorists that followed. Berg gave the material an almost documentary-like feel as he explored the stories of many of the people involved. There are probably a lot more unheard Continue reading

LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Espinosa Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya. Some mad movie scientist has spliced together the DNA of Alien, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Gravity, and the result is Life, a slick claustrophobic sci-fi thriller. This extra-terrestrial creature feature is familiar stuff and ticks all the right boxes, and it fills a void and will suffice until Ridley Scott unleashes his Alien Covenant later in the year. The film is set aboard the International Space Continue reading

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Ford Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen, Jena Malone, Andrea Riseborough, Imogen Waterhouse. The sophomore film from former fashion designer turned director Tom Ford after the Oscar nominated A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals is an austere and fairly bleak drama based on a little known novel Tony And Susan written by Austin Wright in 1993. It is a film that explores concepts of family, love, guilt, revenge, Continue reading

DEMOLITION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Smith, Heather Lind. Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a hot shot financier whose wife is killed in a car crash. He goes into denial and his life goes into melt down and he begins to alienate everyone around him. Including his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who also happens to be his boss. A minor incident involving a vending machine in the hospital though is the real catalyst for his frustration. He writes complaint letters to the company, which attract Continue reading