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

THE WIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bjorn Runge Stars: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater, Annie Stake, Harry Lloyd, Elizabeth McGovern, Karin Franz .Korlof, Alix Wilton Regan. Behind every great man there is a great woman, according to the maxim, and that is certainly borne out in this intelligent and thought-provoking character study from Swedish director Bjorn Runge (Daybreak, etc). The time is 1992. New York author Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) is regarded as America’s greatest living writer and he is about to win the Nobel Prize for Continue reading

WOMAN IN GOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Frances Fisher, Moritz Bleibtreu, Allan Coruner, Henry Goodman, Tom Schilling, Charles Dance. Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) is an elderly Jewish refugee who, with the help of her tyro lawyer, takes on the intractable might of the Austrian Government in a protracted legal battle to regain possession of a valuable painting and family heirloom that was confiscated by the Nazis during Continue reading

RONIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Frankenheimer Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skasgard, Natascha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska. In the 60's, John Frankenheimer was without peer as a director of taut action films and riveting political thrillers. His more memorable films included Seven Days In May, The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds, and The Birdman Of Alcatraz. Since the 70's though his career seems to have stalled with a succession of grim, second rate thrillers, like French Connection II, Prophecy, 52 Continue reading