Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Giovanni Esposito, Dario Contarelli. This messy, vulgar, bloated and indulgent biopic of Silvio Berlusconi (played here by Toni Servillo), the lecherous tycoon and media mogul who served four terms as Italy’s divisive, colourful and controversial Prime Minister mired in scandal, is the latest film from idiosyncratic filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, etc). Sorrentino’s films always serve up a brash and flashy mix of the bawdy and Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Alex MacQueen, Roly Serrano, Ed Stoppard, Luna Zimic Mijovic, Paloma Faith. Music and images have always played an important part in the films of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, who won an Oscar for his grandiose and occasionally self-indulgent Felliniesque The Great Beauty, a film that divided audiences. These elements also play an important role in his latest film Youth, which is a surreal, melancholy, bittersweet, visually sumptuous, poetic Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Tony Servillo. Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, etc) returns to his homeland for this visually stunning homage to the city of his birth and a eulogy to Rome's former glory. The film explores universal themes of death, sex, love, loneliness, regrets and the past. Co-written by Umberto Contarello, The Great Beauty is certainly a visually beautiful and sumptuous looking film. It has been winning a swag of awards, including the recent Golden Globe, and heaps of praise from international Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Abbas Kiarostami Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell. The films of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (Shirin, Taste Of Cherry, etc) are something of an acquired taste, given his droll sense of humour and leisurely pacing. One of his key themes has always been the influence of the real world on art and cinema. His latest film is no different, although the award winning Certified Copy may well earn him a wider audience. Certified Copy is Kiarostami’s first film shot outside his native Iran, and his first to feature a European Continue reading