MY SWEET PEPPER LAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hiner Saleem Stars: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Tarik Akreyi, Suat Usta, Mir Murad Bedirxan, Feyyaz Duman. Remember those old westerns in which a taciturn loner with a high moral sense of justice and right (something like the characters that Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart or John Wayne would often play) would ride into town and begin to rid it of corruption and villainous and powerful men, bringing law and order to the untamed frontier. That's sort of what you get in My Sweet Pepper Land, a contemporary revisionist western, from Continue reading

CHILD’S POSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Calin Peter Netzer Stars: Luminata Gheorgiou, Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Adrien Titieni. We don't get an opportunity to see much cinema from Romania outside of film festivals here, and those few we do see (like 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, etc) are often fairly grim and highly critical of society. Child's Pose is one of those rare films from the new wave of Romanian cinema that has emerged onto the international scene, and has been garnering great reviews and lots of praise. And its leading lady Luminata Gheorgiou, from The Death Continue reading

AIM HIGH IN CREATION!

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Anna Broinowski. Local filmmaker Anna Broinowski is well known for her insightful and provocative documentaries. Her debut film was Hell Bento!, which explored the little known world of underground Japanese counter culture, while her best known film is Forbidden Lies, which uncovered the literary deception of Norma Khouri's fabricated biographical tale of a Muslim honour killing. Her latest film starts from a more personal perspective. When Broinowski learned that a global energy company was about to start drilling for coal Continue reading

ALL IS LOST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J C CHandor Stars: Robert Redford. Another old man and the sea? Like Castaway and Gravity before it, this suspenseful drama is another sparse survival story about a lone protagonist. Also like the Australian drama Tracks which also hit local cinemas this week, All Is Lost is the story of one person's odyssey to survive in a harsh environment. But unlike Tracks, which is visually stunning but dramatically dull, All Is Lost ratchets up the suspense and tension, and there is a very real sense of danger that follows our hero. The main Continue reading

BLACKFISH

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Like thousands of tourists before me, I have visited the Sea World theme parks in San Diego and Florida, and marveled at the antics of the trained whales as they leap out of the water and cavort with their trainers. But this fascinating documentary is an eye opener and shows these theme parks and their questionable practices in a new light. In 2010 the orca Titikum killed veteran trainer Dawn Branchau at the Sea World theme park in Florida. Park offcials blamed Branchau herself for causing the Continue reading