WHAT IF IT WORKS?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Romi Trower Stars: Luke Ford, Anna Samson, Wade Briggs, Brooke Satchwell, Kaarin Fairfax, Djon Alexander, John Flaus, Eliza D'Souza. Australian filmmakers have a rich history of exploring mental illness, from 1979's Tim, which starred a young Mel Gibson as a slightly retarded gardener who falls in love in with an older woman, through to Nadia Tass's Malcolm and even P J Hogan's Mental. And now we get this modest little romantic comedy about two people suffering from mental disorders who find love. But can romance work between two Continue reading

MOONLIGHT CINEMA 2015/2016 – interview with Lisa West

by GREG KING Summer is upon us, and so is a new season of Moonlight Cinema, which kicks off here in Melbourne on December 3, with lots of great films screened at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The season opens with Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and there are lots of classic films like Dirty Dancing and Grease, as well as advance screenings of some great new films like Suffragette, the remake of Point Break, and David O Russell's Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence. To find out more about this year's program Greg spoke to Lisa Continue reading

I, FRANKENSTEIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stuart Beattie Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Aden Young, Miranda Otto, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney. Mary Shelley would probably be spinning in her grave if she could see what filmmaker Stuart Beattie and graphic novelist Kevin Grevioux have done to her most famous creation in this dreadful, special effects heavy fantasy. Beattie and Grevioux have reimagined Shelley's misunderstood monster from literature as an action hero battling demons in a battle to save mankind from destruction. A brief backstory tells us that Frankenstein's Continue reading

REDBALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Hewitt Stars: Belind McClory, John Brumpton, Frank Magree, Peter Docker, Anthea Davis, Neil Pigot, Daniel Richardson, James Young, Robert Morgan, Daniel Wyllie, Chris Hatzis, Ray Mooney. A deliberately discordant and jarring opening credit sequence suggests that we are back in Seven territory. And even though there is a vicious serial killer running around in the background of this nasty, ultra low budget crime thriller shot in Melbourne, writer/director Jon Hewitt has a completely different agenda in mind. Redball is a head Continue reading