FIRST MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Ethan Embry, Patrick Fugit, Olivia Hamilton, Ciaran Hinds, Corey Stoll, Shea Whigham, Lukas Haas. Oscar winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle has quite a resume to his credit. He who gave us the superb drama Whiplash, which was my top film of 2014. He followed that with La La Land, a colourful and kitsch homage to the old Hollywood musicals of yesteryear, but I was not quite as enamoured with it as many other critics seemed Continue reading

HIDDEN FIGURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirtsen Dunst, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa, Ken Strunk, Kurt Krause. The Help at NASA? Of all the nine films nominated for Best Film at this year’s Oscars, the inspirational and feel good true life drama Hidden Figures is also the biggest crowd pleaser and the most accessible. Based on Margot Lee Shatterly’s non-fiction book about a trio of African-American women who worked on the NASA Continue reading

OPERATION AVALANCHE – interview with Matt Johnson

by GREG KING Addressing the popular conspiracy theory that the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 was faked, Operation Avalanche is a faux documentary about two film makers who document the staging of this seminal event. It has been shot using the found footage aesthetic. In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. The film is the creation of writer/director and star Matt Johnson. Greg spoke to Matt Johnson to learn Continue reading

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET – interview with Marsha Ivins

by GREG KING Marsha Ivins is a real life former NASA astronaut, who has been involved in the 3D IMAX documentary A Beautiful Planet. Marsha was in Melbourne to introduce the screenings at IMAX and participate in some Q&As. Greg spoke to Marsha to find out more about her life as an astronaut, about the film itself, and about some of the classic Hollywood sci-fi space travel movies. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/ivrryya7cjhzkdg/210823_001.MP3 Continue reading