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

SNOWDEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Stone Stars: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quino, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Eastwood, Ben Schnetzer, Ben Chaplin, Logan Marshall Green, Joely Richardson. Dual Oscar winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is a polarising figure with a strong political conscience whose films often shake up the establishment. His films have often explored themes of power and corruption and complex issues about American values in the modern world. He has explored some of the darker Continue reading

JOE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Gordon Green Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulson, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Brian Mays, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka. Not to be confused with John G Avildsen's blistering 1970 drama of the same name, which starred the late Peter Boyle as a viciously unrepentant bigot, David Gordon Green's gritty drama taps into the Southern noir aesthetic with its themes of masculinity, revenge, retribution and violence. It also mixes these more adult themes with the tropes of the coming of age tale. And Continue reading

SEASON OF THE WITCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dominic Sena Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Christopher Lee, Robert Sheehan, Ulrich Thompson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham. Sneaking into cinemas without much fanfare is Season Of The Witch, a rather dull, disappointing and inherently silly sword and sorcery adventure set in 14th century Europe. This clunky $40 million production flopped at the US box office and is being thrown away by the local distributors before it disappears onto DVD. The 14th century was a time of religious zealotry, the bloody Continue reading

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: E Elias Merhige Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Catherine McCormack, Cary Elwes, Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard, John Aden Gillet, Ronan Vibert. Exploring the behind the scenes drama of film making holds a natural attraction for film makers, and E Elias Merhige's sharp and irreverent Shadow Of the Vampire is probably the best of its type since Ed Wood. A clever and wry black comedy, Shadow Of The Vampire takes a fictitious look behind the scenes of the making of Nosferatu, one of the most influential and highly regarded of all Continue reading