THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tom Gormican Stars: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sahron Horgan, Tiffany Haddish Ike Barinholtz, Lily Mo Sheen, Neil Patrick Harris, Paco Leon, Demi Moore, Alessandra Mastronardi, David Gordon Green. Nicolas Cage, the Oscar winning actor and iconic and prolific star of nearly 100 movies, plays a thinly disguised fictional version of himself in this entertaining and enjoyable action comedy that explores the fickle nature of fame, the process of making a movie and the movie industry itself.  Cage is undergoing some sort of Continue reading

SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Stars: voices of: Shamiek Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Chris Pine, Jake Johnson, Kimiko Glenn, John Mulaney, Liev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin, Kathryn Hahn, Stan Lee, Zoe Kravitz, Luna Lauren Velez, Natalie Morales, Oscar Isaac, Lake Bell. From Marvel Studios in association with Sony Animation Studios this subversive take on the whole superhero genre gives us one of the more sophisticated examples of animation to hit our screens in recent years. Continue reading

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