PERSONAL SHOPPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Nora von Waldstatten, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graia. Kristen Stewart is one of the more interesting actresses of her generation. Following the success of the tween vampire series Twilight, which gave her a higher profile, she has chosen to appear in intriguing and smaller budget art house fare and independent films like Adventureland, Welcome To The Rileys, Still Alice, etc; she played rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways; she has appeared in big budget fantasy films like Continue reading

DRAMA – interview with Sophie Mathisen

by GREG KING. Drama is a low budget romantic comedy set in Paris, and is the debut feature from Australian writer/director and star Sophie Mathisen. It was developed as her thesis film while studying in London, and was shot in 31 days in Paris with a French and Australian crew. Greg spoke to Sophie to learn more about the film, which is now available through VOD and Fan Force screenings. http://www.mediafire.com/file/2jo3wzvz4553jts/220106_001.MP3 Continue reading

BASTILLE DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Watkins Stars: Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly, Jose Garcia, Thierry Godard, Eriq Ebouaney,Vincent London. Given recent terrorist attacks in Paris this action thriller cuts close to the bone. Paris is a powder keg of political and racial tension in the lead up to the titular national holiday. Michael Mason (played by Richard Madden, from tv's Game Of Thrones, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, etc) is a talented pickpocket eking out a living on the streets of Paris, relieving clueless tourists of valuable Continue reading

LUCY

Director: Luc Besson Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min Sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbaek, Analeigh Tipton. Action cinema does not have that many positive and strong heroines - there has of course been Sarah Connor from The Terminator, Ellen Ripley from Alien, Milla Jovovich in the Resident Evil series, Luc Besson's Nikita, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and Angelina Jolie in Salt. Now joining them is Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a kick-arse action heroine in a role originally intended for Jolie. But Continue reading

RONIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Frankenheimer Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skasgard, Natascha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska. In the 60's, John Frankenheimer was without peer as a director of taut action films and riveting political thrillers. His more memorable films included Seven Days In May, The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds, and The Birdman Of Alcatraz. Since the 70's though his career seems to have stalled with a succession of grim, second rate thrillers, like French Connection II, Prophecy, 52 Continue reading