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

SWISS ARMY MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniels Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Weekend At Bernie's meets Castaway? In a cinema landscape shaped by an endless array of sequels, remakes and special effects driven comic book adaptations and superhero movies it is refreshing to come across something a little different, a little left of centre. Hank (Paul Dano, from There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine, etc) has been stranded on a remote island for a long time now and has given up hope of rescue. When we first meet him he is about to end it Continue reading

YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Alex MacQueen, Roly Serrano, Ed Stoppard, Luna Zimic Mijovic, Paloma Faith. Music and images have always played an important part in the films of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, who won an Oscar for his grandiose and occasionally self-indulgent Felliniesque The Great Beauty, a film that divided audiences. These elements also play an important role in his latest film Youth, which is a surreal, melancholy, bittersweet, visually sumptuous, poetic Continue reading

LOVE & MERCY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Max Schneider, Joanna Going, Graham Rogers, Diana Maria Riva. This is an unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson, the songwriter and creative driving force behind 60s band The Beach Boys, whose songs of sun, surf and summer epitomised the California sound. Most biopics of musicians tend to explore their darker side as well as look at that fine line between genius and madness and Love & Mercy is no exception. Continue reading

12 YEARS A SLAVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Scoot McNairy, Michael K Williams, Brad Pitt. The brutal realities of slavery are brought to life in harrowing fashion in this confronting film from British director Steve McQueen. This is the third feature film from the former visual artist turned filmmaker, and is his most assured and affecting drama to date. McQueen explores damaged characters - his first film was Hunger, about IRA hunger striker Continue reading