THE MENU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Mylod Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult, Anya Taylor-Joy, Hong Chau, Judith Light, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, John Leguizamo, Aimee Carrero, Paul Adelstein, Rob Yang, Mark St Cyr, Arturo Castro, Rebecca Koon, Adam Aalderks, Matthew Cornwell. There have been a lot of foodie films, but none as darkly funny or as unsettling as this offbeat, edgy and absurdist black comedy from filmmaker Mark Mylod, who is best known for his work on television series like Succession, etc. While most food-themed films make you hungry, The Menu Continue reading

THE KING’S MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew Goode, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Valerie Pachner, Todd Boyce, August Diehl, Ian Kelly, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Matthew Vaughn gleefully rewrites the history of WWI with this totally bonkers and tonally uneven spy caper that is a prequel to his 2014 action drama Kingsman: The Secret Service. That film introduced us to a private intelligence service established because some things were too Continue reading

HOLMES & WATSON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Etan Cohen Stars: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald, Pam Ferris, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Hugh Laurie, Noah Jupe, Lauren Lapkus, Michael Culkin. My list of the worst films of 2018 has just had a late addition with Holmes & Watson, an execrable and terribly unfunny piece of nonsense that will have Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spinning in his grave. Conan Doyle’s estate gave permission for the filmmakers to use the famous characters, but in hindsight they should sue! This dire comedy about the Continue reading

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Travis Knight Stars: voices of Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. This stop motion animated action adventure comes from Laika Studios, and maintains the high standards established by their previous works like Coraline and Paranorman. Set in a mythical Japan during the era of the Samurai, the film draws upon the traditions and culture of ancient Japan, including the Kabuki theatre, origami, samurai legends and anime comics. Written by Continue reading

A BIGGER SPLASH – interview with Luca Guadagnino

by GREG KING     A Bigger Splash is the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. It stars Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. Greg spoke to Luca, who was in town to promote the film with a series of Q&A screenings, to find out more about the making of the movie. "I wish I could be more like one of my favourites Stanley Kubrick, able to not speak to anybody about my movie but let the movies speak for themselves," confesses prolific Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. Better known for the gorgeous 2009 drama I Am Love, Continue reading