DON’T TELL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tori Garrett Stars: Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Porter, Martin Sacks, Robert Taylor, Jacqueline McKenzie, Robert Coleby, Gyton Grantley, Kiara Freeman, Leeanna Walsman, Ashlee Lollback, Caroline Kennison. Based on a true story, this Australian courtroom drama shares a common theme with the Oscar winning drama Spotlight. Both films deal with themes of sexual abuse, cover ups, abuse of power, truth, justice and the courage to fight against injustice. While that film depicted the Boston Globe’s Continue reading

THE MENKOFF METHOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Parker Stars: Noah Taylor, Lachlan Woods, Jessica Clarke, Robert Taylor, Malcolm Kennard, Catherine McClements, Olga Makeeva, David Whiteley, Andy Ryan, John Brumpton. Cinematographer David Parker has, with his wife writer/director Nadia Tass, created some of the best Australian comedies, with the classic Malcolm and The Big Steal. But when branching out as a filmmaker on his own the results have been a little less spectacular. With The Menkoff Method Parker steps back into the director's chair for the first time since 1997's Continue reading

DOWNRIVER – interview with Grant Scicluna

by GREG KING Downriver is the feature film debut for writer/director Grant Scicluna, whose short film The Wilding has received numerous awards. Downriver premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016, and is about to hit local cinemas. Greg caught up with Grant to talk about the making of this dark and atmospheric drama. http://www.mediafire.com/lis…/pbi3ii95ur4i2gg/200707_003.MP3 Continue reading

FOCUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigio Santoro, Adrian Martinez, B D Wong, Brennan Brown, Robert Taylor, Dotan Bonen, Domninic Fumusa. Will Smith desperately needs a hit to reverse his box office slump, especially in the wake of some recent misfires like the dire After Earth, which a fellow critic labelled After Birth. Focus is another of those heist caper crime films about a clever and charismatic con man, and it adheres closely to the familiar formula followed by films like Continue reading

TURKEY SHOOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Hewitt Stars: Dominic Purcell, Robert Taylor, Viva Bianca, Nicholas Hammond, Belinda McClory, Carmen Duncan, Suzannah McDonald, Juan Jackson. Jon Hewitt's remake of Brian Trenchard-Smith's 1982 film, an infamous, shockingly violent and trashy piece of Ozploitation that has become something of a cult favourite over the years, is largely unnecessary and unpleasant. Hewitt (Acolytes, Redball, X, etc) usually brings a rough hewn edge to his low budget films that are part of their charm and appeal and which helps overcome their cheap Continue reading