DAMASCUS COVER – interview with Howard Kaplan

by GREG KING Damascus Cover is a spy thriller based on the novel written by Howard Kaplan in 1977. The film has been written and directed by first time feature film maker Daniel Zelik Berk, and it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jorgen Prochnow and John Hurt in his last performance. Greg chatted with Howard to find out more about his background in espionage, the process of adapting the novel for the screen, some of the changes to the book, casting the novel, and shooting in Morocco. http://www.mediafire.com/file/q46u7buemw4l4kg/230625_003.MP3/file Continue reading

RED SPARROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lawrence Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Bill Camp, Mary-Louise Parker, Douglas Hodge, Sergei Polunin, Thekla Reuten. A violent and brutal spy thriller, Red Sparrow follows quickly on the heels of last year’s tough Atomic Blonde, and serves up another strong female centric spy story. But there’s also a touch of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita to Red Sparrow. The violence here is brutal almost Continue reading

ALLIED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, August Diehl, Matthew Goode, Thierry Fremont. This old-fashioned World War Two set romantic drama from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Castaway, etc) tries to be a Casablanca for the twenty first century. But it is also the film that brought Brad Pitt and costar Marion Cotillard together and sparked rumours that their on screen romance continued after the cameras stopped rolling. It is a bit like Mr And Mrs Smith, the romantic Continue reading

JASON BOURNE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Greengrass Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Julia Stiles, Gregg Henry, Ato Essendoh, Scott Shepherd, Bill Camp. The film adaptations of Robert Ludlum's novels about Jason Bourne, an amnesiac assassin trying to piece together his own identity while outrunning and outgunning assassins was very influential in shaping and reinvigorating the Bond franchise as well as inspiring action films like Taken and its ilk. Nine years ago, following The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon, the star of Continue reading

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanna White Stars: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jeremy Northam, Matt Gattis, Khalid Abdalla, Alicia Von Rittberg, Saskia Reeves, Alec Utgoff, Dolya Gavanski, Pawel Szajda, Velibor Topic, Marek Oravec. John Le Carre is the modern master of spy thrillers. A former intelligence agent himself, he knows the territory and his novels are infused with authenticity and detail about spy craft, the morally ambiguous and murky world of international intrigue where nothing is ever black or Continue reading