CUT SNAKE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Ayres Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Alex Russell, Jessica De Gouw, Kerry Walker, Robert Morgan, Paul Moder, Brett Swain. One of the few genres that Australian filmmakers tackle consistently well is the hard boiled crime noir. With Cut Snake Aussie director Tony Ayres (better known for his work on tv series The Slap, etc) attempts to make a smart Tarantinoesque noir like crime thriller, although the results are a little uneven. The film premiered at MIFF in 2014 and has taken over a year to reach local screens. Written by tv writer Continue reading

KILL ME THREE TIMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown. This is the type of noir-inspired film that Australian filmmakers do really well when they tackle the genre. Written by first time writer James McFarland Kill Me Three Times is a vicious and offbeat black comedy take on the noir genre with a high body count. McFarland uses a non linear narrative structure reminiscent of classics like The Usual Suspects or early Tarantino and Coen brothers. Simon Pegg (who Continue reading

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Noam Murro Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, David Wenham, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, Jack O'Connell. Hollywood must have squandered all of its reserves of fake blood for this overly violent and visually ugly and cliched follow up to Zack Snyder's 2006 epic 300, which redefined the action genre. Snyder (300, Sucker Punch, etc) is a hack director with an over the top kinetic aesthetic; his films are more of a triumph of style over substance as he throws virtually everything at the screen. And even though he is only credited as Continue reading