VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham, Peggy Lu Because of his reputation in using green screen and motion capture technology to bring to life CGI generated characters in films like The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the Planet Of The Apes reboot, Andy Serkis has been handed the reins for this latest Marvel superhero movie. Or should that be anti-hero, as the title character is a sentient, carnivorous shapeshifting alien symbiote with huge teeth?  The character of Venom Continue reading

VENOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Fleischer Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Woody Harrelson, Peggy Lu. Yet another superhero movie, this one featuring a second-tier character from the Marvel stable. Or should that be a super-anti-hero, because Venom is not your usual superhero? We first met Venom in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spiderman 3, when he was played by Topher Grace. And despite its origins with Spiderman, Venom clearly sits outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film itself has been produced by Sony Continue reading

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Linda Hunt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman, Ray Park. This stand-alone Star Wars film gives us the backstory of the roguish Han Solo, how he met Chewbacca and got his hands on the iconic Millennium Falcon. Solo has been written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, etc) and his son Jonathan. Kasdan knows his Star Wars lore, and Solo is filled with sly Continue reading

THE DUEL – interview with Kieran Darcy Smith

by GREG KING The Duel is a new western starring Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. The director is Aussie actor turned director Kieran Darcy Smith, who previously gave us the drama Wish You Were Here. In this in-depth and wide ranging interview Greg chatted to Kieran about casting Hemsworth and Harrelson, a couple of unusual alternative casting choices that didn't happen, Hollywood filmmaking, and the dearth of good westerns. http://www.mediafire.com/file/tusda6jlc4wtspk/211206_002.MP3   Continue reading

TRIPLE 9

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Hillcoat Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins jr, Teresa Palmer, Michael K Williams, Michelle Ang, E Roger Mitchell. Australian director John Hillcoat makes visceral, violent, dark and aggressively masculine thrillers, ranging from the bleak prison drama Ghosts... Of The Civil Dead through to the gritty outback western The Proposition, the apocalyptic journey into a heart of darkness with The Road or the prohibition era crime drama Continue reading