THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cris Jones Stars: Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward, Miranda Brown, Rose Riley, Terry Camilleri, Amber Clayton, Jacek Koman, Tyler Coppin, John Gaden The curious case of Otto Bloom? This rather quirky film, which opened the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016, seems like a local variation on David Fincher’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the story of a man living his life in reverse. But unlike F Scott Fitzgerald’s creation, who was born old and slowly grew younger, the enigmatic eponymous Otto believes that he is Continue reading

A FEW LESS MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Lamprell Stars: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Ryan Corr, Shane Jacobson, Lynette Curran, Darren Gilshenan, Deborah Mailman, Sacha Horler, James Helm, Jeremy Sims. 2011’s comedy A Few Best Men was a surprise hit with audiences, although it was largely dismissed by critics. And now we get this largely unnecessary sequel that no-one really asked for. This sequel to A Few Best Men takes up immediately where the first film left off. The straight-laced David Locking (Xavier Samuel) has just gotten married Continue reading

A FEW LESS MEN – interview with Xavier Samuel

by GREG KING Xavier Samuel reunites with co-stars Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop for this sequel to the Aussie comedy A Few Best Men. This sequel sends our three friends on an unusual road journey in which they encounter some eccentric characters and learn about loyalty and friendship. The film was directed by Mark Lamprell and shot on location in Western Australian. Greg spoke to Xavier about the film and reuniting with his co-stars. “We had such a great time on the first film that I was just excited to be involved again,” enthuses the very busy Australian actor Continue reading

SPIN OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Tim Ferguson, Marc Gracie Stars: Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Travis Jeffrey, Melissa Bergland, Lincoln Lewis, Christie Whelan Browne, Damian Hill, Brooke McClymont, Mark Nicholson, Aaron Tsindos, Aileen Huynh, Eddie Barroo, Lisa Kowalsi, Pia Grace Moon, Brendan Bacon. No this is not a remake of the fluffy and lightweight 1966 romcom that starred Elvis Presley as a part time NASCAR driver. Rather, this is a raucous, at times bawdy and crude Ocker comedy along the lines of Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Dimboola, Stork and even the more Continue reading

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Whit Stillman Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Chloe Sevigny, Tom Bennett, Morfydd Clark, Lochlann O'Mearain, Justin Edwards, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Jenn Murray. Jane Austen's novels (Sense And Sensibility, Pride And Prejudice, etc) were rather staid drawing room romances that were critiques of the social mores, class differences, manners, love, the search for a good husband and the role of women in Edwardian England. Which makes Love & Friendship a rather unusual and wonderfully comic take on Austen's usual Continue reading