Monthly Archives: April 2009

CLOSED FOR WINTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Bogle Stars: Natalie Imbruglia, Daniel Fredericksen, Deborah Kennedy, Tony Martin, Tiahn Green, Danielle Catanzariti. There has been plenty of debate recently about why local audiences are unwilling to pay to see Australian films in the cinema, and why they have failed dismally at the box office. Closed For Winter [...]

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moritz bleibtreu interview

By Greg King “We could not have made this film in Germany ten years ago,” German actor Moritz Bleibtreu says of his new film The Baader Meinhof Complex, which opened the Festival of German Films in Melbourne recently. Part thriller, part historical drama, part character study, The Baader Meinhof Complex traces the rise of the [...]

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GOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vicente Amorim Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Mark Strong, Stephen Mackintosh, Gemma Jones. Set in Berlin under the Nazis in the late 1930’s, Good is yet another Holocaust-themed drama which tries to explore what happened and why people allowed it to happen. John Halder (Viggo Mortensen) is an [...]

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A FILM WITH ME IN IT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ian FitzGibbon Stars: Mark Doherty, Dylan Moran, Aby Huberman, Jack Kelly, David Doherty, Aisling O’Sullivan, Neil Jordan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. On Limited release from April 23. Black comedies don’t come much darker than this little gem from Ireland. Audiences who loved last year’s Death At A Funeral will get lots [...]

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MONSTERS VS ALIENS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon Stars: Voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Keifer Sutherland, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Rainn Wilson, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Renee Zellweger, Jeffrey Tambor, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Sean Bishop, Julie White. Easily the best family oriented film released in time for the school [...]

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A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Chris Waitt. Occasionally funny and quirky documentary from independent British film maker Chris Waitt who sets out to explore on-screen why he has been dumped by several ex-girlfriends. Over the course of several years Waitt has been dumped via e-mail, SMS, answering machine, and one former girlfriend even wrote [...]

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PARIS 36 (FAUBOURG 36)

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christophe Barratier Stars: Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Maxence Perrin. Set in the Faubourg precinct of Paris in 1936 (hence the title) this charming, handsomely mounted but ultimately superficial film is a sort of homage to a bygone era of music hall entertainment and live [...]

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TULPAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sergey Dvortsevoy Stars: Ashkat Kuchinchirekov, Tulepbergen Baisakalov, Samal Yeslyamova, Ondasyn Besikbasov. A tale of unrequited love on the remote storm-swept steppes of Central Asia, Tulpan is a visually stunning film of quiet pleasures. The central character is Asa (Ashkat Kuchinchirekov) is a former sailor who wants to become a shepherd [...]

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