Monthly Archives: August 2011

CHALET GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phil Traill Stars: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Egerton, Brooke Shields, Sophie Bush, Gregor Bloeb, Nicholas Braun, Adam Bousdoukos, Tara Dakides, Ken Dukken. This British/German co-production comes across as something of a mix of formulaic feel good romantic comedy crossed with some generous doses of Warren Miller-like snowboarding [...]

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MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Werner Herzog Stars: Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny, Brad Dourif, Grace Zabriskie, Michael Pena, Irma P Hall, Udo Kier, Loretta Devine, Verne Troyer. Following a brief run as part of ACMI’s first look program, Werner Herzog’s latest film gets a brief, limited theatrical release. My Son, My Son, What [...]

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ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2011

INTIMATE GRAMMAR. Based on the book by David Grossman, Intimate Grammar is a poignant and downbeat coming of age tale from Israel, set in the years leading up to the Six-Day War. The film follows the painful experiences of young Aharon, a precociously intelligent and sensitive 10-year old who is smaller in size than other [...]

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HORRIBLE BOSSES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Seth Gordon Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland, Lindsay Sloane, Barry Livingston, Ioan Grufford, Bob Newhart. Revenge of the working stiffs? This male variation on Nine To Five deals with three harassed, bullied and verbally abused workers who decide [...]

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OVERHEARD 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Alan Mak and Felix Chong Stars: Daniel Wu, Louis Koo, Shaun Lau, Michelle Ye, Huang Yi, Kenneth Tsang, Woo Fung, Kong Ngai, Felix Lok, Kwok Fung.   This pacy thriller about high finance, greed, corruption, betrayal, murder and revenge is a sequel of sorts to Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s [...]

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PERSECUTION BLUES: THE BATTLE FOR THE TOTE.

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Natalie van den Dungen For a couple of decades the iconic Tote Hotel in Collingwood has been the cornerstone of Melbourne’s rich, vibrant and diverse music culture. Over the years the hotel has played host to bands like Spiderbait as well as providing a home for up and coming [...]

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KIDNAPPED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Miguel Angel Vivas Stars: Fernando Cayo, Ana Wagener, Manuela Vellés, Dritan Biba. Some of the best horror films seem to be emerging from Spain at the moment. Kidnapped is a taut and efficiently brutal thriller that will certainly unsettle many in the audience. The film draws upon real events as [...]

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BEGINNERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Mills Stars: Ewan McGregor, Malanie Laurent, Christopher Plummer, Goran Visjnic, Mary Page Keller. Mike Mills’s follow-up to Thumbsucker is this story about loss, dysfunctional relationships, resilience, new beginnings, insecurity, and finding yourself. Beginners is a bittersweet and comic semi-autobiographical tale. This is a very personal film for Mills as [...]

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