Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Greek Film Festival goes into its second week in Melbourne and the opening night film, Alex and Eve, is now on mainstream release. 

Bridge of Spies 

Director: Steven Spielberg
Length: 123 mins

Top scripting, directing and acting go into making this fine thriller about the Cold War era. Based on a true story taking place in 1957 BoS tells of New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is hired to defend a Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). When a US spy plane is shot down over Soviet territory, Donovan is co-opted by the CIA to go negotiate a prisoner swap with the Soviets.  Hanks, in his inimitable way, plays a decent man who stands for justice, and Rylance is downright brilliant as the so-called enemy, who is also a good human being who just happens to be on the "wrong" side. Production values of the film are top-notch and it is also fascinating to revisit this period of history, especially the segments concerning the building of the Berlin Wall. 

Definitely go see it!

For a full review from Bernard Hemingway:

Alex and Eve

Director: Peter Andrikidis
Length: 90 mins

Hot on the heels of last week's unIndian, comes another ethnic comedy of multi-cultural lovers, this time a Greek schoolteacher Alex falling for a Muslim Lebanese lawyer Eve.  Of course the parents want any marriage to be within the community, and the usual family conflicts ensue. Humour derives from the depiction of the stereotyped behaviours of both cultures. Some of it is very funny; other bits feel to me forced and cliched. I have a few problems with certain plot and character points that just don't ring true, but for a light weight experience it could be ok. 

Maybe worth a look!

For my full review:

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