RKS Film: “Xenia” Some Eight Years Later

“Xenia” is a 2014 Greek/Belgian/French production. In Greek Xenia means hospitality towards guests and foreigners and is derived from Xenos meaning foreigner. Given that the main characters in the film Ody (Nikos Gelia) and Dany (Kostas Nikouli) are half Greek and Albanian and that Dany is gay in the Greece of 2014 there is notContinue reading “RKS Film: “Xenia” Some Eight Years Later”

RKS Film: “Suntan”: Hellenic Film Society USA Presents a Modern Greek Tragedy

“Suntan” is an understatement for this Greek film. The disaster that enfolds in front of your eyes makes the name of the film “Sunburn” and it is a tragedy that has a finger wagging and a voice saying , “Don’t play with me or you’re playing with fire” like in a Rolling Stones song. KostisContinue reading “RKS Film: “Suntan”: Hellenic Film Society USA Presents a Modern Greek Tragedy”

RKS Film: “Blue Queen”: No Such Thing as an Honest Gangster!

The Hellenic Film Society USA continues its “Greek Films on Demand” which runs from the first to the tenth day of each month. Two Greek films are available for viewing at a nominal charge. One of April’s films is “Blue Queen”. In crime films you have probably encountered the double cross. Well in “Blue Queen”Continue reading “RKS Film: “Blue Queen”: No Such Thing as an Honest Gangster!”

RKS Film: The Hellenic Film Society USA Presents “My Name is Eftihia”

The Hellenic Film Society USA continues its “Greek Films on Demand” enabling viewers globally to access feature films, documentaries and film shorts made by Greek filmmakers, as well as films that promote the cultures of Greece and Cyprus. Their two March offerings include “My Name is Eftihia” a bio pic from 2019 capturing the inspirationalContinue reading “RKS Film: The Hellenic Film Society USA Presents “My Name is Eftihia””

“Jenny”: Classic Greek 1960’s film shows beautiful lampooning ahead of its time

A couple of years ago in Greece I had to spend a couple of months taking care of certain estate matters. I was on Samos, a beautiful mountainous island, very close to Turkey. We were staying in Samos City as it is called but the locals call it by its old name Vathi. Vathi was,Continue reading ““Jenny”: Classic Greek 1960’s film shows beautiful lampooning ahead of its time”

A Modern Greek Tragedy Both Human and Societal: “City of Children”

The Greek Film “City of Children” presents the viewer with a multitude of tragedies. There is nothing like a tragedy to make one feel like a fool for wasted time and bad decisions. There are four couples in the film and pregnancy is ostensibly the main theme but perhaps very subtly the bigger tragedy isContinue reading “A Modern Greek Tragedy Both Human and Societal: “City of Children””

“Little England” A Modern Greek Tragedy

“Little England” is perhaps what you might call a “modern” Greek tragedy shot on the island of Andros in the Aegean in Greece. All said and done I reflect on the opening scene with huge Aegean waves crashing into the shores of the island of Andros. In retrospection director Pantelis Voulgaris is giving viewers aContinue reading ““Little England” A Modern Greek Tragedy”

“My Little Greek Godfather” A Sarcastic Political Farce

My experience with Greek Comedic films is that there is a farcical element to them. In “My Little Greek Godfather” politics are mercilessly lampooned along with several Greek traditions. The President of Greece for the “Democracy Party” is facing a crucial election and the race is tight on the Greek Island of Crete. In GreeceContinue reading ““My Little Greek Godfather” A Sarcastic Political Farce”

“300”: 15 years and still fresh

It is not often I review a movie 15 years after it has been released and one that I saw when it was released! And many of you have already seen it so my comments will be brief. Innovative cinematography at times almost cartoon like. This film took some of its inspiration from a graphicContinue reading ““300”: 15 years and still fresh”