Monthly Archives: January 2000

HUMAN TRAFFIC – interview with Danny Dyer

by GREG KING Human Traffic is an energetic, drug fuelled, wildly cinematic ride through Britain’s club scene and rave culture, aimed firmly at the twentysomething audience. It explores a long weekend of drugs, clubs, sex and booze for five young Brits who try to escape from the drudgery of their weekly lives. It centres around [...]

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THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luc Besson Stars: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, John Malkovich Joan of Arc was the illiterate peasant girl who, in the 15th century, believed that God told her how to defeat the all-conquering English army and restore Charles II to the throne. She united the dishevelled French army and [...]

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HAPPY TEXAS – interview with Mark Illsley

by GREG KING “Fifty percent of the movie is script, forty percent is the casting, and the last 10% is everything else that we do. That 10% of whatever we do is very important to the movie, but it doesn’t make the movie – it only keeps the movie from sinking. If you have a [...]

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THE GREEN MILE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Writer/director Frank Darabont previously gave us the superb The Shawshank Redemption, one of the truly great films of the ’90′s. He has followed it with yet another prison drama that is every bit as moving and inspiring and, yes, damn good. The Green Mile beautifully and brilliantly transcends the limitations and [...]

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ROMANCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Catherine Breillat Stars: Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stevenin, Francois Berleand, Rocco Siffredi. Catherine Breillat’s Romance comes to the screen with the baggage of having been banned by the Australian censors for being pornographic. This controversy inevitably translates into public curiosity and good box office returns for a film that is, ultimately, [...]

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THE INSIDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director Michael Mann’s first film since the brilliant Heat is a wonderfully gripping and intelligent true life drama about the scientist who blew the whistle on the tobacco companies for tv’s 60 Minutes. When he is unfairly dismissed from tobacco company Brown and Williamson, Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) eventually told a [...]

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STIGMATA

Reviewed by GREG KING. It’s rare to find a spooky religious thriller that is also quite intelligent and doesn’t lose the plot amidst a welter of meaningless effects and nonsense. Admittedly, Stigmata is often reminiscent of earlier films like The Exorcist, The Omen and the risible Demi Moore thriller The Seventh Sign, but this thriller [...]

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MYSTERY MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING This high camp, low brow spoof of comic book super heroes is ultimately something of a disappointment. Based on the Dark Horse comic, Mystery Men affectionately sends up the conventions of more familiar super heroes, but it also taps the genre for some rich satire. Despite a stellar cast, high production [...]

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