Monthly Archives: February 2000

GET REAL – interview with patrick wilde

by GREG KING In Melbourne recently to promote Get Real, the film version of his acclaimed play What’s Wrong With Angry? playwright, actor, theatre director and screen writer Patrick Wilde spoke at length about the process of adapting his play for the screen, and about cinema’s treatment of gay characters and themes in general. Wilde [...]

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ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Who else but Pedro Almodovar, Spain’s master of cinematic kitsch, could get away with a film containing ageing lesbian divas, a pregnant nun dying of AIDS, and transsexual prostitutes? Despite some tacky plot elements, All About My Mother seems indicative of the new found maturity that has shaped the recent films [...]

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CUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Scream meets The Blair Witch Project? The first film from Michael Gudinski’s newly formed Mushroom Pictures, Cut is a lightweight and terribly cheesy Australian attempt to produce a slick horror/comedy in the same vein as Scream. It works beautifully – up to a point! A group of film students attempt to [...]

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BOYS DON’T CRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kimberley Pierce Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny, Peter Saarsgard, Brendon Sexton III, Alison Follard, Alicia Goranson, Matt McGrath, Rob Campbell. Like the recent Ma Vie En Rose, Boys Don’t Cry is a confronting and disturbing, but compelling look at a confused teenager who chooses to live life on their own [...]

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DICK

Reviewed by GREG KING. Despite the presence of two attractive stars in Kirsten Dunst and Dawson’s Creek bad girl Michelle Williams, Dick is a rather bland comedy that lacks appeal for its target audience. For most of today’s teens, Watergate is just a footnote in the history books that has little relevance. The whole scandal [...]

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THE LOVE LETTER

Reviewed by GREG KING. This twee romantic comedy has been something of a labour of love for Kate Capshaw, who is both star and producer. Inevitably, it is she who must also shoulder much of the blame for the film’s failings. This surprisingly bland and ultimately uninvolving film is set in the old fashioned and [...]

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DOGMA

Reviewed by GREG KING. Who would have thought the final apocalyptic battle between the forces of good and evil for the future of the world would take place in New Jersey, of all places? Possibly only Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, etc), the idiosyncratic writer/director who sets all his off beat, low budget comedies in [...]

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FELICIA’S JOURNEY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Atom Egoyan leaves behind his native Canada to tackle this chilling, suspenseful psychological thriller about obsession and a uniquely fascinating and charismatic serial killer. Felicia’s Journey is set against the background of the bleak urban wasteland of Britain’s post industrial north, and Egoyan and regular cinematographer Paul Sargossy capture some haunting [...]

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