Monthly Archives: March 2000

STRANGE FITS OF PASSION – interview with Elise McCreadie

by GREG KING. The new Australian romantic comedy Strange Fits Of Passion screened at Cannes last year where it was particularly well received, and the film has garnered positive reviews wherever it has screened. Which is all good news for the film’s writer and director, actress turned filmmaker Elise McCreadie, who spoke passionately about her [...]

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MANSFIELD PARK

Reviewed by GREG KING. The third, and most autobiographical, of Jane Austen’s novels, Mansfield Park tells the story of a young girl from an impoverished family who is raised on the estate of wealthy relatives in the English countryside. This is a witty, articulate and beautifully observed tale that retains the lyrical quality of Austen’s [...]

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THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY

Reviewed by GREG KING. An intriguing but ultimately somewhat disappointing tale of obsession, deception and good old fashioned murder, The Talented Mr Ripley has been adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. This is the first film from Anthony Minghella since the over blown and over rated Oscar winner The English Patient, but the drama here is [...]

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ERIN BROCKOVICH

Reviewed by GREG KING (Columbia Tristar) Director: Steven Soderbergh Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Coyote, Marg Helgenberger, Scotty Leavenworth, Gemmenner De La Penna, Cherry Jones, Tracey Walter, Dawn Didawick Running time: 131 minutes. A twice divorced, unemployed mother of three young children, Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) struggles to be taken seriously. But [...]

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AMERICAN MOVIE

Reviewed by GREG KING. The trailer for this low budget, independently financed documentary made it appear as if American Movie was a po-faced piss-take on the making of The Blair Witch Project. But it is so much more. The brainchild of Chris Smith, American Movie is a journey through the frustrations and anguish of the [...]

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GUNSHY

Reviewed by GREG KING. The debut feature from writer/director Eric Blakeney, Gunshy is a curious and uneven mix of romantic comedy and comic thriller. With this offbeat black comedy Blakeney refuses to find easy laughs or follow a comfortable formula. Consequently, this disappointing and muddled offering will probably alienate more in the audience than it [...]

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SCREAM 3

Reviewed by GREG KING. The problem with most long running horror series is that they inevitably have a habit of outstaying their welcome. Friday The 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare On Elm Street, etc, quickly deteriorated once they started producing increasingly ludicrous sequels that moved further and further away from the original in both flavour and [...]

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THE STORY OF US

Reviewed by GREG KING Cynics would suggest that Bruce Willis stick to doing what he does best – saving the world with all guns blazing – and leave acting to more qualified thespians. But Willis has, in the past, delivered some quite surprisingly rich and subtle performances that have demonstrated more to his range than [...]

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