Monthly Archives: April 2000

LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI

Reviewed by GREG KING. One of the most popular novels on the secondary school syllabus, Looking For Alibrandi taps into the concerns of teenagers everywhere. It is an honest and insightful rites of passage tale that sets the usual exploration of teenage angst and adolescent dilemmas against a background of multi-culturalism, tradition and class snobbery [...]

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TOPSY-TURVY

Reviewed by GREG KING. With hits like The Pirates Of Penzance and HMS Pinafore to their credit, lyricist William S Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) and composer Arthur Sullivan (Allan Corduner) are the toast of London theatre in the latter half of the 19th century. But by the mid 1880′s the pair have hit a slump as [...]

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FOR LOVE OF THE GAME

Reviewed by GREG KING. For the first time in a decade Kevin Costner returns to the baseball diamond. One would assume it’s a sure-fire recipe for success as two of his better movies – Field Of Dreams and Bull Durham – have involved the sport of baseball. While he may not exactly hit a home [...]

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U571

Reviewed by GREG KING. Das Boot without the subtitles? All of the usual clichés of the wartime submarine drama are trotted out one more time in this big budget World War Two adventure from Jonathan Mostow (whose last film was the Kurt Russell actioner Breakdown). The surfeit of clichés however doesn’t diminish the excitement nor [...]

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FINAL DESTINATION

Reviewed by GREG KING. Teen hunk Devon Sawa (Wild America, Casper, etc) seems keen on carving out a little niche for himself in the teen horror genre. First there was the decidedly juvenile Idle Hands, and now there’s the formulaic Final Destination, a teen slasher film that seems influenced by The Twilight Zone. Final Destination [...]

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THE CUP

Reviewed by GREG KING. There have been a number of recent films exploring the plight of Tibet and the systematic destruction of its culture since the Chinese invasion in 1959. The Cup is another film to explore this fertile territory, but it does so with a deceptive gentleness. The action of The Cup takes place [...]

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BRINGING OUT THE DEAD

Reviewed by GREG KING. Martin Scorsese returns to the mean streets of New York for this blistering, intense and frenetically paced journey through 56 hours in the life of a traumatised paramedic. Paramedics are the emergency response medical teams that nightly race through the cesspool of a major city in decay, dealing with alcoholics, drug [...]

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GALAXY QUEST

Reviewed by GREG KING. There have been plenty of sci-fi spoofs before. But whereas films like Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs and Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks were uneven and only fitfully funny, Galaxy Quest is a real winner. While it mercilessly lampoons many of the familiar clichés and characters of those cheesy old sci-fi series like Star [...]

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