Monthly Archives: May 2000

ME, MYSELF & IRENE.

Reviewed by GREG KING. Following a couple of dramatic roles aimed at attracting Oscar nominations, but which failed at the box office, energetic funny man Jim Carrey returns to doing what he does best – over the top, physical comedy. Me, Myself & Irene reunites Carrey with Bobby and Peter Farrelly, the film making siblings [...]

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KEEPING THE FAITH

Reviewed by GREG KING. Having appeared in some of the most intense, hard edged dramas of recent years (Fight Club, American History X, etc) Edward Norton is widely regarded as one of the best actors of his generation. However, for his directorial debut he has played it safe and chosen more lightweight material. Keeping The [...]

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EAST IS EAST

Reviewed by GREG KING. Rudyard Kipling once wrote: “East is east, west is west, and never the twain shall meet.” In this delightful, award winning British film, east and west do meet, and the scene is set for a wonderful comedy about the clash of cultures. The film is set in Salford, a working class [...]

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2

Reviewed by GREG KING. Sequels invariably fail to live up to expectations. Rarely do film makers take too many risks with sequels, preferring to remain slavishly faithful to the formula established by the original. With this sequel to the hugely successful Mission Impossible, the big budget, big screen adaptation of the popular but gimmicky ’60s [...]

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JUDAS KISS

Reviewed by GREG KING. I’m a sucker for good crime thrillers, and Judas Kiss certainly kept me hooked! This wonderfully sleazy and suspenseful noir-like thriller is yet another enjoyable journey through the pulp fiction of Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard and their ilk. Set in steamy New Orleans, the film centres around a kidnap which seems [...]

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ISN’T SHE GREAT

Reviewed by GREG KING. As a director, Andrew Bergman (So Fine, The Freshman, It Could Happen To You, etc) has an uncanny knack of ruining the comic potential of promising material and turning interesting ideas into cinematic dross. His biopic of Jacqueline Sussan, the author who turned the literary world on its ears with the [...]

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MAD COWS

Reviewed by GREG KING. This woefully misguided, laboured and woodenly directed so-called comedy would have to rank as one of the worst films released so far this year. Based on a novel by Kathy Lette (who also wrote the seminal Australian coming-of-age story Puberty Blues), Mad Cows follows the misadventures of Maddy (a horribly miscast [...]

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THE STRAIGHT STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING. It seems that all those great auteurs who specialised in edgy, visually stylish, gory horror and splatter films are slowing down and tackling more mainstream material. Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, etc) recently turned his hand to romance and baseball with For Love Of The Game. In Music Of The Heart, [...]

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