Monthly Archives: July 2000

SUMMER OF SAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Spike Lee Stars: Adrien Brody, John Leguizamo, Anthony LaPaglia, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, John Savage, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Badalucco, Michael Rispoli, Patti LuPone This controversial, disturbing and visually stylish new film from Spike Lee is certainly not for the faint hearted. Dealing with the killing spree of David Berkowitz, dubbed [...]

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THE ROAD HOME

Reviewed by GREG KING. Local distribution company Columbia Tristar recently announced its policy to release some of the best new cinema from Asia under the banner of the Silk Screen Collection. The first film released under this initiative is veteran director Zhang Yimou’s award winning The Road Home, a beautiful and visually stunning love story [...]

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JESUS’ SON

Reviewed by GREG KING. New Zealand director Alison MacLean’s first feature film since Crush eight years ago is Jesus’ Son, an edgy, uncompromising, surprisingly tender, and sometimes blackly comic journey through the drug culture of the ’70′s. Based on a collection of short stories exploring ’70′s drug subculture written by Denis Johnson, the film follows [...]

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MAYBE BABY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Comic Ben Elton (Blackadder, etc) taps into some painfully personal material for big laughs in his feature film directorial debut. The recent controversial debate on single women and lesbians having access to the IVF program adds some topicality and immediacy to the material. Maybe Baby is based on Elton’s novel Inconceivable, [...]

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THE PERFECT STORM

Reviewed by GREG KING. German-born director William Petersen has embraced the Hollywood style of big budget action film making (In The Line Of Fire, Air Force One, etc). His latest film sees him return to the sea for the first time since Das Boot, and the result is a film that will leave you feeling [...]

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AGNES BROWNE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Oscar winning actress Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honour, The Grifters, etc) is proving as adept on either side of the camera as her father, the late John Huston. Equally adept at comedy and drama, she has brought a touch of class and a tough edge to the various characters she has played. [...]

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WHEN BRENDAN MET TRUDY – interview with kieran j walsh

GREG KING talks with KIERAN J WALSH, director of When Brendan Met Trudy. “At the end of the day, film is a director’s medium, not a writer’s medium. It takes over your life, consumes your life, and you live and breathe and dream it.” Dublin-born film director Kieran J Walsh had always had an interest [...]

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TITUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Taymor Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Alan Cummings, Jessica Lange, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matthew Rhys, Harry Lennix Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s least known and least performed play, mainly because it is, both dramatically and physically, gruelling and demanding. Set against the background of the Roman Empire, Titus is a bloodthirsty and [...]

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