Monthly Archives: August 2000

THE DEBT COLLECTOR

Reviewed by GREG KING. An impressive debut feature from an exciting young Scottish director, The Debt Collector is a tough, gritty and compelling contemporary thriller that tackles some important themes of crime and punishment, justice and retribution. Twenty years ago Nicky Dryden (Billy Connelly in a rare straight role) was one of Edinburgh’s most feared [...]

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COTTON MARY

Reviewed by GREG KING. The Merchant Ivory team return to the familiar terrain of post-Colonial India for the first time since the magnificent Heat And Dust. However, Cotton Mary explores the void left after Britain abandoned India upon independence, and the plight of Anglo-Indians, those people of dual heritage who are caught between two cultures. [...]

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SWEET AND LOWDOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Woody Allen is certainly one of the most prolific writer/directors working, but in recent years his films have become more and more of an acquired taste. Full of an increasingly self-conscious and almost whiningly apologetic examination of his personal life, they have become tedious and often unfunny. Recent films have lacked [...]

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THE SKULLS

Reviewed by GREG KING. An inherently silly thriller about an ambitious young college student who finds his life turned upside down when he is invited to join a sinister secret society and uncovers murder, conspiracy, and cover-ups. The Skulls is an elitist secret society that recruits young college students, but is prepared to kill to [...]

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EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Set against a catchy soundtrack of ’80′s disco hits, featuring everything from Bronski Beat to The Eurythmics, Edge Of Seventeen is a wonderful coming of age and gay coming-out story. It is, essentially, an American variation of a theme well-explored in British films like Beautiful Thing and Get Real, etc, although [...]

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RIDE WITH THE DEVIL

Reviewed by GREG KING. In 1861, the Civil War was just erupting. But while the conflict threatened to engulf and divide the whole country, another, more obscure, little guerrilla war was being fought near the border between Kansas and Missouri, almost as a side-show to the main event. Bands of rival vigilante armies, known as [...]

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MR ACCIDENT

Reviewed by GREG KING With his occasionally inventive and energetic 1988 comedy Young Einstein, carrot-haired writer/director Yahoo Serious charmed audiences and, in the process, delivered a solid box office hit both locally and internationally. The good will created by that hit largely carried through his moderately disappointing follow up Reckless Kelly. It’s been nearly a [...]

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TUMBLEWEEDS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gavin O’Connor Stars: Janet McTeer, Kimberly Brown, Jay O Sanders, Gavin O’Connor, Michael J Pollard, Lois Smith There seems some sort of synergy in the way Hollywood often produces similar films at the same time (A Bug’s Life and Antz, Deep Impact and Armageddon, etc). Hot on the heels of [...]

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