Monthly Archives: September 2000

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director Oliver Stone has never shied away from controversy when questioning some of the essential beliefs of American society with his previous films (Wall Street, Platoon, JFK, etc), and he shows no sign of altering his unapologetically unsubtle and in your face approach with this searing and blistering look at American [...]

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WHATEVER IT TAKES

Reviewed by GREG KING. Yet another bland and formulaic teen romantic comedy in the tradition of recent fare like She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc, Whatever It Takes explores familiar territory without adding anything fresh or inspiring. Indeed, David Raynr’s light weight film also borrows heavily from the classic Cyrano De [...]

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THE PATRIOT

Reviewed by GREG KING. An American Braveheart? The Patriot is an ambitious, spectacular big budget epic set against the tumultuous backdrop of the American War of Independence, and although it takes numerous liberties with the facts it nonetheless delivers plenty of action and excitement. It is certainly a much better film than Hugh Hudson’s monumentally [...]

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X-MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING. One of Marvel comics’ most popular super hero teams comes to the screen in this big budget, effects driven feature film from Bryan Singer (the Oscar winning thriller The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, etc). Singer and his team of production designers at least do the original comic justice in this visually [...]

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UNE LIAISON PORNOGRAPHIQUE (A PORNOGRAPHIC AFFAIR)

Reviewed by GREG KING. Recently there has been a slew of French films exploring obsessive relationships between men and women (L’Ennui, the controversial Romance, etc) that have left little to the imagination. Despite the provocative and titillating title, however, there’s little that’s explicit, erotic or pornographic about Une Liaison Pornographique (aka A Pornographic Affair), the [...]

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THE DISH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Sitch Stars: Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton, Kevin harrington, Tom Long, Roy Billing, Billie Brown, John McMahon, Genevieve Mooy, Taylor Kane, Andrew S Gilbert, Lenka Kripac, Matthew Moore, Eliza Szonert, Carl Snell, Charles Tingwell. This charming, enormously appealing and funny follow up to The Castle is another winner for the [...]

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TRAIN OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Radu Milhaileanu A film with a strong humanist message that also milks the horrors of the holocaust for some wonderful laughs, Train Of Life cannot avoid comparisons with Roberto Benigni’s Oscar winning Life Is Beautiful, or even Robin Williams’ lesser Jakob The Liar. Rumanian director Radu Milhaileanu even sent a [...]

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SUPERNOVA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Lee A muddled sci-fi thriller set in the 22nd century, Supernova comes to the screen after a very troubled shoot that saw two directors (including Australia’s Geoffrey Wright and Walter Hill) walk away, leaving the film credited to the fictitious Thomas Lee. The film also went through numerous re-edits [...]

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