Monthly Archives: October 2002

DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Awful title and equally awful film! The cringe-worthy and off-putting tile is indicative of just how bad this “chick-flick” about complex mother-daughter relationships really is! Playwright Sidda Lee Walker (Sandra Bullock) is about to hit the big time with the production of her first play on Broadway. During an interview to [...]

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LONG TIME DEAD

Reviewed by GREG KING In adhering to a well-used formula, Long Time Dead seems like your typical Hollywood teen slasher film – except that this supernatural horror thriller comes from a team of young British filmmakers. A group of college students play around with a Ouija board and accidentally resurrect a Djinn, a fearsome, centuries [...]

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DONNIE DARKO

Reviewed by GREG KING (Pandora/Imagine Entertainment) Director: Richard Kelly Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Lundy, Stuart Stone, Daveigh Chase, Arthur Taxier, Beth Grand, Patience Cleveland, Scotty Leavenworth Running time: 122 minutes. Donnie Darko is Ferris Bueller as envisaged [...]

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ROAD TO PERDITION

Reviewed by GREG KING (Dreamworks/20th Century Fox) Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tyler Hoechin, Daniel Craig, Stanley Tucci, Liam Aiken, Ciarin Hinds, Dylan Baker, Doug Spinuzza Running time: 120 minutes. “Sons are put on this world to trouble their fathers,” says tough mob boss John Rooney (Paul [...]

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RED DRAGON

Reviewed by GREG KING. Previously filmed as Manhunter by Michael Mann in 1986, Red Dragon is an eagerly awaited reworking of Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name, which first introduced us to the character of serial killer Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter (then played by Brian Cox). Superbly adapted by Ted Tally (who also scripted [...]

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ENOUGH

Reviewed by GREG KING. There are some bad movies that are entertaining enough while on screen and only fall apart after the final credits have rolled and audiences have time to rationalise what they have seen. Then there are those bad movies that are so dumb they virtually deconstruct before your very eyes. Enough, a [...]

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THE NUGGET

Reviewed by GREG KING. Fool’s gold? A cautionary fable about three laid back council workers who stumble upon the world’s largest gold nugget, the locally made comedy The Nugget is a film of wasted opportunities. Rather than tapping into a rich vein of droll, laconic, typically Australian humour like The Castle and its ilk (which [...]

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SUNSHINE STATE

Reviewed by GREG KING. John Sayles is one of the most prolific of American independent film makers, but he is also still one of the few with something important to say about contemporary American society, and his films are always worth watching. In his latest film Sunshine State he again tackles many familiar themes, but [...]

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