Monthly Archives: January 2006

PROOF

Reviewed by GREG KING. While films like A Beautiful Mind and Good Will Hunting may have made maths seem both exciting and sexy, this adaptation of David Auburn’s play about the authorship of a complex mathematical formula seems stodgy and stage bound. Co-written by Auburn and rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity), Proof is certainly articulate and [...]

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HOSTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING. Eli Roth has a penchant for killing curious teenagers in a variety of nasty, gruesome and unpleasant ways. Roth’s previous film was Cabin Fever, a clichéd, largely by-the-numbers, but effectively gory and bloody teen slasher film. His follow up film is Hostel, which has been produced under the auspices of Quentin [...]

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RENT

Reviewed by GREG KING. Loosely based on the opera La Boheme, Rent is a grungy rock opera that centres around a group of struggling artists and musicians living in a Bohemian quarter of New York at the end of the 1980’s. The film depicts their trials and tribulations as they try to succeed on their [...]

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LORD OF WAR

Reviewed by GREG KING. “There are some 550 millions guns on the earth. That is one gun for one out of every twelve people on the planet,” says gun smuggler Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) at the start of Lord Of War. “The only question is how do we arm the other eleven?” And so we’re [...]

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UNDERWORLD EVOLUTION

Reviewed by GREG KING. As the original Underworld (2003) informed us, there has been a secret underground war waging between vampires and werewolves for some 800 years, a war between immortals of which we humans have been largely unaware. Traditional vampire and werewolf lore and logic was quickly dispensed with as these mythical creatures used [...]

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WALK THE LINE

Reviewed by GREG KING. There have recently been a number of biopics depicting the volatile lives of troubled musicians – 8 Mile, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, Beneath The Sea, Kevin Spacey’s unreleased biopic of Bobby Darin, and Ray. But where many of these films were flawed or limited in their appeal, James Mangold’s impressive [...]

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BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2

Reviewed by GREG KING On the evidence of his body of work (Black Knight, National Security, What’s The Worst That Could Happen?, etc) Martin Lawrence has to be one of the unfunniest and most uncharismatic men working in mainstream Hollywood today. Yet, for some unfathomable reason, his dire comedies seem to be popular with audiences. [...]

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MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

Reviewed by GREG KING. For his first film since the Oscar winning Chicago, Rob Marshall journeys from the windy city of Chicago in the 1930’s to the mysterious and secretive world of Japan in the 1920’s and ‘30’s. Based on Arthur Golden’s best selling 1997 novel, Memoirs Of A Geisha takes us into the exotic, [...]

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